McNamara fifth at state event for young grapplers

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Aurora -- The local JAWs (Junior Aurora Wrestlers) team took six boys to Akron Firestone High School over the weekend for the Ohio Youth Wrestling Association's state tournament.

The team battled to a 33rd-place finish out of 92 teams competing and had one place winner -- Colin McNamara, who claimed fifth place.

McNamara started the day with a 6-1 victory, then won a 12-0 technical fall to advance to the semifinals, where he battled the eventual champion from Akron Buchtel, but came up short 4-0.

That set up a rematch of the week before's district semifinal against an Olmsted Falls wrestler. McNamara fell short again 4-1, sending him to fight for fifth place, where he ended his JAWs career with a second period fall against a Massillon Perry wrestler.

Kyle Petersen came within one match of reaching the podium, as he lost his first match 12-0, but came back to pin his next opponent and win an exciting 4-2 verdict in overtime.

In the consolation quarterfinals, he trailed 7-5 heading into the third period and forced the offense, but fell shot of tying the match to keep the action going.

Bo DiJulius, Carter Gerbrick and Will McGhee each won a match before bowing out. Sam DeVito took the No. 1 seed to the wire before losing 4-3 and followed up with another loss against a solid opponent.

Coaches Shawn McNamara and Gerry Burger said they were extremely proud of the boys and all of their accomplishments this season.

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