Wrestling: Brecksville's Haverdill, Assad discuss start of conference competition

Wrestling: Brecksville's Haverdill, Assad discuss start of conference competition

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Wrestling: Brecksville's Haverdill, Assad discuss start of conference competition

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BY: Jeremy George

The Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School wrestling team started off strong in the Southwestern Conference with a 50-10 win over Olmsted Falls and a 75-3 win over North Olmsted last week.

The Bees showed a dominated performance coming off the Ironman tournament led by their senior 126-pounder Austin Assad, who placed third at the tournament and went 2-0 at the dual meet.

“I was hoping to win it as the No. 1 seed,” Assad said. “I thought I did OK. I had four overtime matches in the same day, so it was tough.”

Brecksville head coach Todd Haverdill, said Assad didn’t even wrestle his best at the tournament and showed how tough he really is.

“When you take third at the Ironman and don’t wrestle your best, it says a lot about you.” Haverdill said. “He showed an awful lot about his composure, confidence and poise.”

The Bees wrestled in the Beast of the East tournament this past weekend, where Assad had his eyes on becoming a champion. Assad would wrestle his way on to the championship mat, but fall short in a 7-2 loss to Luke Karam (Bethlehem Catholic), taking second place.

Other Bees to place at the Beast of the East were Justin Demicco (138) and Austin Hiles (152). Demicco took eighth and Hiles took sixth.

Haverdill understands it is still early in the season, but knows the schedule doesn’t get any easier and the team needs to get tougher as they move forward.

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