Friday, September 22, 2023

Seven CVC wrestlers reach state quarterfinals

COLUMBUS—Seven Chagrin Valley Conference wrestlers opened the 2022 OHSAA State Wrestling Championships with a win while three others remain in the hunt for All-Ohio honors.

Orange’s TeAndre Allen, Perry’s Brock Christian and Calvin Rowan, and Edgewood’s Kyle Biller all won their first-round bout and will compete in the Division II quarterfinals on Saturday. Hawken’s Patrick Reineke and Berkshire’s Lucas Stoddard reached the Division III quarterfinals.

In a battle of seventh-place finishers last season, Allen blanked Bishop Hartley’s Cooper Rathburn at 126 pounds, 6-0, to improve to 11-2 on the year. He’ll wrestle Maysville’s Colton Smitley (43-4) in the quarterfinal round.

Christian, who placed seventh at state last year, opened the tournament with a 4-1 win over Dover’s Pedro Garcia. Next up for Christian is Columbus DeSales’ David McClelland in the 132-pound quarterfinals.

Biller and Rowan are on a collision course at 144 pounds after Biller opened the tournament with a 4-1 win over Wauseon’s Benicio Torres and Rowan edged Bellevue’s Justin Smythe, 2-1. With one more win, the CVC rivals would meet in the semifinals.

To get there, Biller (36-4) must beat Miami Trace’s Weston Melvin (47-5) and Rowan (27-5) has to get past Bishop Watterson’s Mitchell Younger, who is 21-0.

Partain’s magical postseason run continued with a 9-2 win over Heath’s Riley Gould. Partain is now 34-3 on the year and he will wrestle Indian Creek’s Dominic Paterra (47-5) in the 150-pound quarterfinals.

Perry’s Zach Bellissimo and West Geauga’s Jack Sparent both dropped their first-round bouts but stayed alive with a win in the first round of the consolation bracket.

Bellissimo was pinned in his 120-pound opener but improved to 37-8 with a sudden victory win over St. Paris Graham’s Colt Ryan.

Sparent dropped his 138-pound opener, 6-5, then bounced back with a 7-2 win over Columbus DeSales’ Aidan Rush in the consolation bracket.

Perry’s Ryan Brubaker went 0-2 at 157 and closed out his season with a 24-16 record.

Reineke, who placed seventh last season and eighth as a sophomore, opened the tournament with a 5-2 win over Millbury Lake’s Eli Guyton. Reineke (29-4) will wrestle Legacy Christian’s Dillon Campbell (33-2) in the Division III quarterfinals. Campbell is the defending Division III 113-pound state champion.

Stoddard, who was third at state last year, needed just 55 seconds to advance to the 190-pound quarterfinals. He used a cradle to pin North Union’s Shawn Swank. He’ll wrestle Liberty Center’s Owen Johnson (39-8) in Saturday’s first session.

Cuyahoga Heights’ Luke Torgerson suffered a setback in his 175-pound first-round bout but kept alive his All-Ohio honors with a 5-2 win over Westfall’s Glenn Keeton.

Crestwood’s Mason Daniels (120) and J.P. Wrobel (126) and Kirtland’s Will Davidson (132) all went 0-2. Daniels finished the year 34-12, Wrobel was 34-6, and Davidson finished 40-4.


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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