Saturday, October 1, 2022

Matt Mroczynski named Independence Athlete of the Week

Senior Matt Mroczynski was named Independence Athlete of the Week for Week 1 of the winter sports season.

Mroczynski won the Hawken Invitational Tournament with a 4-0 record with three pins, including a first period fall in the championship bout.

He didn’t surrender an offensive point throughout the tournament.

Mroczynski, who returned to wrestling last season after a one year hiatus, quickly made up for lost time as a junior and has started out his senior season in style.

“Matt works hard in the practice room and is a true leader on and off the mat,” said Independence coach Ken DeAngelis. “Most days you can hear him encouraging his teammates and leading the way by example.”

Mroczynski has set a goal of reaching the state tournament in March.


Class: Senior
Age: 17
Sport: Wrestling
Family: Parents: Mark & Maureen; Brother: Nick; Sisters: Emily & Marissa
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Hobby: Hanging out with friends
Favorite Athlete: Cristiano Ronaldo
Favorite Film: Goal! The Dream Begins
Favorite TV Show: Sportscenter
Favorite Sports Team: Manchester United
Best Advice: Those who are on top didn't stop after their first failure

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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