Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Geneva repeats in Chagrin Division, Cuyahoga Heights wins Valley

CHESTERLAND—Champions were crowned at the 2019 Chagrin Valley Conference Wrestling Championships hosted by West Geauga High School on Saturday.

Geneva scored 208 points and claimed its first individual champion since joining the league four years ago to defend its Chagrin Division title while Cuyahoga Heights edged defending champion Independence to win the Valley Division crown.

The Eagles advanced seven wrestlers into the championship round but it wasn’t until Braden Bilicic pinned Kirtland’s Aiden Marsh in 2 minutes, 59 seconds at 152 pounds that the team snapped its four-year individual championship drought.

Brandon Thomas became Geneva’s second individual champ when he pinned Cuyahoga Heights’ Joe Connors in 2:19 at 195.

Johnny Wayslaw (126), Jesse McElroy (132), Caleb Selman (160), Justin Berg (182), and Charles Taylor (220) all finished second for the Eagles.

Jayden Sabol (5th at 106), Devin Cerjan (3rd at 138), Mike Amato (6th at 145) and Cole Vennis (4th at 170) also placed for Geneva.

Harvey finished second in the Chagrin Division with 121.5 points while Orange was third with 114.

Cuyahoga Heights took home two individual championships and also had eight others earn a spot on the podium to finish with 181 points to beat Independence for the team title. The Blue Devils finished with 174. Berkshire was third in the Valley Division with 102 points.

Nolan Frye won at 106 and Luke Hopkins claimed the 132-pound title for the Redskins.

Dustin Kattler (3rd at 113), Brandon Meade (5th at 120), Camden Pluth (5th at 138), Luke Torgerson (2nd at 145), Max Alpert (2nd at 170), Kyle Calvey (4th at 182), Joe Connors (2nd at 195), and Isiah Durant (6th at 285) also placed for Cuyahoga Heights.

Other CVC champions included Perry’s Calvin Rowan (113), Kyle Rowan (120) and Colin Koenig (126), Beachwood’s Mike Schmidt (138), Berkshire’s Jarrod Malkus (145) and Lucas Stoddard (170), Independence’s Nick Rossi (160), Brian Vollman (182) and Luke Clymer (220), and Chagrin Falls’ Henry Woofter (285).

Video Interviews:

Colin Koenig-Perry

Braden Bilicic-Geneva

Nick Rossi-Independence

Team Scores:

1. Geneva 208
2. Cuyahoga Heights 181
3. Independence 174
4. Harvey 121.5
5. Orange 114
6. Perry 110
7. Berkshire 102
8. Kirtland 88.5
9. Beachwood 84
10. West Geauga 74.5
11. Cardinal 52
12. Chagrin Falls 50
13. Hawken 49
14. Wickliffe 18

Championship Round:

106: First, Frye (CH) dec. P. Reineke (HAW) 8-1, Third, Klingman (BER) dec. Berdysz (PER) 10-3, Fifth, Sabol (GEN) pinned McIntyre (HAR) 0:48.

113: First, C.Rowan (PER) maj. dec. Boykin (HAR) 9-0, Third, Kattler (CH) dec. Tribuzzo (BER) 9-6, Fifth, Diaz (WIC) by forfeit French (HAW).

120: First, K.Rowan (PER) tech. fall. J.Reineke (HAW) 21-3, Third, Pozdneez (ORA) dec. Rowdy (HAR) 12-9, Fifth, Meade (CH) pinned Kudroff (BEA), 1:39.

126: First, Koenig (PER) dec. Wayslaw (GEN) 8-2, Third, Kucera (IND) inj. def. over Duncan (KIR), Fifth, Shanower (CAR) pinned Linetsky (ORA), 2:37.

132: First, Hopkins (CH) maj. dec. McElroy (GEN) 16-4, Third, Sicker (HAR) pinned Kochis (ORA) :48, Fifth, Partain (CF) dec. Walker (IND), 8-2.

138: First, Schmidt (BEA) dec. Troychansky (WG) 7-6, Third, Cerjan (GEN) maj. dec. Abounader (ORA) 16-5, Fifth, Pluth (CH) dec. Smith (HAR), 2-1.

145: First, Malkus (BER) pinned Torgerson (CH) 5:22, Third, Senick (IND) pinned Klubnik (ORA) 1:56, Fifth, Gambrill (WG) pinned Amato (GEN), 3:26.

152: First, Bilicic (GEN) pinned Marsh (KIR) 2:59, Third, Henry (BEA) by forfeit over Coudriet (IND), Fifth, Brezo (CAR) pinned Washington (ORA), 2:19.

160: First, Rossi (IND) pinned Selman (GEN) 4:33, Third, Rose (CAR) pinned Adkins (KIR) 3:16, Fifth, Dweik (ORA) dec. Flowers (BEA), 4-0.

170: First, Stoddard (BER) pinned Alpert (CH) 4:33, Third, Valadez (HAR) dec. Vennis (GEN) 6-1, Fifth, Patterson (IND) pinned McClintock (CF), 0:52.

182: First, Vollman (IND) pinned Berg (GEN) 5:21, Third, Braud (KIR) dec. Calvey (CH) 5-2, Fifth, Baliker (WG).

195: First, Thomas (GEN) pinned Connors (CH) 2:19, Third, Durham-Harris (BEA) pinned Bucci (IND) :39, Fifth, Ford (BER) pinned Dicepeda (ORA), 3:34.

220: First, Clymer (IND) pinned Taylor (GEN) 2:52, Third, Jackson (PER) dec. Moriarty (WG) 11-7, Fifth, Reynoso (HAR) maj. dec. Bell (ORA), 9-0.

Hwt: First, Woofter (CF) pinned Kusar (KIR) :23, Third, Alesnik (WG) pinned Coker (ORA) :40, Fifth, Melendez (HAR) pinned Durant (CH), 1:44.

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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