BEREA — Slow starts doomed a pair of Lorain County teams as Berea-Midpark completed a sweep of its Southwestern Conference dual meet season Thursday night.
The Titans opened with a 46-34 victory over Midview, then downed Avon Lake 54-23 to give itself a leg up heading into next week’s SWC tournament.
The Middies lost the first five matches — giving the Titans a 28-0 lead — before James Hutchinson scored a second-period pin over Japhet Gonzalez-Ramos at 138 pounds.
It looked as if the onslaught might continue as Gonzalez-Ramos scored a takedown on Hutchinson in the first 15 seconds of the match, but Hutchinson earned a reversal, kicked his opponent and then powered Gonzalez-Ramos to the mat to take the lead.
“His (style) is kind of similar to mine, but he likes to try and muscle around a lot though,” Hutchinson said. “I like to focus more on my speed, but I do occasionally like to blast double.”
Hutchinson overpowered the power wrestler, then stuck his back to the mat at 3:28. The win kick-started a string of Midview wins — Andrew Philion won a major decision at 145, Pablo Cruz pinned at 152 and Garrett Hruby pinned at 160.
“We figured around my weight class we would start pushing them harder and harder,” Hutchinson said. “We got the momentum going. It felt good.”
Dustin Wells (182) and Daniel Bucknavich (285) scored first-period pins, but three forfeits derailed Midview’s hopes of the upset.
Bucknavich’s win improved his record to 28-0.
“I was just sitting there (during the preseason) thinking I could do it, I could win matches,” he said. “It’s just hard work and dedication. It’s just about the match in front of me, I just wrestle through it. Anybody can upset you, so face everyone like you’re wrestling a state champion.”
John Perry did for Avon Lake what Hutchinson had done for Midview, scored a victory after the Shoremen had dropped the first five matches of the dual and given Berea-Midpark a 27-0 lead.
“We had to get something going and I felt like I had the chance to provide a spark,” Perry said. “I feel like I accomplished that and I’m happy that it carried over to my teammates and everyone did great the next three matches.”
Perry put on a clinic in technical wrestling, wrapping up a 20-3 technical fall over Zach Hoessle midway through the third period.
Perry said he didn’t mind winning by technical fall instead of a quick pin in the first period.
“I really like it because it’s more time on the mat, more experience,” he said. “Especially with the conference tournament and sectionals coming up within the next two weeks, I felt that it was good to get that extra mat time.”
The Shoremen matched the Middies’ four-match win streak in the middle of the lineup, as Frank Gardner (145), Ty Taggert (152) and Abud Salem (160) all pinned their opponents.
Taggert’s match looked to be a close one as he and Spencer Reardon battled through a scoreless first period. Reardon chose the down position to start the second period and Taggert rode him out, turning him once for a three-point nearfall. Taggert chose top to start the third, turned him for another five-second count and finally earned the pin at 5:14.
“I like top (position). I definitely don’t think they’ve scouted me because that’s where I win most of my matches,” Taggert said. “I get an early takedown and then try to stay on top. I couldn’t get it there — the early takedown — but I rode him out well.”
Berea-Midpark 46, Midview 34
106 — Brian Kennedy (BM) pinned Zach Short, 3:14. 113 — Pino Dipierro (BM) won by forfeit. 120 — Shane Heil (BM) pinned Avery Snyder, 1:06. 126 — Caden Wendling (BM) maj. dec. Zak Anderson, 10-1. 132 — Zach Hoessle (BM) pinned Ariah Snyder, 2:27. 138 — James Hutchinson (M) pinned Japhet Gonzalez-Ramos, 3:28. 145 — Andrew Philion (M) maj. dec. Spencer Reardon, 12-3. 152 — Pablo Cruz (M) pinned Luke Yates, :38. 160 — Garrett Hruby (M) pinned Cam Lashock, 1:00. 170 — Jimmy Paletta (BM) won by forfeit. 182 — Dustin Wells (M) pinned Ronald Williams, 1:32. 195 — Zach Porch (BM) pinned Nicholas Skolnicki, 1:36. 220 — Jack Chapman (BM) won by forfeit. 285 — Daniel Bucknavich (M) pinned Daniel Yu, 1:58.
Berea-Midpark 54, Avon Lake 23
106 — Kennedy (BM) won by forfeit. 113 — Austin Neel (BM) won by forfeit. 120 — Dipierro (BM) pinned Dylan Klima, :22. 126 — Heil (BM) pinned Ethan Danniger, 1:00. 132 — Wendling (BM) dec. Ethan Shepard, 7-3. 138 — John Perry (AL) tech. fall Hoessle, 20-3. 145 — Frank Gardner (AL) pinned Gonzalez-Ramos, 1:17. 152 — Ty Taggert (AL) pinned Reardon, 5:14. 160 — Abud Salem (AL) pinned Lashock, 2:49. 170 — Paletta (BM) pinned Adham Abushukur, 2:14. 182 — Williams (BM) won by forfeit. 195 — Porch (BM) won by forfeit. 220 — Chapman (BM) pinned Joe Lubertozzi, 2:33. 285 — Yu (BM) dec. Hunter McHugh, 3-1.