WADSWORTH — There will be fire the rest of the season when the Wadsworth wrestling team hits the mat.
That was the message Thursday after reigning Suburban League National Conference champion Brecksville beat the Grizzlies 38-22.
The decision is the largest in the four matches the two have had since the Bees (8-0, 7-0) joined the SL.
“This is a long season full of ups and downs,” Wadsworth coach Clay Wenger said. “We have to take this and build from this. We’ll be ready.
“The toss-up matches are huge. Whatever way they go, that momentum shifts to that team and everything went their way. They were ready. It’s part of it. We just have to refocus and get back at it.”
There will very likely be many more times the two square off as the SL Tournament heads to Brecksville on Feb. 16. The two could meet a week earlier at the Division I State Duals in Columbus and then afterward at the North Canton District.
Add possible matchups at state and this Brecksville-Wadsworth fight is hardly over. The Bees entered the week ranked 34th in the nation by IntermatWrestle.com, and the Grizzlies were 29th.
“We’re really hungry now,” 160-pounder Logan Messer said. “Like we just talked about in the wrestling room, we need to step it up. We’re going to start balling more in the room. We’re going to start getting after it more. We just need to start getting after it.”
While the 16-point loss looks like a whitewashing, things were actually much closer.
As always in a dual, it came down to bonus points.
Jimmy Carmany (126), James Bronstrop (132), Vic Voinovich (152), Ben Vanadia (182), Ethan Hatcher (195) and Ryan Stadler (285) picked them up for the Bees. Only Landen Hacker (120) and Michael North (145) scored extra points for the Grizzlies (10-2, 6-1).
“Those points are huge,” Wenger said. “Every match is tight. When you have the opportunity to score bonus points, you have to, but Coach (Todd) Haverdill and his team came ready to go.”
Mason Brugh (106), Hacker, North, Messer, Dom Loparo (170) and Jamisen Jackson (195) won matches for Wadsworth, but the swing meetings when to the Bees.
Jack Stanley, who placed fourth at state for Brecksville last season, faced state qualifier Mikey Lewarchick and took home a 4-1 win.
At 138, returning state runner-up Luke Baughman fell to the Bees’ Marco Regalbuto in a battle of nationally-ranked wrestlers. Tied 5-5 heading into the third period, Regalbuto scored a takedown and two back points in the waning moments to win 9-5.
The last swing match of the night pitted Vanadia against Jon List at 182 in a meeting of state qualifiers and Vanadia won 13-3.
“We just talked in that wrestling room,” North said. “We’re going to keep working and step it up. We’re going to look through film and look for them at the Suburban League Tournament. That’s what we’re hunting for.”
That hunt begins this morning.
“Things looked like a big score difference, but we were close on matches,” Messer said. “It was 8-6. It was close. We just need to step up more and get our heads in the game.”
Brecksville 38, Wadsworth 22
106: Mason Brugh (W) d. Pito Castro, 7-1; 112: Jack Stanley (B) d. Mikey Lewarchick, 4-1; 120: Landen Hacker (W) m.d. Cole Kowatch, 13-5; 126: Jimmy Carmany (B) t.f. Hunter Griffin, 18-3; 132: James Bronstrop (B) t.f. Logan Scandlon, 16-1; 138: Marco Regalbuto (B) d. Luke Baughman, 9-5; 145: Michael North (W) p. Carter Lloyd, 3:18; 152: Vic Voinovich (B) p. Jacob Walsh, 2:18; 160: Logan Messer (W) d. Anthony Rizzo, 10-7; 170: Dom Loparo (W) d. Soren Osicka, 7-2; 182: Ben Venadia (B) m.d. Jon List, 13-3; 195: Ethan Hatcher p. Blake Cerovac, 1:07; 220: Jamison Jackson (W) d. Isaac Sell, 12-6; 285: Ryan Stadler (B) p. Zach Linn, 4:13. Records: Brecksville (8-0, 7-0), Wadsworth (10-2, 6-1).