BROADVIEW HEIGHTS — When opponents wade through the early weights against Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy’s wrestling team, they should do it with trepidation.
One slip-up against Jacob Decatur (113 pounds), Matt Williams (126) or Jordan Decatur (132) and foes are in a world of hurt as the 50 other teams found out at the 58th annual Brecksville Holiday Tournament on Saturday.
The Decaturs took home first-place finishes, and Williams finished second to help the Royals to a sixth-place team showing.
“It’s ridiculous just seeing Jacob and his brother and the bond they share,” Williams said. “Just bringing that into the CVCA room when I was coming into the room as a freshman [two years ago]. I really didn’t know where I was going to go. Just seeing how they carry themselves, they’ve helped me become not only a better person in wrestling, but a better person in Christ has helped me excel. We push each other. We help each other and it shows on the mat.”
That bond all came to a head at one of the toughest holiday tournaments in the nation as one win drove another and yet another between the three.
“We practically do everything together at this point,” Jordan said. “We hang out all the time outside of wrestling. During practice, we’re always cracking jokes at each other. When we’re cutting weight, we keep a positive attitude and bring the right energy in practice, in tournaments and in everything.”
Winning was contagious between the three who combined to win 15 of 16 matches and combine to score 88 of the Royals’ 131 points.
For Jordan, it was a milestone win. The senior has reached the finals of every Brecksville tournament and won three times with his lone loss coming as a freshman in a 1-0 loss to Dayton Christian three-time state champ Tommy Hoskins.
“I just come in with a chip on my shoulder every single time,” Jordan said. “I’m trying to reach excellence. I’m trying to reach perfection. Not many times do I reach that point, but I’m trying to build on consistency and just improve on top, on bottom and neutral. I’m trying to build on wrestling as a whole."
Jacob came into the tournament with a chip as well after not finishing on top at the Ironman and North Canton Holiday Tournament.
All just distant memories now for the senior, who rolled to his second consecutive title at Brecksville.
“I’m finally doing the things I need to do to be a champion again,” Jacob said. “Just having the downfalls I have in the past two tournaments, I felt the letdown, but after this tournament I’m definitely looking forward and keeping my head on straight.”
Brecksville coach Todd Haverdill saw his patented plan take another gigantic step toward what is usually a strong showing at state.
After opening the season with just one placer — Ethan Hatcher — at the Ironman and two placers at the Beast of the East, the Bees were on fire at their own tournament.
Brecksville put Jimmy Carmany (126), Marco Regalbuto (138), Vic Voinovich (152) and Hatcher (195) in the finals and took home champions in Regalbuto and Carmany.
“Harverdill has a goal for us and we come in trying to reach that goal,” Regalbuto said. “Credit to him and our coaching staff, they do a tremendous amount for us and we pay them well by doing well at these big tournaments.”
Those words ring true considering the Bees put seven on the podium to finish second in the team race behind Detroit Central Catholic and a half-point ahead of Elyria.