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Ryan Buckner earns award - Kent State feshman Keith Witt 22-10 in starting role
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 18 February 2010 11:01

Kent State freshman Keith Witt and redshirt sophomore Ryan Buckner are

                Keith Witt

making an impact with the Golden Flashes wrestling team.


At 174 pounds, Witt is 22-10 in his first season in a starting role. He is 11-4 in dual matches and 3-1 in Mid-American Conference matches. At 197, Buckner is 8-8 with two falls, one technical fall, and one major decision to his credit.

Eighteen of the team's 25-man roster for this season are either freshmen or sophomores.

"We are very proud of our guys and know we get the most out of them," Kent State coach Jim Andrassy said. "And on their end, they have a lot of pride in our program and want to see themselves, their teammates and the program do well."

In addition to the introduction of a new attitude for the program, Andrassy has also benefitted from recruiting some top-notch talent, enjoying a national top 10 class in 2007 and top 20 in 2008.

Gladieux taking his ‘toughness’ into tournament
Written by Mark Griffin   
Thursday, 18 February 2010 11:01

Kyle Gladieux is only a few days shy of turning 18 years old, but he already has his future mapped out.

Gladieux, Cardinal Stritch's 160-pound senior wrestling standout, has the grades (3.5 GPA) and pedigree to go into the medical field. His mom, Nancy, is a pharmacy technician.

"I want to go to the University of Toledo to study to be an RN," Gladieux said. "I really like the hospital setting, and there's always going to be a job. And, I like the scrubs. The scrubs are comfortable."

Comfort is just about the last thing Gladieux, a two-time state qualifier, allows his opponents to feel on the mat.

Gladieux will take a 30-1 record into Saturday's Division III sectional tournament at Elmwood High School. Gladieux has pinned 27 foes.

"He really goes and gets after them," ninth-year Stritch coach Dave Wlodarz said. "He is the kind of guy who wants to pin a kid. He goes after it. He goes out there to pin people. That's what he does. He's really tough on top and he knows how to turn people really well."

Clay, Oak Harbor defend league wrestling championships
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 18 February 2010 10:59

Clay and Oak Harbor successfully defended their league wrestling championships last week.

The Oak Harbor wrestling team won the school’s fourth consecutive Sandusky Bay Conference championship at Perkins High School on February 13. 

Oak Harbor had a 12 wrestlers work their way in to the championship bout with Drew Stone, Jake Cramer, Ian Miller, Tyler Hackworth, Mike Mallernee, Konnor Witt, and Zach Sandwisch all earning SBC championships in their respective weight classes. 

In winning the SBC, Oak Harbor would set the team point record with 263½ points.

Starting things out in the finals for the Rockets was Hackworth at 119. He earned his first league title after finishing second a year before. 

Next up was Stone, who like the previous years before, captured another individual title as well as the outstanding wrestler award at 125.  The next title happened at 140 where Jake Cramer almost majored his finals opponent. 

At 145, Ian Miller would win his third consecutive individual title.  Konner Witt wrestled his way to a championship at 160 and Mike Mallernee would win his fourth SBC title at 171. 

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