AURORA -- After winning the Tallmadge Invitational on Dec. 10, Harmon School's wrestling team split in each of two varsity events. The locals defeated Midview 66-9, but fell to Bellevue 57-33 and later lost to Tallmadge 51-32, but edged Nordonia 51-42.
As of early last week, Harmon's team record stood at 6 wins and 5 losses. The team scrimmaged with Hudson on Jan. 5, and sent 16 wrestlers to participate in the B Great event at Chardon on Jan. 7.
Midview's extra event meant each of Harmon's consistent starters had to pick an event to miss so they could stay within the OHSAA's 17-point limitation for competition. The wrestlers chose either the Midview or Nordonia competition.
Against Midview, Max Manderbach had a pin and Robbie Sagaris a major decision, Justin Hartland and Kaden McGohan picked up forfeits in their debuts in exhibition matches, Evan McVay lost a decision and Josh Sweatt and Jaden Bihari earned forfeits.
Dylan DelRosa pinned and the remainder of the lineup followed with forfeits, except for Joey Fontana.
Against Bellevue, victories were by Manderbach, Sagaris, DelRosa, Joey Harden and Charlie Guinn. Josh Kuty picked up Harmon's final points at 172 pounds with a forfeit. Manderbach earned wrestler of the match honors.
At Nordonia, winning against Tallmadge were Anthony Sagaris, along with Angus Anderson by technical fall. Harmon's other points came by forfeit. In extra matches, Hunter Lane won by decision.
Against Nordonia, Jack Cardaman was on his way to his first varsity win at 80 pounds, but was caught in a scramble. Anthony Sagaris won by pin, Jeffrey Burger dominated 8-1 and Lucas Nielsen pinned at 160. Top wrestlers for the match were Anderson and Nielsen.
On Jan. 7, Harmon entered 16 in the Chardon B Great event for JV wrestlers.
Also attending varsity grapplers Manderbach, Robbie and Anthony Sagaris, Guinn and Fontana.
Hartland, McGohan, Sweatt and Bihari went undefeated throughout the day. Mitch Copley came within one overtime takedown of achieving the same.
Griffin Howsmon, Matt Hauptner, Joey Harden, Jack Austin, Lane, and Nielsen won at least one match by pin, Cardaman and Evealyn Gainer won by decision and Luke Reker, Anderson, and Kuty went the distance against some tough draws.
Last week, Harmon was to face Orange, Kenston, Newbury, Twinsburg and Stow, plus host the Aurora Duals with Hudson, Mayfield, Chardon, Willowick and Crestwood.
The squad will compete in a big tournament Jan. 21 in Salem, with action starting at 9 a.m.