November 23, 2010

LIVE BLOG: Cleveland State Wrestling at John Carroll

Nov. 23, 2010

Contact: Dan Carr

6:49 p.m. - Greetings from nearby University Heights! Tonight the Cleveland State wrestling team faces John Carroll in the first dual meet of the season for both squads. The Vikings previously competed in the Eastern Michigan Open and Michigan State Open, with senior Robbie Michaels taking the 165 crown at both events. John Carroll opened its year with a sixth-place showing at the Catholic Invitational Tournament on Saturday (Nov. 20). Follow along for all the news and results from tonight's meet!

6:59 p.m. - Here are tonight's matchups:
125 - John Cobos (JCU) vs. Ben Willeford (CSU)
133 - Kevin Nycz (JCU) vs. Nick Flannery (CSU)
141 - Greg Ryan (JCU) vs. Josh Palivoda (CSU)
149 - David Malkus (JCU) vs. Lawrence Cavello (CSU)
157 - Vinny Pizzuli (JCU) vs. Koort Leyrer (CSU)
165 - Connor Suba (JCU) vs. Robbie Michaels (CSU)
174 - Todd Gaydosh (JCU) vs. Aric Thurn (CSU)
184 - Bryan Steinmetz (JCU) vs. Nick Anthony (CSU)
197 - Alex Garred or Jim Gilchrist (JCU) vs. Ryan Crabtree (CSU)
HWT - Tim Lambert (JCU) vs. Chris Weber (CSU)

7:08 p.m. - First match of the night is the 157 between Pizzuli and Leyrer. CSU gets two points right off the bat as Leyrer quickly brings Pizzuli to the ground. After 1:30 of struggling, Pizzuli manages to get out of the hold for a point for JCU.

7:11 p.m. - Pizzuli leads 4-2 after the second round. He began the period on the bottom after Leyrer deferred, and pulled a reversal to take the lead in the match. He took down Leyrer, who was unable to break out of the hold.

7:14 p.m. - Leyrer begins round three on bottom, but is unable to earn any points. John Carroll gets the win. JCU 3, CSU 0.

7:17 p.m. - Next up is 165. Last year against John Carroll, Robbie Michaels won his match in 29 seconds. Takes him a little longer tonight, but the senior earns the pin in 2:40. CSU 6, JCU 3.

7:21 p.m. - Aric Thurn gets the 174 off to a fast start, forcing two quick takedowns for an easy four points. Gaydosh manages a reversal, but Thurn gets him down again. In an exciting final 40 seconds, Gaydosh pulls another quick reversal and attempts a takedown of his own. He comes close, but Thurn manages to pull out of it before any points are awarded to finish the first round up 6-2.

7:24 p.m. - Thurn starts round two on top, but after a minute of struggling Gaydosh gets out of the hold. Leyrer gets him back on the mat for another two points and ends the round up 8-3.

7:27 p.m. - Third round begins with Gaydosh on top. Thurn is unable to escape, but also prevents Gaydosh from scoring any points. Match ends 8-3 with Thurn the winner. CSU 9, JCU 3.

7:28 p.m. - It helps that the two schools are so close, but there is a very good crown here tonight. The lower level stands on both sides of the mat are nearly full, and there are quite a few folks in the upper level seats. At least a third of the crowd consists of Viking fans - nice to see the support!

7:30 p.m. - Nick Anthony starts the 184 with a takedown, but Steinmetz earns a reversal. With 20 seconds left in the round Steinmetz gets a takedown of his own, and leads 3-2.

7:35 p.m. - After a competitive first round, JCU's Steinmetz comes alive. He increased his lead by one in round two, broke free after starting down in round three, and then earned three consecutive take downs. Anthony earned points on a pair of escapes, but loses, 11-4. CSU 9, JCU 7.

7:39 p.m. - Alex Garred ends up being the wrestler for John Carroll to start the 197 competition. At the 1:01 mark Crabtree nearly earns a takedown, but Garred gets close enough to the edge for the action to be restarted. He makes up for it with 30 seconds left, becoming the fifth straight Viking to score first in a match. Crabtree leads 2-0 after one.

7:42 p.m. - Ryan Crabtree begins the second round down, but is able to escape with the first 10 seconds. He gets a takedown to increase his lead to 5-0, but Garred earnes a point on an escape.

7:45 p.m. - Garred begins the final round down, but escapes in five seconds. Crabtree manages to regain control at the 1:20 mark, grabbing Garred by the leg and forcing him to the mat. After earning two more points on another takedown, Crabtree maintains a defensive posture for the remainder of the match, winning 9-4. CSU 12, JCU 7.

