BEACHWOOD — With dual meets, you need a good strategy and a little bit of luck.
Fifth-seeded Keystone used some good luck to formulate a good strategy, and it paid off Wednesday night at Beachwood High School with two huge victories in the Division III, Region 19-A semifinals and finals.
First, Keystone upset the host and top-seeded Bison 37-29 on junior Jason Bustance’s first-period pin in the final heavyweight match. Then the Wildcats used a pinfall by 182-pounder Jacob Worthington that just beat the first-period buzzer to edge No. 2-seeded Clearview 40-36 in an All-Lorain County and All-Patriot Athletic Conference final.
“I’m proud of the boys,” Keystone coach Jim Pycraft said. “They all did their jobs. We talked about it all week, who we had to match up with. They all weighed in how they were supposed to, and it all came together for us. They all did their job today and, as a result, we’re in the final eight.
“We were hoping to peak at the end of the year and get everyone back healthy and in the lineup. We’re at full strength for the PAC Tournament (Saturday), and now we have another match next Wednesday, which should help us stay in shape before sectionals begin. We’d like to win that one and go as far as we can in this tournament.”
Clearview advanced to the final with a 48-33 win over No. 6-seeded Independence.
Keystone will meet the winner of the Region 19-B bracket, which consisted of Cardinal, Pymatuning Valley, Kirtland and Berkshire, next Wednesday at 7 p.m. at a site to be determined. The winner of that match will compete in the Division III state semifinals next Saturday. Results from the 19-B portion were unavailable.
“We had the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds on our side of the bracket, so we knew it was going to be a tough night with some close matches,” Pycraft said. “We bumped a lot of kids up to fill weight classes, and everyone pretty much wrestled out of their comfort spot. We figured it would come down to heavyweight, and that’s good for wrestling, as far as I’m concerned.”
Clearview opened with four victories in the first six matches — Jarrett Hylton (106) and Matt Hollingsworth (138) had pinfalls — to open a 21-10 lead in the final.
But a huge pin in 1:49 by Chris McKenzie on Wilbur Blake at 145 swung some momentum Keystone’s way. However, with four matches to go, the Clippers still led 33-28.
“I think the guys that were here wrestled well, but in the end, it all comes down to team,” Clearview coach Jason Steadman said. “When you have a teammate just not show up for the bus — our 160-pounder — that kind of hurts you. It hurts when you are giving 12 (points) up right off the bat.
“We’ve been stressing team, and I think what we have works well together, but it comes down to consistency. We could do ifs and buts all night, but when it comes down to it, Keystone is a better team. I think some of the matches were tight and they were great, but it just fell into their favor.”
Junior Jeremy King started the winning sequence with a pinfall win in 3:44 on Clinton Cooper at 182, cutting Clearview’s lead to 33-28.
Worthington, who is 34-5 on the season and had picked up a huge 45-second pin in the Beachwood match, got Divante Holt on his back with time running down in the first period. A split second before the clock hit zero and the buzzer sounded, the referee hit the mat. After conferring with the clock operator, the ref awarded the pinfall in 1:59 to Worthington. The six points gave Keystone a 34-33 lead.
“We were down by a couple team points, and once our 82-pounder got a pin, I knew what I had to do,” Worthington said. “I bumped up to 195, and I knew if I pinned him, it would lock up the match. I went out as hard as I could and did what I had to do for our team.”
Clearview was forced to forfeit the 220-pound match to Corbin Chizmadia, which put Keystone up by seven with one match to go. Deion Arnold was able to defeat Bustance 3-2 but not even a pinfall would have been enough.
Keystone’s fortunes began on a good note when it won the predual coin toss against Beachwood, allowing it to choose which weight classes it had to report first. That essentially allowed the Wildcats to dictate the dual and find the best possible matches.
It allowed the Wildcats to wrestle around Beachwood defending state champion Sammy Gross (120), who they forfeited to, and put them in the best possible position in the final four weight classes.
“That’s what we were hoping for in both matches,” Pycraft said. “We got it in the Beachwood match and that helped us tremendously. The 120-pound weight class was one of the matchups we were trying to work around, and we weighed in kids so we could have some flexibility at some of those weights. That’s what we were hoping for and, fortunately, it happened in our first dual.”
Keystone opened a 22-6 lead, but Beachwood came back with five consecutive wins to take a 29-22 advantage heading into the 182-pound class.
King edged Sam Diamond 8-7 to cut the lead to 29-25. Then Keystone took a 31-29 lead on Worthington’s 45-second pin.
