June 24, 2016


Wrestling: Four shine as Wadsworth rolls in Olentangy

OLENTANGY — Don’t call this a rebuilding year for Wadsworth.

A week after winning all four of their duals at Olentangy Liberty, the youthful Grizzlies made a return trip down Interstate 71 and came back with their first tournament title of the season against a 16-team field.

Mathias Zollinger

Four individuals walked away with wins, including three via gritty one-point victories.

Senior Mathias Zollinger posted an impressive 6-5 win over Drew McDougle of Gahanna Lincoln to take medalist honors at 138 pounds, while Tim Knipel won at 182 thanks to a 4-3 win over Perkins’ Dylan Hermes and 285-pounder Daryk Maki claimed the title over Franklin’s Chase Henderson 6-5.

Cory Riggenbaugh brought home the other gold medal with a 3-1 triumph over Ryan Mcelwee of Pickerington Central.

Also helping the Grizzlies rack up major team points were Noah Baughman (106, 2nd place), Chris George (220, 2nd), Connor Gray (120, 3rd) and Alex Carrell (170, 3rd).

In other tournaments:

Jeremy Ammons Kilted Klassic

SPARTA — Three Medina wrestlers took home individual titles as the Bees won the team championship over host Sparta Highland. It marks the second year in a row Medina has won the 15-team tournament. Freshman Austin Provost pinned four of his opponents en route to winning the 106-pound weight class. Senior Matt Hogue (120) and freshman Zach Defraine (138) also won. Marc Antonelli was runner-up at 132, while Danny Gannon (113), Zach Priebe (152) and Justin Hamer (145) were third.

Mike Lewis Invitational

YORK TWP. — Cloverleaf took second overall thanks to five first-place finishes and a pair of runner-up showings. The Colts racked up 256 points to finish behind Revere (269). Greg Briggs (113), Matt Montgomery (126), Marc Heidelman (132), Anthony Kozma (138) and Joe Kruggel (152) each walked away with wins, while Chase Werner (145) and Austin Kozma (182) took second in their respective brackets. No Buckeye results were reported.

North Coast Classic

INDEPENDENCE — Senior Tyler Hughes dominated the 170-pound weight class as Brunswick took ninth. Hughes capped the two-day event with a technical fall over Tristan Jones of Buckeye Local. Josh Heil lost a heart-breaker in the 106 final, dropping a 3-2 decision in overtime to Nordonia’s Tony DeCesare. Brett Thomas (113, 4th), Zack Taylor (126, 5th) and Brandon Bryant (145, 5th) rounded out the top finishers for the Blue Devils. Highland was 13th and was led by Nick Corvo. The sophomore placed fourth at 182 pounds, while Dominic Ravanelli (138) and Marko Vilimonovic (120) placed seventh.

Walsh Ironman

CUYAHOGA FALLS — Highland’s Adam Kluk was fifth overall and Thomas Gabyak also took part in the prestigious early season tournament at Walsh Jesuit. Kluk, who took fifth at the state tournament last winter, went 5-2 at 195 pounds, with three of those victories coming via pin. Gabyak failed to place, but went 4-2 for the weekend.

Middle School Chippewa Invitational

DOYLESTOWN — Caleb Cass and Ryley Cupillo won the 134 and 150-pound titles, respectively, as Cloverleaf took fourth in this 12-team tournament. River Daunhauer (80), Corey Stallings (104) and Bryce Hart (116) were second.

Contact Dan Brown at sports@medina-gazette.com.