Thursday, September 16, 2021

Blue Devils take two

Independence was short-handed on Wednesday but that didn’t stop the Blue Devils from winning a pair of dual meets at Cuyahoga Heights.

The Blue Devils topped Ashtabula St. John, 48-24, and also beat rival Cuyahoga Heights, 48-24.

“We knew that Ashtabula only had a handful of guys but they were really tough,” said Independence coach Ken DeAngelis. “What we didn’t know is that we would be without (Nick) Mroczynski and (Alex) Nelson. Also, their guys bumped up so (Nick) Rossi didn’t have a match. Our young kids did a nice job competing knowing they were very overmatched.”

Collin Patton (106), Richie DiGeronimo (120), Michael Kucera (126), Liam Walker (132), Ben Vitron (138), Nathan Coudriet (145), Rossi (152) and Luke Clymer (195) all won by forfeit against St. John.

Seth Patterson (160), Kucera and Clymer all recorded pins against Cuyahoga Heights while Patton, Walker, Vitron, Coudriet and Josh Stasek (285) won by forfeit.

“Against Cuyahoga Heights, we wrestled well,” DeAngelis said. “We lost four matches, one of them due to Rossi having severe cramps and having to medical default. Richie DiGeronimo was leading 6-4 in the second to a very tough Brandon Meade. I was really impressed with freshman Seth Patterson, who filled in for Nick Mroczynski and came up with a big pin.”

Independence’s youth and middle school teams also competed against Cuyahoga Heights.

“It was a fun night of wrestling,” DeAngelis said. “Both programs have a bright future.”

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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