Edison wanted a lesson when they brought Bedford St. Peter Chanel to Milan. The Chargers learned it.
Edison invited the recently crowned Division III duals champions from Bedford for a quad with Norwalk and St. Paul. Chanel, the early favorites to win the D-III team title, cruised through their matches against the Truckers, 49-18, and the Chargers, 51-18.
The Firebirds forfeited two weight classes in each dual.
In the headline dual, Chanel (11-0 in duals) won handily, 51-18, giving Edison (5-1) their first dual loss of the season.
"It was disappointing," Edison coach Davy Hermes said. "We brought Chanel in here for a reason. We told the kids before we came out, 'They're going to come at you for six minutes.' They have a heck of a team. They're ranked No. 1 in the state, and they're there for a reason. They're tough top to bottom.
"We told our kids, 'If you don't believe you can be on the mat with them, don't step on the mat,'" Hermes said. "I think we had some kids that thought they could be on the mat with them for two periods, but I think it was evident when the going got tough in the third period, we backed down and let them take it to us."
The No. 1-ranked wrestler at 145 in Division III, Dan Orrill (26-0), ran into Edison's two-time state placer Kyle Burns. Burns pushed Orrill to the limit but lost in overtime, 6-4, as Chanel's Brecksville Holiday Invite champ scored a takedown inside of two seconds remaining.
After a 0-0 first period, Burns opened scoring with a second-period escape with 1:18 to go, followed by a takedown for the 3-0 lead. Orrill escaped from Burns to bring the match back within two points, 3-1, where the second period ended.
Orrill scored again to start the third on an escape 13 seconds into the period. With 57 second left, he chased Burns to the edge of the mat and scored a takedown for the 4-3 lead. Burns escaped with 41 seconds left in the third to tie the match at 4-4. Neither could gain an advantage in the final seconds, and the match went to OT.
"Burns had Orrill tired, and then it was easy to see, he started hanging around," Hermes said. "It was like time froze, and he thought, 'Man, should I be winning this match? This kid is a projected state champ, he's 26-0, he's a Brecksville champ.' And right there, I could see it in the coaches' chair, I could see things slowing down. He's getting in on our legs. We were able to fight off a couple shots, but good kids like him that get on your legs are going to finish sooner or later."
Chanel's Aaron Assad, third in the state at 103 in Division III last season and eighth at the elite Super 32 preseason tournament in November, took a convincing 12-1 decision over Edison's Jude Michel, giving Michel only his fifth loss on the year.
Chanel worked their way through the Chargers and blanked them, 45-0, before forfeiting the 112-pound weight class. Cam Michel scored Edison's first win of the dual at 119, when he took a 10-4 decision from Graham Coghlan.
In the Chargers' final match of the night, Tyler Majoy won an 8-3 overtime decision against Chanel's Jeremy Walden, who finished sixth in the state in Division III at 125 in 2010.
"Tyler's a kid that believes he can beat anybody. I can put Tyler on the mat and I know he's going to give 110 percent," Hermes said. "Is he going to win them all? No. But I know when he comes on the mat he's giving me everything he's got. He's a kid who doesn't care who's out there -- He doesn't look at names, doesn't look at records."
The Chargers made short work of the Flyers in the first dual, with a 62-18 edge. The first nine matches were decided in the first period -- or earlier -- with only two reaching the third period. Edison and St. Paul finished while the other dual, between Norwalk and Chanel, was in its third match.
Starting at 135, Edison swept the first six matches, including forfeits at 135, 160 and 171. At 140, Corey Mancuso scored a pin of Lewis Ott with three seconds remaining in the first. Two-time state placer Kyle Burns followed at 145 with a pin of St. Paul's Pete Jenkins in 1:35. Jamie Kimberlin (152) continued the romp for the Chargers by pinning Aidan Cole in 1:13.
Mitchell Gross, fifth in the state in Division III at 171, struck first for St. Paul in the 189 in pinning Edison's Shamus Berry in 1:58. In the 215-pound class, Kevin Cannon put Mitchell Tomson on his back in 53 seconds, followed by an Edison forfeit at heavyweight. After the three-match run, St. Paul trailed, 36-18.
Edison's fleet of featherweights, led by sophomore Jude Michel at 103, reclaimed momentum for the Chargers with a second-period pin (2:31) of St. Paul's Matt Stroud. Edison's Dalton Howard and Cam Michel followed suit at 112 and 119. Howard scored a 16-4 major decision over St. Paul's Jesse Gross, while Michel added a pin of the Flyers' Logan Jaworski in 2:29.
