BARBERTON — One of the most incredible Suburban League streaks came to a close Saturday when the Brecksville wrestling team won the National Conference to dethrone Wadsworth.
The victory coupled with a 28-25 regular-season win over the Grizzlies gave the Bees the league title outright and ended a streak of 25 consecutive SL crowns by Wadsworth.
Instead of wallowing over the runner-up result — the Grizzlies finished second in the regular season and at the tournament — Wadsworth gave praise to the Bees and looked back on what was an unbelievable run.
“The run means everything,” 138-pound Wadsworth champion Luke Baughman said. “We have all these Suburban League champions, 25 years in a row. It’s sad that it’s ending, but it shows the tradition of our program.
“We’ve been one of the top teams for a while. It was a good run. It feels good that it took a team that was ranked 20th in the country (by Intermatwrestle.com) to beat us. We’re still as good as all the other Wadsworth teams. We just got stuck with the best team to wrestle against.”
The Grizzlies certainly gave Brecksville all it could handle, finishing with 13 top-six placers and champions Luke Baughman, Dom Loparo (160), Joey Baughman (195) and Jordan Earnest (285).
Joey Baughman was up a weight to fill in for the injured Chris Suarez, while Dylan Miller subbed in for Clay McComas at 220.
Miller did well with a runner-up finish, but Brecksville crowned Jack Stanley (106), Andrew Perelka (113), Julian Tagg (120), Jimmy Carmany (126), Gabe Tagg (132), Victor Voinovich (145), Ethan Hatcher (170) and Zach D’Anna (220) and also had 13 top-six finishers.
“There’s no shame,” Wadsworth coach John Gramuglia said. “Those 25 years are going to be with us. I’m really proud of them. Some backups stepped up. We’ve had a tough January, and this really brought us together as a team.
“Brecksville is well-coached. My hat’s off to them. We beat them two years straight, and they had the perseverance to beat us. They made a point of winning the Suburban League, which is kind of nice. The rivalry is back into the league.”
While Joey Baughman won’t be around next season to help Wadsworth get back on top, he has no doubt the Grizzlies will be ready to start another streak and see if they can’t better the old one that started a decade before the current freshmen were even born.
“It’s meant a lot to the fans and to the people who have backed us this whole time,” he said. “It’s a great deal to them and to us. Brecksville is a great team. We’re up there with them. They were the better team today and in the dual. This will be motivation for next year. I know if I was a freshman, sophomore or junior I’d be super fired up for next year.”
Highland is looking forward to the future as well after finishing fifth in the American Conference despite having an incredibly young squad.
The Hornets placed Brady Linder (4th, 152), Michael Moffa (6th, 106), John Bova (6th, 113) and Jake Bryson (6th, 132) and split their conference matches.
“The better competition helps us because we don’t see many good teams in some of the tournaments we go to,” Linder said. “It takes the fear out of going into a match. You just have to wrestle your same match every night.”
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BARBERTON — Results Saturday from the Suburban League Tournament at Barberton High School.
Tournament standings: 1. Brecksville 290; 2. Wadsworth 255.5; 3. Aurora 158.5; 4. Barberton 106; 5. Copley 103.5; 6. Stow 92; 7. Revere 84; 8. Hudson 63.5; 9. Twinsburg 60; 10. Tallmadge 56; 11. Highland 45.5; 12. Nordonia 42; 13. North Royalton 40; 14. Cuyahoga Falls 4.
Overall standings: 1. National Conference — 1. Brecksville; 2. Wadsworth; 3. Stow; 4. Hudson; 5. North Royalton; 6. Nordonia; 7. Twinsburg; 8. Cuyahoga Falls. American Conference — 1. Aurora; 2. Barberton; 3. Revere; 4. Copley; 5. Highland; 6. Tallmadge; 7. Kent Roosevelt.
Regular-season standings: National Conference — 1. Brecksville (7-0); 2. Wadsworth (6-1); 3. North Royalton (3-3); 4. Hudson (3-4), Nordonia (3-4), Stow (3-4); 7. Twinsburg (2-5); 8. Cuyahoga Falls (0-6). American Conference — 1. Aurora (6-0); 2. Barberton (5-1); 3. Revere (4-2); 4. Highland (3-3); 5. Copley (2-4); 6. Tallmadge (1-5); 7. Kent Roosevelt (0-6).
