Black Tiger wrestling squad falls flat at Hudson

by Michael Leonard | Sports Editor Published:

Following its annual trip to West Virginia, Cuyahoga Falls wrestling got back on familiar -- if unfriendly -- mats Jan. 3 at Hudson.

Both teams knew this Northeast Ohio Conference River Division math would determine which team would have a shot at the title come February.

For the Black Tigers, it's back to the drawing board.

The Explorers routed Falls 37-15, winning 10-of-14 matches in the win.

Hudson improved to 2-4, 1-1 in the River Division, while Falls dropped to 11-7, 2-2 in the division.

Hudson coach Joe Caniglia was all smiles after the win.

"We had a great week of practice," Caniglia said. "I think the experience at Medina taught us that this is just wrestling and we can beat anybody. They just kept aggressive tonight and got the job done."

Despite the loss, Falls coach Craig Wilson wasn't too disappointed.

"We have so many young kids in the lineup and they're not tough yet," Wilson said. "I thought we did a good job with who we had in there. I'm never happy with losing, but the effort our kids gave was not a problem."

The match began at heavyweight with a very tight bout between Hudson's Peter Mougey and Falls' Sampson Demand. Demand nearly rode out Mougey twice, but an escape in the ultimate tie-breaker round gave Mougey a 3-2 win.

The 106-pound also went to overtime, where Falls Shaun Hurr scored a last-second reversal to win 7-5 over Hadley Vadyak.

However, Hudson effectively won the match by winning the next seven bouts.

Trailing 29-3 at that point, the highlight of the night for Falls was 160-pounder Austyn Wilson pulling an upset win over Hudson star Michael Coleman.

Wilson threw Coleman onto his back in the third period and scored a 5-2 win

Falls' 170-pounder Bucky Hendershot then scored a 6-3 win over Hudson Ben Krizman, but Hudson clinched the match when 182-pounder Danny Tiley scored a 7-3 win over Drew Paster.

Falls had to know it wasn't its night when 195-pounder Joe Repasky was thrown and pinned by Hudson's Zach Vehar.

"Joey had been sick and hadn't practiced all week," Wilson said.

Falls' 220-pounder Rudy Ware took out his team's frustrations on Matt Slater. Ware used a move Wilson called a "Mat Cat" -- a double underhook body throw -- to pin Slater in 57 seconds.

Falls takes 12th at Wheeling PArk Duals

The dual meet too place following Falls trip to the Wheeling Park Duals Dec. 28 and 28. Falls ended up taking 12th place in the 32-team dual meet tournament, going 5-4 overall.

"Our good kids did well; our young kids got beat up a little," Wilson said. "There was some good and some bad. It's all about matchups in dual meets."

Wrestling in pool four, Falls finished in third place.

Falls defeated Southern Garrett (Mary.) 54-21, Indian Creek 57-18 and John Marshall (Los Angeles) 51-19, before losing a tight 37-36 decision to Glen Oaks (W. Va.) Dec. 28.

On Dec. 29, Falls rebounded with a 31-30 win over Harrison Central and a 48-28 win over Trinity, before losing 44-30 to Maple Heights and Carrollton 42-30.

In the championship round, Falls wrestled University High School from Morgantown, W. VA. The Black Tigers lost 36-34 and had to settle for 12th.

Falls will next see action Jan. 10 at home vs. North Royalton. First match is set for 7 p.m.

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