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High school wrestling: Avon's Jordan Greer pulls out upset win in OT for Cobos Insurance Classic title, helps Eagles finish second as a team

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    Avon's Jordan Greer, left, squares off against Bays' Matthew Cover on Saturday.

    JESSE GRABOWSKI / CHRONICLE

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AVON LAKE — Jordan Greer had the scouting report, he put together a game plan and now he has a Cobos Insurance Classic championship.

The Avon junior 195-pounder scored a takedown in sudden victory overtime to upset Bay senior Matthew Cover — a Division II state placer who is ranked No. 1 in the state by Intermat this season.

“He practices in our room all the time so we know each other really well,” Greer said of Cover. “He’s a defensive wrestler and I’m sort of a defensive wrestler, so I wanted to bring it as long as possible. The most aggressive wrestler is going to win most of the time, so I tried to be aggressive.”

Greer got in on a single-leg takedown attempt late in the third period but Cover scrambled out of it. He got in on Cover’s leg again late in the overtime period, swung around behind and then pulled Cover to the mat to earn the 3-1 win.

“Last year, I ended as a state alternate, so I came into the offseason with a work ethic — I’ve been lifting, wrestling freestyle and all kinds of things,” Greer said. “My goals are really high for this season — I want to be a state placer — and this is a starting point for me.”

The win — as well as titles by Cael Saxton at 113 and Tommy Sear at 152 — helped the Eagles secure second place with 222.5 points, behind Bellevue’s 273 and ahead of Bay’s 203. It was Avon’s best finish since taking second in 2015. The Eagles are also the last Lorain County team to win the event, which they did in 2014 by edging Amherst.

Greer wasn’t the only area underdog that pulled out a championship win Saturday night. Brookside’s David Ocasio rallied for an 8-6 sudden victory overtime win against top-seeded Jameson Mullens of Port Clinton at 126 pounds. He is the Cardinals’ first champion in Avon Lake since the 1990s, according to coach Seth Houston.

“This kid, he has a style like I’ve never seen before,” Ocasio said. “He waits for you, waits for you and the minute you make a wrong move he’s at your legs. I knew that going in and he still got me a few times.

“He hit a reversal and got some back points and I knew the pressure was on me. I went in, he shot, I kind of just shucked him by and we went into overtime. It was a good fight, he shot but I knew it was coming this time and I just grabbed his ankle, went behind and got my two (points).”

A trio of wrestlers earned their second titles at the event. Saxton and Amherst’s Adam Lough defended titles from last season, while Sear added to the title he won as a freshman in 2015.

“I didn’t wrestle my best match right there,” Saxton said after his 4-3 win. “It was one where I had to gut it out. You don’t really want to have to rely on those, I like putting it out of hand when I can. But you need some of those matches because when you’re facing high-level kids, you’re going to need to know how to gut it out.”

While season-opening titles are nothing new for Avon and Amherst wrestlers — the Comets’ Tim Carrion also won a title at 138 pounds — several area schools joined the fun at the top of the podium.

Avon Lake’s Abud Salem and North Ridgeville’s Jared Viancourt ended four-year championship droughts for their schools.

“That was a great match,” Viancourt said of his 8-7 win over Bellevue’s Mark Janowicz in the 145-pound final. “He was my toughest opponent of the tournament by far. I was glad I actually got to the third period this time, because that could affect me in the end of the third period of my other matches as far as conditioning.”

Salem pinned Avon’s Luke Masisak in the second period to earn his title at 160 pounds. It was a special moment for the Shoremen senior as his school hosted the tournament and because he had lost in the final last season.

“I wanted to get that redemption,” Salem said. “Every time I watched that video of me losing it made me want to come back harder. It was great.”

The final title of the night was awarded to Elyria Catholic heavyweight Jack Decker, who pinned Keystone’s Luke Moore in the second period.

“My first match (a 7-1 decision over Moore during pool play Friday night) started off a little slow — you know, get the jitters out,” Decker said. “But then I came out and pinned my way through the rest of the tournament. That’s what I wanted to do.”

Contact Shaun Bennett at (440) 329-7137 or sbennett@chroniclet.com. Like him on Facebook and follow him @ShaunBennettct on Twitter.

TEAM STANDINGS: Bellevue 273, Avon 222.5, Bay 203, North Ridgeville 180, Avon Lake 155.5, Amherst 149.5, Brookside 121.5, Holland Springfield 111, Vermilion 91, Port Clinton 82, Rocky River 57, Wellington 54, Keystone 52, Brooklyn 49, Elyria Catholic 34.

