Anthony Perrine left no doubt about it.
The Nordonia senior pinned his way to the Division I state title at 195 pounds March 11 at Value City Arena in Columbus, breaking an 18-year title drought for the Knights.
Perrine wrestled Lakewood St. Edward's Dakota Howard in the final in a match he admitted was "nuts."
Perrine opened by getting a pair of takedowns in the first period, but gave up a takedown himself before escaping.
Leading 5-4 after one period, Perrine started on top in the second period and gave up an escape, but scrambled his way to a takedown.
Perrine then caught Howard in a reverse cradle for about 15 seconds before scoring the pin in 2:33.
Perrine leapt in the stands and into the arms of his father Paul after the match. He finished the season at 31-3.
Perrine became Nordonia's 14th state champion in school history and first since Ryan Lange in 1999.