OREGON — Sometimes being one of the top eight wrestlers in the nation requires a little proof.
Elyria junior Dylan Shawver — ranked No. 8 at 126 pounds — was down three points midway through the third period against Brighton’s Eddie Homrock, a two-time Michigan state qualifier who placed fourth at state last season, during their championship match at the Maumee Bay Classic at Clay High on Saturday afternoon.
Shawver scored an escape point then hit a takedown in the closing seconds to tie the match. He duplicated the move early in the sudden victory overtime and came away with the 8-6 decision.
“I never want to give up, so I just kept my pace going,” Shawver said. “Once I got out, I know I’m super good on my feet so I didn’t have a doubt that I’d take him down at the end. I just kept doing what my coaches told me to do. There’s no stopping me (in overtime). I’m that confident.”
Shawver went 5-0 with two pins, a major decision and a pair of sudden victory wins. He was named the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler.
“I think when Dylan decides to open up, he can score a ton of points,” Pioneers coach Erik Burnett said. “He had two takedowns in a matter of maybe 25 seconds — between the end of the match and in overtime — so he’s capable when he decides to go. I wrestle him in the room and he is tough.”
Elyria finished with 10 wrestlers on the podiums, with Matt Zuckerman (138 pounds), Enrique Munguia (152) and Jake Evans (170) joining Shawver in the finals and finishing as runners-up. Also placing for the Pioneers were Peyton Fenton (third at 106), Lewis Aguilar (fourth at 195), Nate Burnett (fifth at 120), Drew Levis (fifth at 220), Colin Noel (sixth at 113) and Ben Doehr (sixth at 182).
Junior Mick Burnett — ranked No. 17 in the nation at 132 pounds — did not compete as he was nursing an injury.
“I’m not sure we were as sharp as we’d like to be, but that being said, with 10 guys placing, some guys had some success here and they haven’t had a whole lot this year,” Erik Burnett said. “This was good for them. They’re starting to turn the corner.
“You want to get tough competition. We had a couple weeks there where we were just in the wrestling room and after a tough December, so it was great to get back at it this week.”
Zuckerman’s final against Perrysburg’s Blake Saito was one of the spotlight championship matches, as Saito is ranked No. 6 in the state in Division I and Zuckerman is ranked No. 7.
“I’ve known him since middle school, but I never wrestled him before,” Zuckerman said. “This was my first look to see what he does. I think I’ll be able to wrestle him a little better next time.”
Saito scored a takedown on Zuckerman, who countered with a reversal to tie the match. Saito scored escapes in the last two periods to pull out the 4-2 win.
“I went in there a little too overwhelmed, wanting to wrestle so bad that I made myself too tired,” Zuckerman said. “I should have just taken a deep breath and calmed down and realized where I’m at. It’s the finals, like relax and take it one step at a time. Instead I was trying to go in there and finish it real fast.
“It wasn’t until the second period that I started to realize that I had to slow down and wrestle my match, not his.”
Despite not winning the title, Evans made a statement with his weekend performance. He knocked off Brighton’s River Shettler, ranked No. 19 in the nation, 1-0 in the semifinals, then lost to Kettering Fairmont’s Nevan Snodgrass, ranked No. 18 in the nation, 3-2 in the tiebreaker overtime.
“I definitely feel like I can wrestle with anybody,” Evans said. “I’m just trying to make progress week to week. I wrestled Snodgrass two weeks ago (at Brecksville) and he beat me by three points. Now I took him into double overtime and I think I’m progressing every week and I should be good to go by state.”
Elyria was unable to defend its Maumee Bay Classic title from last season as Brighton won matches at 220 and 285 to pull out a 208-202 victory. Brighton is ranked No. 25 in the nation while Elyria is No. 28.
Two other Lorain County wrestlers finished on the podiums. Vermilion’s Jakob Koleszar placed eighth at 145 while Firelands’ Payton Burgdorf took third at 120.
