April 29, 2016


Wrestling: Avon downs rival North Ridgeville to stay on pace in WSC race

Avon’s Max Bourque has North Ridgeville’s Derrick Vilk trapped in a cradle during their 113-pound match Thursday night. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Avon’s Max Bourque has North Ridgeville’s Derrick Vilk trapped in a cradle during their 113-pound match Thursday night. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — After dropping a dual meet to Rocky River earlier this season, Avon knew that it had to defeat North Ridgeville on the road to keep its hopes of a West Shore Conference wrestling championship alive.

The Eagles, wrestling with 13 of their 14 spots filled, improved to 5-1 with wins over the previously unbeaten Rangers (43-28) and winless Vermilion (69-6) on Thursday night in a WSC double dual.

North Ridgeville, who has yet to wrestle Rocky River this season, rebounded with a 48-28 win over Midview to improve to 5-1 in the WSC. The Middies defeated Vermilion 36-27 in the first dual of the evening.

“There’s a lot of parity in the league this year and we’ve competed in a lot of close duals, so we knew coming in that this one (against the Rangers) was going to be very competitive,” Avon coach Mark Porter said. “Our JV 106-pounder (Joseph Ciresi) is now on varsity this week, and Max Bourque has been filling in for our regular 113-pounder, who got hurt earlier in the season. Those are two freshmen who opened the dual up with two pins for 12 points, and that was huge for us.”

Ciresi, making his varsity debut, was able to stick the Rangers’ Jake Bober for a huge pin in 4:39 to give the Eagles an early 6-0 lead.

“It was a tough match,” Ciresi said. “It was 4-1 until the third period and I just tried to Granby roll over him and I caught him. I was pretty nervous at first, but it was nice to get my first varsity win by pin and in one of our biggest matches of the year.”

Bourque, who added a 7-0 win over Vermilion’s Justin See to start the second dual, kept the pin party alive by catching Derrick Vilk in 3:41. Avon added two more pinfalls in the win over the Rangers.

“The first match was hard,” Bourque said. “I had beaten him before and I knew I had to beat him (Thursday). I pinned him last time with the cradle, and I was able to hit it again this time and pin him.”

Senior 132-pounder Max Kuconrithor, following back-to-back Rangers wins to cut the deficit to 12-7, pinned Matt Smith in 3:09. Kuconrithor also pinned Vermilion’s Tyler Anderson in 1:50 in the nightcap.

“I really didn’t know much about my opponents, so I just went out there and wrestled tough,” Kuconrithor said. “I knew it was going to be a tight match against Ridgeville, so I knew I had to pull out a pin to get those bonus points, because I knew they would make the difference.”

Adam Kirresh (138) and Mark Campo (145) followed with wins to up Avon’s lead to 28-7, and Travis Leopold (160) cemented it with a 7-6 win over Tommy Wendling to make it 31-13.

“I’m extremely pleased with where we’re at,” Porter said. “We’re right in the middle of a long season, and it’s very easy for a 14- (or) 15-year-old to take his foot off the gas a little bit. That’s not what happened here. We were very focused.

“Because of the weather, we had a very short week of practice. In fact, we only had one practice (Wednesday). But it was a great and very focused practice, and I was very happy with their effort in both duals.”

With only seven wrestlers in the lineup, Vermilion had to forfeit half of its weight classes. Avon gave up a double forfeit in the final 106-pound match and forfeited the 170-pound weight class, but went 7-0 with three pins and a major decision in its head-to-head bouts with the Sailors.

“There’s a lot of wrestling left to be done,” Porter said. “Bay and Rocky River were wrestling tonight. We still have to wrestle Bay. (North Ridgeville) still has to wrestle Rocky River. There’s a lot of parity between the top four teams. This is the fun time of season.”

North Ridgeville’s second-to-last home dual of the season was not only hurt by the loss to Avon, but also by an injury suffered by Wendling during his 160-pound match with Midview’s Kolby Hirschfelder. Wendling suffered a lower leg injury and had to default the match, and he left the gym on crutches with his leg heavily bandaged.

The injury marred what was a dominating performance by the Rangers. They opened a 21-0 lead on the Middies, and Talon Dalton’s pin in 3:06 at 182 cemented the win.

“We knew Avon was going to be tough,” North Ridgeville coach Josh Bement said. “We’ve seen them at a lot of our tournaments this year, and they always finished just ahead of us. We knew we were going to have to be on our A-game to hang with them, and we weren’t.

“We were giving up too many pins, and we weren’t getting enough pins of our own. That’s the key to any dual meet. Those points are huge.”

With Midview forfeiting five weight classes, the opening dual with Vermilion didn’t take very long. Only five head-to-head bouts were held, with the Sailors winning three of them. But it wasn’t enough to overcome the seven forfeits.

