The Perkins seniors, freshmen and coaches came together for their first victory against Bellevue this millennium.
The Pirates edged the Redmen 37-35 on Wednesday night at Perkins High School, breaking a losing streak longer than either coach could remember.
“It’s been a long time since we’ve beaten Bellevue,” Perkins coach Travis Crabtree said. “It’s been a long, long time. I’ve been here since 2000, and we’ve never beaten them. It’s been at least 15 to 20 years.”
Bellevue head coach Paul Zolman, in his first year taking over for longtime coach Jim DePolo, conceded his first loss to the Pirates.
Perkins senior Alex Trautman kicked off Senior Night by pinning Brendan Adkinson in 1:09. The Pirates’ Travis Davlin, also a senior, followed suit with a second-round pin of Sam Strayer in the 189.
Bellevue’s Cody Rine in the 215 put Ian Edwards on the mat in 16 seconds.
Josh Cmar of Bellevue tallied two points on a reversal late in the third, earning an 8-5 decision over Nash Uhl in the heavyweight class.
Perkins 103 Nick Waldron pinned Kyle Capodice in the second period.
“He’s actually our third-string 103-pounder (behind Bryon Logan and Nathan Salmon), so for him to step in and get a pin is really good,” Crabtree said.
Bellevue’s Taylor Chapman scored a late pin of Bryon Logan in the 112. Chapman turned a takedown in the final minute into a pin with just over 30 seconds remaining.
“He really stepped up and got a big win for us,” Zolman said. “It wasn’t enough (to give Bellevue the team win), but he got that win for himself, and I think that’s the most important thing.”
Cameron Campbell earned a major decision over Damon Cheek, 10-0. Cameron Campbell edged Cheek by a point in the Brecksville Holiday Tournament over Christmas break.
The Pirates edged the Redmen from the sideline, as well.
Crabtree decided to send Spencer Matthias up from 140 to 145. Bellevue’s Shane Justice collected six points for the forfeit in the 140 class, while Chris Moore earned three points for a 5-0 decision over Matthias.
“I didn’t want to wrestle (Justice),” Crabtree said. “I didn’t want to give them any momentum with him pinning somebody. Matthias had a better shot at winning 145. I’d rather forfeit to (Justice) and take him out of the match.”
Had Matthias wrestled Justice and been pinned while Moore collected a forfeit, the Redmen would have earned three extra team points and given Bellevue the match.
Zolman said the Redmen don’t have the intensity they had at the beginning of the season.
“Hopefully we can find that (again),” he said. “I want to find that team I took to Avon Lake. I want to find that team I had at the Bob Bailey, the team that went up there, ready to wrestle. ‘Win or lose, I’m going to give you everything I’ve got.’ That’s going to be our next step.”