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FROM STAFF REPORTS
It didn't take long into the 2012-13 season for Harmon School's wrestling team to set some records.
The 26-member squad put in its best practices and turned out the best performances of any Harmon squad in history in the first two weeks of the season, according to coach Paul Frankmann.
The team beat Painesville Heritage 75-15 and Cuyahoga Heights 69-10 in the opener, then rolled 60-17 to its biggest victory in memory over Chagrin Valley Conference powerhouse Kenston.
Against Heritage, Zach Jenkins wrestled a great first match at 92 pounds, while Max Keilin, Robbie Albrecht, Dom Stuber, Jordan Pollard, Will Lovell, Bubba Arslanian, J.T. Rose and Kain Beaston had pins. Michael Carrasco won 8-7 at 172 pounds and Caleb Tinsley bumped up to 205 and lost at the end. Matt Crissman pinned his opponent in an extra match.
Against Cuyahoga Heights, Harmon won many forfeits, Albrecht decisioned his 104-pound foe, Arslanian dominated 9-2 at 142 and Rose, Beaston and Tinsley picked up pins.
Against Kenston, Jacob Loudon, Ryan Scantland, Lovell, Arslanian, Rose and Tinsley won by pin; Albrecht, Daniel Droder and Beaston earned decisions; and Stuber won by tech fall.
After the first three matches, Arslanian and Rose were undefeated. Pollard and Arslanian are captains.
Other team members are Drew McVay, Nate Whitelaw, Connor Bizjak, Nate Smierciak, Virgil Glorioso, Patrick Windsor, Jimmy Kish, Gavan Baker, Karson Lund, Mason Copley and Max Blakeway.
Frankmann is assisted by longtime mentor Mike DeMay and Dave Keckan, who also assists in coaching the high school varsity squad.
Harmon's team also placed second in the recent eight-team Tallmadge tournament, as Arslanian, Stuber and Rose were champions and Arslanian was MVP. Other placers were listed in last week's edition of the Advocate.