Beaudette wants to place high

By Friday, Newport Harbor High's Dominic Bulone will have coached two Beaudette brothers at the CIF State wrestling finals.

Four years after Brian Beaudette reached state, his younger brother, Bradley, is in Bakersfield.

Bulone is hoping to stay in town for more than one day. Bradley is in the 189-pound division and Bulone believes the senior can place in the top eight at state.

Bulone said both brothers hate to lose. There is one big difference between the two.

"Bradley reacts differently to a loss compared to his brother," Bulone said after Bradley won the Sunset League title last month. "He doesn't dwell on the loss. He recovers quickly."

Bradley will try to avoid the kind of day Brian experienced at state in 2007.

Brian dropped his first two matches in the heavyweight division and exited. Bradley cannot afford to lose twice on the first day if he plans to place.

Bradley (34-11) has a tough opponent in the opening round at Rabobank Arena. The schedule has him facing Yosemite's Kyle Lincoln, ranked No. 12 in the state by The California Wrestler.

Bradley, who is No. 33 in the state, finished eighth at the CIF Southern Section Masters Meet last week, while Lincoln was second in the CIF Central Section. At Masters, Bradley went up against three wrestlers currently ranked in the top 20 in the state, beating one of the three, Great Oak's Ryan Rees, 4-3, to move on the quarterfinals.

Bradley is the third wrestler in Bulone's 12 seasons with the Sailors to advance to state. Only one of his wrestlers has placed. Josh George took eighth in the 140-pound division three years ago.

Bradley plans to be the next Sailor to finish in the top eight and the first Beaudette to accomplish the feat.

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