Evans gets top mat honors as Aurora beats Eastlake North

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Aurora -- The Greenmen varsity wrestling team downed an undermanned Eastlake North team 49-20 on Jan. 11 in the local gymnasium. It was Aurora's first dual of the season.

According to coach Dick Bliss, senior Brian Evans turned in a very solid 16-0 technical fall at 170 pounds to earned wrestler of the week honors and boost his season record to 17-9.

Pins were recorded by freshman Bubba Arslanian at 152 and junior A.J. Suchovsky at 195. Sophomore 132-pounder Cole Gavin recorded a technical fall in a 20-5 win.

Bliss said one of the highlight matches was a 113 pounds, where AHS junior Josh Whitelaw was paired with North senior Shane McLaughlin.

"It was a match of two state-ranked Division I wrestlers, with McLaughlin fresh off a second place at the Kenston tournament," said Bliss.

"Josh started fast with a takedown, then added a 2-point near fall at the end of the first period. In the second, Josh recorded a 3-point near fall to his opponent's escape. The third period was scoreless and Josh rolled to a 7-1 decision."

The Greenmen were aided by forfeit wins by Jarrod Brezovec at 106, Kevin Boysza at 145, Angus Nietert at 182 and Josh Burger at 285.

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Carter Driscoll won four of five matches at the Nordonia JV tournament to capture third place. Aaron Ruiz battled through the event and was one match shot of placing.

Also winning at least one match were Connor Bizjak, Will Lovell, Brian Kingure and Kain Beaston.

The JVs will travel to Lutheran West on Jan. 20 for the Greater Cleveland Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association JV tourney, with action starting at 9:30 a.m.

The varsity and JVs will host Crestwood on Jan. 17, with action starting at 6 p.m. "It promises to provide many very interesting matchups," said Bliss.

Harmon's wrestlers will be introduced and four senior wrestlers will get special recognition. They are Boysza, Evans, Andrew Petersen and Sal Petrash.

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Bliss' weekly awards are:

Top wrestler -- Evans; most exciting match -- Whitelaw; fastest fall -- Arslanian in 46 seconds; key match -- Whitelaw; most takedowns -- Gavin with six.

Coach's award -- Ruiz; top practice wrestler -- Boysza, who Bliss said "has really stepped it up"; top JV grappler -- Driscoll; top sophomore effort -- Gavin; top freshman effort -- Arslanian.

Top records are: Brezovec 22-2, Arslanian 20-6, Burger 19-4, Whitelaw 18-3, Evans 17-9, Petrash 16-9, Dean Hayden 15-8, Danny Novak 15-10, Gavin 14-9, Nietert 13-12, Justin Rosselot 12-8, Petersen 11-1, Suchovsky 11-11 and Lovell 10-9.

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