ELYRIA — One of the top wrestling programs from West Virginia traveled north Saturday to get a taste of Ohio.
Elyria made sure it was a sour one.
The Pioneers secured a 63-12 victory against Parkersburg, a team that’s won 21 team and 153 individual West Virginia state championships, most recently finishing fourth in 2016.
The Pioneers also defeated Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 59-15. The Irish lost 45-26 to Parkersburg in the first match of the tri-meet.
The Pioneers went 16-5 on the mats in the two matches with seven more wins coming from forfeits.
Cameron King at 195 and Dylan Woodings at 220 went 2-0 without having to wrestle. Elyria won 10 of 12 bouts against Parkersburg and six of nine against SVSM.
“Everybody came to wrestle,” Elyria coach Erik Burnett said. “It was a good day. We got tested in some weight classes. St. V has some tough kids, lots of talent there. They’re scrappy and hard-nosed. We got tested and it was nice to see them do what they did. It’s great to see that the kids are seasoned enough to know how to win the close matches.”
Three freshmen had stellar days against Parkersburg — Mick Burnett at 106, Dylan Shawver at 113 and Andrew Butera at 152.
Butera had two tough matches, the first coming against Parkersburg’s Stephen Carder, who took fourth at 138 at last year’s West Virginia state tournament. Butera opened with a takedown 42 seconds into the match and led 4-2 after the first period.
He scored an escape, then immediately went on the offensive, pinning Carder seconds later.
Butera’s second bout, against SVSM’s Chris Flohr, was arguably the bout of the day. After a scoreless first period, Flohr opened the second by escaping from the bottom then scoring a takedown about a minute in. Butera responded with a takedown, but Flohr escaped to take a 4-2 lead into the third.
Butera elected to start the third from the bottom and escaped 20 seconds into the period, then scored a takedown and his first lead of the bout at 5-4 with 34 seconds left.
That’s when the crowd, and the match, got intense. Butera held Flohr down twice and was getting ready to do so a third time with 17.2 seconds left, but was called for his third caution — tying the match at 5.
Needing an escape to win, Flohr carried Butera to the outskirts of the mat, but Butera wouldn’t break. The freshman slammed Flohr down and secured a two-second nearfall to take a 7-5 lead with 4.7 seconds left, holding on for a 7-6 decision.
“He was really tough,” Butera said. “He cut off my angles really good, but I just got on top, I worked on that stuff for awhile. We talk about that a lot, the coaches really had us all prepared. I was a little nervous as a freshman starting varsity, but it feels really good to get two wins there.”
Shawver and Burnett won their only bouts of the day, both against Parkersburg. They received forfeits against the Irish.
Shawver opened the meet with a 14-1 major decision against Hunter Akerman, scoring a takedown early and building a four-point lead 15 seconds into the match. He tagged on a five-second nearfall midway through the period and led 7-0 after one.
He went neutral to start the second and scored a takedown 30 seconds in to take a 9-1 lead. He piled up a 12-1 lead after and opened the third with a reversal. That’s when Ackerman went into defensive mode to avoid the technical fall.
Victory was even more straightforward for Burnett, the coach’s son. He dominated Garrett Danahue for a 16-0 technical fall by building an 11-0 lead after one period thanks to three nearfalls. He chose neutral and scored a takedown within 20 seconds, almost pinning Danahue, who managed to wiggle free enough to force the technical fall.
“It’s encouraging,” Erik Burnett said of his freshmen. “Their confidence will grow whenever they can come out at this level and have success. We had a really tough week this week, a tough week of practice, and to come in and wrestle as well as we did is good.”
Pioneers senior 170-pounder Brendan Price picked up his 100th and 101st career wins during the tri-meet.
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Elyria 63, Parkersburg 12
106 — Mick Burnett (E) tech. fall Garrett Danahue, 16-0; 113 — Dylan Shawver (E) maj. dec. Hunter Ackerman, 14-1; 120 — Brendon Fenton (E) pinned Braxton Byrd, 1:32; 126 — Josh Breeding (E) maj. dec. John Best, 11-3; 132 — Jordan Keegan (E) pinned Bo Moler, 0:57; 138 — Jared Donahue (PB) pinned Jimmy Schill, 3:23; 145 — Matt Fox (PB) pinned Faybyca Todd, 2:51; 152 — Andrew Butera (E) pinned Stephen Carder, 2:53; 160 — Andrew Levis (E) dec. Logan Nay, 7-4; 170 — Brendan Price (E) pinned Jalen King, 1:55; 182 — J.T. Brown (E) tech. fall C.J. Wade, 17-0; 195 — Cameron King (E) by forfeit; 220 — Dylan Woodings (E) by forfeit; 285 — Kevin Vough (E) pinned Donovan McCune, 3:09.
Elyria 59, SVSM 15
106 — Burnett (E) by forfeit; 113 — Shawver (E) by forfeit; 120 — Fenton (E) by forfeit; 126 — Breeding (E) pinned Nick Llewellyn, 1:06; 132 — Luke Wymer (SVSM) dec. Keegan, 8-2; 138 — Schill (E) pinned James Sloan, 1:08; 145 — Jared Musci (SVSM) pinned Todd, 4:59; 152 — Butera (E) dec. Chris Flohr, 7-6; 160 — Michael McIntire (SVSM) pinned Levis, 1:02; 170 — Price (E) dec. David Heath, 3-2; 182 — Brown (E) tech. fall Anthony Ward, 16-0; 195 —King (E) by forfeit; 220 — Woodings (E) by forfeit; 285 — Vough (E) pinned Max Vasay, 1:46.