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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…

H.S. Wrestling: Area coaches stress importance, commitment and safety of weight management

The scale has always been important to wrestlers, and local coaches believe hitting and sticking to a target weight teaches discipline and commitment. They also think it’s being accomplished more safely nowadays. (AP file)

The referee grabs the wrestler’s wrist and lifts his hand into the air as the crowd cheers for the victor. But many of those applauding don’t realize how little the minutes on the mat factored into the victory. What they are actually cheering are the previous days, weeks and years of work. Technique, stamina and Read More…

National Signing Day: Local athletes sign on dotted line, commit to colleges

Maddie McQuiston, left, Max Seipel, Ben Oxley, Kyle Kuhar and Collin Lucas sign letters of intent for national signing day at Avon Lake High School on Wednesday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

The heavy snow might have pulled the plug on National Signing Day ceremonies across Northeast Ohio, but it wasn’t able to eliminate the excitement for the area’s athletes who still sent out their letters of intent. Read More…

Videos: Avon Lake athletes sign Letters of Intent

Maddie McQuiston, left, Max Seipel, Ben Oxley, Kyle Kuhar and Collin Lucas sign letters of intent for national signing day at Avon Lake High School on Wednesday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Avon Lake was one of the few area schools that didn’t close due to the weather, and five athletes were able to enjoy an official signing ceremony for National Signing Day. Three Shoremen football players will be in Division I programs in the fall — Ben Oxley is headed to Northwestern, Kyle Kuhar signed with Read More…

Five individuals, one team make Elyria Sports Hall of Fame

ELYRIA — The Elyria Sports Hall of Fame selected its 43rd class Monday night. This year’s inductees include Elyria West baseball standout T.J. Staton, Elyria High wrestling state champion Tim Sweigard, Elyria High volleyball and basketball star Jessy Verhoff, Elyria Catholic track sprinter Mike Kozma, Elyria Catholic baseball star David Krol and the 1964 Elyria Read More…

High school wrestling: Avon captures WSC title

Avon's Joe Travigilante goes in to try to pin Vermilion's Anthony Strater in the 220 pound weight class championship. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — The space between Avon and North Ridgeville in the West Shore Conference race was razor thin. The programs matched each other’s regular-season performance, were tied after the tournament semifinals and the Eagles led by just two points going into the placement matches Saturday night. That’s when Avon turned on the jets and never Read More…

Wrestling notes: A look at area’s best

A look at area’s best Read More…

High school wrestling: Elyria falls to Oregon Clay, comes up just short in bid to make state in dual team tournament

Elyria's Armando Torres scores a first-period pin against Oregon Clay's Chad Berning at 120 pounds Wednesday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — An escape here, a reversal there … the Pioneers knew they were just a move or two away Wednesday night from winning a Division I regional championship in the second annual state dual team tournament. Elyria rolled through Mount Vernon in a regional semifinal, then lost 36-30 to Oregon Clay in the final. Read More…

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…