Jose Martinez has been named coach of the Worthington Kilbourne High School wrestling team.

Martinez, who guided Newark the past nine seasons and was named the OCC-Capital Division Coach of the Year last winter, replaces Brett Shaut, who stepped down after guiding the Wolves for seven years.

“I’m excited about the opportunity,” Martinez said. “I was hoping to get into the building (as a teacher), but this is still a good chance to build the program and hopefully we will be able to find success like we did at Newark.”

Martinez, who taught Spanish and business at Newark, took a teaching job at Reynoldsburg to be closer to his Pickerington home.

“We felt Jose demonstrated all of the things we were seeking,” athletics director Jeff Todd said. “He took over a program at Newark that wasn’t traditionally real successful and molded it and got kids involved and they won their league championship last year. So he’s run a large Division I program and built it up. That’s exciting for us.”

Newark went 4-1 in the OCC-Capital to tie Groveport for first place. Kilbourne, with far fewer athletes, went 1-5 in the OCC-Cardinal to place sixth behind co-champions Delaware and Hilliard Bradley (both 5-1).

Among the expected returnees for the Wolves is Kuric Buell, who went 0-2 at 132 pounds in his first appearance in the Division I state tournament to finish his sophomore season with a 25-9 record. He also was the team’s lone district qualifier.

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