ELYRIA — The match of the night ended with a Lorain victory, but the dual meet was decidedly won by Elyria as the Pioneers and Titans competed in the inaugural state team tournament Wednesday.
Elyria — the No. 3 seed in the Division I, Region 2-A bracket — defeated Lorain — the No. 6 seed — 55-16 in their historic first-round regional quarterfinal. No. 2 Parma won 62-15 over No. 7 Avon Lake in the night’s opening dual meet.
“It’s neat to be part of history,” Elyria coach Erik Burnett said. “Every team in Ohio that entered the tournament gets to say they were in the inaugural event, so that’s cool.”
The most exciting, and strange, match was between Lorain’s Luther Washington and Elyria’s Taylor Workman at 170 pounds.
Workman scored a late first-period takedown and Washington escaped to make it 2-1 after the first period, and Workman increased his lead to 3-1 with a second-period escape. Washington tied the match with a reversal with 29 seconds left in the third, then forced overtime by staying on Workman’s back.
“Most of the year I’ve been kicking guys out from the top,” Washington said. “Coach felt I had the ability to ride him out the last 29 seconds. I trusted him and that’s what I did.”
The match ended midway through the sudden victory overtime when the wrestlers fell out of bounds, and Workman was called for an illegal move penalty when he stepped on the small of Washington’s back as he turned to return to the center of the mat.
Washington was awarded a penalty point and the victory.
“I don’t think it was intentional, but the ref saw it that way,” Washington said. “I wouldn’t have minded the match ending with one of us actually beating each other.”
Lorain coach Jim Kudrin not only believed the stomp was intentional, he thought it landed a little higher.
“The kid stomped on (Washington’s) head with his foot, and you’re not allowed to do that,” Kudrin said. “This isn’t big-time wrestling, this is high school wrestling.
“Hey, no problem. This is a tough place. (Burnett) teaches kids to be tough, we’re teaching kids to be tough. You’ve got to dish it out and you’ve got to take it. Guess what he took? The loss by doing that.”
The overtime incident was one of the few things Kudrin took issue with, praising the newly formed tournament, the Elyria High gymnasium and the Pioneers.
“All in all I’m very positive about this experience,” Kudrin said. “(The tournament) is an excellent choice for the state to make and this is a wonderful place to start off. A brand new gym … we’re looking forward to having our own and hosting that sometime. We wrestled a really tough team tonight and that’s OK, that’s why we’re here.”
The Pioneers took the suspense out of the match early, rolling to a 31-0 lead after six matches. Freshmen Nico O’Dor (106 pounds) and Ben Darmstadt (120), and senior Chad Shaffer (138) picked up pins, while Armando Torres (113) and Brandon Egnor (132) had technical falls during the run.
“To win dual meets we have to get bonus points,” Torres said. “The first couple guys that go out there are always looking for bonus points. We got those today and it helped us expand the lead … that was the difference.”
Lorain got on the board at 145 pounds when senior Elijah Garcia, who was a state qualifier with the Pioneers during his sophomore season, grabbed an 8-4 decision over Elyria senior Alex Parker. George Colvin’s pin at 152 and Aaron Neal’s major decision at 182 were the other Lorain wins.
“Eli, Luther … they’re tough. Those guys are really, really good,” Burnett said. “Lorain’s always tough. They’ve got a lot of young guys in their lineup and they’re going to be good real soon. That’s what they do in Lorain, they just keep getting better.”
The Shoremen also started quick in their match — jumping out to a 9-0 lead after two matches — but gave up five forfeits in the second half of the meet to help Parma bury them.
Avon Lake was also without star wrestler Nick Mayer, who first-year coach Nick Mayer — the wrestler’s father — confirmed has been lost for the season after knee surgery.
“He blew out his PCL and had to have surgery to repair his meniscus,” the coach said. “We were working out during the offseason and his knee kept locking up. He’d wait for about 10 seconds and then it would be fine. I guess we should have had it checked out then.”
Elyria 55, Lorain 16
106 — Nico O’Dor (E) pinned Jacob Lyman, :36. 113 — Armando Torres (E) tech. fall Markus Cruz, 18-3. 120 — Ben Darmstadt (E) pinned Brandon Bartlome, 3:40. 126 — Darrion Overall (E) dec. Xavier Edwards, 7-2. 132 — Brandon Egnor (E) tech. fall Tevin Wagner, 17-1. 138 — Chad Shaffer (E) pinned Darrion Jimenez, :50. 145 — Elijah Garcia (L) dec. Alex Parker, 8-4. 152 — George Colvin (L) pinned Kevin Villa, 3:44. 160 — Walker Snowden (E) pinned Edward Hayes, 2:43. 170 — Luther Washington (L) dec. Taylor Workman, 4-3 (OT). 182 — Aaron Neal (L) maj. dec. Dylan Reis, 17-6. 195 — Connor Kamczyc (E) pinned Devin Resseger, 1:18. 220 — Tyler Giorgini (E) pinned Charles Cook, 1:55. 285 — T.J. Halstead (E) pinned Clayton Breeds, 1:58.
Parma 62, Avon Lake 15
106 — Anthony Gerrone (AL) pinned Adam Vantilburg, 3:32. 113 — Zach Klima (AL) dec. Anthony Ramos, 7-5 (OT). 120 — Tyler Workman (P) tech. fall Chris Chakirelis, 17-2. 126 — Chayse Csongedi (P) pinned Tim Schleicher, :50. 132 — T.J. Levitsky (P) maj. dec. Joey Bernosky, 9-0. 138 — Kyle Workman (P) won by forfeit. 145 — David Docherty (P) won by forfeit. 152 — D.J. Murdock (AL) pinned Tony Ventura, 1:40. 160 — Patrick Juhn (P) tech. fall Tyler Mayer, 17-2. 170 — Jesse Karban (P) pinned Jason Barnicle, 5:08. 182 — Josh Zeck (P) won by forfeit. 195 — Justin Halaska (P) won by forfeit. 220 — Matt Driver (P) pinned Alex Washburn, 2:18. 285 — Dylan Halaska (P) won by forfeit.