Some call them "once in a generation" athletes: Individuals who are so well-rounded that they're all-state caliber in not one...not two...but three sports!
Barnesville High had one of those athletes graduate in 2017 in three-sport all-Ohioan Caide Bunfill and, after weighing his options, the Shamrocks' stalwart signed a letter-of-intent to attend Edinboro University - an NCAA Division I school located in northwestern Pennsylvania - where he'll be a member of the Fighting Scots' wrestling squad this winter.
Bunfill's accomplishments across the board could probably fill a book, but his success on the mat includes an impressive career record of 153-7.
After going 18-16 as a freshman, he was an OHSAA State Tournament qualifier who placed fourth in the OVAC as a sophomore with a final 46-7 record.
As a junior, Bunfill again took fourth in the OVAC and not only qualified for the state tournament, he finished seventh at 195 pounds for all-Ohio honors, posting a season mark of 44-9.
Then as a senior, he became a two-time all-state wrestler when he finished third at 220 pounds with a 4-1 mark in Columbus; made it three years in a row as a fourth-place finisher in the OVAC and closed out his final season at 45-5.
Not surprisingly, Barnesville mat coach Jayson "Snake" Stephen couldn't say enough about Bunfill's accomplishments.
"He had never stepped on the mat until he was a freshman," Stephen related, "so he was open right from the start to listening and learning about the sport. He didn't have any bad habits, and everything you showed him, you could see he was trying to make it happen.
"Caide has always been willing to get better, regardless of the sport," the BHS coach continued. "He absorbs coaching like a sponge."
The Barnesville coach said Bunfill's desire to excel, particularly in an individual sport, became evident very quickly.
"He said that he really liked the one-on-one aspect of wrestling," said Stephen. "You don't have to rely on anybody. If you win, you got it done but if you lose, it's on you."
Coach Stephen said that despite the fact that he'll big a small fish in a big pond at Edinboro, he feels Bunfill can make an immediate impact at the next level.
"They (Edinboro) were down a little last year, but in the past they've been highly-ranked nationally in wrestling," he said. "He (Bunfill) saw that their practices were very intense, but he likes that....he wants to compete.
"I feel it will be a good fit for him...he wants the challenge," Stephen continued. "He finished up at 220 for us, but they want him to wrestle at 197 there and it's possible for him to break into lineup right away."
Stephen closed by acknowledging the rarity of having a three-sport all-Ohioan.
"Being a smaller school, you don't have that type of kid come through very often," said the coach. "He's one of those kids who could probably do any sport and excel at it."
His accolades and statistics in football and track are equally impressive. Among the highlights, he was all-Ohio Division VI in football three years (special mention as a sophomore; first team as a junior and second team as a senior), rushing for around 3,000 career yards while also excelling on defense; and in track he was all-Ohio Division III in the long jump as a junior (eighth place/20-9.25) and as a senior on the Shamrocks' 4x100-meter relay team (fourth place/3:24.32) along with teammates Kane Stephens, Kohl Campbell and Matthew Burkhart.