The varsity wrestling team traveled to Trent Arena this weekend to compete in the OHSAA District Championships. They were hoping for a strong performance and to qualify as many kids to the state meet this week as possible. They got just that as the team finished fifth overall and qualified five individuals to the state meet this week.
After the first day of wrestling, Simon Taylor, Luke Acuna, Damion Ryan, Avery Bair and Jonathan Bruder found themselves in the semifinals, while freshman Gunnar Pool was wrestling his way back in the consolation bracket.
On day two, Pool wrestled well, but was unfortunately eliminated in the consolation round bringing his fantastic freshman season to an end.
In the semifinals, Simon Taylor won his match at 106, 8-1, to advance to the District Championship match and punch his ticket to the state meet this week. In the finals, he was pinned at the 1:58 mark to finish as District runner-up. Damion Ryan was up next at 113 and won his match, 3-0, to punch his ticket to the state meet as well. He made quick work of his opponent in the finals and pinned him at the 0:58 mark to claim the District championship. Luke Acuna followed at 120 where he won his match, 8-2, to become the third Elk to punch his ticket to the state meet. He was defeated by a major decision, 17-6, and finished as District runner-up. Avery Bair was up next at 152 and suffered an 8-2 setback to drop into the consolation bracket. He bounced back to win his next match, 11-4, and then took the 3rd place match by default to become the fourth Elk to punch his ticket to state. Up last was Jonathan Bruder, wrestling at 220. He lost his semifinal match in overtime, 5-3, to drop into the consolation bracket as well. He bounced back to win his next match in thrilling fashion, 5-4, before dropping the third place match, 6-2, becoming the fifth Elk to punch his ticket to the state meet.
The five wrestlers who qualified for the state meet will head to the Schottenstein Center on the campus of The Ohio State University this week to try to bring home the gold. The preliminary round gets underway Thursday evening at 5:50 PM. In order to be a state placer, each wrestler must win three matches before losing to guarantee themselves a spot in the top eight or wrestle their way all the way back in the consolation bracket.
Good luck, boys!