Brezovec 4th, Burger 8th in state wrestling

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Columbus -- Aurora High School's first foray into the Division I state tournament ended with both of its wrestlers on the podium.

At 106 pounds, freshman Jarrod Brezovec won his consolation semifinal 3-0 over Brecksville's Jarod Bronstrup. However, he had to settle for fourth place after a 5-2 loss to Lorain's Devione Edwards.

Brezovec tied Aurora's single-season wins record with 45, sharing the honor with Greenmen assistant coach John Papesh. "He did a hell of job to get his far," said veteran AHS coach Dick Bliss. "We're very, very proud of Jarrod."

Meanwhile, AHS heavyweight sophomore Josh Burger finished in eighth place after losing 6-1 to Teays Valley's C.J. Kinzer. "We're happy he was able to place at states," Bliss said. "This gives us a good starting point for next year.

"Both of our wrestlers represented Aurora in fine style, and contributed to a 24th place team finish in Ohio."

Brezovec opened the tourney with a 5-2 decision over a Hilliard Davidson opponent who came along with a second-place finish in his district and a 38-10 record.

In the next round, Brezovec dropped a match to the eventual state champion from Wadsworth, who was 44-3 going into their match.

Brezovec then won by forfeit, as his opponent became ill. That set up a match with a Mayfield grappler who was second in Aurora's district and had a 38-6 record. Brezovec won 3-1, then had a rematch with Bounstrop, whom he had faced twice during the season.

Burger opened with a tough match which he lost to go into the consolation bracket.

He then faced a Westerville North district champion with a 31-8 record. After a scoreless first period, Burger pinned his foe in the second period on a day in which he was celebrating his 16th birthday.

The nxt day he faced a Mason wrestler who placed third in the district and was 42-10. In a physical match, Burger won by riding his foe out in the secodn overtime period and escaping in the third overtime for a 2-1 win.

Burger then dropped two very tough matches to finish eighth. He ended his sophomore season with a 34-11 record and an impressive 24 pins.

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