Three of our grapplers advanced a week ago from an extremely tough Northwest Sectional Wrestling tournament @ Sandusky High School to compete in the Northwest District Wrestling tournament @ Norwalk High School this past weekend. Those three, Brandon D’Egidio at 113 lbs., Jakob Koleszar at 138 lbs., and Tyler Bath at 220 lbs. all performed admirably.
Brandon, a sophomore, returned to the district tournament for the second time in as many years and improved upon his previous years performance by advancing to the second day of the tournament. Brandon battled as he always does, ultimately going 1-2 on the weekend with his lone win coming by way of fall. He finished the season with a record of 34-12, with 26 wins by way of fall, and a number of tournament placements.
Jakob in his first district tournament appearance made a lasting impression, as evident by his new nickname, “The Bracket Buster”. His amazing run this weekend began after a first round loss to the projected 8th ranked wrestler in the state at his weight, 4-1. Jakob began his ascension by sticking both wrestlers he faced in the first two consolation rounds, one of which was the Northwest Sectional Champion from a week earlier. In the consolation quarter-finals Jake decisioned a very tough Brookside wrestler, taking him down in the waining seconds of the third period, winning by a final of 3-1. In the consolation semi-finals dubbed the “go to match” Jakob fell to a formidable Sandusky foe. Ultimately reaching the state alternate match Jakob dominated the 15th ranked wrestler in the state, winning by a final of 7-0. Jake finished the season with a 35-12 record with 23 wins coming by way of fall. His 5th place finish officially makes him one of the top 20 wrestlers in his weight class in the state!
Tyler, in his third district tournament appearance and what was the last of his career did not have the storybook ending we all so desired. It was business as usual in the championship prelims where he stuck his first opponent in 18 seconds, the 104th win by fall in his career. In the quarterfinals he won by way of injury default, his opponent unable to physically compete in the match. In the semi-finals Tyler fell to a familiar opponent, one whom he had lost an overtime match to earlier this year. In the consolation finals or “get in match”, Tyler faced again what was a familiar foe and simply could not deliver what he had 144 other times in his career, a W. In what was a bittersweet last match of his career, the state alternate match for 5th place, Tyler made it “hammer time” for the 105th fall and 145th win of his career. In a sport where rarely an individual gets to end their career with a win, Tyler got to do so, and did so fittingly. He ended his tremendous senior campaign with a 45-8 record, with 32 falls, and for the second year in a row is one of the top 20 wrestlers in the state in his weight class.
Jakob and Tyler will now have their names added to the champions board in the wrestling room. Jakob for the first time and Tyler for the second year in a row. The names on that board consist of young men who have reached the pinnacle of the sport, those that have earned the moniker of a state caliber wrestler. The names on the big board are our state alternates, state qualifiers, state placers, and state champions. In what is arguably the hardest sport there is, these two have accomplished a tremendous feat. A huge shoutout to the both of them on their seasons and for becoming state alternates!