BRECKSVILLE — As the calendar turns, Elyria’s wrestling team knows it’s rounding into midseason form.
After not placing anyone at the Ironman and only Dylan Shawver (113 pounds) at the Beast of the East, the Pioneers finished eighth at the 57th Brecksville Holiday Tournament on Saturday with Shawver and Jordan Breeding (132) winning titles and Mick Burnett (126) finishing third.
Elyria showed what the growth from a month worth of top-flight competition looks like.
“There is progress being made,” Erik Burnett said. “It’s never as fast as you want it, but I thought a couple of our guys wrestled well. Obviously, we have work, but that progress is being made.
“To be standing on top is great for (Shawver and Breeding). It’s a little bit of momentum that we needed. We’ll feed off it.”
Breeding might feed off it the most after third-, fourth- and fifth-place finishes at Brecksville.
This time the returning state placer took a huge step forward by beating Brecksville’s Gabe Tagg in the finals.
A 2016 Ironman champion and the 16th-ranked wrestler in the country, Tagg pushed the pace, but Breeding kept up and controlled things in a 5-4 victory.
“That’s the good thing about having these grinders in the beginning of the season,” Breeding said. “You’re used to it now. You’re used to the close match. It helps us for the rest of the season. It’s really an honor to win here. I’m really thankful for my coaches. It shows that you can never be content.”
A second-place finisher last season at Brecksville, Shawver was anything but content in his romp through the bracket.
When he faced Fairfield’s Zach Shupp in the finals, it could have been a bit of a sigh of relief as Shawver beat him at Brecksville in the semifinals last season.
Shawver left no doubt in a 5-2 win he controlled from start to finish.
“I’ve progressed a lot after the Ironman and Beast showing,” he said. “We really went over where I fell short and it’s been showing off on the mat. This means a lot because it’s probably the second toughest in Ohio not counting state. It shows how good I am.”
Competing in its first BHT, Keystone took gigantic strides as a program. With nine wrestlers in the field, the Wildcats put state qualifier Justin Ocheltree (fifth, 195) and David McCullough (eighth, 182) on the podium.
It’s a showing coach Chris Vondruska plans to build on.
“We have two seniors, two leaders on the team,” Vondruska said. “For them to compete the way they did is special. It says a lot about the work they’re putting in and the direction our team is going.”
For the second year in a row, Midview had a placer as Trever Begin (182) finished fifth.
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TEAM STANDINGS: 1. Detroit Catholic Central (Mich.) 200; 2. Portage (Ind.) 173.5; 3. Brecksville 168.5; 4. Lowell (Mich..) 148; 5. Olentangy Liberty 139.5; 6. Avon (Ind.) 131.5; 7. Dunde 127.5; 8. Elyria 126.5; 9. Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy 126.5; 10. Elder 116.5; 11. Wauseon 116; 12. Canfield 114.5; 13. Claymont 94; 14. Marysville 88.6; 15. Western Brown 88; 16. Rootstown 87; 17. Tuslaw 85; 18. Nelsonville-York 83; 19. Lake Catholic 81.5; 20. Clay 77; 21. Fairfield 68; 22. Edison 66; 23. Ashland 65.5; 24. Toledo St. John’s 65; 25. Aurora, Hilliard Davidson 63.5; 27. Martins Ferry 63; 28. Fremont Ross, St. Ignatius 62; 30. Walsh Jesuit 55.5; 31. Indian Valley 55; 32. Midview 54.5; 33. Alliance 31; 34. Lake 49; 35. Woodridge 47; 36. Solon 45; 37. Padua 44; 38. Mentor 41; 39. Perrysburg 39.5; 40. Perry 36.5; 41. Kettering Fairmont, Keystone 35; 43. Bridgeport, Sycamore 25; 46. Cuyahoga Heights, Licking Valley 10; 48. Brecksville “B” 7.
106 — Jacob Decatur (CVCA) d. Jacob Moran (Por), 7-4. THIRD: Kyle Rowan (Per) d. Casey Barnett (Edi), 9-3; FIFTH: Willie Doepker (Eld) d. Collin Yinger (N-Y), 5-1; SEVENTH: Jack Stanley (Bre) d. Nick Korhorn (Low), 6-5.
113 — Dylan Shawver (Ely) d. Zach Shupp (Fai), 5-2 THIRD: Andrew Perelka (Bre) d. Brandon Lucas (WB) 9-2; FIFTH: Jacob Moon (Clay) by ff Gavin Ritter (Wau); SEVENTH: Ricky Hegedus (Por) d. Ray Adams (Edi), 4-0.