7:48 p.m. - Chris Weber continues CSU's streak of striking first in every match, gaining two points on a takedown 1:20 into the first round of the heavyweight. JCU's Lambert eventually breaks out of the hold and almost gets out of the round without incident, but Weber gets him down on the mat again with nine seconds left to end the round up 4-1.

7:51 p.m. - Weber maintains his momentum in the second round. He begins the second period down, but escapes and earns a takedown to take a commanding 7-1 lead into the final two minutes.

7:55 p.m. - The third round begins with Weber on top. He keeps Lambert down for the first minute, but then lets him up. He seems to be getting tired, but finds enough energy for another takedown, and CSU picks up another win (9-2). CSU 16, JCU 7.

8:02 p.m. - CSU is now 7-7 in scoring first, as Ben Willeford begins the 125 competition by taking down John Cobos with 30 seconds left in the first round. Willeford begins round two in the down position, and nearly breaks free with 28 seconds remaining, but is pulled back to the mat before completing the escape. He comes close again with 12 seconds left, but can't shake Cobos off his leg. Willeford is up 2-0 after two rounds.

8:06 p.m. - Willeford begins the third round on top but can't maintain control. JCU gets an escape. Willeford is then penalized for locking hands, and the score is tied at two. Willeford's not ready to throw in the towel, however, and with 15 seconds to go he pulls Cobos to the ground and earns the 4-2 victory. CSU 19, JCU 7.

8:09 p.m. - Nick Flannery begins the 133 match with a takedown, continuing CSU's streak of scoring first. Kevin Nycz breaks free and nearly gets a takedown of his own, but can't control both feet and its waved off. Flannery ends the first round up 2-1. There's still two weight classes left to wrestle, but if the Vikings win this round the meet will essentially be over.

8:12 p.m. - Flannery begins round two down, but quickly earns a point on an escape.. Some good bouts of grappling ensue afterwards, but neither wrestler is able to bring the other down. Flannery leads 3-1.

8:14 p.m. - The third round starts with Flannery on top, and he comes close at one point to getting a pin, but loses his grip before count three. With 35 seconds left he comes close again, but Nycz does a nice job of pulling up in time. Flannery wins the match, 5-1. CSU 22, JCU 7.

8:18 p.m. - Josh Palivoda gets two quick takedowns to begin the 141, and CSU has now scored first in nine straight matches. Palivoda keeps John Carroll's Greg ryan down long enough to start a pin count, but it Ryan's slippery enough to prevent it from going past one. Ryan is eventually able to use his lower body strength to get break free enough to stand, but the round ends before he can be credited with an escape. Palivoda is up, 4-1.

8:21 p.m. - Palivoda seems pretty determined to get the pin. He's done a very good job of keeping Ryan down on the ground, and has picked up four straight points and begun pin counts on two occasions. You have to give Ryan credit though - he's a fighter, and is refusing to go down to a pin.

8:23 p.m. - The third round opens with Palivoda increasing his lead to 10-1 on a takedown, but this time Ryan is able to get away quickly for a point of his own. Palivoda gets him back down to the mat, and Ryan slips away one more time. With 18 seconds left he shoots for Ryan's legs and gets him down on the ground. While he doesn't get the pin, he does earn three more points on a near-fall, then ends the round with another point on a tech-fall, giving him an 18-3 victory. CSU 27, JCU 7.

8:28 p.m. - The final match of the day pits Lawrence Cavello against JCU's David Malkus, and CSU extends its scoring-first streak to a perfect 10-for-10 when Cavello earns a takedown 30 seconds into the round. Malkus gets an escape and comes very close to a takedown of his own - but just as Cavello hit the mat the ref ruled it out of bounds. Round ends with Cavello up, 2-1.

8:30 p.m. - Cavello begins round two on top. Malkus escapes at the 1:36 mark, tying the score at two. The match is delayed with 50 seconds remaining as Malkus' kneepad comes out, and that is the most noteworthy event of the rest of the round. Both wrestlers come very close to takedowns, but neither can actually score the points. We head into the last round of the night with the final match tied at two.

8:35 p.m. - The tie is broken with Cavello escaping Malkus' hold. The JCU wrestler nearly takes the lead on a takedown, but Cavello remains upright until the match is delayed with a potential injury to Malkus' finger. Cavello spends the final 30 seconds of the match trying to shake off Malkus and nearly pays for it when Malkus shoots late, but Cavello is able to avoid the takedown for the win. FINAL - CSU 30, JCU 7.

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