AURORA -- The Greenmen wrestlers came away from Alliance High on Jan. 14 with two champions in the 31st annual Top Gun tournament. Overall, the team placed fifth among 49 squads.
Sophomore Jack Gorman won the 120-pound title with a 5-3 decision over an opponent from Alliance and senior Jarrod Brezovec won the 132-pound class with a 6-3 decision over a Carrollton foe.
Aurora compiled 133 points in the 40-plus team event. Massillon Perry claimed the team crown with 208 points, Cincinatti LaSalle was next at 199 1/2, Marysville finished third at 138 and Carrollton was fourth at 137.
Gorman beat th5ree ranked wrestlers and did not give up a takedown. He went 5-0 and coach Johnny Papesh said the finals match wasn't as close as the score indicated.
Brezovec won a tight quarterfinals match over a two-time state qualifier and in the semis beat a Pennsylvania state qualifier. He didn't give up an offensive point and went 5-0 for the weekend.
Capturing fourth place was sophomore Kyle Petersen, who was defeated in the third-place match at 106 pounds by a Louisville grappler.
Petersen beat the fourth and 12th ranked grapplers in the state, and Papesh said it was the best he has seen him wrestle. He posted a 6-2 record.
Andrew Garr won won two matches before losing by one point to a West Virginia state champion. He went on to win another match, but hurt his arm and defaulting to eighth place.
Dom Stuber also placed eighth at 145 pounds, pinning one foe, getting a takedown in the last two seconds for another win, losing to the eventual champ and then beating a St. Vincent-St. Mary foe.
Also winning matches were Will McGhee, Ryan Scantland, Colin McNamara, Jake Loudon, Conor Bizjak and Mason Copley.
Papesh was pleased with the team's performance. "Taking fifth at such a tough tournament without returning state placer Bubba Arslanian was very satisfying," he said.
Also recently, the Greenmen beat Copley 54-21 and Kent Roosevelt 84-0. Winning matches in those dual Suburban League contests were Petersen, Ben Rogge, John Papesh, Mark Howard, Brezovec, Garr, Forman, Stuber, McGhee, Scantland, McNamara, Seth Stajetz, James Pietrangelo, Loudon, Bizjak, Nate Sender and Copley.
The JVs wrestled in one of the oldest JV tourneys in Ohio and Rogge captured a title, while Nate Whitelaw and Matt Crissman took second and A.J. Barner took fourth, as the Greenmen JVs came in third as a team.
Aurora is scheduled to grapple Jan.19 at Tallmadge in a Suburban League affair, and will compete in the Wadsworth Grizzly Invite on Jan. 21.