Senior wrestler competes at states in Columbus

Michael McKee, Sports Editor

A senior wrestler qualified for states and traveled to the Schottenstein Center in Columbus to compete at the 2018 OHSAA Individual Wrestling State Tournament.

Stefan Farian, a senior wrestler for Revere, has wrestled since he was in fourth grade and continued into his high school wrestling career. During Farian’s freshman and sophomore years, he made it to districts, and that is where he fell short of making it to states. Farian’s junior year, he made it to the last wrestling match before states and that is when he realized states needed to happen. Farian describes what wrestling means to him and how it compares to other sports.

“[Wrestling] didn’t come naturally, so I had to work at it. Winning in wrestling is a lot different than a team sport and there is no feeling that’s better than that. I think wrestling is the hardest high school sport you can do but it depends on how hard you push yourself and how good you want to be,” Farian said.

Farian went 1-2 at states and lost a close match to place further in the competition. Head coach Dan Mosher, who has coached Revere wrestling for 9 seasons, explained how Farian got so far in his wrestling career this season.

“Stefan was a very aggressive wrestler on his feet, able to get to his single leg takedown on nearly every opponent. He also improved tremendously in the bottom position from the last few seasons, which allowed him to get to his feet more often and score more takedowns,” Mosher said.

Farian’s father described what this accomplishment means to his son and how Stefan accomplished this goal.

“It’s a sense of accomplishment for him and more of pride for me as far as being his father I’m so proud of him of how he was able to work so hard and accomplish a pretty competitive goal. He accomplished it through hard work and perseverance, and lots of off season training and his diligence to succeed at everything he does. This is an accomplishment that he was striving towards for his entire high school career,” he said.

Farian’s father described how the sport of wrestling compares to other sports.

“This sport teaches young men how to win and also teaches them how to lose. Stefan’s very passionate about wrestling and he developed a lot of strong bonds and friendships throughout the years. I think it taught him important life lessons like the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat,” he explained.

The wrestling team ended their season with 12 sectional placers and 7 district qualifiers, in addition to Stefan’s state qualification. Mosher reflected on this season compared to others.

“This has been one of my most successful seasons as a collective team while at Revere. From top to bottom, every wrestler in our varsity line up was very competitive, we did not really have any holes other than the forfeit we gave up all season at heavyweight. The team finished 17-6 on the season, and third in the Suburban League. We had two tournaments championships at Maple Heights and Woodridge,” Mosher said.

Farian will be featured in the wrestling trophy case for his achievements in the Revere wrestling program and has not decided whether he will wrestle in college or in the future.