After being sidelined all season due to injury, Tyler Houska made his debut for Ashland’s wrestling team this past weekend.
The redshirt junior and former Highland standout posted three wins at 285 pounds to help the Eagles sweep the competition Sunday at the Mid-Atlantic Duals.
Houska, who was out with a foot injury sustained during football season, where he’s a starting defensive lineman, notched three pins — one came in 25 seconds — to improve to 3-1. He made his debut Friday night, but got pinned 5:18 into his bout against Josh Duplin of Pitt-Johnstown.
Ashland, ranked 16th in the NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association poll, travels to Gannon on Saturday for a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference match.
It was quite a week for Baldwin Wallace’s Kyle Payne (Brunswick), as the junior surpassed the 1,000-point plateau and helped the Yellow Jackets extend their win streak to 10 games with victories over Heidelberg and Capital. Payne had 24 points to reach the career milestone against the Student Princes, while Kevin Krakowiak (Liverpool Twp. resident/Holy Name) netted 18. Payne and Krakowiak scored 17 and 15, respectively, as BW capped the week with a win over first-place Capital.
Senior guard Alan Sheppard (Wadsworth) handed out a game-high eight assists and chipped in 10 points as Hiram shocked No. 9 Ohio Wesleyan 78-65.
Chris Zurowski (Medina) added 12 points and six rebounds in the victory. Sheppard had 20 later in the week as the Terriers rallied to beat Wittenberg 62-57.
Akron center Pat Forsythe (Brunswick) had four points and four rebounds in 13 minutes off the bench as the Zips edged Ball State 71-64.
Guard Tyler Peters (Medina) had 16 points and three assists, but it wasn’t enough as No. 20 Wheaton fell to unranked Carthage 62-61.
Old Dominion’s Jackie Cook (Hinckley Twp. resident/Regina) registered her 11th double-figure scoring output of the season as the Monarchs downed UNC Wilmington. The senior had 11 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Guard Lindsay Tenyak (Wadsworth) drained three 3-pointers as Ashland improved to 18-0 with an 80-51 victory over Hillsdale. Tenyak finished with 11 points, while Taylor Woods (Wadsworth) chipped in 10. Earlier in the week, Tenyak had 19 in a win over rival Findlay, while Woods added 13.
Georgetown’s Dev King (Medina) had eight points, seven boards and a pair of blocks to help the Tigers to a 77-52 triumph over Pikeville.
Michael Griffith (Medina) notched his ninth pin of the season to help Mercyhurst defeat seventh-ranked Kutztown and improve to 8-0. The sophomore trailed midway through the second period of his 149-pound match, but came back to pin his opponent with 57 seconds left. Griffith is currently 13-6.
Lake Erie’s Nate Ball (Wadsworth) won his 149-pound match with a 7-1 decision as the Storm upset No. 18 Ashland 27-17. It was Lake Erie’s second win over a ranked team this season. Jake Piatt (Medina) dropped his 174 bout for the Eagles, 6-1.
Kagan Squire (Wadsworth) picked up his second win of the week for Ohio University, defeating Bloomsburg’s Matthew Rappo with a 6-1 decision. Earlier, he posted a 15-0 technical fall over Kent State’s Lukas Kern.
Bowling Green’s Lindsay Koch (Brunswick) tied for 10th on the uneven parallel bars with a score of 9.050 as the Falcons fell in their Mid-American Conference opener against Northern Illinois.
Swimming and diving
Amanda and Allison Pallija (Wadsworth) scored as Cleveland State downed Wright State and Youngstown State. Amanda was fourth in the 100 freestyle, fifth in the 500 free and fifth in the 1,000 free. Allison took fourth in the 200 breaststroke and fifth in the 100 breast.
Junior Danielle Dostall (Brunswick) was seventh in the 1,000-yard freestyle in 11:09.98 and eighth in the 500 free (5:32.53) as Akron lost to Miami of Ohio.
Indoor track and field
Villanova’s Alex Wasik (Medina) is having quite a start to the winter season. The sophomore shattered the meet record with a personal-best jump of 3.95 meters at the Great Dane Classic at the New York Armory. Wasik, who has three straight wins, has cleared 3.9 or higher in two of her three outings this season.
BW finished second in its season-opening Mid-January Meet. Senior thrower Mitch Supan (Medina resident/Walsh) won the weight throw and shot put, while Zach Marinucci (Brunswick) was second in the shot and third in the weight throw. On the track, Ryan Weir (Cloverleaf) won the 400 in 53.50 and Shawn Cordes (Buckeye) helped the 4×200 to a win in 1:32.12.
Nate Chronister (Highland) was second in the long jump, clearing 22 feet, 11 inches as Akron edged Kent State 80-71. Teammate Nick Owens (Brunswick) was runner-up in the 400 in 49.27, along with placing fourth in the 400 (49.27) and fifth in the 200 (22.86). Jake Hiltner (Wadsworth) was fourth in the 800 in 1:54:57, while Mitch Gordon (Wadsworth) clocked a 50.28 in the 400.
Russell McCune (Wadsworth) was ninth in the 3,000 for Kent State, clocking a 9:01.40 as the Flashes dropped their dual meet with Akron.
Florida sophomore Taylor Burke (Medina) won the high jump title at the Gator Invitational with a season-best leap of 5-10¾.
Ohio Dominican’s Malik Tuck (Medina) placed fifth in the 200 (22.69) and eighth in the 60 (7.12), along with helping the 4×4 relay to a third-place finish at the Tiffin Carnival. David Knack (Medina) helped pace the host Dragons’ distance medley relay to a runner-up showing in 10:39.
Junior Evan McKee (Medina) was second for Ohio Northern in the 500 as he clocked a 1:08.77 at the Northwest Ohio Meet.
Local fans can watch Harvard tight end Kyle Juszczyk (Cloverleaf) play in the 2013 Senior Bowl for the North Team on Saturday in Mobile, Ala. The game, which will be shown on the NFL Network, starts at 4 p.m.
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