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High school wrestling: Black River senior Sebastian Vidika follows plan, wins Division III 106-pound state championship

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COLUMBUS — Sometimes a game plan is all you need. Black River’s Sebastian Vidika was told all year that earning a takedown in the first 20 seconds of the match was the key, and the Pirates senior used the strategy to capture the Division III 106-pound state championship Saturday night. The advice was given to Read More…

High school wrestling: Elyria’s Ben Darmstadt, Vermilion’s Mike Repko and Black River’s Sebastian Vidika make finals

Ben Darmstadt, left, of Elyria looks for a takedown against Andrew McNally of Uniontown Lake in a 152-pound semifinal. DAVID RICHARD / CHRONICLE

COLUMBUS — A painful defeat can linger in the mind for a long time, but Friday night Black River coach Corey Kline put a limit on how long senior Sebastian Vidika could think about last season’s semifinal loss. “My speech when we were walking out (to the mat)? I told him to take one second Read More…

State wrestling notes: Division III saves day after early losses

Stan Bleich, right, of Elyria Catholic wrestles in the consolation round in Division III Thursday in Columbus. DAVID RICHARD / CHRONICLE

COLUMBUS — Division III begins the on-mat action at the state tournament, and the area’s D-III wrestlers had a rough go of it. In five opening-round matches, Division III area wrestlers went 1-4. Black River senior Sebastian Vidika pinned Ridgewood’s Colton Bethel at 106 pounds for the lone win. But the four wrestlers who lost their Read More…

State Wrestling: Elyria goes 3-0 on Day 1; area sends 10 to quarterfinals

Kevin Vough, left, of Elyria controls his Division I championship bracket match against Tristan Roberts of GlenOak. DAVID RICHARD / CHRONICLE

COLUMBUS — The Day 1 goal of winning and advancing was expertly executed by Elyria’s three Division I state qualifiers Thursday night. Armando Torres gutted out a 5-1 win in his 120-pound first-round match, Ben Darmstadt breezed to a 7-3 victory at 152 and heavyweight freshman Kevin Vough made a statement with a second-period pin. Read More…

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

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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…