April 2, 2015

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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…

Wrestling: Avon’s Travis Leopold has come long way in short time, enters postseason 43-0

Travis Leopold

The road has been short and all uphill for Avon senior Travis Leopold. In a true quality-over-quantity story, Leopold has gone from a floundering novice to a top-ranked high school wrestler in just over two years. “He’s really crammed about six years of training into three years,” Eagles coach Mark Porter said. “The thing about Read More…

High school wrestling notes: Locals picked to win state titles

With the retirement of Brian Brakeman and his annual Brakeman Report a few years ago, Ohio high school wrestling fans have turned to Josh Lowe, who writes for multiple national online entities, and his State Tournament Predictions Report for their postseason preview fix. Lowe released his 67-page breakdown earlier this week on Intermatwrestle.com, and the Read More…

Wrestling: Elyria downs Mason, but falls to St. Edward in semifinals of dual team state tournament

Elyria’s Nicholas Mayer tries to catch St. Edward’s Cade Hepner on a roll through in Saturday’s 120-pound semifinal. Mayer got the win, 11-5. RICK TWINING/CHRONICLE

COLUMBUS — Elyria found itself in a couple of holes Saturday afternoon at the Ohio High School Athletic association dual team state tournament at St. John Arena. The Pioneers were able to dig themselves out during a 36-24 quarterfinal victory over Mason, but couldn’t repeat the feat in a 34-24 loss to top-seeded St. Edward in Read More…

Elyria wants to win dual team state tourney, but facing tough competition may pay off later

Elyria wrestlers will represent Lorain County on Saturday at the Division I dual team state tournament 
in Columbus. The Pioneers are the fourth seed and open the tournament against fifth-seeded Mason. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

The Elyria wrestling team earned a trip to the Division I dual team state tournament last week, becoming the first Pioneers boys team to compete at a state tournament since the 1992 baseball team. Now the Pioneers will try to become just the second boys team — matching the 1973 wrestlers — to win a Read More…

High school wrestling: New coach has Firelands on right path

A year ago, Firelands struggled to amass 12 points and finished dead last in the Patriot Athletic Conference Tournament. Last weekend, the Falcons put together a 117-point performance and finished as the PAC runner-up, tying Lutheran West. The biggest change in the program during that span is rookie coach Josh Malave. “When I took over, Read More…

Wrestling: Elyria becomes first school to win 3 Northeast Ohio Conference titles

Elyria’s Ben Darmstadt controls Parma’s Mike Lewis en route to the Northeast Ohio Conference title at 182 pounds Saturday. JUDD SMERGLIA/CHRONICLE

GARFIELD HTS. — The Elyria wrestling team has become the very definition of domination this season. Just days after securing a berth in the Division I dual team state tournament, the Pioneers put on the greatest performance in the history of the Northeast Ohio Conference Tournament. Elyria set records for points, finalists and champions en Read More…