Grapplers split 2 matches; four people double winners

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FROM STAFF REPORTS

Aurora -- Coach Dick Bliss' Greenmen varsity wrestlers traveled in the snow to Madison High School on Dec. 21, where they split a triangular competition, beating Cardinal 47-35 and losing to Madison 46-24.

The locals downed Cardinal on the strength of four pins, a technical fall and three forfeit victories.

Andrew Petersen, Brian Evans, Kevin Boysza and Dean Hayden recorded pins, while Sal Petrash won 18-3 for his technical fall. Angus Nietert, A.J. Suchovsky and Josh Burger won via forfeit.

Madison beat the Greenmen in what Bliss called "a very physical match."

Nietert recorded the only pin, while Josh Whitelaw, Ryan DeVine and Suchovsky recorded major decisions, and Petersen and Burger won decisions.

Double winners for the Greenmen were Petersen at 120 pounds, Nietert at 170, Suchovsky at 195 and Burger at 285.

A freshman-sophomore tournament at Chardon was canceled because of the weather. A makeup date may be scheduled in the near future.

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The Greenmen varsity will compete Dec. 29 in the Brian Davidson Memorial Tournament at Salem High School. Other teams are Akron Springfield, Canfield, Crestview, Liberty, Northwest, Rocky River and Salem.

Wrestling will start at 10 a.m. and run straight through with no breaks. The tourney should conclude about 6 p.m.

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Bliss' weekly awards are:

Top wrestler -- Petersen, who won by pin and by a 12-8 decision; most takedowns -- Whitelaw, a sophomore who wrestled or the first time this season after recovering from a broken hand. He recorded 10 takedowns, including nine in his 24-10 decision.

Fastest fall -- Boysza, a junior at 152, who flattened his Cardinal opponent in 38 seconds; key match -- Hayden, a sophomore at 182, who pinned a foe in 2:36 and locked up the Cardinal dual; most exciting match -- Petersen was tied 5-5 after one period and 8-8 after two, but managed a reversal and a 2-point near fall.

Top practice wrestler -- Sam McCoy, a junior, who Bliss said continues to work hard and improve daily; coach's award -- DeVine, a sophomore at 138 who competed when another wrestler became ill. He notched his first varsity win.

Top JV effort -- A.J. Kimes, a freshman at 152. He wrestled in a JV match and pinned in 2:35; top sophomore effort -- Nietert, who pinned a Madison wrestler in 3:07; top freshman effort -- Burger, who leads the team with 11 wins this season.

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