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H.S. Wrestling: Elyria gets 2 easy wins, advances to regional semis of dual team state tourney

Elyria’s Armando Torres, top, defeats Lorain’s Brandon Bartlome at 120 pounds Wednesday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — A pair of victories and advancement to the regional semifinals in the second annual dual team state tournament was the main order of the night. The Pioneers happened to grab some Lorain County bragging rights on the side. Top-seeded Elyria blew through Madison Comprehensive (61-18) in the opening round, then downed No. 4 Read More…

High School Wrestling: Job forces Elyria Catholic coach to step down

A promotion in one job forced Tony Filiaggi to give up another. Filiaggi resigned as Elyria Catholic’s wrestling coach during the Christmas break, and Panthers athletic director Bob Thayer has taken over the program’s reins for the remainder of the season. “I’m the coach in name only,” Thayer said. “I’m really more of a supervisor Read More…

H.S. Wrestling: Brookside, Keystone roll to wins in PAC quad meet

Brookside's Ivan Mendoza, top, controls Oberlin's Wesley Gallion on Thursday during a Patriot Athletic Conference quad. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

SHEFFIELD — The Stars were out Thursday night, and they took turns rolling over the Stripes. Brookside and Keystone — members of the Patriot Athletic Conference’s Stars Division — handed lopsided defeats to Columbia and Oberlin — PAC Stripes Division members — in a conference quad meet that saw as many forfeits as matches wrestled. Read More…

Lorain High picks McFarland to turn football program around

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Lorain High is ready for its football coach to turn the Titans program into the Division I powerhouse many Lorain County fans expected it to be when Admiral King and Southview consolidated four years ago. The Titans believe Dave McFarland can get the job done. Lorain City Schools will recommend McFarland’s hire at the first Read More…

Motorsports: Merger gives Elyria’s Dave Connolly a new ticket to drive in NHRA’s Pro Stock series

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Dave Connolly is back in the saddle again — and the Elyria driver will be looking to make up for lost time in the NHRA’s Pro Stock series. Cagnazzi Racing, the group Connolly has worked for the past decade, announced a merger with Gray Motorsports in October, with the plans being to run three Pro Read More…

High school wrestling: Kuchta brothers want to lead Lorain to new heights

The Titans got an offseason boost when identical twin brothers Adam, left, and Austin Kuchta transferred from Elyria Catholic to Lorain High. Both Kuchtas wrestled their way to the Division III state tournament last season. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

The Kuchtas have gotten used to the double takes. The lingering stares and the dropped jaws have also become routine. The other thing senior identical twins Adam and Austin Kuchta have become accustomed to — yet never get tired of — is having their hands raised in the center of the wrestling mat. The brothers Read More…

High school football: All-Ohio lists for Divisions IV and V

COLUMBUS — The 2013 Associated Press Division IV All-Ohio high school football team, based on the recommendations of a state media panel: DIVISION IV First Team OFFENSE: Ends – Ty Griffith, Newark Licking Valley, 6-2, 175, sr.; Justin Sawmiller, Kenton, 6-1, 185, sr.; Lance Billings, Lorain Clearview, 5-11, 160, soph.; Matt Iammarino, Chagrin Falls, 5-8, 150, Read More…

High school football: Elyria linebacker Connor Kamczyc makes first-team All-Ohio for the second straight season

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It takes a special kind of football player to grab a spot on the All-Ohio first team in back-to-back seasons, but if there’s a high school athlete who knows a thing or two about grabbing hold of things it’s Elyria senior Connor Kamczyc. Kamczyc, a 6-foot, 215-pound linebacker, landed on the Division I All-Ohio first Read More…

High school football: All-Ohio lists for Divisions I and II

COLUMBUS — The 2013 Associated Press Division I All-Ohio high school football team, based on the recommendations of a state media panel: DIVISION I First Team OFFENSE: Ends_Torrodd Carter, Westerville South, 6-2, 180, sr.; Brandon Fritts, Mentor, 6-4, 220, jr.; Colton Whited, Hudson, 6-2, 175, jr. Linemen_Chuck Zaborsky, Austintown Fitch, 6-1, 251, sr.; Jimmy Byrne, Read More…

Ohio State notes: Carlos Hyde hits milestone, becomes Urban Meyer’s first running back to rush for 1,000 yards in a season

Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde, right, scores against Indiana's Mark Murphy, left, and Greg Heban. The running back with 1,521 yards and 15 touchdowns has graduated, leaving a need for the Buckeyes' offense. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

COLUMBUS — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer’s resume is long and there aren’t too many accomplishments he can’t put on it, but coaching a 1,000-yard running back was one of the missing pieces — until Saturday. Senior Carlos Hyde rushed for 117 yards in the Buckeyes’ 42-14 win over Indiana to become the first Ohio Read More…