State-ranked Clyde blanks Bellevue, 73-0, in dual match
By BRAD FRANK
Gazette Sports Editor
It was going to be a tough night of wrestling for the Bellevue Redmen entering Wednesday’s dual match against their rival, the Clyde Fliers.
The night became even tougher for Bellevue when Clyde clinched a 73–0 win with a pin in the final match of the night, in a meeting between the young and depthless Redmen and the strong, veteran Fliers, who are ranked fifth in Division II in a poll by the Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Association.
Clyde registered six wins by pins, a technical fall, three major decisions and one other win by decision. Clyde also won forfeits at 106, 113, 182 and 220.
As evidence for how Bellevue’s night went, the Redmen’s four returning letterwinners who wrestled Wednesday lost by pin, while six of Bellevue’s other matches were wrestled by freshmen and sophomores.
“The thing is, it’s a loss. A loss is still a loss, whether it’s by one or by a million,” Bellevue coach Paul Zolman said. “We told the kids, ‘it doesn’t come down to losses. It comes down to heart, competitiveness and fight. You got a decision: Are you going to go out there, concede the loss and pack it in? Or are you going to go out there, take this loss and build on it?’
“Hopefully it ignites a fire in the kids, and they hopefully never let that happen to them again.”
The Redmen dropped to 0–1 in dual matches this season.
Bellevue freshman Collin Adkins wrestled his team’s closest match of the night, losing 9–5 in the 120-pound match to Chris Hicks.
“Collin looked good as a freshmen,” Zolman said. “He wrestled hard. He tried to come away with a win and came up a little short. It wasn’t terrible.”
Zolman acknowledged the effort of another freshman, Jared Hoy, typically a 170-pounder who was wrestling at 195.
Hoy lost 12–4 to Clyde freshman Marshall Messer.
“I thought Jared Hoy looked good,” Zolman said. “He was wrestling up two weight classes. He was a little sloppy but he wrestled hard for three periods.”
Bellevue won three of the four junior varsity matches Wednesday.
Austin Guthrie and Tyler Griggs each earned wins by pin, while Gabe Smythe won his match by decision. Nate Sochko was pinned for Clyde’s lone win.
Bellevue’s JV will wrestle at the Clyde Invitational at 9 a.m. Saturday. The varsity will compete next in the West Jefferson Invitational on Dec. 27–28.
Clyde 73, Bellevue 0
106: Landon Kiser © win by forfeit
113: Alex Norman © win by forfeit
120: Chris Hicks © dec. Collin Adkins, 9–5
126: Anthony Beier © major dec. A.J. Perry, 12–0
132: Austin Baker © pin Chris Harris, 3:31
138: Dakota Flores © major dec. Ryan Veliz, 14–4
145: Beau Minnick © pin Zack Miller, 2:26
152: Blake Miller © pin Jake Weider, 3:59
160: Casey Flores © tech. fall Brandon Veliz, 19–2
170: Chris Moore © pin Joey Marin, 1:56
182: Brad Smith © win by forfeit
195: Marshall Messer © major dec. Jared Hoy, 12–4
220: Xavier Corbin © win by forfeit
285: Collin Mange © pin Grant Moyer, 1:51
126: Austin Guthrie (B) pin Dylan Duskin, 1:53
132: Gabe Smythe (B) dec. Conner Avalon, 10–8
138: Tyler Griggs (B) pin Trent Johnson, 3:23
160: Blake Smith © pin Nate Sochko, 3:43