April 25, 2014

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High school wrestling: Amherst, North Olmsted swept aside as Brecksville rolls to SWC regular-season championship

Amherst's Christian Lough, top, gets a grip on Brecksville's Tommy Thornton en route to a win Thursday at 126 pounds. The comets, however, dropped the match. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Amherst’s Christian Lough, top, gets a grip on Brecksville’s Tommy Thornton en route to a win Thursday at 126 pounds. The comets, however, dropped the match. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

BROADVIEW HEIGHTS — In order to wrap up the Southwestern Conference regular-season championship, all Brecksville had to do was defeat North Olmsted and Amherst at home Thursday night.

North Olmsted couldn’t win a single match against the Bees, while all Amherst could muster was two wins and a forfeit. The result was a 72-0 win over the Eagles and a 53-12 win over the Comets to wrap up the season-ending tri-meet.

Amherst finished 3-2 in the SWC, defeating North Olmsted 50-23 in the opening dual.

The matches were a part of Brecksville’s annual “Beauty and the Beast” event. At the other half of the gym, Brecksville’s gymnastics team hosted Berea-Midpark and North Olmsted in what made for a unique atmosphere.

“A combination of going down and spending five hours on a bus (Wednesday) to compete in the dual meet tournament (at Ashland), and then moving everyone up a weight class there didn’t help,” Amherst coach Brian Cesear said of Thursday’s results.

“You can’t do that kind of stuff against a team like Brecksville. You’ve got to be at the right class, you’ve got to cut weight the proper way, you’ve got to get to bed early the night before.”

Only Christian Lough (126) and Derek Eibon (182) were victorious for Amherst against the nationally ranked Bees. Mike Liepold ended the dual with a forfeit win at 285, but by then, the dual had been long decided.

Lough rallied from a 5-0 second-period deficit to take an 8-7 lead on Brecksville’s Tommy Thornton with time running down. However, Lough was hit with a stalling call with three seconds left to tie the score and send the match into overtime.

Just 10 seconds into the extra session, Lough hit Thornton with a double-leg takedown to come away with a hard-fought 10-8 win.

“This was the second time Lough has rallied from a 5-0 deficit to win a match this year,” Cesear said. “You can’t make a habit out of that, but even if you do it once, you start to have confidence in yourself.”

Lough said he stayed confident even though he faced a considerable deficit.

“I knew I had to hit that Peterson,” Lough said. “Five-oh is pretty big. I thought I could get it, so I did the Granby (roll) and I wound up getting it for five points. I knew then I was in the match. I kept my head in it, point by point.”

Eibon, who was battling an illness, held off Jimmy Suhayda 3-2. However, that only cut Amherst’s deficit to 47-6.

Brecksville had four pins, a technical fall and a forfeit among its 11 wins.

Earlier, five forfeits by North Olmsted gave Amherst 30 points before the dual began. While North Olmsted won five of the nine contested matches, the forfeits proved to be too much to overcome.

“I saw some good things in that North Olmsted match, but I also saw a lot of things we need to work on,” Cesear said. “A couple of our lighter weights weren’t very aggressive, and I kind of got on them a little bit because of that. They came out against Brecksville and, while they didn’t win, at least they were out there fighting and being aggressive.”

North Olmsted won five of the six matches from 106-138 against Amherst. However, it did not find the same success against the Bees. Only seven matches were contested, but Brecksville had four pins, a technical fall and a major decision in six of those wins.

“There were a few guys who showed some promise today, but Brecksville’s a great team,” North Olmsted coach Kerry McWoodson said. “I’ve got to tip my hat to them. We’ve got seven freshmen and three seniors on our team, which means we have a lot of potential.”

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Amherst 50, North Olmsted 23
106 — Zeya Nuamen (NO) dec. Alex Reyes, 4-1. 113 — Kevin Kelly (NO) pinned Nick Spataro, 1:49. 120 — David Brunner (NO) pinned Xavier Volak, 1:47. 126 — Christian Lough (A) maj. dec. Luke Chokan, 17-4. 132 — Tyler Biggs (NO) dec. Seth Orcutt, 9-4. 138 — Sam Matzek (NO) tech. fall Christian Smith, 25-10. 145 — Bryce Williams (A) tech. fall Shawn Heygi, 20-5. 152 — Austin Williams (A) pinned Chandler Johnson, 1:25. 160 — Alex Jahnsz (A) won by forfeit. 170 — Mike Wearsch (A) won by forfeit. 182 — Derek Eibon (A) won by forfeit. 195 — Dennis Breeding (A) tech. fall Ammar Abdelhad, 15-0. 220 — Todd Hastings (A) won by forfeit. 285 — Mike Liepold (A) won by forfeit.

Brecksville 72, North Olmsted 0
106 — Jarod Bronstrup (B) dec. Zeya Nuamen, :31. 113 — Jason Bronstrup (B) tech. fall Kevin Kelly, 17-1. 120 — Austin Assad (B) won by forfeit. 126 — Matt Topoly (B) maj. dec. Luke Chokan, 19-6. 132 — Austin Hiles (B) pinned Tyler Biggs, 3:48. 138 — Sonny Lucas (B) dec. Sam Matzek, 1-0. 145 — Grayson Davis (B) won by forfeit. 152 — Luke Strnad (B) pinned Chandler Johnson, 2:37. 160 — Austin Strnad (B) won by forfeit. 170 — Troy Lang (B) won by forfeit. 182 — Jimmy Suhayda (B) won by forfeit. 195 — Josh Murphy (B) won by forfeit. 220 — Eddie Sternad (B) pinned Ammar Abdelhad, :09. 285 — Double forfeit.

Brecksville 53, Amherst 12
106 — Jarod Bronstrup (B) pinned Alex Reyes, 3:31. 113 — Jason Bronstrup (B) pinned Nick Spataro, :48. 120 — Austin Assad (B) won by forfeit. 126 — Christian Lough (A) dec. Tommy Thornton, 10-8 (OT). 132 — Austin Hiles (B) tech. fall Seth Orcutt, 29-9. 138 — Sonny Lucas (B) won by forfeit. 145 — Grayson Davis (B) dec. Bryce Williams, 9-4. 152 — Luke Strnad (B) pinned Austin Williams, 3:59. 160 — Austin Strnad (B) pinned Alex Jahnsz, :45. 170 — Troy Lang (B) dec. Mike Wearsch, 13-7. 182 — Derek Eibon (A) dec. Jimmy Suhayda, 3-2. 195 — Josh Murphy (B) dec. Dennis Breeding, 12-5. 220 — Eddie Sternad (B) dec. Todd Hastings, 4-0. 285 — Mike Liepold (A) won by forfeit.