Thursday, February 2, 2023

Geneva wins Rebel Invitational

WILLOUGHBY—Geneva cruised to the team title at 2019 Rebel Invitational on Saturday.

The Eagles had 14 wrestlers earn a spot among the top four in their respective weight classes including six champions.

Geneva’s champions included senior Johnny Wayslaw (132), junior Jesse McElroy (138), junior Caleb Selman (152), senior Cole Vennis (170), senior Brandon Thomas (195) and junior Charles Taylor (220).

Sophomore Mike Amato placed second at 160 and the Eagles had a host of wrestlers who finished third including junior Jaydon Sabol (106), Brett Goff (145) and Micah O’Handley at 285. Senior Dustin Sweeney (113), junior Brier Streets (120), junior Matthew Frabotta (126), and senior John Amato (182) all placed fourth.

Kirtland finished fourth with eight place winners and one champion in Jeff Kusar at 285 pounds.

Also placing for the Hornets were sophomore Will Davidson (2nd, 106), junior Aidan Marsh (4th, 152), freshman Louka Babic (4th, 160), senior Brayden Adkins (3rd, 170), sophomore Brennon Braud (3rd, 195), sophomore Anthony Gencarelli (4th, 220) and freshman Greg Ihnat (4th, 285).

Perry won two individual titles and had three others wrestlers place among the top four to finish fifth as a team.

Senior Kyle Rowan and junior Ryan Berdysz won titles at 120 and 126 pounds, respectively. Freshman Ryan Brubaker placed second at 145, sophomore Isaac Bond was third at 132 and sophomore Zach Bellissimo finished fourth at 106.

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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