Ravens remain perfect; upend Hudson

By Don Dreger Record-Courier assistant sports edit Published:

Although the Ravenna wrestling team dropped in the state Division II rankings from second to fifth, the Ravens never skipped a beat in handing host Hudson its first dual match loss of the season on Friday, 49-18. The Ravens, who have won three tournaments and advanced their dual team record to 6-0, are going to be idle for the next two weeks. "This is the long part of the season," said Ravens coach Steve Reedy. "We have been cutting a lot of weight with the schedule we have. We need to take it easy for awhile and work on our technique. We have Kent Roosevelt on January 31 for our next opponent. "Tonight we wrestled well. We had trouble in several weight classes, but that's where Hudson is strong and we are so-so. We made some mistakes that we are going to correct." Ravenna had the upper hand from the start. Hudson didn't weigh in a 215-pounder or a heavyweight, thus forfeiting both weight classes. Brandon Hayes, who is 17-0 at 103 pounds, is the start of Ravenna's lineup. He usually provides bonus points, and Friday was no exception. Hayes hit a fireman's carry on Ross Howe in the opening seconds of the match and turned it into a pinning combination. The referee hit the mat at 55 seconds to give Ravenna a 6-0 lead. Chris Davis added a 15-0 technical fall over Mark Gary 30 seconds into the second period. Davis used a variety near falls to run up the score. Hudson struck back with a 5-3 decision at 119 pounds, as Nick Palumbo scored a takedown and a 2-point near fall at the buzzer against Todd Wunderlee. The Explorers added another three team points at 125 when George Bucur scored two takedowns in the last period to earn a 12-7 decision over Jeff Dunfee. Hudson wasn't finished. Gary Beckley pancaked Mike Ramsey in the last part of the third period to take a 5-3 decision, as Ravenna was hanging on to an 11-9 lead. "This is the heart of our lineup," said Hudson coach Joe Cariglia of the 119, 125 and 130 pounders. "These kids have all placed in the tournaments we entered this year. "Ravenna has a great team. They are the measuring stick we are judged by. We are glad to score a few points on them." The Ravens' Eric Edwards put a halt to Hudson's run. Edwards led 5-2 in the first period, scored a takedown in the second period and hit a pinning combination at 3:08 to claim his 135 pound match. "At our lighter weights, we are a little green," said Reedy. "Wunderlee relaxed and lost. Ramsey was careless at the end of his match and it cost him. These are the types of things we are going to work on this next week." Keith Lara (140) put on a tilt clinic. He scored a 20-5 technical fall against A.J. Miceli with a variety of near falls. Hudson won the next two matches. First Eric Stevens scored a takedown with 10 seconds left in the match to hand Brian Hensley a 4-3 loss, then Kendrick Hughes was disqualified for biting. Reedy thought it was a bad call, but it stood and suddenly Ravenna's lead was just four (22-18). But the Ravens' Jessie Edsall hit a front cradle on Chris Althausen and pinned him in 42 seconds at 160, and Brad Bauer used a cradle in the second period and pinned Kyle Barane at 2:36 to restore order. Add in Steve McDaniel's 7-6 decision at 189 pounds over Joe Sorace, and Hudson was behind 37-18. Andy Hampton (215) and heavyweight Robert Vojtkofsky won by forfeit to end the evening. _____ Ravenna 49, Hudson 18 103 _ Brandon Hayes (R) pinned Ross Howe, :55 112 _ Chris Davis (R) tech. fall Mark Gary, 15-0 119 _ Nick Palumbo (H) dec. Todd Wunderlee, 5-3 125 _ George Bucur (H) dec. Jeff Dunfee, 12-7 130 _ Gary Beckley (H) dec. Mike Ramsey, 5-3 135 _ Eric Edwards (R) pinned Matt Miller, 3:08 140 _ Keith Lara (R) tech. fall A.J. Miceli, 20-5 145 _ Eric Stevens (H) dec. Brian Hensley, 4-3 152 _ Chris Althausen (H) won by disqualification over Kendrick Hughes 160 _ Jessie Edsall (R) pinned Kyle Barane, :42 171 _ Brad Bauer (R) pinned Joe Sorace, 2:36 189 _ Steve McDaniel (R) dec. Vince Seli, 7-6 215 _ Andy Hampton (R) won by forfeit 275 _ Robert Vojtkofsky (R) won by forfeit

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