By Dan Gilles
The four area high schools competing at last weekend’s Division I Sectional Wrestling Tournament at Lorain High School had to do so, literally, in the shadow of St. Edward.
With St. Ed’s advancing all 14 wrestlers to the championship match, and winning 13 of those matches, the remaining teams were left to pick up the pieces.
While no area wrestler claimed a sectional championship – including Bay Village’s Markus Scheidel from St. Ed’s – they will be well represented at this weekend’s Ashland District Tournament, with 19 total wrestlers placing in the top four at Lorain.
Scheidel was the lone St. Ed’s wrestler to not win a sectional title. The 145-pound junior (26-9) ran into Avon senior Zane Zeman, a defending Division II state runner-up, in the finals and dropped a tough 7-4 match.
Zeman used a five-point move in the second period to take control of Scheidel. The two wrestled at the Ironman, and Zeman’s overtime takedown – the lone takedown of the match – gave him the win there, too.
“This was an awesome feeling,” said Zeman, who was ranked third in the Brakeman Report one spot behind Scheidel. “But, this one could have gone either way. I only got one takedown, and he only got one takedown. I was just able to get some back points. We’re very equal wrestlers, so those are always fun matches and I really enjoyed both times we’ve wrestled.”
The Eagles still won their 33rd consecutive sectional title with 357.5 points.
“Zane’s a very tough wrestler,” St. Ed’s coach Greg Urbas said. “He was second in the state last year, and our kid was fourth. It was a heck of a match. Zane won, but next week’s a new tournament.”
Several other area wrestlers had their chances to thwart St. Ed’s championship run, but all came up a bit short.
Junior Chase DuPratt (113, 35-6) and seniors Nick Asadorian (126, 37-6) and Nick Sommer (152, 40-10) each reached the finals for the Bulldogs, who finished third with 159.5 points, but couldn’t move past the Green and Gold barrier.
DuPratt lost to Alex Moore, 6-1; Asadorian was handed a 16-0 technical fall from two-time defending state champion Dean Heil; and Sommer was pinned in 3:49 by Matt VanCuren.
Joining them at districts include seniors Scott Ahern (third, 138), Kyle Kokitka (third, 160) and Scott Linville (fourth, 182) and sophomore Jordan Lee (fourth, 220).
“We made a pretty good dent in it,” Olmsted Falls coach Bill McGrain said. “I think we’re bringing the guys who have the most legitimate shot to get out (to state) next week. We squeezed a few other guys along, but we also suffered a few disappointments here as well.
“We had a really, really bad draw at 106, where (David Lance) had to get through (Drew) Dickson and (Dominic) Diaz both. Our kid battled both of those guys really well, but having that St. Ed’s kid (L.J. Bentley) get a low seed and seeing him do what he did really hurt that bracket. Other than that, we were pretty happy.”
Lance lost to Lorain’s Diaz, 6-1, in the semifinals, and to North Ridgeville’s Dickson, 11-7, in the consolation semifinals. He bounced back to pin Midview’s Allec Kholhoff in 3:44 to place fifth.
In the third-place matches, Ahern defeated Westlake’s Josh Pappas, 6-2, while Kokitka edged North Olmsted’s Adel Shoman in overtime, 8-6. Linville was edged, 3-2, by Avon’s Hamza Kirresh, while Lee was defeated, 10-5, by Lorain’s Deshonte Davis.
Westlake, after Friday’s portion, was 10th out of 11 teams with just 17 points, but if you dismiss John Marshall’s non-scoring entity, it made that standing seem worse.
However, the Demons had a fantastic Saturday to wind up in fifth place with 86 points, advancing four wrestlers to districts.
“It was scary when we go into (Saturday) on the bottom of the pack,” Westlake coach Mike Antonyzyn said. “But we came back and I think we wrestled very well. We’re a young team. I think we showed off the (Southwestern) Conference pretty well with Falls, North Olmsted and us all finishing in a pack in the top five.
“I was real, real proud of my kids. We had eight kids place in the top six and four in the top four. For a young team, I’m real proud of them, and I thought they fared very well.”
Junior Logan Paul (160, 32-8) was the lone finalist for the Demons. However, he was handed a 13-2 major decision loss from defending state placer Jacob Davis in the championship.
Paul will be joined in Ashland by freshman Pappas, senior Andrew Spreng (third, 113) and sophomore Ahmad Mustafa (fourth, 285). Spreng defeated Lorain’s Michael Kopp, 12-6, while Mustafa was edged in overtime, 1-0, by North Ridgeville’s Nick Bailey in the third-place matches.
“I was very impressed with Logan Paul,” Antonyzyn said. “He wrestled Kokitka in the semifinals, and Kokitka dropped down from 170 to 160, and he’s a big 60, but Paul was able to beat him (6-3) and get to the finals.
