Redmen upset Edison, fall to Perkins in state tournament
By BRAD FRANK
Gazette Sports Editor
PERKINS Twp. — In the inaugural Ohio High School Athletic Association Team State Tournament, the Bellevue Redmen pulled off an upset win over the Edison Chargers before falling to the Perkins Pirates on Wednesday at Perkins High School.
No. 10 seed Bellevue eliminated No. 7 seed Edison with a 40–32 win in the Division II, Region 9-B quarterfinals, then was eliminated from the tournament with a 62–13 loss to No. 2 seed Perkins.
The Bellevue-Edison match came down to the heavyweight contest, as Bellevue led 37–32 entering the final match in the dual.
Redmen sophomore Grant Moyer earned a 2–1 overtime decision over Edison senior Gabe Timbs to seal the win for the Redmen.
The only way Moyer could have lost the match for Bellevue was by pin, but Redmen coach Paul Zolman said Moyer did not approach his match against Timbs trying to avoid a pin but rather just to win it.
“Grant is one of the biggest competitors on our team. We’ve never handled him that way,” Zolman said. “He goes out there to get the win. He prides himself on wrestling hard, and he did.”
Bellevue’s win avenged a 42–25 loss to Edison earlier in the season on Jan. 2.
Zolman described his feelings about beating Edison this time around.
“It felt really good,” he said. “We knew that if we wrestled the best we could, we had a shot at beating them.”
By seed, Bellevue’s win Wednesday over Edison was an upset. Zolman, however, didn’t view the win as an upset, feeling his team was just as good as the Chargers.
“Yeah, by definition, it was upset, but we knew we were just as good as Edison,” he said. “We felt it was even ground with them all along. The score didn’t reflect that when we dualed them earlier this year.”
Perkins rolled to a 62–13 victory over Bellevue in Wednesday’s second match to advance to the Jan. 30 regional semifinals.
Bellevue and Perkins met two weeks prior to their match Wednesday, with the Pirates managing a 62–12 win over the Redmen.
After splitting its two matches Wednesday, Bellevue is now 3–5 in duals this season after an 0–4 start.
The Redmen have had a decent bit of a success within the last two weeks after a rough start to the season.
Zolman evaluated his team’s progress with respect to the entire season, considering Wednesday’s results.
“We’re making a lot of progress. Our upperclassmen are doing a good job. Our guys who were supposed to score points came up big,” he said. “Several people got pins and didn’t give up pins. Our younger guys filled in a few spots. They didn’t give up pins. That was big for us tonight.”
The inaugural OHSAA single-elimination tournament, which began statewide Wednesday, is broken down into a three-day, three-round regional tournament and a one-day, three-round state tournament on Saturday, Feb. 9.
The Redmen will wrestle in the Celina Lions Club Invitational on Saturday, their last event of the 2012–13 regular season, with the Northern Ohio League Tournament looming on Saturday, Feb. 2.
Bellevue 40, Edison 32
106: James Kaniarz (E) win by forfeit
113: Evan Cheek (E) maj. dec. Alex Drummond, 11–3
120: Jude Michel (E) tech. fall Collin Adkins, 18–0
126: Chris Harris (B) maj. dec. Dan Stoll, 19–5
132: Dalton Howard (E) tech. fall Gabe Smythe, 17–2
138: Ryan Veliz (B) pin Nick Chambers, :44
145: Zack Miller (B) win by forfeit
152: Jake Weider (B) dec. Ismael Sanabria, 15–8
160: Brandon Veliz (B) pin John Kaniarz, [5:12
170: Logan Vannest (B) win by pin 5:00
182: Jared Hoy (B) win by pin 2:36
195: Tim Young (E) pin Ethan Hartley, 1:45
220: Brady Wilson (E) win by forfeit
285: Grant Moyer (B) dec. Gabe Timbs, 2–1 (OT)
Perkins 62, Bellevue 13
106: Tyler Capodice ℗ win by forfeit
113: Juwan Minnifield ℗ dec. Alex Drummond, 4–3
120: Trenton Adkins ℗ pin Collin Adkins, 3:45
126: Seth Boggs ℗ pin Chris Harris, 4:28
132: Nate Boggs ℗ pin Ryan Veliz, 1:26
138: Nathan Salmon ℗ pin Zack Miller, 1:44
145: Bryon Logan ℗ pin Jake Weider, 1:55
152: Brandon Veliz (B) pin Logan Barton, 3:46
160: Tony Didion ℗ pin Logan Vannest, 1:03
170: Jared Hoy (B) maj. dec. Shaun Campbell, 10–1
182: Dylan Hermes ℗ pin Ethan Hartley, 1:52
195: John Workman ℗ win by forfeit
220: Kordell Chaney ℗ win by forfeit
285: Grant Moyer (B) dec. Josh Rohrbacher, 3–1