April 17, 2014


State Wrestling Preview: Elyria senior Armando Torres hopes to put heartbreak in past, bring home championship

Armando Torres

Postseason heartbreak. Elyria senior Armando Torres knows a little bit about the subject. Whether it’s a knee injury, a blemish on the nose or the vanishing of a third-period lead in the state final, the Pioneers’ 120-pounder has experienced a variety of postseason letdowns during his high school career. Torres is ready to put it Read More…

Division I district wrestling: Elyria’s Vough shines

Elyria freshman Kevin Vough is in control Saturday during his semifinal bout at 285 pounds. Vough won the district title. RON SCHWANE/CHRONICLE

CLEVELAND — It was hard to tell what moved faster — the wave of euphoria that rushed over the Elyria High contingent or the wind out of the sails of Perrysburg heavyweight Cale Bonner — the projected state champion — after he was pinned by Pioneers freshman Kevin Vough in the Division I district tournament Read More…

District wrestling: Lutheran West’s Jake DeLorge has earned berths in every division

Lutheran West senior Jake DeLorge is ready for the Division III district wrestling tournament at Garfield Heights High tonight. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

When it comes to high school district wrestling tournaments, Lutheran West senior Jake DeLorge will always have a special place in Ohio’s history books. DeLorge has qualified to three district tournaments during his high school career — one in each of the state’s three divisions. DeLorge wrestled his way to the Division II district tournament Read More…

Sectional Wrestling: Lorain’s Edwards brothers win titles in thrilling fashion

Elyria freshman 285-pounder Kevin Vough controls Olmsted Falls’ Jordan Lee on Saturday in Lorain. Vough won the sectional championship. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — The finals got started with a bang Saturday night when Lorain sophomore Devione Edwards used a late takedown to score an upset win over St. Edward’s Alan Hart for the 106-pound Division I sectional championship. Edwards’ brother, Xaevier, provided the encore with a thrilling one-point victory over Elyria’s Brendan Price in the 126-pound Read More…

Division I sectional wrestling: Westlake senior Yousef Mustafa makes semifinals, wouldn’t mind a little respect

Elyria's Mikah Price gets out from under an attempt pin by St. Edward's High School's Jack Conway in the 138lb weight class in the Lorain Sectional Division I finals on Friday  at Lorain High School. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

LORAIN — Many of the wrestlers at the Division I sectional tournament at Lorain High on Friday night felt pretty good. Some felt exhausted. A few even felt a bit disrespected. Westlake senior Yousef Mustafa fell into all three categories after winning his 195-pound quarterfinal — a 9-4 decision over Avon’s Paul Sturm — to Read More…

Wrestling Sectional Preview: Sport finds way into heart of Amherst’s Mike Wearsch, who’s aiming for 2nd straight trip to state

Amherst senior wrestler Mike Wearsch Feb. 12.  Steve Manheim

Sometimes it’s not love at first sight. Sometimes it takes a little work to create the passion. “I did biddy (wrestling) when I was in the third grade for a couple weeks and I quit,” Amherst senior Mike Wearsch said. “I didn’t like it, it was too hard. I was kind of a chubby kid Read More…

H.S. Wrestling: Area coaches stress importance, commitment and safety of weight management

The scale has always been important to wrestlers, and local coaches believe hitting and sticking to a target weight teaches discipline and commitment. They also think it’s being accomplished more safely nowadays. (AP file)

The referee grabs the wrestler’s wrist and lifts his hand into the air as the crowd cheers for the victor. But many of those applauding don’t realize how little the minutes on the mat factored into the victory. What they are actually cheering are the previous days, weeks and years of work. Technique, stamina and Read More…

National Signing Day: Local athletes sign on dotted line, commit to colleges

Maddie McQuiston, left, Max Seipel, Ben Oxley, Kyle Kuhar and Collin Lucas sign letters of intent for national signing day at Avon Lake High School on Wednesday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

The heavy snow might have pulled the plug on National Signing Day ceremonies across Northeast Ohio, but it wasn’t able to eliminate the excitement for the area’s athletes who still sent out their letters of intent. Read More…

Videos: Avon Lake athletes sign Letters of Intent

Maddie McQuiston, left, Max Seipel, Ben Oxley, Kyle Kuhar and Collin Lucas sign letters of intent for national signing day at Avon Lake High School on Wednesday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Avon Lake was one of the few area schools that didn’t close due to the weather, and five athletes were able to enjoy an official signing ceremony for National Signing Day. Three Shoremen football players will be in Division I programs in the fall — Ben Oxley is headed to Northwestern, Kyle Kuhar signed with Read More…

Five individuals, one team make Elyria Sports Hall of Fame

ELYRIA — The Elyria Sports Hall of Fame selected its 43rd class Monday night. This year’s inductees include Elyria West baseball standout T.J. Staton, Elyria High wrestling state champion Tim Sweigard, Elyria High volleyball and basketball star Jessy Verhoff, Elyria Catholic track sprinter Mike Kozma, Elyria Catholic baseball star David Krol and the 1964 Elyria Read More…