The Bel Air High School Wrestling team defeated their rivals from Fallston on Wednesday, December 7th, to win their first match of the season by a score of 36-27. This win was impressive for the Bobcats, given that Fallston is the preseason favorite to win the UCBAC championship. This win over Fallston gives Coach Reddish his 275th career win in his 20th season of coaching.
The Bel Air Starting lineup featured Gavin Rupprecht (106), Brady Stafford (113), Connor Nash (126), Cameron Watts (132), Ryan Beveridge (138), Noah Winter (145), John Cross (152), Anthony Zappunbulsa (160), Grant Fleming (170), Ryan Gibson (182), William Holder Moore (195), Cyler Crawford (220) and Dakota Crawford (285).
Head Coach Reddish stated that the turning point in the match was when Cyler Crawford won the 220 weight class against a Fallston Wrestler that placed 4th in states last season. Crawford, who usually wrestles in the 195 weight class, believes that both he and the team have a legitimate chance to qualify for states this year.
Another critical win for the Bobcats came when David Reagan won his match in the 113 weight class in overtime to secure critical points for the Bobcats. “Moving the line-up around pregame and winning the close matches is why we were successful. Depth was a critical factor in that success,” said Coach Reddish.
Team Captain John Cross won his match in the 152 weight class and is hopeful about the season, both for the team and himself. “Personally I have my goal on winning my division. As a team I believe that we can win regionals and possibly even states because we have a lot of kids with a lot of heart,” said Cross after the match.
“I want the team to bring intensity to every match and win as many matches as possible,” said Sophomer Cameron Watts after his victory in the 132 weight class. “I would love to see the wrestling team go undefeated. Personally I would like to make it all the way to states and be a great competitor. I believe the team will do great this year because we’re looking great so far in practice.”
Additional wins for the Bobcats came by Ryan Gibson at 182, William Holder Moore at 195, Gavin Rupprecht at 113 and Connor Nash at 126.