Then following the start, Kidd was hit for another stalling call, giving Caizzo the point he needed, despite almost pulling his leg free in the waning seconds, to earn a 4-3 win in his state debut on Thursday at the Division III championships at Ohio State University’s Jerome Schottenstein Center in Columbus.
“It was in the back mind that I had the stale point,” Caizzo said. “But the whole match I was doing my best to attack and make sure that I was working my offense. If I stayed on the attack, I knew somehow it’d work out in my favor.”
Caizzo lost to Kidd 4-2 in a previous meeting.
“I had wrestled him before, so I knew it was going to be a great match,” he said. “I knew I had to stay strong and attack.”
Caizzo gets Barnesville’s Brylan Clouse (32-2) in the quarterfinals.
“I just acted like today was any other day,” Caizzo said. “I just treated it like any other match.”
Edison goes 6-1 on opening day
Casey Barnett did what was expected, came out and dominated his 113-pound first round opponent, pinning Troy Christian’s Troy Kennedy (33-12 in 3:45.
Edison’s returning state champion was one of five Chargers to earn a win in Thursday’s prelims. Senior Jordan Keegan wrestled back to stay alive with a pin in the evening consolations as Edison sits third in Div. III after Day 1 with 19 team points.
Genoa leads with 22.5 points, followed by Troy Christian’s 20.
“We’re in a good spot. I thought the kids wrestled well,” Chargers coach Davy Hermes said. “You always worry about freshmen and two freshmen come out and get wins. Shad(rick) (Slone) battled through one there, got a reversal and back points when I thought he might freeze up for a minute.
“Ray scares me, but he scares me all the time, he’s Ray. He’ll continue to do what he does. Casey did well and Brewer is just a great athlete. It’ll be interesting to see what he can do down here.”
Brewer (40-3), a junior making his first state appearance, pinned West Liberty Salem’s Major Stratton (31-13) — a last-minute alternate moved into the bracket — in 3:21.
“The kid I was suppose to wrestle didn’t pass skin check,” Brewer said. “So I thought the replacement would come out either fired up or timid, but I just went out and took care of business.
“It’s awesome to win my first match. That just boosted my confidence even more.”
Brewer will see Martins Ferry’s Drake Dobson (39-4) in today’s 195 quarterfinals.
Freshman Alec Homan (50-9) earned his first-ever state win in style, pinning Sarahsville Shenandoah’s Alex Overly in 2:27. He’ll face Casstown Miami East’s Olivia Shore (24-8), who stunned returning state-placer Brett Szuhay by a 10-8 decision in sudden victory.
“I just go out there with the mentality to win because I want to do the best that I can,” Homan said. “I kind of froze up on my feet at the beginning, lost my balance and gave him a quick two, but then in the second period when he was going down, I knew I had my chance and took it.”
Barnett (58-1) will square off with Caldwell’s Marshal Niswonger (38-8) Friday morning. Senior Ray Adams (55-6) will get a rematch with Coschocton’s Austin Guthrie (47-4), whom he beat 3-2 in a matchup this year. Battling through a seesaw match that almost saw him get pinned, Adams took control after an 8-8 tie heading into the third period.
“I have to credit Casey for being able to fight through that cradle,” Adams said. “Somehow, I always end up in one with him.
“But that was a match that I think will get me ready for tomorrow.”
Keegan (54-9) nearly fought back from an 11-3 deficit to Rocky River Lutheran West’s Parker Watson. However, just as it appeared he was lining up for a pin or for back points, the clock ran out on an 11-9 setback.
Keegan pinned his way to a win in the consolations in 4:21, leading 16-2.
“That was a tough opening match for Jordan,” Hermes said. “That was the No. 1 match of Division III, Round 1 that they were saying, but he gave up too many back points. I think he gave up two sets of two and that’s the difference.”