July 30, 2014

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Elyria’s Mitcheff basks in state wrestling spotlight: Past champion always seems to take it up a notch in Columbus

When Elyria senior Steve Mitcheff steps onto the mats at Value City Arena in Columbus each season, he becomes a different wrestler. “I’m never ever nervous when Steve is in the championship bracket at state,” Pioneer teammate Zack Goins said. “He’s had some losses to guys throughout the season but he always came back to Read More…

High school wrestling: State tournament capsules

DIVISION I AMHERST COMETS Aaron Winemiller YEAR: Senior WEIGHT: 171 pounds RECORD: 30-6 TOURNAMENT TESTED: Champion at the Knights of Columbus tournament in Avon Lake, and runner-up at the Southwestern Conference tournament. Runner-up at the Southview sectional and Marion Harding district. STATE EXPERIENCE: Second year. STATE OUTLOOK: Ranked No. 3 in the state, so he Read More…

Division I district wrestling: Avon Lake’s Tomanek making most of senior year, makes state with 18 others from area

MARION — Some wrestlers buckle under the pressure of performing well during the postseason of their senior season. Others, like Avon Lake’s Mark Tomanek, win district championships. “I work good under pressure I guess,” Tomanek said. Tomanek’s accomplishments this season have been jaw-dropping — a 38-2 record, a 160-pound championship in the always-tough Southview sectional Read More…

Go fourth and prosper: Midview’s Pincura, Avon Lake’s Jardonek beat long odds to make district wrestling semis

MARION — There aren’t too many things tougher in the sport of wrestling than coming into the first day of a district tournament as a No. 4 seed and rolling into the semifinals. Yet two of the 20 area wrestlers that went unbeaten at the Division I tournament Friday night at Marion Harding did just Read More…

Byrd looking to change luck at district wrestling tournament

Injuries cost Greg Byrd at the Division I district wrestling tournaments the past two seasons. A scheduling mishap cost him the bulk of his senior season. But the North Ridgeville heavyweight doesn’t plan on letting anything cost him his final shot at a trip to the state tournament. Byrd will compete in the Marion Harding Read More…

Boys sectional basketball: Westlake downs Amherst for third time this season

EATON TWP. — The Demons got what they wished for. Now it’s time to be careful. Westlake scored a 50-41 victory over Amherst — its third win over the Comets this season — in Wednesday night’s Division I sectional opener, and now will face the No. 2-seeded Elyria Pioneers on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Read More…

Division I sectional wrestling: Elyria, Southview manage to shine despite St. Ed’s shadow

LORAIN — While St. Edward took its usual spot at the top of the leaderboard, Lorain County powers Elyria and Southview were putting on a show just below at the Division I sectional tournament Saturday night. The Pioneers finished second with a pair of sectional champions and will have nine wrestlers at next weekend’s district Read More…

Division I sectional wrestling: Southview hanging tough with St. Edward juggernaut after Day 1

LORAIN — While a good performance on the opening night of the sectional wrestling tournament can help build confidence, it was a surprisingly human outing by St. Edward that seemed to have 11 other teams at Southview High walking with some spring in their steps. The Eagles have won 31 straight Division I sectional titles Read More…

Szente a complex, yet powerful leader for EC wrestlers

The simple truth about Elyria Catholic senior Dane Szente is that wrestling chose him, both literally and figuratively. “I still remember the day I got cut from the basketball team during my freshman year,” Szente said. “I was walking away from the list and (former Panthers) Coach (John) McNulty grabbed me by the weight room Read More…

Indiana’s White too much inside for Ohio State

COLUMBUS — Ohio State asked its fans for a “white out” against No. 14 Indiana on Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, White was everywhere but out during the Big Ten showdown. Hoosiers senior forward D.J. White was above the rim, in the paint and on the boards as Indiana came away with a 59-53 Read More…