Sunday, March 19, 2023

16 CVC wrestlers advance to district semifinals

Friday was a big day for over a dozen Chagrin Valley Conference wrestlers who reached the semifinals at their respective district tournaments and now need just one more win to earn a berth in next weekend’s state championships.

Perry had the most success as four Pirates won both of their preliminary matches at the Division II Perry District on Friday. The Pirates are in third place as a team with 58.5 points. Louisville leads with 94.5 and Lake Catholic is in second with 67.5

Junior 106-pounder Zach Bellissimo won his matches on Friday with a technical fall and pin and is now 25-4 on the year. He’ll wrestle Louisville’s Dylan Rhoads (26-7) in the semifinals. Sophomore Brock Christian, who improved to 29-3, advanced to the 120-pound semis with two pins. He’ll match up with Lake Catholic’s Brendan McCrone (37-2) for the chance to wrestle in the championship bout. Senior Colin Koenig (24-1) pinned both of his first two opponents in three minutes flat and will wrestle Norton’s Jayden Morr (32-1) in the semifinals. Ethan Hicks also will wrestle in the semifinals after he won his first two matches, 7-2 and 14-2. Hicks (22-5) will wrestle Max Kirby (24-3) of Fairless in the 152-pound semifinals.

West Geauga’s Jack Sparent, Harvey’s Carl Sicker and Jayden Jackson, and Geneva’s Caleb Selman also reached the semifinals at the Perry Division II District.

Sparent (22-1) won by major decision and a pin to set up a showdown with 32-0 Garrett Lautzenheiser of Louisville in the 126-pound semis. Sicker improved to 18-3 after a pin and major decision in the 138-pound preliminary rounds. He’ll wrestle Louisville’s Davin Rhoads (20-2) in the semifinals. Selman remained undefeated at 32-0 with a pair of pins. He’ll wrestle Lake Catholic’s Rob Boley (35-4) in the 160-pound semifinals.

Jackson improved to 31-1 with a pin and decision in the 170-pound preliminary rounds. Jackson will face Salem’s Caiden Hart (34-1) in the semifinals.

The Garfield Heights Division III district semifinals will see eight CVC wrestlers competing for a district championship and state berth while Berkshire is competing for the team title. The Badgers currently sit in sixth place.

Hawken junior Patrick Reineke advanced to the 113-pound semifinals with a pin and a 9-2 decision. He’ll wrestle Northwestern’s Trent Sigler (24-1) in the semifinals.

It will be an all-CVC matchup at 120 pounds as Crestwood freshman J.P. Wrobel will wrestle Kirtland junior Will Davidson in one of the weight classes two semifinals. Wrobel improved to 32-1 with a pair of pins while Davidson is now 23-3 after a pin and a 9-6 decision.

Lutheran West senior Donovan Palmer opened the district tournament with a pair of pins at 160 pounds. Palmer, who improved to 39-1, will wrestle Jefferson’s Colt Edgar (35-5) in the semis.

A pair of CVC wrestlers are on a crash course to meet in the district championship at 182 pounds.

Cardinal senior Jerry Rose is in the semifinal match in the top half of the bracket while Berkshire junior Lucas Stoddard advanced to the semis in the bottom half of the bracket.

Rose, who improved to 31-10, collected a pin and a 7-5 decision and will wrestle Northwestern’s Hal Huber (19-4) in the semis. With a pin and a major decision, Stoddard remained undefeated at 43-0. He’ll put his perfect mark on the line in the semifinal round against Dalton’s Eric Miller (33-3).

Kirtland junior Anthony Gencarelli opened the tournament with a pin and then won a 3-0 decision in the quarterfinals. Now 25-2, Gencarelli will wrestle Southeast’s Jaidyn Sapp (30-4) in the semifinals.

Grand Valley senior Chase Cottrell also reached the semifinals. He improved to 28-2 with a major decision and a pin. He’ll wrestle Norwayne’s Kaden Kidd (28-2).

The CVC has 52 other wrestlers still alive in the consolation brackets with 16 of those wrestlers competing head-to-head to keep alive their state tournament dreams.

Below is a division by division at those wrestlers.


Lakeside’s Ethan Wannett opened the tournament with a win but defaulted in the quarterfinals and is scheduled to wrestle Massillon Perry’s Jason Waller in a 138-pound consolation bout.

Lakeside’s Kale Scaine went 0-2 at 220 pounds.


