Westerville North’s Szarawanskyj caps season at state

Robert Hundley
North junior Melania Szawranskyj finished fifth at 130 pounds at state Feb. 20 at Hilliard Davidson by pinning Marysville’s Emily Segner in 2 minutes, 44 seconds.

After pulling out a trustworthy move at the ideal time to cap her season with a victory at the girls condition wrestling match, Melania Szawranskyj prepared to take about a week off.

Only then did the Westerville North junior hope to get started pondering about generating her fourth excursion to state upcoming yr.

“Then I’ll get proper again to it,” stated Szawranskyj, who concluded fifth at 130 kilos at condition Feb. 20 at Hilliard Davidson by pinning Marysville’s Emily Segner in 2 minutes, 44 seconds.

That was a single area superior than a 12 months in the past for Szawranskyj, who went 4-2 at state. She largely managed the match in opposition to Segner and sealed the win with working experience gained in preceding meetings.

“It’s taken me a though to defeat her (in preceding matches), so I was just striving to function the moves I have utilized just before. Some of them weren’t seriously performing, but the last shift I employed just before, the ankle pick … that is how I obtained her,” Szawranskyj reported. “I experienced her variety of in a headlock. I didn’t have her arm, so my other hand had to be out. I tried out to keep tension on her upper body and pull her head up to test and get the pin.”

Szawranskyj, who was fifth statewide in American Women’s Wrestling’s ultimate rankings, was pinned by Port Clinton’s Cadence Wallace in 4:20 to slide into the fifth-spot match. All of her matches ended up resolved by pin.

“I certainly came in to earn,” Szawranskyj said. “I’m delighted with fifth. I’m operating my way up.”

Classmate Marvet Heljazin went 1-2 at 235. She was pinned by Harrison’s Jessica Edwards in 3:47 in the very first spherical, rebounded to pin Sparta Highland’s Caitlyn Theret in 2:05 and then was pinned in 18 seconds by Hanoverton United Local’s Dakota McCracken.

North scored 20 factors and tied for 40th guiding winner Harrison (111) as 100 groups scored.

Szawranskyj and Heljazin, who was rated 11th statewide, are among the five women wrestlers for the Warriors, all of whom are eligible to return. The rest are sophomores Giselle Duran (170) and Simaya Johnson-Hunter (100) and freshman Ava Heckman (140).

In her only trip to the girls wrestling state tournament, DeSales senior Ademar Ramirez finished third at 170 pounds Feb. 20 at Hilliard Davidson.

DeSales senior Ademar Ramirez designed the most of her only vacation to state, profitable four of five matches to complete 3rd at 170.

Ramirez, who wrestled as a youth but gave up the sport at age 10 before returning this period, defeated Grove City’s Francesca Lanese 10-6 in the third-position match. It was her initial gain in four matches versus Lanese this year.

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