Recap: Wrestling State Championships Round 2

Story written by Tim Whelan –

COLUMBUS, OHIO – On a cold sunny day in the heart of Ohio, round two was a very entertaining beginning to the day. With semi-finals, later tonight, wrestling matches on intensifies to near max levels for all coaches and wrestlers.

With some crazy matches happening today, we get started with Division three big winner Kaleb Romero (170 lb), Senior, of Mechanicsburg. Kaleb won his match by tech. fall 21-6. Kaleb is a three-time state champion seeking to become one of the most elite clubs in all of wrestling, a four-time state champion. Kaleb will be wrestling later tonight again Chris Langguth (170 lb), Sophomore from Rootstown.

Another big winner in Division three is returning state champion Ben Sullivan (220 lb), Senior from New Paris National Trail. Ben won his match by a 10-1 victory. Ben is currently seeking his second state title. Ben will be facing Caide Bunfill (220 lb), Senior from Barnesville.

This Semi-final match up should be a good one. Both tough wrestlers from the top. Caide won his last match of 14-2. I’d expect this semi-final match to be a low scoring match up. Why? Both wrestlers have good defense and can score from angles when you think they have a disadvantage.

Division two pretty much went as expected. Both Wrestlers I mentioned in last nights story won. Those wrestlers being Juniors Mitch Moore (132 lb), and Rocky Jordan (152 lb) from St. Paris Graham Local. Mitch Moore got a quick pin against his opponent. Rocky Jordan had steller win by a tech. fall score of 14-0.

Mitch Moore will be wrestling Hunter Yackee, a Junior from Mansfield. Rocky Jordan will be facing Nick Vespucci, a Senior from Crestwood.

For Division one, the big winners are Brendon Fenton (120 lb), Junior of Elyria. Brendon won his match 9-1 in a very tough match against Brunswick’s Logan Heil, Sophomore. Up next for Brendon, Gus Sutton, Sophomore of Austintown-Fitch.

Updated team Scores:

Division I: Lakewood St. Edwards with 64.0 points. Followed by Wadsworth, Elyria, Liberty, Cincinnati Elder.

Division II: St. Paris Graham Local with 91.5 points. Followed by Wauseon, Canfield, Cuyahoga Falls CVCA, Steubenville.

Division III: Mechanicsburg with 49.5 points. Followed by Oak Harbor, Rootstown, Genoa Area, Milan Edison.

OHSAA State Wrestling Round 1 Recap

Story Written by Tim Whelan

COLUMBUS, OHIO – As winter is ending, it’s that time of year again. Wrestling Championship season is back. With State finals now underway, we will soon find out who the real champions are of 2017.

Division One big winner of the day are Kyle Lawson senior out of Liberty high school. Kyle is a three-time state champion. I’d recommend him to Ohio State. He won his first-round match by pin.

Another winner to keep an eye on that’s due for a state title, Aaron Naples Senior out of Brunswick. Aaron is very tough on the top. Winning his match 15-0 says it all. Barring an injury, like last season, Aaron is due to claim his first State title as a Senior.

Returning State Champion Jaden Mottox undefeated Junior out of Grove City Central Crossing, won his match via pin. Jaden is seeking his second state title.

Division Two big winner is Rocky Jordan undefeated Junior out of St. Paris Graham local, won his match tech fall (15-0).  He is currently seeking his second state title. You may be familiar with the last name Jordan. Well known wrestling family. His Brother Bo and Micah Jordan wrestle at Ohio State. Let’s just say Ohio State could have their eyes on another Jordan.

Let’s talk about another St. Paris Graham wrestler, Mitch Moore. Who is also a junior, a two-time state champion pin his way to the second round as well. Mitch is currently seeking his straight state title.

Updated team standings:

Division I: Lakewood St. Edwards with 32.0 points. Cincinnati Elder, Elyria, Liberty, Wadsworth rounds out the top 5.

Division II: St. Paris Graham local with 40.0 points. Wauseon, Steubenville, Uhrichsville Claymont, and Canfield round out the top 5.

Division III: Oak Harbor 21.0 points. Followed by Mechanicsburgh, Rootstown, Milan Edison, Troy Christian.

 

Shaker Heights Win Second Straight Baron Cup Championship Defeating North Olmsted 8-0

Written by: Cole Liggett

Brooklyn, Ohio – The final game of the Baron Cup came to you as Shaker Heights Raiders (8-2-0) went up against the North Olmsted Eagles (8-1-1). The Raiders wore white jerseys with red trim and rocked the red shells while North Olmsted wore black jerseys with orange trim and was rocking the black shells. Shaker Heights controlled the puck as they took a total of 39 shots compared to North Olmsted’s 13 shots to goal. Shaker Heights came out on top 8 to 0 as they become the Baron Cup I Champions for the second year in a row.