120 — Julian Tagg (Bre) d. Benyamin Kamali (DCC), 11-5; THIRD: Matthew Cardello (CVCA) d. Jake Canitano (Sol), 6-1; FIFTH: Hunter Ryan (LC) d. Micah Duesseau (HD), 3-1; SEVENTH: Jedidiah Marlow (WB) m.d. Jonny White (Dun), 8-0.
126 — Jordan Decatur (CVCA) m.d. Asa Garcia (Avo), 14-5; THIRD: Mick Burnett (Ely) d. Gio DiSabato (HD), 3-2; FIFTH: David Massey (Woo) p. Colin Poyntner (Por), 4:59; SEVENTH: Jimmy Carmany (Bre) m.d. Jabari Thomas (Fai), 18-4.
132 — Josh Breeding (Ely) d. Gabe Tagg (Bre), 5-4; THIRD: Blake Saito (Lib) d. Avry Mutschler (Low), 3-0; FIFTH: Derek Gilcher (CDD) d. Niko Chilson (Roo), 5-2, OT; SEVENTH: Mason Keneff (Bri) by ff Deshea Pettiford (FR).
138 — Kevon Davenport (DCC) p. Maxx Peters (Cla), 3:26; THIRD: Mason Miranda (Avo) d. Andy Garr (Aur), 1-0; FIFTH: Hunter Yackee (Wau) by ff Lamonte Chapman (FR); SEVENTH: Kris Rumph (Por) d. James Fotis (Low), 8-3.
145 — Victor Voinovich (Bre) d. Kasper McIntosh (Por), 1-0; THIRD: Austin Boone (Low) d. Walker Heard (May), 1-0; FIFTH: Garret Anderson (Clay) d. Dakota Bunting (Claym), 7-3; SEVENTH: Landon Plank (Ash) d. Joe Urso (DCC), 3-0.
152 — Conor Brady (Lib) d. Cameron Amine (DCC), 3-2; THIRD: Donnell Washington Jr. (Por) d. Sandro Ramirez (Wau), 5-0; FIFTH: David Cumberledge (SJJ) d. Zac Bellaire (Dun), 6-4; SEVENTH: Will Schmidt (WJ) d. Isaac Yoho (Woo), 6-3.
160 — Kevon Freeman (LC) d. Colt Yinger (N-Y), 3-2; THIRD: Tylor Orrison (Dun) d. Xavier Torres, (Wau), 6-4, OT; FIFTH: Nevan Snodgrass (KF) m.d. Tyler Bates (Mar), 10-2; SEVENTH: Najee Lockett (SI) by ff Will McGhee (Aur).
170 — Carson Kharchla (Lib) p. Jacob Lagoa (SJJ), 1:41; THIRD: Ashton Eyler (Cla) d. Carson Brewer (Avo), 2-1, UTB; FIFTH: Anthony D’Alesio (Can) d. Dominic DiPetro (WJ), 5-2; SEVENTH: Garrett Barth (FR) p. Austin Engle (Low), :33.
182 — Trevor Lawson (Lib) d. David Crawford (Can), 3-0; THIRD: Chris Langguth (Roo) d. Sam Stoll (Edi), 3-1; FIFTH: Trever Begin (Mid) d. Charles Sanders (Eld), 6-5; SEVENTH: Dave Kruse (Low) d. David McCullough (Key), 8-1.
195 — Dalton Hoover (MF) d. Easton Turner (DCC), 8-6; THIRD: Michael Drobnick (SI) d. Nick Crawford (Can), 3-2; FIFTH: Justin Ocheltree (Key) m.d. Jacob Bondon (Por), 8-0; SEVENTH: Caleb Wood (FR) d. Kyle Reinhart (Dun), 4-1.
220 — Brandon Whitman (Dun) d. Antonio McCloud (Eld), 7-2; THIRD: Josh Bever (Ash) d. Ryan Boyle (Roo), 8-3; FIFTH: Tyler Stein (Can) p. Crawford Hamrick (Tus), 2:02; SEVENTH: Breslin Walker (CVCA) d. Connor Nugent (Low), 3-1, 2OT.
285 — Hunter Bodkin (MF) d. Alec Moore-Nash (Eld), 3-1; THIRD: Michael Mather (Lak) p. Daniel Kapalklo (Can), 1:10; FIFTH: Tyler Connolly (Mar) d. Tyler Delooff (Low), 3-1; SEVENTH: Lyle Clark (Claym) d. Nick Daly (Clay), 2-1.