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Dealing with pressure

By izzy Published: March 5, 2011

Is there more or less pressure at the state meet than districts?

Two wrestlers had opposite feelings on the subject.

Ryan Hornack, the 103-pounder from Medina who finished fourth,  found out out the secrets of wrestling at state.

"My teammates - Teddy Hammer, Matt Hammer and Mike Griffith - coached me on what to expect. It is easy to adjust to; there's not that much pressure,'" Hornack said. "I came down here with nothing to lose. There is more pressure at districts."

Hornack lost in the third place with Ruben Victoria of Mason 8-4.

For Waynedale's Zebulun Beam, it was a different feeling. The junior came in 52-1 after winning the Garfield Heights Division III district and had eyes on winning it all. But he lost a semifinal match 3-2 to Felipe Martinez of Genoa Area and settled for fourth after losing 11-7 in overtime to Thomas Fellenkamp of Versailles.

"There was a lot of pressure here because I wanted to place high here," Beam said.

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