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The Battle for Perkins Avenue had buzz, it had two rivals in Sandusky and Perkins ready to hit the mat, it had atmosphere and excitement like any high-energy meeting between the schools. Then they started wrestling.
AnthonyMoujaes
Dec 18, 2011

The Battle for Perkins Avenue had buzz, it had two rivals in Sandusky and Perkins ready to hit the mat, it had atmosphere and excitement like any high-energy meeting between the schools.

Then they started wrestling.

And Perkins started pinning, and Sandusky, which had two forfeit two classes in the first five matches, was down for the count.

OVERVIEW: The Pirates picked up three pins in the first four matches, and four in the first seven as they raced out to a 49-0 lead before the Blue Streaks were on the board.

The win was the 15th straight for Perkins in the series, and Sandusky hasn't beaten the Pirates since 1995, when some of Wednesday's wrestlers were in diapers.

Of the 11 head-to-head meetings, Perkins won nine of them. Of those nine, four were by pin. Of those four pins, three were in the first period.

BEST MATCH: The second-to last match saw Sandusky's Zayvier Dickerson get a late reversal against Josh Rohrbacher for a 5-4 win, the closest score of any of the head-to-head meetings.

The match was tied 1-1 in the second after Rohrbacher earned an escape.

In the third, Dickerson got a reversal for a 3-1 lead, and Rohrbacher's second escape made it 3-2 before he took the lead, 4-3 on a takedown.

Dickerson's reversal swung the match in his favor.

WHAT IT MEANS FOR BOTH TEAMS: Perkins can keep its confidence going heading into the holidays.

The Pirates won the Olentangy Invite on Saturday, and the way they won this match will be another boost.

"We’ve won 15 years in a row, so it’s nothing new for the kids. We’ll build off it and move on to the next dual," Perkins coach Travis Crabtre said.

Sandusky, meanwhile, must regroup for Saturday's dual against another city-opponent, SMCC. Second-year coach Casey Harrington said he'll watch film to figure out how to answer the many questions the Streaks must answer after being thoroughly beaten.

See photos from the Perkins-Sandusky dual in our galleries.