8 Aurora High grapplers place; locals 4th as team in CVC meet

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FROM STAFF REPORTS

Aurora -- In a weather-shortened Chagrin Valley Conference wrestling tournament Feb. 2, the Greenmen placed eight grapplers, with four of them managing third-place honors, on the way to a fourth-place team finish.

Several school districts did not have school Feb. 1 because of the weather, so the tourney was shortened to one day.

Because of the change, plus Ohio regulations that each grappler can only wrestle five matches per day, some of the third- and fifth-place matches were not conducted, according to AHS coach Dick Bliss.

Andrew Petersen (120-pound junior), Brian Evans (145 junior), Micky Carrasco (220 junior) and Josh Burger (heavyweight freshman) claimed third place honors.

Petersen had a pin and a 16-1 technical fall, lost in the semifinals and recorded an 11-1 major decision and 10-6 decision.

Evans started with a pin, then earned a 10-5 decision. After losing in the semifinals, he won 5-3, but did not wrestle in the third-place match because his foe exceeded the five-bout limit. Both were awarded third place.

Carrasco began with a pin, lost his second match, but then pinned in 18 seconds and won an 11-3 major decision, while Burger pinned, dropped a match and won 4-2 in overtime and 2-0.

Josh Whitelaw (106 sophomore), Brian McNamara (182 sophomore) and A.J. Suchovsky (195 sophomore) earned fourth place.

Whitelaw pinned, won 10-5, dropped a match, won 8-5 and dropped a 6-5 nail-biter.

McNamara won 3-0, lost 3-1, won 4-2 and lost his final match.

Suchovsky lost against a state-ranked opponent, but came back with two pins and an 11-8 win over a foe who had beaten him earlier in the year. He dropped his final match.

Carter Driscoll (132 freshman) grabbed fifth place after a 15-7 major decision, a 9-8 decision and a pin. He lost twice to the same wrestler -- his first and last matches -- and shared fifth with his scheduled fifth-place match foe since Driscoll had wrestled five matches.

Perry repeated as the CVC champion and Kenston and Beachwood also finished ahead of Aurora.

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Five Greenmen placed in the CVC's JV tourney. Freshman Alex Nelson (120) and sophomore Dean Hayden (182) were third. Both managed three pins. Fourth place went to freshmen Justin Rosselot (106), Kevin Hutchinson (145) and A.J. Kimes (152).

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Aurora will host Maple Heights on Feb. 7 in the final home match of the year. Action starts at 6 p.m.

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Bliss weekly awards are:

Top wrestler -- Carrasco. He pinned two foes and had a major decision, while losing to a state-ranked opponent. He is 24-11 this year; most takedowns -- Petersen with 11; fastest fall -- Carrasco in 18 seconds.

Most exciting match -- Suchovsky with a hard-fought 11-8 win over a Kirtland grappler; key match -- Burger's 4-2 overtime victory; coach's award -- McNamara. According to Bliss, he was ill the night before the tourney, but didn't inform anyone, participated and placed.

Top practice wrestler -- Carrasco with a very strong week; top sophomore effort -- Whitelaw, who Bliss said turned the tables on at least one opponent and beat three division foes. He was named first team in the Chagrin Division; top freshman effort -- Burger, who only lost to a wrestler projected to win a state title.

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