Friday, December 9, 2022

State Wrestling Recap: Day 1

COLUMBUS—Day 1 of the 2019 OHSAA State Wrestling Championships are in the books and four Chagrin Valley Conference wrestlers remain in the hunt for an individual title and three others will wrestle for All-Ohio honors.

Hawken’s Jackson Reineke and William Lindsey both won their first-round bouts in Division III and will wrestle in Friday’s quarterfinals. Perry’s Kyle Rowan, who finished second last winter, also won his first-round bout in Division II.

Jackson Reineke gave up the first takedown to Liberty Center’s Dylan Matthews then scored the next five points to win 5-2. He’ll wrestle Allen East sophomore Drake Carmean in Friday’s semifinals round.

Lindsey, a No. 1 seed, got all he could handle from Shenandoah sophomore Easton Hitchens before he defeated the No. 4 seed, 2-1 in overtime. Lindsey will face Dalton senior Dalton Richard in the quarterfinals.

Wickliffe senior Doug Byrne opened the Division III tournament with a 3-minute pin of Liberty-Benton’s Nathaniel DiRe. He’ll wrestle Bluffton’s Deandre Nassar in the quarterfinals. Nassar finished fourth at 195 last winter.

Rowan scored a 20-5 technical fall over Monroe’s Caleb Thomas in the Division II 106-pound preliminary round. He’ll square off against Bellevue sophomore Gabe Alda in the quarterfinals.

Hawken’s Patrick Reineke (106), Cuyahoga Heights’ Nolan Frye (106) and Luke Hopkins (132), a late addition to the tournament, all bounced back from a first round loss in Division III with a win in the consolation round.

Full CVC Results:


Patrick Reineke (Hawken)
• Caleb Schroer, Troy Christian pin Patrick Reineke, Gates Mills Hawken 1:18
• Patrick Reineke, Gates Mills Hawken maj. dec. Griffen Stephen, Barnesville 11-1

Nolan Frye (Hawken)
• Matt Ellis, Legacy Christian Academy dec. Nolan Frye, Cuyahoga Hts. 2-0
• Nolan Frye, Cuyahoga Hts. tech. fall Kaleb McFee, Zanesville W. Muskingum 16-1

Jackson Reineke (Hawken)
• Jackson Reineke, Gates Mills Hawken dec. Dylan Matthews, Liberty Center 5-2

Konnor Duncan (Kirtland)
• Gavin Brown, Legacy Christian Academy maj. dec. Konnor Duncan, Kirtland 15-5
• Carter Chase, Marion Pleasant dec. Konnor Duncan, Kirtland 8-2

Michael Kucera (Independence)
• Ethan Turner, Troy Christian pin Michael Kucera, Independence 3:00
• Zach Schaller, Swanton pin Michael Kucera, Independence 3:51

Luke Hopkins (Cuyahoga Heights)
• Cole Mattin, Delta pin Luke Hopkins, Cuyahoga Hts. 3:53
• Luke Hopkins, Cuyahoga Hts. dec. C.J. Smith, Marion Pleasant 6-4

Doug Byrne (Wickliffe)
• Doug Byrne, Wickliffe pin Nathaniel DiRe, Findlay Liberty-Benton 3:00

William Lindsey (Hawken)
• William Lindsey, Gates Mills Hawken dec. Easton Hitchens, Sarahsville Shenandoah 2-1TB

Braden Sears (Independence)
• Liam Kirkpatrick, Newark Cath. pin Braden Sears, Independence 3:32
• Kain Brossia, Bloomdale Elmwood pin Braden Sears, Independence 1:46


Kyle Rowan (Perry)
• Kyle Rowan, Perry tech. fall Caleb Thomas, Monroe 20-5

Charles Taylor (Geneva)
• Nathaniel Armstrong, Kett. Arch. Alter pin Charles Taylor, Geneva 5:02
• Garrett Givens, Lisbon Beaver pin Charles Taylor, Geneva 1:41

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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