“Andrew Spreng came back with two wins after losing in the semifinals, and his goal was to get to districts. Taking a third was really good for him, and there’s not a lot of difference between a second and a third once you get to districts.”
North Olmsted took fourth in the team race with 120 points and will have six district qualifiers, led by 170-pound junior Alexander Belaia-Marti (26-6).
Belaia-Marti was the Eagles’ lone finalist. However, he was defeated by defending state champion Mark Martin, 11-4, in the finals. He edged Lorain’s John Findley, 1-0, in the semifinals.
He will be joined by seniors Dominick Armstrong (third, 120), Kyle Biggs (third, 132) and Brian Brunner (third, 145), junior Shoman (fourth, 160) and sophomore Mustafa Al-Najjar (fourth, 195). Brunner (27-4) is a former state qualifier.
It was a disappointing sectional for Lakewood, who finished 10th with 45.5 points and only qualified one wrestler to districts. That was senior William Abdel-Salam (42-4), who reached the finals at 132 but lost to Edgar Bright, 13-7.
Sophomore Yassir Abdel-Salam (138) and senior Adam Feckley (145) each reached the semifinals. However, both went 0-2 on Saturday in district-qualifying matches and both wound up fifth in their respective weight classes.
Division II Medina Sectional: Bay, Fairview and Rocky River combined to advance seven wrestlers to this weekend’s Division II Marion Harding District Tournament, by virtue of their placements at the Medina Sectional.
Bay, which took fifth with 91 points, led the area contingent with four district qualifiers – junior Ben Tepper (second, 106), junior Adam Tepper (second, 113), sophomore Dominic Ruma (third, 152) and junior Joe Kubinski (fourth, 160).
Fairview, which took ninth with 63.5 points, will only have one – junior Tyler Keating (third, 182).
Rocky River, which took 10th with 55 points, wound up with two – sophomore Dominic Campanalie (fourth, 152) and junior Jesse Singler (fourth, 220).
Ben Tepper (19-4) lost to Milan Edison’s Jude Michael, 4-1, in the 106-pound finals, while Adam Tepper (32-7) was pinned by Milan Edison’s Dalton Howard in 1:00 in the 113-pound finals.
Division III Brooklyn Sectional: Lutheran West finished sixth out of 13 teams with 134.5 points and will have five wrestlers competing at this weekend’s Division III Garfield Heights District Tournament, by virtue of its placement at the Brooklyn Sectional.
The Longhorns were led by 106-pound freshman Tim Mecklenburg (32-3) and 138-pound junior Chance Huey (22-17), who both reached the sectional championship match. However, both came up short in their respective quests for a sectional championship – Mecklenburg was handed a 15-7 major decision loss from Cuyahoga Heights’ Nick Orr, and Huey was defeated, 5-2, by Columbia’s Shane Lambert.
They will be joined by junior Bryce Deblock (113, 30-11), senior Ryan Rusnak (126, 28-9) and junior Andrew Liese (160, 28-11) at districts. All three finished third in their respective weight classes at Brooklyn.
Area District qualifiers
Division I (19 total)
St. Edward (1 total)
145 – Markus Scheidel (11/Bay Village), 26-9
Olmsted Falls (7 total)
113 – Chase DuPratt (11), 35-6
126 – Nick Asadorian (12), 37-6
138 – Scott Ahern (12), 26-17
152 – Nick Sommer (12), 40-10
160 – Kyle Kokitka (12), 35-11
182 – Scott Linville (12), 30-8
220 – Jordan Lee (10), 28-11
North Olmsted (6 total)
120 – Dominick Armstrong (12), 19-8
132 – Kyle Biggs (12), 16-6
145 – Brian Brunner (12), 27-4
160 – Adel Shoman (11), 22-13
170 – Alexander Belaia-Marti (11), 26-6
195 – Mustafa Al-Najjar (10), 16-8
Westlake (4 total)
113 – Andrew Spreng (12), 26-16
138 – Josh Pappas (9), 13-12
160 – Logan Paul (11), 32-8
285 – Amhad Mustafa (10), 5-3
Lakewood (1 total)
132 – William Abdel-Salam (12), 42-4
Division II (7 total)
Bay (4 total)
106 – Ben Tepper (11), 19-4
113 – Adam Tepper (11), 32-7
152 – Dominic Ruma (10), 23-14
160 – Joe Kubinski (11), 29-15
Fairview (1 total)
182 – Tyler Keating (11), 33-8
Rocky River (2 total)
152 – Dominic Campanalie (10), 19-20
220 – Jesse Singler (11), 14-12
Division III (5 total)
Lutheran West (5 total)
106 – Tim Mecklenburg (9), 32-3
113 – Bryce Deblock (11), 30-11
126 – Ryan Rusnak (12), 28-9
138 – Chance Huey (11), 22-17
160 – Andrew Liese (11), 28-11