Friday, May 24, 2024

Perry, Cuyahoga Heights, Kirtland win CVC titles

INDEPENDENCE—Perry, Cuyahoga Heights, and Kirtland ruled the day at the 26th annual Chagrin Valley Wrestling Championships at the Independence Field House over the weekend.

The Pirates won the Chagrin Division title, Heights claimed the Metro Division crown, and the Hornets took home the Valley Division championship.

Perry scored 228 points to cruise to its 20th league title in program history. West Geauga finished second in the Chagrin Division with 149 points and Edgewood was third with 100 ½.

“We wrestled well,” Perry coach Dave Rowan told The News-Herald. “Our kids were hyped for it. I’m proud of the way we wrestled today.”

Perry’s individual champions included Riley Rowan at 106 pounds, Dominic Ciolli at 113, Zach Bellissimo at 120, and Calvin Rowan at 144. Bellissimo also won titles in 2020 and 2021.

The Pirates also landed six other wrestlers on the podium.

Brock Christian (132) and Ethan Hicks (165) finished as the runners-up in their respective weight classes. Ryan Brubaker (157) and Kenny Walker (215) both finished third while Calvin Peters (138) and Domenick LaMacchia (150) both placed fifth.

Cuyahoga Heights nearly doubled-up second-place Independence in the Metro. Heights finished with 118 points while the Blue Devils scored 69 1/2.

Dustin Kattler won the 138-pound weight class while Luke Torgerson was second at 175. Colin Deka (285) and Zander Mooney (106) both placed fourth, Ryan Krajewski was fifth at 144, and Andy Jakubczak placed sixth at 150.

Kirtland won three individual titles and had three other place winners in clinching its first conference title since winning back-to-back crowns in 1999-2000.

“It’s very exciting, these kids put in a lot of time this offseason and they’re reaping the awards for it right now,” said Kirtland coach Scott Francis to The News-Herald. “You always need a big win somewhere throughout the season in order to keep things going and step it up going into sectionals. This is a good stepping stone going into the sectional tournament.”

The Hornets scored 146 points to hold off second-place Berkshire, who finished with 129. Cuyahoga Heights placed third in the Valley Division with 118 points.

Kirtland’s Will Davidson improved to 29-0 win his four wins over the weekend. The biggest was a 4-3 tie-breaker win over Perry’s Christian in the 132-pound final.

Louka Babic then went out and pinned top-seed Hicks at 165 pounds in 2 minutes, 43 seconds, and Anthony Gencarelli topped Cuyahoga Heights’ Luke Torgerson, 9-3, to win the 175-pound title.

Brennon Braud dropped a 5-0 decision to Berkshire’s Lucas Stoddard at 190 pounds. Stoddard became just the fifth four-time champion in CVC history.

Kirtland’s other place winners included Drew Duncan, who placed third at 120, and Gaetano Savelli, who was sixth at 144.

Other CVC champions included Beachwood’s Uzonna Nzekwe (215), Chagrin Falls’ Sam Partain (157), Edgewood’s Troy Peterson (285), Hawken’s Patrick Reineke (126), and West Geauga’s Justin Artino (150).

Nzekwe improved to 31-0 on the year.

Reineke, Kattler, and Partain all won their second CVC title.

Chagrin Valley Conference Scores


1. Perry 228.5; 2. West Geauga 149.0; 3. Kirtland 146.0; 4. Berkshire 129.0; 5. Cuy. Heights 118.0; 6. Crestwood 104.0; 7. Edgewood 100.5; 8. Orange 86.0; 9. Independence 69.5; 10. Lakeside 67.5; 11. Beachwood 66.0; 12. Luth. West 65.0; 13. Cardinal 64.0; 14. Hawken 50.0; 15. Chagrin Falls 42.0; 16. Grand Valley 28.0; 17. Brooklyn 27.0; 18. Harvey 23.0; 19. Geneva 16.0; 20. Trinity 9.0.


