Monday, January 30, 2023

District finals are set at Garfield Heights

Garfield Heights –The preliminary rounds of the 2015 Ohio High School Athletic Association Division III District Wrestling Tournament at Garfield Heights High School are complete and all that’s left is determining the seeds each of the state qualifiers will carry with them into the 78th Annual OHSAA State Wrestling Championships next weekend.

Hawken’s Louis DeMarco, Kirtland’s Clayton Davidson and Independence’s Paul Deely all won their first three matches and will wrestle for first place. All three earned a berth in the state tournament for the second consecutive season. DeMarco placed eighth at state last year.

DeMarco, a senior, puts his 40-1 record up against Smithville freshman Riley Smucker for the 120 pound championship. DeMarco is ranked ninth in the state while Smucker comes in at No. 13.

Davidson, a senior who improved to 44-0 with his 9-2 semifinals win over Waynedale’s Kyle Ice, who was ranked ninth in the state and dropped to 52-4 with the loss, will wrestle Rootstown’s Luke Sorboro (46-2). Davidson enters the match ranked No. 8 while Sorboro is No. 12.

Deely, who is 36-7 as a senior, will wrestle Wellsville’s Seth Bloor (43-1). Bloor is ranked third in the state while Deely is fifth.

Wrestling for third place are Cardinal’s Trent Mast (113), Cuyahoga Heights’ Trey Combs (126), Villa Angela-St. Joseph’s Joey Tromba (132), Kirtland’s Evan Francis (138) and Independence’s Jacob Spino (145).

By placing among the top four in his weight class, Francis will make his third straight appearance at the state tournament. Spino returns to Columbus for the second straight season.

Cuyahoga Heights’ Ben Huff will wrestle for fifth place. All fifth place wrestlers are alternates for the state tournament.

Top 10 Team Scores:

1. Tuslaw 114.5
2. Rootstown 95.5
3. Waynedale 95.0
4. Mapleton 90.0
5. Loudonville 77.0
6. Norwayne 72.0
7. Ak. Manchester 69.5
8. Jackson-Milton 64.5
9. Luth. West 61.5
10. Smithville 57.5

Louis DeMarco

Jacob Spino


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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