Arslanian wins Salem mat title; Rosselot 2nd; Green squad 5th

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Aurora -- The local high school's Green wrestling team competed Dec. 28 in the Salem Invitational in Columbiana County, finishing fifth as a team with 177 points and placing two grapplers in the top two as individuals.

The tournament was mostly for varsity wrestlers. Aurora's Green team is made up of matmen not in the varsity starting lineup.

Bubba Arslanian won the 152-pound championship by forfeit, while turning in a runnerup performance at 106 pounds was sophomore Justin Rosselot, who was pinned by Canal Fulton Northwest's Hunter Kosco in 1:17.

Canfield won the team title, followed by Northwest, Steubenville Catholic Central and Rocky River.

No other information was available at press time on the Salem tourney. Aurora's varsity wrestlers competed in the Brecksville Holiday Invitational on Dec. 29-30, but results were not available at press time.

The varsity will next be in action at the Perry Pin City tournament Jan. 3-4 at Perry in Lake County. The Green team will be at the Stan Stammen Invitational on Jan. 4 at Woodridge High School, which will feature eight teams.

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In addition to the top three finishers at the Hudson Invitational who were listed in the Dec. 25 edition of the Advocate, the Greenmen had seven other placers on their way to a second-place finish behind Parma.

Junior Dean Hayden placed fourth at 220 pounds, with two pins and a 14-1 major decision.

Earning fifth places were sophomore Danny Novak at 120 (three pins), sophomore Cole Gavin at 132 (one pin and two decisions), senior Brian Evans at 160 (one pin, one technical fall and two major decisions) and junior A.J. Suchovsky at 195 (one pin and two decisions).

Placing sixth were junior Angus Nietert at 182 (one pin and two decision) and senior Andrew Petersen at 126 (two pins before suffering a foot injury and having to withdraw). Petersen had an 11-1 record prior to his injury.

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Sophomore Justin Rosselot won the 106-pound championship at the Chardon frosh-sophomore tournament. He won four matches, including two pins.

Freshmen Will Lovell and J.T. Rose earned second places at 145 and 160 pounds, respectively. Lovell had two pins among his four wins and Rose had two pins and a decision.

Freshman Matt Crissman earned third place at 132, while fourth places were earned by sophomore Aaron Ruiz (152) and freshman Kain Beaston (170).

Also competing and winning one of more matches, but short of placing, were Alex Nelson (132), Josh Loudon (138), Connor Bizjak (145) and Gavin Baker (160).

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Other Aurora varsity records prior to the Salem and Brecksville tournaments were: Jarrod Brezovec 11-0, Josh Whitlaw and Josh Burger 11-1, Gavin 11-3, Arslanian 10-4, Hayden 9-3, Novak 9-4, Evans 9-5, Nietert 9-6, Suchovsky and Sal Petrash 8-5, Rosselot 7-5 and Lovell 7-7.

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Bliss' awards for the week of Dec. 16-21 are:

Top wrestlers -- Brezovec and Burger, champions at the Hudson Invitational; most exciting match -- Arslanian with a big finals win over a Parma wrestler who had won the Paulie McGhee Invitational title; fastest fall -- Gavin with a pin in 33 seconds.

Key match -- Burger's 2-1 overtime win in the finals over a foe who had beaten him twice last season; most takedowns -- Brezovec with 10; coach's award -- Whitelaw for his comeback after trailing 9-4 and going on for a 19-11 major decision.

Top practice wrestler -- Novak; best JV effort -- Rosselot; best sophomore effort -- Novak with three pins on his way to fifth place; best freshman effort -- Arslanian with his third place at Hudson.

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