BROADVIEW HTS. — A season ago, the Brecksville wrestling program snapped a 25-year Suburban League reign by Wadsworth by sweeping the regular season and conference tournament.
On Saturday, the Grizzlies ruined the Bees’ chance at double dipping again in the SL National Conference to again stand atop the league as a champion.
While Wadsworth will share the title with Brecksville, the Grizzlies were more than happy to go into the Bees’ nest and steal a little honey.
“It definitely means a lot,” Wadsworth 138-pounder Luke Baughman said. “We obviously wanted to keep the streak going last year but lost, so this one is definitely sweet.”
It was made even sweeter with first-place finishes from Mason Brugh (106), Luke Baughman (138), Michael North (145), Dom Loparo (160) and Jon List (170).
Mike Lewarchick (113), Landen Hacker (120), Jamisen Jackson (220) and Zach Linn (285) grabbed runner-up showings to prove the Grizzlies’ strength.
“I’m so proud of these guys,” Wadsworth coach Clay Wenger said. “We’ve been knocked down a couple times this year, but we’re coming back. This was a huge step. This was Week 1 of the postseason. We treat it that way, so to have this performance going to the next three weeks is awesome.”
With the Grizzlies outpointing Brecksville 255.5-254.5, every match and placement mattered from Hunter Griffin (3rd, 126), to Jacob Walsh (5th, 152), Logan Scandlon (7th, 132), Logan Shiarla (7th, 182) and Mason Beal (7th, 195).
In fact, had Beal not pinned Copley’s Julian Leff in his seventh-place match, Wadsworth would be on the outside looking in.
“This thing means a lot as a team,” Loparo said. “Just winning our league, that’s the first step. Obviously, a state championship is next. We kind of consider this a part of our postseason just because we have to win it. It’s something we have to do to get some more momentum.”
That could be huge in the coming weeks, as Wadsworth and the rest of the state prepare for the gauntlet ahead.
The Grizzlies will host a Division I sectional next week where Brunswick, Highland, Medina and SL American Conference runner-up Barberton wait.
After that, it’s a trip down Interstate 77 South to the North Canton Hoover District, where Wadsworth will likely again bump heads with Brecksville.
“This is a big part of the game,” List said. “Once your team gets going, it just gives you that extra push to do your job to the best of your ability. We can definitely use this as a big steppingstone.
“(For me) wrestling in this league and cutting down a weight class to see what I could do there, I think I found it, so I’m going to use this a lot.”
Wenger is eager to see just how much Wadsworth will use their incredible SL showing in the coming weeks.
Like his predecessors, the first-year coach has preached the journey at the end and not the stops along the way and it has the Grizzlies humming at the right time.
“These guys are hungry,” Wenger said. “They enjoy it. It’s just a good team. They come together and build off each other. It’s special. It’s a good group here.”
Highland locked up the third-place finish in the American Conference behind four-time reigning champ Aurora and Barberton.
James Scavuzzo (4th, 138), William Scavuzzo (4th, 152), Corey Haney (5th, 106), Jordan Yu (5th, 126), Tyler Haney (5th, 160), Jack O’Donnell (4th, 195) and Luke Stidham (8th, 145) placed for Highland, which only brought eight wrestlers.
“This was a good test,” coach Tim Maxworthy said. “We had some kids that showed some improvement from previous matches in the year. I think we’re looking good.”
BRECKSVILLE — Results Saturday from the Suburban League Tournament at Brecksville High School.
Team standings: 1. Wadsworth 255.5, 2. Brecksville 254.5, 3. Aurora 208.5, 4. Barberton 134.5, 5. Copley 80.5, 6. Highland 77, 7. North Royalton 75.5, 8. Stow 62, 9. Revere 61, 10. Nordonia 55.5, 11. Hudson 54, 12. Twinsburg 41, 13. Tallmadge 34, 14. Kent Roosevelt 17, 15. Cuyahoga Falls 8.
Regular-season standings: 1. Brecksville 7-0, 2. Wadsworth 6-1, 3. Nordonia 5-2, 4. Hudson 4-3, 5. Stow 3-4, 6. North Royalton 2-5, 7. Twinsburg 1-6, 8. Cuyahoga Falls 0-7.
Overall standings: 1. Wadsworth, Brecksville, 3. Nordonia, 4. Stow, 5. North Royalton, 6. Hudson, 7. Twinsburg, 8. Cuyahoga Falls.
