FROM STAFF REPORTS
Aurora -- The local high school Green team had three wrestlers place in the Matteucci Invitational over the weekend at Eastlake North.
"The tournament was a major step up in class for our young Greenmen," said coach Dick Bliss. "However, they battled through it, and we had three guys place in the final six in the 12-team event."
Junior Dean Hayden took second at 220 pounds, recording a pin and two decisions to advance to the finals.
Sophomore Justin Rosselot placed fourth at 113 pounds, recording a pin and technical fall, while senior Kevin Boysza finished sixth at 145, registering two pins.
All starting Greenmen won one or more match, as Sal Petrash recorded a pin and a technical fall at 126 and freshmen Will Lovell (152) and J.T. Rose (160) and sophomore Thaddeus Garrett recorded pins.
Sophomore 132-pounder Carter Driscoll won a major decision, but suffered an injury and was pulled from further competition. Connor Bizjak also competed.
"We finished second from last in the event, but we gained some very valuable mat time that will help in the future," Bliss said.
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Hudson High School will be the site of the 15-team Hudson Invitational this weekend. Wrestling starts at 5 p.m. Dec. 20 and 10 a.m. Dec. 21, with finals at 6 p.m.
On Dec. 21, a large number of Greenmen freshmen and sophomores will compete in a tournament at Chardon, with action beginning at 9 a.m.
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Bliss weekly awards are:
Top wrestler -- Hayden for his second-place finish; most exciting match -- Hayden, who trailed early in his semifinal match and came back with a near fall late in the third period for a 5-3 win over a Kenston foe; fastest fall -- Boysza flattened an opponent in 34 seconds; key match -- Hayden in the semifinals.
Most takedowns -- Garrett with four; top practice wrestler -- Josh Burger, who Bliss said is "stepping up his game"; top sophomore effort -- Rosselot with a fourth-place finish; top freshman effort -- Lovell and Rose, who record a pin apiece at the Matteucci.