AVON — Toledo Central Catholic took a little detour on its way to this weekend’s Walsh Jesuit Ironman tournament, stopping by Avon on Thursday to hand a couple of area teams lopsided losses.
Which doesn’t mean the night was a total loss for the locals.
“Toledo Central Catholic is loaded all the way across the board,” said Amherst coach Brian Cesear, whose Comets were on the wrong side of a 50-24 score against the Fighting Irish. “They have state qualifiers and state champions on that team. We’ve been wrestling them for the past four years now, maybe even five, and they’re always good. But that’s how you get better is competing against the best teams.”
The Irish also handed the host Eagles a 53-21 loss in their final home duals.
In other matches, Avon, which had to forfeit four weight classes due to injuries, defeated Clearview 46-36, while Amherst, forfeiting two weight classes and competing with two of its regular starters out with injuries, defeated the Clippers 53-25.
“Clearview’s got some good guys, too,” Cesear said. “I thought it was an all-around good day.”
Amherst’s 170-pound senior Mike Wearsch, who won the Knights of Columbus Tournament’s Most Valuable Wrestler award last weekend, continued his dominant season with a pinfall in 4:25 over TCC’s Jared Fann and an 18-3 technical fall over Clearview’s Derrick Foster.
The matchup between Wearsch and Foster pitted two K of C champions, but Wearsch dominated the bout from the get-go.
“The wins are always good, especially when you’ve got a team that’s pretty young,” Wearsch said. “They need to see that we’re a winning program (and) that we’re going to mess the other teams in the county up.
“I’d say, personally, it was a good day, but you take what you can get. When you know you don’t have a big tournament coming up this weekend, you push the pace and you run up the score.”
Senior Austin Williams also had a good day for the Comets, bumping up to 160 and pinning Clearview’s Michael Tackett in 2:13. However, at 152 and going up against defending state champion Alex Mossing of the Fighting Irish, Williams dropped a tough 3-2 decision.
“Austin Williams went toe-to-toe with the state champ, and that’s how you get better,” Cesear said. “You always prefer a win, but it’s a good confidence builder. In his mind, there’s no reason why he can’t compete with those guys and go toe-to-toe with them.
“When you wrestle tough against a kid who’s in the top three in the state, he knows that he belongs right with them.”
Amherst jumped out to a 15-0 lead on the Fighting Irish, but a pin at the heavyweight bout by J’Quan Fisher jump-started a run of nine wins over the next 10 matches. Only 120-pounder Christian Lough, an 8-3 winner over Justin Portillo, and Wearsch, whose pin ended the dual, could stop the bleeding.
“I think today showed us what we need to work on, as far as our lower weights go, fighting off our backs, stuff along those lines,” Wearsch said. “The matches we lose, we tend to find out where we need to improve, and we’ll go into the room and work on improving in those areas.”
Lough also went 2-0 in the double dual, pinning Clearview’s Isaiah Gohagen in 1:00 in his second match.
Avon, meanwhile, found itself tied at 24 with the Clippers after nine matches. Adam Kirresh handed Jacob Corcino a 16-5 major decision at 132 to put the Eagles in the lead, and sophomore Kyle Shermak cemented the win by pinning Charles Parker in 4:35 for a 40-24 lead.
“I thought we fared as expected,” Avon coach Mark Porter said. “Going in, we knew we were forfeiting four weight classes because of injury. We’re getting a lot of those guys back next week, so we needed to weather the storm against Clearview. Shermak’s win was big because that could have been a 10-point swing right there, and he wrestled a tough match to pull it out.
“I thought our guys wrestled pretty well against them. Even against Toledo Central Catholic, where we knew there would be a lot of mismatches, we wound up with some nice wins.”
Paul Sturm had one of those, pinning Isaiah Jackson in 1:25 at 195, while Joe Travagliante had another, edging Chris Norwood 4-3 at 220. Bryan Stringer pinning Billy Corley in 23 seconds at 126 to earn his first varsity win also qualified.
Shermak trailed Parker by four in the third period before scoring the pin.
“A lot of our kids are young, and it’s easy to get frustrated,” Clearview coach Jason Steadman. “Sometimes you’ve got to settle down and realize what we’re working with. The Avon match was close, and I know they had a few kids out of the lineup, but so did we (forfeiting four weight classes).
“The 145-pound match really hurt, because we were winning and I thought we were going to get a pin. It went the other way, and if you take that six and put it on our side, we win the dual. When you put it in that perspective, it’s nice to know we can hang with some Division I schools. We’ve just got to continue to grow as a team.”
