Aurora matmen win tourney; 6 nab championships

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Aurora -- The Greenmen grapplers didn't let several Columbus area big schools scare them as they captured the championship Dec. 7 in the Lee Spitzer Upper Arlington Invitational.

Aurora piled up 335.5 points to easily top Upper Arlington (285.5) and Olentangy Orange (273.5). Ten teams competed.

The Greenmen produced six individual champions, four second placers, one third, one fourth and one fifth.

Claiming individual titles were freshman Jarrod Brezovec at 106 pounds, junior Josh Whitelaw at 113 (the event's most valuable wrestler), sophomore Danny Novak at 126, senior Andrew Petersen at 132, sophomore Cole Gavin at 138 and Josh Burger at 285.

Brezovec had a 19-2 technical fall, two first-period pins and won the finals match 6-1 over the top seed. Whitelaw pinned four opponents, three in the first period, while Novak had two pins, two tech falls and a 17-7 major decision.

Petersen recorded four first-period falls and a 15-0 tech fall, Gavin had two pins, a 13-3 major decision and a default in the finals, while Burger pinned all five of his opponents.

Earning seconds were seniors Sal Petrash at 120 and Brian Evans at 170 and juniors Angus Nietert at 182 and A.J. Suchovsky at 220.

Petrash had three pins and a 16-0 tech fall before losing a tough 3-1 finals match, Evans bumped up to 170 and won four matches (three by pin) and a 4-3 decision, Nietert had a pin, 8-5 decision and an 11-3 major decision, while Suchovsky managed two pins and a 5-3 decision.

Freshman Bubba Arslanian took third place at 152, freshman J.T. Rose was fourth at 160 and senior Kevin Boysza was fifth. Arslanian had a pin, 11-2 major decision and a 13-10 decision, Rose opened with a 13-11 win, and Boysza had one pin.

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The local Green team took fourth place at the Cardinal Invitational behind Lutheran West, Cardinal and Garrettsville Garfield.

Junior Dean Hayden was the 220-pound champion, sophomore Justin Rosselot was second at 113, Alex Nelson at 132 and Will Lovell at 152 were third, Matt Crissman, Josh Loudon, Gavan Baker and Thaddeus Garrett were fourth.

Hayden managed two pins and a very tough 5-3 decision to earn Green team top honors.

Not placing but winning one or more matches were Aaron Ruiz and Brian Kingure.

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The varsity will not compete this weekend, but the Green team will travel to Eastlake North for the Matteucci Invitational. Some varsity wrestlers also will compete. Wrestling starts at 9 a.m. Dec. 14, with finals at 6:30 p.m.

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Bliss' weekly awards are:

Top wrestlers -- the six individual champions; most exciting match -- Rose, who rebounded from an 8-3 deficit to win 13-11; fastest fall -- Will Lovell in 19 seconds; key match -- Nietert scored 6 points in the final period for an 8-5 win.

Most takedowns -- Novak with 19; coach's award -- Petrash with three pins and a technical fall; top sophomore effort -- Novak, Gavin and Burger; top freshman effort -- Brezovec; top Green teamer -- Hayden.

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