Saturday, January 28, 2023

Blue Devils show well at North Coast Classic

After a strong showing at the 2016 Hawken Invitational Tournament a week ago the Independence wrestling team returned to action on Friday and Saturday as the Blue Devils hosted the 2016 North Coast Classic.

Juniors Nick Mroczynski and Josh Stasek and senior Kevin Clymer all placed among the top eight in their respective weight classes and several other Independence wrestlers fared well.

“I was impressed,” said Independence coach Ken DeAngelis. “Kids I thought would do well really stepped up and wrestled well. Clymer, Mroczynski and Stasek all made it into the top pool and wrestled really, really well. Some of the younger guys, what I really look for is how do they wrestle on Saturday afternoon after they’ve had seven tough matches and each one did really good job of battling.”

Mroczynski placed sixth at 170 pounds.

He finished pool wrestling with a 5-0 record, which included four pins and a major decision, then dropped a 7-0 decision to eventual champion Alec Shaw of Greensburg Salem. He then fell to Solon’s Jason Garcia, 6-4 in overtime and defaulted in the fifth place match due to an eye injury.

“He ran into the kid from Greensburg Salem in the semis,” DeAngelis said. “He was a special kid who won the whole tournament. We had trouble stopping his single (leg takedown). He scored on us a couple times with that. Coming back, we lost an overtime match to a Solon kid. We have to learn how to win that match, but we’re right there.”

Clymer finished seventh at 160 pounds after finishing pool wrestling with a 5-1 record. He recorded one pin, two technical falls and two major decisions before earning a spot in the third place bracket.

“He lost to Perry’s Sam Cales in pool wrestling,” DeAngelis said. “We lost to him before so we knew he was tough. (Clymer) is just a very smart wrestler and he looked really good, he just ran into a couple kids who were better than him this weekend.”

Clymer dropped a 10-6 decision in the consolation round but rebounded with his third pin of the tournament in the seventh place match.

Stasek was 3-1 in pool wrestling with a pair of pins and an 8-4 loss to eventual champion Jon Saville of Brunswick. He dropped a 5-1 decision in the consolation semifinals and finished with a pin for seventh place.

“He wrestled really, really well,” DeAngelis said. “He beat a kid from North Royalton on Friday that was a really big kid and lost a heartbreaker to wrestle for third and fourth. He was winning 1-0 with 15 seconds left then got dinged for stalling to tie the match. The kid escaped to win. He was right there in that match. To his credit he came back and pinned a tough kid from Normandy to finish seventh.”

Chagrin Falls’ Jack Dawson finished second at 285. Stasek pinned Dawson at Hawken a week ago.

Liam Walker (113), David Goldwin (113), Michael Kucera (120), Luke Swauger (126), Jimmy Senick (132), Nick Rossi (145), Luke Clymer (182) and Charlie Starling (285) also competed for the Blue Devils.

Kucera was 3-3 with two pins, Rossi finished 3-2 with a pair of pins and Walker, Goldwin, Senick and Starling all won a match in the tournament.

“I thought Luke Clymer, Kucera, Goldwin and Walker did a great job wrestling to the very end,” DeAngelis said. “It really wasn’t about winning and losing with them, it was more of a character thing, getting better and making sure they were staying tough.”

Rossi finished third in the 145-pound B bracket, good for 11th place overall.

“He did a really nice job overall,” DeAngelis said. “Kucera, Senick and Luke Clymer, they all just grinded it out this weekend and wrestled well. We have a lot of growing to do in this next month or so but you can’t learn until you get into those situations. We just have to learn and grow and get better to be ready for the end of the season.”

Area champions included Mentor's Parker Brunkala (120) and Christian Marinozzi (145) and Perry's Evan Schenk (182).

Local placewinners included Chagrin Falls’ Justin Rayner (sixth at 132), Spencer Fleming (eighth at 182) and Jack Dawson (second at 285); Hawken’s JP Hlifka (fifth at 113); Mentor’s Nick Sabin (fourth at 106), Hunter Davenport (seventh at 113), Nate DeBoe (fourth at 126), Connor DeBoe (second at 132), Dominic Shelley (sixth at 182) and Brian Ross (sixth at 285); Mayfield’s Rory Nolan (eighth at 138), Josh Appling (sixth at 160) and Billy Fleming (fourth at 170); Orange’s Nick Began (second at 113) and Julian Patterson (seventh at 152); and Perry’s Kyle Rowan (third at 106), Zach Bubonic (seventh at 126), Sam Cales (fifth at 160) and Billy Hedrich (eighth at 170).

Independence travels to Berkshire on Thursday for a Chagrin Valley Conference meet against the Badgers and Kirtland.

