EDINBORO — Nine matches were decided by decision, but there was no doubt left at General McLane High School on Wednesday. Class AA defeated Class AAA 41-6 to take a 2-1 series lead at the Third Annual Hamot Sports Senior Showdown.

Things went pretty much according to plan early, as the AA team took a 16-0 margin into the 135 match.

Hickory’s John Fischer (technical fall), Grove City’s Johnny Pas (decision), North East’s Christian Drain (decision) and Greenville’s Coty Burnett (technical fall) built the opening lead.

At 135 pounds, Class AA state qualifier Kyle Eisaman of North East had more than he expected in his match with Conneaut Lake’s Cass Custard.

Custard missed his last shot to qualify for regionals this season due to injury.

After realizing Custard could not be turned, Eisaman built a 10-5 lead with five takedowns and five escapes late in the second period.

Custard hit a throw for four points to cut the lead to 10-9 headed into the third.

Eisaman outscored Custard 13-2 in the final two minutes, but he became more than a little frustrated during the match.

“That was pretty eventful,” Custard said. “I wasn’t expecting anything, really. I didn’t finish out the regular season, because I had too many concussions. I just came out here, and wanted to have a little fun. It turned serious.

“I’ve used that (throw) every once in a while, and I knew he wasn’t going to expect it. I’m not the best. I’ve only wrestled for a couple years, so I was just trying to see what I could do.”

Commodore Perry’s Jordan Powell, a Class AA seventh place-winner, won a 4-3 decision over District Class AAA champion Josh Keach of Meadville. Powell needed a late takedown to gain the win.

Hickory’s Fabio Boccuzzi used four takedowns and two back points to defeat Meadville’s Rusty Woodrow, 11-7, at 145.

At 152 pounds, Conneaut Lake’s Matt Laird fell behind against Sam Kuhn of Harbor Creek thanks to an early takedown and could not work his way back. Kuhn won a 3-2 decision, holding Laird to two escapes and no takedowns.

Laird and Kuhn already knew each other a little from drilling together before heading to Hershey for the PIAA tournament in early March.

“He’s a great practice partner,” Kuhn said. “It’s a little bit different wrestling actual live matches. We got a pretty good feel for each other coming out in the first, and it was an exciting match.”

Class AAA got on the board at 160 pounds when Franklin’s Brian Greenlee recorded a 9-8 win over Chris Reitz of Iroquois.

Cathedral Prep’s Nick Milano followed that with AAA’s only dominant win, a 3-0 decision against Commodore Perry’s Tim DeFrances at 189.

Class AA closed the night with a Grove City’s Nick Miller (189, decision), Sharpsville’s Justin Buchanan (fall) and Harbor Creek’s Mike Paradise (decision) taking victories.

Class AA coach Marty Ruley, of Grove City, was happy to have a chance to coach some of the best kids his team faces throughout the season.

“When you have a good team like that, you have success,” he said. “That’s a good group of kids. It was kinda fun being on their side, instead of going against them.

“That’s a dream team there. You only wish you could have something like that all year.”



T.J. Turrisi can be reached at 724-6370, ext. 276 or by e-mail at tjturrisi@meadvilletribune.com.

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