Thursday, June 8, 2023

Huskies sweep Beachwood, Berkshire

Cardinal had little trouble on Thursday improving its dual meet record to 9-2.

The Huskies beat Beachwood, 53-24, and rival Berkshire 54-18.

“Things get a little tougher next week, but just being able to compete with the large team is great,” said Cardinal coach Jeff Zeigler. “Knowing you’ve got the numbers to pull off the victories is great. Having a whole team there and to weigh in and put in almost a full team on the mat is a great feeling. It’s nice to have that many kids and the numbers and even a couple backups.”

The Huskies collected 11 forfeits in the two matches and finished 7-4 in individual matches wrestled.

Brandon Nevison, Trent Mast, Mason Lustig, Craig Shanower, Brandon Neikirk, Bryn Havel and Alex Fabiny all went 2-0 for the Huskies.

Nevison, Lustig, Havel and Fabiny all drew two forfeits and Shanower and Neikirk pinned both of their opponents.

“The competition just wasn’t there for them,” Zeigler said of Shanower and Neikirk. “They both were wrestling younger kids but they looked sharp.”

Neikirk pinned his two opponents in a total of 2 minutes, 14 seconds.

“He doesn’t mess around,” Zeigler said. “He just dominates. I can’t even get him to mess around to run some different stuff. He just goes out and sticks them.”

Shanower’s opponents lasted just three minutes, 39 seconds.

“He looked really crisp,” Zeigler said. “He wrestled smart. He’s so powerful on his feet and his shots are powerful. He kept his head in it all night.”

Mast won by forfeit and a 17-1 technical fall.

“Trent destroyed that kid,” Zeigler said. “The kid gave him a good match and fought hard but Trent pretty much dominated.”

Tony Brezo pinned his Beachwood opponent in 1:05 and Sam Ellis pinned his Berkshire opponent in 1:20 as both finished 1-1.

Freshman Anthony Stango picked up his first win of the season in a JV match.

“He won 10-8 against Beachwood for his first win,” Zeigler said. “The whole team got into it. It was fun to see the team support him and get behind him.”

Cardinal 53, Beachwood 24
106 Brezo © pinned Henry, 1:05, 113 Jacobs (B) by forfeit, 120 Nevison © by forfeit, 126 Mast (C) tech fall Schmidt, 17-1; 132 Lustig © by forfeit; 138 Shanower (C) pinned Slain 1:14; 145 Neikirk (C) pinned Kato, 0:28; 152 Drebus (C) by forfeit; 160 Henry (B) pinned Ellis,1:24; 170 Osborne (B) by forfeit; 182 Bialosky (B) pinned Argento, 1:42; 195 195 Havel © by forfeit; 220 double forfeit; 285 Fabiny (C) by forfeit.

Cardinal 54, Berkshire 18
106 Kumher (B) pinned Brezo 0:20; 113 double forfeit; 120 Nevison © by forfeit; 126 Mast © by forfeit; 132 Lustig © by forfeit; 138 Shanower (C) pinned Humes, 2:25; 145 Neikirk (C) pinned Hanson, 1:46; 152 Ellis (B) pinned Drebus, 2:45; 160 Ellis © pinned Mighton, 1:20; 170 Jackson (B) by forfeit; 182 Argento (C) by forfeit; 195 Havel © by forfeit; 220 double forfeit; 285 Fabiny © by forfeit.

Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, 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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