With the fast-approaching release of the annual Brakeman Report nearing, many wrestling enthusiasts are biding their time by searching the Internet and looking for other experts’ rankings and analysis. Possibly one of the best comes from Cleveland-area pundit Josh Lowe, known as Bucksman on the Web, and is published each January on Yappi.com.
Lowe is a rare breed of prognosticator because he breaks down the top 16 wrestlers in the state in every weight class of all three divisions. Many others only post Division I picks, while Brian Brakeman — who also runs down every weight class in all three divisions — usually doesn’t publish his lists until the final days of January because of the extensive time needed to put the rankings together.
The lists may need tweaking as the season goes on because wrestlers move from one weight class to another, suffer season-ending (or season-altering) injuries or somebody hits a hot or cold streak. But for now, Lowe has 19 area wrestlers among his favorites in Ohio.
Most notable on the list are Westlake senior Nick Lawrence, St. Edward senior (and Westlake resident) Anthony Salupo, University School senior (and Elyria resident) Brad Wukie and Keystone sophomore Brian Spangler — all of whom Lowe is projecting to wrestle for state titles in March. Lowe picks Wukie to win a state title, and the other three to finish as state runners-up.
Wukie is Lowe’s only area Division II-ranked wrestler, while Keystone’s William Spangler — Brian’s twin brother — James Gerken and Anthony Chizmadia, Wellington’s Josh Roberts and Columbia’s Ethan Garofolo are ranked in Division III.
“Brad is currently rehabbing an injury that he sustained in the finals of the Walsh (Jesuit) Ironman,” Lowe said. “His prime challenger for the state title — (St. Paris Graham) defending state champion Kyle Ryan — is also recovering from an injury right now, though one less severe. If Brad can recover the form that he showed at the Walsh Ironman — controlling the pace of the match, dominating opponents in terms of physical strength and conditioning — the state title should be his.”
Division I has the most (12) area wrestlers. Southview’s Uland Ralston and Narcisco Inchaurregui make the list, as do Elyria’s Kodie Egnor, Chase Churchill and Jason Gott; Westlake’s Connor Dempsey and Sheldon Stuckart; Avon Lake’s Kevin Brunner; Olmsted Falls’ Chaz McGrain; and North Olmsted’s Chriss Kelly.
Even though Lowe picks his top 16 wrestlers at each weight class — the amount that will go to Columbus to compete in the state tournament — being on the list doesn’t mean Lowe thinks the wrestler will get out of the district tournament.
“Remember that only four wrestlers can qualify for state from any of the districts,” Lowe said. “Therefore, if more that four wrestlers are ranked (in the) top 16 (from one district), some won’t be going to Columbus. In addition, bracketing can also create scenarios where the top kids may not make it out.”
Such is the case for Egnor, who Lowe has six wrestlers ranked higher who will compete at the Ashland district where Elyria competes. Egnor will square off with Wadsworth’s Louden Gordon (No. 4 at 135), Brecksville’s Charlie Packard (No. 5), St. Edward’s Mark Martin (No. 6), Medina’s Matt Meuer (No. 7), Lakewood’s Nick Ramsey (No. 11) and Cuyahoga Falls’ Connor McMahon (No. 12) for one of four spots to state.
Here is a breakdown of Lowe’s area rankings:
Uland Ralston, Southview, No. 4 at 119 pounds; Narcisco Inchaurregui, Southview, No. 8 at 125; Nick Lawrence, Westlake, No. 2 at 130; Kevin Brunner, Avon Lake, No. 7 at 130; Kodie Egnor, Elyria, No. 13 at 135; Connor Dempsey, Westlake, No. 7 at 140; Anthony Salupo, St. Edward (Westlake), No. 2 at 145; Chaz McGrain, Olmsted Falls, No. 5 at 152; Sheldon Stuckart, Westlake, No. 10 at 152; Chase Churchill, Elyria, No. 6 at 160; Chriss Kelly, North Olmsted, No. 8 at 189; Jason Gott, Elyria, No. 9 at 189.
