Brecksville Bees sting Amherst Comets

AMHERST — The Comets are probably going to be pretty tired of seeing Brecksville by the end of next week.

Last night Amherst faced the Bees in a regular season conference dual meet and fell 46-16. It was the second straight night of wrestling in a dual meet, as the Comets defeated Brunswick on Wednesday in the opening round of the OHSAA Team Tournament.

Their reward for winning the match?

Another match with Brecksville next Wednesday in the regional semifinals.

The following Saturday, the Comets will face the Bees once again at the Southwestern Conference tournament.

Currently, Brecksville is ranked fourth in the state and 26th in the nation.

Amherst coach Brian Cesear sees the matches against such an opponent as an advantage for his team.

“You always want to wrestle competition that’s at your level or better, and Brecksville has been a quality team for the past 10 years,” Cesear said.

Despite what appeared to be a lopsided final score, the Comets were in nearly each match against the Bees, and even led in the team score through four matches.

“The final score, at least I think, wasn’t really indicative of the match itself,” Cesear said. “We won four matches, while they won 10. We had two forfeits, though, so I look at it as we won four and they won eight.

“Out of those eight that they won, we were in three or four of them. I was pleased with the way we went after them and didn’t back down. That’s only going to help us in the long run in districts, sectionals and state.”

The Comets had a great start to the dual, as junior Bryce Williams (145) got things started right by pinning Brecksville’s Joe Dimitrijevs in 5:24 to give his team the early lead.

“I’ve actually never started a dual before, so it was actually kind of cool, but kind of scary at the same time,” Williams said. “I wanted to get my team pumped up and get a win, but if I lost it wouldn’t start to dual off very well.”

Williams was in control for the whole match and was able to pull off the pin with just 36 seconds left to give his team the full six points.

Williams said that while it feels great to get a pin anytime, getting one against the Bees was extra special.

“It especially feels great getting a pin against them, because I’m not a very big fan of Brecksville,” he said.

Two matches later, Amherst’s Mike Wearsch earned a major decision over Danny Pushpak 11-3 at 160.

Brecksville then ripped off four straight victories to take the lead in the meet, including a 1:47 pin by Quinton Hiles over the Comets’ Mike Sliman, before Amherst heavyweight Stephan Moody earned a 3-1 decision in overtime over Rich LeAnza.

The other Comet victory didn’t come until the 132, the second-to-last match, when Bryan DeRuchie earned a 6-4 decision over the Bees’ Grayson Davis.

The loss was disappointing for the Comets, as they had the dual meet against the Bees circled on their calendar.

“I really wanted to beat them. I would use as much energy as I could to beat them,” Williams said. “I wished I could go out there again to wrestle. I really wanted it.”

Williams said his team felt confident coming into the match that they could win a number of matches and were fired up.

Brecksville head coach Todd Haverdill noticed.

“Give Amherst credit, they wrestled us pretty tough,” he said. “Especially in the middle of their lineup, they’re a good team and a good dual team. We knew that coming in, and I think they wrestled well.”

Haverdill said that while his team gained confidence from last night’s victory, his team can’t take the Comets lightly in their coming matches.

“We can wrestle them tonight, next week, at the conference tournament, at district,” he said. “But at the end of the day if we win the first three, and then they win the ‘go to’ match, then they won the right one. The idea is for us to keep getting better and wrestle our best match at the district and state tournament.”

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Last Updated: 1/24/2013 11:36:30 PM EST

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