Not all of the winners at the state wrestling tournament are found at the top spot on the podium.
Winning matches after having dreams of a state title crushed shows the fortitude of a wrestler. That's exactly what happened for Beachwood's Sammy Gross, Alec Jacober and Ryan Harris in Columbus this weekend.
Gross (112 pounds) and Jacober (130) came back through the consolation brackets to earn third places in Division III competition while Harris (125) finished seventh in his weight class during competition at Value City Arena earlier today.
"Two thirds and a seventh are nothing to be ashamed of," said Bison head coach Dugan Bentley. "It was very hard to watch those matches where we thought we had the better kids but lost. But that's what the state tournament does. You've got to lay it on the line here."
Gross came back in the consolations to defeat Damien Showman of Attica Seneca East 3-1, Tyler Harter of Apple Creek Waynedale 6-2 and Casey Johns of Cardinal 4-1. After a first-round loss, Gross won five straight matches to finish at 42-8 on the season.
Jacober decisioned Luke Kern of Delta 6-3 and downed Cody Laney of Hicksville 7-2 before routing Kyle Deeter 12-3 in the consolation finals. That win avenged Jacober's 3-2 setback to Deeter in the quarterfinals. The Bison senior finished the season at 30-3 overall.
Harris dropped a 6-4 overtime decision to Adam Ankram of Carroll Bloom-Carroll but recovered in his seventh-place match to topple T.J. Weirauch of Archbold 12-4. Harris finished with a school record 47 wins on the season.
At press time, Beachwood was eighth in the Division III team standings.