February had been a banner month for the Woodridge wrestling program.
However, reflecting on his team's performance Feb. 25 at the Division II sectional tournament at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, Massey was not satisfied.
"It's just the way it goes sometimes," Massey said. "It's stressful and some kids can handle it and some can't. We definitely didn't have our best weekend."
Woodridge finished third in the 10-team race at SVSM with 162.5 points, trailing winners St. Vincent-St. Mary (211.5 points) and runner-up Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy (180).
It wasn't all bad news for the Bulldogs, however, as Woodridge advanced six wrestlers to the district tournament, including two weight champions. The top four finishers in each weight class at SVSM advanced to districts.
Woodridge took a hit before the tournament even started, as sophomore Isaac Yoho was unable to wrestle due to illness.
"We've got to move on," Massey said. "I feel bad for Isaac."
While his twin brother was unavailable, Woodridge senior 138-pounder Eli Yoho looked locked in.
Given the No. 1 seed at 138, Yoho scored a 16-0 technical fall over Orange's Grant Began, pinned Benedictine's Charlie Hurst in 50 seconds and beat CVCA's Just West 8-2 in the final.
"He's got big plans. He's motivated," Massey said of Yoho. "He's got a lot of junior colleges looking at him right now."
Like Yoho, sophomore 120-pounder Brandon Reeves won his second straight sectional title, as Reeves won a sectional title with Cuyahoga Falls last spring.
Seeded second, Reeves pinned SVSM's Kevin Rybka in 58 seconds and dominated Revere's Adam Smith 13-0 to reach the final. Reeves then easily got past CVCA's Danny Sinchok 11-6.
"I thought that Brandon Reeves had a good chance of winning it," Massey said. "He looked really good."
Woodridge's four other district qualifiers all reached their respective title matches at SVSM.
Junior 126-pounder David Massey probably had the toughest assignment. The young Massey was given the top seed at 126 and a bye to the semifinal, where he pinned Revere's Nate Ferrar in 3:11.
In the final, however, Massey had to deal with CVCA's Jordan Decatur, who is a national freestyle champion. Decatur scored the pin in 3:42.
At 132 pounds, senior David Genovese pinned his way to the final, sticking Orange's Jason Abounader in 57 seconds and pinning Chagrin Falls' Justin Rayner in 41 seconds.
In the final, however, Genovese had no answers for top-seeded Luke Wymer of SVSM. Wymer won the final by a 17-1 technical fall.
Junior 170-pounder Spencer Robinson followed a similar path as Genovese. He pinned Benedictine's Max Martin in 5:16 and Revere's Jack Baker in 1:24 to reach the final.
In the final, however, Robinson could not get his offense going against SVSM's David Heath. Heath won the final 8-2.
Finally, Woodridge heavyweight Austin Hindley also reached the final. Hindley pinned Benedictine's Nick Dalton and beat Chagrin Falls' Jack Dawson 2-1 to reach the final.
In the final, Massey noted Hindley gave up a lot of size to CVCA freshman Matt Holman. Holman scored a 5-2 win in the final.
"We qualified six kids and they all were in the final," Massey said. "A couple of years ago, we couldn't get anyone in the final. Our consolation semifinal round was not good. We lost a couple matches we never should have."
Woodridge ended up with four district alternates as freshman 113-pounder Micah Blair, senior 145-pounder Nick Loprinzi and sophomore 220-pounder Nick Loprinzi each took fifth.
Massey noted the fact Loprinzi didn't qualify -- after finishing on the podium at districts last year -- was a bitter loss.
"It was just a really dark cloud on that day," Massey said. "It's that time of year for it. Somebody is going to make it out, but someone is not."
The Division II district tournament at Alliance was set for March 3 and 4, but results were not available at press time. The top four placers in Alliance advance to the state tournament.
"I like our chances. I really do," Massey said. " I think every single kid has got a shot at it."
The Division II state tournament will begin March 9 at 4:30 p.m. at Value City Arena in Columbus.