It started off for both teams as a physical game but Shaker got points first as early on in the first period Daniel Ritts hit a goal that made it a 1 – 0 game. Stephen Staffon of the Raiders scored a goal from a Ben Greenberg  assist at the 10:32 mark to make it a quick 2 – 0 game.

In the second period, Shaker Heights went on a roll as they scored three goals to make it a 5 – 0 game. Only 2:28 into the game Ryan Wheeler that was assisted Chris Strnisha that made it a 3 goal lead at 3 – 0. Later in the period at the 1:42 Ben Greenberg hit a beautiful shot that ended up in the back of the net from a assist from Stratton and Anderson.

With seconds to go on the clock Daniel Ritts got a short handed goal from a Britt Anderson assist to close out the middle period with a 5 – 0 lead for the Raiders. Going into the final period of the night, Shaker Heights had a demanding 5 to 0 lead over North Olmsted. It wasn’t enough as DC Benincasa scored a goal from a Campbell / Pollack assist to extend the lead to 6 – 0.

Daniel Ritts had a night he will forever remember as he hit a hat trick of goals to extend the lead to a quick 7 – 0. Shaker Heights final goal of the night came late in the game to seal the deal as DC Benincasa scores another goal to move it to a 8 – 0 score.

Shaker Heights claimed their second straight Baron Cup and plan onto three-peat next year.

If you want to listen to us talk sports, listen to us on allsportscleveland.com

follow us on twitter: @ALLSPORTS_CLE

 

Olmsted Falls Defeat Avon 6 to 1 in the Baron Cup II Championship

By: Cole Liggett

Brooklyn, Ohio – There was not a seat empty inside the John M. Coyne Center for the Baron Cup II championship as the Avon Eagles (10-0-0) went up against the Olmsted Falls Bulldogs (6-4-0). This was their sixth meeting this year alone, as Avon won all five match-ups this season but history changed tonight as the Olmsted Falls Bulldogs defeated the Avon Eagles to a score of 6 to 1 in the Baron Cup II Championship.

In the first period the Bulldogs put pressure on the Avon Eagles as they took many shots early but nothing landed.  A goal by senior forward, Zach Zwiercki at the 4:08 mark to have the Avon Eagles up early 1-0 in the first to give them the momentum early.

Olmsted Falls bounces back and scores a goal to tie it all up at the 8:53 mark from freshman Zach Henley. With 5:34 to go, senior Shane Docherty was put in the sin bin for slashing. Upon that, Avon scores a power play goal off the stick of Cam Wilson to put the Bulldogs infront 2-1 in the first period.

In the middle period, the Olmsted Falls Bulldogs came out hot as they had crisp passing early while Avon had missed opportunities as they could not capitalize off open opportunities that would of put them back into the game.

Avon had more penalty trouble as Jacob Falls goes into the penalty box for cross checking and Owen McDougal for tripping which helped the Bulldogs with opening the third period with a man up.

The third period was a high scoring period for the Bulldogs as they scored four goals in the final 15 minutes of the Baron Cup II Championship and it was all started off with a short handed goal by Bailey Carson that helped Olmsted Falls extend their lead to two.

Shortly after, Patrick Kerr got a goal with 5:30 to go. Avon were desperate as they emptied out the net as it later was a mistake as Olmsted Falls’ Will Moyse hit a empty net goal that made it 5-1 with 4:30 to go. Olmsted Falls answered again as a minute later they extended their lead to 6-1 after a short handed goal by Dominic Conte.

Olmsted Falls defeated the Avon Eagles to a score of 6 to 1 and are crowned the Baron Cup II champions.

Congratulations to Olmsted Falls on your victory.

Follow us on twitter: @ALLSPORTS_CLE

 

Baron Cup III Recap

Adam Eisen

Today’s game between the #3 Aurora Greenmen and the #4 CVCA Royals was incredible. This was a matchup between lower seeded teams that showed the number in front of their team name meant absolutely nothing. We watched two incredible teams lay everything on the line and be proud of the way they played.

The first period was two teams that had the transition game going well and two goalies who were playing the position well from a fundamental position. Aurora had some opportunities that they missed. Would those come back to haunt them later?