Edison's Ben Faggionato took a forfeit, while Charger teammate Mike Coffman won a 12-2 major decision over St. Paul's Jason Duffy to cap the match for Edison, 62-18.
Norwalk capped their day with a 59-15 win over the Flyers. Carl Hokes (140), Nick Davis (145) and Alex Doughty (152) started the match with back-to-back-to-back pins. Dustin Lieber (215), Ian Ramos (285) and Lang (119) also pinned their opponents for the Truckers.
"I've got a lot of freshmen in the lineup and a lot of them are second-year wrestlers," St. Paul coach Pat Welfle said. "I was pleased with what they did -- They scrapped like I wanted them to, and they tried things. They got in better positions than they had been in. Even though they lost the matches, they did well."
The Truckers fell to the Firebirds, 49-18, with a pin by Kyle Lang at 119, a default victory and a forfeit. He pinned the Firebirds' Graham Coghlan in 2:46.
"I think every time (Kyle) steps out there, he's getting a little bit better and more used to wrestling that style," Norwalk coach Danny Helton said. "It's a totally different style than wrestling at 103. The strength will come in the offseason when he hits the weights."
In the 11 Chanel wins over Norwalk, only three were by pin.
"After seeing what they did at Brecksville, we knew that they were tough to beat. We just wanted to see our guys go out there and compete," Helton said. "For the most part we saw that, we saw fight in our kids, fighting off their back and not getting pinned. I was pleased with that."
Edison 62, St. Paul 18
135: Majoy (E) win by forfeit
140: Mancuso (E) pin Ott, 1:57
145: Burns (E) pin Jenkins 1:35
152: Kimberlin (E) pin Cole, 1:13
160: Cole (E) win by forfeit
171: Rutherford (E) win by forfeit
189: M. Gross (StP) pin Berry, 1:58
215: Cannon (StP) pin Tomson, :53
HVT: Rospert (StP) win by forfeit
103: J. Michel (E) pin Stroud, 2:31
112: Howard (E) maj. dec. J. Gross, 16-4
119: C. Michel (E) pin Jaworski, 2:29
125: Faggionato (E) win by forfeit
130: Coffman (E) maj. dec. Jason Duffy, 12-2
Chanel 49, Norwalk 18
135: Walden (C) tech. fall Robinson, 15-0
140: Collier (C) tech. fall Hokes, 17-2
145: Orrill (C) maj. dec. Davis, 17-5
152: Keiffer (C) maj. dec. Doughty, 11-3
160: Walters (C) pin Hoover, 2:22
171: Porter (C) maj. dec. S. Alexander, 9-0
189: Schafer (C) tech. fall J. Alexander, 16-0
215: Smith (C) pin Lance Leto, 3:12
HVT: Ramos (N) win by injury default
103: Assad (C) pin Bickerstaff, 1:45
112: Double forfeit
119: Lang (N) pin Coghlan, 2:46
125: DeCesare (C) maj. dec. Jake Montana, 11-3
130: Sparks (N) win by forfeit
Norwalk 59, St. Paul 15
140: Hokes (N) pin Ott, 3:44
145: Davis (N) pin Jenkins, 2:52
152: Doughty (N) pin Cole, 3:32
160: Hoover (N) win by forfeit
171: S. Alexander (N) win by forfeit
189: M. Gross (StP) dec. J. Alexander, 6-1
215: Lieber (N) pin Cannon, 2:36
HVT: Ramos (N) pin Rospert, 5:52
103: Stroud (StP) win by forfeit
112: J. Gross (StP) pin Bickerstaff, 1:17
119: Lang (N) pin Jaworski, :45
125: Montana (N) win by forfeit
130: Sparks (N) tech. fall Duffy, 16-0
135: Robinson (N) win by forfeit
Chanel 51, Edison 18
140: Collier dec. Mancuso, 5-1
145: Orrill dec. Burns, 6-4 (OT)
152: Keifer pin Kimberlin, :44
160: Walters pin Cole, 2:38
171: Porter pin Rutherford, 3:15
189: Schafer tech. fall Berry, 25-9
215: Smith pin Tomson, :39
HVT: Double forfeit
103: Assad maj. dec. J. Michel, 12-1
112: Howard win by forfeit
119: C. Michel dec. Coghlan, 10-4
125: DeCesare pin Faggionato, 4:25
130: Coffman win by forfeit
135: Majoy dec. Walden, 8-3 (OT)