For the Aurora wrestling team, things started well.

The Greenmen tore through a pair of Suburban League American Conference foes Thursday at home. Aurora defeated Copley 47-22 and took down Highland 54-12.

"We dominated pretty much," Greenmen head coach Johnny Papesh said. 

With the wins, Aurora’s dual meet-record moved to 4-0 overall and in the American Conference. 

However, Papesh also found out Thursday that, due to the threat of inclement weather, the Greenmen would not attend the Top Gun Tournament in Alliance Friday and Saturday.

"There’s a big liability issue trying to travel there," Papesh said. "I get it. it stinks, but I get it.

"It’s one of the top tournaments in Ohio. Jack Gorman was a defending champion at Top Gun and he didn’t get a chance to defend his title. It was an opportunity to get a lot of good matches in and we missed it."

Papesh said he was searching to fill up Aurora’s schedule later in the season. 

In the win over Copley, Papesh said his middle and upper weights did the job. 

"They won the first two weight classes and then we got it rolling after that," Papesh said. "Dante Leone came up with a pin at heavyweight against them in the match of the night."

Leone had cut down to 220 pounds, but Papesh said he will fill the slot at heavyweight until senior Mason Copley returns. Copley has been sidelined with an ankle injury the past two weeks.

Papesh said Gorman moved up to 145 pounds to score a pin against Highland. The Greenmen also got a pin from Jack Sender (220) in the win.

Leone, Sender and Gorman each went 2-0 on the night for Aurora, along with Kyle Peterson (126), Andy Garr (145), Will McGhee (160), Jake Loudon (170), Ryan Scantland (182) and Colin McNamara (195).

Going 1-1 at the tri-meet for Aurora were 106-pounder Anthony Sagaris (106), Robbie Sagaris (113) and Ben Rogge (120).

Aurora is scheduled to close out its American Conference dual-meet schedule when it travels to Barberton on Thursday for a tri-meet with the Magics and Barberton. First match is set for 6 p.m.

"It’s the championship match," Papesh said. "Barberton and us are the last two undefeated teams in the conference."  

Aurora will travel to Wadsworth Saturday to participate in the Grizzly Invitational Tournament.


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