106 — FIRST: Gabe Alda (Bellevue) dec. Stephen Tepper (Bay), 7-4. THIRD: Matt Williams (RR) dec. Ty Daughtery (Avon), 5-2. FIFTH: Zach Orseno (NR) pinned Ian Zender (RR), 4:20.

113 — FIRST: Cael Saxton (Avon) dec. Noah Alda (Bellevue), 4-3. THIRD: Ethan Sear (Avon) maj. dec. Sam Brenneman (Bay), 12-0. FIFTH: Eric Saddler (Brookside) dec. Joey Brass (Vermilion), 12-5.

120 — FIRST: Adam Lough (Amherst) tech. fall Joe Mrosko (Avon), 16-1. THIRD: Brandon D’Egidio (Vermilion) dec. Jayden Mayes (Bellevue), 5-0. FIFTH: Matt Caraszi (NR) pinned Quinn Sanfilippo (Avon), :31.

126 — FIRST: David Ocasio (Brookside) dec. Jameson Mullens (PC), 8-6 (OT). THIRD: Alec Negron (AL) maj. dec. Caiden Walters (Bellevue), 11-3. FIFTH: Abed Sulaiman (NR) pinned Jeremiah McKee (Wellington), 4:53.

132 — FIRST: Seth Majewski (Brooklyn) maj. dec. Jacob Dunstan (NR), 11-3. THIRD: Ethan Shepard (AL) maj. dec. Jake Bruscino (Avon), 12-4. FIFTH: Andrew Stoll (HS) pinned Michael Kasunick (Bay), 4:20.

138 — FIRST: Tim Carrion (Amherst) pinned Cody Kile (Bellevue), 3:50. THIRD: John Perry (AL) dec. Dylan Stoll (HS), 3-0. FIFTH: Ethan Taylor (Bay) pinned K.J. Wegener (Avon), 1:24.

145 — FIRST: Jared Viancourt (NR) dec. Mark Janowicz (Bellevue), 8-7. THIRD: Ryan Healy (Keystone) dec. Tryston Brown (Bellevue), 14-11. FIFTH: Nick Larosa (Bay) pinned Joe Roesch (Avon), :56.

152 — FIRST: Tommy Sear (Avon) tech. fall Jakob Koleszar (Vermilion), 15-0. THIRD: Carl Ramser (Brooklyn) dec. Ty Taggert (AL), 2-1. FIFTH: Jared Weider (Bellevue) dec. Sy Tubbs (HS), 6-4.

160 — FIRST: Abud Salem (AL) pinned Luke Masisak (Avon), 3:36. THIRD: Jon West (Amherst) pinned Cody Nusbaum (Brookside), 4:01. FIFTH: Trenton Collier-Moreland (HS) dec. Dillon Henry (Vermilion), 11-8.

170 — FIRST: Justin Mayes (Bellevue) pinned Mason Cover (Bay), 4:18. THIRD: Griffen Novotny (Bay) dec. Adham Abushukur (AL), 5-3. FIFTH: Macky Perdue (Amherst) pinned Alex Douglas (NR), 2:23.

182 — FIRST: Collin Corapi (Bellevue) pinned Carson Smith (PC), 3:10. THIRD: Joe Geiger (HS) dec. Sage Long (Bay), 5-4. FIFTH: Gabe Gayheart (Wellington) dec. Tyler Hannes (Avon), 5-1.

195 — FIRST: Jordan Greer (Avon) dec. Matthew Cover (Bay), 3-1 (OT). THIRD: Chris Bennett (Vermilion) dec. Tommy Koch (RR), 3-0. FIFTH: Braxton Berry (Bellevue) dec. Jack Howey (Bellevue), 7-6.

220 — FIRST: Dylan Adkins (Bellevue) pinned Klevin Mici (Bay), 2:40. THIRD: Matt Thompson (Brookside) dec. Aiden Nunez (Bellevue), 6-4. FIFTH: Patrick MacGregor (NR) dec. Clay Carpenter (Amherst), 4-1 (OT).

285 — FIRST: Jack Decker (EC) pinned Luke Moore (Keystone), 2:40. THIRD: Nick Hickman (Keystone) pinned Brandon Smith (Keystone), 2:28. FIFTH: Tony Garza (Brookside) pinned Dustin McElhaney (NR), 2:18.

MOST PINS IN THE LEAST AMOUNT OF TIME: Jayden Mayes, Bellevue.

MOST VALUABLE WRESTLER: Jordan Greer, Avon.

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