The St. Mary Central Catholic wrestlers won an abbreviated dual, 32-20, over LaGrange Keystone on Saturday in Sandusky.
The Wildcats fielded eight wrestlers and the Panthers 10, resulting in three double forfeits and four other forfeits. St. Mary won the dual, 32-20, but the teams were even at 14-14 in contested matches.
Marion Pleasant, out of school all week, was forced to stay home, turning the tri-match into a dual.
Keystone provided enough challenge on their own, including two state placers, brothers Brian and William Spangler. Brian took second place in the Division III 103-pound weight class, falling in a 6-4 decision to CVCA's Nathan Tomasello. William Spangler was fifth at 112, including two wins (one by injury default) in the state tournament against St. Mary's Joe Dauch. The brothers landed in the top five in their respective classes in the 2011 Brakeman, with Brian picked as a runner-up at 125.
The Spanglers matched up against SMCC's Guerra brothers at 119 and 125, winning both matches for the Wildcats. William Spangler took down Alex Guerra at 119 by 21-3 technical fall, while Adam Guerra fell to Brian Spangler, 10-5.
"That's why we brought them in, to get good matches," SMCC coach Rick Bellamy said.
Angelo Calderon, the Panthers' lone senior, wrestling for the last time in 'The Den,' weighed in at 140, but moved up to 145 to wrestle Keystone's Kirk Foster. Calderon scored a 10-1 major decision against Foster, and gave the Panthers a four -point advantage in the team score, versus letting the back-to-back forfeits cancel out.
At 130, SMCC's Logan Reichert took a 9-0 major over Keystone's Logan Stiner. At 189, Tyler Humphrey sealed the Panthers' win by pinning Keystone's Chris Perkins in the first round (1:27).
The Panthers are off until the Sandusky Bay Conference tournament Friday and Saturday in Port Clinton.
"I think we're progressing as we're going into tournament time," Bellamy said. "I hope tournament time is where we can thrive, and I think we can (improve)."
Pirates split Saturday duals
At Olmsted Falls, the Perkins wrestlers split duals with Olmsted Falls and Cleveland John Adams.
Perkins started on the wrong foot in a 42-24 loss to the Bulldogs and opened with five losses in a row spanning 103 to 130. The Pirates were already in a 24-point hole when Tyler Mees scored their first team points with a 4-0 decision over Alex Beviliaczqua in the 135-pound class.
"Bryon Logan (119) got caught on his back, rolling around, and ended up pinning himself," Crabtree said. "He has to learn from that. There's five freshmen and sophomores right there, and one of them has to step up. We can't wait until we get to Tyler Mees (at 135), Cam Campbell (140) or Michael Snyder (145) to stop the bleeding. We can't do that."
Campbell and Snyder followed Mees for nine more Perkins team points. Campbell pinned the Bulldogs' Scott Ahern in 5:05 at 140, and Michael Snyder followed with a 6-2 decision over Brian Slater. Kody Kaser and Jervaughn Eppse also collected wins for Perkins at 171 and heavyweight.
The Pirates followed their loss to Olmsted Falls with a near sweep of Cleveland John Adams, 74-3.
Perkins started with 24 free points on four Rebels forfeits from 112 to 130, followed by back-to-back-to-back pins by Mees, Campbell and Snyder from 135 to 145.
Perkins is off during the week until Saturday's Sandusky Bay Conference tournament at Port Clinton.
"Across the conference, we don't schedule this week because we know it means a lot to the communities and we want to go into the tournament fresh," Crabtree said.
But even with a young lineup that in Saturday's quad featured six freshmen and five sophomores, Crabtree thinks the Pirates are in good shape heading into the tournament.
"Our veterans are wrestling well, (such as) Mees, Campbell and Michael Snyder. Kaser's won seven in a row," he said.
"Every kid's improving. These young kids are creating a lot of gray hairs, but they're coming around."
Jesse Gross MVP at Rossford Invite
At Rossford, St. Paul's Jesse Gross earned the MVP award at the Rossford Invitational, winning the 112-pound weight class in the one-day tournament.
Gross took down Napoleon's Zach Walker, Brakeman's 15th in the Division II 103-pound weight class, in an 11-3 decision in the championship round.
Whitmer walked away with the Invite title with 226 points, but only two champions. Perrysburg finished second with four champions and 180 points. St. Paul was fifth with 126 points.
St. Paul's Matt Stroud fell in the 103-pound championship round to Rossford's Jake Burlage, 9-4, while Jason Duffey (130) and Kevin Rospert (285) both earned third-place finishes for the Flyers.