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Huskies finish fourth at Russ Ward Memorial Tournament

MIDDLEFIELD—After winning the team title two years in a row, Cardinal’s wrestling team settled for fourth place at the 2016 Russ Ward Memorial Tournament on Saturday.

Girard finished first with 173 points. Madison was second with 149 and Newbury was third with 125. The Huskies finished with 69 ½ points.

“Numbers killed us,” said Cardinal coach Jeff Zeigler. “We had five weight classes with nobody in it; that hurt us. The younger team too. We started four freshmen, so we took our lumps, that’s for sure.”

Led by senior Trent Mast, who won his fourth straight individual title, six Huskies finished in the top four of their respective weight classes.

Mast needed just 4 minutes, 24 seconds to pin all three of his 132-pound opponents with his fastest fall of 34 seconds coming in the semifinals. He is just the fourth wrestler to win four titles at the tournament, which previously was known as the Husky Invitational until 2015 when it was named in honor of a longtime Husky supporter who passed that year.

“As always, Trent’s a performer,” Zeigler said. “Winning it a fourth time in a row was definitely a goal for him. He went out and took care of business and pinned everybody.”

Brandon Nevison finished second at 126 with a 2-1 record and two pins. Girard’s Dakota McCloskey caught him with a half nelson in the championship bout.

“McCloskey’s just got a mean half,” Zeigler said. “He’s a talented kid for sure. Nevison is still coming back, he’s not quite where he wants to be or where he was at end of year last year with the knee injury, but he’s getting better every week.”

Freshmen Tim Baril, Logan Lustig and Ryan Shanower had strong showings in their respective brackets.

Baril finished second at 285 with a 38-second pin in the semifinals and a 10-5 loss to Girard’s Connor Moore in the final.

“I’m really impressed with him as a freshman heavyweight,” Zeigler said. “He had two good weekends in a row. He went 3-2 but didn’t place at Aurora, but as a freshman he really is a competitor. He wants to win real bad. He’s going to be a quality heavyweight in the future, that’s for sure.”

Lustig was third at 106.

“I can’t say enough about Logan,” Zeigler said. “A friend of mine was there and said my 106 has a motor. You can never count him out. He wrestles the entire match. I love that about him, that right up until the last seconds he’s trying to do what he can to pull the match out. There’s no quit in Logan.”

Shanower suffered an 8-2 setback in the 113-pound semifinals then came back with a 58-second pin in the consolation semifinals to earn a spot on the podium. He finished fourth.

“Two weeks in a row he placed at a varsity tournament as freshman,” Zeigler said. “He really is doing a nice job for us as a freshman to step in and place at varsity tournaments. That’s huge.”

Mason Lustig finished fourth at 152 pounds.

He drew a bye to open the tournament then won by pin in the quarterfinals. He won 6-4 in the consolation semifinals to earn his top four placement.

“He did a good job at 152,” Zeigler said. “That’s not his weight class. He opted to wrestle 152 to help the team, which I thought was a good gesture on his part. He was looking out for team trying to fill the lineup and get a better team on the mat but 145 is his weight class. He was a bit outsized at 152 and he still beat some good kids. He’s very similar to Logan, you can never count him out.”

Mike Lucarelli (120), Nate Matheney (120), Paul Byler (132), Tony Brezo (138), Zane Drebus (145) and Will Brooks (160) also compete for the Huskies but did not place.

“The second teamers, Nate Matheney and Paul Byler, didn’t get victories but I saw promise in their wrestling,” Zeigler said. “They were out there hitting moves and doing things we worked on in practice. It’s going to come together for them if they keep working like they are.”

The Huskies return to action on Thursday with a Chagrin Valley Conference super dual at Harvey on Thursday then they travel to Waterloo for the Division III Classic on Friday and Saturday.

Other local champions included Madison’s Jeff Brichford (120) and Bryan Zehe (170) and Newbury’s Alex Lampert (152), John Chambers (160) and Tommy McKale (182).


2016 Russ Ward Memorial Tournament

At Cardinal High School

Team Scores:
1. Girard 173.0
2. Madison 149.0
3. Newbury 125.0
4. Cardinal 69.5
5. Madison B 67.0
6. Garfield 66.5
7. Harvey 54.5
8. JFK 44.0
9. Aurora 42.5

1st: Benn Rogge (Aurora) dec. David Boykin (Harvey), 15-10; 3rd: Logan Lustig (Cardinal) pinned Daniel Demma (Garfield), 5:45

1st: Alex Delgarbino (Girard) pinned Logan Rutherford (Garfield), 0:59; 3rd: Jacob Neohofs (Madison) pinned Ryan Shanower (Cardinal), 4:37

1st: Jeff Brichford (Madison) pinned John Papesh (Aurora), 3:44; 3rd: Matt Belcik (Girard) pinned Ryan Vollman (Madison B), 1:55

1st: Dakota McCloskey (Girard) pinned Brandon Nevison (Cardinal), 0:53; 3rd: Fabian Ruiz-Diaz (Madison) maj. dec. Thomas Bond (Newbury), 17-8

1st: Trent Mast (Cardinal) pinned Shayne Magda (Madison), 1:15; 3rd: Cameron Heinz (Madison B) pinned Luis Arrondondo (Harvey), 1:23

1st: Logan Kissell (Garfield) dec. Joey Hersh (Madison), 8-5; 3rd: Kevin Piczer (Newbury) dec. Michael Johnson (Girard), 5-4

1st: Ryan Finney (Garfield) tech. fall Doug Bailey (Madison); 3rd: Mike Weston (Newbury) maj. dec. Channing Valencia (Girard), 17-6

1st: Alex Lampert (Newbury) pinned Dylan Bailey (Madison), 0:55; 3rd: Brody Armindale (Madison B) maj. dec. Mason Lustig (Cardinal), 12-2

1st: John Chambers (Newbury) dec. Mike Belcik (Girard), 7-1; 3rd: Nate Whitelaw (Aurora) dec. Logan Blugh (Madison B), 9-2

1st: Bryan Zehe (Madison) pinned Elijah Monroe (JFK), 1:01; 3rd: Mike McKale (Newbury) pinned Hayden Maderite (Girard), 1:40

1st: Tommy McKale (Newbury) pinned Jacob Roviscanec (Girard), 2:54; 3rd: Mitch Sanders (Newbury B) pinned Tyler Randal (Madison), 2:29

1st: Carlos Bach (Girard) pinned Mak Sanders (Newbury), 2:49; 3rd: Kyle Giffin (Harvey) pinned Clay Smith (Madison), 1:22

1st: Jack Delgarbino (Girard) maj. dec. Dimitrius Mitchell (Harvey), 10-0; 3rd: Kade Marker (Newbury) pinned Greg Williams (JFK), 0:55

1st: Conner Moore (Girard) dec. Tim Baril (Cardinal), 10-5; 3rd: Maurice Stribling (JFK) pinned Alberto Raynoso (Harvey), 1:32

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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