The Aurora wrestling team’s road to a coveted state championship began Saturday at home.
Let’s just say the Greenmen are off to a blazing start.
Aurora finished 5-0 at the second annual Paulie McGhee Wrestling Duals.
The Greenmen defeated Parma Padua Franciscan (63-10), Fremont Ross (45-24), Madison (65-12), Bedford (75-0) and Madison’s B team (76-3).
Robbie Sagaris (106 pounds), Nic Willingham (113), Kyle Petersen (138), Andy Garr (145) and Dylan Fishback (152) finished 5-0 in their respective weight classes for the Greenmen.
Finishing 4-1 for Aurora were Anthony Sagaris (120), Brian Kennedy (132), Ethan Anderson (170) and Dante Leone (220).
Heavyweight Marcus Baroun finished 3-2 for Aurora, which won 57 of the 63 matches.
Will McGhee (160) and Evan Anderson (182) posted 4-0 records and Zak Sender and Colin McNamara finished with 3-0 and 2-0 records, respectively, at 195 pounds.
Garr pinned a returning state champion from Padua and McGhee had a major decision against a returning state qualifier from Madison. McGhee also had a technical fall and Garr won four of his matches by fall.
Ethan Anderson had a pin against a returning state alternate.
Fishback finished with five wins by pinfall and Willingham, Ethan Anderson and Leone pinned four opponents.
Robbie Sagaris, Evan Anderson and Baroun each had three pins. Petersen pinned two of his opponents and Anthony Sagaris had two wins by technical fall and a pin.
Also scoring major points for the Greenmen was Kennedy (two major decisions).
Aurora is scheduled to compete as the No. 1-ranked team at the Walsh Ironman Tournament this Friday (11 a.m.) and Saturday (9 a.m.) at Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls.
The Walsh Ironman Tournament is the No. 1-ranked tournament in the nation according to www.flowrestling.org and USA Wrestling.