Orange’s Te’Andre Allen won his first match then lost a close 2-1 decision in the quarterfinals. He bounced back with a 6-0 win and will wrestle Clyde’s Chris Oleksiak in the consolation quarterfinals.

Chagrin Falls junior 152-pound Sam Partain dropped his tournament opener but rebounded with a major decision and another win to set up a consolation quarterfinals bout with Celina’s Jaden King.

Beachwood’s Joshua Greenwood (138), Eric Steckner (160) and Uzonna Nzekwe (285) all finished the tournament 1-2 and Orange’s Grant Bell (182) and Fred Berland (195) went 0-2.


West Geauga’s Ty Boze and Edgewood’s Joey Jafarace both remain in the hunt at 106 pounds. After dropping their first-round bouts, Boze won 10-4 and will wrestle West Branch’s Tyler Hicks while Jafarace won his first consolation bout, 3-2, and will meet up with Canfield’s Ty Stricko.

Perry’s Riley Rowan (113), Dominic Ciolli (126), Ryan Berdysz (132), Calvin Rowan (138), Kenny Walker (195), Tommy Jackson (220), and A.J. Kifus (285) kept alive their placement hopes with a win on Friday.

Rowan will wrestle Fairless freshman Percy McGhee, Ciolli will face Edgewood’s Jared Biller, Berdysz matches up against Harvey’s Elijah Rowdy, Rowan will face Ravenna’s Sean Loucks, Walker will compete against Revere’s Alex Cable, Jackson will wrestle Copley’s Landon Robinson, and Kifus matches up with West Geauga’s Lucas Sadler.

Other CVC wrestlers still in the hunt for a district placement include Edgewood’s Jared Biller (126), Kyle Biller (138), Troy Peterson (220), and Will Cooper (285), Geneva’s Jayden Sabol (120), Jess McElroy (145), and Alex Krieg (195), Harvey’s Elijah Rowdy (132), Thomas Sicker (145), and Deondre Smith (152), West Geauga’s Robert Kaleal (120), Dante Mirabelli (152), Damian Gambrill (160), Justin Artino (170), Nathan Meyers (195), and Lucas Sadler (285).

Biller will wrestle Ciolli in one of those key CVC head-to-head matches while Berdysz and Rowdy and Smith and Mirabelli will face off in two others.

Edgewood’s Josh Biller (145) and Austin Paneto (152), Geneva’s Brier Streets (113), Ayden Gillespie (126), Michael Hupertz (182), and Antonio Saldana (285), Harvey’s Antonio Poole (220), Perry’s Jimmy Thomas (170) and Jory Panza (182), and West Geauga’s Moore Gambrill (113), Robert Sabol (145), and James Mullally (182) all bowed out of the tournament 0-2.


Berkshire’s hopes for a team title are dependent on the eight Badgers in the consolation bracket collecting some valuable team and placement points.

Colin Hering (106), Justin Heiden (120), Josh Tribuzzo (126), Johnny Heiden (132), Alex Munn (138), Hunter Gifford (145), Josh Brown (152), and J.J. Perrin (195) all have the chance to earn a district placement or state berth for the Badgers.

Tribuzzo will wrestle Independence’s Jack Valenti in the consolation quarterfinals while Munn will see Hawken’s Jacob Hlifka and Brown will wrestle Cardinal’s Austin Strever.

Other CVC wrestlers vying for a spot on the podium include Cardinal’s Strever and John Avalon (285), Crestwood’s Drake Rennecker (132) and Ethan Strahan (138), Cuyahoga Heights’ Dustin Kattler (132) and Camden Pluth (138), Grand Valley’s Zach Hall (170) and Jaret Takacs (195), Hawken’s Hlifka (138), Independence’s Collin Patton (120), Valenti (126), Brian Vollman (182) and Ben Vitron (285), Kirtland’s Louka Babic (160) and Brennon Braud (182), and Lutheran West’s Michael Reddick (220).

Rennecker and Kattler will face off in a CVC head-to-head bout.

Berkshire’s Tyler Fien (160) and Jeremy Bosher (285), Brooklyn’s Isaiah Perez (106), Cardinal’s Clayton Carman (106), Logan Strever (145), Cuyahoga Heights’ Andrew Jakubczak, Grand Valley’s Daniel Wilkes (285), Hawken’s Jay Doyle (170), Independence’s Vinnie Kubicki (113) and David Dorko (195), Kirtland’s Daniel Bak (106) and Drew Duncan (126), and Trinity’s John Krakora (182) all finished the tournament 0-2.

Jason Baxter and Dan Cosimi contributed to this story

Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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