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St. Paul’s Caizzo survives prelims; Edison goes 6-1 on first day at state

By KEVIN SHIELDS • Updated Mar 7, 2019 at 10:26 PM

COLUMBUS — St. Paul’s Cam Caizzo was tied 3-3 with Creston Norwayne’s Kaden Kidd with 12 second to go, and readying to try and earn a late escape point for the win.

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.”

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