Bolstered by senior 120-pounder Drew Dickson’s 100th career victory and cemented by back-to-back pinfalls in the final two matches, the Rangers grabbed a 47-24 win Thursday night.
Midview fell 37-36 to non-conference foe Lutheran West in the second dual meet after back-to-back pins in the final two bouts.
North Ridgeville made it two home victories with a 51-13 win over the Longhorns in the nightcap.
Ashland was supposed to compete to make it a quad but backed out due to injuries, according to Rangers coach Josh Bement.
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“It’s huge, especially starting out the year against Midview,” Bement said. “They’re always tough. They’re always well coached. They won the dual meet part (of the WSC) last year, and they handed it to us pretty bad last year.”
The Rangers jumped out to an 11-3 lead after heavyweight Nick Bailey’s 19-second pin and 113-pounder Evan Collier’s 18-5 technical fall.
Dickson scored a quick takedown and racked up five back points while trying to get Midview’s Josh Gabor for a quick pin. He finally got both shoulders on the mat in 1:08 to earn his milestone victory.
“It’s really cool, because not many people can do it,” said Dickson, who improved to 8-0 after a 6-0 victory over state qualifier Tim Mecklenburg in the nightcap. “It actually worked out perfect. It happened at home, against our rival and we drew a good crowd on both sides … and I did it with a pin.”
Bement was proud of Dickson’s accomplishment, which the school acknowledged with an announcement following the victory.
“He’s an animal,” Bement said. “I’ve known Drew for a long time. I coached him when he was in middle school. He’s a real hard worker. He loves the sport of wrestling, and to see him get his 100th win at home in front of the home fans is a pretty special thing.”
Trailing 17-3, the Middles answered with three consecutive victories by Austin Lowe (126), Drew Schatz (132) and Tony Lupico (138) to take an 18-17 lead. Lowe pinned Justin Dodge in 3:14, while Schatz, who had two pins Thursday — pinned Sean Kegg in 1:12.
“I expected our 32, who is a senior (Schatz), to come through for us and he did,” Midview coach Shawn Bristow said. “Our 38 could have a stick there, but it didn’t work our way. I was hoping for more points out of that match.
“Our 45 (J.P. Morris) is kind of a new guy, and our 52 (Alex Szuch) closed the gap on (Nick) Asp, because Asp pinned him at the Knights of Columbus. I was happy to see some improvement there.”
Ridgeville quickly halted the Middies’ run with Ricky Godri’s pin at 145 in 1:41. That kickstarted six victories in the final seven matches for the Rangers to close out the victory.
Nick Asp (152) edged Middies captain Alex Szuch, 3-2, while Colin Riley (160), Jonah Bowden (195) and Phil Hicks (220) picked up pins.
“It kind of went back and forth and they came back at us,” Bement said. “I went up to Ricky Godri and I said, ‘You’ve got to get the ball rolling for us.’ He definitely did that with the pin, and that kind of started things off and we kind of ran away with it after that.”
Against Lutheran West, Bailey had the lone pin in 2:53 over Ian Long, the hero of the Longhorns’ dual win over the Middies. Riley beat Ryan Moore by technical fall, 20-5, while Asp handed C.J. McNamee an 18-4 major decision to lead the way.
“I think we could have done a lot better,” Dickson said. “I don’t know if our guys were a little fatigued right now, but it’s good. Our upper weights stomped (both teams) pretty well, and it turned out good.
“Midview sort of killed us last year, and we were able to turn it around and kill them this year. So, it was a great night.”
The Middles led the Longhorns, 30-19, with four matches to go and got 12 points due to forfeits before the match even started. However, Andrew Liese (182) pinned David Croftcheck in 3:04, Christian Bremer (220) pinned Tyler Strebel in 2:22, and Long pinned John Nowagarski in 2:34 to cap the wild comeback.
According to Lutheran West head coach David Ressler, this was his program’s first victory ever over Midview.
“We’re young and we’re still kind of raw,” Bristow said. “But every day we’re working hard and getting after it every day. It’s tough being a tough team the last two years and then kind of stepping back a little bit. But we’ve got to keep working hard for it and keep moving forward.
“Hat’s off to Ridgeville. They have a nice team this year.”
North Ridgeville 47, Midview 24
106 — Zach Carte (M) dec. Riley Gannon, 9-2. 113 — Evan Collier (NR) tech. fall Sam Taylor, 18-2. 120 — Drew Dickson (NR) pinned Josh Gabor, 1:08. 126 — Austin Lowe (M) pinned Justin Dodge, 3:14. 132 — Drew Schatz (M) pinned Sean Kegg, 1:12. 138 — Tony Lupico (M) dec. Brent Ningard, 8-3. 145 — Ricky Godri (NR) pinned J.P. Morris, 1:41. 152 — Nick Asp (NR) dec. Alex Szuch, 3-2. 160 — Colin Riley (NR) pinned George Hollingsworth, 4:54. 170 — Kolby Hirschfelder (M) pinned Talon Dorton, 3:29. 182 — Shane Wise (NR) dec. David Croftcheck, 8-6. 195 — Jonah Bowden (NR) pinned Derek Ruffner, 3:53. 220 — Phil Hicks (NR) pinned Tyler Strebel, :21. 285 — Nick Bailey (NR) pinned John Nowagarski, :19.
Lutheran West 37, Midview 36
106 — Zach Carte (M) won by forfeit. 113 — Sam Taylor (M) pinned Nick Brown, 1:15. 120 — Tim Mecklenburg (LW) pinned Josh Gabor, 1:06. 126 — Bryce Deblock (LW) maj. dec. Austin Lowe, 14-5. 132 — Drew Schatz (M) pinned Adler Vasiloff, 1:13. 138 — Chance Huey (LW) dec. Tony Lupico, 8-3. 145 — Gevin Maxwell (LW) pinned J.P. Morris, 1:06. 152 — Alex Szuch (M) dec. C.J. McNamee, 10-8. 160 — George Hollingsworth (M) dec. Ryan Moore, 6-2. 170 — Kolby Hirschfelder (M) won by forfeit. 182 — Andrew Liese (LW) pinned David Croftcheck, 3:04. 195 — Derek Ruffner (M) won by forfeit. 220 — Christian Bremer (LW) pinned Tyler Strebel, 2:22. 285 — Ian Long (LW) pinned John Nowagarski, 2:34.
North Ridgeville 51, Lutheran West 13
106 — Riley Gannon (NR) won by forfeit. 113 — Evan Collier (NR) won by forfeit. 120 — Drew Dickson (NR) dec. Tim Mecklenburg, 6-0. 126 — Justin Dodge (NR) dec. Bryce Deblock, 13-7. 132 — Adler Vasiloff (LW) dec. Sean Kegg, 8-2. 138 — Chance Huey (LW) maj. dec. Brent Ningard, 14-2. 145 — Ricky Godri (NR) dec. Gevin Maxwell, 11-5. 152 — Nick Asp (NR) maj. dec. C.J. McNamee, 18-4. 160 — Colin Riley (NR) tech. fall Ryan Moore, 20-5. 170 — Talon Dorton (NR) won by forfeit. 182 — Andrew Liese (LW) pinned Shane Wise, 1:00. 195 — Jonah Bowden (NR) won by forfeit. 220 — Phil Hicks (NR) dec. Christian Bremer, 8-5. 285 — Nick Bailey (NR) pinned Ian Long, 2:53.
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