ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — On paper, the Edgewood wrestling program does not have the marquee names. Their dual record, on the other hand, does though.
The defending Division III team runner-ups from a year are off to a strong start again this season. On Wednesday night, the Warriors racked up five pins and a tech fall in taking care of Lakeside 44-24 in a crosstown dual at Edgewood High School.
In the process, Edgewood won the Ashtabula City Cup trophy.
“That’s something we really take pride in,” Warriors coach Gregory Stolfer said of the team’s dual success. “Because our lineup is solid. That’s what helped us out tonight. We have a lot of guys that weren’t big names last year that scored big bonus points for us. But I have to give credit to (Lakeside coach) Andy (Horvath). They have a phenomenal lineup over there. That match could have gone either way, the bonus points was the difference.”
Lakeside won six of the 14 bouts contested, but only Jacob Lagoa at 170 pounds and Kaleb Scaine 220 were able to secure bonus points with pins.
Edgewood, on the other hand, got off to a strong start with pins by lightweights Kyle Biller at 106 and Joey Jafarace 113.
After those two wins, the Dragons won three straight close decisions.
Ethan Wannett got a late reversal for an 8-7 win over Jared Biller at 120. Darien Cowles sealed a 13-10 126 verdict over Matthew Annick with a late takedown and Luis Cevera defended a third-period shot and spun on Justin Phares for the difference in his 4-3 132 win.
“They’re the heart of our lineup right now,” Horvath said of his three winners. “They’re kind of out of place. Darian is down at 113 and he wrestled up at 126. So I’m real proud of him for being able to wrestle through that, giving up that much weight.
“It’s real encouraging. It’s nice to see that coming together as a team. Even the matches we lost, there were some weird things that happened and we ended up with a kid on his back, but overall we wrestled really well tonight and proud of them.”
The three consecutive decisions to the Dragons made the score 11-9, but then the Warriors started posting the pins and the bonus points as Jager Engelman at 138, Jimmy Gross 145, Brian Bisbey 152 and Drew Kister 160 all scored pins.
“Our power is really from 106 (to) about 145,” Stolfer said. “But those seniors really stepped up. Drew is a senior, Jimmy is a junior, Brian is a sophomore and Jager is a senior and they did their job. We would not have won the match without them.”
The depth and talent that makes Edgewood a strong dual team, something Horvath is looking to establish with his program.
“We’re in the process of doing that right now, but we’re not quite there yet,” he said. “They understand you gotta keep every wrestler out of the bonus. They (Edgewood) do a good job of getting in the bonus when they can and they do a good job of minimizing damage. Anytime you get in the bonus, that’s a big swing and that’s how they win matches.’
Lagoa, a St. John transfer and two-time Division III state champ, ended the Warriors pin streak with one for Lakeside.
Edgewood’s Jason Bisbey won my medical default over Cristian Leyva at 182. Lakeside notched a pair of wins as Kevin Petit scored a 5-0 decision, Scaine’s pin. In the heavyweight match to close the night, Edgewood’s Garrett Webster earned a 7-4 win over Robbie Delewski.
The Warriors will go to Chardon on Friday night, Lakeside will be at the Pymatuning Valley Laker Shaker tournament on Saturday.