Chizmadia did a great job avoiding any bonus points in a 10-5 loss to Paully Flowers at 220, which gave Beachwood a 32-31 lead with one match to go.
Bustance (13-7) dominated freshman Bennet Woomer, eventually taking him down and pinning him with 56 seconds left. Woomer threw punches at Bustance during the pinning sequence, and made an obscene gesture toward the crowd as he was escorted off the mat and out of the gym.
Referees ejected Woomer and docked the Bison three team points for a flagrant misconduct penalty. However, Keystone had already won the dual by five points.
“I knew I had to go out and pin him,” Bustance said. “Ten seconds in, he head-butted me, and from there, I just winged it. From football, you know that you have to keep your cool at all times, and that helped me there.”
Hylton and Felipe Valadez (170) each had two pinfall victories for the Clippers.
Keystone 37, Beachwood 29
106: Matt Dobrilovic (Keystone) maj. dec. Kyle Gross (Beachwood), 9-1; 113: Daniel Cropp (Keystone) won by forfeit; 120: Sonny Gross (Beachwood) won by forfeit; 126: Dillon Stiner (Keystone) pinned Jacob Markovich (Independence), 1:01; 132: Logan Stiner (Keystone) won by forfeit; 138: Anthony Walden (Beachwood) maj. dec. Chris McKenzie (Keystone), 12-0; 145: Alex Angersola (Beachwood) pinned Zach Washington (Keystone), 2:49; 152: Andrew Kitay (Beachwood) maj. dec. Clay Hartley (Keystone), 12-1; 160: Ryan Harris (Beachwood) pinned David Gale (Keystone), :27; 170: Trevor Sanshuck (Beachwood) dec. Joshua Fisher (Keystone), 7-3; 182: Jeremy King (Keystone) dec. Sam Diamond (Beachwood), 8-7; 195: Jacob Worthington (Keystone) pinned Shawn Felix (Beachwood), :45; 220: Paully Flowers (Beachwood) dec. Corbin Chizmadia (Keystone), 10-5; 285: Jason Bustance (Keystone) pinned Bennet Woomer (Beachwood), :56.
Clearview 48, Independence 33
106: Jarrett Hylton (Clearview) pinned Drew Benos (Independence), 3:43; 113: Matt Mroczynski (Independence) pinned Isaiah Gohagen (Clearview), 2:57; 120: Jacob Corcino (Clearview) won by forfeit; 126: Mike Hollingsworth (Clearview) pinned Anthony Girardi (Independence), 4:34; 132: Matt Hollingsworth (Clearview) won by forfeit; 138: Graham Montague (Independence) pinned Wilbur Blake (Clearview), 1:11; 145: Sam Strizzi (Independence) pinned Charles Parker (Clearview), 2:38; 152: Derek Foster (Clearview) won by forfeit; 160: Tanner Hadick (Independence) won by forfeit; 170: Felipe Valadez (Clearview) pinned Nickolas Sia (Independence), 5:20; 182: Clinton Cooper (Clearview) won by forfeit; 195: Divante Holt (Clearview) won by forfeit; 220: Alex Scotten (Independence) won by forfeit; 285: Paul Deely (Independence) dec. Deion Arnold (Clearview), 6-1.
Keystone 40, Clearview 36
106: Jarrett Hylton (Clearview) pinned Matt Dobrilovic (Keystone), 4:31; 113: Daniel Cropp (Keystone) pinned Isaiah Gohagen (Clearview), 1:42; 120: Dylan Stiner (Keystone) maj. dec. Jacob Corcino (Clearview), 14-2; 126: Justin Arnett (Clearview) won by forfeit; 132: Mike Hollingsworth (Clearview) dec. Logan Stiner (Keystone), 5-2; 138: Matt Hollingsworth (Clearview) pinned Zach Washington (Keystone), 1:57; 145: Chris McKenzie (Keystone) pinned Wilbur Blake (Clearview), 1:49; 152: Derrick Foster (Clearview) pinned Clay Hartley (Keystone), :34; 160: David Gale (Keystone) won by forfeit; 170: Felipe Valadez (Clearview) pinned Joshua Fisher (Keystone), 1:32; 182: Jeremy King (Keystone) pinned Clinton Cooper (Clearview), 3:44; 195: Jacob Worthington (Keystone) pinned Divante Holt (Clearview), 1:59; 220: Corbin Chizmadia (Keystone) won by forfeit; 285: Deion Arnold (Clearview) dec. Jason Bustance (Keystone), 3-2.
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