Chagrin Valley Conference wrestling teams kicked off the 2022-2023 season over the weekend.
Here’s a look at how league wrestlers fared in their first competition of the season.
Berkshire turned in the best team performance as the Badgers finished second to Padua at Beachwood’s Ron Madow Memorial Tournament.
Colin Hering (106), Kosova Amadeus (144), and Josh Brown (165) each won individual championships for the Badgers while Johnny Heiden (150) and Alex Munn (157) finished as the runner-up in their respective weight classes.
Berkshire’s Quin Sirl (126), Craig Childs (132), Kason Greenwood (138), and Preston Garling (165) each placed fourth, Charlie Prosser (120) and Danny Tiller (175) were fifth, and Charlie Dixon (132) finished sixth.
Host Beachwood finished fourth as a team thanks to individual champions Eric Steckner (175) and Uzonna Nzekwe (215), the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler, as well as eight other place-winners.
Josh Greenwood (165) and Drew Keilin (190) both finished as the runner-up, Mikael Edwards (106) and Shane Fowler (190) both were third, Eli Silver (106) and Caleb Greenwood (157) finished fourth, Jacob Goldman (165) placed fifth, and Aden Epstein (138) was sixth.
Crestwood had two top-six finishers at the Solon Comet Classic while Lakeside had one.
J.P. Wrobel of Crestwood placed third at 126 pounds and teammate Drake Rennecker was sixth at 144.
Lakeside’s Hassani Sy placed sixth at 190.
West Geauga was the CVC’s top finisher at the Hawken Invitational Tournament.
The Wolverines placed sixth overall while Cardinal was eighth and Orange also finished among the top 10 with its ninth-place finish.
Three CVC wrestlers won HIT titles including West Geauga’s Ethan Bartlett (165), Cardinal’s Andrew Tucholski (215), and Hawken’s Will Greenberg (285).
West Geauga’s Justin Artino (165) and Cardinal’s Josh Ripley (175) both finished as the runner-up in their respective weight classes.
Trinity’s Hassaun Sibley (106), West Geauga’s Alexander Joltin (113), Caden Kaleal (120), and Zack Metz (190), Cardinal’s Angelo Kozelka (132), and Orange’s Terrence Davis (285) all finished third.
Other place winners included Cardinal’s Clayton Carman (5th, 106), Chagrin Falls’ Sawyer Wrench (6th,113), and Jonathan McGiness (5th, 120), Hawken’s Lucas Brandt (4th, 157), Orange’s Victor Kangas (6th, 106), Alex Khouli (6th, 157), Fred Berland (4th, 175), Austin Thomas (6th, 215), and Donelle Taylor (6th, 285), Trinity’s Brian Eddy (5th, 132), West Geauga’s Matthew Obranovich (4th, 126), Dan Donofrio (4th, 138), Chris Paradise (5th, 138), and Andrew Obranovich (6th, 144).
Geneva’s Michael Hupertz was the CVC’s top finisher at Madison’s Battle by the Lake.
Hupertz placed second at 285 pounds.
Geneva’s Will Dushney finished third at 113 while the Eagles also had Lane Distler, Ayden Gillespie, Dominic Palmisano, Dieter Swartz, Colin Young, Mathew Van Sickle, and Kenny Pavlisin earn a spot on the podium.
Distler was fourth at 120, Gillespie was sixth at 132, Palmisano placed fifth at 144, Swartz was sixth at 150, Young took fifth at 157, Van Sickle placed sixth at 165, and Pavlisin was sixth at 190.
Harvey had four wrestlers place among the top six.
Ramses Lopez placed fourth at 144, Melany Herrera was fifth at 106, and Veronica Pacheco (6th) and Juan Munoz (138) both finished sixth.