The Upper Arlington High School wrestling team didn't beat any highly-regarded squads on the way to winning its own Upper Arlington Dual Tournament last Saturday.

The Upper Arlington High School wrestling team didn't beat any highly-regarded squads on the way to winning its own Upper Arlington Dual Tournament last Saturday.

Despite lacking any heavyweights, the Golden Bears breezed to the title, beating Hilliard Davidson B 65-0, Whetstone 65-13, Walnut Ridge 69-9 and Dublin Jerome 42-20.

But considering the up-and-down season and injuries the Golden Bears have had, senior co-captain Ryan Pidcock said they aren't taking the championship for granted.

"We were pretty confident that we could beat those teams, but we hadn't won anything as a team up to that point in the season, so we weren't overconfident," Pidcock said.

"We hadn't wrestled very well in dual matches before (last Saturday), but we finally wrestled the way we're capable of wrestling."

Senior co-captain Matt Forquer, whose squad improved to 5-2 in dual matches, hopes the victories give UA momentum heading into in an OCC-Central Division match today at Westland.

UA is 1-2 in the OCC-Central.

"Our tournament wasn't as challenging as we would have liked, because Hilliard Davidson sent their B team instead of their varsity team, but Dublin Jerome was a pretty good win for us," Forquer said. "The important thing was the entire team wrestled to its ability, and we haven't always done that. We're starting to realize that we're better than we thought we were."

The Golden Bears were missing five starters because of injuries last Saturday, including Ben Ross (125), Connor Pitman (130), Michael Kilstrom (160), Nick Viau (215) and Drew Klamar (heavyweight).

Both Ross and Pitman have had concussions and Ross is expected to miss the rest of the season. Viau was recovering from a sprained ankle, Klamar had a strained shoulder and Kilstrom was out with an undisclosed injury.

Regardless, eight Golden Bears -- Kenji Gerhardt (103), Pidcock (112), Nick Padavana (125), Vito DiBenedetto (130), Erik Furst (140), Eric Arnold (145), Forquer (152) and Joey Quaranta (189) -- went 4-0.

"We had three freshmen in our lineup, Gerhardt, DiBenedetto and (Cameron) Gardner (at 215), and they all wrestled well," Forquer said. "We didn't have anyone at 103 during the first half of the season, so Gerhardt really helped out by dropping down to 103.

"We're thin at the upper weights right now, but we did pretty well at the middle and lower weights. This was my first varsity tournament win, so I'm proud of it, even though it would have been nice to have at least one tough match in there."

After finishing second three times and placing third once in UA's first four tournaments, Pidcock pinned all four of his opponents to pick up his first tournament win.

"It's definitely nice to finally win one, after coming close so many times," Pidcock said.