Monday, March 20, 2023

Perry, Cuyahoga Heights, Berkshire win CVC wrestling titles

PERRY—After two days of grueling competition at the 2023 Chagrin Valley Conference wrestling championships, Perry, Cuyahoga Heights, and Berkshire claimed league titles.

The Pirates won their second straight Chagrin Division title with 271 ½ points. West Geauga was second with 196 and Edgewood finished third as a team with 158 points.

Cuyahoga Heights also won its second straight Metro Division title. The Red Wolves scored 130 points while Independence was second with 68 and Hawken finished third with 61.

Berkshire won its second Valley Division title in three seasons with 140 points. Beachwood placed second as a team with 111 and Crestwood was third with 104 ½.

Perry won two individual titles and had nine others finish among the top six in their respective weight classes.

Riley Rowan won his second straight CVC title with a 4-0 record and four pins at 120 and Chris Bezzeg became Perry’s second champion of the night when he pinned all four of his opponents at 132 pounds.

Also placing for Perry were Chance Schlauch (3rd, 126), Brock Christian (2nd, 138), Drew Smith (5th, 144), Ryan Brubaker (3rd, 165), Antonius Bertone (3rd, 175), Trent Taylor (2nd, 190), Nolan Leben (6th, 215), and Kenny Walker (2nd, 285).

Cuyahoga Heights landed seven wrestlers on the podium including Cooper Kucia (2nd, 106), Zander Mooney (5th, 113), Seth Kucia (3rd, 144), Zach Zoladz (3rd, 150), Andy Jackubczak (6th, 157), Caleb Mahoney (4th, 190), and Jeremiah Reed (5th, 215).

Berkshire’s Colin Hering, Josh Brown, and Alex Munn all won their respective weight classes.

Hering went 4-0 with four pins at 106 and Munn was 4-0 with a pin and three decisions at 157. Brown kept alive his undefeated season when he went 4-0 with two pins at 150 to improve to 22-0 on the season.

Hering previously won the 106-pound title at the 2020 CVC Valley Division championships, and he placed third last season.

Also placing for the Badgers were Kason Greenwood (6th, 132), Johnny Heiden (3rd, 138), and Danny Tiller (6th, 165).

Other CVC champions included West Geauga’s Zaner Joltin (113) and Brian Denamen (144), Crestwood’s J.P. Wrobel (126) and Drake Rennecker (138), Kirtland’s Gaetano Savelli (165), Edgewood’s Ezekiel Lucas (175), Geneva’s Kenny Pavlisin (190), Beachwood’s Uzonna Nzekwe (215), and Hawken’s Will Greenberg (285).

Nzekwe became a two-time CVC champion.

Final Team Scores

Chagrin Division

1. Perry 271.5
2. West Geauga 196
3. Edgewood 158
4. Lakeside 138
5. Geneva 121.5
6. Orange 96
7. Chagrin Falls 62.5

Metro Division

1. Cuyahoga Heights 130
2. Independence 68
3. Hawken 61
4. Lutheran West 40
5. Trinity 20.5
6. Brooklyn 7

Valley Division

1. Berkshire 140
2. Beachwood 111
3. Crestwood 104.5
4. Harvey 92
5. Kirtland 87
6. Cardinal 59
7. Grand Valley 4


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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