Monday, February 26, 2024

CVC wrestlers open district tournament competition

Wrestlers from the Chagrin Valley Conference opened the final leg of the road to the state tournament at one of three district competitions on Friday.

Seventeen CVC wrestlers won their first two bouts of the tournament and will compete in Saturday afternoon’s semifinals. Each wrestler needs just one more win to earn a berth into the state tournament.

Listed below are the results from the first day of wrestling at each of the three Northeast district tournaments.


Lakeside’s Lucas Eland and Christian Fleissner both will wrestle their way through the consolation bracket.

Eland opened the tournament with a 6-3 win in the first round at 113 pounds and then was pinned in the quarterfinals. He’ll wrestle the winner of the match between Keston’s Leo DiPadova and GlenOak’s Finley Peeler in the consolation second round.

Fleissner was pinned in the first round at 285 and will open his consolation run against Nordonia’s Corey Parker.


The host Perry Pirates are in fourth place overall after a strong first day of competition. The Pirates advanced three wrestlers to the semifinals round including Zach Bellissimo, Brock Christian, and Calvin Rowan.

Bellissimo used a pin and a major decision to reach the semifinals at 120 pounds where he’ll wrestle Rueben Pina-Lorenzana from Firelands.

Christian scored two technical falls at 132 pounds. He’ll wrestle Copley’s Zane Van Voorhees in the semifinals.

Rowan opened the tournament with a pin and then won by default in the quarterfinals. He’ll wrestle Howland’s Carter Mock in the 144-pound semifinals.

Orange’s TeAndre Allen, West Geauga’s Jack Sparent, Chagrin Falls’ Sam Partain, and Edgewood’s Zeke Lucas also advanced to the semifinals.

Allen recorded a pin and a technical fall at 126 pounds. He’ll wrestle Anthony Perez of Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy in the semifinals.

Sparent used a pin and a 10-4 decision to slide into the 138-pound semifinals where he’ll wrestle St. Vincent-St. Mary’s Elliott Alessia.

Partain used a pair of decisions to advance to the 150-pound semifinals. He’ll square off against Chardon’s Will Vucetic.

Lucas won by pin and a 9-6 decision and will wrestle Louisville’s Noah Peterson in the 175-pound semifinals.

Several other wrestlers remain alive in the consolation bracket including Edgewood’s Kyle Vencil (132), Kyle Biller (144), Josh Biller (150), and Troy Peterson (285); Geneva’s Michael Hupertz (215); Harvey’s Robert Boykin (138), and Antonio Poole (190); Orange’s Yavuz Sumer (113), Fred Berland (165), Josh Decipeda (175), and Grant Bell (190); Perry’s Riley Rowan (106), Dominic Ciolli (113), Domenick LaMacchia (150), Ryan Brubaker (157), Ethan Hicks (165), and Kenny Walker (215); and West Geauga’s Ty Boze (106), Evan Baughner (113), Matthew Obranovich (120), Nick Chioromonte (126), Ethan Bartlett (157), and Lucas Sadler (285).


Kirtland closed out the first day of the competition in eighth place with 35 points.

Will Davidson and Louka Babic both advanced to the semifinals for the Hornets.

Davidson opened the tournament with a pin and then needed a 10-8 sudden victory decision to slip past Waynedale’s Jake Sundberg. He’ll wrestle South Range’s Raymond Cmil in the 132-pound semifinals.

Babic recorded two pins on his way to reaching the 165-pound semifinals where he’ll face Waynedale’s Justin Hershberger.

Hawken advanced three wrestlers into the semifinals including Patrick Reineke, Jacob Hlifka, and Will Greenberg.

Reineke used a 29-second pin and a 4-3 decision to reach the 120-pound semifinals. He’ll square off against Mapleton’s Brock Durbin in the semifinal round.

Hlifka won 6-4 and 8-2 and will wrestle Smithville’s Michael Harris in the 144-poud semifinals.

Greenberg advanced to the 285-pound semifinals by the slimmest of margins. He won his opening bout 2-1 over Cardinal’s John Avalon and then recorded a 4-3 decision in the quarterfinals. He’ll see Mapleton’s Joe Shoup in the semifinals.

Berkshire and Crestwood both had two wrestlers open the tournament with back-to-back wins.

Josh Brown and Lucas Stoddard both advanced to the semifinals for the Badgers while Mason Daniels and J.P. Wrobel will represent the Red Devils.

Brown won by major decision and default at 157. He’ll wrestle Tuslaw’s Jacob Lyons in the semifinals.

Stoddard flattened both of his opponents in the first round to reach the 190-pound semifinals where he’ll wrestle Mogadore’s Tyler Knight.

Daniels, a No. 4 seed, opened the tournament with a pin of No. 1 seed Gaetano Savelli of Kirtland and then won 9-6 in the quarterfinals. He’ll wrestle Chalker’s Landen Duncan in the 144-pound semifinals.

Wrobel cruised to the 126-pound semifinals with a technical fall and a pin. He’ll face Waynedale’s Caden Schmeltzer in the semis.

Cuyahoga Heights 175-pounder Luke Torgerson also reached the semifinals. He won 9-3 in the first round and 6-5 in the quarterfinals. He’ll wrestle Black River’s Charlie Wells in the semis.

Twenty-one others remain in the hunt for a state berth but they’ll have to make a run through the consolation bracket to punch their ticket to the state tournament.

Wrestlers in the consolation bracket include Berkshire’s Colin Hering (106), Johnny Heiden (132), and Alex Munn (144); Cardinal’s Josh Ripley (157), Andrew Tucholski (215), and John Avalon (285); Crestwood’s Ethan Strahan (150), and Evan Daniels (165); Cuyahoga Heights’ Cooper Kucia (106), Antonio Chieffallo (126), and Dustin Kattler (138); Grand Valley’s Cheyenne Dockery (126); Independence’s Vinnie Kubicki (113), Charlie Meyer (120), and Rory Corrigan (190); Kirtland’s Eddy Podojil-Schlesinger (113), Drew Duncan (120), Gaetano Savelli (144), Anthony Gencarelli (175), and Brennon Braud (190); and Lutheran West’s Isaiah Alarcon (190).



Steve Hare
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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