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Avon 46, Clearview 36
106 — Kolin Carney (Avon) won by forfeit; 113 — Jarett Hylton (Clearview) won by forfeit; 120 — Frank Rizzo (Avon) pinned Isaiah Gohagan (Clearview), 2:37; 126 — Markus Cruz (Clearview) pinned Austin Matsko (Avon), 4:14; 132 — Adam Kirresh (Avon) maj. dec. Jacob Corcino (Clearview), 16-5; 138 — Max Kuchenrither (Avon) pinned Jacob Kincer (Clearview), 2:31; 145 — Kyle Shermak (Avon) pinned Charles Parker (Clearview), 4:35; 152 — Tyler Vaccarella (Avon) pinned Justin Haught (Clearview), 1:55; 160— Michael Tackett (Clearview) won by forfeit; 170 — Derrick Foster (Clearview) won by forfeit; 182 — Clinton Cooper (Clearview) pinned Steven Brown (Avon), 1:58; 195 — Paul Sturm (Avon) won by forfeit; 220 — Joe Travagliante (Avon) won by forfeit; 285 — Alex Layport (Clearview) won by forfeit.
Toledo Central Catholic 50, Amherst 24
106 — Josh Venia (TCC) maj. dec. Alex Reyes (Amherst), 15-2; 113 — Josh Portillo (TCC) pinned Xavier Volak (Amherst), 1:12; 120 — Christian Lough (Amherst) dec. Justin Portillo (TCC), 8-3; 126 — Billy Corley (TCC) won by forfeit; 132 — Nate Hagan (TCC) pinned Javier Faria (Amherst), 2:36; 138 — Josh Mossing (TCC) pinned Christian Smith (Amherst), 1:40; 145 — Richard Jackson (TCC) won by forfeit; 152 — Alex Mossing (TCC) dec. Austin Williams (Amherst), 3-2; 160 — Lucas Beauch (TCC) pinned Donnie Wearsch (Amherst), 1:48; 170 — Mike Wearsch (Amherst) pinned Jared Fann (TCC), 4:25; 182 — Alex Brockmeyer (Amherst) won by forfeit; 195 — Derek Eibon (Amherst) pinned Isaiah Jackson (TCC), 1:27; 220 — Dennis Breeding (Amherst) dec. Chris Norwood (TCC), 13-8; 285 — J’Quan Fisher (TCC) pinned Mike Liepold (Amherst), 1:45.
Amherst 53, Clearview 25
106 — Alex Reyes (Amherst) won by forfeit; 113 — Jarrett Hylton (Clearview) maj. dec. Xavier Volak (Amherst), 11-3; 120 — Christian Lough (Amherst) pinned Isaiah Gohagan (Clearview), 1:00; 126 — Markus Cruz (Clearview) won by forfeit; 132 — Jacob Corcino (Clearview) pinned Javier Faria (Amherst), 2:25; 138 — Jacob Kincer (Clearview) dec. Christian Smith (Amherst), 6-3; 145 — Charles Parker (Clearview) won by forfeit; 152 — Donnie Wearsch (Amherst) pinned Justin Haught (Clearview), :41; 160 — Austin Williams (Amherst) pinned Michael Tackett (Clearview), 2:13; 170 — Mike Wearsch (Amherst) tech. fall Derrick Foster (Clearview), 18-3; 182 — Derek Eibon (Amherst) won by forfeit; 195 — Dennis Breeding (Amherst) won by forfeit; 220 — Todd Hastings (Amherst) won by forfeit; 285 — Mike Liepold (Amherst) pinned Alex Layport (Clearview), 1:11.
TCC 53, Avon 21
106 — Josh Venia (TCC) maj. dec. Kolin Carney (Avon), 9-1; 113 — Justin Portillo (TCC) won by forfeit; 120 — Josh Portillo (TCC) maj. dec. Frank Rizzo (Avon), 14-1; 126 — Bryan Stringer (Avon) pinned Billy Corley (TCC), :23; 132 — Nick Hagan (TCC) pinned Adam Kirresh (Avon), 3:40; 138 — Josh Mossing (TCC) dec. Max Kuchenrither (Avon), 7-5; 145 — Richard Jackson (TCC) pinned Kyle Shermak (Avon), 1:13; 152 — Alex Mossing (TCC) pinned Tyler Vaccarella (Avon), 2:35; 160 — Lucas Beauch (TCC) won by forfeit; 170 — Jared Fann (TCC) won by forfeit; 182 — Steven Brown (Avon) won by forfeit; 195 — Paul Sturm (Avon) pinned Isaiah Jackson (TCC), 1:25; 220 — Joe Travagliante (Avon) dec. Chris Norwood (TCC), 4-3; 285 — J’Quan Fisher (TCC) won by forfeit.