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Perry’s Kyle Kremiller named Ohio Varsity Wrestler of the Year

Kyle Kremiller’s state championship at last weekend’s 78th Annual Ohio High School Athletic Association State Wrestling Championships extended Perry High School’s streak of state championships won to three straight seasons.

It also was the decisive factor in Kremiller being named the 2015 Wrestler of the Year.

Kremiller scored the winning escape in sudden victory overtime to defeat Lexington senior Bailey Faust, 3-2, to win the Division II, 195 pound championship. He finished the season with a 46-3 record and a second state placement after finishing fourth at 182 last year.

Kirtland coach Scott Francis guided the Hornets to 20 wins and the state dual tournament in Columbus

Kirtland head coach Scott Francis was named Coach of the Year after leading the Hornets to a 20-7 dual record and the Region 19 championship. By winning the regional title the Hornets earned a spot in the OHSAA state team duals tournament in Columbus.

Francis also guided two Hornets to the state tournament for the second straight season. Senior Clayton Davidson placed fourth in Division III at 160 pounds and Evan Francis made his third straight trip to Columbus.

Here’s a look at all of the Wrestling All-Stars (All Wrestling All-Stars are invited to attend a special edition of Varsity Chalk Talk at Hooley House in Mentor on Monday, March 23, 2015. The show begins at 7:00 p.m.):


106 Spencer Dusi, Junior, South
Dusi finished third at the Mentor District to earn his first state tournament berth. He went 0-2 in Columbus after opening the tournament with a sudden victory overtime loss to eventual champion Caleb Yates of Anthony Wayne High School. Dusi, who also won a Premier Athletic Conference title, finished the year with a 40-12 record.

113 Harry Feuer, Junior, Mayfield
Feuer’s second trip to the state tournament ended with the 113-pounder a few steps higher up on the podium. He finished eighth as a sophomore and last weekend he went 4-2 to finish fifth. Feuer finished second to Elyria’s Brendon Fenton at the Northeast Ohio Conference tournament but beat Fenton in the state consolation quarterfinals. Feuer finished 39-6 on the year.

120 Louis Demarco, Senior, Hawken
A two-time state placewinner, DeMarco finished eighth in 2014 and seventh in 2015. DeMarco, who finished the year at 43-4, finished second at the Garfield Heights District then avenged that loss with a 6-3 win over Smithville’s Riley Smucker in the match that guaranteed his All-Ohio honors.

126 Trey Combs, Sophomore, Cuyahoga Heights
In what was sure to be the first of several trips to the state tournament, Combs finished 1-2 at 126 pounds to close out the year with a 33-12 record. He came up one win away from All-Ohio honors.

132 Antonio Mitchell, Senior, South
Mitchell battled through injuries to finish second at the Mentor District to earn his first state tournament berth. He finished 0-2 in Columbus and 42-6 on the year with a PAC title to his credit.

138 Evan Francis, Senior, Kirtland
Francis returned to the state tournament for the third consecutive season but once again he ran into one of the deepest weight classes in Columbus. He opened the tournament against eventual Division III 138 pound champion David Carr of Dayton Christian then dropped a 4-2 decision to three-time state placer Wes Fritz of Norwalk St. Paul. Francis closed out the season with a 41-10 record.

145 Jacob Spino, Senior, Independence
Spino’s second consecutive trip to the state tournament resulted in an eighth place finish in Division III. Spino avenged his 3-1 first round loss to Mechanicsburg’s Joe Zeigler by beating Zeigler 7-0 for seventh place. Spino finished the year with a 38-8 record.

152 Nick Sbrocco, Senior, Perry
Sbrocco closed out his senior season with two losses at the state tournament to finish 34-13 on the year. He was fourth at the Alliance District tournament and won the CVC title.

160 Clayton Davidson, Senior, Kirtland
Davidson entered his second consecutive state tournament with a perfect 45-0 record. He opened the event with a 3-2 loss to Tontongany Otsego’s Riley Tercha then rallied for four straight wins before losing to the projected state champion in the third place match. Davidson knocked off Tercha, 4-1, in the consolation semifinals and finished the year with a 49-2 record.

170 Robert Sicker, Senior, Harvey
Sicker turned in a memorable season for the Red Raiders. He collected over 40 wins—after finishing 22-15 as a junior—then became the first Harvey wrestler to win a CVC title. Sicker’s season came to an end in the consolation quarterfinals of the Alliance District.

182 John Szep, Junior, Lake Catholic
Szep finished the year with a 33-8 record and an appearance in the Division II state tournament. He went 1-2 in Columbus with both losses coming in sudden victory overtime.

195 Kyle Kremiller, Senior, Perry
The future Rutgers Scarlet Knight achieved a lofty goal by winning the state title while also inspiring other wrestlers to follow his path. Kremiller began wrestling in seventh grade and finished his career as a four-time district qualifier and two-time state placewinner.

220 Brian McNamara, Senior, Aurora
The senior from Aurora kick started his postseason run with a CVC title then finished third at the Mentor District to punch his ticket to state. He went 0-2 in Columbus to finish off the year with a 37-7 record.

285 Brandon Truhn, Senior, Perry
Truhn finished his senior season with a 41-10 record and a sixth place finish at 285 pounds in the Division II state tournament. It was his first trip to Columbus after watching former Perry heavyweight Billy Miller win back-to-back state titles.


106: Hunter Ryan, Lake Catholic
113: Noah Georgian, Kenston
120: Kevon Freeman, Lake Catholic
126: Isaac Hendershot, South
132: Joe Tromba, VASJ
138: Jarrad Lasko, Madison
145: Mike Connick, Chardon
152: Jeff King, Lake Catholic
160: Evan Schenk, Perry
170: Tom McKale, Newbury
182: Pete Kunka, Mentor
195: Justin Sanders, Lake Catholic
220: Mark Gordon, Mentor
285: Paul Deely, Independence


106: Corbin Post, Madison; John Kumher, Berkshire
113: Trent Mast, Cardinal
120: Jarrod Brezovec, Aurora; Austin Victor, Mentor
126: Josh Whitelaw, Aurora; Ian Mast, Cardinal; Evan Hornyak, Chardon
132: Anthony Vetturini, West Geauga; Danny Novak, Aurora; Brandon Neikirk, Cardinal; Kyle Hennig, Mentor
138: Keith Griffin, Lakeside; Corey Cox, Hawken; Frank Regalbuto, Orange
145: Ryan Montgomery, Madison; Adam Kirsh, Orange
152: Ben Huff, Cuyahoga Heights
160: Alex Mervar, South; Ben Brown, Harvey
170: Alex Valletto, North
182: A.J. Senick, Independence; Kody Brown, Geneva
195: Joe Fornaro, West Geauga; Devin Johnson, Chardon; Andrew Stacey, Mayfield; Kade Marker, Newbury
220: Joe Ule, Newbury
285: Nik Urban, South; Josh Burger, Aurora

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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