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Avon Eagles shake off rust, top Midview Middies
MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Avon’s Max Kuchenrither, top, pins Midview’s Josh Gabor in the 126-pound class on Thursday. Kuchenrither pinned Gabor in 2:50.
MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Avon's Jack Gothier, right,tries to take down Midview's Sam Taylor. Taylor won the match 4-3.
MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Avon's Bryan Stringer fights off Midview's Jason Grau as tries to pin him. Grau went on the win the match 11-4.
MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Avon's Adam Kirresh, top tries to flip over Midview's Drew Schatz in the 132 pound class at last nights match. Avon's Kirresh won the match 3-2.
Many of the wrestlers in the Eagles’ lineup hadn’t wrestled in a couple weeks, so coach Mark Porter was a little leery about how his team would perform last night.
“We wrestled Vermilion last week and not all of our guys were able to get matches, so lot of our kids haven’t wrestled in a couple weeks,” Porter said. “With the long hiatus, you suffer from a little bit of atrophy. I thought they overcame that tonight. They practiced hard this week and I think it showed in the match here.”
The meet started at 160, which gave the Middies an early advantage.
Kolby Hirschfelder started things off for Midview with a 6-0 decision over Travis Leopold.
“Kolby is a tough kid. I’m not always happy with some of the decisions he makes, but he started things off for us with the win and got the momentum going for us,” Midview coach Shawn Bristow said.
Zach Frambach then earned a 10-1 major decision over Avon’s Brandon Blakely in his final match at Midview High School.
“It was nice to see Frambach, a senior, go out and win on senior night. That was a positive,” Bristow said. “Starting off things with a couple wins was nice for the team.”
After the Middies opened up the 7-0 lead, Avon put a choke hold on the meet, as they scored the next 27 points.
Hamza Kirresh pinned David Croftcheck in just 35 seconds, followed by Ryan Steinmetz’s pin of Midview’s Tyler Strebel in 1:02. The Middies had to forfeit the 220 and 285 matches, and then Frank Rizzo earned a 2-0 overtime decision over Midview’s Zach Carte.
“We had some really good matches. Some positive things came out of this,” Bristow said. “I knew it was going to be tough beating them coming into the match. Hats off to Avon.”
The most exciting match of the night was between Midview sophomore Sam Taylor and Avon freshman Jack Gothier.
The two battled back and forth, with Gothier holding on to a 3-2 advantage with just six seconds left in the third period. The clock started with both wrestlers in the neutral position and Taylor made his shot and took down Gothier. The referee’s hand shot up holding two fingers in the air just as time expired, giving Taylor the 4-3 win that ignited the home crowd.
Avon too was able to use a lot of their younger wrestlers and give them some much needed experience.
“I think our freshman wrestled well,” Porter said. “We had a lot of underclassmen go tonight, and overall I thought we were pretty solid.”
Porter pointed out two matches that stuck out to him as ‘toss-up’ matches, Rizzo’s victory at 106, and Adam Kirresh’s match at 132 against senior Drew Schatz.
“Those two matches stuck out as positives,” Porter said. “Both of those young men are freshman, and we felt the matches could have gone either way. They really responded to the challenge and that was pleasing to see.”
Adam Kirresh was excited about the victory, as he exacted a little revenge on Schatz who pinned him earlier in the year at the Knights of Columbus tournament championship.
“I knew what I had to do, because I lost to him earlier,” Adam Kirresh said. “I knew it was his senior night and he’d leave it all on the table. I just wanted to beat him.”
Adam Kirresh scored a takedown late in the match and then held on for dear life to earn the 3-2 decision.
Both teams will now begin preparing for the West Shore Conference championship tournament on Feb. 9, and then the state sectional tournament.
“We’ve got to keep working. Sectionals are coming up and we’re entering the most important part of the season,” Bristow said.
Avon 42, Midview 19
West Shore Conference
106 — Frank Rizzo (A) dec. Zach Carte, 2-0 OT; 113 — Jason Grau (M) dec. Bryan Stringer, 11-4; 120 — Sam Taylor (M) dec. Jack Gotheir, 4-3; 126 — Max Kuchenrither (A) pinned Josh Gabor, 2:50; 132 — Adam Kirresh (A) dec. Drew Schatz, 3-2; 138 — Tony Lupico (M) dec. Mark Campo, 5-4; 145 — Jake DeLorge (A) pinned Josh Hoyt, 2:58; 152 — George Hollingsworth (M) dec. Tyler Vaccarella, 5-2 ; 160 — Kolby Hirschfelder (M) dec. Travis Leopold, 6-0; 170 — Zach Frambach (M) maj. dec. Brandon Blakely, 10-1; 182 — Hamza Kirresh (A) pinned David Croftcheck, 0:35; 195 — Ryan Steinmetz (A) pinned Tyler Strebel, 1:02; 220 — Joe Travagliante (A) by forfeit; HVY –– Alex Cranmer (A) by forfeit.
Last Updated: 1/31/2013 11:19:58 PM EST