Saturday, September 30, 2023


COLUMBUS–Perry junior Kyle Rowan needed just 12 seconds of overtime to score the decisive takedown in a 3-1 win over St. Vincent-St. Mary’s Kenneth Crosby in the Division II 106-pound state championship match at the Jerome Schottenstein Center on Saturday night.

With the win, Rowan improved to 41-0 on the year and became Perry’s third state champion and just the second to finish a season undefeated.

Rowan opened the tournament with a 20-5 technical fall over Monroe’s Caleb Thomas and then he pinned Bellevue’s Gabe Alda in 1:43. Rowan edged Lake Catholic’s Brendan McCrone in the semifinals, 6-2, before the rematch of last week’s district championship match with Crosby in the final.

Rowan was one of five Chagrin Valley Conference wrestlers to earn a spot on the podium over the weekend.

Cuyahoga Heights freshman 106-pounder Nolan Frye placed third while Hawken 106-pound freshman Patrick Reineke and junior 120-pounder Jackson Reineke finished eighth and fifth, respectively, and Wickliffe 182-pound senior Doug Byrne placed fifth.

Cuyahoga Heights superintendent Tom Evans was honored prior to the start of Saturday night’s championship round as a new member of the Ohio Wrestling Officials Hall of Fame.

Evans spent 16 years as a wrestling coach at Berea and Elyria Catholic high schools and he also coached football and track. For the past 25 years, he has managed sectional, district tournaments throughout the Cleveland area as well as several invitational tournaments.

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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