  1. Perry 228.5
  2. West Geauga 149.0
  3. Edgewood 100.5
  4. Orange 86
  5. Lakeside 67.5
  6. Chagrin Falls 42
  7. Geneva 16
  1. Cuyahoga Heights 118
  2. Independence 69.5
  3. Lutheran West 65
  4. Hawken 50
  5. Brooklyn 27
  6. Trinity 9
  1. Kirtland 146.04
  2. Berkshire 129.0
  3. Crestwood 104
  4. Beachwood 66
  5. Cardinal 64
  6. Grand Valley 28
  7. Harvey 23

First Place

106: Riley Rowan (Perry) dec. Ty Boze (West Geauga) 8-2;
113: Dominic Ciolli (Perry) pin Vinnie Kubicki (Independence) 1:12;
120: Zach Bellissimo (Perry) pin Mason Daniels (Crestwood) 1:30;
126: Patrick Reineke (Hawken) pin J.P. Wrobel (Crestwood) 5:34;
132: Will Davidson (Kirtland) dec. Brock Christian (Perry) 4-3 TB;
138: Dustin Kattler (Cuy. Heights) forfeit Drake Rennecker (Crestwood) Forfeit;
144: Calvin Rowan (Perry) dec. Kyle Biller (Edgewood) 3-2;
150: Justin Artino (West Geauga) dec. Ethan Strahan (Crestwood) 8-1;
157: Sam Partain (Chagrin Falls) dec. Josh Brown (Berkshire) 8-1;
165: Louka Babic (Kirtland) pin Ethan Hicks (Perry) 2:43;
175: Anthony Gencarelli (Kirtland) dec. Luke Torgerson (Cuy. Heights) 9-3;
190: Lucas Stoddard (Berkshire) dec. Brennon Braud (Kirtland) 5-0;
215: Uzonna Nzekwe (Beachwood) maj. dec. Andrew Tucholski (Cardinal) md8-0;
285: Troy Peterson (Edgewood) dec. Lucas Sadler (West Geauga) 12-8;

Third Place

106: Colin Hering (Berkshire) pin Zander Mooney (Cuy. Heights) 0:55;
113: Lucas Eland (Lakeside) tech. fall Yavuz Sumer (Orange) tf15-0;
120: Drew Duncan (Kirtland) disq. Charlie Meyer (Independence) Disq;
126: Quinten Gaines (Edgewood) dec. Cheyenne Dockery (Grand Valley) 5-0;
132: Johnny Heiden (Berkshire) dec. Nehemiah Sanderfer (Luth. West) 7-3;
138: Jack Sparent (West Geauga) pin Anthony Vangelos (Luth. West) 1:22;
144: Joshua Greenwood (Beachwood) def. Alex Munn (Berkshire) Default;
150: Jacob Hlifka (Hawken) dec. Dre Smith (Harvey) 5-2;
157: Ryan Brubaker (Perry) dec. Ethan Bartlett (West Geauga) 7-0;
165: Josh Ripley (Cardinal) pin Evan Daniels (Crestwood) 2:21;
175: Zeke Lucas (Edgewood) pin Garrette Siebeneck (Lakeside) 4:43;
190: Grant Bell (Orange) maj. dec. Isaiah Alarcon (Luth. West) md11-1;
215: Kenny Walker (Perry) dec. Kaleb Scaine (Lakeside) 5-3;
285: John Avalon (Cardinal) dec. Colin Deka (Cuy. Heights) 3-1;

Fifth Place

106: Karim Sayah (Orange) pin Caleb White (Beachwood) 2:28;
113: Averey Wood (Berkshire) pin Vince Dragolich (Cardinal) 2:30;
120: Matthew Obranovich (West Geauga) pin Hunter Blair (Chagrin Falls) 4:23;
126: Nick Chioromonte (West Geauga) dec. Antonio Chieffallo (Cuy. Heights) 8-3;
132: Kyle Vencil (Edgewood) tech. fall Ronan Fritz (Chagrin Falls) tf19-3;
138: Calvin Peters (Perry) tech. fall Dylan Smith (Brooklyn) tf21-4;
144: Ryan Krajewski (Cuy. Heights) dec. Gaetano Savelli (Kirtland) 7-4;
150: Domenick LaMacchia (Perry) dec. Andrew Jakubczak (Cuy. Heights) 7-0;
157: Tyler Kebbel (Brooklyn) pin Jake Vitron (Independence) 0:20;
165: Cory Holden (West Geauga) pin Fred Berland (Orange) 2:01;
175: Josh Decipeda (Orange) def. Lucas Luoma (Berkshire) Default;
190: Rory Corrigan (Independence) pin Shane Fowler (Beachwood) 0:53;
215: Terrance Davis (Orange) dec. Antonio Poole (Harvey) 5-4;
285: Jeremy Bosher (Berkshire) pin Christian Fleissner (Lakeside) 0:50;

Steve Hare
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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