Evans earns individual title in wrestling; team places 6th

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Aurora -- Unseeded Brian Evans battled his way to a 145-pound championship at the Matteucci Invitational at Eastlake North over the weekend, as the Greenmen managed a sixth-place team finish.

He posted three pins to get into the finals, where he recorded three takedowns and went on to a 7-5 win. His season record is 9-2.

Meanwhile, Angus Nietert managed a second-place finish at 170 after notching two pins -- one in 22 seconds -- and an 11-5 decision before a loss in the finals. It was his first competition of the season and the highest varsity finish in his career.

The Greenmen had two third-place finishers -- sophomore Brian McNamara at 182 and freshman Josh Burger at 285.

McNamara had two pins and a 15-1 major decision, and Burger pinned three opponents in the first period and won two decisions.

Carter Driscoll at 126 and Micky Carrasco at 220 finished fourth, while A.J. Suchovsky earned sixth at 195.

Dylan Perez (132), Mitch Lackey (138) and Kevin Boysza (152) each won one match to contribute to the Greenmen's point totals.

"Our lineup was enhanced by four football players competing in their first wrestling event of the year," said coach Dick Bliss. "We welcomed Lackey, Nie-tert, McNamara and Suchovsky back to the mat."

After two events in the young season, Evans leads the team in points, wins, takedowns and escapes, while Burger leads in pins and first takedowns. D.J. Lieberth leads in 3-point near falls, Justin Rosselot in 2-point near falls and Kevin Kidwell in reversals.

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At the Cardinal Invitational, Austin Piunno took third place at 195 for the Green team, with three pins. Fourth were Rosselot (106), Sam McCoy (126), Thaddeus Garret (160) and Dean Hayden (195).

Andrew Seidel (152) won his first varsity match as the Green team finished seventh in the nine-team event. Three other freshmen and one sophomore also experienced varsity competition.

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AHS will head to the Hudson Invitational on Dec. 14-15, with action starting the first evening at 5 and the second day at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Seventeen teams will compete. The JVs will go to Youngstown Liberty for a tournament.

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Bliss' weekly awards are:

Top wrestler -- Evans; most exciting match -- Driscoll with a 6-3 decision. He was a late addition to the lineup; fastest fall -- Garrett in 16 seconds; key match -- Evans 7-5 in the title bout; most takedowns -- Evans with 7.

Top practice wrestler -- Ryan DeVine; top Green team effort -- Piunno with a third place at Cardinal; top sophomore effort -- Nietert with a second place; top freshman effort -- Burger with a third place.

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