AVON — Amherst came into Thursday’s tri-match against Avon and Rocky River with a mission to be on the offensive not the defensive.
Consider that mission accomplished.
Amherst rolled up a combined 10 pins in winning both matches. The Comets scored nine pinfalls in a 56-16 victory over Rocky River, and followed that with a 44-18 decision over the host Eagles.
“We were aggressive,” Amherst coach Brian Cesear said. “We were wrestling to win, for the most part, working on the things we talk about all the time at practice, and I thought we wrestled well tonight.
“I always tell my kids that we are going to be an offensive team and that the best defense is a good offense. I like to think of us as an offensive team. We’re not going to sit back and wait for somebody.”
Cesear credited senior Bryan DeRuchie for his role in the victories after the 132-pounder earned two pins, the first one at the 3:57 mark against Rocky River freshman Gino Giammarco.
The second came in 1:04 over Avon’s Adam Kirresh.
“He’s been sick all week,” Cesear said of DeRuchie. “He sucked it up and got two pins for us. That was huge.”
Typical of how the night went for the Comets, they won their last match by pin in the heavyweight division against Rocky River.
Early in the match, Rocky River’s Jesse Singler earned a takedown on senior Stephan Moody. Singler then rolled Moody onto his back and was awarded three points for a near fall. However, Moody fought off the pin attempt and scored two points on a reversal.
Soon after the reversal, Moody put Singler’s shoulders against the mat for the pinfall.
“Moody got headlocked and thrown back in the first 20 seconds,” Cesear said. “He fought. He didn’t quit, got off his back, worked for a turn and kept his head in the match, and it worked out. We always talk about mental toughness, try to play different scenarios, what you need to do to win the match. It’s huge because the next time he’s down by five in a match, he knows he can come back and win it.”
The Eagles won their head-to-head matchup against Rocky River, despite having three “above average” wrestlers out of the lineup, two due to injuries and a third because of an illness.
“Coming into tonight’s match, we knew we were going to be down a little bit,” Avon coach Mark Porter said. “River came within a point-and-a-half of beating us at the Knights of Columbus tournament, so I knew it was going to be a really tight match. We won the toss-up matches that we had to win and we got the bonus points where we needed them. That’s the key to a dual.”
After its win against Rocky River, Avon won four of the first seven bouts against Amherst. However, the Comets won five of the final seven matches, including two by technical fall and one by major decision, to seal the win.
“I was happy with our grit,” Porter said. “We didn’t match up well with them. We’re a young team and we competed. They do have more experience and in the bonus-points situation, you expect that. In the end, we’re a young team and I think we’re getting better. We’re progressing.”
Amherst 56, Rocky River 16
106 — Aaron Kelly (RR) maj. dec. Michael Falencki (AM), 10-2; 113 — Dan Mahoney (RR) won by forfeit; 120 — Christian Lough (AM) maj. dec. Bradley Sprau (RR), 13-3; 126 — David Gadelsayed (RR) won by forfeit; 132 — Bryan DeRuchie (AM) pinned Gino Giammarco (RR), 3:57; 138 — Alex Funderburg (AM) pinned Ryan Gilboy (RR), 3:01; 145 — Bryce Williams (AM) maj. dec. Seamus Kilbane (RR), 12-3; 152 — Austin Williams (AM) pinned Travis Smith (RR), 2:13; 160 — Mike Wearsch (AM) pinned Jimi Smith (RR), 5:36; 170 — Mike Sliman (AM) pinned Nick Rodgers (RR); 182 — Derek Eibon (AM) pinned Colin Shirley (RR), 3:07; 195 — Dennis Breeding (AM) pinned Kladio Janku (RR), 1:21; 220 — Todd Hastings (AM) pinned Bill Kelly (RR), 0:07; 285 — Stephan Moody (AM) pinned Jesse Singler (RR), 0:34.
Amherst 44, Avon 18
106 — Frank Rizzo (AV) dec. Falencki (AM), 8-3; 113 — Bryan Stringer (AV) won by forfeit; 120 — Lough (AM) won by forfeit; 126 — Max Kuchenrither (AV) won by forfeit; 132 — DeRuchie (AM) pinned Adam Kirresh (AV), 1:04; 138 — Funderburg (AM) won by forfeit; 145 — Jacob DeLorge (AV) dec. B. Williams (AM), 5-2; 152 — A. Williams (AM) tech. fall Travis Leopold (AV), 19-3; 160 — Wearsch (AM) tech. fall Tyler Vaccarella (AV), 16-0; 170 — Sliman (AM) maj. dec. Brandon Blakely (AV),16-3; 182 — Eibon (AM) dec. Hamza Kirresh (AV), 5-3; 195 — Breeding (AM) dec. Ryan Steinmetz (AV), 4-0; 220 — Joe Travagliante (AV) dec. Hastings (AM), 7-5; 285 — Alex Cranmer (AV) pinned Moody (AM), 3:00.
Avon 38, Rocky River 21
106 — A. Kelly (RR) maj. dec. Rizzo (AV), 13-3; 113 — Mahoney (RR) maj. dec. Stringer (AV), 15-4; 120 — Sprau (RR) maj. dec. Jack DeLorge (AV), 13-2; 126 — Kuchenrither (AV) maj. dec. Gadelsayed (RR), 11-1; 132 — A. Kirresh (AV) pinned Giammarco (RR), 3:10; 138 — Mark Campo (AV) dec. Gilboy (RR), 2-0; 145 — DeLorge (AV) maj. dec. Kilbane (RR), 9-1; 152 — Leopold (AV) dec. T. Smith (RR), 10-7; 160 — J. Smith (RR) dec. Vaccarella (RR), 8-7; 170 — Blakely (AV) dec. Rodgers (RR), 7-0; 182 — H. Kirresh (AV) pinned Shirley (RR), 5:57; 195 — Steinmetz (AV) dec. Janku (RR), 5-0; 220 — Travagliante (AV) pinned B. Kelly (RR), 5:43; 285 — Singler (RR) pinned Cranmer (AV), 1:00.
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