Brad Wukie, University School (Elyria), No. 1 at 160.
Brian Spangler, Keystone, No. 2 at 103; William Spangler, Keystone, No. 4 at 112; James Gerken, Keystone, No. 9 at 152; Josh Roberts, Wellington, No. 7 at 215; Ethan Garofolo, Columbia, No. 8 at 215; Anthony Chizmadia, Keystone, No. 13 at heavyweight.
Week in review
- Olmsted Falls improved to 11-1 with a runner-up finish at the Hudson Duals on Saturday. The Bulldogs earned victories over Stow, Hudson, Kent Roosevelt and Bedord, losing their lone match to Copley, the event champion. “The weekend was a sigh of relief for us as we have been battling injuries, and it was great to see our lineup start to shore up again,” Bulldogs coach Bill McGrain said. “Mark Mills (140 pounds), who has been out the last two meets, came back strong, finishing 5-0 and boosting his record to 11-1.”
- Wellington won the team championship and Keystone finished as runner-up at the 30th annual Chippewa Invitational in Doylestown last weekend. The Dukes placed 10 of 13 wrestlers at the event, with 125-pounder Zach Mandich winning their lone individual championship — his first career tournament title. “This was the best Zach has wrestled this year,” Dukes coach John Sedlick said. “I hope he keeps that momentum heading into the conference meet. (The team) did a great job this weekend. Everyone worked hard and they all contributed.”
- The Wildcats finished with four individual champions — Brian Spangler at 103, William Spangler at 112, James Gerken at 152 and Anthony Chizmadia at heavyweight. Keystone placed eight wrestlers altogether.
- Southview finished seventh at the Fairfield Invitational last weekend. Uland Ralston and Narcisco Inchaurregui both won individual championships, Xavier Robinson finished third, Joseph Charlton finished fourth and Jimmy Gyorfi finished fifth.
- Amherst went 4-1 and Elyria went 2-3 at the Mentor Duals last Saturday. Matt Zvosec went 5-0 for the Comets, while Alex O’Dor, Mark Matos, C.J. Basinski, Alex Basinski and Devan Price all went 4-1. Including Elyria’s dual meet win over North Royalton on Thursday night, Kodie Egnor and Jason Gott went 6-0 for the Pioneers, while Chase Churchill went 3-0, Myles Wright went 5-1, Eli Garcia went 4-2 and Jacob Hebble went 3-2.
- Berea finished 13th out of 15 teams at the Kevin Cleveland Memorial tournament at Dublin Scioto High last weekend. Nolan Grame won the 135-pound championship, while Jacob Jazwa finished sixth at 119, Kevin Dieterich finished sixth at 130, Brad Church finished sixth at 145 and Marc Saade finished seventh at 215 for the Braves.
- Brookside finished with five champs at last Saturday’s Western Reserve Academy Super Duals. Taking home titles for the Cardinals were Brandon Danchinsen (135), Austin Tackett (171), Adrian Smith (189), Giovanni Taw (215) and Jordan Kaspar (heavyweight).
- Black River was unable to compete in the J.C. Gorman Invitational at Mansfield, and North Olmsted was unable to compete in the Pin City Invitational at Perry last weekend because of inclement weather.
Tournaments on tap
- Black River and Olmsted Falls will compete in the 44-team Bill Dies Invitational at Akron Firestone on Friday and Saturday.
- Clearview will compete in the Marion Elgin Invitational on Friday and Saturday.
- Berea will compete in the Top Gun at Alliance on Friday and Saturday.
- Avon Lake, Brookside and Columbia will compete in the Len Pariano Memorial tournament at Midpark on Saturday.
- Midview will compete in the Joe Searcy Memorial tournament at Bedford on Saturday.
- Westlake will compete in the Monroeville Duals on Saturday.
- Elyria Catholic will compete in the Catholic Invitational Tournament at Cleveland State University on Saturday and Sunday.
