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Quincy wrestler Melendez has talent, demeanor to make run at state title

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It’s not true what they say. Nice guys don’t finish last. At least, not in Antonio Melendez’s case.

The Quincy grappler doesn’t harbor the aggression or outward intensity that — accurate or not — people attach to elite athletes. He speaks soft and gentle, clear and thoughtful. He smiles shyly, hands folded.

Even more out of character, the 170-pound grappler doesn’t flip a switch when he steps onto the mat. He’s still that good-natured young man who used to pick…

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