Peterson a champ; grapplers nab 2nd

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FROM STAFF REPORTS

Aurora -- Junior Andrew Petersen led the Greenmen to a second-place finish in the eight-team Brian Davidson Invitational over the weekend at Salem High School.

He went 5-0 at 120 pounds, including two pins, a technical fall and two major decisions. His finale was a rematch of last year's at 103 pounds, when he won 4-1. He dominated with a takedown, 2-point near fall and then a pin at 1:48 of the first period. His record is now 10-3.

The Greenmen had three second-place finishes -- Brian McNamara (182) went 3-1 with two pins, Micky Carrasco (220) went 4-1 with three fast pins and Josh Burger pinned three opponents before dropping a 5-2 decision to a highly-rated Canfield grappler.

Four matmen placed third -- Josh Whitelaw (106) with three pins, D.J. Lieberth (132) with four pins, Brian Evans (145) with a technical fall and major decision among four wins and A.J. Suchovsky (195) with three wins and a pin.

In fourth were Mitch Lackey (138), Angus Nietert (170-) and Austin Piunno (195). All three recorded one pin. Piunno was Aurora's highest finisher from several Green team extras, who attended to fill out the two pools of five wrestlers in each weight class.

Earning fifth were Kevin Boysza (152), Carter Driscoll (126) and Dean Hayden (182). Boysza pinned three foes and now has 10 for the season. Driscoll and Dean, who were from the Green team, each added a pin.In sixth were Sam McCoy (126), Justin Rosselot (106) and Dylan Perez (13). The latter two were from the Green team.

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Another active weekend for the Greenmen is coming up Dec. 4-5 as the varsity will travel to Perry for the Pin City Invitational and the Green team will go to Woodridge for a varsity tourney Dec. 5.

Wrestling at Perry starts Dec. 4 at 5 p.m. and Dec. 5 at 9:30 a.m., with finals at 5 p.m. Sixteen other teams will compete.

The Woodridge action starts at 10 a.m., with seven other teams competing.

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Coach Dick Bliss' weekly awards are:

Top wrestler -- Petersen, a champion at Salem; fastest fall -- Carrasco in 33 seconds; key match -- Petersen's rematch of last year's finale; most takedowns -- Petersen with 12.

Coach's award -- Lieberth, who loss a tough overtime match on a tie-breaker, but came back to pin for third; top practice wrestler -- Brian Evans, who Bliss said "works hard daily; his success reflects his efforts."

Top sophomore effort -- McNamara, whose third place was the top sophomore placing; top freshman effort -- Burger, who battled a highly-rated foe in the finals to finish second.

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