Aurora's Piunno a champ in JV mat event

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FROM STAFF REPORTS

Aurora -- The Greenmen Green and JV teams were in action last week, but there were no varsity matches.

In a 34-team JV tournament at Nordonia, Austin Piunno came away with the 195-pound championship to highlight the week's action.

Aurora's Green team beat Willoughby South 47-33 in a triangular at Wickliffe, and split another tri, downing Hubbard 58-15 and losing to Girard 47-25.

Piunno opened the Nordonia tourney with a 2-1 decision, pinned his second foe and won a 3-2 decision. In the title match, he got a takedown and reversal and held on for a 4-3 win.

Other Greenmen winning one or more matches there were Dean Hayden (three wins), Hunter Jones and A.J. Kimes (two each) and Alex Nelson, Kevin Hutchinson and Andrew Seidel (one each).

Double winners in the wins over Wickliffe and Willoughby South were Josh Whitelaw, Danny Novak, Andrew Petersen, Sal Petrash, Brian Evans, Angus Nietert, Brian McNamara and Micky Carrasco, while Carter Driscoll and Seidel won a match each.

In the Hubbard and Girard tri, double winners were Driscoll, Mitch Lackey, Evans, Seidel, Nietert and A.J. Suchovsky, while Connor Elliott won one match.

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Aurora will compete in the opening round of the state dual tournament tonight (Jan. 23). The event is scheduled to be at Warren Howland, but AHS and Crestwood are trying to get it moved to Crestwood, according to AHS coach Dick Bliss.

Meanwhile, the annual Cable 9 tri will be Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. at Aurora, with Twinsburg and Nordonia also participating. Varsity matches will be on one mat, and Twinsburg and Nordonia middle schools will battle on the other.

Aurora will wrestle Twinsburg at about 11 a.m. and Nordonia at about 12:15 p.m.

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Bliss' weekly awards are as follows:

Top wrestler -- McNamara in a tough choice over four others. He pinned two and had an 11-0 major decision to lead the team in points; most exciting match -- Evans vs. Wickliffe came back from a 6-2 deficit to win 7-6 and Kimes vs. Parma with a takedown for a 6-4 win in overtime.

Fastest fall -- Carrasco in 29 seconds against Willoughby South; most takedowns -- Petrash with eight; most entertaining match (a new category) -- Seidel for a 16-12 win over Hubbard; coach's award -- Hayden, who Bliss said continues to show improvement with three wins at Nordonia.

Top practice wrestler -- Evans; top JV wrestler -- Piunno; top sophomore effort -- Whitelaw (4-0); and top freshman -- Novak (4-0).

Varsity records to date are: Petersen 21-5, Evans 21-9, Josh Burger 20-8, Carrasco 20-10, Whitelaw 14-4, Petrash 14-7, McNamara 14-9, Suchovsky 14-13 and Nietert 13-11.

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