St. Vincent-St. Mary sophomore wrestler Dre’k Brumley knows pressure.
He met it head-on Dec. 29 after a car accident in Ravenna that involved family members.
Brumley, who is 6 foot and 250 pounds, was a passenger in a Trailblazer headed to the Brecksville Holiday Invitational Wrestling Tournament on a Saturday morning when he had to jump into action and play the role of hero.
“We were driving right past my house to get onto Route 14 to go to Brecksville,” Brumley said. “We hit some ice and the car started to slide sideways. We went into a ditch and hit a fire hydrant, and flipped over. I broke the windows out and got my niece [10-month-old Madeline] and little brother [Keatton, 13] out, and then broke another window and got my older brother [Dreshon, 21] out, and then we helped my mom [Rebecca] get out of the car.”
Brumley, 16, said the accident occurred around 7:40 a.m. Water filled the car, which is totaled. Brumley said they were fortunate nobody was seriously injured. Police officers and ambulance workers arrived on the scene, and he left with a cut on the wrist.
“I was just trying to get out and save everybody,” Brumley said. “I was scared and I didn’t want to lose any family. I just hurried up and reacted and got everybody out safely. I wanted to get out and make it to the tournament, but I got injured on my way out of the car. ... My family thanked me and we talked. We are happy to be alive.”
Brumley will wrestle this weekend in the Division II state tournament in Columbus in the 285-pound weight class. He has a 34-6 record this season.
“What Dre’k did is amazing,” St. V-M coach Anthony Gary said. “A lot of people would go in panic and shock and wouldn’t be able to do anything. For a kid that was only 15 years old at the time, and granted he is bigger and wrestling heavyweight, but he is still a kid and a little immature. To be put in a situation like that and to be able to respond without thinking is amazing. He did it instinctively.”
Gary pointed out that firefighters train to do what Brumley did.
“What he did showed love of life and love of family,” Gary said. “The fact that he was able to put his mind elsewhere is impressive. He didn’t worry about getting hurt or anything else. I don’t know a lot of kids that would respond in the same way had they been put in that situation. I don’t even know how I would have responded.”
Gary said weigh-ins for the tournament started at 8 a.m. He waited a couple of minutes before calling Brumley. Several phone calls went unanswered, which made Gary concerned. A return call around 8:30 a.m. came, and Gary heard what happened.
“At that point you are worrying about how everybody is,” Gary said. “The wrestling part wasn’t that important. Being a coach and developing relationships with kids and seeing them mature and seeing them respond academically, athletically and socially is quite a process. To have to deal with something like that, that is that traumatic to one of your kids, is tough. You are thinking about your kid, his family and just life. Wrestling is fun and all, but being able to breathe and get up in the morning is more important.”
Mills picks college
Canton McKinley senior Mike Mills said he has committed to continue his academic and basketball careers on scholarship at Lincoln Memorial University, a Division II school in Harrogate, Tenn.
Mills is a 6-foot-8, 210-pound center for McKinley.
Kinch selects college
Medina senior guard Sarah Kinch will continue her academic and basketball careers on scholarship at Division I Northern Kentucky.
Kinch was voted to the Tri-County Coaches Association first team, which is a collection of players from Summit, Portage and Medina counties.
Kinch averaged 14 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 blocks per game in the regular season.
Football recruiting tidbits
Norwayne junior wide receiver Kaleb Harris has added a scholarship offer from Western Michigan, according to Scout.com. Harris also has an offer from Buffalo. ... Louisville junior quarterback Joey Duckworth has added a scholarship offer from Western Michigan, according to ScoutingOhio.com. Duckworth also has offers from Akron, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Kent State and Toledo, according to Rivals.com. ... Buchtel junior wide receiver/cornerback Stephen Mosley has been offered a scholarship by Toledo, according to ScoutingOhio.com. ... Canton McKinley junior Jamal Davis II has added a scholarship offer from Louisville, according to ScoutingOhio.com. Davis also has offers from Bowling Green, Kent State and Toledo, according to Scout.com.
GlenOak names coach
The Plain Local Board of Education hired Brent Walker to be the GlenOak varsity girls soccer coach at their meeting Tuesday.
Walker, a native of Trinidad, has more than 20 years of experience as a player and soccer coach. He is currently the athletic trainer for The Force soccer team in Cleveland.
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