Adam Kirresh, wrestling at 132 pounds, avenged an earlier loss this season and provided an emotional spark that highlighted Avon’s 42-19 West Shore Conference win over the Middies at Kubuski Gymnasium.
Facing senior Drew Schatz, Kirresh fell behind early. Schatz picked a single-leg and took him down to take a 2-0 lead, a lead that would last through the second period and into the third.
That’s when Kirresh pulled out all the stops.
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He chose to start the period in the down position, and scored a point with an escape 29 seconds into the third. Trailing 2-1, he kept circling Schatz, finally shooting in and taking him down 1:14 into the period.
From there he just hung on.
“I lost to him at the Knights of Columbus in the finals … I actually got pinned by him,” Kirresh said of Schatz. “I knew on Senior Night he was going to leave it all out there, and I just wanted to give him a match and beat him.
“When I got that takedown, I had to keep him down, to ride and ride to beat him. My approach was to just wrestle my match and attack, attack, attack. He’s more of a nonchalant wrestler, so I knew I had to attack.”
Kirresh’s victory, along with Frank Rizzo’s overtime win over Zach Carte, were the two matches Eagles’ coach Mark Porter thought established control for Avon. Both wins came from freshmen.
“At 106, Frankie Rizzo got that win in overtime, right at the edge of the mat, and that was a good effort,” Porter said. “Then, at 132 … Adam Kirresh beat their senior in a very close match. I thought those two really stood out.”
“Both those young men are freshmen, and those were matches we labeled toss-up matches that could have went either way. We had to be aggressive and they both really responded, which was a great thing for us.”
Avon (6-1 WSC) ended up winning six matches and collecting two forfeits. The Eagles got pins from Hamza Kirresh (182 pounds over David Croftcheck in 35 seconds), Ryan Steinmetz (195 pounds over Tyler Streibel in 1:02) and Jacob DeLorge (145 pounds over Josh Hoyt in 1:58).
The most exciting match went to Midview (3-4 WSC) at 120 pounds. With six seconds remaining in the final period, Middies sophomore Sam Taylor trailed Avon freshman Jake Gothier, 3-2.
Starting from the neutral position, Taylor immediately shot on the restart. Gothier backed away, but left a leg exposed, which Taylor grabbed. He pulled Gothier in and slipped on top of him to score a takedown with just :01 showing on the clock to pull out a 4-3 victory.
“We started out shorthanded and had to forfeit a few matches, but I think a lot of good things came out of this … a lot of positive things,” Midview coach Shawn Bristol said. “We had some kids bump up and, especially with Jason (Grau) at 113, he kept going and was able to get the win at the end. That was mental toughness and physical toughness at the end.”
“I thought a few more matches could have went our way, but Avon has a tough lineup this year and we knew coming in it was going to be tough to beat them. We’ve got to keep working. Sectionals are coming up and this is the most important part of the season.
“The next couple of weeks is when it all is really going to count for us.”
Porter and his Eagles are looking for a conference championship.
“We’re 6-1 and I think North Ridgeville is 6-1, so we’re tied for first in the conference,” he said. “That’s where we needed to be. We lost early in the WSC, but we knew we still had our fate in our hands. We knew we’d have to win out to be tied for first or second and that’s where we’re at.”
Avon 42, Midview 19
- 106: Frank Rizzo (A) 2-0 overtime decision over Zach Carte.
- 113: Jason Grau (M) 11-4 decision over Bryan Stringer.
- 120: Sam Taylor (M) 4-3 decision over Jack Gothier.
- 126: Max Kuchenrither (A) by fall (2:50) over Josh Gabor.
- 132: Adam Kirresh (A) 3-2 decision over Drew Schatz.
- 138: Tony Lupico (M) 5-4 decision over Mark Campo.
- 145: Jacob DeLorge (A) by fall (1:58) over Josh Hoyt.
- 152: George Hollingsworth (M) 5-2 decision over Tyler Vaccarella.
- 160: Kolby Hirschfelder (M) 6-0 decision over Travis Leopold.
- 170: Zach Frambach (M) 10-1 major decision over Brandon Blakely.
- 182: Hamza Kirresh (A) by fall (:35) over David Croftcheck.
- 195: Ryan Steinmetz (A) by fall (1:02) over Tyler Streibel.
- 220: Joe Travagiliante (A) by forfeit.
- HVY: Alex Cranmer (A) by forfeit.
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