Senior Cooper Scott and sophomore Ryan Elswick each had strong showings and picked up a win at the UIL Wrestling State Tournament Friday, but ultimately fell short of a chance at a top spot.
Scott took a 3-1 win over Cody Newsom in his first match in the 220-pound bracket. However, in the next round Scott fell to Donovan Kleckner of Colleyville Heritage, who eventually went on to place second overall in the bracket.
Scott had a chance to work his way back up in the consolation bracket, but Lewisville’s Rodrick Lewis got a small opportunity and seized it to pin Scott and end his tournament.
“Cooper’s attitude was great – you never know how someone is going to do his first trip to state, and he didn’t get caught up in it or anything,” Westlake coach Pat O’Harra said. “We were riding high after that first win. In the [final match] I think he just ran out of gas. He’s a senior, and you know that’s the last match, so it’s a little bit of a down moment for everybody because it’s been a lot of fun coaching him the last four years. He held his head high afterwards.”
Elswick, making his second stint at the state tourney, battled through shoulder troubles to pick up his first win at the tourney.
In the 106-pound bracket, Elswick lost to a tough opponent in Westside’s Neiman Mitchell, 8-2. Elswick came back to beat Hakim Sims 5-0 in the next round, but lost to a familiar foe, Vandegrift’s Adrian Barraza in the consolation bracket following that.
“Ryan actually wrestled really well he just ran into a buzzsaw in that first round,” O’Harra said. “I think it definitely was in the first match, and it did hurt him in third match, but decided to fight through it.
“It’s a lesson, and he learned to wrestle through it so can be a valuable lesson down the road, too. I’m happy he had that opportunity to get that win. That set a tone for next year.”