103 — Brian Spangler, Keystone, 17-1 (.944); Steve Flury, Lutheran West, 21-2 (.913); Nick Asadorian, Olmsted Falls, 19-2 (.905); Dominic Diaz, Southview, 17-5 (.773); Mike Hozan, Black River, 7-3 (.700); Nate Miller, Elyria, 14-6 (.700).
112 — William Spangler, Keystone, 20-3 (.870); Jared McFadden, Black River, 7-2 (.778); Chase DuPratt, Olmsted Falls, 15-5 (.750); Mark Matos, Amherst, 12-4 (.750); Conrad Doehne, Midview, 7-3 (.700); Xavier Robinson, Southview, 8-4 (.667); Brandon Egnor, Elyria, 9-6 (.600); Ryan Rusnak, Lutheran West, 13-11 (.542).
119 — Uland Ralston, Southview, 20-0; Zach Griener, 3-0; Dillon White, Black River, 8-2 (.800); Tommy DiMarino, North Olmsted, 10-3 (.769); Brian Slater, Olmsted Falls, 12-5 (.706); Justin Tomlin, Elyria Catholic, 17-12 (.586); Alex Funderburg, Amherst, 11-8 (.579); Justin Gross, Vermilion, 13-11 (.542); Jacob Jazwa, Berea, 10-9 (.526).
125 — Narcisco Inchaurregui, Southview, 20-0; Alex West, Vermilion, 17-1 (.944); Brian Brunner, North Olmsted, 14-3 (.824); Jarrod Pierce, Black River, 9-2 (.818); Brad Watson, Lutheran West, 19-5 (.792); Costas Kocan, Amherst, 13-5 (.722); Erickson Andrews, Oberlin, 21-10 (.677); Josh Ayers, Midview, 13-7 (.650); Matt Metzger, Keystone, 9-5 (.643); Zach Mandich, Wellington, 11-7 (.611); Eli Garcia, Elyria, 12-8 (.600); Bryan DeRuchie, Amherst, 8-6 (.571).
130 — Justin Bockmore, Wellington, 16-6 (.727); Jay Lucas, Black River, 6-3 (.667); Kevin Dieterich, Berea, 14-8 (.636); Antoine Edwards, Southview, 11-7 (.611); Rick Webber, Elyria, 9-6 (.600); Matt Thomas, Brookside, 9-6 (.600); Luke Elbert, Amherst, 11-8 (.579); Tyler Gusky, Midview, 7-6 (.538).
135 — Josh Taylor, Elyria Catholic, 21-2 (.913); Kodie Egnor, Elyria, 20-4 (.833); Nolan Grame, Berea, 17-4 (.810); C.J. Basinski, Amherst, 13-4 (.765); Josh Hopkins, Black River, 9-3 (.750); Kirk Foster, Keystone, 11-5 (.688); Paige Gusky, Midview, 9-5 (.643).
140 — Mark Mills, Olmsted Falls, 11-1 (.917); Myles Wright, Elyria, 16-5 (.762); Jordan Altpater, Elyria Catholic, 18-7 (.720); Calvin Knowlton, Black River, 7-3 (.700); Devan Price, Amherst, 15-7 (.682); Mitchell Eppich, Midview, 8-6 (.571).
145 — Anthony Salupo, St. Edward (Westlake), 18-1 (.947); Jimmy Gyorfi, Southview, 19-4 (.826); Matt Zvosec, Amherst, 8-2 (.800); Mike Plas, Midview, 8-2 (.800); Casey Gawen, Keystone, 4-1 (.800); Adam Binggeli, Olmsted Falls, 16-5 (.762); Colin Styer, Oberlin 25-8 (.758); Austin Smith, Wellington, 3-1 (.750); A.J. Lesiecki, Elyria Catholic, 17-8 (.680); Brad Church, Berea, 11-8 (.579); Jacob Hebble, Elyria, 10-9 (.526).
