For the Star Beacon
ANDOVER TOWNSHIP —
Winning the tossup matches is crucial in wrestling. Pymatuning Valley’s Zach Campbell, pulled off a last-second victory and the Lakers went on to secure a 43-33 victory over Geneva on Friday night in a double-dual match at PV.
The Lakers also beat Edgewood, 58-24. The Eagles and Warriors topped Hawken, 41-15 and 29-20, respectively.
Campbell tied the 132-pound bout, 6-6, when his opponent, Dakota Brininger, was called for locking his hands as Campbell attempted a roll and Brininger rolled through it. Campbell also was given a point for the escape with 11.8 seconds left.
Campbell then scored a reversal when wrestling continued to score the win.
The team score was just 3-3 at that point, but it gave the Lakers momentum.
“We wrestled smart,” PV coach David Miller said. “That’s something we’ve tried to emphasize. We did a good job staying out of bad positions nad bad situations.
“Zach has had a tough season. He’s fought hard to come back from an injury (elbow). He’s still hurting but he’s practiced with it enough he knows he can overcome it. That’s what he did tonight at a time we needed it. If he loses there, some funny things could’ve happened.”
Cody Miller followed with a crowd-pleasing pin at 138.
After Tyler Cross (145) and Geoff Chapman (152) each pinned their foes, the Eagles led, 15-9.
Collin Winkler’s pin at 160 and consecutive forfeits received at 170, 182 and 195 gave the Lakers the upper hand, 33-18.
“That’s what happens when you forfeit four weight classes,” Geneva coach Tony Barszczewski said. “It’s tough to win like that. The kids wrestled some good matches.”
The Warriors topped Hawken for a rare dual-match victory.
“I’m pretty happy,” Edgewood coach Wes Cleveland said. “I wasn’t keeping track, but the kids knew. They’re happy and they’re pretty proud.”
Jeroen Ellis (145) won by technical fall, Tanner Perry (106) scored an 18-4 win and Zac Noce added a pin for Edgewood.
The Hawks are facing many of the same problems with injuries as the Warriors.
“I’m happy we had some good competitive matches,” Hawken coach Bob Rodriguez said. “There are still some things we’re working on. We had a guys crank it up a notch in the third period.”
Ettinger is a freelance writer from Ashtabula.