Tough week for matmen; duo manages sixth place

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Aurora -- The Greenmen wrestlers had a tough weekend of competition at the Hudson Invitational, according to coach Dick Bliss. They placed 13th out of 17 teams overall.

The locals managed just two sixth-place finishes -- Andrew Petersen and D.J. Lieberth. However, 11 of 12 varsity wrestlers won at least one match.

Junior Petersen, competed in his first event of the year at 120 pounds. He started with a 19-4 technical fall, then dropped a match that put him in the consolation bracket.

He outlasted a Brunswick opponent 4-3, then pinned a Howland foe. However, he then dropped two tough 7-5 matches and ended up in sixth place.

Lieberth, a senior at 126, began with a 34-second pin, his team's fastest of the tourney. He lost a 3-2 nailbiter to the eventual champion, then pinned two opponents and dropped his last two by decision.

Winning two matches were Brian McNamara at 182 (a pin and decision) and A.J. Suchovsky at 195 (a pin and decision).

Winning one match were Danny Novak (113), Justin Frankmann (132), Mitch Lackey (138), Kevin Boysza (152), Angus Nietert (170), Micky Carrasco (220) and Josh Burger (285).

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Aurora sent 15 wrestlers to the Liberty Bell Ringer tournament, and all wrestled at least one match. No team scores or individual places were awarded.

Bliss said it was a bit disappointing that two locals wrestled only one match each.

Two grapplers were unbeaten -- Carter Driscoll at 126 and Connor Elliott at 220. Dean Hayden, Andrew Seidel and Austin Piunno were 3-1.

Winning two matches were Sam McCoy (126) and Aaron Ruiz (145). Winning one match each were Hunter Jones (106), Sal Petrash (126), Ryan Devine (138) and Thaddeus Garrett (160).

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The varsity will travel to Madison on Dec. 21 for a triangular. The other teams are unknown at this time.

Aurora will send about 15 wrestlers to the Chardon freshman and sophomore tourney Dec. 22, with action starting at 9 a.m.

The locals have 20 freshmen and eight sophomores, but aren't allowed to send those considered to be varsity-caliber wrestlers to the event.

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Crestwood was third in the tournament behind Parma and Maple Heights, and crowned three champions -- Jake Zemaitis at 113, Conner Nemec at 120 and Dylan Kager at 138 -- while Josh Hillier was second at 145.

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Bliss weekly awards are:

Most takedowns -- Petersen with 12; fastest fall -- Lieberth in 34 seconds; coach's award -- Suchovsky who Bliss said continues to give a steady competitive effort; top practice wrestler -- Devine for the second straight week. "He's growing in the sport daily in his first year due to his individual effort," said Bliss.

Top JV performance -- Elliott with his three pins; top sophomore effort -- Hayden. "We've been pleased with his progress and this weekend's effort with three pins was his finest to date," said Bliss; top freshman effort -- Driscoll going 4-0 with three pins.

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