Taking fourth place at his sectional tournament, Kenston 113-pound junior Noah Georgian had to take on a No. 1 seed in the opening round of Friday’s Division I district tournament at Mentor.
That was no problem for the Bomber grappler, as he executed a second-period pin against Brecksville sophomore Nolan Wochna during his road to the state tournament.
“Well, I knew that I was in a very difficult sectional and that, if I stepped up my game and wrestled harder, I’d be able to win my matches,” Georgian said. “It was a great confidence booster to take out a No. 1 from another sectional right off the bat.”
Georgian then won a 7-4 decision against North Canton Hoover No. 2-seed junior Noah Wakser, an opponent whom he lost to in the regular season.
“That gave me a lot of confidence,” Georgian said. “Since I stepped up my game and beat him, I knew that I could beat other kids in the bracket that might have seemed tough.”
Continuing to roll, Georgian relied on his top turns to execute a 5-2 decision in the semifinals against Parma senior Anthony Ramos, punching his first ticket to the state tournament.
“Since I was wrestling very well in that tournament, I knew I could beat anyone, and I just went my hardest,” Georgian said. “It just feels amazing, because I’ve been wanting to go to states since I was a freshman. All the time I put in, now I actually have this to show for it.”
Georgian went on to finish as district runner-up with a 3-0 loss to Mayfield junior Harry Feuer (35-4), who was a state placer last season.
“I wrestled him well, so it shows that I’m ready, but it also shows that I have room to improve,” Georgian said. “I’m just looking to take it one match at a time at states, just worrying about the guy in front of me, and that’s it.”
In his state debut, Georgian (31-13) will wrestle Clayton Northmont sophomore Chase Craft (35-9) Thursday evening at Ohio State’s Schottenstein Center in Columbus.