Burgdorf lost to eventual champion Jake Canitano of Solon in the semifinals Friday night, then bounced back to win a pair of matches Saturday — 1-0 over Nate Burnett in the consolation semifinals and 8-4 over Wauseon’s Gavin Ritter, who is ranked No. 4 in the state in Division II, one spot ahead of Burgdorf.
“I feel like it’s big because he placed higher than me last week (at Perrysburg) so I feel like I might have improved or done something better to put myself above him this week,” Burgdorf said.
Burgdorf suffered his first loss of the season at Perrysburg, and bounced back to take third at that event, too.
“I feel it benefits me,” Burgdorf said. “If I take a loss (in the postseason), I’m not hanging my head the rest of the tournament. From losing in these tournaments I’m kind of teaching myself what it feels like to be able to bounce back from it.
“As soon as I lose, I feel like crap after. But then after I take a minute to think about it and figure out how I can bounce back … I feel that helps me with my mindset.”
TEAM STANDINGS: Brighton (Mich.) 208, Elyria 202, Louisville 168.5, Perrysburg 134, Oregon Clay 123, CVCA 114.5, Sandusky Perkins 110, Wauseon 108.5, Tiffin Columbian 97.5, Solon 92.5, Delta 91, Bedford (Mich.) 90.5, Findlay 81.5, Uniontown Lake 81.5, Berea-Midpark 78, Vandalia Butler 75, Ontario 73, Kettering Fairmont 71, Sandusky 67.5, Fremont Ross 67, Medina 59.5, Mount Vernon 55, Sylvania Northview 49, Anthony Wayne 45, Perry 45, Oak Harbor 44.5, Mayfield 44, Olentangy Orange 42.5, Toledo Whitmer 41.5, Patrick Henry 32.5, Sylvania Northwood 29, Loveland 25.5, Firelands 25, Fairview 23, Massillon Washington 23, Indian Lake 22, Newark 21, Amherst 19.5, Vermilion 18, Swartz Creek (Mich.) 14, Holland Springfield 10.
106 — FIRST: Kyle Rowan (Perry) dec. Zack Mattin (Delta), 8-2. THIRD: Peyton Fenton (Elyria) pinned Carlo Santoro (Mayfield), 3:59. FIFTH: Thomas Cassetty (Uniontown Lake) pinned Tony Pendergraff (OC), 2:17. SEVENTH: Damon Molina (Wauseon) def. Cade Peterson (OH) by forfeit.
113 — FIRST: Jacob Decatur (CVCA) dec. Jacob Moon (OC), 3-2 (UTB). THIRD: Pino Dipierro (BM) dec. Mason Shrader (Brighton), 4-2 (SV). FIFTH: Rico Cunningham (Sandusky) dec. Colin Noel (Elyria), 5-2. SEVENTH: C.J. Bell (Solon) def. Tyler Davis (OH) by forfeit.
120 — FIRST: Jake Canitano (Solon) dec. Garett Lautzenheiser (Louisville), 6-1. THIRD: Payton Burgdorf (Firelands) dec. Gavin Rigger (Wauseon), 8-4. FIFTH: Nate Burnett (Elyria) dec. Shane Heil (BM), 5-2. SEVENTH: Sam Freeman (Brighton) dec. Caden Scarbrough (CVCA), 10-3.
126 — FIRST: Dylan Shawver (Elyria) dec. Eddie Homrock (Brighton), 8-6 (SV). THIRD: Davin Rhoads (Louisville) dec. Logan Hoskins (VB), 3-2. FIFTH: Jack Haskin (TW) dec. Kyle Maville (OC), 7-1. SEVENTH: Caden Wendling (BM) dec. Matt Williams (CVCA), 3-1 (SV).
