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Aurora grapplers fall to very tough Crestwood Red Devils in dual

Published: January 22, 2014 12:00 AM
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Aurora -- The Greenmen varsity wrestling team dropped a hard-fought dual match to neighboring Crestwood 43-24 on Jan. 17. "The meet featured many spirited matches, and the excitement of a very good dual meet took over the crowd," said AHS coach Dick Bliss.

Freshman 106-pounder Jarrod Brezovec earned an 11-0 major decision over a state-ranked opponent, while junior Josh Whitelaw managed a 15-0 technical victory at 113 and Danny Novak was in a spirited match and recorded a pin at 120.

The meet started at 182 pounds, where junior Angus Nietert had a rematch with a wrestler who had beaten him last year in the state duals. He won 4-0 and earned grappler of the week honors.

Aurora forfeited to a state-ranked wrestler at 195, then junior A.J. Suchovsky came up short 6-5. Heavyweight Josh Burger had a rematch from last year and planted his opponent in 2:56.

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"At the end, we ran into the strength of Crestwood's lineup, as five Ohio-ranked matmen competed over the next seven weight classes, and unfortunately we failed to upset a single one of them," said Bliss, who added AHS's varsity dual record is now 1-1.

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The OHSAA state dual meet starts today (Jan. 22), with Aurora competing at 6 p.m. at Austintown Fitch High School. The first-round opponent is Boardman. If victorious, the Greenmen would immediately wrestle the winner of the Austintown Fitch-Kenston dual meet, with the winner of that one advancing to the district finals on Jan. 29 at a site to be determined.

The annual Cable 9 tri featuring AHS, Twinsburg and Nordonia will be Jan. 25 at Twinsburg. The locals will wrestle Nordonia at 10 a.m. and then Twinsburg right after. The event will conclude with a match between the Knights and Tigers.

Using the same time schedule, the Harmon, Nordonia and Twinsburg seventh- and eighth-grade teams will compete on an adjacent mat. The event will be tape-recorded for playback a couple of times on Channel 9.

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The Aurora JVs were scheduled to travel to Lutheran West on Jan. 20 for the Greater Cleveland Wrestling Coaches Association Ron Alexander Memorial tournament, which was a fundraiser for the association. On Jan. 23 the JVs will go to Chardon for a 6 p.m. JV tournament. "We plan to get most of our wrestlers five to six matches this week," said Bliss.

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Bliss weekly awards are:

Top wrestler -- Nietert for reversing a previous result and winning 4-0; most exciting match -- Novak had the crowd roaring when he pinned his opponent in 3:24; fastest fall -- Burger in 2:56; key match -- Brezovec was dominant in winning 11-0.

Coach's award -- J.T. Rose battled a state-ranked wrestler before dropping a 10-2 decision; top practice wrestler -- Will Lovell; top sophomore effort -- Novak and Burger, who both pinned; top freshman effort -- Brezovec.

Aurora records are: Brezovec 23-2, Burger 20-4, Bubba Arslanian 20-6, Whitelaw 19-3, Brian Evans 17-10, Novak 16-10, Sal Petrash 16-10, Dean Hayden 15-8, Cole Gavin 14-10, Nietert 14-12, Justin Rosselot 12-8, Andrew Petersen 11-1, Suchovsky 11-12 and Lovell 10-10.

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