Lima Central Catholic’s Caprella to wrestle for Air Force Academy

Tradition.

Lima Central Catholic’s Gavin Caprella has been part of a great wrestling family tradition and knows he is embarking on a military tradition that also has family ties.

Caprella has signed his letter of intent to wrestle at the Air Force Academy and pursue a degree in aeronautical engneering in hopes of becoming a pilot.

“It is really exciting that the next step of my life is going to be at the Air Force Academy and that is something I am excited for and looking forward to and become a better man and help serve our country,” Caprella said.

Caprella said he indented to become a member of the military at some level after watching his brother, Chase, a prolific wrestler in his own right, head to the Naval Academy in 2020 after being a four-time state qualifier for the Thunderbirds.

“I’ve always kind set my sights on the military because my grandpa served in the Navy for 22 years so it has always kind of ben my goal to be in the military and I have an older brother, Chase, and he attends the naval academy, and it opened my views to the military academies, and I saw that was a great option for me, and I pursued it.”

Caprella understands the challenges of the rigors of balancing the academics and athletics at the academy but maintains high expectations.

“I want to wrestle at the academy. I want to be a starter, and I want to be a national champion,” Caprella said. “College is a whole different ballgame. I think the coaching staff and the wrestling team at the Air Force Academy will help me prepare to be the best that I can be.”

Caprella finished his senior year with a 37-6 record and a fifth place overall performance at state where he battled a knee injury that LCC head coach Nick Sanchez said showed his determination and drive that made and will make him successful at the next level.

“As a person and as a wrestler, Gavin is one of a kind,” Sanchez said. “He is genuine and he is a hard worker. Just as an individual he is the easiest person you can talk to and doesn’t know a stranger. It speaks a lot of volumes about him. In the first three minutes of conversation with him you are going to be laughing. Just an all-around good kid, and he is becoming a man.

“What is great about Gavin is he has the tenacity and he has the ability to compete at the next level and that is why he is in this position. One of the things he is going to have to learn is time manage. We talk about that a lot with any athlete that goes to the next level that if you can time manage you can be successful. The hardest part for him is going to be making that adjustment of doing two jobs of wrestling and school. He is going to be surrounded by athletes that are going to push him and the biggest adjustment is getting bigger in the weight room and just keep working hard.”

Also signing oThursday from LCC were Connor Gephart who will be heading to Mount Union to play football and Kristina Zupan who will be playing soccer at Wilmington College.

At Lima Senior, Cecil Benton will be heading to Ashland University to play football and Andre Tibbs is heading to Anderson University. Brian Hines is going to Wittenberg and Diante Griffin is a preferred walk-on at Ohio State University.

Reece Waite will be going to Defiance College to play baseball and Emmy Collins is heading to the University of Findlay to participate in track and field.

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Those joining Lima Central Catholic’s Gavin Caprella for his signing Thursday to wrestle at the Air Force Academy were his father, Andy, and mother, Brenda.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/04/web1_Caprella.jpgThose joining Lima Central Catholic’s Gavin Caprella for his signing Thursday to wrestle at the Air Force Academy were his father, Andy, and mother, Brenda. Jose Nogueras | The Lima News

Those joining Lima Central Catholic’s Connor Gephart for his signing Thursday to play football at Mount Union were his father, Brian, and mother, Kelly Gephart.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/04/web1_LCC2.jpgThose joining Lima Central Catholic’s Connor Gephart for his signing Thursday to play football at Mount Union were his father, Brian, and mother, Kelly Gephart. Jose Nogueras | The Lima News

Joining Lima Central Catholic’s Kristina Zupan for her signing Thursday to play soccer at Wilmington College were her mother, Amanda, and father Nick..
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/04/web1_LCC3.jpgJoining Lima Central Catholic’s Kristina Zupan for her signing Thursday to play soccer at Wilmington College were her mother, Amanda, and father Nick.. Jose Nogueras | The Lima News

Those signing letters of intent Thursday for Lima Senior were, from left, Andre Tibbs (football, Anderson University), Diante Griffin (preferred football walk-on, Ohio State), Brian Hines (football, Wittenberg), Emmy Collins (track and field, University of Findlay), Cecil Benton (football, Ashland University) and Reece Waithe (baseball, Defiance College)
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/04/web1_lima-senior-signings.jpgThose signing letters of intent Thursday for Lima Senior were, from left, Andre Tibbs (football, Anderson University), Diante Griffin (preferred football walk-on, Ohio State), Brian Hines (football, Wittenberg), Emmy Collins (track and field, University of Findlay), Cecil Benton (football, Ashland University) and Reece Waithe (baseball, Defiance College) Photo provided

By Jose Nogueras

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