Team Scores

1. Greensburg Salem 482.0
2. Mentor 356.0
3. Revere 311.0
4. Akron Ellet 301.0
5. Padua 292.0
6. Perkins 287.0
7. Bay Village 279.0
8. Trinity 275.0
9. Solon 247.0
10. Hudson 245.0
11. Coventry 240.0
11. Perry 240.0
13. Berea-Mid 217.0
14. North Royalton 178.0
15. South Moreland 176.0
16. Benedictine 173.0
17. Brunswick 167.0
18. Independence 152.0
19. Chagrin Falls 135.0
20. Ringgold HS 133.0
21. Orange 122.0
22. Normandy 120.0
23. Mayfield 118.0
24. Akron Firestone 102.0
25. Nordonia 90.0
26. Columbia 82.0
27. Valley Forge 80.0
28. Brooklyn 79.0
29. Hawken 48.0
30. Shaw 39.0
31. Villa Angela St. Joseph 33.0

106 Results
1st Place Match
Jim Balazy (Padua) 7-0, So. over Nicci Polifrone (Hudson) 5-1, Sr. (Dec 7-1).
3rd Place Match
Kyle Rowan (Perry) 7-1, Fr. over Nick Sabin (Mentor) 10-3, Fr. (Dec 4-3).
5th Place Match
Caden Wendling (Berea-Mid) 8-4, Fr. over Mason Jobe (Greensburg Salem) 5-3, So. (Dec 8-1).
7th Place Match
Alex Charvat (Brunswick) 7-4, So. over Mack Hermes (Perkins) 3-4, Fr. (Dec 6-0).

113 Results
1st Place Match
Jake Canitano (Solon) 9-0, So. over Nick Began (Orange) 6-4, Jr. (TF-1.5 0:00 (17-2)).
3rd Place Match
Pino Dipiero (Berea-Mid) 12-1, Fr. over Connor McCarty (Bay Village) 10-3, Jr. (MD 12-4).
5th Place Match
JP Hlifka (Hawken) 8-2, Jr. over Jordan Holt (Perkins) 10-5, . (Fall 2:59).
7th Place Match
Hunter Davenport (Mentor) 7-3, So. over Tyus Bundy (Ringgold HS) 3-3, Sr. (For.).

120 Results
1st Place Match
Parker Brunkala (Mentor) 13-0, Sr. over Joe Wright (Coventry) 7-1, Jr. (Dec 9-4).
3rd Place Match
Derek Berdysz (Benedictine) 11-1, So. over Joey Hirsch (Solon) 10-4, Jr. (Dec 4-0).
5th Place Match
Jim Brenneman (Nordonia) 11-5, Jr. over Kyle Gonzalez (Trinity) 6-3, So. (Inj. 0:00).
7th Place Match
Mico Miloradovic (Brunswick) 10-3, Fr. over Vincent Clark (Greensburg Salem) 5-3, Fr. (MD 13-3).

126 Results
1st Place Match
Caleb Schramm (Akron Ellet) 7-0, Jr. over Miles Knuckles (Coventry) 6-1, So. (MD 17-7).
3rd Place Match
Dajauhn Hertzog (Greensburg Salem) 7-1, So. over Nate DeBoe (Mentor) 9-4, So. (Fall 0:44).
5th Place Match
Nate Ferrar (Revere) 9-4, Sr. over Ryan Stewart (Solon) 9-5, Jr. (Dec 1-0).
7th Place Match
Zach Bubonic (Perry) 5-2, Jr. over Mathew Stouffer (Benedictine) 7-4, Fr. (For.).

132 Results
1st Place Match
Tyler Griffiths (South Moreland) 7-0, Jr. over Connor DeBoe (Mentor) 11-2, So. (Fall 1:08).
3rd Place Match
Skyler Decatur (Akron Ellet) 9-2, Sr. over Drew Crabtree (Perkins) 14-3, Sr. (Fall 2:15).
5th Place Match
Seth Majewski (Brooklyn) 11-5, So. over Justin Rayner (Chagrin Falls) 9-3, Jr. (MD 10-1).
7th Place Match
DJ Long (Trinity) 5-2, Jr. over Lucas Hill (Berea-Mid) 8-5, Sr. (Dec 1-0).

138 Results
1st Place Match
Ian Ewing (Greensburg Salem) 7-0, Fr. over Jacob Maslyk (Perkins) 12-2, Sr. (Dec 3-2).
3rd Place Match
Brody Muir-Johnson (Revere) 12-1, Sr. over Sam LoFaso (Padua) 11-3, So. (Dec 3-1).
5th Place Match
Jarred Cosavage (Akron Ellet) 9-4, Sr. over Ezekial Torres (Bay Village) 8-6, Sr. (Fall 0:46).
7th Place Match
Michael Hertig (Trinity) 6-2, Sr. over Rory Noloan (Mayfield) 9-7, So. (Dec 7-1).

