Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Duncan finishes strong at Pin City

Gus Mormino

Kirtland sophomore Konnor Duncan turned in a strong performance at the Perry Pin City Invitational over the weekend.

Duncan, who entered the event with a 6-5 record, finished 2-1 in pool wrestling on Friday with his only loss coming to Madison’s Jeff Brichford, who finished third in the championship bracket.

His two wins came via a major decision and pin.

On Saturday, Duncan opened the championship bracket with a pair of losses but closed out the tournament with a 9-5 win over Edgewood’s Andrew Hull to finish seventh at 120 pounds.

“I'm very happy with my placement because I've improved a lot since competing at Pin City last year,” Duncan said. “Closing with a win was important for me, but I also went onto the mat looking to have fun with my last match. I think I accomplished both successfully.”

Gus Mormino (145) finished in 10th place with a 3-3 record. Kevin Dages (220) finished 11th with three straight wins on Saturday and Jonathan Miller (170) and Spencer McLelland (195) both finished in 12th place in their respective weight classes.

Carter Williamson (106), Brandon Hepper (132), Brayden Adkins (138), Anthony Blasini (152), Jeff Kusar (182) and Kalid Alabsi (285) also competed for the Hornets.

Kirtland travels to Berkshire on Tuesday for a tri with the Badgers and Independence.

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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