BROADVIEW HTS. — It was a blue Monday for Elyria’s Armando Torres and Kevin Vough.
After going undefeated Sunday to advance to the semifinal round Monday, Torres and Vough lost their chances to win individual championships and had to settle for fourth and fifth place, respectively, in the Brecksville Holiday Tournament.
Torres had a tough ending to an otherwise good tournament. After going 3-0 on Sunday, he ended up taking fourth after losing in the last seconds to Olentangy Liberty’s Jon Furnas in the third-place match.
Holding a 1-0 lead going into the last period, Torres was bamboozled by a flurry of moves by Furnas in the last 10 seconds to lose a 3-1 decision.
“I let him in on my leg,” Torres said. “I was scrambling with it, I felt like I was in good position still, but somehow he got two (points).”
Torres lost a controversial match in the semifinals earlier in the day. Facing Brecksville’s Austin Assad, Torres was down 1-0, before scoring a takedown to take a 2-1 lead. About five seconds later, Torres was penalized a point for stalling, making it 2-2 and sending the match into overtime.
Elyria coach Erik Burnett was not happy with the officiating during the match.
“I completely disagree with the call,” Burnett said. “Both referees are good officials, I just happened to disagree with the way it was called.”
In the overtime period, Torres appeared to have pinned Assad, but the official didn’t see it. Torres had Assad’s shoulders down and was battling to score the pin, but the overtime session ended, sending it to an ultimate tiebreaker.
“We were in a funky situation at first,” Torres said. “I kept wrestling. I ended up getting like a switch type thing and I did everything I possibly could. I hooked the leg, I lifted his leg. I was looking back at the ref expecting back points. That’s where I thought I was at. I don’t know what they saw, but I felt like I had complete control of that situation. I had him on his back. I had his leg elevated. I thought I was in control.”
Assad chose the top position in the ultimate tiebreaker and was able to ride out a tired Torres to pull out the 3-2 win. Austin’s brother Aaron defeated Torres in the state championship match last season.
“It was really frustrating,” Torres said. “If that second stall call didn’t happen, it wouldn’t have went into overtime, then that controversy would’ve never happened. I should’ve kept working up. It is what it is.
“I felt I wrestled well. I definitely still got some things to work on, like getting out of the bottom. That was another big point in the match. If I get out of the bottom there, we wouldn’t have had to go into an extra overtime.”
Vough, who also went 3-0 on Sunday, faced a tough opponent in Bishop Ready’s Patrik Garren at heavyweight in the semifinals. Vough had a tough time with the Division III defending champion and was pinned in 24 seconds. Vough then lost a 5-3 decision to Loveland’s Andrew Alten in the consolation semifinals.
“I learned to keep my arms in (against Garren),” Vough said. “My plan was to stay low and try to get under him, but it didn’t work. He got me in a double under, had my elbows go out and then he threw me.”
Vough settled for a fifth-place finish with a pin over Manchester’s Jacob Hanzel in the second period of the consolation final.
“This is the toughest tournament I’ve been in since the (Walsh Jesuit) Ironman,” Vough said. “My plan was to try to ride him out and turn him if I could. If he tried to get up, I wanted to let him up and try to take control. He was a tough opponent. I took what he gave me. I jumped on an opportunity and was able to get the pin.”
Amherst’s Mike Wearsch (160) lost 4-3 to Elyria’s Taylor Workman earlier in the day, and finished in eighth place. Teammate Dennis Breeding (195) took seventh place with a 5-2 decision over Lakota East’s Oseji Azuka.
Workman advanced to wrestle in the fifth-place match against Wauseon’s Tre Campbell, but was pinned in the third period to take sixth.
Elyria’s Ben Darmstadt (152) took fifth place with an injury default win over Nelsonville’s Dakota Mays. He lost a chance to wrestle in the third-place match after getting pinned by Clyde’s Blake Miller at 1:40.
Elyria’s Nico O’Dor (126) took seventh place with a 5-0 decision over LaSalle’s Andrew Sams after losing a 5-3 decision in the quarterfinals to Delta’s Noah Mattin.
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TEAM STANDINGS: Brecksville 216, Delta 191.5, Davison 174, Perry 156, Oregon Clay 141.5, Toledo Central Catholic 138.5, Loveland 131, Perrysburg 122.5, Dayton Christian 121, Centerville 120.5, Marysville 113, Wauseon 106, Nordonia 103.5, Elyria 103, Lake Catholic 102.5, Clyde 100.5, Mt. Vernon 74, Tri-Valley 73.5, LaSalle 73, Catholic Central (Mich.) 68, Cincinnati Colerain 66, Ashland 64.5, Lakota East 63, Teays Valley 61.5, Olentangy Liberty 60.5, Manchester 58.5, Columbus Bishop Ready 58.5, Hilliard Davidson 57, Cincinnati Elder 56, Bloom Carroll 52, Kettering Fairmont 51, Mentor 51, Miami Trace 48, Woodridge 48, Amherst 46.5, St. Ignatius 41.5, Aurora 40.5, Padua 40, Solon 35, Norwalk St. Paul 35, North Royalton 33, Olentangy Orange 32, Cuyahoga Heights 31, Nelsonville-York 20.5, Garfield Garrettsville 1.
AREA MATCHES: 120 — Championship semifinal: Austin Assad (Brecksville) dec. Armando Torres (Elyria), 3-2, UTB. Consolation semifinal: Torres dec. Delta’s Kyle Keller (Delta), 5-3. Third-place match: Jon Furnas (Olentangy Liberty) dec. Torres, 3-1. 126 — Consolation Round 7: Noah Mattin (Delta) dec. Nico O’Dor (Elyria), 5-3. Seventh-place match: O’Dor dec. Andrew Sams (LaSalle), 5-0. 152 — Consolation Round 7: Blake Miller (Clyde) pinned Ben Darmstadt (Elyria), 1:40. Fifth-place match: Darmstadt won by injury default Dakota Mays (Nelsonville, N.Y.). 160 — Consolation Round 7: Taylor Workman (Elyria) dec. Mike Wearsch (Amherst), 4-3. Fifth-place match: Tre Campbell (Wauseon) pinned Taylor Workman (Elyria). 195 — Consolation Round 7: Kyle Kremiller (Perry) dec. Dennis Breeding (Amherst), 1-0. Seventh-place match: Breeding dec. Oseji Azuka (Lakota East), 5-2. 285 — Championship semifinal: Patrik Garren (Bishop Ready) pinned Kevin Vough (Elyria), :24. Consolation semifinal: Andrew Alten (Loveland) dec. Vough, 5-3. Fifth-place match: Vough pinned Jacob Hanzel (Manchester).