For Woodridge wrestling, the scenario facing them was the same as it was in 2015.
The Bulldogs were one win away from reaching the Division II state dual meet wrestling tournament. Only Padua Franciscan stood in Woodridge’s way.
In 2015, Padua won the match 43-28 — but that match took place in Parma.
On Feb. 1, Woodridge wrestled in front of a raucous home crowd and was not to be denied.
Woodridge earned its first berth in the Division II state dual team tournament by winning Region 10 at home.
The Bulldogs defeated Padua 46-27 in the regional final match.
Earlier in the evening, Woodridge defeated Tallmadge 48-29 in a regional semifinal match, while Padua defeated Bay Village Bay 49-24.
It was special night for Woodridge coach Mike Massey. Not only did his team reach states, but the win over Tallmadge marked dual meet win No. 200 of his coaching career.
Woodridge got off to a slow start, giving up pins at 106 and 113 pounds. The Bruins only got one more win with bonus points, however, and that came after the match had been decided.
By contrast, all of Woodridge’s eight wins came with bonus points, as Woodridge scored six pins, one forfeit and a major decision vs. the Bruins.
The heart of Woodridge’s lineup did the damage. Sophomore 120-pounder Brandon Reeves set the tone with a pin in 24 seconds.
Junior 126-pounder David Massey then scored a 12-4 major decision over Padua’s Brian Shaw in match that had his coach and father proud.
Senior 132-pound David Genovese hit a side headlock and pinned his man in 24 seconds.
Padua tried to get back in the match with a 9-4 by Sam LoFaso at 138 pounds over Woodridge’s Nick LoPrinzi.
The Yoho twins, however, answered in emphatic fashion.
First, 145-pounder Eli Yoho used a corkscrew double chickenwing to pin Padua’s John McNulty in 1:10. Then, 152-pounder Isaac Yoho cradled and pinned Padua’s Will Dzurnak in 16 seconds.
Padua 160-pounder Pete Abraham beat Woodridge’s Jake D’Avello 9-3 to slow the momentum for a bit.
However, Woodridge 170-pounder Trevor Garner got a pin in 1:08. Coach Massey praised Garner for stepping up, as he scored two big pins on the night.
That result meant a win by 182-pounder Spencer Robinson would clinch the match for the Bulldogs. Robinson left nothing to chance, pinning Padua’s David Baishnab in 1:48, which set off wild celebrations in the gym.
Padua closed the final gap with a pin in 26 seconds by 195-pounder Pete Abraham and a 17-10 win by 220-pounder Bryce Carmichael over a game Jack Kerlee.
Woodridge heavyweight Austin Hindley won by forfeit to cap the win.