Monday, January 30, 2023

Bonus points add up as Kirtland wins sectional title

BEACHWOOD—All season long the Kirtland Hornets proved wrestling is a team sport.

The Hornets, who won the Region 19 team dual championship and qualified for the OHSAA state duals, again used a team approach to win the 2015 Division III sectional championship at Beachwood High School on Saturday.

“In every tournament you have things that don’t go your way and you feel there are things you could have done better but our guys did well enough to win the tournament,” said Kirtland coach Scott Francis. “On any given day that’s what you look for; do well enough to beat the other teams.”

Kirtland entered the placement round with a 2 ½ point lead over Cardinal and a five-point advantage over Pymatuning Valley. The Hornets closed out the night by winning seven of nine matches with five pins and a major decision.

Those bonus points allowed the Hornets to finish with 156 points. Pymatuning Valley was second with 138 and Cardinal finished third with 132 ½.

“That was big right there, “Francis said. “In the finals our guys were getting the pins we needed to. We won most of our finals matches. That finals race was tight at the end. We came in and saw the scores. We were kind of worried and knew we were going to have to kind of wrestle well there. Our guys rose to the challenge, not only by winning but getting pins. In tournaments the pins are huge. Every time you pin it’s like another win.”

Chris Brown, Chris Sakenes and Clayton Davidson all won individual championships and will earned No. 1 seeds at next week’s district tournament at Garfield Heights. Evan Francis finished second, Mike Petterson, Mike Calvert and Anthony Porter all were third and Dylan Choe placed fourth to give the Hornets a total of eight district qualifiers.

Daniel Jahnke was fifth at 120 and will be a district alternate.

Brown went 2-0 with a pair of pins to win the 145 pound weight class. Wickliffe’s David Monturi was the projected No. 1 seed but a clerical error prevented him from competing.

“Chris Brown benefitted from an unfortunate circumstance from another team but he probably would have made the finals anyway, that was what we were planning on,” Francis said. “Getting there and getting the championship was great for him.”

Sakenes pinned both of his opponents to win the 152 pound championship and Davidson was 3-0 with three pins at 160.

Davidson won his third sectional championship and is a four-time district qualifier.



1. Kirtland 156.0; 2. Pymatuning Valley 138.0; 3. Cardinal 132.5; 4. Newbury 103.5; 5. Gar. Garfield 102.0; 6. Grand Valley 94.0; 7. Hawken 87.0; 8. Brookfield 86.0; 9. Wickliffe 75.0; 10. Berkshire 57.0; 11. Beachwood 51.0.

First Place
106: John Kumher (Berkshire) Default Guy Peart (Gar. Garfield) Default;
113: Trent Mast (Cardinal) dec. Gavin Miglets (Brookfield) 3-1;
120: Louis DeMarco (Hawken) dec. Mitch Skleres (Pymatuning Valley) 1-1 UTB;
126: Logan Kissell (Gar. Garfield) dec. Ian Mast (Cardinal) 5-0;
132: Cody Rhoads (Grand Valley) dec. Brandon Neikerk (Cardinal) 9-2;
138: Corey Cox (Hawken) dec. Evan Francis (Kirtland) 7-5;
145: Chris Brown (Kirtland) dec. Nathan Rasmussan (Grand Valley) 6-2;
152: Chris Sakenes (Kirtland) pin Khaleel Samir (Cardinal) 1:51;
160: Clayton Davidson (Kirtland) pin Bryce Randall (Brookfield) 3:29;
170: Gaige Willis (Pymatuning Valley) dec. Tom McKale (Newbury) 6-0;
182: Josh Bialosky (Beachwood) pin Mike Fenstermaker (Newbury) 3:25;
195: Kade Marker (Newbury) tech. fall Alan Haavisto (Wickliffe) tf22-7;
220: Zach Hackett (Brookfield) dec. Steven Dodge (Pymatuning Valley) 6-1;
285: Austin Mathis (Grand Valley) pin Patrick Sheridan (Wickliffe) 1:19.

Third Place
106: Jake Buttari (Wickliffe) pin Robert Couch (Newbury) 3:46;
113: Mike Petterson (Kirtland) maj. dec. Alex Hanson (Berkshire) md12-4;
120: Ryan Finney (Gar. Garfield) maj. dec. Brandon Nevison (Cardinal) md9-0;
126: Ben Kitay (Beachwood) dec. Michael Miller (Hawken) 7-2;
132: Mike Calvert (Kirtland) pin Dacoda Randall (Brookfield) 2:34;
138: Matt Kuzniakowski (Gar. Garfield) forfeit Chad Brown (Pymatuning Valley) Forfeit;
145: John Chambers (Newbury) pin Max Boise (Hawken) 3:49;
152: Gary Baker (Pymatuning Valley) pin Russell Horacek (Wickliffe) 1:27;
160: Ryan Sito (Pymatuning Valley) pin Bradley Turner (Grand Valley) 2:02;
170: Bryn Havel (Cardinal) pin David Hackett (Brookfield) 0:34;
182: Brandon Muha (Pymatuning Valley) pin Drebus Donavon (Cardinal) 3:38;
195: Anthony Porter (Kirtland) pin Leonard Udell (Pymatuning Valley) 3:21;
220: Joe Ule (Newbury) dec. Dylan Choe (Kirtland) 2-1;
285: Tony Urban (Berkshire) pin Jaret Wright (Pymatuning Valley) 3:42.

Fifth Place
106: J.P. Hlifka (Hawken) pin Devin Felix (Grand Valley) 2:00;
113: Mathew Schoenbeck (Pymatuning Valley) Bye Add 2pts (5th Place by Bye) Bye;
120: Dan Jahnke (Kirtland) pin Mike Weston (Newbury) 4:30;
126: Dominic Billie (Wickliffe) pin Alex Lampert (Newbury) 1:38;
132: Jacob Hanson (Berkshire) dec. Noah Hiem (Gar. Garfield) 6-1;
138: Craig Shanower (Cardinal) dec. Eduardo Hernandez (Grand Valley) 11-4;
145: Ben Nowark (Gar. Garfield) maj. dec. Ethan Crecraft (Brookfield) md10-2;
152: Harry Ankers (Hawken) pin Matthew Henry (Beachwood) 0:52;
160: Austin Mangeri (Gar. Garfield) pin Andrew Bolton (Cardinal) 2:06;
170: Brett Whitely (Grand Valley) Bye Add 2pts (5th Place by Bye) Bye;
195: Justin Albaugh (Beachwood) pin Hunter Baumiller (Brookfield) 2:18.

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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