Lutheran West freshman Adler Vasiloff is looking to make it three-for-three.
Vasiloff, who resides in Vermilion, went to the Ohio Athletic Commission grade school state tournament during the first grade, then advanced to the junior high state tournament last season. Earning a spot in the OHSAA state tournament is surely on his career goals list.
“My big goal for this season was just making the varsity lineup,” Vasiloff said. “Then I wanted to make sure that I won two matches and earned a varsity letter — I accomplished that in the first week of the season.”
Vasiloff wrestles at 132 pounds for the Longhorns and has compiled a 14-12 record this season. His father, Jeff, is an assistant football coach at the school, and he has been associated with the school since the third grade.
“I grew up going through Lutheran West,” he said. “The school believes in the same Christian values that I do, so that helped with the decision to go there.”
Vasiloff was already a mat veteran by that point, starting in the Vermilion biddie program when he was in kindergarten. He eventually began working out at St. Bernadette in Westlake and All-American Wrestling in LaGrange.
Vasiloff lists the two state tournaments he’s competed in as his top career accomplishments, but he knows it’s a long road ahead to complete the trilogy.
“It was a really big change (from junior high to high school,” he said. “I went from 126 (pounds) to 132 in a year. There was a big difference in technique, and I wasn’t prepared for how strong those kids were.”
Ready to dual
There will be eight regional quarterfinal matchups involving Lorain County teams when the inaugural OHSAA team tournament kicks off Wednesday around the state.
Teams that met the Dec. 15 entry deadline were placed in one of eight regions in three divisions. The teams will battle in dual meets and advance through brackets, with the top eight from each division advancing to the state tournament on Feb. 9. The regional semifinals will be held Jan. 30 and the regional finals will be held Feb. 6.
Elyria — the No. 3 seed in Region 2A — will host a pair of regional quarterfinals for wrestling fans who’d like to see the historic first round. The Pioneers will face No. 6 Lorain at 6 p.m., and No. 7 Avon Lake will face No. 2 Parma 20 minutes after the conclusion of the Pioneers-Titans meet.
Other first-round matchups include: No. 4 Amherst vs. No. 5 Brunswick at Brecksville at 6 p.m.; No. 9 Firelands vs. No. 8 Akron Springfield at an unnamed site at 6 p.m.; No. 6 Brookside vs. No. 3 Revere at an unnamed site at 6 p.m.; No. 2 Clearview vs. No. 7 Columbia at Cuyahoga Heights after a 6 p.m. dual; No. 5 Keystone vs. No. 4 Lutheran West at Beachwood at 6 p.m.; and No. 8 Wellington vs. No. 1 Beachwood 20 minutes after the Wildcats-Longhorns meet.
All other Lorain County wrestling teams did not enter — or were not eligible to enter — the team tournament.
More than a handful of county wrestlers found their way onto the midseason rankings of Intermat.com wrestling pundit Josh Lowe last week.
Lowe picks the top 16 wrestlers at each weight class in all three Ohio divisions, and will add a few names at individual regional sites that may not be well represented in the top 16.
The Lorain County wrestlers who made Lowe’s lists include:
DIVISION I — Elyria’s Armando Torres (No. 2 at 113 pounds);
St. Edward’s Sal Corrao, an Avon resident, (No. 15 at 113); Elyria’s Ben Darmstadt (No. 6 at 120); North Ridgeville’s Drew Dickson (alternate at 120); St. Ignatius’ Tommy Zeigler, a North Ridgeville resident, (No. 2 at 126); Amherst’s Bryan DeRuchie (alternate at 126); Elyria’s Brandon Egnor (No. 4 at 132); Lorain’s Eli Garcia (No. 7 at 145); Amherst’s Austin Williams (alternate at 152); Amherst’s Mike Wearsch (No. 15 at 160); Elyria’s Taylor Workman (No. 12 at 170); Elyria’s Connor Kamczyc (No. 14 at 195); Elyria’s T.J. Halstead (alternate at 285).
DIVISION II — Vermilion’s Michael Repko (No. 13 at 138).
DIVISION III — Black River’s Sebastian Vidika (No. 3 at 106); Black River’s Spencer White (No. 8 at 113); Black River’s Mike Hozan (No. 6 at 120); Keystone’s Dylan Stiner (alternate at 132); Keystone’s Jacob Worthington (No. 9 at 195); Elyria Catholic’s Adam Kuchta (No. 9 at 220); Clearview’s Deion Arnold (alternate at 285).
Week in review
Midview finished seventh out of nine teams at the Joe Searcy Memorial at Bedford High last Saturday. Leading the way for the Middies with runner-up finishes were Zach Carte at 106 pounds and Zach Frambach at 170. Also placing were Josh Gabor (fourth at 120), Drew Schatz (fourth at 132), Alex Szuch (fifth at 145), Kolby Hirschfelder (fifth at 160) and Sam Taylor (sixth at 113).
• St. Edward went 4-0 at the Detroit Catholic Duals in Novi, Mich., last Saturday. The Eagles defeated Davison (Mich.) 43-15, St. John’s (Mich.) 38-26, Montini Catholic (Ill.) 22-22 (won on criteria) and Detroit Central Catholic 35-17. Montini was ranked No. 7 in the nation, St. John’s was ranked No. 12 and Detroit Central Catholic was ranked No. 14.
• A pair of St. Edward freshmen hailing from Lorain County placed at the Buckeye Wrestling Tournament at Centerville High in Dayton last Saturday, as the Eagles took first place in a 25-team field. Placing for the Eagles were Avon’s Ryan Hall (fourth at 140 pounds) and Avon Lake’s Joe Pavlov (sixth at 152).
• Firelands senior Angel Alexander picked up his 100th career victory last Thursday with a win over Wellington’s Ben Provoznik during a Patriot Athletic Conference dual meet.
Tournaments on tap
Elyria Catholic will compete in the Catholic Invitational Tournament at Olentangy Liberty on Friday through Sunday.
• Brookside, Clearview and Vermilion will compete in the Terry Munroe Invitational at Western Reserve on Friday and Saturday.
• Elyria will compete in the Bill Dies Memorial Invitational at Akron Firestone on Friday and Saturday. The finals will be broadcast Sunday at 8 p.m. on Time Warner Cable Channel 311, and will be available on demand a week later.
• Lorain will compete in the Maumee Bay Classic at Oregon Clay on Friday and Saturday.
• Oberlin will compete in the Cleveland Horizon Science Invitational on Friday and Saturday.
• Midview and host Firelands will compete in the Jim Solomon Falcon Invitational on Saturday.
• Black River and Columbia will compete in the Wooster Invitational on Saturday.
• Wellington will compete in the Husky Duals at Northwestern High on Saturday.
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Wrestler of the week
Matt Hollingsworth, Clearview
WEIGHT: 138 pounds
LAST WEEK: Went 4-0 — a pin, a technical fall and two decisions — to capture the championship in his weight class at the Len Pariano Memorial at Midpark High last Saturday. Hollingsworth turned a 3-1 deficit into a 5-3 victory in the final 10 seconds of the championship match against Cloverleaf’s Anthony Kozma.
MATT’S THOUGHTS ON THE WEEK: “My attitude going in was to go in and have fun and get better. I learned a lot throughout the matches. I made a stupid attempt at the end (of the final) and gave up a takedown, but I hit a Peterson and got two nearfall points.”
OFF THE MAT: Loves to run and is a member of the Clippers’ cross country and track teams. He runs the middle distance events for the track team. Works out at the Samuel L. Felton gym in Lorain during the summer. Enjoys reading during his spare time, and helping his father on home improvement projects.
PARENTS: Gina and Wayne
FUTURE PLANS: He’s undecided across the board — he’s not sure what college he wants to attend, whether he’ll wrestle on the next level or what degree he’ll pursue.
106 — Sebastian Vidika, Black River, 18-1 (.947); Jose Gracia, Elyria Catholic, 14-7 (.667); Jacob Downs, Wellington, 12-7 (.632); Zach Carte, Midview, 11-8 (.579); Nico O’Dor, Elyria, 8-6 (.571); Jarrett Hylton, Clearview, 11-9 (.550).
113 — Spencer White, Black River, 19-1 (.950); Nick Mayer, Avon Lake, 12-1 (.923); Armando Torres, Elyria, 22-3 (.880); Zach Klima, Avon Lake, 15-8 (.652); Aiden Wonder, Brookside, 10-6 (.625); Mike Filiaggi, Elyria Catholic, 16-11 (.593).