145 Results
1st Place Match
Christian Marinozzi (Mentor) 10-1, So. over Joseph Williams (Greensburg Salem) 6-1, Jr. (Fall 1:00).
3rd Place Match
Cole Whitmer (Trinity) 8-1, Fr. over John McNulty (Padua) 9-3, So. (Fall 0:44).
5th Place Match
Nick Friedman (Normandy) 5-4, Sr. over Rob Lord (Akron Ellet) 8-4, Jr. (For.).
7th Place Match
Kaleb Shank (Coventry) 6-2, So. over Tomas Castaneda (Brunswick) 8-4, Sr. (Fall 4:18).

152 Results
1st Place Match
Luke Ewing (Greensburg Salem) 7-0, Jr. over Stefan Farian (Revere) 10-2, Jr. (Dec 4-3).
3rd Place Match
Austin Hinzman (Coventry) 8-1, So. over Hunter Kupniewski (North Royalton) 7-2, Fr. (MD 20-10).
5th Place Match
Mason Coleman (Hudson) 6-2, Jr. over Dillon Barry (Bay Village) 10-5, Jr. (For.).
7th Place Match
Julian Patterson (Orange) 6-4, Sr. over Caleb Means (Ringgold HS) 4-3, Sr. (Dec 2-1).

160 Results
1st Place Match
Jesse Quatse (Greensburg Salem) 7-0, Jr. over Austin Mullen (Hudson) 7-1, Sr. (Dec 11-5).
3rd Place Match
Jaden Datz (South Moreland) 8-1, Jr. over Ben Brunskole (Berea-Mid) 12-2, Sr. (Dec 7-6).
5th Place Match
Sam Cales (Perry) 7-2, Sr. over Josh Appling (Mayfield) 9-5, So. (Fall 1:34).
7th Place Match
Kevin Clymer (Independence) 9-3, Sr. over Ian Weiland (Revere) 8-4, Jr. (Fall 3:38).

170 Results
1st Place Match
Alec Shaw (Greensburg Salem) 7-0, Sr. over Matt Smoley (Akron Ellet) 9-2, Jr. (MD 9-0).
3rd Place Match
Jason Garcia (Solon) 11-3, Sr. over Billy Fleming (Mayfield) 9-4, Jr. (OT 5-1).
5th Place Match
Mike Jacobucci (Columbia) 12-2, Sr. over Nick Mroczynski (Independence) 9-3, Jr. (For.).
7th Place Match
Jack Baker (Revere) 8-4, Jr. over Billy Hedrich (Perry) 4-3, Sr. (Dec 6-4).

182 Results
1st Place Match
Evan Schenk (Perry) 8-0, Sr. over Teegan Hahn (Greensburg Salem) 7-1, . (OT 5-4).
3rd Place Match
Josh Barr (Bay Village) 10-2, Sr. over Bo Haines (Ringgold HS) 6-2, Jr. (Dec 3-1).
5th Place Match
Kyle Minor (Hudson) 6-2, Sr. over Dominic Shelley (Mentor) 11-3, Jr. (Dec 6-2).
7th Place Match
Beckett Fant (Revere) 10-2, Jr. over Spencer Fleming (Chagrin Falls) 9-3, Sr. (Fall 3:31).

195 Results
1st Place Match
Pete Abraham (Padua) 12-0, Sr. over Matthew Cover (Bay Village) 11-1, So. (Dec 3-0).
3rd Place Match
Tommy McChesney (Greensburg Salem) 7-1, . over Thomas Baker (Revere) 11-2, Sr. (Dec 10-5).
5th Place Match
Marqus Young (Akron Ellet) 10-3, Sr. over Kennard Hairston (Solon) 10-4, Sr. (Dec 3-0).
7th Place Match
Nick Hiss (Perkins) 9-4, Sr. over David Weaver (Berea-Mid) 7-5, Jr. (Dec 6-4).

220 Results
1st Place Match
Andrew Lorcher (Perkins) 10-2, Sr. over Xane Stock (Trinity) 6-1, Jr. (Fall 2:52).
3rd Place Match
Bryce Carmichael (Padua) 9-2, Sr. over Ryan Mauro (South Moreland) 6-2, So. (Dec 3-2).
5th Place Match
Ethan Depp (Revere) 8-5, So. over Milo Vicovac (North Royalton) 5-3, Sr. (Fall 2:58).
7th Place Match
Ryan Lee (Nordonia) 6-6, So. over John Reid (Bay Village) 7-5, Sr. (Fall 1:49).

285 Results
1st Place Match
Jon Saville (Brunswick) 10-1, . over Jack Dawson (Chagrin Falls) 8-3, Sr. (Fall 2:48).
3rd Place Match
Daniel Tilley (Akron Firestone) 9-3, Jr. over Maxton Edgerly (Bay Village) 4-3, Sr. (Dec 10-3).
5th Place Match
Nick Kelly (Revere) 10-2, Sr. over Brian Ross (Mentor) 9-3, Sr. (Dec 2-1).
7th Place Match
Josh Stasek (Independence) 7-3, Jr. over Jake Strahinic (Normandy) 5-3, Sr. (Fall 2:53). 

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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