Covering High School Sports in America
It's Sam Ancona's turn for a little spotlight.

Photo courtesy of Columbus Hall of Fame

Ancona beat Ray Lewis for a state title.

The man he beat in the 1992 Florida High School Athletic Association 4A state title match is a name you've been hearing a lot lately: Ray Lewis.

The Super Bowl XLVII-bound star linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens was a great wrestler in high school, capturing a state title during his senior season for Kathleen (Lakeland, Fla.). He's likely bound for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and is one of the NFL's most charismatic players.

But in this video provided by PlayOn! Sports, the 1992 title match was Ancona's. He escaped in the middle of the third period to break a 5-all tie and then secured a takedown in the final seconds to solidify an 8-5 victory and a state title.

Lewis got his state title the next season, securing an 11-8 decision to take the 4A title.

Ancona ended up accomplishing a lot of things after his title victory over Lewis, including college wrestling at Virginia and amateur boxing. You can click here to see his bio from the Columbus (Miami) Athletic Hall of Fame. He is more commonly known as Sam, but appears as John in some spots online. His full name appears to be John Samuel Ancona.

This story has been altered from its original form. We have reports that John Samuel Ancona died in 2000 at the age of 26.