Westlake’s wrestling team wasted little time in building its advantage over host Fairview on Jan. 20.

Securing pins in six of the first seven weight classes – and an extra point in the one class without a pin – the Demons were up 40-0 before the Warriors knew what hit them.

That lead put the Great Lakes Conference dual meet out of reach and, while Fairview scored its only win on a Quinn Bruder pin at 150 pounds, Westlake added four pins and two forfeit wins in the remaining classes for a 70-6 victory.

“Everyone performed pretty well tonight and it’s good for their confidence,” Westlake coach Mike Carpenter said. “We just have to keep building from it because we know that the conference tournament is coming up and guys have to be ready for that. We have some tough matches coming in the conference and we have state duals and sectionals and districts are going to be very challenging. We have to keep improving and getting better every day.”

Westlake’s pinners were Brad Cerankosky (106 pounds), Brogan Hartup (120), Christian Rogers (126), Khaled Askar (132), Ameer Shouman (138), Hatem Zayed (144), Aiden Ashburn (157), Cole Yuhas (165), Sammy Salem (190) and Mahmoud Mustafa (215).

Chase Morgan scored a 13-4 win at 113 pounds and Robbie Huber (175) and Mack Keenan (285) each won by forfeit.

Yuhas’ win moved the senior to a perfect 28-0 on the season.

“Cole has done a great job for us all year at 165,” Carpenter said. “He’s won four tournaments and has been really solid. He just keeps getting better. His takedowns are getting better every week and he’s good on the mat. He’s developed into a really good all around wrestler. I’m looking forward to the end of the season to see what that brings (for him).”

Yuhas said this season has been a special one for him and he hopes to continue this momentum into the sectional tournament and beyond.

“I’m not really thinking about the record but it’s more about the mental attitude I have going into a match,” he said. “I’m always in and out trying to get pins and points. It’s really about focusing mentally. That’s a big thing I’ve learned this year. If you have the right mental focus, you can really push through matches.”

From a team standpoint, Yuhas also knows how big late-season conference wins like these are for the team’s overall momentum.

“They’re really important for getting to districts and states, pushing all the way through the whole way helps your mental ability to push through matches in the end,” he said. “You’re more energetic in tournaments when you can pick up quick wins. It’s a lot easier to finish your matches off.”

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