132 — FIRST: Jordan Decatur (CVCA) dec. Cole Mattin (Delta), 3-1. THIRD: Matt Verdes (VB) pinned Jaden Johnson (Findlay), :53. FIFTH: Zack Snyder (AW) def. Charles Chapman (FR) by forfeit. SEVENTH: Mike Daly (OC) dec. Nathan Leko (Solon), 6-3.
138 — FIRST: Blake Saito (Perrysburg) dec. Matt Zuckerman (Elyria), 4-2. THIRD: Caden Blust (TC) maj. dec. Jonah Smith (Findlay), 12-2. FIFTH: Zach Johnson (Brighton) pinned Trysten Zahoransky (Solon), 2:33. SEVENTH: Carter Kroll (Ontario) def. Tad Jenson (OH) by forfeit.
145 — FIRST: Brody Conley (TC) dec. Ethan Turnbaugh (Ontario), 10-6. THIRD: Austin Pownall (CVCA) maj. dec. A.J. Szigeti (OC), 12-4. FIFTH: Evan Overholser (KF) dec. Dawson Swicegood (Delta), 7-3. SEVENTH: Conner Frantz (Bedford) def. Jakob Koleszar (Vermilion) by inj. def.
152 — FIRST: Jax Leonard (Louisville) maj. dec. Enrique Munguia (Elyria), 16-7. THIRD: Victor Grabowski (Brighton) pinned Noah Ewen (Perrysburg), 1:14. FIFTH: Jestin Love (VB) dec. Conner Liber (SN), 7-5 (SV). SEVENTH: Colton Turnbaugh (Ontario) pinned Brock Minnick (TC), 2:02.
160 — FIRST: Jackson Weissinger (FR) dec. Dane Donabedian (Brighton), 4-3. THIRD: Drew Newton (Perrysburg) dec. Ethan Silvis (Medina), 7-3. FIFTH: T.J. Rhamy (PH) dec. Jade Batross (Newark), 7-2. SEVENTH: Hayden Pummel (IL) pinned Brennon Larion (SC), 1:39.
170 — FIRST: Nevan Snodgrass (KF) dec. Jake Evans (Elyria), 3-2 (TB). THIRD: Xavier Torres (Wauseon) dec. Lucas Salmon (SP), 9-4. FIFTH: River Shettler (Brighton) dec. Max VanFossen (MV), 7-4. SEVENTH: Colin Jagielski (Bedford) maj. dec. Jacob Meek (OC), 16-5.
182 — FIRST: Ethan Garee (Perrysburg) dec. Tai Carter (SP), 5-4. THIRD: Trent Davis (Wauseon) dec. Josh Nagy (OC), 6-4. FIFTH: Cody Mies (Ontario) dec. Ben Doehr (Elyria), 13-9. SEVENTH: Austin Cole (Northwood) def. Joey Simcoe (TC) by med. forfeit.
195 — FIRST: Brent Paulus (Louisville) pinned Wil Morrow (PH), 1:06. THIRD: Greyson Stevens (Brighton) dec. Lewis Aguilar (Elyria), 11-4. FIFTH: Blake Chrisman (Medina) dec. Terion Stewart (Sandusky), 7-5. SEVENTH: Zach Porch (BM) def. Ty Cobb (OC) by forfeit.
220 — FIRST: Luke Stanton (Brighton) pinned Blake Robbins (Louisville), 3:28. THIRD: Blake Wingate (Bedford) pinned Sam McNulty (SP), 3:55. FIFTH: Drew Levis (Elyria) pinned Jake Noon (Findlay), 2:34. SEVENTH: Aaron Harris (Wauseon) pinned Caleb Wood (FR), 3:54.
285 — FIRST: Michael Mather (UL) pinned Kyler Capizzi (SP), 4:29. THIRD: Colby Ford (Brighton) dec. Sammy Sosa (Wauseon), 3-0. FIFTH: Dalton Richard (Delta) maj. dec. Rager Els (MW), 9-1. SEVENTH: Yusef Russell (Solon) pinned Antonio Mangelluzzi (Mayfield), :49.