Monroeville, Western, Edison prep for D-III wrestling duals at St. Mary CC

As the middle of wrestling season passes, area grapplers prepare for a test of skill and endurance at Northwest District Dual Tournament this Friday and Saturday at St.
Michael Truax
Jan 27, 2011

As the middle of wrestling season passes, area grapplers prepare for a test of skill and endurance at Northwest District Dual Tournament this Friday and Saturday at St. Mary Central Catholic in Sandusky.

Eighteen quality Division III programs from around the state will wrestle ten duals each during the Duals Friday and Saturday.

For the Edison and SMCC wrestlers out of the Sandusky Bay Conference, the Duals means wrestling 17 matches in an eight-day span, going back to last weekend's conference duals round robin.

"Duals (format) is a mind game, it's a chess match," Edison head coach Davy Hermes said. "The duals are all about the matchups. The SBC Duals are a great example: We lost to Oak Harbor 42-20, and Perkins scored 24 points on Oak Harbor, more than anybody. Then you take Clyde, who beat us and Perkins and they win one match -- They won 103 against Oak Harbor, and that was it."

While the Rockets won't be there, the competition will still be tough, with teams such as West Jefferson (which recently came in second to Bedford St. Peter Chanel in the Division III State Duals at Metamora Evergreen) as well as top-seeded Archbold, Monroeville, Reading and Delta.

"We try to keep the level of the competition high in these tournaments to get us ready for the sectionals," St. Mary Central Catholic coach Rick Bellamy said. "We just came off a grueling SBC weekend, but now we're going to see a good level of competition through all D-III competition."

Monroeville and Western Reserve, both in the Firelands Conference, don't have a FC Duals event unlike the Sandusky Bay Conference or the Northern Ohio League.

"I wrestled in (duals tournaments) when I was in high school, and that was a grind. That was only seven matches," Monroeville coach Scott Bauer said. "This will see where you're at and whether you're physically prepared for the stretch run here for the tournament schedules. This is probably a little more physically taxing than the end of the year, though it's probably not as mentally taxing as you make your run through sectionals and districts, though."

And, like Edison and SMCC, the Eagles will start each Dual at a disadvantage, forced to forfeit around four weight classes each dual, giving their opponents an automatic 24 team points.

"Going in facing a full team, we've got to expect everybody to pin or at least major to really, legitimately, have a shot at it," Bauer said. "To go into every match and expect everyone to win? I'm optimistic, but I'm also realistic."

The Chargers will go into the Duals without a 125, 130, 215 or heavyweight. Though Edison had a solid nine wrestlers go 5-2 or better in the conference duals last weekend, in the dual format the forfeited classes ratchets up the pressure on those competing.

"The problem is you put the pressure on those kids to have to win," Hermes said. "There's going to be times when they're not going to win. We need everybody to step up, even in matches where we're outmatched.

"We know there are matches we're not going to win, but we've got to at least go six minutes and limit the bonus points for the other team."

St. Mary will give away two or three weightclasses as they welcome back 2010 state-placer Joe Dauch to fill the Panthers' vacancy at 112. Dauch will see his first action since an early-season foot injury, and Bellamy plans to use him in just a few duals each day.

One of the benefits of a dual-format tournament is the ability to make spot corrections as his wrestlers come off the mat, said Bauer. Often in regular tournaments, it's difficult to make those same adjustments because the coaches are pulled from mat to mat.

And while the duals can be a good test of a full squad, Hermes said, wrestling is more of an individual sport.

"Winning duals is great, but, in the big scheme of things, you're not going to win a state championship and you're not going to score any points down at state for winning duals," Hermes said. "You need to take your six to eight big guns and match up with their six to eight big guns. To me, whoever can win those matchups is the better team.

"Those are the kids that are going to be left standing come March anyway, and when you get down to Columbus it's who can score points down there."

 

AREA TEAM SCHEDULES

Friday

2 p.m. 

Edison vs. Sandy Valley, mat 2

Western Reserve vs. West Jefferson, mat 3

SMCC vs. Northwestern,  mat 4

Monroeville vs. Calvert, mat 6

3:15 p.m.

Edison vs. Cuyahoga Heights, mat 2

Western Reserve bye

SMCC bye

Monroeville vs. Montpelier, mat 6

4:30 p.m.

Edison bye

Western Reserve vs. Seneca East, mat 3

SMCC vs. Tinora, mat 4

Monroeville bye

5:45 p.m.

Edison vs. Archbold, mat 1

Western Reserve vs. SMCC, mat 4

Monroeville vs. Delta, mat 5

7 p.m.

Edison vs. Norwayne, mat 2

Western Reserve bye

SMCC bye

Monroeville vs. Arcadia, mat 6

8:15 p.m.

Edison bye

Western Reserve vs. Tinora, mat 4

SMCC vs. Seneca East, mat 3

Monroeville bye

9:30 p.m.

Edison vs. Reading, mat 2

Western Reserve vs. Northwestern, mat 4

SMCC vs. West Jefferson, mat 3

Monroeville vs. Versailles, mat 6

SATURDAY

10 a.m.

Edison vs. Seneca East, mat 4

SMCC vs. Archbold, mat 1

Western Reserve vs. Montpelier, main

Monroeville vs. Tinora, mat 6

11:15 a.m.

Edison vs. West Jefferson, mat 2

Monroeville bye

Western Reserve vs. Sandy Valley, mat 4

SMCC bye

12:30 p.m.

Monroeville vs. West Jefferson, mat 2

Edison bye

Western Reserve vs. Calvert, mat 4

SMCC vs. Reading, mat 3

1:45 p.m.

Edison vs. Monroeville, mat 2

Western Reserve bye

SMCC vs. Versailles, mat 3

3 p.m.

Edison vs. Northwestern, mat 2

Monroeville bye

Western Reserve vs. Versailles, mat 3

SMCC vs. Sandy Valley, mat 4

4:15 p.m.

Delta vs. Edison, mat 2

Monroeville vs. Archbold, mat 1

Western Reserve bye

SMCC bye

5:30 p.m.

Edison bye

Monroeville vs. Northwestern, mat 1

Western Reserve vs. Reading, mat 4