SHEFFIELD — Brookside wrestling coach Brian Behrendt kept it simple.
“I think we’re sick of being doormats,” he said.
The Cardinals, lightly regarded in Lorain County and the Patriot Athletic Conference for years, came away with a pair of dominant victories — 48-32 over Keystone and 49-28 over Wellington — on Thursday night to stay unbeaten in the Stars Division.
“I’ve had better teams in the past, but I haven’t had teams that are as dedicated and coachable as this team,” Behrendt said. “I’ve had teams where I’ve had some outstanding wrestlers, but this whole team is outstanding in their effort. They do everything I ask them to do.”
The Cardinals had several outstanding performances Thursday night, highlighted by Ian Standen’s two first-period pins at 145 pounds.
“Before my matches, I don’t think about it,” Standen said. “I don’t think about what I’m going to do or who I’m wrestling, I just go out there and wrestle. It’s a simple concept.”
Standen pinned Keystone’s Clay Hartley in 27 seconds, then beat Wellington’s Alex Imhoff in 1:14.
“The first guy I wrestled, I didn’t want to do that. I didn’t want to head-and-arm him,” Standen said. “I wanted to work my stuff and get better during the match. The second match, I got the chance to finally get him where I wanted him, took the shot and got around him. He threw the arm up and I took the half and pinned him.”
It was an impressive performance mostly because Standen was able to earn two wins on the mat. With most of the teams’ rosters filled with holes — Buckeye had just seven wrestlers in its lineup — there were only a handful of competitors who were able to wrestle twice.
“I’m happy that I got to wrestle two matches because I’ve been out for about four weeks now with a shoulder injury,” Keystone’s Jeremy King said. “Last year I had the same injury and just wrestled through it. I had surgery back in June and then injured it again this season. So it’s been really frustrating.”
King picked up a first-period pin against Brookside’s Cullen Wolford, then pinned Buckeye’s Alex Wilk at 1:54. Joining his Wildcats teammate with two earned wins was Logan Stiner, who had a technical fall over Brookside’s Devin French before clinching the team win against Buckeye with an 11-4 decision over Kyle Fowler.
“Some of us are cutting weight and are a little sore,” Stiner said. “So you get little bumps and bruises out there and you just have to fight through every match. I try to take advantage of every match that I can get, and that’s what we all need to do this year.”
Even though the Dukes went winless, they had a bright spot in 106-pounder Jacob Downs, who earned second-period pins over Buckeye’s Justin Montenaro and Brookside’s Madison Burns.
“I don’t think we wrestled to our full potential today, we could have done a lot better,” Downs said. “I didn’t feel like I had that good a match, I was just wrestling really tired. Practice is probably going to suck tomorrow.”
But the future continues to look bright for the Cardinals.
Thursday night’s performance is just the latest in a hot streak for Brookside, which also won the Vermilion Invitational a couple weeks ago. Behrendt believes the Cardinals can still win the Stars dual title, head into the PAC tournament with some momentum and avenge their lone PAC loss to Clearview.
“Clearview’s tough, we lost to them by six points,” he said.
“Everyone’s feeling pretty good right now,” Standen said. “I’ve been on a winning team before, but it’s usually been a few guys that have led the way. This season we have a bunch of guys all over the place who are making the team better.
“We’re going to show everyone at the school what Brookside can do.”
Brookside 48, Keystone 32
106 — Madison Burns (B) pinned Matthew Dobrilovic, 2:40. 113 — Aidan Wonder (B) pinned Daniel Cropp, :48. 120 — Dylan Stiner (K) won by forfeit. 126 — David Petrucci (B) won by forfeit. 132 — Logan Stiner (K) tech. fall Devin French, 17-2. 138 — Christopher McKenzie (K) pinned Cory Mills, 2:58. 145 — Ian Standen (B) pinned Clay Hartley, :27. 152 — Steve Horvath (B) pinned David Gale, 3:21. 160 — Dan Mize (B) won by forfeit. 170 — Jeremy King (K) pinned Cullen Wolford, 1:08. 182 — Mitch O’Connor (B) won by forfeit. 195 — Jacob Worthington (K) pinned Zach Fries, :50. 220 — Justin Wojo (B) won by forfeit. 285 — Jason Bustance (K) dec. Ivan Mendoza, 3-1.
Buckeye 33, Wellington 30
106 — Jacob Downs (W) pinned Justin Montenaro, 4:03. 113 — Nickolas Amspaugh (W) won by forfeit. 120 — Double forfeit. 126 — Jon Eschedor (W) won by forfeit. 132 — Kyle Fowler (B) won by forfeit. 138 — Mike Keith (B) pinned Alex Coker, 5:30. 145 — Artie Clark (B) dec. Alex Imhoff, 7-3. 152 — Anthony Kisiday (B) pinned Josh Kitko, 3:12. 160 — Bryan Landen (B) pinned Matthew Kitko, 1:23. 170 — Alex Wilk (B) pinned Aaron Ferguson, 2:47. 182 — Kazimer Dec (W) won by forfeit. 195 — Jacob Squire (W) won by forfeit. 220 — Double forfeit. 285 — Double forfeit.
Brookside 49, Wellington 28
106 — Downs (W) pinned Burns, 3:26. 113 — Wonder (B) maj. dec. Amspaugh, 13-4. 120 — Austin Knowlton (B) won by forfeit. 126 — Eschedor (W) maj. dec. Petrucci, 11-3. 132 — French (B) won by forfeit. 138 — Mills (B) dec. Coker, 7-4. 145 — Standen (B) pinned Imhoff, 1:14. 152 — J. Kitko (W) pinned Horvath, 1:43. 160 — Mize (B) pinned M. Kitko, 3:42. 170 — Wolford (B) pinned Ferguson, 1:47. 182 — Dec (W) pinned O’Connor, :58. 195 — Squire (W) won by forfeit. 220 — Wojo (B) won by forfeit. 285 — Mendoza (B) won by forfeit.
Keystone 36, Buckeye 19
106 — Montenaro (B) maj. dec. Dobrilovic, 16-2. 113 — Cropp (K) won by forfeit. 120 — D. Stiner (K) won by forfeit. 126 — Double forfeit. 132 — L. Stiner (K) dec. Fowler, 11-4. 138 — Keith (B) dec. McKenzie, 7-1. 145 — Hartley (K) dec. Clark, 10-7. 152 — Kisiday (B) pinned Gale, 2:29. 160 — Landen (B) won by forfeit. 170 — King (K) pinned Wilk, 1:54. 182 — Double forfeit. 195 — Worthington (K) won by forfeit. 220 — Double forfeit. 285 — Bustance (K) won by forfeit.