152 — Chaz McGrain, Olmsted Falls, 21-1 (.955); Cory Campbell, Elyria Catholic, 16-1 (.941); Tom Lemons, Midview, 10-1 (.909); Anthoney Budka, Vermilion, 24-4 (.857); James Gerken, Keystone, 17-3 (.850); Joseph Charlton, Southview, 16-5 (.762); Jack Stillman, Lutheran West, 15-5 (.750); Kevin Butler, Wellington, 10-4 (.714); Kyle Jones, Amherst, 13-10 (.565); Matthew Gerhardinger, Oberlin, 17-14 (.548).
160 — Chase Churchill, Elyria, 4-1 (.800); Justin Hamper, Columbia, 13-4 (.765); Thaer Zayad, North Olmsted, 16-5 (.762); Alex O’Dor, Amherst, 19-6 (.760); Aaron Martin, Wellington, 14-7 (.667); Mason Hart, Oberlin, 12-10 (.545); Kurt Guelker, Lutheran West, 11-10 (.524).
171 — Austin Tackett, Brookside, 17-1 (.944); Brandon Heidinger, Columbia, 16-3 (.842); Chriss Kelly, North Olmsted, 15-3 (.833); Shane Gareau, Olmsted Falls, 16-4 (.800); Alex Basinski, Amherst, 14-5 (.737); Tom Gronsky, Wellington, 13-8 (.619); Joey Zuckerman, Midview, 9-7 (.563); Zach Woodings, Elyria, 7-6 (.538).
189 — Adrian Smith, Brookside, 15-3 (.833); Jason Gott, Elyria, 20-5 (.800); Mason Bremke, Oberlin, 26-9 (.743); Jake Cumberledge, Amherst, 17-8 (.680); Jeff Miller, Midview, 10-6 (.625); Vinnie Mannino, Vermilion, 11-8 (.579); Nick Sutherland, Wellington, 10-8 (.556).
215 — Ethan Garofolo, Columbia, 17-2 (.895); Giovanni Taw, Brookside, 15-3 (.833); Josh Roberts, Wellington, 15-4 (.789); Nate Orrick, Black River, 7-3 (.700); Kevin Patrick, Midview, 14-9 (.609); Marc Saade, Berea, 7-5 (.583); Tyler Pigott, Oberlin, 18-14 (.563); Andrew Brumenschenkle, Amherst, 9-8 (.529).
HVY — Anthony Chizmadia, Keystone, 19-2 (.905); Jordan Kaspar, Brookside, 11-2 (.846); Ethan Beastrom, Lutheran West, 15-8 (.652); William Emery, Midview, 7-4 (.636); Sam Rodgers, Wellington, 12-7 (.632); Ricky Marshall, Elyria Catholic, 13-12 (.520).
Wrestler of the week
Narcisco Inchaurregui, Southview
- YEAR: Junior
- WEIGHT: 125
- LAST WEEK: Captured an individual championship at the Fairfield Inviational (near Dayton) with a 4-0 — two pins and two major decisions — performance.
- CISCO’S THOUGHTS ON THE WEEK: “It’s fun traveling to different places and getting to wrestle against different kids. It’s good to see how you can do against different wrestling styles. Down there they work with the boots a lot, so it helps me learn what my strengths and weaknesses are on the bottom.”
OFF THE MAT: Cisco is a big mixed martial arts fan and watches UFC programs on TV all the time. He also plays the UFC video game, but his favorite game is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, which he plays on both the PS3 and the X-box 360. He plays COD online and sets up tournaments with his brothers Zeno and Chucho, and cousins David and Jimmy Gyorfi.
- PARENTS: James and Maria Inchaurregui, and Nilda Santiago
- FUTURE PLANS: Cisco wants to wrestle in college — he lists Princeton as the school he’d like to attend — and would study toward a degree in graphic design or physical therapy. Eventually, he’d like to be an MMA fighter in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Contact Shaun Bennett at 329-7137 or firstname.lastname@example.org.