AVON — The Avon Eagles have been looking up at Olmsted Falls, which has finished first or second, all three years since joining the Southwestern Conference, but they expected to show the perennial league power that they were ready to climb the mountain this season.
They made that expectation emphatically clear Thursday night in a 50-18 dual meet rout of the Bulldogs.
Olmsted Falls coach Bryce Burkhard knew his team was in for a test when they walked into the Eagles’ gym.
“Going in we were certainly hoping for a tighter match,” Burkhard said. “I don’t know if it was momentum or just a lot of our kids looked flat tonight. They are a veteran, experienced team with a good lineup and we’re young and still trying to learn how to win. We have to go back to the drawing board.
“They’re a pretty good team all the way through. It is what it is … they just put a pretty good whooping on us tonight.”
The lopsided nature of Avon’s victory wasn’t expected on its side, either.
“We were expecting a super-competitive dual but I think it was our conditioning and just our will to work on the mat that put us over the edge,” junior Jordan Greer said.
Greer was involved in the spotlight match of the meet, facing two-time district qualifier Justin Jaeckin, who split four matches with Greer last season.
“I got the first two at the (SWC) dual and at (the) conference (tournament), and then at (sectionals) he beat me twice,” Greer said.
It didn’t look as if the two were evenly matched Thursday night. Greer dominated on his feet and on the mat as he rolled to a 10-0 major decision victory.
“When you can go out there and major a kid who beat you twice last year it really shows how much better he’s gotten within this last year,” Avon coach Jeremy Johnson said. “He has a level of confidence about him and the coaching staff sees every day how hard that kid works and he deserves it.”
Burkhard said he was “expecting a good battle” between the 195-pounders, but gave credit to Greer for turning in a dominating performance.
“Jordan wrestled a smart match and stayed in pretty good position the whole time,” Burkhard said. “He’s got a great frame, strong kid and moves a lot … at that weight class those are all ingredients for success. He’s having a heck of a season.”
The spotlight matchup was pressure-free as the dual meet had already been by the time it took place.
Avon (3-0 SWC) took a 21-3 lead by winning four of the first five matches — including pins by Cael Saxton at 113 and Cade Robertson at 132 — before Olmsted Falls’ Nathan Urry and Connor Atkins won back-to-back matches to make it 21-12.
But three straight wins by the Eagles — a major decision by Tommy Sear followed by pins from Luke Masisak and Aaron Endrizal — gave Avon a 37-12 lead, putting them up by 25 points with four matches left and mathematically ending the Bulldogs’ hopes.
Endrizal’s pin was the catalyst and helped him, like Greer, avenge a loss from last season. He was beaten 7-0 by Olmsted Falls’ Caiden Fetterman in the 160-pound third-place match at last season’s SWC tournament. He pinned Fetterman in the second period of their 170-pound match Thursday night.
“That was good to see him go out there and get that win,” Johnson said. “It was exciting because we pretty much had a full lineup in — we bumped some guys up because we wanted to win the dual and those guys wrestled great.”
Avon won 10 of the 14 weight classes and earned bonus points in eight of them, including a dominating first-period pin by returning state qualifier Jack Roesch at 285 pounds to close out the dual meet.
Avon 50, Olmsted Falls 18
106 — Ty Daugherty (A) wins by forfeit. 113 — Cael Saxton (A) pinned Cainan Comerford, 3:54. 120 — Brennan Stang (OF) dec. Ethan Sear, 7-3. 126 — Joe Mrosko (A) dec. Carson Atkins, 6-2. 132 — Cade Robertson (A) pinned Jacob Toth, 5:03. 138 — Nathan Urry (OF) dec. Jake Bruscino, 7-3. 145 — Connor Atkins (OF) pinned Carl Rak, 4:41. 152 — Tommy Sear (A) maj. dec. Brandon Burkhart, 17-6. 160 — Luke Masisak (A) pinned R.J. Simon, 2:31. 170 — Aaron Endrizal (A) pinned Caiden Fetterman, 2:56. 182 — Chad Boskovitch (OF) pinned Tyler Hannes, 3:54. 195 — Jordan Greer (A) maj. dec. Justin Jaeckin, 10-0. 220 — Mason Bingham (A) dec. Luis Caraballo, 7-0. 285 — Jack Roesch (A) pinned Jerry White, 1:21.