Ravenna Ravens, Streetsboro Rockets romp in delayed dual meet

By Michael Leonard | Record Publishing Co. Published:

It took more than a month for Springfield to host its Portage Trail Conference Metro Division double dual meet because an outbreak of skin infections at the school.

For Ravenna, it was worth the wait.

The Ravens inched closer to a first-place tie in the Metro Division dual race with a pair of wins on Tuesday in Springfield Township.

The Ravens defeated the Spartans 52-21 and Kent Roosevelt 50-18 to improve to 4-1 in the division (10-3 overall).

"We're getting better at little things we've been working in practice," said Ravens head coach Mike Whitmore. "I guess you never expect to win, but it feels good to win."

Whitmore's attention immediately turned to the Ravens' next double dual Thursday at Kent Roosevelt.

If Ravenna can get past Norton and Field on Thursday, it would assure itself of no worse than a first-place tie in the dual meet race with Crestwood and Coventry.

"We've only got one day to practice, but we're going to do everything we can to win those matches," Whitmore said. "Field and Norton have a lot of good wrestlers on their team. We're going to have to wrestle better than we did tonight."

Ravenna had plenty of double winners on the night, as 120-pounder Brogan Lovejoy, 132-pounder Chad McGaha, 160-pounder Logan Reaser and 220-pounder Jon Kato all scored two pins.

Ravenna also had 138-pounder Jacob Henson (forfeit, pin), 152-pounder Brandon Winning (technical fall, forfeit), 170-pounder Kevin Payne (decision, major decision), 195-pounder AJ Richmond (pin, forfeit) and heavyweight Cody Hawkins (pin, forfeit) had two wins.

Elsewhere at Springfield, Streetsboro also picked up a pair of wins over Roosevelt 51-30 and Springfield 49-18.

Streetsboro picked up its first two division wins of the season, improving to 3-3 overeall and 2-3 in the Metro Division.

The Rockets' match with Kent Roosevelt featured pins or forfeits in all but one match, a fact which pleased Streetsboro head coach Rick Charlton.

"We swam to the front and shot the half (nelson) well tonight," Charlton said. "We wanted to train hard and win these matches."

Charlton was already looking forward to Streetsboro's double dual Thursday, as the Rockets will face Crestwood and Coventry at Crestwood.

Roosevelt coach Nic Rossiter said he was hoping to get his first division dual meet of the season against the Rockets.

"We got outwrestled (by Streetsboro)," Rossiter said. "There's not much more that can do when that happens."

Meanwhile, Springfield head coach Todd Lovell and his team are still looking for their first division win since joining the PTC.

"Streetsboro and Ravenna are always tough," Lovell said. "We're getting better consistently with every match. That's all I can ask."

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