Highland, Walsh, CVCA win sectional wrestling titles - WSL
Individuals have strong showings
GREATER AKRON — Dozens of local wrestlers are preparing for this week’s district tournaments after qualifying at their various sectional tournaments Feb. 15-17. Highland and Walsh Jesuit high schools and Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy (CVCA) won their team’s sectional championship.
Highland, which hosted the Highland Division II Sectional, outscored runner-up Parma Padua High School by 34.5 points.
“It was a nice perk to be in a comfortable environment,” said Highland head coach Mark Savoia, “but we’ve been rolling all year. We prepared just as we do for any tournament.
Bart Young (112-pound weight class), Logan Gresock (135), Steve Timoteo (152) and Tyler Houska (215) won individual titles for the Hornets. Dan Mirman (103), Jake Rininger (119), Jon McKee (140) and Ben Brown (160) also advanced to the Fostoria Division II District Tournament at Fostoria High School Feb. 22-23.
“We will be up against Oak Harbor, which is the No. 2 team in the state,” said Savoia. “Eastwood is also in the top 10. Lexington is very solid, and Clyde has a good team, too.”
Walsh also hosted and won its Division II Sectional Tournament. The Warriors beat out second-place Ravenna High School by 49 points. The team will head to the Firestone Division II District Tournament Feb. 22-23 at Firestone High School.
Chase Skonieczny (135), Cody Cheatham (160), Kevin Bailey (189) and Chris Ciraldo (heavyweight) took home first-place honors for the Warriors. Other district qualifiers included Johnny DiJulius (103), Zach Jakubek (130), Dillon Magalski (171), Henry Hamlin (112), Richie Knotek (125), David Hurley (140), Tim Spence (152) and Tom DeRoia (215).
Walsh head coach Bill Barger said his wrestlers will face strong competition at this weekend’s district tournament.
“Aurora, Ravenna and University School will all be tough,” he said. “Kenston has got a good team. Several schools will be bringing nine or 10 guys.
“We wrestled very aggressively at sectionals, and I was very pleased,” he added. “I think we have as good a chance as anyone to win the district.”
Revere High School placed fourth at the Walsh sectional. Jon Kostandaras won the 125-pound title. Mike Scavuzzo (119), Tim Bihun (145), Zachary Peterson (160), Patrick Lyden (189), Alex Wolff (215) and Tim Calvey (285) also qualified for districts at Firestone.
Also competing at the Walsh sectional, Copley High School’s John Dittrich (140), Jeremy Dombrady (119) and Josh Tomayko (135) qualified for the district tournament at Firestone.
St. Vincent-St. Mary (STVM) High School took third place at the North Canton Division II Sectional Tournament. Other local schools competing there included Norton, Archbishop Hoban and Buchtel high schools. Qualifying wrestlers from those schools will compete at the Firestone district meet.
STVM’s Darren Tate won the 160-pound championship. Zak Vargo (112), Jacob Piatt (125), Carlos Lugo (215), Nate Nasrallah (189) and Brian Creswell (heavyweight) also reached the districts for the Fighting Irish.
Hoban’s district qualifiers included Laymon Carter (160), Anthony Wise (215), Brett Santoferraro (130), Joe Schindel (152) and Dominic Williams (171).
Billy Paluch (135) and Drew Leonard (145) won sectional titles for Norton. They will go to districts with teammates Josh Beddow (103), Reed Zupancic (140) and Ryan Stimac (125).
“I think our guys exceeded what we anticipated,” said Norton head coach Gene Leonard. “The amazing thing is that Paluch didn’t even place in our league tournament. Regardless of the score, he can step over, reach back for the head and put a guy onto his back for the pin.”
Tremaine Jones of Buchtel High School qualified for districts in the 103-pound division.
CVCA won the Rootstown Division III Sectional Tournament, outscoring Woodridge High School 218-195. They will head to the Maple Heights Division III District Tournament Feb. 22-23 at Maple Heights High School.
The Royals had five sectional champions: Brandon Sommers (119), Shelton Morris (125), Tyler Powers (130), Jared Kusar (152) and Alex Utley (160). Also qualifying for districts for CVCA were Matthew Hickin (135), Greg Hojnacki (189), Seth Powers (103) and Joseph Hickin (145).
Woodridge got individual championships from Lambert McElrath (140), Lou Leiby (145) and Andy Jenkins (171). The Bulldogs also will send Donny Montoney (130), Pat Rado (152), Brad Norval (119), Jeremy Hathaway (160) and Andy Fay (189) to districts.
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