NORTH OLMSTED — Daniel Bucknavich isn’t peaking at the right time heading into the Division I sectional tournament next week.
He’s been peaking all year.
The Midview senior heavyweight remained perfect this season while winning his second consecutive Southwestern Conference title by pinning Avon junior Mason Bingham in 43 seconds at the SWC Tournament.
In the semifinals, Bucknavich pinned Olmsted Falls junior Jerry White in 1:15. The Cleveland State recruit, who improved to 33-0 this season, was encouraging toward his opponents.
“It’s my senior year so I might as well get a SWC championship,” Bucknavich said. “I faced two good, tough opponents who were younger like in the finals. I’m excited to see what they’ll do in the future and I’m looking forward to the future at Cleveland State.
“It’s great seeing them test themselves and keeping this sport alive. I love to watch wrestling, watch people wrestle, especially the heavyweights. I see a lot of myself in some of my opponents.
“My freshman year I got pinned by Max Whitman every time. Five times freshman year. It kind of reminds me of that.”
Avon’s Jordan Greer also won a conference title for the second year in a row, pinning Berea-Midpark’s Zach Porch in 3:04 at 195 pounds.
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