Eddie Silva is feeling like himself again, and that’s proving to be a tough go for his wrestling opponents.
This was a typical day in the life of the Clay senior last year, when he competed at 170 pounds: Go to school. Wrestling practice at 4 p.m. Go home and eat a little dinner. Work out again “to lose what I just ate,” Silva said, adding that he didn’t feel he was obsessed about his weight.
This season, as a 195-pounder, Silva can eat whatever he wants. Pretty much.
|Clay 195 pound wrestler, Eddie Silva.
(Press photo by Ken Grosjean)
“I can eat the night before (a match) and still come in two pounds under,” said Silva, whose normal weight is around 195 pounds.
Silva said that instead of trying to compete at the next weight class up from 170, 182 pounds, he wanted to get on the mat at his normal weight this season. It’s paying off. He has a 24-4 record and has placed second at the Clyde Invitational and fourth at the Brecksville Invitational.
“I like how I don’t have to cut weight,” Silva said. “I feel a lot better. Last year I cut like eight pounds a week. I’m having a pretty good year. I’m feeling pretty good about it and I’m not surprised. Not cutting weight, I feel energized. I can get into the sport more and I can have fun with it more. I could make the cut to 182, but I don’t think I could do as well as I’m doing right now.”
A three-year starter, Silva went 32-6 a year ago and won the Three Rivers Athletic Conference title at 170 pounds. His junior season, however, ended in heartbreak. He won a sectional title but placed fifth at the rugged Division I district tournament, which included teams such as eventual D-I state champion Lakewood St. Edward.
Fifth place didn’t get Silva to the state tournament. He was an alternate and accompanied his Eagles teammates to Columbus for the big dance.
“I lost my first match (at districts) and had to come back to the consolation semifinals, and I lost again,” Silva said. “I was trying to go for better. It was fine. I got to see what state looked like for the first time. For me that was like, ‘I want to be here next year.’ ”
Second-year Clay coach Ralph Cubberly, who has sent his share of wrestlers to the state tournament, knows just the recipe Silva needs to use on the mat if he plans to qualify for the state tourney as a senior.
“Eddie is a ‘light’ 195-pounder who has to utilize and continue to improve his conditioning in order to wear out his opponents,” Cubberly said. “He needs to employ a non-stop style, trying to tire out and wear his opponent out so he can score in the later periods of matches.”
Silva said, “A lot of opponents are stronger than me, so I have to wear them out. I have be on their head and constantly move them to score on them. I’m very focused this year. I work hard every day at practice, and coach Cubberly pushes us every day to keep that mentality.”
Cubberly added that Silva is a good team leader who knows when to get down and dirty on the mat and when to take a deep breath and enjoy himself.
“Eddie is a fun kid to have around,” the coach said. “He likes to joke and make people laugh, but when it’s time to work, he’s all business. Eddie is a hard working kid who is goal driven. He wants to place at the state tournament. He is a great teammate who leads by example.”
Silva, who plans to study electrical engineering in college - his dad, Edward Sr., is an electrical engineer – admitted he enjoys showing the juniors and sophomores the right way to practice. His goal is to get on the awards podium in Columbus in early March.
“I’m going for top three. That’s my goal,” he said. “It takes a lot of hard work and dedication. It is tough at 195, and my district is tough. I’m energized for the rest of the season.”