Preparation paid off for Independence in a 36-36 dual meet win at rival Cuyahoga Heights on Wednesday.
Blue Devils coach Ken DeAngelis spent hours in the days leading up to the match to determine the best lineup to use to beat the Redskins. He scratched out one lineup after another and paired it up with how he thought the Redskins might counter.
“I knew going into the dual that it could come down to bonus points,” he said. “We talked all week that it could be a match where both teams win seven matches and that’s exactly what happened.”
In the end, his work paid off but the Blue Devils also benefited from their own aggressiveness on the mat.
Each team claimed seven wins but the Blue Devils recorded four pins, a forfeit and a decision while the Redskins finished with three pins, a forfeit, a major decision and a decision.
That extra pin gave the Blue Devils the win.
“It was an awesome environment to wrestle in,” DeAngelis said. “This is how a Heights versus Indy match should be. This rivalry has been very one-sided for one team or the other for the last 15 years. To have two full lineups with quality wrestlers makes for an intense dual and it was very intense.”
Liam Walker (138), Nick Rossi (170), Luke Clymer (220) and Braden Sears (285) all won by pin for the Blue Devils. Michael Kucera won by decision at 126 and Nathan Coudriet claimed a 9-8 win at 152. Ben Vitron won by forfeit at 160.
“As a whole, I didn’t think we wrestled as well as we could have,” DeAngelis said. “We definitely left points on the mat. We made a couple lineup adjustments that worked in our favor. We bumped Liam Walker up to 138 and we then put in Ben Vitron to get a forfeit at 160 and bumped up Rossi, (Seth) Patterson, and (Brian) Vollman. Rossi got a pin and Seth fought to only give up a tech and that gave us a chance. Clymer had a huge win over a good wrestler and Sears got the pin at heavyweight to make the score 36-36.”
Cuyahoga Heights’ Nolan Frye (106), Brandon Meade (120) and Jordan Krucek all won by fall. Nathan Glinka won by technical fall at 182, Dustin Kattler recorded a major decision at 113, Luke Torgerson won 11-8 at 145 and Luke Hopkins was awarded a forfeit.
“This is not our last battle with Heights,” DeAngelis said. “I think we will be battling them for a conference title next weekend and we could see them again at the state duals in a couple weeks.”
Independence also scored a 51-24 dual meet win over Crestwood.
Richie DiGeronimo (120), Kucera (126), Walker (132), Coudriet (152), Rossi (160), Clymer (220) and Sears (285) all won by pin for the Blue Devils while Jimmy Senick won 12-7 at 145 and Patterson claimed a forfeit at 170.
Independence 36, Cuyahoga Heights 36
106 Frye (CH) fall Vllenti (I) 1:13
113 Kattler (CH) Maj Dec Patton 11-3
120 Meade (CH) fall DiGeronimo (I) 3:16
126 Kucera (I) Dec Krajewski (CH) 6-0
132 Hopkins (CH) ff
138 Walker (I) fall Pluth (CH) 3:36
145 Torgerson (CH) Dec Senick (I) 11-8
152 Coudriet (I) Dec D.Trusso (CH) 9-8
160 Vitron (I) ff
170 Rossi fall Alpert (CH) 3:00
182 Glika (CH) Tech Fall Patterson (I) 21-4
195 Krucek (CH) fall Vollman (I) 3:17
220 Clymer (I) fall Connors (I) 0:39
285 Sears (I) fall Durant 1:18
Independence 51, Crestwood 24
106 Szuhay (C) fall Valenti (I) 0:32
113 Savoca (C) fall Patton (I) 0:45
120 DiGeronimo (I) fall Ondash (C) 5:29
126 Kucera (I) fall Ober (C) 1:48
132 Walker (I) fall Strahan (C) 3:09
138 Morganstern (C) fall Martinez (I) 2:35
145 Senick (I) Dec Gutowski (C) 12-7
152 Coudriet (I) fall Bascombe (C) 1:39
160 Rossi (I) fall Tyrrell (C) 4:20
170 Patterson (I) ff
182 Oborn (C) fall Vollman (I) 3:32
195 Dbl ff
220 Clymer (I) fall Langford (C) 2:27
285 Sears (I) fall Lowry (C) 1:17