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Wrestling: Perry beats Lake Catholic to advance in state duals
Both Perry and Lake Catholic had to hold on to late leads during the second week of the state dual tournament, and both teams won by a single point.
A convincing, 33-25 win over the Cougars moves the Pirates to the regional final against Crestwood at home next Wednesday. The winner will advance to the first OHSAA state team tournament the following Saturday.
"The team did a good job of rising to the occasion," Perry coach Dave Sarosy said, who is helping fill in as head coach along with fellow assistants Cliff Brewster and Chris Bezzeg in the absence of head coach Dave Rowan. "Fortunately, the program is doing well right now, and it's always fun to have the hard work pay off."
Not only was the matchup between the top two teams in the area, but the teams were both in the top 15 in the most recent state poll. Perry won six of the 11 matches wrestled against Lake Catholic and held a 33-19 lead with three matches remaining.
Alec Schenk (170) had a 19-4 tech fall over Kaz Struna. The Pirates' Ryan Sill (182) followed with a 3-0 win over Jon Brace to all but clinch the win.
"Getting both of these wins was very important for us," Schenk said. "Every point counts, even if you have to kick a guy out and take him down again to get the major (decision). It toughens us up for the rest of the season."
Aaran Gessic (138) wrestled for Perry for the first time after missing more than a month with an ankle injury. Gessic was in good form in a 10-0 major decision over Jeff King.
"This was his first match in five or six weeks, and we're happy to have him back," Sarosy said. "Kyle Kremiller (182-pounder) had missed three weeks or so, so it's good to have two starters back, not just for these duals but at practice."
Lake Catholic's Jimmy Szep (220) won a 13-10 decision over Evan Nichols in a hard-fought battle of returning state qualifiers.
Anthony Tutolo (126) was dominant in a 12-1 major decision over Cory Gramberg, who did well to not get pinned by the former state runner-up despite several close calls.
The Pirates had a 34-18 lead over West Branch during the first match of the evening, but didn't win another. Two pins later, Perry was clinging to a four-point lead with heavyweight Billy Miller heading to the mat.
All Miller needed to do was avoid a major decision or worse to clinch a win. He did just that, falling to Connor Sharp, 3-1.
"Last year we saw West Branch a lot, but this year our schedules are different and we haven't seen each other," Sarosy said. "We knew there would be a good matchup with Billy and (Sharp), and we knew they are good in the middle."
Lake Catholic was up, 31-18, on Canfield after the 160-pound weight class but had to hold on just as hard to pull out the win.
A pin by Szep pushed the Cougars' lead to seven points before the heavyweight match, for all intents and purposes clinching the win. Marcus DeSantis was pinned in the first period, and Lake held on by one.
Last Updated: 1/31/2013 1:03:56 AM EST