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.

 

All Sports Cleveland And The Lake County Captains Announce Media Partnership For The 2017 Season

(Eastlake, OH) – The Lake County Captains, Class-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, are proud to announce their broadcast outlets for the 2017 season. New for 2017 The Captains are partnering with Ohio Media School who will stream all 140-games online at www.allsportscleveland.net and handle distribution the games to the other members of the Broadcast Network. Ohio Media School joins WINT 101.5 FM/1330 AM and ESPN 970 WFUN on the Captains Media Broadcast Network.

Ohio Media School will become the Flagship home for Captains baseball. Ohio Media School students will provide in-depth, behind-the-scenes coverage of Captains baseball throughout the season. The students will have the chance to interview players, join the Voice of the Captains, Andrew Luftglass, on-air for select home games and provide a consistent pre-game show 20 minutes prior to each game.

“We here at the Ohio Media School, All Sports Cleveland and NEO Sports Insiders are excited and thrilled about our new partnership with the Lake County Captains” said Matt Loede, Instructor at Ohio Media School, and Program Director for All Sports Cleveland and Editor and Co-Owner of NEO Sports Insiders. Loede continued with “We are excited to be part of what will be the future of the Indians and will be providing wall-to-wall coverage of the team including live-streaming all games and providing multimedia coverage. The Captains bring an exciting brand of baseball to Lake County and we are excited to be part of it” said Loede.

“The addition of the Ohio Media School students is exciting for us,” said Tim O’Brien the Captains Manager of Media Relations. “This arrangement will provide Captains fans with more in-depth coverage of the ball club and is a great opportunity for the Ohio Media School students to gain real-world experience covering Minor League Baseball,” said O’Brien. The Captains are also pleased to announce the launch of the team’s new blog titled “Captains Everywhere” named in honor of long-time, legendary public address announcer Ray Milavec. The link to the blog is: https://captainseverywhere.mlblogs.com/

WINT 1330 AM and 101.5 FM will be back for its 15th season being part of the Captains Media Network. WINT will cover Friday and Saturday night games during the regular season. Ray Somich, WINT President said, “The WINT family is very pleased and proud to have brought Lake County Captains gameday broadcasts to our community beginning with the very first game, and continuing for the last 15 seasons. The Captains are a locally-owned, audience-focused operation, like we are. We can also identify with these talented young athletes in pursuit of their dreams. Our WINT family hopes Lake County and all of Northeast Ohio will continue to support the Captains by attending home games, and listening every Friday and Saturday on 101.5FM, 1330AM and at wintradio.com.”

ESPN 970 WFUN will be the Sunday home for Captains baseball and carry the 2017 season opener on April 6th as the Captains travel to Dayton with game time at 7 PM. WFUN will also cover most weekday day games over the airwaves at 970 AM. Dana Schulte, President of Media One Group, said “We value our long-time partnership with the Captains and are thrilled to be part of the Broadcast Network again for the 2017 season.”

The Captains open the 2017 season on April 8 at Classic Park against Dayton. Affordable ticket packages are available for purchase now and more information may be found at www.CaptainsBaseball.com.

Baron Cup Championship Sunday Replays

We had incredible action on AllSportsCleveland.com and our exclusive radio coverage of the 2017 Baron Cup. Below is the Championship “Best Of” Timeline as well as full game replays of all the championship games.

Baron Cup III Championship: CVCA vs. Aurora

Baron Cup II Championship: Avon vs. Olmsted Falls

Baron Cup I Championship: Shaker Heights vs. North Olmsted

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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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