Falls wrestling stings Bees, loses to Westerville North

By Michael Leonard | Sports Editor Published:

According to coach Craig Wilson, the Cuyahoga Falls wrestling team had a bit of a disjointed effort Dec. 22 in a tri-meet at Medina.

In the match against the Bees -- a Northeast Ohio Conference River Division match -- Wilson said the Black Tigers didn't wrestle that well, but scored a 43-27 win.

In the match against Westerville North, Falls wrestled better, but lost by a 36-28 score.

Thus, as of press time, Falls' dual meet record stood at 7-3 overall, 2-1 in the River Division.

Falls was set to face a lot more dual meets with unfamiliar foes Dec. 28 and 29 when it traveled to West Virginia for the Wheeling Park Duals, but results were not available at press time.

Wilson said weight issues put Falls behind the eight ball early.

"The day started off kind of bad because we had two kids not make weight," Wilson said, noting 113-pounder Mitch Hannan and 120-pounder Jacob King both missed the cut.

As a result, Falls had to forfeit 113 in both matches and bumped Hannan up to 120.

"That kind of put the wheels in reverse right there for us," Wilson said.

The setback hurt Falls early in the Medina match, as the Black Tigers trailed 18-0 heading into the 132-pound match. But Wilson noted that's when Aaron Oser intervened.

"Aaron came in and pinned his guy," Wilson said. "After that, we wrestled a lot better."

Falls had four wrestlers score a pair of wins on the night, including 126-pounder Cole Oldham (two decisions), 170-pounder Bucky Hendershot (pin, major decision), 195-pounder Joe Repasky (two pins) and 220-pounder Rudy Ware (forfeit, pin).

Wilson said the match with Westerville North was a tight one, but a key break in the 160-pound match aided the Warriors. Falls' Austyn Wilson was attempting to ride his man out, but got called for a defensive pin.

Falls will open 2013 with its final two River Division dual meet.

Falls will travel to Hudson Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. before hosting North Royalton Jan. 10.

"Brunswick's in the drivers seat right now in the division," Wilson said. "We need get help from somebody to get level with them. Hudson and North Royalton are probably the best teams in the division besides us. If we wrestle well, we should win. If we don't, we'll lose."

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