Regular-season standings: 1. Aurora 7-0, 2. Barberton 6-1, 3. Highland 5-2, 4. Revere 4-3, 5. Copley 3-4, 6. Kent Roosevelt 1-6, 7. Tallmadge 0-7.
Overall standings: 1. Aurora, 2. Barberton, 3. Highland, 4. Copley, 5. Revere, 6. Kent Roosevelt, 7. Tallmadge.
106: Mason Brugh (Wad) m.d. Zane VanVoorhis (Cop), 10-1; Third: Pito Castro (Bre) d. Robbie Sagaris (Aur), 2-0; Fifth: Corey Haney (Hig) p. Sam Tillett (Ken), 1:48. 113: Jack Stanley (Bre) m.d. Mikey Lewarchick (Wad), 8-0; Third: Rick DiTurno (Twi) p. Bobby Baker (Rev), :46; Fifth: Jason Baliman (Sto) p. Cortez Jones (Bar), 3:15. 120: Kyren Butler (Cop) d. Landen Hacker (Wad), 6-3; Third: Antwan Sagaris (Aur) t.f. Manny Scordos (Bre), 15-0; Fifth: Vince Randall (Sto) p. Trevor Stautihar (Nor), 2:51. 126: Jimmy Carmany (Bre) t.f. Canyon Wells (Cop), 15-0; Third: Hunter Griffin (Wad) p. Mason Valencia (Bar), 1:53; Fifth: Jordan Yu (Hig) d. JR Reed (Sto), 3-2. 132: James Bronstrup (Bre) by def. Jack Gorman (Aur); Third: Cooper Krauth (Rev) d. David Miller (NR), 8-3; Fifth: Charles Westfall (Bar) d. Josh Lundstrum (Sto), 11-5. 138: Luke Baughman (Wad) by ff. Marco Regalbuto (Bre); Third: Kyle Petersen (Aur) d. James Scavuzzo (Hig), 1-0; Fifth: Kolbie Lange (Bar) p. Jake Bukowski (Sto), 1:44. 145: Michael North (Wad) d. Andy Garr (Aur), 7-5; Third: Daniel Patten (Sto) d. Adam Nedolast (Cop), 3-2; Fifth: Zach Scalf (Bar) p. Zevan Simon (CF), :40. 152: Dylan Fishback (Aur) d. Vic Voinovich (Bre), 2-1; Third: Paul Twarog (NR) m.d. William Scavuzzo (Hig), 11-0; Fifth: Jacob Walsh (Wad) d. Channing Valencia (Bar), 9-4. 160: Dom Loparo (Wad) by ff. Will McGhee (Aur); Third: Richie Eyre (Tal) d. Cameron Fitzsimmons (Bar), 5-4; Fifth: Tyler Haney (Hig) by ff. Anthony Rizzo (Bre). 170: Jon List (Wad) d. Ethan Anderson (Aur), 7-4; Third: Aidan Corrigan (Twi) d. Michael Caniglia (Hud), 3-2; Fifth: Jesse Kanatzer (Tal) d. Matt Casey (NR), 8-2. 182: Gary Wokojance (Bar) t.f. Ben Vanadia (Bre), 18-2; Third: Evan Anderson (Aur) d. Justin Olszko (Nor), 5-2; Fifth: Jacob Peters (Hud) p. Darrell Rakic (Sto), 4:34. 195: Ethan Hatcher (Bre) by def. PJ Zentiska (Bar); Third: Colin McNamara (Aur) by ff. Jack O’Donnell (Hig); Fifth: Shane McGinnis (Hud) m.d. Carl Schaub (Nor), 12-1. 220: Lazar Gasic (NR) d. Jamisen Jackson (Wad), 4-0; Third: Brendan Demuynck (Hud) by ff. Dante Leone (Aur) Fifth: Isaac Sell (Bre) p. Ryan Lee (Nor), 4:47. 285: Ryan Stadler (Bre) p. Zach Linn (Wad), 5:32; Third: Marcus Baroun (Aur) m.d. Blaine Morganstern (Nor), 9-1; Fifth: Brandon Wagner (Ken) by inj. def. Mike Cart (Bar).
- Mason Brugh turns out to be fantastic freshman for Wadsworth
- Wadsworth's Luke Baughman, Michael North are brothers in arms -- and state-bound
- Expected showdown turns into rout late as Brecksville beats Wadsworth
- Wadsworth, Brecksville ready for another clash of the titans on the mat
- Wadsworth grapplers eager for home invitational
- St. Paris Graham wins Grizzly Invitational, but Wadsworth gets swagger back