Saturday, January 28, 2023

Huskies come up short at 87 Rumble

BURTON—Cardinal wrestlers won six of the 11 head to head bouts wrestled at the 2017 87 Rumble on Thursday at Berkshire but the Huskies couldn’t overcome their forfeited weight classes and dropped a pair of duals to Newbury, 45-36, and rival Berkshire, 42-30.

Newbury beat Berkshire, 45-30, to win the 87 Rumble title.

“Hands down, we could have won both of those duals and I knew it going into it,” said Cardinal coach Jeff Zeigler. “I thought we wrestled well against Newbury. We went after them and caught them on their heels a little bit and won a few matches and got a few pins where I wasn't really counting on a pin. The numbers got us at the end. There were bright spots here and there. We've just got to regroup. I hate losing, especially when I think we could have won them both if things went right for us.”

Cardinal finished 3-3 against the Black Knights with all three wins coming via pin. The Black Knights recorded two pins and a decision but collected a total of five forfeits compared to just two for Cardinal.

Brandon Nevison (126), Tony Brezo (132) and Zane Drebus (145) all collected pins against Newbury. Brezo’s fall came with just one second left in the first period and Drebus also had a dramatic finishing, flattening his opponent with just one second left in the match.

Logan Lustig (106), Ryan Shanower (113) and Mike Lucarelli (120) all won by forfeit.

The Huskies finished 3-2 in head to head bouts against the Badgers.

Logan Lustig pulled out a 10-6 decision over James Klingman at 106. Nevison recorded his second pin of the night in 1:32 and Mason Lustig scored a takedown in overtime to defeat Jacob Hanson, 6-4.

Paul Byler (132), Kyle Simms (220) and Tim Baril (285) all won by forfeit for the Huskies.

“Against Berkshire, it was the other side of the coin,” Zeigler said. “They came after us and we made some real beginner mistakes. Their young kids and kids that are the same grade as ours outperformed us. We need to do better there.”

Despite the setbacks, Zeigler is encouraged for the future of his program.

“It's unfortunate we just don't have the numbers to wrestle,” he said. “I'd rather wrestle and lose than not wrestle and lose. That's frustrating as a coach. Your job is to coach people but if you don't have the kids on the mat to coach it takes a lot of the fun out of it, but you look at how many freshmen and sophomores are in our starting lineup, good things are going to come if these guys stay together and continue to work. We definitely need to step it up.”

Berkshire’s Anthony Surace recorded two dramatic pins to earn Burton Subway Outstanding Wrestler honors.

2017 87 Rumble Results:

Newbury 45, Cardinal 36
106: Logan Lustig (C) won by forfeit; 113: Ryan Shanower (C) won by forfeit; 120: Mike Lucarelli (C) won by forfeit; 126: Brandon Nevison (C) pinned Thomas Bond, 1:14; 132: Tony Brezo (C) pinned Caleb Kaminski, 1:59; 138: Zane Drebus (C) pinned Jared Zimperman, 5:59; 145: Michael Weston (N) dec. Mason Lustig, 6-3; 152: Alex Lampert (N) won by forfeit; 160: Johnny Chambers (N) won by forfeit; 170: Michael McKale (N) won by forfeit; 182: Mitch Sanders (N) won by forfeit; 195: Tom McKale (N) pinned Kyle Sims, 2:50; 220: Jared Gray (N) won by forfeit; 285: Kade Marker (N) pinned Tim Baril, 0:56.

Newbury 45, Berkshire 30
106: James Klingman (B) won by forfeit; 113: John Kumher (B) won by forfeit; 120: double forfeit; 126: Anthony Surace (B) pinned Thomas Bond, 6:00; 132: Ryan Ford (B) pinned Caleb Kaminski, 4:26; 138: Jarrod Malkus (B) pinned Caleb Zimperman, 5:32; 145: Michael Weston (N) inj. Def. Collin Hagerman; 152: Alex Lampert (N) dec. Jimmy McClellan, 12-5; 160: Johnny Chambers (N) pinned Daniel Humes, 1:15; 170: Michael McKale (N) pinned Clark Jackson, 0:51; 182: Mitch Sanders (N) won by forfeit; 195: Tom McKale (N) won by forfeit; 220: Kade Marker (N) won by forfeit; 285: Jared Gray (N) won by forfeit.

Berkshire 42, Cardinal 30
106: Logan Lustig (C) dec. James Klingman, 10-6; 113: John Kumher (B) pinned Ryan Shanower, 1:05; 120: Anthony Surace (B) pinned Mike Lucarelli, 3:06; 126: Brandon Nevison (C) pinned Ryan Ford, 1:32; 138: Paul Byler (C) won by forfeit; 145: Mason Lustig (C) dec. Jacob Hanson, 6-4ot; 152: Jimmy McClellan (B) won by forfeit; 160: Daniel Humes (B) won by forfeit; 170: Clark Jackson (B) won by forfeit; 182: Brandon Knight (B) won by forfeit; 195: double forfeit; 220: Kyle Simms (C) won by forfeit; 285: Tim Baril (C) won by forfeit. 

Steve Harehttp://www.ohiovarsity.com
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes OhioVarsity.com, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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