Genoa, Clay grapplers win their respective league titles
The Genoa wrestling team has beaten their nemesis Eastwood (173½-164½) to win the Northern Buckeye Conference championship.
It has been 10 years since Genoa has won a conference wrestling championship and this was only the second time in 47 years.
It is the Comets fourth team title this season. The men in maroon also won the Northcoast Holiday Duals, Napoleon Gold Medal Duals, and NBC Duals. Genoa will wrestle next at the Division III Sectional Tournament on Friday and Saturday Feb 15 & 16th at Elmwood High School.
|Genoa wrestler Jay Nino takes over against Devin
Uzelac (Elmwood). (Press photo by Harold Hamil-
Second-year coach Robert Bergman is quick to acknowledge his young men, saying “winning the NBC is a testament to our kids and especially our seniors who wouldn’t settle for anything less than their best. If you want to be more than mediocre you have to be willing to do more than what the average person is doing. They have shown that anything is possible if you are willing to work for it.”
Coach Bergman goes on to say “a lot of credit for our success this season needs to go to our coaching staff. You are only as good as the people you surround yourself with and from top to bottom we have class individuals working with our kids. Brian Sheehy, Pat Moore, Bobby Parish, Dom D'Emilio and my father Joe Bergman add a wealth of knowledge and experience to our room and sacrifice a ton of time and effort to help our kids consistently improve.”
He goes on to praise Tom Giles and Jeff Holcombe for the job they do with our youngsters at the middle school as well as Dom D'Emilio and Eric Gonzalez and their entire biddy staff who set a solid foundation for our wrestling program to build on.
Genoa had 10 members placing. Helping the team with first place finishes in their weight classes were Max Reeder (132), Drew Keenan (145), Ryan Szymanski (160), Jay Nino (220).
Other conference first place individual winners from local schools by weight were Woodmore wrestler Evan Ulinski (106), Lake wrestler Thomas Schnittker (113), Eastwood wrestler Andrew Caris (126), Lake wrestler Chris Salaz (138)), Eastwood wrestlers Brad Radabaugh (152), Randy Caris (170), Kyle Patterson (182), and Adam Wolf (195) and Lake grappler 285# Jacob Hankish (285)
Lake finished third with 115 points and host Woodmore finished fourth with 111½ points.
Clay wins Three Rivers
Clay’s wrestling program not only hosted the Three Rivers Athletic Conference wrestling championships on February 2, they also captured their second conference title.
The Eagle grapplers used eight first place finishes to rack up 238 team points. Central Catholic finished a distant second with 185½ points followed by St. John’s Jesuit (97), Findlay (92), St. Francis de Sales (82), Whitmer (66½), Fremont Ross (64), and Lima Senior (11½).
Repeat champions include Clay sophomore Richie Screptock (120), Central Catholic sophomore Nate Hagan (126), and Clay seniors Damon Dominique (152), Eddie Silva (195), and Jared Gray (220).
Other Clay champions were junior Aaron Hennemen (106), Gavin Nelson (132), junior Nick Stencel (160), freshman Matt Stencel (182),
Clay runners-up were junior Jared Davis (113), senior Brian Henneman (126), Finishing third from Clay was senior Charlie Amenta (170) and junior Antonio Zapata (285). Finishing fourth was sophomore Caleb Nelson (138),
Clay is also headed to the eight-team Division I state duals tournament, seeded second facing off against fourth seeded Brecksview-Broadview Heights Saturday morning. A win would have sent them to the semifinal against the Lakewood St. Edward-Pickerington Central winner. The other four teams are Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller, Centerville, Marysville, and Massillon Perry.
The Eagles got there by defeating Whitmer, 69-6, Sylvania Southview, 51-21, Perrysburg, 34-25, and Sidney, 54-13.