Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Davidson, Deely, Spino survive first day of state wrestling tournament

COLUMBUS—Just a handful of local wrestlers survived the first day of the 2015 Ohio High School Athletic Association State Wrestling Championships at the Jerome Schottenstein Center on Thursday.

Kirtland’s Clayton Davidson and Independence’s Jacob Spino and Paul Deely rebounded from first round losses to make it to Day 2 of the tournament.

Davidson dropped a 3-2 decision to Tontogany Otsego’s Riley Tercha in the first round at 160 then West Jefferson’s Josh Doherty, 7-5, to keep his placement dream alive. He’ll wrestle the loser of the quarterfinal bout between Dayton Christian’s Andrew Hoskins and Pemberville Eastwood’s Andrew Caris.

Spino lost to Mechanicsburg’s Joe Zeigler, 3-1, in the first round at 145 then bounced back with a 7-3 win over Nelsonville-York’s Tyler Speelman in the first round of consolation wrestling. He’ll put his all-Ohio hopes on the line against the loser of the quarterfinals bout between Dayton Christian’s Logan Lacure and Huron’s Tommy King.

West Lafayette Ridgewood’s Kelly Barthalow caught Deely in a headlock in the first round but the Independence senior outlasted Bloomdale Elmwood’s Jack Hagemeyer, 7-3, in a consolation bout to advance to Friday’s consolation second round where he’ll face the loser of the quarterfinal bout between Wellsville’s Seth Bloor and Hamler Patrick Henry’s Brandon Bennett.

Other local wrestlers still alive in Division III include Hawken’s Louis DeMarco, who will wrestle Haviland Wayne Trace’s George Clemens in a 120-pound quarterfinal bout after a 6-4 sudden victory in the first round, and Cuyahoga Heights’ Trey Combs, who dropped his first round bout at 126 then rebounded with a 10-3 win in the first round of consolation wrestling.

Cardinal’s Trent Mast (113), Villa Angela-St. Joseph’s Joey Tromba (132) and Kirtland’s Evan Francis (138) all lost their first two matches on Thursday to bow out of the tournament.


Clayton Davidson

Joey Tromba

Trent Mast

Trey Combs

Jacob Spino

Paul Deely


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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