The second period saw the Greenmen of Aurora come out really aggressively. They supported the puck well, stayed disciplined and exploited CVCA’s desire to play a perimeter game. CVCA’s goalie, Brooks Montgomery, started to struggle seeing the puck and gave up a goal. 1-0 Aurora at the end of the second period. Oh, and CVCA’s superstar defenseman, Hayden Dickerson left for the locker room with just over three minutes remaining in the period and his team trailing.

The third period seemed to spell doom and gloom for CVCA and their faithful but they stuck with it. Soon the momentum began to shift from Aurora thinking this game was theirs for the taking to playing to not lose the game. Hayden Dickerson was able to start the third period and seemed to be fine. Aurora managed to keep it clean, until that shift in momentum. It became clear that CVCA wanted it more and got it, when they tied the game at 1. Aurora began to feel it slipping away and took a penalty right at the end of the period, with the game heading into overtime.

So for the fourth consecutive game in this tournament, we were getting extra hockey. Overtime starting with special teams is never a good thing but Aurora killed off the penalty. Then, barely two minutes into the extra frame, Dickerson proved how clutch he is as he rifled that sneaky wrist shot of his past Joseph Brockway and won the Baron Cup III for the CVCA Royals.

Extra Credit

Adam Eisen

Listening to the games yesterday as a studio analyst wore me out. I cannot imagine how the teams that play today feel. Of course there is another group who deserves credit and those are the teams that lost yesterday.

Often in sports we talk about winners vs. losers. Today and ten years from now, the teams that lost will still be upset about losing. However they deserve respect and admiration for playing their hearts out yesterday.

So what does that have to do with the title of this piece? Extra credit? There is an overarching theme from yesterday’s games. That theme is that Aurora, North Olmsted and Shaker Heights had no business winning their games yesterday.

A shaky goaltender can cost you dearly. Liam Siwik’s teammates bailed him out yesterday. I would suspect he will show up much more focused for the Baron Cup championship game against North Olmsted.

Speaking of North Olmsted, how is it that a team with 11 skaters and two goalies manage to play a quadruple overtime game and then turn around against Shaker Heights? Well, they are the proverbial little engine that could. They are not going to back down. This game has the chance to be the game of the day, and that’s saying something when you think about the fact that there are three title games today.

Finally, there is one last team that needs to be recognized for their extra credit. The Aurora Greenmen. In hockey, there’s a saying: a two goal lead is the worst lead in hockey. Against Brooklyn, this theory proved correct. Aurora is up 2-0, give up four unanswered goals. Brooklyn had home ice advantage throughout the tournament. Aurora’s captain, Joe Capretta, got tossed in the first period yesterday. The game was seemingly lost. Then, with all of five seconds left Aurora tied it up at 4 and managed to win it in overtime.

With all three of these teams playing overtime games and spending the day on an emotional roller coaster, they will need that extra credit today to give their teams every opportunity to win.

Eagles Soar Past Tigers 2-1 to Move onto the Baron Cup I Championship

BROOKLYN, Ohio – North Olmsted Eagles (8-1-1) went up against the Cleveland Heights Tigers (6-4-0) in the semi-finals of the Baron Cup I at the John M. Coyne Center as the last game on Saturday Night. The Eagles ripped the black and orange as the Tigers wore black and yellow. The North Olmsted Eagles win the battle as they beat the Cleveland Heights Tigers to a 2-1 score after it took four overtimes.

North Olmsted got on the board first with 2:23 left in the first period from a Riley Vertosnik goal which gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead going into the middle period.

The second period was a stale mate as it remained scoreless after both teams could not get solid footing and were unable to score.

It wasn’t until the third period until any team hit a goal as Noah Weisblat put the Tigers on the board with a very late third period goal to put it all tied up.

Shane Mulnick put the game away as he hit a goal in the fourth overtime to send the North Olmsted Eagles to the Baron Cup I Championship.

The go on to verse Shaker Heights tomorrow at 5:30 at the John M. Coyne Center.

 

You can listen to us LIVE on allsportscleveland.com

Follow us on Twitter: @ALLSPORTS_CLE

 

It Took Three Overtimes for Shaker Heights to Get Into Baron Cup I Championship

By: Cole Liggett

BROOKLYN, Ohio – The second game of the night was between the Shaker Heights Red Raiders (8-2-0) went up against Hudson Explorers (8-2-0). The Red Raiders came out on ice with white/red jerseys while rocking the red shells and Hudson was wearing their navy blue jersey with black shells. It was a game for the ages as it took three overtimes to decide the outcome of the game as Shaker Heights defeat Hudson in triple overtime 5-4.

