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Keystone Wildcats clinch spot in state dual tournament finals
A pin by Corbin Chizmadia (195 pounds) clinched the Wildcats’ 49-29 win over Kirtland in the regional finals of the state dual tournament.
Fresh off a win in the Patriot Athletic Conference tournament and blazing through the Division III bracket, Keystone was at its best in Kirtland with five pins. Chizmadia entered the mat with his team holding a strong 37-23 lead over the Hornets. A pin the other way would have put Kirtland within reasonable striking distance.
After some disarray in the opening moments, Chizmadia took control, pinning Cam Sullivan with 20 seconds left in the first period.
“(Winning here) means everything. We’ve worked so hard to get this far, and the dream continues,” Chizmadia said. “We didn’t start off so great in duals. Now that everybody’s healthy, everything is clicking.”
No. 5 Keystone ran through the opening rounds of the dual tournament, beating top-ranked Beachwood before defeating No. 2 Clearview in the regional semifinals.
The Wildcats were plagued by the injury bug early in the season, Chizmadia missing significant time, but are hitting their stride at the most opportune time.
“We were counting on (Chizmadia) to get a pin,” Keystone coach Jim Pycraft said. “It started out a little rough, but he kept at it. We knew that would seal the deal. The whole team did their jobs, and it went almost exactly the way we thought it would.”
Daniel Cropp (106) got things started, pinning Brendan Williamson in 1 minute, 11 seconds. Chris McKenzie (138), Jeremy King (160) and heavyweight Jason Bustance also had pins, making up for an incomplete lineup with plenty of bonus points.
“We didn’t just want to do well here, we wanted to go down to state,” Pycraft said. “It’s hard when you have to give up two or three forfeits. You need the other guys to step up and get a pin, but it’s not impossible. Everybody got pins when we needed them today.”
A major turning point came at 120 pounds, when Keystone’s Dylan Stiner held off Mike Calvert, 7-5. Stiner, who also battled injuries this season, was up 7-0 before Calvert scored a reversal and back points to get back into the match. Calvert had Stiner on the mat but couldn’t turn him over quickly enough to send the match into overtime.
“We have to give them a lot of credit for outwrestling us tonight,” Kirtland coach Scott Francis said. “In these duals it comes down to who was better on that particular day. If we wrestled them again on another night, maybe we’d win, but you have to do it on the night you’re given.”
Keystone will wrestle at the state finals at St. John’s Arena in Columbus on Saturday.
Keystone 49, Kirtland 29
Division III Regional Final
106 – Daniel Cropp (Key) pinned Brendan Williamson, 1:11; 113 – Pete Jahnke (Kirt) tech fall Matt Dobrilovic, 18-3; 120 – Dylan Stiner (Key) dec. Mike Calvert, 7-5; 126 – Evan Francis (Kirt) won by forfeit; 132 – Logan Stiner (Key) won by forfeit; 138 – Chris McKenzie (Key) pinned Chris Brown, 1:23; 145 – Clayton Davidson (Kirt) pinned Ben Ochletree, 1:59; 152 – Clay Hartley (Key) maj. dec. Will Armstrong, 10-0; 160 – Jeremy King (Key) pinned Anthony Porter, 1:14; 170 – Rocky Calvert (Kirt) pinned Josh Fisher, 1:40; 182 – Jake Worthington (Key) won by forfeit; 195 – Corbin Chizmadia (Key) pinned Cam Sullivan, 1:40; 220 – Evan Brettrager (Kirt) won by forfeit; 285 – Jason Bustance (Key) pinned Dylan Diemer, 1:40.
Last Updated: 2/6/2013 11:24:33 PM EST