The varsity wrestling team qualified three wrestlers to this past weekend’s State Championships at the Schottenstein Center at Ohio State. Freshmen Luke Acuna (113) and Damion Ryan (120) along with two-time state qualifying senior Drew Wiechers (160) made the trip with Coach Bair.
The boys started wrestling on Thursday night and got off to a rough start. First up was Acuna, who dropped a 9-2 decision to Richard Delsanter from Lakewood St. Edward. Next up was Ryan, who lost a heartbreaking 2-1 tiebreaker match to Aiden Agin from Lancaster. Last up was Wiechers, who was pinned by Liam Kruger from Westlake at the 2:28 mark. That meant all three wrestlers had to go again on Thursday night in order to stay alive. A second loss would end their state tournament appearance, but a win would advance them to Friday. Acuna got things going in the right direction for the Elks with a hard-fought, 5-3, decision over Colin Roberts from Austintown Fitch. Ryan was unable to get anything going in his match and dropped a 6-1 decision to Shane Heil from Berea Midpark to end his spectacular freshman season with a 39-8 record. Wiechers wrapped up the night for the Elks by pinning Mitchell Broskie from Olentangy Orange at the 3:49 mark to advance to Friday.
On Friday afternoon, Acuna won his second straight match with a 4-3 decision over James Baumann from Dublin Coffman. That meant he would become the first freshman to place at the State Tournament in Centerville High School history. Unfortunately, Wiechers would drop a hard-fought, 8-5, decision to Salvatore Perrine from Macedonia Nordonia. That ended his senior season at 43-4 and wrapped up a fantastic career of wrestling for the Elks.
On Friday evening, Acuna was back at it and his match with Dominic DiTullio from Mason went to a tiebreaker which did not go his way as he dropped a 6-1 decision. That meant he would return on Saturday morning to wrestle for 7th place against Bryce Allison from Elyria. Allison came out on top, 5-1, meaning Acuna would wrap up his first trip to the State Tournament with an 8th place finish and wrap up his freshman season of wrestling with a 41-10 record.
Congratulations, Luke on this outstanding accomplishment!