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Obtained From Medina Gazette

By: Brad Bournival

Brunswick wins third crown in row

BRUNSWICK — It turns out the Brunswick wrestling team knows how to hit the curveball. In fact,the Blue Devils know how to do it very well.That was the consensus Thursday after the Blue Devils handed Hudson a 52-19 Northeast Ohio Conference River Division loss. In doing so, Brunswick (9-2, 4-1) clinched its third straight conference crown and eliminated the bad taste from a mix-up earlier in the season.The Blue Devils had a 66-12 win over Cuyahoga Falls on Jan. 8 negated when it was discovered they competed with an ineligible wrestler. That
meant a win against the Explorers(22-2, 2-1) would give Brunswick the title outright, while a loss might mean it would have to share the crown.That isn ’t the case, as Brunswick won 10 of the 14 matches against Hudson to serve notice it is ready for the postseason.“It meant a lot to them,”Blue Devils coach Mike Koshar said. “The conference tournament didn’t quite go the way we would have liked it (Brunswick finished second in the overall standings to
Elyria).“If we didn ’t win tonight, we wouldn’t have been conference champions. I really think they were deserving of it. It meant a lot to them to go out there and prove it. For the third year in a row, it was a good way to send our seniors out.”Brunswick did it with an exclamation point, as Tomas Castaneda (126 pounds),Nicky Kiussis (145), Branden Bryant (170), Mike Bekeny (182), Aaron Naples (195) and Colin Sustersic (220) all picked up pins. To rub more salt in the
wound, the Blue Devils got technical falls from Matt Fields (106) and Nate Taylor (138) to prove they were the division kings in a runaway . “We knew Hudson had a solid lineup,” Bekeny said.
“Koshar told us they had a full lineup and all their kids were going to be here tonight. “Hudson was missing five kids at the conference tournament and they still finished in third place. The mind set was we had to go out there and outwrestle them. We needed to keep doing what we’ve been doing all year. We got the message out, I think. ” That message was the team is at full strength for the first time all season and ready to roll just in time for sectional, district and state. While Josh Heil (sick) was out for the match against the Explorers, Strongsville transfer and returning state placer Garrett Lambert finally got on the mat for Brunswick. Wrestling for the first time this season, there was a little rust, but not enough to deter the junior from a victory as he handled Ben Boysel 4-0. “I think there was a little bit of anxiety to finally get the first match under my belt in the Brunswick blue singlet,” Lambert said. “It’ s nothing that I’ m not used to. It was a normal day . “Especially after getting cleared today . I didn ’t know I was going to wrestle until 12 o’clock. It’s great, not just because we’re conference champions. We’re all friends. We’re all one group of kids. Me, Josh Heil and Nicky Kiussis were in the same room together since second grade. These kids are my family . They’re who I grew up with. I’ve been with them my entire life.” Brunswick will now turn its attention to the postseason, as it heads to the Wadsworth Division I Sectional in a few weeks with a chance to do something special. “We’re not quite there yet, but we’re moving in the right direction,” Koshar said. “We have another 15 days to figure it out, but it is coming together .”

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