March 30, 2015

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State wrestling: No opening jitters, newcomers have solid debuts at state

Brunswick’s Aaron Naples, left, takes on Central Crossing’s Robbie Fusner in a Division I 195-pound match at state. Naples won 10-5. (RON TWINING / GAZETTE)

COLUMBUS — First-time competitors, more often than not, are supposed to come down to the state wrestling tournament, take their lumps and come back stronger next season. Brunswick’s Aaron Naples (195 pounds), Wadsworth’s Joey Baughman (145) and Black River’s Ryan Slone (195) never got the memo. The trio will join Wadsworth’s Noah Baughman (113), Connor Read More…

State wrestling: Hanging tough, Garrett Lambert makes up for lost time

Brunswick’s Garrett Lambert defeats Copley’s Tyler Grimes 12-9 in the 126-pound semifinals at the Wadsworth Division I Sectional. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

Should Garrett Lambert ever have the opportunity to wrestle a full season, there might not be a superlative strong enough to explain just how incredible he is. A two-time state qualifier, the Brunswick junior hasn’t wrestled an entire schedule the last two years, yet he’s found success. That success turned incomplete seasons into memories. A Read More…

Bowling: Justin Vetrovsky has high hopes, is ready to roll

Brunswick bowler Justin Vetrovsky aims to improve on his solid  performance of a year ago when the Division I State Bowling Tournament rolls into action Saturday. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

Justin Vetrovsky always knew he had it in him. Saturday, the Brunswick junior returns to the place where he went from a very good bowler to one of Ohio’s elite. A sophomore with a 210.6 average last season, Vetrovsky was part of history when the Blue Devils became the first Medina County boys team to Read More…

Wrestling: Wadsworth crowns three champs, Medina County delivers 11 to Columbus

Wadsworth freshman Joey Baughman puts a hold on Ashland’s Sid Ohi during the 145-pound semifinals. (AARON JOSEFCZYK / GAZETTE)

CLEVELAND — Messages received. In fact, they were received rather clearly Saturday, as Wadsworth crowned Noah Baughman (113 pounds), Joey Baughman (145) and Shane Mast (160) champions at the Cleveland Division I District. Those three will join teammates Tim Knipl (2nd, 170) and Connor Gray (3rd, 120) and the Brunswick quintet of Garrett Lambert (2nd, Read More…

County trio pull off stunners

Brunswick's Aaron Naples controls Sylvania Southview's Cody Schroeder in the 195 pound first round match at the Division I District Tournament at Cleveland State University. Photo by Judd Smerglia

    CLEVELAND — The big prize is a week away, but eyes definitely are wide open now. That holds especially true for Wadsworth’s Shane Mast (160 pounds) and Brunswick’s Matt Fields (106) and Aaron Naples (195), as they walk into the semifinals today at the Cleveland State Division I District needing one win in Read More…

Wrestling: Christian Camacho motivated by perception

Brunswick’s Christian Camacho defeats Strongsville’s Danny Cromleigh 4-3 in the 152-pound semifinals of the Wadsworth Division I Sectional. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

Usually having the moniker of “state qualifier” comes with clout. For Christian Camacho, he brawls not only with the competition, but with the notion of sometimes being the forgotten wrestler. That’s easy considering he’s on a Brunswick team loaded with talent. Nicky Kiussis is back as a state runner-up, while Josh Heil is a two-time Read More…

Girls basketball: Medina can’t find touch in loss

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ELYRIA — Sometimes the basket is the size of the Pacific Ocean. Sometimes it’s the size of a pin. When the 10-foot goal shrinks, it might as well be an 80-foot obstruction. That was the case Monday, when 18th-ranked Medina played third-ranked Magnificat in an Elyria Catholic Division I District semifinal that turned ugly by Read More…

Wrestling: Brunswick turns heads and upends favored Wadsworth for first sectional title

Brunswick’s Nick Kuissis pins Wadsworth’s Cody Surratt in the 138-pound semifinals. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

WADSWORTH — Brunswick wrestling coach Mike Koshar racked his brain and couldn’t come up with an answer. Former Blue Devils wrestlers took their best guesses but didn’t have anything concrete, either. A phone call to former coach Gary Eaton late Saturday night finally confirmed what many thought was true. When Brunswick won the Wadsworth Division Read More…

Highland’s Ashley Mennenga highlights record-setting day for county stars

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CANTON — Another day, more records and more history. That’s how the final rounds of the Division I state swimming meet went Saturday as Medina County athletes closed the season with memorable performances. Ashley Mennenga gave the Highland faithful hope for a very bright future, as the freshman broke her school record in the 100-yard Read More…

Houska nets 1,000th point in win

MACEDONIA — It took Tanner Houska almost the entire game to get his points across Friday. Highland, on the other hand, didn’t wait that long. Add it up and the Hornets boys basketball team closed the regular season with a 57-50 Suburban League win over Nordonia. Houska (10 points) scored his 1,000th career point with Read More…