RAVENNA _ The packed house at Ravenna High School for Thursday's wrestling showdown seemed to favor visiting Southeast over the Ravens, and the Pirates didn't stop short of giving the crowd what it wanted.
Southeast scored pins in three of the first four matches and received a forfeit in the other as the Pirates rolled by the Ravens 48-26.
Southeast (8-1-1) controlled almost every aspect of the match. In fact, Ravenna managed to win just five bouts.
Before the match, Southeast knew it would have to establish itself early and that is exactly what the Pirates did. Justin Moss (103 pounds) set the tempo with a first-period pin of Terry Day.
"We thought on paper we were the favorite but in a rivalry like this that doesn't always matter," said Southeast coach Ralph Graham. "We got out of the gate fast, and a lot of the question marks we had going into the league meet and this match turned into exclamation points."
With the momentum in the Pirates' favor, the Ravens suffered another blow. This time the bad news came from off the mat. Brian Hickman (112) had developed a skin rash that was spotted by the referee. Hickman was sent to Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna to get cleared to compete but didn't return in time, giving Billy Kemble a forfeit win.
"We got off on the wrong foot at 103," said Ravenna coach Derick Fletcher. "With the forfeit, we were down 12-0 right off the bat."
Eric Henry (119) then made short work of Vince Sferra, building an 11-2 lead before pinning the Raven. Matt Wunderle (125) returned to the Ravenna lineup after being out with an injury, only to watch Joel Aemmer score a second-period pin as Wunderle ran out of gas.
Ravenna finally got on the scoreboard at 130 pounds as Todd Wunderle scored a 2-0 decision over Erik Bartley in one of the most anticipated matches of the evening. Todd Wunderle scored the only points of the match early with a first-period takedown.
"Todd, I just told him in the locker room, finds ways to win," said Fletcher. "The referee was making bad calls and whatever, but he overcomes it. I wouldn't be surprised to see him down in Columbus."
The Pirates wasted no time in regaining their control of the match.
Chris Dunfee (135) looked sharp, pinning Donnie Thomas in 26 seconds. Chris Dorris (140) got all he could handle from the inexperienced Jermaine Grays. Grays, a sophomore, cradled Dorris repeatedly, but just didn't know what to do with it. Dorris was trailing 9-6 when he scored the pin though.
The Pirates then found themselves in a good position. Needing to score only one more decision to win the match, Southeast decided to send out Mike Kemble (145) to face Jimmy Thomas, ending all the speculation of a bout between Kemble and Justin Wise (152). Kemble didn't look sharp, but sealed the meet for the Pirates with a 6-3 decision.
Wise was left wrestling Nathan Keppler, an opponent he is familiar with. Having beaten the prolific Wise last season, Keppler repeated the feat, handing Wise his second loss of the season, 3-2.
"Wise is going to turn it around here," said Fletcher. "He wrestled a little hesitant for whatever reason."
The two teams then traded wins as Zeke Hamilton (160) handled Southeast youngster Brett Linzey, 19-3, and Joe Colman pinned Sam Dean.
The Ravens then closed the match with three straight wins.
Ravenna's J.R. Shrewsberry had little trouble with Curtis Dorn, pinning the Pirate in just 28 seconds. Kris Eck (215) pinned Tony Romeo in 57 seconds and Joe Mozer closed out the evening with a second-period pin of Jacob Neikirk.
Southeast 48, Ravenna 26
103 _ Justin Moss (SE) pin Terry Day, 1:21
112 _ Billy Kemble (SE) won by forfeit
119 _ Eric Henry (SE) pin Vince Sferra, 5:16
125 _ Joel Aemmer (SE) pin Matt Wunderle, 3:27
130 _ Todd Wunderle (R) dec. Erik Bartley, 2-0
135 _ Chris Dunfee (SE) pin Donnie Thomas, :26
140 _ Chris Dorris (SE) pin Jermaine Grays, 3:23
145 _ Mike Kemble (SE) dec. Jimmy Thomas, 6-3
152 _ Nathan Keppler (SE) dec. Justin Wise, 3-2
160 _ Zeke Hamilton (R) tech. fall Brett Linzey, 19-3
171 _ Joe Colman (SE) pin Sam Dean, 4:41
189 _ J.R. Shrewsberry (R) pin Curtis Dorn, :28
215 _ Kris Eck (R) pin Tony Romeo, :57
275 _ Joe Mozer (R) pin Jacob Neikirk, 2:32