By Ryan Kaczmarski
The Olmsted Falls Bulldogs challenged for the lead against the Brecksville-Broadview Heights Bees early Saturday at the Southwestern Conference wrestling championships held at North Olmsted High School, but they had to settle for second place.
“I am not sure we had Brecksville scared, but we caught their attention,” said Olmsted Falls head coach Bill McGrain.
The Bees ended up on top with a score of 222, while the Bulldogs followed with a score of 174.5. Brecksville was the only team to blemish Olmsted Falls’ 21-1 dual-meet record this season.
“It was a fun push on Saturday afternoon at the semifinals,” McGrain said. “We pushed it about as hard as we could and got within 19 points of Brecksville before the finals. I am proud of how hard we wrestled, putting seven in the championships, and placing 13 of 14 is a heck of a tournament.”
Brecksville had eight champions, in the 106, 113, 145, 152, 160, 195, 220 and heavy weight classes.
The Bulldogs had two champions on Saturday, with Nick Asadorian (126) and Alex Bevilacqua (132) both taking home hardware. Runners-up for the Bulldogs were David Lance (106), Chase DuPratt (113), Scott Ahern (138), Travis Devericks (195) and Jordan Lee (220). The three third-place finishers for Olmsted Falls were Nick Sommer (160), Kyle Kokitka (170) and Scott Linville (182). Adam Salti (120), Brian Slater (145) and Aaron Bridge (Hvy) all took fourth-place for the Bulldogs.
“These guys are all great students and very reliable,” McGrain said. “We’ve had a lot of fun, and obviously the numbers show it.”
DuPratt is only the second wrestler to eclipse 100 victories before his senior year in Bulldogs’ history.
“That’s really hard to do as a senior,” McGrain said. “To do it as a junior, you’re in there consistently and winning a lot of matches.”
“I’ve been trying to get that 100th win for a while,” DuPratt said. “That was my main goal since freshman year. I came out pretty strong my freshman year and got 29 wins and picked it up my sophomore year. I got my 100th win at the Bill Dies Memorial tournament this year. It feels pretty good.”
Top Westshore area finishers:
106 – Lance (OF) second, MCCraw (NO) third
113 – DuPratt (OF) second
120 – Armstrong (NO) third, Salti (OF) fourth
126 – Asadorian (OF) first, Farraj (Westlake) fourth
132 – Bevilacqua (OF) first, Biggs (NO) second, Kruger (Westlake) fourth
138 – Ahern (OF) second
145 – Brunner (NO) second, Slater (OF) fourth
152 – Riolo (NO) fourth
160 – Paul (Westlake) second, Sommer (OF) third
170 – Martinduk (NO) second, Kokitka (OF) third
182 – Linville (OF) third
195 – Devericks (OF) second, Al Najjar (NO) fourth
220 – Lee (OF) second, Shafei (Westlake) fourth
HVY – Mustafa (Westlake) third, Bridge (OF) fourth