Monday, January 30, 2023

Urban defends home turf

WILLOUGHBY—A disappointing loss in the championship round of last week’s North Coast Classic was all the inspiration Nik Urban needed to defend his home turf in the 2015 Rebel Invitational Tournament at South on Saturday.

Urban flattened all five of his 285-pound opponents on his way to earning the event’s Most Outstanding Wrestler award.

“It was awesome,” Urban said. “I came out and wrestled my style every match. I stayed on my leg attack the whole day. After a finals match last week where I didn't wrestle the greatest it felt good to come out and wrestle my way.”

He finished off the tournament with a 1 minute, 32 second pin of Nordonia’s Alec Camelli in the first place match to improve to 15-1 on the year with 13 pins.

“I feel like I've wrestled well so far,” Urban said. “There is a lot I need to tighten up by the time the postseason comes around. I need to get better on my shots and more dominant while hand fighting, but overall I've wrestled a pretty solid schedule so far. I'm excited to see what happens this next week at the Brecksville tournament with some high caliber kids.”

South’s Spencer Dusi (113), Mike Farkas (120) and Isaac Hendershot (132) also won individual championships for the Rebels, who finished in second place behind Olmsted Falls. South’s Drew Dusi (6th at 120), Lance Hansen (2nd at 126), Louie Preseren (6th at 138), Kyle Jordan (6th at 145), Amir Mitchell (5th at 152), Milton Howard (3rd at 170), Evan Ketterman (6th at 182) and Nick O’Brien (5th at 285) also placed.


2015 Rebel Invitational Tournament Results

Team Standings:
1. Olmsted Falls 362.5
2. Willoughby South 234
3. Westlake 209
4. Perry 201
5. Revere 180.5
6. Nordonia 119
7. John Adams 104
8. Kirtland 98
9. South B 43
10. Clearview 32

106: 1st-Michael Shaw (OF), 2nd-Thaer Zayed (WE), 3rd-Nick Kuntz (OF).
113: 1st-Spencer Dusi (WS), 2nd-Brandon Williamson (K), 3rd-Jihad Salti (OF).
120: 1st-Mike Farkas (WS) 9-3 Erik Somogyi (P), 3rd-Alex French (K) pinned Nate Ferrar (R) 2:35, 5th-Jimmy Brenneman (N) pinned Drew Dusi (WSB), 5:07.
126: 1st-Joey Marysiak (OF) pinned Lance Hansen (WS), 4:57, 3rd-Tommy Masteller (N) 11-2 Zach Bubonic (P), 5th-Liam Kruger (WE) pinned Konnor Duncan (K), 1:27.
132: 1st-Isaac Hendershot (WS) 11-1 Brady Stang (OF), 3rd-Michael Amentini (R) 16-0 Eyad Shouman (WE), 5th-Connor Atkins (OF) pinned Derrick Burrage (JA), 1:47.
138: 1st-Josh Jaeckin (OF) 3-2 Nick Dailey (OF), 3rd-Jake Peterson (R) 4-2 Clayton Meyer (P), 5th-Leo Spremulli (WE) pinned louie Preseren (WS), 4:52.
145: 1st-Alec Kirby (OF) 13-0 Sam Cales (P), 3rd-Stefan Farian (R) 13-1 Davon Young (JA), 5th-Gus Mormino (K) 7-3 Kyle Jordan (WS).
152: 1st-Trey Crockett (N) 5-2 Geoffrey Gedeon (P), 3rd-Noah Broski (OF) 5-4 Nael Zayed (WE), 5th-Amir Mitchell (WS) pinned Ian Weiland (R), 5:39.
160: 1st-Brice Locklear (OF) pinned Paul Molke (R), 3:41, 3rd-Moe Zayed (WE) 11-3 Chris Brown (K), 5th-Eric Lazbin (R) pinned Clinton White (JA) 2:47.
170: 1st-Tony Caraffi (OF) 14-0 John Miller (P), 3rd-Milton Howard (WS) pinned Keyone McGraw (JA), 3:46, 5th-Billy Hedrich (P) pinned Jack Baker (R) 3:03.
182: 1st-Evan Schenk (P) pinned Jaden Mendeluk (OF), 4:40, 3rd-Beckett Fant (R) 5-3 Niko Barnett (WE), 5th-John Meadows (N) 9-7 Evan Ketterman (WS).
195: 1st-Tommy Bowles (WE), 2nd-Mike Iler (OF), 3rd-Kesean Johnson (JA).
285: 1st-Nik Urban (WS) pinned Alec Camelli (N), 1:32, 3rd-Patrick Simon (OF) 7-3 John Hayes (WE), 5th-Nick O'Brien (WSB) pinned Nick Kelly (R) 0:58.

Outstanding wrestler: Nik Urban (WS)


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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