Wednesday's dual between Sandusky and Perkins showed how one match could be worth more than simply six points.
In the 140-pound weight class, three matches into the Battle of Perkins Avenue, Perkins' Cam Campbell easily led Sandusky's Derrick Kirkwood 11-2 in the beginning of the third period, likely heading to a major decision. Kirkwood suddenly reversed Campbell, putting the Pirates junior on his back, facing a possible -- probable -- pin. Campbell bridged well enough to stave off the referee's whistle for almost a minute of near-fall.
"You have to have the will to stay off your back," Campbell later said. "You can't just give in when the chips are down. You've got to do what you're expected to do."
Campbell was able escape the match with a 13-7 decision over Kirkwood. The Pirates went on to win the 2010 Battle of Perkins Avenue, 46-19.
"That was a big momentum boost for the kids," Crabtree said. "To see one kid fight off his back early, it sets the tone for the younger kids. Cameron could have laid down."
"It might have swung the difference emotionally -- I think it took a lot out of (Sandusky) with that."
First-year Sandusky coach Casey Harrington agreed that the match could have set the tone for the dual.
"I think if he would've gotten that pin, there would have been a momentum change," Harrington said. "A pin would have gotten the whole crowd into it, maybe give Mike (Brown) enough 'oomph' to get a pin instead of winning by points.
"I wish I was on the other side so I could see if he was down or not."
The Pirates captured their 14th consecutive dual against Sandusky. Perkins now owns the all-time series 15-3. The Streaks haven't beaten the Pirates since 1995.
Perkins started six freshmen, going 2-4, only allowing one pin and one major decision.
The Pirates' five starting sophomores went 4-1 with three pins (Nick Waldron at 103, Nathan Salmon at 119 and Michael Snyder at 152) and a major decision (Bryon Logan at 125).
At featherweight, Waldron has started the season 6-2 after going 12-15 as a freshman. Against the Streaks, he scored a quick pin over Nathan Maynard, a first-year wrestler, in 39 seconds.
Starting at the 130-pound weight class, Perkins and Sandusky traded the first 10 varsity matches, but the Pirates held the lead on bonus points. In Sandusky's five wins in those 10 matches, the Streaks scored only four bonus points (a pin and a major decision).
At 135, in the second match of the meet, Sandusky senior Justin Ritchie stuck Kyle LaMarca in 49 seconds for the Blue Streaks' sole pin of the match.
At heavyweight, Sandusky sophomore Mike Brown posted a 9-2 decision over sophomore Jervaugh Eppse. It's the second straight year Brown topped Eppse.
In the same 10-match span to start the dual, the Pirates tallied nine bonus points on three pins.
Perkins finished the night with a sweep of the 103- to 125-pound weight classes for the wide 27-point victory.
"As a first-time coach or if I'd been around for 10 years, I think I'd still have the same reaction," Harrington said, citing the intense atmosphere.
"It's tough, because the hype's been there all week. I know the kids wanted to win just as bad as I did. They centered up the mat, all the attention's on them. We've got (better) attendance here than a sectional meet."
Perkins hosts Norwalk, Tiffin Columbian and Fremont Ross at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Sandusky is off until the Medina Invitational, in which Perkins will also compete, on Dec. 27-28.
Perkins 46, Sandusky 19
130: Vinnie Scavio (P) pin Will VanScoy, 4:37
135: Justin Ritchie (S) pin Kyle LaMarca, :49
140: Cameron Campbell (P) dec. Derrick Kirkwood, 13-7
145: Justin Palma (S) dec. Tony Didion, 7-5
152: Michael Snyder (P) pin Jaylne Dickerson, 3:36
160: Cameron Kirksey (S) maj. dec. Alex Tetzloff, 16-5
171: Kody Kaser (P) dec. Zayvier Dickerson, 4-2
189: Kendrick Aaron (S) dec. Dylan Hermes, 5-2
215: Brock Naufel (P) pin Kyle Palma, 5-2
HVT: Mike Brown (S) dec. Jervaughn Eppse, 8-2
103: Nick Waldron (P) pin Nathan Maynard, :39
112: Ian Byington (P) win by forfeit
119: Nathan Salmon (P) pin Iziaha Brown, 3:30
125: Bryon Logan (P) maj. dec. Gene Porter, 17-6