EATON TWP. — Avon looked at Thursday’s dual match against Avon Lake and Midview as a business trip.
At the end of the night, the Eagles walked out of Edward T. Kubuski Gymnasium at Midview High School having completed the deal by sweeping their Southwestern Conference rivals.
Avon started the night strong with a 57-19 win over the Shoremen and then turned back the Middies, 46-36.
“I was a little nervous coming into the dual,” Avon coach Jeremy Johnson said. “We had two of our starters out, Cade Robertson and Luke Masisak, due to illness, so when we’re missing two of our starters, it’s one of those things. It’s the ‘next man up’ mentality, and we had some people step up tonight.
“Some people who didn’t feel 100 percent stepped up for this team and that’s what’s cool about this sport. We get the opportunity to go out there, and obviously, it’s an individual sport, but at the same time, you get to wrestle as a team in duals.”
The Eagles won four matches by forfeit against Avon Lake, including two of the first four, but they quickly built an advantage with pins.
Jordan Greer got things going for Avon when he needed only
54 seconds to get a takedown and work his way to a pin of Joe Lubertozzi at 220 pounds.
Heavyweight Jack Roesch also got a pin of Max Vonderlieth in only 1:09.
The Eagles got two more pins from Ethan Sear (120 pounds) and Joe Roesch (145) to close out the win.
The pins didn’t stop there. The Eagles got four more in the victory over Midview.
“We stress going out there and being aggressive every single day, every single match, so when we go out and we can get falls in a good, tight team race, we strongly encourage that,” Johnson said. “I’m proud of those guys.
“It gives us a lot of confidence. If you look up and down our lineup, there’s a lot of experience. There’s a lot of top-notch wrestlers, I think, and the fact that we can go out there and get wins this early in the season, especially in our conference, it sends a message right away.”
Although Midview came up short against Avon, the Middies got pins from Zak Anderson (132 pounds), Jameson Shenberger (126) and Andrew Philion (145).
“We had some good things tonight,” Midview coach Shawn Bristow said. “I think we were outmatched maybe in a couple matches there, but for the most part, the kids fought hard, and that’s what we ask them to do and expect them to do.”
Avon Lake wanted to set an early tone in its matches and they had several successful first-period takedowns before escapes and reversals brought many of their bouts to a premature conclusion. However, those early takedowns are a building block Avon Lake will look to use as the season continues.
“It’s something you can’t teach,” Avon Lake coach Scott Peepers said of having an aggressive mindset. “It’s something we’ve been trying to change in the culture the last couple years.
“We’ve got a couple good seniors, a couple good juniors that are leading the way with these younger guys and they’re teaching them right out of the gates how things should be at Avon Lake wrestling, and I think you’re seeing that with a lot of the younger guys. They’re coming out hammering right away with some confidence.”
Avon 57, Avon Lake 19
106 Pounds: Ty Daugherty (A) won by forfeit
113 Pounds: Cael Saxton (A) won by forfeit
120 Pounds: Ethan Sear (A) pinned Kaleb Moore (AL), 0:41
126 Pounds: Alec Negron (AL) major dec. Joe Mrosko (A), 13-1
132 Pounds: Ethan Sheppard (AL) pinned Zack Renfro (A), 1:21
138 Pounds: John Perry (AL) dec. Jake Bruscino (A), 11-5
145 Pounds: Joe Roesch (A) pinned Zach Coly (AL), 3:43
152 Pounds: Tommy Sear (A) dec. Ty Taggert (AL), 12-7
160 Pounds: Aboud Salem (AL) won by forfeit
170 Pounds: Aaron Endrizal (A) pinned Adham Abushukur (AL), 1:07
182 Pounds: Tyler Hannes (A) won by forfeit
195 Pounds: Connor Jones (A) won by forfeit
220 Pounds: Jordan Greer (A) pinned Joe Lubertozzi (AL), 0:54
285 Pounds: Jack Roesch (A) pinned Max Vonderlieth (AL), 1:09
Avon 46, Midview 36
106 Pounds: Ty Daugherty (A) won by forfeit
113 Pounds: Ethan Sear (A) won by forfeit
120 Pounds: Cael Saxton (A) pinned Colton Bell (M), 4:28
126 Pounds: Jameson Shenberger (M) pinned Joe Mrosko (A), 1:42
132 Pounds: Zak Anderson (M) pinned Quinn Sanfilippo (A), 1:46
138 Pounds: Jake Bruscino (A) pinned Ariah Snyder (M), 5:42
145 Pounds: Andrew Philion (M) pinned Joe Roesch (A), 2:18
152 Pounds: Tommy Sear (A) major dec. Roy Brannon (M), 13-1
160 Pounds: Matt McMahon (M) won by forfeit
170 Pounds: Aaron Endrizal (A) pinned Garret Hruby (M), 1:53
182 Pounds: Dustin Wells (M) won by forfeit
195 Pounds: Tyler Hannes (A) pinned Nick Skolnicki (M), 1:10
220 Pounds: Jordan Greer (A) won by forfeit
285 Pounds: Dan Bucknavich (M) won by forfeit