Wrestling: Avon, Amherst meet in season opener with Eagles prevailing

Todd Shapiro
The Chronicle-Telegram

AMHERST — Wrestling’s longest offseason came to an end Thursday when Avon traveled to Amherst for a Southwestern Conference dual match.

Avon won nine bouts on its way to a 48-27 win, with the biggest win of the night coming from 145-pound senior Ethan Sear.

Sear overcame a 5-1 deficit with a pair of third-period takedowns to defeat Comets junior Zach Machesky 9-7 in overtime.

It was Sear’s first competition since being diagnosed with COVID-19 earlier in the school year.

“It was a tough first match. I wrested against good kid and I’m in a higher weight class, so it was a good way to start,” Sear said. “I had the virus a few weeks ago so it was good to come back. My lungs were shot at the end but I know his were, too. In overtime, you’ve just got to go after it and get those points.”

Avon’s two returning state qualifiers Cael Saxton (132) and Mason Bingham (285) each won by forfeit. The Eagles also had five wrestlers — Ty Daugherty (120), Mason Fitch (126), Preston Yates (152), Joe Roesch (182) and Josh Sublett (195) — win with pins.

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