November 21, 2014


High school wrestling: Elyria Catholic chooses former Lakewood coach Vinnie Curiale to give program a lift

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Elyria Catholic was looking for an experienced wrestling coach. Vinnie Curiale was looking for a job. The stars aligned and the Panthers hired the former Lakewood and Avon Lake coach Tuesday afternoon. “It’s a real nice fit,” EC athletic director Bob Thayer said. “We were going through the process and we got a lot of Read More…

Olympic hockey goalie Brianne McLaughlin saves her rest for last

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CLEVELAND — The few minutes Brianne McLaughlin was able to sit down and watch the Cleveland Cavaliers game Tuesday night must have felt like heaven. The Sheffield native spent the rest of the evening taking pictures, signing autographs, participating in a halftime ceremony and even throwing promotional T-shirts into the crowd. The hectic schedule was Read More…

Black River’s Sebastian Vidika named wrestler of year as all-stars enjoy a night of competition, fun

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ELYRIA — The area wrestlers, coaches and fans said goodbye to another high school season Thursday night, and the three top seniors got to perform on the mats one last time during the 34th annual Lorain County Wrestling All-Star Meet. The action kicked off with Black River’s Sebastian Vidika, who won the Division III 106-pound Read More…

State wrestling: Lorain’s Edwards give his all

lorain's Devione Edwards tries to get back on his feet in his consolation win over Trent Gill of Hilliard Davidson. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

COLUMBUS — Many area wrestlers gave it their all during the state wrestling tournament this weekend at Value City Arena, but Lorain sophomore Devione Edwards truly left his blood and sweat out on the mats. There is no official record, but Edwards might have spent more time being tended to during blood timeouts than any Read More…

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


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

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…