By Jordan Miller
ALLIANCE – The Carrollton Warrior wrestlers opened the Northeastern Buckeye Conference (NBC) dual season with a dominating 66-9 win over the Marlington Dukes, proving they are to be considered for a third straight league title.
The highlighted match of the night was between Carrollton’s 160 lb. Brandon Daniels and Marlington Dukes’ junior Peter Biery, a match that went into sudden death.
Early in the match, Biery was awarded a technical point when Daniels was called for “aiming at the head”. With 16 seconds remaining in the second period, Daniels took a 2-1 lead with a pair of reversal points. Daniels was penalized a point for “fleeing” his opponent towards the end of the third period, sending it into sudden death tied at 2-2.
Knowing it was do or die, the two 160 pounders went at it and put on a show. With every fan on the edge of their seat as time winded down in the first overtime period, Daniels dropped to his knees and shot on Biery, taking full control. With his arms wrapped around Biery’s legs, he lifted him into the air and drove him into the mat for a 4-2 win.
“Daniels is definitely a tough, young wrestler,” said Carrollton Head Coach Ken Pasiuk. “We actually bumped him up to 160 to get a better match and we thought it was best for our team last night. He is usually our 152 pounder.”
“He’s is a wrestler that will battle the entire match and we never doubt his efforts,” Coach Pasiuk mentioned. “He’s more of a brawler than a technician. Our hopes are to improve on his fundamentals each week to make him a more all-around wrestler.”
Carrollton 106 lb. freshman Nate Blake kicked off the night by pinning Marlington freshman Logan Dugan 1:13 in the match. Blake’s pin gave the Warriors an early 6-0 advantage.
Robbie Hoopes, a 113 lb. freshman for the Warriors, was awarded an early pair of takedown points against Duke’s freshman Mason McCarty. Hoopes finished the match with two reversal points and a pair of near-fall points to win by a 6-0 decision.
Carrollton led 9-0.
Carrollton senior 120 pounder Clay Pidgeon pinned Marlington’s sophomore James Aebi-Manion 36 seconds into the second period, putting his team up 15-0.
Marlington senior Errik Gerback put the Dukes on the board with a 6-0 decision over Carrollton’s Connor Clark in the 126 lb. match.
Carrollton sophomore Ben Pasiuk kicked off an eight-match winning streak for the Warriors with the second fastest pin of the night in the 132 lb. match in 43 seconds over Michael Varner. The only faster pin during the dual match was from Pasiuk’s older brother Aidan, a senior, who pinned 195 lb. Briton Polen in 42 seconds.
The Pasiuk brothers were 2016 state runners-up.
Justin Shaw, a 138 lb. junior for the Warriors, pinned Dylan Hooker 3:36 into the match.
Carrollton senior Adam Shaw pinned Marlington’s Josh Aebi-Manion 58 seconds into the final period to give the Warriors a commanding 39-3 lead.
Twenty-nine seconds into the second period, Warrior senior Brenton Miller pinned Marlington’s 182 lb. junior Aaron Raber.
Tavis Rutledge ended the night for the Warriors in the heavyweight class with a pin over Aleksey Cherevko in the third period.
“Our men wrestle for the team,” Pasiuk said about the team’s effort. “They all are willing to step on the mat and battle with everything they have and handle the outcome the right way.”
Pasiuk said the younger wrestlers need to see more mat time for improvement.
Carrollton freshman Alex Carrothers won the 145 lb. class by forfeit and Carrollton sophomore Seth Brown won the 170 lb. class by forfeit.
Carrollton senior Cody Leggett lost his first varsity match to Austin Caper by pin.
With the win, the Warriors improve to 5-0 on the year.
Carrollton will host the West Branch Warriors Dec. 15 with the first varsity match beginning around 7 p.m. The wrestling team will wrestle at the North Canton Hoover Holiday Classic Dec. 16-17. Matches will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday.