February 14, 2016

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About Shaun Bennett

Shaun Bennett is a sportswriter for The Chronicle-Telegram, with primary beats of Ohio State football and high school wrestling. He can be reached at 329-7137 or SBennett@chroniclet.com. Like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.

H.S. Wrestling: Elyria in fine form, facing high expectations heading into state Dual Team Tournament on Sunday

The Elyria Pioneers are expected to do better at the OHSAA state Dual Team Tournament than they did last season. If they meet the expectations, they will advance to the final as the No. 2 seed and possibly pull off the upset and win their first state title since 1973. Elyria is one of eight Read More…

H.S. Wrestling Notes: Assistant coach Jeremy Johnson giving Avon a boost

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It’s hard to dispute that the level of wrestling in Lorain County has steadily risen over the last decade. While some might think it has a lot to do with the great coverage given to the sport by the local media, a more likely factor is the steady addition of top-tier assistant coaches. The county Read More…

Elyria Sports Hall of Fame: Class of 2016 selected, loaded with track stars

ELYRIA — The Elyria Sports Hall of Fame is getting a lot faster. The Hall selected its 45th class Monday night, and it’s dominated by track stars. The 2016 inductees are Elyria High track’s Mike Inge, Elyria Catholic track’s Jessica Patton, Elyria High volleyball’s Jenn Snyder-Larrick, Elyria High basketball’s Lisa Verhoff-Medvetz, Elyria High wrestling’s Tom Read More…

H.S. Wrestling: Elyria continues winning ways in inaugural GCC tourney

EUCLID — The name of the conference tournament may have changed, but the result remained the same. It was all Elyria during the inaugural Greater Cleveland Conference tournament Saturday afternoon, just a year after the Pioneers set the points record in the final installment of the Northeast Ohio Conference tournament. Elyria advanced 11 wrestlers into Read More…

H.S. Wrestling Notes: Elyria has strong shot at 2 state titles, but Josh Lowe predicts a 2nd-place finish at individual tourney

The Elyria Pioneers will get a chance to win their first state championship since 1973 on Feb. 14 in Columbus at the Dual Team Tournament, and wrestling guru Josh Lowe is picking them to finish second at the individual state tournament in March. Lowe, who is the national high school wrestling analyst for Intermatwrestle.com, has Read More…

High school wrestling: Elyria gets spark from Tristan Brady’s last-second pin, qualifies to state dual team tournament

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ELYRIA — Perrysburg had won three straight matches and was on the verge of taking the lead in the Division I regional final of the OHSAA Dual Team Tournament on Wednesday night. That’s when Elyria junior Tristan Brady provided a huge boost that the Pioneers used to roll to a 54-14 victory. The regional championship Read More…

National Signing Day: Area not lacking for talent

North Ridgeville senior Demario McCall watched one top recruit after another bounce from one college program to another in a flurry of commitments and decommitments. McCall’s feet stayed toasty warm and he signed his National Letter of Intent on Wednesday morning to play football for Ohio State. “I knew where I wanted to go to Read More…

Shaun Bennett: Elyria’s Tadaaki Hatta remembers Dave Schultz on the anniversary of the Olympic great’s death

The wrestling world was affected greatly by the life and death of Olympic champion Dave Schultz, whose murder was depicted in the 2014 Oscar-nominated film “Foxcatcher” starring Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo and Steve Carell. Schultz trained and coached at the Foxcatcher Farm, which was funded by millionaire philanthropist John du Pont, in Pennsylvania. Tuesday marked Read More…

H.S. Wrestling: Cameron King’s impressive win helps Elyria oust Midview from dual team tournament

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ELYRIA — Cameron King is surrounded in the lineup by state champions. The Elyria 220-pounder is sandwiched between Ben Darmstadt, who won the Division I 182-pound state title last season, at 195 and returning heavyweight state champ Kevin Vough at 285. So the Pioneers junior has picked up a couple of moves. “They keep me Read More…

Elyria Catholic grad and Super Bowl winner Matt Wilhelm presents school with golden football, shares his experiences

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ELYRIA — It’s well known that Elyria Catholic’s colors are green and white, but Monday morning the Panthers added a little gold. Matt Wilhelm, a 1999 graduate, stopped by after the all-county liturgy to deliver a golden football, which was part of an NFL promotion celebrating the Super Bowl’s 50th anniversary. “So an email came Read More…