FROM STAFF REPORTS
Cuyahoga Falls — The Greenmen qualified eight wrestlers to this weekend’s Division II district tournament at Alliance.
At last weekend’s sectional at Walsh Jesuit, the locals managed two second places, four thirds and two fourths. Another grappler finished sixth, but did not advance.
Placing second were Josh Whitelaw (sophomore at 106 pounds) and Josh Burger (freshman at 285).
Third were Danny Novak (freshman at 113), Andrew Petersen (junior at 120), Brian Evans (junior at 145) and Brian McNamara (sophomore at 182).
Finishing fourth were A.J. Suchovsky (sophomore at 195) and Micky Carrasco (junior at 220).
Whitelaw had two pins and a 10-7 decision and came up shot against Ohio’s second ranked wrestler. Burger was tied at 3 in his first match, then pinned his opponent in the second overtime before dropping his finals match. The two are 22-9 and 28-10, respectively, this season.
Novak (15-17) opened with a pin, lost to the eventual champion, won 11-6 in the consolations and pinned a foe. Petersen (30-9) opened with a pin, dropped his semifinal match, won 15-4 and then decisioned a foe who had beaten him earlier in the season.
Evans (31-12) opened with a 6-2 win, rallied for a 6-4 decision, lost a match, rallied for a 10-4 win and won another match 3-1. McNamara (20-15) dropped an 8-1 match, pinned two foes and came back to beat the same CVCA wrestler he earlier lost to 2-1.
Suchovsky (20-20) opened with a loss, qualified through consolation matches, won 4-0, rallied for an 8-3 and dropped his final match to the same boy he faced in the opening round. Carrasco (26-13) opened with a 10-4 win, dropped a match to the eventual champion, won 9-3 and dropped his final match.
Sal Petrash (junior at 126) finished sixth, winning three matches (one pin). His season ended at 20-13.
Other Greenmen who competed but did not advance were Carter Driscoll (freshman at 132), Mitch Lackey (junior at 138), Kevin Boysza (junior at 152) and Angus Nietert (sophomore at 170). All battled hard throughout the sectional, according to coach Dick Bliss.
CVCA was tops in team points at 266, while Aurora finished fifth at 133 behind Ravenna, Revere and Woodridge.
District wrestling begins Feb. 22 at 3 p.m., with Feb. 23 action starting at 10 a.m. Four wrestlers in each weight class will move on to the state tournament.
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Bliss’ weekly awards are:
Top wrestlers — Novak and McNamara; most takedowns — Whitelaw with seven; fastest fall — Petrash, who pinned a Warrensville Heights foe in 40 seconds; coach’s award — Suchovsky, who battled from behind 8-3 and score seven final-period points.
Most exciting match — Evans with a 34-point near fall in the final 20 seconds for a 6-4 win; top practice wrestler — Nietert, who Bliss said had a great week of practice and battled tough foes in the tournament.
Key match — Burger, who was tied 3-3 in regulation, battled through a scoreless first overtime and then had a reversal and a pin; top sophomore effort — McNamara; top freshman performance — Novak, who Bliss said “truly stepped it up.” He started the year 4-10 and is now 15-17.