Hudson came out shooting and Maxwell Cole was the first to score for Hudson as Hudson moved up 1-0 at the 12:06 mark. Shaker Heights bounced back and tied it up after Daniel Ritts scored a goal to make it a 1-1 game.

Hudson took the lead after Eric Halford scored with 4:32 left in the first period that moved the Explorers into the lead. Shaker Heights tied it back up after scoring a goal with under ten seconds to go in the first from a Patrick Richards goal that made it a 2-2 game at the end of the first period.

Hudson scored at the 7:28 mark from a goal by Alex Nawn that made it a 3-2 game in the second period. Shaker then scored with a power play goal from a Evan Grossman-McKee with 5:28 in the game to tie the game up at 3.

Overtime was not enough for the two teams as they came out and took shots, yet at the end of the extra period no one had scored.

It took until the third overtime to put this one to sleep as Ben Greenberg plowed through Explorer defenders to hit the game winning shot to put the Shaker Heights into the Baron Cup I Championship and will go against the winner of the Cleveland Heights/North Olmsted game.

Eli Mooneyham from NEOSI got the game winning shot, check it out below.

If you want to listen live, listen on allsportscleveland.com

Follow us on twitter to get Baron Cup updates : @ALLSPORTS_CLE

 

Aurora Wins OT Thriller in Baron Cup III Semi Final

By: Cole Liggett

BROOKLYN, Ohio – It was a packed house inside the John M. Coyne Center as Brooklyn Hurricanes (12-0-0) battle against the Aurora Greenmen (6-5-1). It was a wild game as both teams battled but Aurora came out on top after a wild finish winning it 5 to 4.

In the first, the Greenmen started of their day by scoring a goal 17 seconds into the game with a goal from Tomi Piriren to jump to a 1-0  lead. Later on in the first period, Pirinen scores another goal to extend their lead.

Brooklyn bounced back as they scored a goal from a power play to make it a 2-1 contest. At the end of the first period, both teams ran into trouble as Joe Capretta got a misconduct penalty for kicking a player and was ejected with 40 seconds to go in the first period.

Early in the middle period, the crowd went wild as Brooklyn’s Matt Crossman scores a goal to tie the game up at two. Aaron Wrost scores a goal minutes later to have the Hurricanes extend their lead to a 3 to 2. Brooklyn got on a hot streak as Travis Nieves scores to make it a 4 to 2 contest to close out the second period.

The third period is when the game took a turn as Tomi Pirinen gets a hat trick and slims the lead down to one. With seconds ticking down until the final buzzer freshman Patrick Murray scores his first career goal to tie the game up at 4-4 and sends the game into overtime.

It was a crazy, fast paced overtime period, but the Greenmen came out on top 5-4 after Nick Capretta scores the game winning shot to have the Aurora Greenmen punch their ticket to the championship game and will face CVCA in the Baron Cup III championship on Sunday at 1:00pm.

 

You can listen LIVE to us as we cover the rest of the Baron Cup on allsportscleveland.com

 

Follow us on twitter: @ALLSPORTS_CLE

CVCA slashes Mayfield 4-0

Story written by Tim Whelan —

BROOKLYN, OHIO

CVCA took Mayfield in the Baron Cup Bracket III Semi-Finals. Both teams came out sluggish to start, but CVCA quickly grab control of the game. CVCA’s overall dominance lead to 4-0 victory.

CVCA came out firing in the first period, getting an early penalty advantage to start the game. CVCA failed to capitalize on the advantage. Both teams played at a fast pace the entire first period, though it was a sloppy start to the game. CVCA was able to get on the board late in the first period, taking the lead 1-0. Goal was scored by No. 2  Junior Bailey McRitchie, assist was credited to No. 13 Senior Christian Beckett.

Second period began with CVCA controlling the puck in the Mayfield Zone. CVCA put up many shots up early, but failed to capitalize. Mayfield also had several opportunities mid way through the second period but also failed to get on the board. CVCA was able to get two late goals in the period, adding to their lead of 3-0. Goals were scored by No. 2 Junior Bailey McRitichie, No. 75 Junior Hayden Dickerson. Which gives him the hat trick after two periods.

Both teams started with a player in the penalty box. Neither team was able to get anything going. Third period started off sloppy. Mayfield started the third period in the CVCA zone, but failed to get the puck in the net. Mid way through the final period, CVCA was able to add to their lead with a goal from No. 61 Noah Polanski. Giving CVCA a lead of 4-0.

CVCA will now move onto the Baron Cup Finals. They will face the winner of Brooklyn vs Aurora. Game time is at 1 pm, Sunday.