Spencer Geil (160) and Mason Montgomery (195) had pins for Vermilion, while Sam Taylor (126) and Josh Gabor (132) had pins for Midview in the opener.

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Avon 43, North Ridgeville 28

106 – Joseph Ciresi (Avon) pinned Jake Bober (North Ridgeville), 4:39. 113 – Max Bourque (Avon) pinned Derrick Vilk (North Ridgeville), 3:41. 120 – Evan Collier (North Ridgeville) maj. dec. Frank Rizzo (Avon), 13-5. 126 – Will Keller (North Ridgeville) dec. Austin Matsko (Avon), 11-10. 132 – Max Kuconrithor (Avon) pinned Matt Smith (North Ridgeville), 3:09. 138 – Adam Kirresh (Avon) maj. dec. Brent Ningard (North Ridgeville), 14-3. 145 – Mark Campo (Avon) pinned Brandon Garza (North Ridgeville), 3:32. 152 – Colin Riley (North Ridgeville) pinned Tyler Vaccarella (Avon), 4:36. 160 – Travis Leopold (Avon) dec. Tommy Wendling (North Ridgeville), 7-6. 170 – Ricky Godri (North Ridgeville) won by forfeit. 182 – Talon Dorton (North Ridgeville) dec. Ryan Steinmetz (Avon), 5-4. 195 – Paul Sturm (Avon) won by forfeit. 220 – Joe Travagliante (Avon) won by forfeit. 285 – Nick Bailey (North Ridgeville) pinned Brady Leeper (Avon), 1:04.

Midview 36, Vermilion 27

106 – Double forfeit. 113 – Justin See (Vermilion) won by forfeit. 120 – Zach Carte (Midview) won by forfeit. 126 – Sam Taylor (Midview) pinned Quinton Zadrav (Vermilion), 1:35. 132 – Josh Gabor (Midview) pinned Tyler Anderson (Vermilion), :43. 138 – Double forfeit. 145 – Sam Butler (Midview) won by forfeit. 152 – Allec Forrer (Midview) won by forfeit. 160 – Spencer Geil (Vermilion) pinned Kolby Hirschfelder (Midview), 3:57. 170 – Double forfeit. 182 – Patrick Riley (Vermilion) dec. David Croftcheck (Midview), 9-8. 195 – Mason Montgomery (Vermilion) pinned Evan Keyes (Midview), 4:19. 220 – Double forfeit. 285 – Mitch Hasman (Midview) won by forfeit.

North Ridgeville 48, Midview 28

106 – Jake Bober (North Ridgeville) won by forfeit. 113 – Derrick Vilk (North Ridgeville) won by forfeit. 120 – Evan Collier (North Ridgeville) dec. Zach Carte (Midview), 9-2. 126 – Will Keller (North Ridgeville) dec. Sam Taylor (Midview), 10-8. 132 – Matt Smith (North Ridgeville) dec. Josh Gabor (Midview), 10-7. 138 – Brett Ningard (North Ridgeville) won by forfeit. 145 – Sam Butler (Midview) maj. dec. Brandon Garza (North Ridgeville), 12-4. 152 – Colin Riley (North Ridgeville) dec. Allec Forrer (Midview), 5-4. 160 – Kolby Hirschfelder (Midview) def. Tommy Wendling (North Ridgeville) by inj. default. 170 – Ricky Godri (North Ridgeville) won by forfeit. 182 – Talon Dalton (North Ridgeville) pinned David Croftcheck (Midview), 3:06. 195 – Evan Keyes (Midview) won by forfeit. 220 – Double forfeit. 285 – Mitch Hasman (Midview) won by forfeit.

Avon 64, Vermilion 6

106 – Double forfeit. 113 – Max Bourque (Avon) dec. Justin See (Vermilion), 7-0. 120 – Frank Rizzo (Avon) won by forfeit. 126 – Austin Matsko (Avon) pinned Quentin Zadrav (Vermilion), 1:22. 132 – Max Kuconrithor (Avon) pinned Tyler Anderson (Vermilion), 1:50. 138 – Adam Kirresh (Avon) won by forfeit. 145 – Mark Campo (Avon) won by forfeit. 152 – Tyler Vaccarella (Avon) won by forfeit. 160 – Travis Leopold (Avon) dec. Spencer Geil (Vermilion), 10-3. 170 – Aaron Rice (Vermilion) won by forfeit. 182 – Ryan Steinmetz (Avon) maj. dec. Patrick Riley (Vermilion), 11-3. 195 – Paul Sturm (Avon) pinned Mason Montgomery (Vermilion), 1:43. 220 – Joe Travagliante (Avon) won by forfeit. 285 – Brady Leeper (Avon) won by forfeit.