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Celebrating Champions

Celebrating Champions

Jesuit High School celebrated its three State Champion wrestlers at Convocation on Tuesday (March 15): Brian Buser ’16, Adam Lewis ’16, and Julian Ramirez ’19.

It is the first time in Jesuit annals that three wrestlers captured the State title in the same season. On March 5 in Kissimmee, Lewis (145 pounds) and Ramirez (152) won their second State crowns with spectacular 1st period pins, and Buser (182) scored a dramatic 3-1 overtime win to earn his first State title.

With their families and Jesuit wrestling head coach Sal Basile (who is pictured on the homepage with the championship trio) on hand Tuesday morning in St. Anthony's Chapel, Jesuit president Fr. Richard C. Hermes, S.J. acknowledged the extraordinary sacrifices, dedication, and achievements of the three wrestlers.

Buser, a three-time District champion, was 42-4 this season and finished his high school career with a record of 171-28. He was a State runner-up in 2015 before winning the title this year, and was an NHSCA Academic All-American in 2015.

Lewis is a four-time District champion, three-time Region champion, and twice was State runner-up before winning State titles with 1st period pins the past two years. He was 39-5 this season and completes his prep career with a record of 166-16.

Ramirez, who began wrestling with the Varsity in 6th grade at Belen Jesuit in Miami before enrolling at Jesuit this fall for his freshman year, already has compiled an impressive prep wrestling resume. He is a three-time District champion, two-time Region champion, placed 3rd at State in 2014, and won State the past two years.

View a photo slideshow below from Tuesday’s Convocation. Below that is a photo slideshow from the State Tournament, and below that are videos of the final moments of the championship matches for Buser, Lewis, and Ramirez.

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