WADSWORTH — For six seasons, the Wadsworth wrestling team wanted to finish the architect’s work but came up a bit short for one reason or another.
The top-seeded Grizzlies scratched the seven-year itch Saturday by beating third-seeded Carrollton 48-21 to advance out of Division I, Region 2 and head to the State Duals this Sunday in Columbus.
The brainchild of late Wadsworth assistant coach Mike Kallai, the current State Duals format involves everyone in the state instead of the top eight teams based on underclassmen district scoring like it used to.
Wadsworth couldn’t get through a gauntlet that included St. Edward, Brecksville or Elyria at one time or another in its region.
That all changed after the Grizzlies beat No. 8 Olmsted Falls 64-6 and No. 5 St. Ignatius 70-5 before knocking out Carrollton.
“With Chief creating this format and what he means to this program, to do this for the first time in program history, it’s special,” Wadsworth coach Clay Wenger said. “We know he’s looking down on us smiling. It’s also a special day for Coach ‘G’ (former coach John Gramuglia.”
Gramuglia won two State Duals titles under the old format. The legend was in attendance to see his former team earn a quarterfinals berth at St. John Arena and may have been just as excited as the Grizzlies.
Determination and grit showed throughout, as Wadsworth rolled from one bout to the next in impressive fashion.
Mason Brugh (106 pounds), Mikey Lewarchick (113), Landen Hacker (120), Luke Baughman (138), Michael North (145), Jacob Walsh (152), Jon List (182) and Zach Linn (285) went 3-0, while Hunter Griffin (126), Logan Shiarla (160), Dom Loparo (170) and Jamisen Jackson (195) each won twice.
“This is a huge weight off our chests,” Hacker said. “We can finally say we did it. We got to the big tournament at the end. We’re going to go down wholeheartedly and enjoy our time down there and compete the best we can.”
While the seeds don’t come out until early this week, preparation has already begun.
The Grizzlies (13-2) know it won’t be easy in a field that includes Elyria, Brecksville, St. Edward, Dublin Coffman, Lancaster, Mason and LaSalle.
St. Edward has won the duals three times and finished second twice. Brecksville holds a title and runner-up showing as well, while Elyria finished second three seasons ago.
“This was a big deal for us,” Linn said. “We’re a team. We’re brothers. We treat each other with respect. If someone goes down, we bring them back up. If someone wins, we cheer.
“This means a lot. I’m a senior, as are (Baughman) and (North). It’s our first chance to go, hopefully we win it. It’s a business trip. We’re not going down to mess around.”
All four Medina County teams reached the regional quarterfinals, as seventh-seeded Medina (10-5) and No. 6 Highland (5-3) won opening-round matches.
No. 4 Brunswick, which had an opening-round bye, lost 44-31 to St. Ignatius.
Medina, which beat No. 10 North Royalton 47-20, lost to No. 2 Ashland 50-24.
Highland, which beat No. 11 Westlake 46-33, lost to Carrollton 40-23.
Wadsworth 48, Carrollton 21
106: Mason Brugh (Wad) p. Brody Wade, 1:33; 113: Mikey Lewarchick (Wad) p. Jaydan Zbuka, 1:05; 120: Landen Hacker (Wad) by ff; 126: Domanick Speelman (Car) d. Hunter Griffin, 7-3; 132: Robbie Hoopes (Car) d. Logan Scandlon, 11-6; 138: Luke Baughman (Wad) m.d. Nathan Blake, 16-4; 145: Michael North (Wad) p. Connor Clark, 1:09; 152: Jacob Walsh (Wad) d. Colby Moore, 7-5; 160: Ben Pasiuk (Car) p. Logan Shiarla, 1:10; 170: Brandon Daniels (Car) d. Dom Loparo, 7-5; 182: Jon List (M) t.f. Alex Carrothers, 17-0; 195: Jaret Lane (Car) p. Blake Cerovac, 3:34; 220: Jamisen Jackson (Wad) p. Seth Brown, :17; 285: Zach Linn (Wad) p. Nick Jones, 1:07.
Wadsworth 70, St. Ignatius 5
106: Brugh (Wad) d. Johnny Novak, 4-3, 3OT; 113: Lewarchick (W) m.d. Timmy Putka, 13-1; 120: Hacker (W) p. Jack Bush, 1:06; 126: Griffin (Wad) d. Matthew Whipkey, 15-8; 132: Patrick McGraw (SI) t.f. Scandlon, 23-7; 138: Baughman (W) p. Anthony Santagata, 1:13; 145: North (W) p. Evan Arko 1:25; 152: Walsh (W) p. Zach Morgan, 4:55; 160: Shiarla (Wad) by ff; 170: Loparo (Wad) p. 1:38; 182: List (Wad) by ff; 195: Jackson (Wad) p. Carter Zimmerman, 2:43; 220: Mason Beal (Wad) p. Patrick Clink, 2:28; 285: Linn (W) p. Seamus McCarthy, 4:08. Other score: Carrollton 38, Ashland 29
Wadsworth 64, Olmsted Falls 6
106: Brugh (Wad) by ff; 113: Lewarchick (Wad) p. Cainan Comerford, 3:03; 120: Hacker (Wad) t.f. Brennan Stang, 17-2; 126: Griffin (Wad) p. Carson Atkins, :27; 132: Scandlon (Wad) t.f Jacob Toth, 17-0; 138: Baughman (Wad) m.d. Nate Urry, 10-2; 145: North (Wad) p. Connor Atkins, 3:40; 152: Walsh (Wad) t.f. Omar Kabra, 15-0; 160: Shiarla (Wad) m.d. RJ Simon, 21-4; 170: Loparo (Wad) t.f. Caiden Fetterman, 15-0; 182 List (Wad) p. Chad Boskovitch, :27; 195 Justin Jaeckin (O) d. Jackson, 3-0; 220L Luis Caraballo 10 (OF) d. Beal, 6-1; 285: Linn (Wad) p. Jerry White, 3:56.
