Western Reserve Academy wrestlers finish 10-5

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Two years after Western Reserve Academy wrestling team was placed on hiatus, the Pioneers closed out their regular season with a 10-5 record by posting back-to-back wins against Hunting Valley University and Gates Mills Hawken Feb. 6 in Gates Mills.

The Pioneers beat the Preppers 42-30 Feb. 5 at home.

"It was awesome to finish the regular season like this," senior co-captain Spencer Chlebina said.

Reserve got wins at 120 pounds when sophomore Billy Walsh pinned Keyvon Rashidi by near-side cradle and 126 when sophomore Nick Farrell beat Charlie Olson 7-0.

Sam Ennis (138), George Theophilos (145), Colt Roe (170), Maison Cunningham (182) and Robert Head (195) also posted wins, and the final match of the evening was won by sophomore Marcos Lopez (220), who beat Gabe Cohen 3-1.

On Feb. 6 in Gates Mills, WRA competed at the Hawken Double Duals and earned a 36-12 win over Chardon Notre-Dame Cathedral Latin and a 42-36 victory over Hawken.

"We made great strides this season," Pioneers' assistant Coach Roman Sturgis said. "A huge personal win for [head] coach [Dave Ferrell] and me is our entire squad stuck through the whole season.

"We started with 25 guys and not a single one quit, which when you consider the workload these kids have, it tells me they all wanted to be part of something special.

"We feel wrestling is so much more than a sport and that the lessons our guys learn on the mat and in the gym are 100-percent applicable to success in the post-secondary world."

Walsh (126), Theophilos (145), Dan Gomez (160), Roe (170), Cunningham (182), Head (195) and Lopez (220) posted wins against NDCL.

Walsh (126) pinned Hawken opponent Matthew Baratz with one minute left in the third.

WRA had three first-period pins: Theophilos (145), Chlebina (160) and Roe (170).

"The next step is to get some of these new guys, the first-year guys, to get to a camp over the summer," Dave Farrell said. "We've got weight training programs for the lightweights and the heavies, which is going to work well, especially for the football players, who all want to get bigger.

"And we've got a plan to attract more freshmen next year. I feel good about our numbers.

"We're only losing four seniors and we've got some depth to the bench, so we're looking pretty good.

"Now that we're back on the radar, we're looking at getting more matches for our guys next season and hosting an invitational."

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