July 30, 2015

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Division I Sectional Wrestling: Competitors ready to rumble as postseason opens

WESTLAKE — Rivalries were created and set up during Friday night’s opening action at the Division I sectional wrestling tournament at Westlake High School. The biggest feud was sparked on the mats during a wild 160-pound quarterfinal between North Ridgeville’s Tommy Wendling (29-4) and Lorain’s Aaron Huff (33-11). The pair engaged in a wild back-and-forth Read More…

Wrestling: Avon’s Travis Leopold has come long way in short time, enters postseason 43-0

Travis Leopold

The road has been short and all uphill for Avon senior Travis Leopold. In a true quality-over-quantity story, Leopold has gone from a floundering novice to a top-ranked high school wrestler in just over two years. “He’s really crammed about six years of training into three years,” Eagles coach Mark Porter said. “The thing about Read More…

High school wrestling notes: Locals picked to win state titles

With the retirement of Brian Brakeman and his annual Brakeman Report a few years ago, Ohio high school wrestling fans have turned to Josh Lowe, who writes for multiple national online entities, and his State Tournament Predictions Report for their postseason preview fix. Lowe released his 67-page breakdown earlier this week on Intermatwrestle.com, and the Read More…

Wrestling: Elyria downs Mason, but falls to St. Edward in semifinals of dual team state tournament

Elyria’s Nicholas Mayer tries to catch St. Edward’s Cade Hepner on a roll through in Saturday’s 120-pound semifinal. Mayer got the win, 11-5. RICK TWINING/CHRONICLE

COLUMBUS — Elyria found itself in a couple of holes Saturday afternoon at the Ohio High School Athletic association dual team state tournament at St. John Arena. The Pioneers were able to dig themselves out during a 36-24 quarterfinal victory over Mason, but couldn’t repeat the feat in a 34-24 loss to top-seeded St. Edward in Read More…

Elyria wants to win dual team state tourney, but facing tough competition may pay off later

Elyria wrestlers will represent Lorain County on Saturday at the Division I dual team state tournament 
in Columbus. The Pioneers are the fourth seed and open the tournament against fifth-seeded Mason. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

The Elyria wrestling team earned a trip to the Division I dual team state tournament last week, becoming the first Pioneers boys team to compete at a state tournament since the 1992 baseball team. Now the Pioneers will try to become just the second boys team — matching the 1973 wrestlers — to win a Read More…

High school wrestling: New coach has Firelands on right path

A year ago, Firelands struggled to amass 12 points and finished dead last in the Patriot Athletic Conference Tournament. Last weekend, the Falcons put together a 117-point performance and finished as the PAC runner-up, tying Lutheran West. The biggest change in the program during that span is rookie coach Josh Malave. “When I took over, Read More…

Wrestling: Elyria becomes first school to win 3 Northeast Ohio Conference titles

Elyria’s Ben Darmstadt controls Parma’s Mike Lewis en route to the Northeast Ohio Conference title at 182 pounds Saturday. JUDD SMERGLIA/CHRONICLE

GARFIELD HTS. — The Elyria wrestling team has become the very definition of domination this season. Just days after securing a berth in the Division I dual team state tournament, the Pioneers put on the greatest performance in the history of the Northeast Ohio Conference Tournament. Elyria set records for points, finalists and champions en Read More…

Wrestling Notes: Important week ahead for Elyria with NOC Tournament, dual team state tourney

Elyria coach Erik Burnett (in hat) gathers the Pioneers on Wednesday after their two wins. RICK TWINING/CHRONICLE

It’s going to be a busy week for the Elyria Pioneers, who will battle for the Northeast Ohio Conference Tournament championship tonight and Saturday, then have six days to prepare for the Division I dual team state tournament in Columbus. The eighth and final NOC title is expected to come down to the Pioneers and Read More…

Wrestling: Elyria dominates Lorain, downs Perrysburg to make state in dual team tournament

Elyria’s Darrion Overall gets a takedown and two-point nearfall in the first 12 seconds on the way to a pin of Lorain’s Sam Martin in 1:27 at 138 pounds on Wednesday. RICK TWINING/CHRONICLE

OREGON — The Elyria wrestling program is used to sending a few wrestlers to the state tournament each season, but the Pioneers will be sending their entire team to Columbus this year. Elyria scored a 64-(-2) win over Lorain in the Division I regional semifinals — Xaevier Edwards and Aaron Huff were accessed unsportsmanlike penalties Read More…

National Signing Day: Lorain’s Ohio State-bound Rashod Berry gets video tribute on big day for local athletes

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Some high school athletes get their family and friends to attend their National Signing Day ceremony. Some get community members and school leaders. Some get a cake, some get a video tribute and some get a nice speech from their coach. Lorain senior Rashod Berry got it all. In one of the most elaborate signing Read More…