The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Sports

February 6, 2013

Spartans finish strong

Conneaut closes out Jefferson, Collinwood

CONNEAUT — It’s not how you start but how you finish. That was certainly true for the Conneaut wrestling team Tuesday night as they hosted Jefferson and Collinwood for a tri-meet at Garcia Gymnasium.

 Jefferson seemed to have the final duel match of the evening in hand as they led by a score of 33-16 with just three matches remaining.

The Spartans however would get falls in the last three matches to earn their second win of the night, 34-33. Both teams defeated Collinwood earlier in the evening. Conneaut won 58-18, while Jefferson defeated the Railroaders 57-12.

The Conneaut-Jefferson match would turn at the 195 match when Matt Barrickman pinned Kevin Orvos.

Then it would be Billy Post who pinned Daniel Gillespie at 220.

And Aleesha Zapitella needed just 31 seconds to pin Victor Toth at 113. All in all the Spartans recorded three pins in 2:11 to earn the win.

“We’ve lost so many close ones this year, I don’t think we’ve won a close match like this all year,” Conneaut coach Matt Bidwell said. “The 195 match was the turning point we had to pin out to win. We did and it was really exciting to see our team fired up the way they were tonight.”

 Jefferson did get in on the pin party, as well. The Falcons won the first match against Conneaut with Jerry Scott pinning Cole Walker at 1:56 of the first period.

Jefferson also won at 138 as Logan Platt moved up a class and scored a 4-2 decision over Rodney Hennessey. Platt was wrestling in place of Rick Maple, who is nursing a sprained ankle.

“He’s normally our 132 guy so he moved up a class for us tonight,” Jefferson coach Tom Avsec said. “That was a good match for him because he started out slow, but managed to get two back points in the third period that was the difference in the match.”

CJ Rice got Conneaut’s first win of the night pinning Joey Babic at 1:53 of the first period. Then Austin Sherman followed with a major decision of 12-4 over Zach Collins.

“Rice was able to get it with just seven seconds left in the period and that proved to be big for us,” Bidwell said. “Then Austin comes up with a major decision which is four points. That extra point proved to be the difference in the match.”

Jefferson got a win at 160 when Troy Stitt threw R.J. Nelson late in the second period and was able to get the pin at the 1:58 mark.

“He got the big move there,” said Avsec. “It was an over-under move and he pressured it just right, I was really hoping he could get the pin because sometimes if you don’t get it, you don’t win. When you get your opponent on their back you have to get the pin.”

Also getting pins for Jefferson were Rocky Tripodi at 170 and Blake Perry at 182.

“Rocky wrestled really tough for us,” Avsec said. “For Blake, that’s only his second pin of the year, he’s a guy that doesn’t normally put you on your back.”

Before Jefferson and Conneaut squared off, both teams grappled with Colinwoo, which made the trip east from Cleveland. The Railroaders got pins from Denzel Eskridge during the 132 bout with Conneaut. Then Montori Armstrong recorded a fall in the 113 bout with Jefferson.

 Jefferson will start to get ready for the sectional tournament at Lake Catholic next weekend. Conneaut has one more stop at Orange this Friday before they join Jefferson and other local schools next weekend.

Shaffer is a freelance writer from Ashtabula.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • run VanHoy racing on

    Geneva track star Hailey VanHoy had a near unbelievable run of success during her final months running for the Eagles.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Danielle Zip-ing along

    Just minutes after Geneva’s Danielle Nicholson holed out on the 18th green at the Gray Course at Ohio State University during her freshman year to win the 2011 Division I state championship, the recruitment process of where she would go to college began.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Maruna headed for Mount

    LeeAnn Maruna never really expected to play collegiate golf. She was so taken aback when the opportunity presented itself, she didn’t know how to respond. After all, the Grand Valley graduate had only been playing the game for a few years.

    July 23, 2014

  • Crate Late Models featured

    The Evergreen Lake Park Campground Crate Late Models, the premier class at Raceway 7, will be featured Friday night as they race for $1,000 to win.

    July 23, 2014

  • Norm He’s the Norm

    In the early part of the 20th century, as golf was taking off in popularity, it was not uncommon for boys to take up the game after becoming caddies.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Don A Don McCormack column: The journey is what’s most important

    Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past couple of weeks, you’ve heard over and over and over how it’s been a half-century since one of Cleveland’s big three professional sports teams have won a championship.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Murdick wins as Big Block Modifieds return

    The BRP Big Block Modifed Tour returned to Raceway 7 with 21 of the region’s fastest Modifieds turning out for the scheduled 35-lap event, the first for the Modifieds at the northeast Ohio speedplant since 2005, an event won by Todd Burley.

    July 21, 2014

  • Dale Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: Chances for controlled waterfowl hunting

    Waterfowl hunters are invited to participate in special drawings for controlled hunting opportunities, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife. The drawing dates and times are as follows:

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kingsville gets it done

    In a rematch of a previous softball clash between the Kingsville 9-10-year-olds and those from Conneaut, Kingsville had settled thing quickly and decisively in a mercy-rule triumph.

    July 20, 2014

  • TD Club golf A Chris Larick column: TD Club hopes to score

    Though its life was never seriously threatened, the Ashtabula County Touchdown Club has suffered in recent years.

    July 20, 2014 2 Photos

Little League All-Stars July 1 to 12
AP NASCAR Lastest News
AP NASCAR Sprint Cup Schedule
AP NASCAR Sprint Cup Standings
AP Auto Racing Photos
West Side Shootout 2014
Ashtabula County at State Track Meet
Jefferson vs Akron St. Vincent St. Mary Regional Softball
District Track 2014
Jefferson District Softball Tournament
Bob Walters 50 Years
Geneva vs Perry Division II District Semifinal
Sports Week in Review May 12 to May 17
Sports Week in Review May 5 to May 10 2014
Sports Week in Review April 28 to May 3
Sports Video Archive
House Ads
AP Video