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Hernandez leads Norwalk showing in Brecksville

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Dec 31, 2019 at 9:00 AM

BRECKSVILLE — Norwalk’s trio of returning state placers again anchored a solid performance, as the Truckers placed 12th out of 49 teams at the rugged Brecksville Holiday wrestling tournament, which was held over two days on Sunday and Monday.

Also in the tournament was Edison, as the Chargers also had a solid showing and finished 14th with 84 points, just behind the Truckers.

For Norwalk, Ethan Hernandez was a finalist at 170 pounds, while Alec Maloney (220) placed third and Gabe Phillips (195) was fifth.

Hernandez (10-1) opened with a double-bye to the third round, where he won by pin in 3:11 over Perrysburg’s Shandi Anz. He added a win by technical fall over Aurora’s Ethan Anderson, 16-1, in the quarterfinals — then added another pin in the semifinal in 3:25 over Louisville’s Jax Leonard.

In the championship match, Hernandez (10-1) — a state finalist in Division II at 160 last season — suffered his first loss of the season in an 11-6 decision to Alex Facundo (12-0) of Davison, Mich.

At 220, Maloney opened with a bye, then needed just 40 seconds to pin Uniontown Lake’s John Jasso. He then won by decision, 9-5, over a familiar foe in Bellevue’s Dylan Adkins in the third round before pinning Davison’s Jimmy Colley in the quarterfinals in just 2:10.

Maloney (12-1) — who placed third at state last season — then took his first loss of the season by pin at the 5:08 mark to Detroit Catholic Central’s Brendin Yatooma in the semifinals.

He bounced back with another pin in the consolation semifinals, this time in 1:52 over Louisville’s Blake Robbins. In the third-place match, Maloney claimed a 5-3 decision over Colley in a rematch from the quarterfinals.

Phillips (11-2) opened his tournament with a pin in 2:23 over Josh Dinya of Cleveland St. Ignatius. He added pins over Wyatt Shaw (Claymont) in 4:30 and Brent Paulus (Louisville) in 4:53 to reach the semifinals, where he bowed out by forfeit to Dublin Coffman’s Seth Shumate.

He also forfeited his consolation semifinal because of injury, but then claimed a medical forfeit himself over Paulus again to finish in fifth.

Also for the Truckers, Laurence Newland posted a 2-2 record to improve to 8-3, finishing a 3-2 loss by tie-breaker away from earning a placement opportunity.

Edison was led by Jacob Brewer at 195 and Max Hermes at 106.

Brewer (18-3) placed fourth, as he opened with two consecutive pins over Jake Green (Mentor Lake Catholic) in 54 seconds and Jon Bruder (Centerville) in 1:29. He scored a 7-5 decision over Ty Cobb (Claymont) in the quarterfinals, then fell by major decision to Brecksville’s Ben Vanadia in the semifinals, 14-4.

Brewer moved into the third-place match with an injury default forfeit, then lost a narrow 3-1 decision to Elyria’s Ben Doehr to finish fourth.

At 106, Hermes (19-2) places seventh. He opened with a 21-4 tech. fall win over Gavin Greathouse (Uniontown Lake), then added an 8-4 decision over Corey Crawford (Dublin Coffman) to reach the quarters, where he lost a tough 5-4 decision to Davison’s Caden Horwath.

Hermes bounced back with a pin in 4:01 over Landen Duncan (Southington Chalker), then fell in the seventh round of consolations to Drew Drew Heethuis (Detroit Catholic Central) in a 3-1 decision. He capped his day by winning the seventh-place match over Ramsy Mutschler (Lowell) by a 3-0 decision.

Also for the Chargers, Casey Barnett (18-2) went 3-2 at 138, winning his first three matches before falling 9-3 in the quarters and 4-0 in the consolation round. Hunter Vogus (14-6) also went 3-2 for Edison at 126, falling by a 4-2 decision in the sixth round of consolations to also just miss a placement opportunity.

 

Plymouth second at Marion Harding

MARION — The Plymouth wrestling team placed second in the Marion Harding Christmas tournament on Dec. 28.

The Lakewood St. Ed’s "Green" team won the tournament with 207.5 points, followed by Plymouth with 176 and Liberty Center with 126.5.

This is the first time the Big Red have earned a trophy at a tougher bracket tournament. This also is the first time the team has had eight placers at the meet.

Among the highlights for the Big Red was Keith Tuttle finishing second at 120 pounds. He fell to St. Edward freshman Matt Durbin, who had four pins to earn Most Valuable Wrestler.

Nick Roberts was third at 106 and Dylan Van Fleet was third at 220. A trio of Plymouth wrestlers placed third, including Andrew Miller (113), Shae Sparks (132) and Jacob Robinson (132).

Also for Plymouth, Colton Sparks was sixth (152) and Breyden Allen (285) was seventh.

“This was a tough meet with a lot of bigger schools,” Plymouth coach Jeremiah Balkin said. “Nick Roberts beat a kid at 106 who is ranked second in our district with a tech pin. Keith had a great day, losing to a tough St. Ed's kid in the finals. Dylan had a heart-breaking loss in the semis, but came back for a third. I am proud of the whole team and we continue to improve every week.”

 

Caizzo wins title at Kenston

CHAGRIN FALLS — Led by a first-place finish from senior returning state placer Cam Caizzo at 182, St. Paul placed 19th out of 39 teams at the Kenston Invitational in Chagrin Falls.

Participating in a tournament that featured mainly Div. I and Div. II schools, the Flyers scored 75.5 points, and also had two other placers in Harley Stoll (106) and Will Stieber (145).

Caizzo went 5-0 at 182, while Harley Stoll was 2-3 at 106 to finish sixth and Stieber was 3-3 at 145 to place eighth.

Also for the Flyers, Aiden Naseman went 3-2 at 120, while both Ryan Gross (138) and Myron Stoll (152) both finished 2-2.

“Everyone wrestled high-level competition and fought hard,” St. Paul coach Jesse Gross said. “Cam made some improvements from last weekend and wrestled great to earn his title.

“I’m looking forward to seeing how our guys compete against some more top-level competition this coming weekend at the JC Gorman in Mansfield,” he added.

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