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Swank, Harmon fight back to advance

It was not the way they had hoped to do it, but Beau Harmon and Beau Swank managed to find a path to the state wrestling tournament Saturday.

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ABOVE: Benjamin Logan’s Beau Swank works to pin Rocky River’s Bill Kelly during a 220-pound first-round match Friday in the Division II district tournament at Bowling Green State University. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: The Raiders’ Beau Harmon locks up with Perkins’ Josh Rohrbacher during a 285-pound quarterfinal match Friday. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LaBATT)

The Benjamin Logan standouts lost in the quarterfinal round Friday and had to battle back through the consolation rounds Saturday to earn third-place finishes at the Division II district tournament in Bowling Green.

The top four wrestlers in each weight class earned berths to state.

After losing Friday, Harmon and Swank had to win three consecutive consolation matches to advance. They did one better and ended up winning four.

“We had a long talk about character and what they are made of,” said Ben Logan head coach Tony Grant. “I told them they needed to find something inside themselves if they wanted to get to state.

“I was real pleased with how they came back and fought. What was nice was they came back to beat the kids they lost to on Friday.”

Harmon, who is a returning state placer at heavyweight, and Swank remembered that regardless of the finish, the most important factor was qualifying to state.

“I’m extremely excited to get back to state,” said Harmon. “I had a couple of bumps in the road, but I remembered that a lot of state champions don’t go undefeated. I can persevere and use my experience as I move forward.”

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