NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Olmsted Falls’ upper weights came to play against North Ridgeville on Thursday night.
A couple of early close decisions put the Rangers in a hole, and the Bulldogs rattled off pins in three of the final five bouts to secure a 42-27 Southwestern Conference dual meet victory in the league opener for both teams.
“We didn’t start off the dual the way I wanted to,” Rangers coach Josh Bement said. “We kind of gave some matches away there, some swing matches that if they go our way the dual may have looked a little different. We definitely need to get back in the room and re-evaluate what we’re doing as far as effort on bottom, staying off of our backs.”
Those swing matches came at 120, 126 and 138 — all of which went Olmsted Falls’ way. Ridgeville’s Matthew Caraszi rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the second period to tie things against Brennan Stang at 120, scoring a near-fall with five seconds left before the buzzer. But in the third, Stang got him back with a near-fall at the 1:35 mark and held on for a 7-4 decision.
At 138, Olmsted Falls’ Nathan Urry built a 4-1 lead against Anthony Naso, who scored twice in the third but couldn’t secure a takedown to pull out the win.
Abed Sulaiman’s loss at 126 was a heartbreaker for the Rangers, as he started to assert himself at the end of the second period with a powerful takedown — picking Carson Atkins off the mat — to claim a 3-2 lead. He extended it to 5-2 quickly in the third when he rolled Atkins over on top to score a near-fall.
But Atkins got the last laugh, scoring a reversal at the 34-second mark that turned into a near-fall, sealing a 7-5 win.
“I had a bad switch and he just turned off, got me on my back and got me in the last second,” Sulaiman said. “I’ve got to take more shots.”
Jacob Dunstan scored the first win on the mat for the Rangers at 132, pinning Jacob Toth in 43 seconds. Jared Viancourt had to gut out a 7-5 decision at 145 after a scary moment late in his bout with Brandon Burkhart.
Viancourt utilized three takedowns and an escape to build a 7-3 lead, all of Burkhart’s points coming because Viancourt chose to let him up. With about a minute left, Viancourt’s right leg got tangled up with Burkhart, causing his knee to twist. He said he heard a crack and was down on the mat for a minute or so.
He walked it off and fought through the injury, but he limped off the mat and had an ice pack on his knee after the duel.
“It hurts, but I just had to fight through the pain,” Viancourt said. “There was a minute left, so I had to finish it. It was bad, though, I had never experienced that in a match ever. I think he was trying to do a broomstick and my ankle got caught up, then my knee cracked really bad. I got some feeling back into it, but it was not good.”
The Rangers couldn’t take back the lead as the Bulldogs took five of the next seven bouts, starting with a 28-second pin by Connor Atkins over Tyler Fair at 152. R.J. Simon put together a strong bout, winning 15-8 against Shane Swindig — who saved off a major decision with a late escape.
Alex Douglas got the Rangers crowd back into it at 170. His opponent, Gavin Miner, took him down within the first 10 seconds, but Douglas turned a reversal into a 33-second pin, rising to his feet with his arms in the air to energize the fans.
The momentum wouldn’t stick as Chad Boskovitch, Justin Jaeckin and Brendan Corrigan all pinned their opponents at 182, 195 and 220, respectively, within the first period to seal the win. Dustin McElhaney picked up six points for the Rangers, pinning heavyweight opponent Jerry White at 4:41.
“We like to score points with our big boys,” Olmsted Falls coach Bryce Burkhard said. “When you have those horses, it’s nice to lean on them. I was happy with our performance. They have a lot of experience on the mat, we don’t. To come away with a win from a tough team, we’ll take that any day.”
Olmsted Falls 42, North Ridgeville 27
106 — Zachary Orseno (NR) won by forfeit. 113 — Cainan Comerford (OF) pinned Michael Caraszi, 4:35. 120 — Brennan Stang (OF) dec. Matthew Caraszi, 7-4. 126 — Carson Atkins (OF) dec. Abed Sulaiman, 7-5. 132 — Jacob Dunstan (NR) pinned Jacob Toth, :43. 138 — Nathan Urry (OF) dec. Anthony Naso, 4-3. 145 — Jared Viancourt (NR) dec. Brandon Burkhart, 7-5. 152 — Connor Atkins (OF) pinned Tyler Fair, :28. 160 — R.J. Simon (OF) dec. Shane Swindig, 15-8. 170 — Alex Douglas (NR) pinned Gavin Miner, :33. 182 — Chad Boskovitch (OF) pinned Tyler Kranick, 1:34. 195 — Justin Jaeckin (OF) pinned Carter Grow, :46. 220 — Brendan Corrigan (OF) pinned Chris Douglas, 1:06. 285 — Dustin McElhaney (NR) pinned Jerry White, 4:41.