St. Ignatius 44, Brunswick 31
106: Novak (SI) p. Michael Main, 1:22; 113: Putka (SI) p. Kailee Falkenburg, :32; 120: Brandon Tarnai (Bru) p. Bush, 2:09; 126: Logan Heil (Bru) m.d. Whipkey, 17-8; 132: McGraw (SI) t.f Mico Miloradovic, 22-6; 138: Derek Fields (Bru) by ff; 145: Huff (SI) p. Tyler Skiba (Bru), 1:09; 152: Arko (SI) d. David Seward, 8-6; 160: Zach Morgan (SI) p. Jacob Kracker, 3:37; 170: Chime (SI) by ff; 182: John Schmidt (Bru) d. Dinya, 7-3; 195: Zimmerman (SI) by ff; 220: Eddie Sevastos (Bru) p. Clink, :59; 285 Evan Sevastos (Bru) p. McCarthy, 1:28.
Carrollton 40, Highland 23
106: Corey Haney (Hig) p. Wade, 4:16; 113: David Woolever (Car) m.d. Norman (Hig), 9-1; 120: Brown (Car) p. William McCartney, :42; 126: Jordan Yu (Hig) d. Speelman, 7-6; 132: Jake Bryson (Hig) d. Hoopes, 9-4; 138: James Scavuzzo (Hig) m.d. Blake, 10-2; 145: William Scavuzzo (Hig) d. Clark, 5-3; 152: Brady Linder (Hig) m.d. Moore, 12-4; 160: Pasiuk (Car) p. Luke Stidham, :56; 170: Daniels (Car) p. Tyler Haney, 5:31; 182: Carrothers (Car) d. Dominick Konopka, 6-0; 195: Lane (Car) d. Jack O’Donnell, 4-1; 220: Brown (Car) by ff; 285: Richardson (Car) by ff.
Ashland 50, Medina 24
106: Colin Rohr (Ash) by ff; 113: Griffin Adkins (Ash) p. Gavin Kaine, 3:30; 120: Case George (Ash) p. Matt Rudolph, 2:46; 126: Jesse Keener (Ash) by ff; 132: Jake Visintine (Ash) d. Quentin Whitehill, 5-0; 138: Jayden Jones (Ash) p. Travis Petkovich, 5:06; 145: Matt Hamula (Med) p. Ashden Maffett, 2:21; 152: Austin McNamara (Ash) t.f. Michael Hamula, 18-3; 160: Ethan Silvis (Med) by def; Lane Porter (Ash); 170: Liam Brock (Med) d. Gage Adkins, 3-2; 182: Seth DiCola (Med) p. Jakob Beverly, 5:30; 195: Blake Chrisman (Med) d. Tristian Pitz, 7-4; 220: Josh Bever (Ash) p. Jacob Wolf, 1:32; 285: Jake Bever (Ash) p. Bobby Johnson, 1:56.
Highland 46, Westlake 33
106: Haney (Hig) p. Cole Yuhas, 3:54; 113: Norman (Hig) p. Riley Stanish, 5:07; 120: Patrick Hartup (Wes) p. William McCartney, :31; 126: Yu (Hig) p. Tyler Thomas, 2:18; 132: Bryson (Hig) p. Thaer Zayed, 1:33; 138: Scavuzzo (Hig) p. Aiden Ashburn, 5:05;145: William Scavuzzo (Hig) p. Isaac Carmichael, 4:36; 152: Linder (Hig) p. Hunter Ashburn, 2:53;160: Liam Kruger (Wes) p. Tyler Haney, :48; 170: Fares Zayed (Wes) p. Scally, 3:00; 182: Moe Zayed (Wes) d. Konopka, 9-5; 195: O’Donnell (Hig) m.d. Conner Gregory, 16-6; 220: Gaven Carmichael (Wes) p. Moore (Hig), 1:05; 285: Ahmad Mustafa (Wes) by.
Medina 47, North Royalton 20
106: Paul Boersma (NR) by ff; 113: Kaine (M) p. Don Mudry, 1:24; 120 Dom Mudry (NR) d. Rudolph, 13-7; 126: White (M) d. Bradey Humble, 12-4; 132: Whitehill (M) m.d. David Miller IV, 11-3; 138: Petkovich (M) d. Aaron Hertel, 5-0; 145: Matt Hamula (M) p. Bill Adams, 1:43; 152: Paul Twarog (NR) t.f. Michael Hamula, 16-0; 160: Silvis (M) d. Hunter Kupniewski, 7-6; 170: Brock (M) d. Matt Casey, 9-3; 182: DiCola (M) p Cayden Fyffe, 1:34; 195: Chrisman (M) p. Aidan Wagner, 1:29; 220: Lazar Gasic (NR) p. Jacob Wolf, 1:56; 285: Johnson (M) p. Eric Purcel, 1:40.
Other scores: Olmsted Falls 45, Dover 30; St. Ignatius 48, Mt. Vernon 25
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