Bradley Beaudette almost spent three seasons at Newport Harbor High missing what it felt like to reach the top of a wrestling tournament. He said he had never finished first in anything.
That changed last Saturday. Beaudette can now call himself a champion.
He claimed the Sunset League title as a 189-pound wrestler. When the referee lifted his arm, the 6-foot senior said he felt like all the hard work finally paid off.
Coach Dominic Bulone was proud of how Beaudette took first after he placed second in the tournament last season and fourth two seasons ago. Bulone has been there throughout Beaudette's development.
Seeing Beaudette beat Los Alamitos' Noah Kessenich, 9-3, in the final gave Bulone his second wrestler to finish first at the league finals at Edison High. Two league champions in one season is a first for Bulone, who is in his 12th season as Newport Harbor.