AURORA -- Harmon School's wrestling team has had success in the last couple of weeks in various tournaments and dual and triangular matches.
At the Aurora Duals on Jan. 14, the team went 5-0, winning 81-12 over Mayfield, 83-6 over Crestwood, 54-39 over Willowick, 64-18 over Chardon and 57-36 over Hudson.
"It was a great day and the team truly wrestled as a team," said coach Paul Frankmann.
Pinning for Harmon were Max Manderbach, Jack Cardaman, Robbie Sagaris, Mitch Copely, Griffin Howsmon, Anthony Sagaris, Evan McVay, Josh Burger, Jaden Bihari, Dylan DelRosa, Matt Hauptner, Charlie Guinn, Joseph Harden and Joey Fontana.
Also winning were Kaden McGohan, Josh Sweatt, Jack Austin, Lucas Nielsen, Josh Kuty, Evealyn Gainer and Tommy Noel.
"Special congratulations go to our wrestlers who were undefeated on the day: Manderbach, Sagaris, McGohan, Sagaris [who also had the fastest pin of the day in 12 seconds], McVay, Burger, Bihari, DelRosa, Harden and Guinn," said Frankmann.
On Jan. 21, the squad finished in second place at the Salem Invitational with 173 points to finish just behind Mogadore. "Every participating wrestler contributed to the team's success," said Frankmann.
Individual champions were Robbie Sagaris, Jeff Burger, DelRosa and Guinn. Gainer finished second, while third were Anthony Sagaris, Manderbach, Copely and McVay. Taking fourth were McGohan, Harden and Nielsen, fifth were Justin Hartland, Bihari and Noel, while sixth were Sweatt and Fontana.
The grapplers participated in a unique event at Orange on Jan. 9, where all matmen were paired up to be guaranteed one or two matches and no team score was kept.
Harmon, Orange, Kenston and Newbury were in the mix and the competition was fierce, according to Frankmann.
Pinning for Harmon were Hartland, McGohan, Bihari, Sweatt, Nielsen and Noel. Also winning were Howsmon, Harden and Gainer.
Harmon also recently traveled to Stow for a triangular with Twinsburg and Stow, and split matches, defeating Twinsburg 78-18 for the first time in Frankmann's career at Harmon, but fell to a far more physical Stow team 49-30.
Pinning for Harmon were Manderbach, Cardaman, Luke Reker, Robbie Sagaris, Copely, Hartland, Sweatt, Jeff Burger, Guinn and Austin. Also winning were Howsmon, McGowan, McVay, Delrosa, Fontana, Kuty, Gainer and Noel.
What was supposed to be a triangular match turned into a dual as Kent Stanton got its schedule mixed up and didn't show up. So Harmon went against Solon.
"Wrestling was exciting and very even," said Frankmann. Solon prevailed 46-34.
Winning or pinning for Harmon were Cardaman, Bihari, Austin, Howsmon, Hunter Lane, Robbie Sagaris, McVay, Jeff Burger, DelRosa, Harden and Guinn.
"Everyone else on the team scrapped against solid opponents," said Frankmann.
The team's next outing is Jan. 28 in the Cable 9 triangular at Twinsburg.