120 — Mike Hozan, Black River, 19-3 (.864); Ben Darmstadt, Elyria, 17-3 (.850); Mason Harsar, Elyria Catholic, 18-4 (.818); Dillon Stiner, Keystone, 4-1 (.800); Devin Wray, Firelands, 14-10 (.583); Anthony Mendez, Amherst, 8-6 (.571); Jack Gotier, Avon, 14-11 (.560).
126 — Tommy Zeigler, St. Ignatius/North Ridgeville, 13-2 (.867); Bryan DeRuchie, Amherst, 27-5 (.844); Darrion Overall, Elyria, 25-5 (.833); Joey Bernosky, Avon Lake, 22-5 (.815); Sean Kilbane, Elyria Catholic, 22-5 (.815); Max Kuchenrither, Avon, 23-9 (.719); Devin French, Brookside, 13-6 (.684); Jon Eschedor, Wellington, 14-9 (.609).
132 — Angel Alexander, Firelands, 31-2 (.939); Logan Stiner, Keystone, 17-4 (.810); Mike Hollingsworth, Clearview, 21-5 (.808); Jesse Orantek, Elyria, 20-7 (.741); Brandon Egnor, Elyria, 18-7 (.720); Michael Dolan, Elyria, 10-4 (.714); Ben Provoznik, Wellington, 15-6 (.714); Drew Schatz, Midview, 22-11 (.667); Dave Petrucci, Brookside, 13-9 (.591); Tony Lupico, Midview, 13-11 (.542); Adler Vasiloff, Lutheran West/Vermilion, 14-12 (.538).
138 — Alex Funderburg, Amherst, 24-6 (.800); Matt Hollingsworth, Clearview, 20-5 (.800); Adam Barker, Avon, 15-4 (.789); Chad Shaffer, Elyria, 14-6 (.700).
145 — D.J. Murdock, Avon Lake, 3-0; Ian Standen, Brookside, 21-4 (.840); Jake Delorge, Avon, 25-5 (.833); Bryce Williams, Amherst, 24-6 (.800); Alex Parker, Elyria, 12-5 (.706); Alex Imhoff, Wellington, 14-8 (.636).
152 — Austin Williams, Amherst, 28-4 (.875); Derrick Foster, Clearview, 23-4 (.852); Tyler Thomas, Oberlin, 16-4 (.800); Tyler Mayer, Avon Lake, 18-8 (.692); Josh Kitko, Wellington, 11-10 (.524).
160 — Jerot Schill, Elyria Catholic, 20-2 (.909); Mike Wearsch, Amherst, 28-5 (.848); Kolby Hirschfelder, Midview, 15-6 (.714); Jack Bennett, Clearview, 5-2 (.714).
170 — Zach Frambach, Midview, 7-1 (.875); Mike Sliman, Amherst, 19-4 (.826); Taylor Workman, Elyria, 17-7 (.708); Josh Pierce, Elyria Catholic, 16-11 (.593); David Markiewicz, Black River, 8-6 (.571); Felipe Valadez, Clearview, 10-8 (.556).
182 — Hamza Kirresh, Avon, 24-2 (.923); Derek Eibon, Amherst, 25-4 (.862); Divante Holt, Clearview, 15-5 (.750); Jake Maund, Black River, 15-6 (.714); Kaz Dec, Wellington, 8-6 (.571); Derek Ruffner, Midview, 5-4 (.556).
195 — Austin Kuchta, Elyria Catholic, 26-0; Connor Kamczyc, Elyria, 8-1 (.889); Dennis Breeding, Amherst, 22-5 (.815); Jacob Worthington, Keystone, 16-4 (.800).
220 — Adam Kuchta, Elyria Catholic, 26-0; Ryan Slone, Black River, 14-6 (.700); Todd Hastings, Amherst, 11-9 (.550).
285 — Deion Arnold, Clearview, 11-4 (.733); Andre Torres, Elyria Catholic, 21-9 (.700); T.J. Halstead, Elyria, 16-7 (.696); Stephan Moody, Amherst, 15-10 (.600); Jason Bustance, Keystone, 9-8 (.529).