Sunday, October 2, 2022

Redskins, Blue Devils finish among top three at sectional tournament

Cuyahoga Heights and Independence both had nine wrestlers finish among the top four at the Division III sectional wrestling tournament on Saturday.

With their strong finishes, the Redskins finished in second place behind sectional champion Mogadore while Independence finished third.

“I was extremely proud of our team’s performance,” Cuyahoga Heights coach Dave Meade said. “We stressed all week that in order to win a sectional championship all 12 kids needed to place. We had 11 out of 12 kids place and came up just a little short. It’s a tough sectional and extremely hard to get nine kids out, but the kids showed up to wrestle. We also got one alternate that hopefully gets in next week.”

Nolan Frye (106), Dustin Kattler (113), and Joe Connors (195) all won individual sectional championships for the Redskins in their respective weight classes while Brandon Meade (120), Luke Hopkins (132), and Nathan Glinka (182) each finished second.

Luke Torgerson (145) and Dominic Trusso (160) finished third and Isiah Durant (285) placed fourth to also punch their tickets to next weekend’s Garfield Heights district tournament. Max Alpert placed fifth at 170 and will be an alternate at districts.

“We stayed aggressive all day and never gave up, coming back in numerous matches to get through to next week,” Coach Meade said. “Mogadore has a nice young team and I look forward to future battles with them.”

Independence’s Nick Rossi (160) and Braden Sears (285) won sectional titles.

“Braden Sears taking first was a little bit of a surprise,” Independence coach Ken DeAngelis said. “I knew he could win but he’s a very small heavyweight.”

Michael Kucera (126) and Jimmy Senick (145) finished second while Collin Patton (113) and Luke Clymer (220) were third. Jack Valenti (106), Liam Walker (138), and Seth Patterson (170) also advanced to districts by placing fourth.

“We wrestled really well today,” DeAngelis said. “We matched last year’s total of nine to districts and we won 5-of-6 consolation semifinals matches. It was a good round.”

  • District Pairings

Independence High School, Independence, OH

February 23, 2019

Sect. Tournament: Div. III – Independence Scores
1. Mogadore 216.0; 2. Cuy. Heights 197.0; 3. Independence 179.0; 4. Wellington 126.0; 5. Luth. West 99.5; 6. Black River 98.0; 7. Ak. Manchester 91.0; 8. Elyria Catholic 61.0; 9. Brooklyn 57.0; 10. Columbia 53.0; 11. Cle. VASJ 50.5; 12. Oberlin 43.0; 13. Trinity 23.0; 14. Clearview 9.0;

First Place
106: Nolan Frye (Cuy. Heights) pin Eric Khay (Brooklyn) 0:59;
113: Dustin Kattler (Cuy. Heights) dec. Trayton Bowman (Wellington) 12-6;
120: Zach Lahood (Black River) dec. Brandon Meade (Cuy. Heights) 5-2;
126: Zach Larue (Ak. Manchester) Default Michael Kucera (Independence) Default;
132: Jake White (Ak. Manchester) dec. Luke Hopkins (Cuy. Heights) 8-3;
138: Parker Watson (Luth. West) pin Hunter Yeaples (Black River) 4:33;
145: Khalid Morales (Luth. West) dec. Jimmy Senick (Independence) 10-4;
152: Nick Skye (Mogadore) maj. dec. Steven Ferguson (Elyria Catholic) md23-14;
160: Nick Rossi (Independence) pin Jamie Kiousis (Black River) 0:43;
170: Devon Pritts (Mogadore) disq. Malik Gaddy (Elyria Catholic) Disq;
182: Tyler Knight (Mogadore) dec. Nathan Glinka (Cuy. Heights) 10-4;
195: Joe Connors (Cuy. Heights) pin Josh Longstreet (Cle. VASJ) 1:07;
220: Mike Cassella (Wellington) pin Logan Penix (Mogadore) 3:26;
285: Braden Sears (Independence) pin Elijah Caraballo (Columbia) 0:59;

Third Place
106: Brady Funk (Mogadore) dec. Jack Valenti (Independence) 10-4;
113: Collin Patton (Independence) maj. dec. Zoe Gaetjens (Mogadore) md13-3;
120: Jerimiah McKee (Wellington) dec. Jonathan Karasek (Mogadore) 7-6;
126: Derrick Andolsek (Wellington) dec. Reggie Bouchonville (Oberlin) 3-2;
132: Robert Pinkie (Luth. West) def. Seth Majewski (Brooklyn) Default;
138: Austin Partlow (Mogadore) pin Liam Walker (Independence) 2:01;
145: Luke Torgerson (Cuy. Heights) maj. dec. Cael Brown (Trinity) md11-2;
152: Donavon Palmer (Luth. West) dec. Carl Ramser (Brooklyn) 3-0;
160: Dominic Trusso (Cuy. Heights) dec. Dylan Henline (Mogadore) 9-7;
170: Gabe Gayheart (Wellington) dec. Seth Pattetrson (Independence) 7-3;
182: Jake Baker (Ak. Manchester) pin Cole Nicholas (Luth. West) 2:22;
195: Michael Lowe (Mogadore) pin Riley Horning (Oberlin) 3:50;
220: Luke Clymer (Independence) dec. Justin Bell (Columbia) 10-5;
285: Jack Decker (Elyria Catholic) pin Isiah Durant (Cuy. Heights) 3:26;

Fifth Place
106: Emily Watters (Wellington) def. Oscar Rivera (Clearview) Default;
113: Mack Flynn (Cle. VASJ) tech. fall Fallon Cook (Oberlin) tf21-6;
120: Colten Stewart (Ak. Manchester) pin Jeffrey Rosin (Brooklyn) 0:30;
126: Dawson Manley (Mogadore) pin Ryan Krajewski (Cuy. Heights) 3:54;
132: Jacob Mchood (Mogadore) pin Noah Orellano (Black River) 4:29;
138: Bailey Hunt (Ak. Manchester) pin Charlie Mullin (Cle. VASJ) 1:33;
145: Brandon Rollin (Black River) maj. dec. Braden Stafford (Mogadore) md20-7;
152: Nate Oriani (Cle. VASJ) dec. Nathan Coudriet (Independence) 11-4;
160: Jayson Keenan (Wellington) pin Eddie Marxsen (Cle. VASJ) 2:18;
170: Maxwell Alpert (Cuy. Heights) pin Joe Governale (Columbia) 4:29;
182: Michael Hartman (Wellington) def. Bryan Vollman (Independence) Default;
195: Cole Schwartz (Columbia) pin Levar Nathan (Trinity) 0:28;
220: Brendan McClung (Oberlin) pin Kyle Stevanus (Black River) 1:12;
285: Travis Owen (Black River) pin Zack Lowe (Mogadore) 2:35;

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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