Multiple Teams · Brunswick wrestling wins 2nd straight North Coast Classic

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By Michael Fitzpatrick, Special to Northeast Ohio Media Group on December 13, 2014 10:55 PM

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Winning is getting to be a habit for the Brunswick wrestling team. For the second straight week the Blue Devils took home a team championship, and for the second straight year they won the North Coast Classic crown.

The Blue Devils claimed three individual titles and had a pair of second-place finishes Saturday as they racked up 667 points to win the North Coast Classic.

Greensburg Salem (567) and South Moreland (507), both from Pennsylvania, finished second and third in the two-day tournament, which featured 26 teams. Solon placed fourth (493) and Perry was fifth (485).

“The key for us was our entire team,” Brunswick coach Mike Koshar said. “Every kid on our team won at least two matches. We had five guys in the finals going for first, but we had a bunch of other guys taking fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh; all those guys contributing helped win the team race.”

Brunswick wrestled without two of its best wrestlers in its lineup. Josh Heil wrestled at the Ironman at Walsh Jesut, while Nick Kiussis, who was also going to wrestle at the Ironman, ended up missing that tournament due to injury.

Freshman Matt Fields (103 pounds), DJ Skiba (113) and Branden Bryant (170) won individual titles for Brunswick, while Mike Bekeny (182) and Aaron Naples (195) took home second-place finishes.

Sound bites

Koshar on why the wrestling fan base was focused on the Walsh Jesuit Ironman: “That’s one of the toughest tournaments in the nation, not just Ohio. The wrestling fans were probably more interested in that.”

Koshar on the benefit of wrestling at the North Coast Classic: “Here if you don’t do or you do do well, you wrestle a bunch of matches and you wrestle to the level of your competition.”