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High school wrestling: Lorain makes regional semifinals in team dual tournament

Lorain’s Tyler Casey, front, battles North Ridgeville’s Liam Schill in a 106-pound match Tuesday during the regional quarterfinals of the state dual team tournament at Lorain High. Casey won by technical fall, 21-5. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

LORAIN — In a Division I regional bracket filled with illness and injuries, the Lorain Titans were able to put the healthiest lineup together and win two matches to advance to the regional semifinals of the Ohio High School Athletic Association dual team tournament. Senior Aaron Neal, junior Devione Edwards and freshman Khalil Brown were Read More…

High school wrestling: Elyria brings home Bill Dies Tournament title

Elyria heavyweight Kevin Vough tries to pin Bloom Carroll’s Jacob Packwood on Saturday in the quarters. Vough won the championship. AARON JOSEFCZYK/CHRONICLE

AKRON — Elyria knew it had a formidable wrestling lineup and knew it had been a long while since the Pioneers won a regular-season tournament. In fact, Elyria’s last non-conference tournament victory came in 2003 at the Coshocton Holiday Tournament. Led by sophomore heavyweight Kevin Vough’s dominant performance — not to mention nine other placers Read More…

Elyria Catholic names Dave Stupka head football coach

Dave Stupka

Elyria Catholic named Dave Stupka its new head football coach — appropriately on a Friday night — and the Panthers should see the easiest transition into the role in program history. Stupka served as a Panthers assistant last year, so he’s already familiar with the returning players, and he’s keeping longtime area coach Jeff Riesen Read More…

H.S. Wrestling Notes: Putting together a dream dual team of area talent

The state dual team tournament begins in less than two weeks, which brings us to our annual breakdown of talent in The Chronicle-Telegram’s coverage area. What kind of dual team could we put together and could it win down in Columbus? 106 — Starter: Devione Edwards, Lorain. Backup: Josh Breeding, Elyria. Analysis: You have to Read More…

Wrestling notes: Several area wrestlers picked to win state titles

Wrestling guru Josh Lowe posted his midseason rankings on Intermat.com this week and several area wrestlers are expected to bring home the gold in March. Lowe projects Lorain junior Devione Edwards (106 pounds in Division I), Lutheran West sophomore James Handwerk (170 pounds in Division III), Elyria junior Ben Darmstadt (182 pounds in Division I) Read More…

Elyria Catholic looking for new football coach after Mike Polevacik steps down

Mike Polevacik

Mike Polevacik is no longer the Elyria Catholic football coach, and while neither he nor athletic director Bob Thayer wanted to go into detail about his resigning, both sides stressed they approved of the decision. “After discussion about the future of the Elyria Catholic football program, it was mutually decided that Coach Polevacik would step Read More…

Ohio State defense stops Michigan when it matters most

Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner, right, is sacked by Ohio State defenders Joey Bosa, left, and Michael Bennett Saturday in Columbus. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

COLUMBUS — Ohio State knew offense was not its problem. The Buckeyes were scoring nearly 45 points a game this season, led by freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett, who set the Big Ten season touchdown record Saturday afternoon and had the school record for total offense. But when Barrett went down with a season-ending fractured ankle Read More…

Elyria’s Ben Darmstadt commits to Cornell wrestling

Ben Darmstadt

Elyria junior Ben Darmstadt has been making a lot of noise on the wrestling mats the last two years. At the same time, he was quietly performing at the highest level in the Elyria High classrooms. The two worlds met in the middle of the volume knob Sunday morning when Darmstadt orally committed to Cornell Read More…

Midview’s season comes to a crushing close

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BRUNSWICK — The magical run felt like it might never end for the Midview Middies, but their hopes disappeared quickly Friday night as unbeaten Nordonia scored early and often en route to a 52-14 victory in the Division II, Region 4 championship. Knights senior quarterback David Murray threw for 305 yards and six touchdowns — Read More…

Shaun Bennett: Midview’s high-powered offense suffers rare off night

Nordonia's Connor Olczakle, left, and Justice Alexander, right, sack quarterback Dustin Crum of Midview. DAVID RICHARD / CHRONICLE

There was a long list of things that went wrong for Midview during its Division II regional championship showdown with Nordonia on Friday night, but sitting at No. 1 was the Middies offense. That seems like a stretch when the team surrendered 52 points and gave up 537 yards of total offense during the 52-14 Read More…