ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — Leading 7-6 with the final seconds of the third period ticking down, Edgewood’s Kaleb Summer had an eye on the clock.
On the mat, he was twisting and scooting away with everything he had from the shot of Grand Valley's Mason Shreve during the 220-pound match of Thursday night’s wrestling dual between the two county schools at Edgewood High School.
“All I could think was 'Oh my God' I can't give up those points,” Summer said afterward.
He did not give up the points in handing on for a one-point decision.
On a night, where the Warriors claimed 30 points in forfeits and collected four pins, the 220-pound bout was the type of match wrestling fans come to the edge of their seats for In the postseason, when survival comes down to one match at a time.
“You don’t think you’re going to get in a match like that this early in the season,” said Summer, who is 4-1 on the season. “It was honestly one of the best matches I’ve had all year and I’m looking forward to more like it.”
Shreve took a 6-2 lead in the second period, but Summer countered back by blocking a shot and taking his opponent to his shoulder blades for a two-count. The multi-point move is something Edgewood coach Gregory Stolfer said his team spends a lot of time on.
“Definitely,” the coach said. “Kaleb did his job. He slowed him down, then he got on the chin. They guy got out of position and he just used his weight.”
Down one, Shreve attacked the left ankle looking for a takedown to swing the score back in his favor, but Summer and the clock were both working against him.
“The last couple of seconds, I thought I had it,” Shreve explained of his shot attempts. “I wrapped the body, but I guess you don’t win them all.”
It’s the type of experience Mustangs coach Ross Tice hopes benefits him down the road.
“He needed to take that shot 10 seconds earlier to secure the match before it’s too late,” Tice said. “You can’t dwell on it. [Tomorrow's] a new day, but it’s the kind of mistake that we just can’t make.”
The dual win for the Warriors was their fifth in as many matches after going 4-0 at the Poland duals last weekend. Kyle Biller at 120, Kurt Corrigan 132, Troy Peterson 195 and Will Mogul 285 all racked up pins. Adam Talso, at 160, scored a 14-7 decision.
“I’m really proud of my guys across the board,” Stolfer said. “We had two freshmen in the lineup tonight [Christian Cunningham at 145 and Donovan Ciesicki 152 and just how far they’ve come in the last week. They keep getting better all the time and our varsity guys keep cleaning up their technique everyday and working hard and moving forward.”
Will Seger put GV on the scoreboard with a third-period fall in the 145 match. Tyler Herendeen recorded an 8-7 win for the Mustangs at 152.
Tice said part of the five forfeits were guys out with illness, including Trevor Meeker, a 120 district qualifier from a year ago.
Edgewood will be off until Dec. 19 when it hosts Chardon. GV will head to Warren Howland Wednesday for another dual.