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Aurora -- Led by junior Andrew Petersen's third-place finish, the Greenmen varsity wrestlers placed seventh in the 17-team Perry Pin City Invitational. AHS placed nine grapplers in the top eight, and three others placed in the top four in the "white" tournament.
Perry won the team title, followed by Canfield, Madison, St. Edward and North Olmsted.
Athletes wrestled in a four-team pool on Jan. 4, with all getting three matches. Those winning two or three advanced to the "red," or primary, tourney on Jan. 5. Those winning one or none on Jan. 4 went into the "white" tourney, from which the top four were decided.
Petersen won six of seventh matches at 120 pounds, recording a very unusual four technical falls, one major decision and another decision.
Micky Carrasco, a junior at 220 pounds, won five of seven matches and finished fourth. He pinned four opponents and added an 11-5 win, but lost a tough 2-1 decision in the final match.
Finishing fifth were D.J. Lieberth (senior 132) and Josh Burger (freshman 285). Lieberth won four matches by pin and Burger won five matches with four pins.
Seventh place went to Josh Whitelaw (sophomore 106), Brian Evans (junior 145) and A.J. Suchovsky (sophomore 195).
Whitelaw won four of six with one pin and two major decisions, Evans won three with one technical fall and two major decisions and Suchovsky won three with one pin.
Finishing eighth was Angus Nietert (sophomore 170) and Brian McNamara (sophomore 182).
In the white tournament, Danny Novak (freshman 113) was second, Sal Petrash (junior 126) was third and Mitch Lackey (junior 138) was fourth.
Carrasco and Petersen recently passed the 50-win career mark, while Lieberth passed the 75-win mark.
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The Green team competed in a varsity tournament at Woodridge and Justin Rosselot (freshman 106) and Ryan Devine (sophomore 138) were third.
Fourth were Hunter Jones (freshman 195), Alex Nelson (freshman 120), Carter Driscoll (freshman 132) and Austin Piunno (freshman 195).
Not placing but getting one or more wins were Sam McCoy (junior 126, a pin) Thaddeus Garrett (freshman 160, a pin) and Dean Hayden (sophomore 182), two decisions).
Also competing were Dylan Perez, Aaron Ruiz and A.J. Kimes, who coach Dick Bliss said all battled and gained great experience.
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The varsity will travel to Willoughby South on Jan. 12 for an 11 a.m. triangular including Lake Catholic and University School. It will conclude about 3 to 3:30 p.m. "It should be great," said Bliss. "All four schools have very good wrestling traditions."
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Bliss weekly awards are:
Most exciting match -- Rosselot and Jones, who battled each other and Rosselot scored a takedown for a 7-5 win; fastest fall -- McNamara in 29 seconds; most takedowns -- Whitelaw with 14; coach's award -- Jones with a fourth place as an extra wrestler.
Top practice wrestler -- Perez. "His development is obvious to the coaching staff," said Bliss; top Green team wrestler -- Rosselot; top sophomore effort -- Suchovsky; top freshman effort -- Novak.