STREETSBORO — The Stow-Munroe Falls wrestling team drew praise for its improvement Thursday during a double dual meet at Streetsboro High School.
Improved though the Bulldogs might be, they still appear a couple steps behind Aurora. There’s no shame in that, considering the defending Division II state runner-up appears to have reloaded in the early season.
The Greenmen got contributions from nearly every wrestler, as it rolled to a pair of wins.
Aurora opened with a 54-24 win over Stow and then pounded Streetsboro 66-10 in the winners’ match.
The Rockets opened with a 45-29 win over a depleted Crestwood squad to open the night. The Bulldogs defeated Crestwood 64-12 in the final match of the night.
The Greenmen improved to 7-0 in duals, while Stow opened its dual-meet schedule at 1-1.
Aurora has bigger fish to fry this weekend as the majority of its varsity lineup will compete at the Walsh Ironman Tournament this weekend, but Greenman head coach Johnny Papesh was generally pleased.
"It was a good effort," he said. "We fought in every position we were in. We had a couple of young kids that fought off their backs. We’re going to get better every week."
As Papesh noted, Aurora’s big dogs did what was expected of them.
The Greenmen got two wins apiece from 106-pounder Codie Cuerbo (two pins), 113-pounder Robbie Sagaris (two pins), 120-pounder Antwan Sagaris (11-0 major decsion and pin) 126-pounder Bo DiJulius (pin and 18-3 technical fall), 145-pounder Nic Willingham (13-5 major decision and pin), 152-pounder David Cumerledge (pin and 19-4 technical fall), 160-pounder Ty Lillard (18-2 technical fall and pin), 170-pounder Dylan Fishback (pin and 15-0 technical fall) and 195-pounder Evan Anderson (20-5 technical fall and forfeit).
Aurora also saw 132-pounder Shane Cheatham win his lone match of the night, pinning Streetsboro’s Kaleb Fisher in 1 minutes, 55 seconds.
Papesh said he had no expectations for his team at the Ironman, other than "to wrestle the next 15 minutes in front of us."
"We are extremely honored to wrestle at the No. 1 tournament in the country," he said.
The Ironman also affected Stow’s lineup as well, as All-Ohioan Daniel Patten was held out Thursday as he plans to wrestle at Walsh.
"I thought we wrestled OK," said Bulldogs head coach Tyler Buckwalter. "I think we were in a couple matches we could have won, but ended up losing. It’s still early in the season."
Freshman 182-pounder Teddy Gregory and 220-pounder Chad Woliver led the charge for Stow with two pins each on the night. Bulldogs’ heavyweight Brad Leonard won two forfeits.
Stow 132-pounder Vince Randall also scored a pair of wins. He pinned Aurora’s Kaden McGowan in 3:06 and scored a 14-3 win over Crestwood’s Aiden Morganstern.
Against the Red Devils, the Greenmen also got pins from 138-pounder Josh Lundstrom (1:49), 145-pounder JR Reed (3:15), 152-pounder Jon Frailey (1:54) and 170-pounder Ty Bukowski (1:59)
After Stow won 11 of 14 matches against his team, Crestwood coach Dave Wrobel paid tribute to the Bulldogs.
"I was happy with the way were wrestled against Streetsboro," Wrobel said. "Against Stow, we started well, but they were physical with us. That’s a team that has improved a lot the last few years."
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