April 24, 2014

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Wrestling: Bucks’ Eric Bartos wins 106 title

Buckeye freshman Eric Bartos, right, battles Ravenna’s Caleb Smith during a 106-pound match at the Mike Lewis Invitational. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY AARON JOSEFCZYK)

Jonathan Huff | The Gazette

YORK TWP. — For Buckeye wrestling coach Tim Maxworthy, Saturday’s Mike Lewis Invitational was pretty successful. Not only did the tournament go off without problems, five Bucks placed.

“I thought the tournament ran smoothly,” Maxworthy said, “and I thought it was a good early season tournament to gear up for the (Dec. 27-28) Medina Invitational.”

Despite the bevy of wrestlers on the podium, Buckeye finished fourth with 85 points. Ravenna topped the competition with 156.

“You always want to see more success,” Maxworthy said. “The results are a reflection of our team. We’re thin in the upper weights, and it shows.”

While the team may be thin in the upper weights, Buckeye showed its strength in the lower classes. Dustin McCollough finished fourth at 126 pounds, Artic Clark placed third at 152 pounds and Luke Zacharias (120 pounds) and Justin Montonaro (113 pounds) each took second.

The highlight of the day came from Eric Bartos, who claimed the championship at 106 pounds.

In the championship bout, Bartos beat Brookside’s Brad Huhn in a 12-1 major decision. Bartos took control with a 4-0 lead after the first period and never let up from there. Three takedowns in the second period extended Bartos’s lead, and a final takedown in the third clinched the result.

“It was a really good day,” Bartos said. “There were a lot of tough kids and a lot of talent in the weight class.

“I’ve wrestled (Huhn) before and won in a tight match. Going in, I was a little nervous, but I wrestled pretty clean and didn’t make many mistakes. I felt confident and felt I had control, and I held it down when I needed to.”

“Eric wrestled at a good level,” Maxworthy said. “He’s still making some youthful mistakes, but as far as freshman development, he’s right where he needs to be.”

In another Patriot Athletic Conference faceoff, Montonaro wrestled Brookside’s Madison Burns for the 113 championship. Unlike Bartos, Montonaro could not get a hold on the bout and Burns pinned Montonaro with 21 seconds left in the first period.

Zacharias and Ravenna’s Brogan Lovejoy squared off at 120 pounds to an early stalemate. Lovejoy then took over with a takedown and two near falls to lead 8-0 after the first period. Lovejoy finished the job early in the second with a pin.

At 138 pounds, Brunswick’s Cade Bonds showed his class with a major decision over Brendon Huffman of Ravenna.

An early Bonds takedown set the tone for the match, with Bonds up 4-1 at the first break. In the second, Bonds turned up the pressure to score a near fall and two takedowns. Huffman could only muster a few escapes as Bonds won 14-3.

“I went out and hit moves that worked for me in the wrestling room,” Bonds said. “I wanted it pretty bad. I knew he was tired, and could tell he was breaking.”

Brunswick’s “B” team finished sixth with 67.5 points.

Contact Jonathan Huff at sports@medina-gazette.com.