October 25, 2014

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State wrestling: Three titles down, one to go for Columbia Township’s Collin Palmer

COLUMBUS — It’s easier to follow the snowplow than it is trying to drive in front of it. That was the thought process of St. Edward junior Collin Palmer when discussing whether older brother Lance had it rougher as the first in his family to win four high school state championships or if Collin has Read More…

Dream of a state title still alive for three area wrestlers

COLUMBUS — When all the smoke cleared and all the bruised and battered combatants had left the mats, three area wrestlers remained with the opportunity to capture Division I state wrestling championships. To nobody’s surprise, St. Edward junior Collin Palmer will be up for his third state title in as many years during tonight’s championship Read More…

State wrestling: Lorain County has big first day

COLUMBUS — Lorain County had a strong showing on Day 1 of the Division I state wrestling tournament, going 10-1 during the first round. “We’ve been starting to take it to a higher level in Lorain County,” said Amherst senior Aaron Winemiller, who scored a 4-3 decision in his opener. “You see Lorain County teams Read More…

State wrestling notes: Area 4 rebound from losses

COLUMBUS — While nobody wants to suffer a loss during his first match at the state tournament, losing a second and being eliminated on the first day of competition can be downright heartbreaking. Of the seven area wrestlers that lost in the first round Thursday night at Value City Arena, four came back to pick Read More…

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…