Elyria Pioneers make some history at OHSAA Regional Team Tournament

ELYRIA — It was a historic night at Elyria High School, and around the state, as teams took part in the opening round of the inaugural OHSAA Regional Team Tournament. Of the three Lorain County teams that wrestled at Elyria High School Wednesday night, the Pioneers were the only to move on to the next round.

Elyria soundly defeated Lorain 55-16 in their quarterfinal dual meet to move on to the Regional Semifinals next Wednesday at Brecksville High School.

The Pioneers will face Parma, who quickly dispatched a short-handed Avon Lake team 66-15.

“It’s neat to be part of history,” Elyria coach Erik Burnett said. “Every team in the state that entered the tournament can say they were in the inaugural event, so that’s pretty cool.”

The Pioneers came out early and took control of their dual against the Titans, stringing together six straight wins to build a 31-0 lead. Armando Torres (113) was part of that early push for Elyria, as he earned an 18-3 tech fall over Markus Cruz.

“We were part of history tonight, and it was against a rival team, which was nice,” Torres said. “Of course, to get a win on top of that was good.”

Lorain and Elyria weren’t scheduled to meet this season, so meeting in a postseason tournament was exciting for the Elyria junior.

“Those are always our funnest duals, against Lorain,” Torres said. “There a lot of tension and rivalry between the two schools. It was nice to get the win.”

In the first six matches, Elyria won by pin in three of them thanks to Nico O’Dor (106), Ben Darmstadt (120), and Chad Shaffer (138).

Returning state-qualifier Brandon Egnor was also part of the Pioneer’s early run as he dominated Lorain sophomore Tevin Wagner 17-1 for a tech fall at 132.

“It was nice to build that early lead. Our little guys, for the most part, did their job tonight,” Burnett said. “Lorain was missing a couple of guys, and you have to take advantage of that and pounce on it. Our little guys did a nice job of that.”

While Elyria dominated the night, the Titans did have some bright spots, namely Eli Garcia and Luther Washington.

“We only have one standing senior on our team, and we have only one other wrestler that has any varsity experience, prior to this year,” Lorain coach Jim Kudrin said. “I’m completely encouraged. We got points on the board against a great team here. We’re going to keep practicing, and eventually we’ll have seniors.”

Garcia earned three points for the Titans as he defeated Elyria’s Alex Parker 8-4 in the 145 pound weight class.

The match of the night, and perhaps the most bizzare of the season, was at 170, which pitted Pioneer junior Taylor Workman against Lorain junior Luther Washington. It was a back-and-forth match that had its share of controversial decisions.

Kudrin believed the referee made a bad call by giving Workman two points for a takedown near the end of the second period.

“The ref gave him a gift with a two-point takedown on the edge there, without control,” Kudrin said. “That’s not an excuse, it’s just the way I saw it.”

In the third period, Washington, who had battled illness all week found enough gas to tie the match late with a takedown of his own.

The match went into overtime with Washington earning the victory after Workman was penalized a point for apparently stomping on Washington’s back with his foot, leaving his opponent writhing on the mat.

“I still haven’t fully talked to (Taylor) about what happened at the end,” Burnett said. “I don’t know what he was thinking,”

Kudrin saw things different from others and was upset with Workman’s actions.

“The kid stomped on his head with his foot. You’re not allowed to do that,” Kudrin said. “This isn’t big-time wrestling, this is high school wrestling. He stepped right on his head.”

Washington didn’t feel Workman was being malicious in any way, though.

“Yeah, I felt it. I don’t think it was intentional, but the ref saw it that way,” Washington said. “I wasn’t laying there because I thought it was intentional, I was lying there because he obviously stepped on my back.

“I wouldn’t have minded the match ending with one of us actually beating each other.”

Washington won the match 5-4.

Workman seemed embarrassed by his actions after the dual.

“I don’t even know. I mean, we were just wrestling, and it just happened in the moment, I don’t know,” Workman said. “It wasn’t his head, but I wasn’t thinking, I don’t know.”

Elyria 55, Lorain 16

OHSAA Regional Team Tournament

106 — Nico O’Dor (E) 0:36 pin fall Jacob Lyman (L); 113 — Armando Torres (E) 18-3 tech fall Markus Cruz (L); 120 — Ben Darmstadt (E) 3:40 pin fall Brandon Bartolme (L); 126 — Darrion Overall (E) 7-2 dec. Xavier Edwards (L); 132 — Brandon Egnor (E) 17-1 tech. fall Tevin Wagner (L); 138 — Chad Shaffer (E) 0:50 pin fall Darrion Jimenez (L); 145 — Eli Garcia (L) 8-4 dec. Alex Parker (E); 152 — George Colvin (L) 3:44 pin fall Kevin Villa (E); 160 — Walker Snowden (E) 2:43 pin fall Edward Hayes (L); 170 — Luther Washington (L) 4-3 dec. OT Taylor Workman (E); 182 — Aaron Neal (L) 17-6 maj. dec. Dylan Reis (E); 195 — Connor Kamczyc (E) 1:18 pin fall Devin Resseger (L); 220 — Tyler Giorgini (E) 1:55 pin fall Charles Cook (L); HVY — T.J. Halstead (E) 1:57 pin fall Clayton Breeds (L).

Parma 66, Avon Lake 15

OHSAA Regional Team Tournament

106 — Anthony Gerrone(AL) 3:32 pin fall Adam Vantilburg (P); 113 — Zach Klima (AL) 7-5 dec. OT Anthony Ramos (P); 120 — Tyler Workman (P) 17-2 tech fall Chris Chakirelis (AL); 126 — Chase Csongedi (P) 0:50 pin fall Tim Schleicher (AL); 132 — T.J. Levitsky (P) 9-0 maj. dec. Joey Bernosky (AL); 138 — Kyle Workman (P) by forfeit; 145 — David Docherty (P) by forfeit; 152 — D.J. Murdock (AL)1:40 pin fall Tony Ventura (P); 160 — Patrick Juhn (P) 17-2 maj. dec. Tyler Mayer (AL); 170 — Jesse Karban (P) 5:08 pin fall Jason Barnicle (AL); 182 — Josh Zeck (P) by forfeit; 195 — Justin Halaska (P) by forfeit; 220 — Matt Driver (P) 2:18 pin fall Alex Washburn (AL); HVY — Dylan Halaska (P) by forfeit.

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Last Updated: 1/23/2013 11:54:06 PM EST

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