ELYRIA — Wrestling in front of Lorain County’s only state championship team, Elyria was impressive Saturday in dominating Strongsville 55-10 in a Northeast Ohio Conference dual match.
The Pioneers pinned six opponents and lost only two matches, controlling the match from start to finish as members of Elyria’s 1973 state championship team looked on.
The 1973 squad was honored at intermission, presented with plaques and a large photo banner bearing the team picture that will be displayed in the school.
As for the present day, Benjamin Darmstadt (152), JT Brown (170), Dylan Reis (182), Simeon Lawrence (195), Connor Kamczyc (220) and Kevin Vough (285) all had pins for the Pioneers with Reis, Kamczyc and Vough getting theirs in less than a minute.
Reis pinned Strongsville’s Alex Perella in 53 seconds, Vough, a freshman, pinned Vince Galassi in 45 seconds, while Kamczyc was even quicker, pinning Richard Bruner in 24 seconds.
“I like to finish my matches quick and get ’em over with,” Vough said. “I cleared my mind and focused on the match. I try not to think of the pressure of being a freshman wrestling varsity.”
Elyria’s Armando Torres (120) battled with a feisty Jeremy Rezabek, who took an early 2-0 lead before Torres scored a reversal before the end of the first period to tie it at 2. Torres scored another reversal to take a 4-2 lead, and his takedown in the waning seconds of the final period assured him of a 6-4 win.
“He was definitely a tough guy, one of the better wrestlers in the state,” Torres said. “It was a good match, the closest match I’ve had in this gym. I should’ve put more points on the board. My performance was a little poor. I don’t like making excuses, but I wasn’t feeling my best today.”
In the night’s most exciting match, Elyria’s Nico O’Dor (126) used an ultimate tiebreaker to get by David Erdelac 5-4. O’Dor held a 4-2 lead with less than a minute left in regulation, but was penalized for stalling and Erdelac escaped a hold with less than 10 seconds to force the initial overtime.
Neither wrestler was able to score in OT, forcing an ultimate tiebreaker, in which O’Dor had to maintain control on top to win the match.
“I knew I had to just ride him out,” O’Dor said. “This was the first time I’ve ever been in an ultimate tiebreaker. That’s been my toughest match of the year so far.”
Elyria’s Jesse Orantek (132), Mikah Price (138) and Michael Dolan (145) all won by decision, while Taylor Workman (160) won by majority decision.
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Elyria 55, Strongsville 10
106 — Colin Kern (S) maj. dec. Devontae Bowens, 17-6; 113 — Ray Porter (S) pinned Brandon Lang, 1:58; 120 — Armando Torres (E) dec. Jermey Rezabek, 6-4; 126 — Nico O’Dor (E) dec. David Erdelac, 5-4, ultimate tiebreaker; 132 — Jesse Orantek (E) dec. Tate Stevens, 7-2; 138 — Mikah Price (E) dec. Dan Andrews, 8-7; 145 — Michael Dolan (E) dec. Danny Cromleigh, 3-1; 152 — Benjamin Darmstadt (E) pinned Frank Tusick, 1:00; 160 — Taylor Workman (E) maj. dec. Nick Disalvo, 9-1; 170 — JT Brown (E) pinned Nick Caruso, 3:45; 182 — Dylan Reis (E) pinned Alex Perella, :53; 195 — Simeon Lawrence (E) pinned Joey Tomcany, 4:20; 220 — Connor Kamczyc (E) pinned Richard Bruner, :24; 285 — Kevin Vough (E) pinned Vince Galassi, :45.