Saturday, January 28, 2023

Three from CVC reach state semifinals

MARION—Three Chagrin Valley Conference wrestlers have reached the semifinals round of the Division III state tournament and two others have earned All-Ohio honors.

Kirtland junior Will Davidson, Lutheran West senior Donovan Palmer, and Berkshire junior Lucas Stoddard kept alive their hopes of winning a state title by winning both of their matches on Saturday. That trio will wrestle in the semifinals round on Sunday.

Davidson (120) needed overtime to slip past Delta’s Carson Chiesa, 7-5, in the first round and then he used a flurry of activity late in the third period to beat Troy Christian’s Jason Shaffer, 11-4. He’ll wrestle Eastwood’s Brandon Hahn in the semifinals.

Palmer flattened his first opponent at 160 pounds in 3:37 and then beat Troy Christian’s Connor Havill in the quarterfinals, 4-2. He’ll wrestle Milan Edison’s Shadrick Stone in the semifinals round.

Stoddard pounced on his first-round opponent with a 52-second pin and then improved to 49-0 with a 5-0 win over Indian Lake’s Lane Mefford. He’ll wrestle Archbold’s Carson Meyer in the semifinals round.

Hawken’s Patrick Reineke (113) and Grand Valley’s Chase Cottrell (220) both earned All-Ohio honors by surviving the first day of consolation wrestling.

Reineke won his first bout, 20-4, then fell in the quarterfinals, 6-2. He won his first consolation bout, 10-1.

Cottrell pinned his first state opponent before suffering the same fate in the quarterfinals. He bounced back with a 6-4 win to earn a spot on the podium.

Crestwood’s J.P. Wrobel (120), Berkshire’s Josh Brown (152), Cardinal’s Jerry Rose (182), and Kirtland’s Brennon Braud (182) all bowed out of the tournament with a 1-2 record.

Kirtland’s Anthony Gencarelli (195) went 0-2.

Dan Cosimi contributed to this story


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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