106: Jack Stanley (Bre) d. Mikey Lewarchick (Wad), 7-0; Third: Marlon Yarbrough (Cop) d. Antwan Sagaris (Cop), 4-2; Fifth: Jacob Hamad (Nor) p. Michael Moffa (Hig), :34. 113: Andrew Perelka (Bre) d. Kyren Butler (Cop), 9-2; Third: Nick Gayner (Rev) p. Hunter Griffin (Wad), :46; Fifth: Robbie Sagaris (Aur) d. John Bova (Hig), 3-1. 120: Julian Tagg (Bre) t.f. Kyle Peterson (Aur), 22-7; Third: Landon Hacker (Wad) p. Brandon Callow (Twi), 4:58; Fifth: Zach Wiseman (Stow) p. Josh Heatwell (Tal), :40. 126: Jimmy Carmany (Bre) d. Michael Kelley (Bar), 4-3; Third: Logan Hawk (Sto) d. Matt Kappler (Cop), 4-1; Fifth: Quentin Griffin (Wad) d. Jacob Flask (Twi), 3-2. 132: Gabe Tagg (Bre) t.f. Jack Gorman (Aur), 22-7; Third: Logan Messer (Wad) by ff Dietrich Boysel (Hud); Fifth: James Brenneman (Nor) d. Jake Bryson (Hig), 4-3. 138: Luke Baughman (Wad) d. Andrew Garr (Aur), 3-2; Third: Marco Regalbuto (Bre) p. Daniel Patten (Sto), 1:33; Fifth: Adam Nedolast (Cop) d. Zayne Lehman (Rev), 4-3. 145: Victor Voinovich (Bre) d. Michael North (Wad), 5-2; Third: Osiris Khalfani (Cop) p. Salvatore Perrine (Nor), 2:58; Fifth: Cameron Fitzsimmons (Bar) p. Ben Jackson (Hud), 3:45. 152: Will McGhee (Aur) d. Ben Vanadia (Bre), 5-0; Third: Aidan Corrigan (Twi) m.d. Brady Linder (Hig), 14-4; Fifth: Paul Twarog (NR) d. Tyler Angus (Nor), 8-2. 160: Dom Loparo (Wad) d. Stefan Farian (Rev), 9-8, 3OT; Third: Austin Ceferatti (Twi) m.d. Jesse Kanatzar (Tal), 10-2; Fifth: Mason Coleman (Bre) t.f. Isaac Sell (Bre), 18-0. 170: Ethan Hatcher (Bre) d. Richie Eyre (Tal), 9-7, OT; Third: Jack Baker (Rev) d. Hunter Blaz (Wad), 9-2; Fifth: Zach DiGiammarino (Sto) p. Alec Austin (Cop), 4:51. 182: Gary Wokajance (Bar) m.d. Nick Franks (Bre), 10-1; Third: Justin Sears (Sto) p. Jameson Jackson (Wad), 2;32; Fifth: Ryan Scantland (Aur) m.d. Jack O’Donnell (Hig), 12-2. 195: Joey Baughman (Wad) m.d. PJ Zentiska (Bar), 10-1; Third: Colin McNamara (Aur) d. Max Carroll (Bre), 7-0; Fifth: Adam Allen (Cop) d. Beckett Fant (Rev), 9-3. 220: Zach D’Anna (Bre) d. Dylan Miller (Wad), 5-0; Third: Lazar Gasic (NR) d. Dante Leone (Aur), 5-1; Fifth: Jack Nord (Hud) d. Ben Blankenship (Tal), 5-1. 285: Jordan Earnest (Wad) m.d. Richie Morrocco (Hud), 11-1; Third: Jaleen Peeples (Hud) p. Brandon Wagner (KR), 3:52; Fifth: Will Gallien (Cop) p. Mason Copley (Aur), 3:52.