May 5, 2015

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State Wrestling: Four from area will take center stage tonight with chance to bring home titles

COLUMBUS — While Elyria’s Ben Darmstadt was the only one blowing out candles Friday, three other area wrestlers were celebrating with him. The quartet won two matches and will battle for state championships tonight. Lutheran West’s James Handwerk, Olmsted Falls’ Noel Caraballo and Pioneers teammate Kevin Vough joined Darmstadt, who celebrated his 17th birthday, as Read More…

State Wrestling Notes: 18 from area survive tough 2 days, will finish as state placers

COLUMBUS — The numbers are impressive. The area sent 25 wrestlers to the state tournament. Fifteen won their opening match, eight advanced to the semifinals and four will wrestle in the finals tonight for state championships. Eighteen of the 25 advanced through two days of tough competition and will stand on podiums tonight — five Read More…

State Wrestling: Elyria gets off to great start, leads in team race after Day 1

COLUMBUS — Elyria made the trip south knowing there was a sizable number of teams that had a reasonable shot at winning the Division I state championship. After Thursday’s opening session, the odds have gotten longer for many of those contenders. Not the Pioneers. They’re on top of the leaderboard, leading 20.5-16.5 over St. Edward. Read More…

State Wrestling Notes: Seven from area rebound from loss with consolation victory

COLUMBUS — While the Day 1 goal at the state tournament is to win and advance to the quarterfinals, the objective changes after an opening-match loss. Such was the case for 10 area wrestlers, and seven of them rebounded to win their consolation first-round matches. “I’ve lost every year in the first round,” said Lutheran Read More…

State Wrestling: Trip to training camp, fresh commitment turned around Nick Mayer’s career

Nick Mayer’s wrestling career reads like a geography lesson. His biddy lessons started at St. Clarence in North Olmsted, he began his high school career at Avon Lake and he transferred to Elyria before his senior season. But it was a trip to Minnesota that was probably the most important stop on the map. “I Read More…

District Wrestling: Elyria has 4 champs, sends 8 to state in memorable weekend

CLEVELAND — The Elyria Pioneers are having a season to remember, and the way they put up school records at this weekend’s Division I district tournament will be hard to forget. Elyria, coming off a record sectional showing last weekend in Westlake, advanced eight wrestlers to the state tournament and finished with four district champions Read More…

High school wrestling: Elyria sends six to Division I district semifinals; Avon’s Travis Leopold suffers first loss of season

CLEVELAND — Wrestling fans normally don’t expect high-level matches on the opening day of the Division I district tournament, but the field at Cleveland State University’s Woodling Gymnasium was packed with talent and the crowd was treated to several state tournament-worthy showdowns Friday night. One of the best came between Avon’s unbeaten Travis Leopold — Read More…

District Wrestling: Brookside’s Ivan Mendoza learned quickly on mat, aims to cap career with trip to state

Brookside’s Ivan Mendoza is 42-2 and has his sights set on reaching the state tournament for the first time. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

When seniors Gio Taw and Josh Amburgey advanced to the Division II district wrestling tournament in 2012, many thought that was the last contribution the pair would make to the Brookside program. But the duo’s hard work is still being seen in Cardinals senior Ivan Mendoza, who will join five teammates tonight at the district Read More…

Sectional Wrestling: Elyria gets 6 champs, gives St. Ed’s a run for its money

Elyria's Mikah Price wrestles Olmsted Falls' Brice Locklear on Saturday during the Division I sectional at Westlake. Locklear won the 152-pound title match. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

WESTLAKE — Wrestling juggernaut St. Edward was able to secure its 40th straight Division I sectional championship Saturday night, but the Elyria Pioneers did everything they could to make it difficult for the Eagles. St. Edward is sending all 14 of its wrestlers to the Cleveland State district tournament, while Elyria is sending a school-record Read More…

Division I Sectional Wrestling: Competitors ready to rumble as postseason opens

WESTLAKE — Rivalries were created and set up during Friday night’s opening action at the Division I sectional wrestling tournament at Westlake High School. The biggest feud was sparked on the mats during a wild 160-pound quarterfinal between North Ridgeville’s Tommy Wendling (29-4) and Lorain’s Aaron Huff (33-11). The pair engaged in a wild back-and-forth Read More…