That was a common interaction between those from Edison and Genoa following Saturday’s finals match of the St. Mary Central Catholic Division III duals inside the Kinzel Center in Sandusky.
The No. 1-ranked Comets earned the title for the second-straight year, once again topping the Chargers, this time by a score of 45-28. The two teams that dominated their pools in the two-day tournament, going 9-0 to reach the championship round, will meet again in Wednesday’s Div. III Region 18 semifinals at Genoa.
“We played it light because we’ll see them again Wednesday with a little more at stake,” Edison coach Davy Hermes said. “We wrestled some guys that may be in different spots come Wednesday, while others will see the same guys again.
“That’s a very good team, and they’re going to be very, very tough to beat. They’re a heavy favorite,” he added. “But we’re wrestling well. No matter what happens Wednesday, we’ll be ready for the league tournament. And whoever comes out of there Wednesday may be your favorite to win it all at state. It’s a shame the state put us in the same region.”
Saturday, the defending Div. III dual champions held their ground with Genoa. Early wins by Jordan Keegan at 145 pounds and Collin Mancuso at 152, put the Chargers up 9-6.
However, three straight six-point victories by the Comets put Genoa up 24-9. A run finally halted by Edison’s Sam Stoll, who earned a pin in 3:07 at 195.
Stoll finished the duals 9-0 overall between 182 and 195, earning tournament MVP honors.
“My offense hasn’t been so hot lately,” said Stoll, who is now 16 wins away from reaching 200 for his career. “I thought the last two days I did a much better job of that.”
Stoll’s big win came against Rootstown’s Christopher Langguth in the semifinal round. Langguth — sixth at state in 2017 at 170 pounds — beat Stoll in a pair of close matches at Brecksville earlier in the year.
“Those were both close matches that I could’ve won, but just didn’t get it done,” Stoll said. “So I’ve had my sights on that match for a little over a month now. We’ve been working on my offense quite a bit, and it’s gotten better.”
Edison swept 106-through-120, highlighted by Dylan Burns’ 7-2 decision over defending 106-pound state champion Oscar Sanchez. Burns — fourth at state last year at 113 — controlled the match throughout, never letting Sanchez get an upper hand.
Casey Barnett got a pin at 106 to finish unbeaten for the tournament. Ray Adams was also unbeaten at 113, earning a 14-1 major decision over Comets’ freshman Devin D’Emilio.
Others going unbeaten for the Chargers included Keegan at 138, Mancuso at 152 and Jacob Brewer at 170. Griffin Soviak went 6-2 at 145, Garrett Scott was 6-3 at 126, as was Trent Werner at 132. Tim Straka went 5-3 at 285.
“Our kids wrestled hard,” Hermes said. “The key to duals is not giving up bonus points and getting bonus points. We beat a top five team in the state in Rootstown 52-17, which I don’t think anyone expected that. We didn’t give up any pins in the dual, and that’s how we beat them last year.”
Now all eyes shift to Wednesday.
“I think we’ll have a lot of confidence going in,” Stoll said. “We really didn’t show much tonight. We moved our lineup all around so they couldn’t get a good look at what we’re going to do.
“I’m anticipating Wednesday will come down to the final match,” he added. “We’ll see what happens.
Trey Leroux went 9-0 for Monroeville at 285, followed by Montgomery Walls going 8-1 at 220 and The Leroux finishing 6-3 at 195. The Eagles finished 2-8 overall.
For St. Paul, which finished 3-6 over the two days, Myron Stoll was 5-4 at 120 pounds, while Ryan Gross went 5-4 at 126 and Eric Crabbs was 5-3 at 132-138. Ben Meyer added a 5-4 mark at 160 and Cam Caizzo was 6-3 at 170.
Bailey Glavich (145) was 8-1 for the Roughriders, while Tyler Ramage (160) was 6-3, Jacob Martz (132/138) was 7-2 and Aidan Fry-Silva went 6-3 at 126.