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CVC wrestlers wrap up state tournament

The 2021 OHSAA state tournament wrapped up on Sunday with eight Chagrin Valley Conference wrestlers earning All-Ohio honors.

Perry’s Colin Koenig placed third in Division II while Kirtland’s Will Davidson and Lucas Stoddard and Lutheran West’s Donovan Palmer did the same in Division III.

Perry’s Zach Bellissimo finished fourth while teammate Brock Christian and Orange’s Te’Andre Allen both finished seventh and Harvey’s Jayden Jackson was sixth in Division II.

Hawken’s Patrick Reineke earned his second All-Ohio honor with a seventh-place finish in Division III and Grand Valley’s Chase Cottrell placed eighth. West Geauga’s Jack Sparent finished eighth in Division II.

Koenig, a senior who qualified for the state tournament last winter before it was canceled due to the Coronavirus, finished the year with a 30-2 record after his run at 145 pounds.

After dropping his semifinals bout early on Sunday, he pinned his way into the third-place match and closed out his career with a 9-0 major decision over Norton’s Jayden Morr.

Davidson, a junior, also dropped his semifinals bout but finished his 120-pound run with back-to-back wins. He won 3-0 in the consolation semifinals and then used a last-second reversal to beat Legacy Christian’s Logan Attisano, 2-1, for third place. He finished the season with a 33-5 record.

Stoddard suffered his first loss of the season in the 182-pound semifinals, 3-2, and then won a 14-12 high-scoring affair to advance to the third-place bout where he scored an 8-0 major decision. Stoddard, who also was a state qualifier in 2020, finished his junior season with a 49-1 mark.

Palmer, a senior 160-pounder, suffered a semifinals loss but finished the tournament with a 5-0 win and a pin to earn All-Ohio honors. He finished the year with a 45-2 record.

Bellissimo, a junior 106-pounder who finished the year 31-6, won his first bout and then dropped into the consolation round. He won three straight matches before falling in the third-place bout, 7-4.

Jackson, a 170-pound senior, suffered a tough fate as he defaulted out of his semifinals match with an ankle injury and forfeited his final two matches to finish sixth with a 38-4 season record.

Christian took the long route to the podium as he dropped his first bout in the 120-pound bracket. He won back-to-back consolation matches before falling in the consolation quarterfinals, 6-3. He finished the tournament with a 2-1 win the seventh-place match and a 35-5 season record.

Allen became the first Lion to place at state since 2003 when responded to a quarterfinals round loss with a 13-3 major decision to earn a spot on the podium at 126 pounds. Allen defeated Sparent, 1-0, for seventh place. He finished the year 28-3.

Reineke, a junior who placed eighth in 2019 and also qualified for the state tournament last season, lost to the state runner-up in the quarterfinals and suffered an overtime defeat in the consolation quarterfinals but closed out the year with a 6-3 win to place seventh at 113 pounds.

Sparent, a junior who finished 26-5, lost in the championship quarterfinals and then won a consolation bout to earn a spot among the top eight. He dropped his final two bouts, including the loss to CVC rival Allen.

Cottrell, a 220-pound senior, won two bouts at the state on the way to his top eight finish. He closed out the year with a 32-6 record.

Video interviews via @NHPREPS and Dan Cosimi.

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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