The Aurora wrestling team had one of its best seasons in recent memory during the winter.
If their work during the summer is any indication, it’s a safe bet the Greenmen should be just as formidable this coming winter.
Several members of the Aurora wrestling team competed at the Amateur Athletic Union Scholastic Duals, which took place June 18-24 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports’ complex in Orlando, Florida.
Rising senior Ethan Anderson, rising juniors Robbie Sagaris and Antwan Sagaris, rising sophomores Nic Willingham and Evan Anderson and rising freshman Shane Cheatham competed for the Greenmen, who finished second at the 2019 Division II dual team and state tournaments.
"They did pretty well," Aurora head coach John Papesh said. "They’re competing and working hard. They have a little bit of a chip on their shoulders. They did what they had to do."
Wrestlers from Ohio, North Dakota, Iowa, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Florida and many other states participated in the national competition.
Evan Anderson, who just missed qualifying for the state competition during the winter, was not denied in Orlando.
Competing in the 182-pound weight division, Evan Anderson completely dominated his opponents as he finished 9-0 with nine pins.
"If anyone has a chip on his shoulder, it’s Evan," Papesh said.
Willingham and Robbie Sagaris posted 8-1 records at 132 and 113 pounds, respectively. Cheatham also finished 8-1 at 126 pounds.
Evan Anderson, Willingham, Robbie Sagaris and Cheatham competed in the developmental division.
Ethan Anderson competed in the all-star division, which was for state placers. He finished 7-3 at 170 pounds. Ethan Anderson finished sixth at 170 pounds at the Division II state tournament.
Rising sophomore Dylan Fishback participated in the 2019 Junior National Duals June 19 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Fishback placed third with a 7-1 record at 152 pounds. He earned victories over All-Americans from Georgia and New Jersey, a nationally-ranked wrestler from Minnesota, a state champion from Oklahoma and a three-time state placer from Iowa.
Fishback was the runner-up at 152 pounds at the 2019 Division II state tournament.
"Dylan was phenomenal," Papesh said.
Fishback also competed at the 2019 Cadet and age 23-and-younger World Team Trials May 31-June 2 at the University of Akron.
Fishback, who is ranked 10th in his weight class in the national rankings, placed third. He finished 8-1 and defeated nationally-ranked and state-ranked opponents.
Several Aurora wrestlers are planning to compete in the US Marine Corps Junior Nationals, which are scheduled to take place July 12-19 in Fargo, North Dakota.
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