On Saturday, January 5, 2013, the Bombers wrestled at the Mentor Duals Tournament. Kenston's first match was against Amherst. The first one to wrestle was Sam Gambatese, who lost 0-6 to Williams. The bombers struggled to pull out a win until senior Nate Lewis stepped on the mat and beat his opponent 3-1 at 285. Noah Georgian at 106 was the next wrestler to take a win by winning 12-3. Neil Roff was the last wrestler to win a match against Amherst by pinning his opponent. Kenston lost to Amherst 25-44.
Last year senior Nate Lewis was unable to advance past the championship quarterfinals at the Kenston Invitational Tournament. In his final KIT on Saturday, Lewis made good on a personal goal of his and won the 220-pound championship at the 48th Kenston Invitational Tournament, with a 4-1 decision over Justin Gauden from Strongsville.
Lewis was the lone champion from Geauga County at this year's tournament. He finished the tournament 4-0 and has not lost since the Comet Classic tournament the first week of the season.
There's nothing like winning in front of a home crowd, as Nate Lewis did Saturday at the Kenston Invitational Tournament.
The senior wrestler, who did not place at the KIT last year, pinned his way to the 220-pound championship bout before beating Strongs-ville's Justin Gauden, 4-1, for the title.
"It was pretty exciting. I remember coming up here as an eighth-grade middle school wrestler and just coming up and watching these guys wrestle, and I don't know what to say," Lewis said. "This is the one tournament all year, other than the end of the year with sectionals and districts, this would be the one tournament that I've wanted to win all year."
Wrestlers from University School and Orange also competed at the 27-team, 48th annual tournament. While 2012 KIT champion Parma, 182 ½ points, edged runner-up Fairfield, 171 ½ points, the host Bombers finished eighth overall with 103 ½ points, including three place finishers throughout the 14 weight classes.
The Bombers wrestled at the Eastlake North tournament the weekend of the 8th, for the 2nd year in a row. Last year we set the record for most team points scored with 300 points, and this year we broke it again with a score of 367.5 points, crushing every other team that was there, and every weight had at least one Bomber in the finals. Nolan Kondik said, "It feels good to be such a dominate force in a tournament." Taking 6th place we had Evan Berry, Kyle Richter, and Brandon Baker. Taking 5th was Luke Ostoyic, and taking 4th was Joby Hebruck and Lovell Spruce. Placing 3rd was Andrew DiSanto and placing 2nd was Noah Georgian, Anthony Pavone, Michael Pavone, and Duncan Bauer. Placing 1st we had Neil Roff, Sam Gambatese, Nolan Kondik, Carmen Gianguzzo, Nick Lewis, and Nate Lewis. Nolan Kondik was also awarded MVP for the upper weights (152-HWT). Come to the K.I.T. to show your support for your Bombers!
The Kenston wrestling team had a big day on Saturday as the Bombers won the John Matteucci Memorial Tournament at North High School in Eastlake.
The Bombers had 367.5 points as Chardon was second with 229 and Westlake was third with 225. Nolan Kondik was the tournament MVP as he won the championship at 170 pounds.
The Kenston wrestling team walked away from the 10th annual Matteucci Memorial Classic with more than it bargained for on Saturday night.
While the Bombers were happy to have departed Eastlake with the championship trophy in their first appearance in the tournament, they could have done so without leaving town with so many injuries.
With the Chagrin Valley Conference tournament a week away and the Division I sectional tournament looming, the Bombers lost 106-pounder Jacob Georgian (knee) and 138-pounder Dennis DeSanto (shoulder) for an unspecified amount of time.
The Kenston wrestling team only won six of its 14 matches against a visiting Toledo St. John's Jesuit team last Friday, but bonus points from pins enabled the Bombers to edge a one-point victory.
Kenston had four pins in its six triumphant matches, while the St. John's Titans only mustered two pins in their eight weight-class victories. Kenston won the meet, 32-31.
Getting the bonus points from pins certainly helps, head coach Brian Malloy said.
"The fans in a dual meet definitely are a bonus as well, and keeping our guys only losing by a point or so in our losses, that's a three-point difference in all the matches," he said. "And we had four pins, so that's 24 points right there."
Nathan Lewis knew it was time for him to take matters into his own hands.
With Kenston clinging to a 30-25 lead over host Lake Catholic and needing only one more victory to clinch the dual-meet win, the Bombers' junior 220-pounder figured it was his duty to clinch the match rather than heap all the pressure on a freshman.
So with ninth-grader Mike Kruger waiting in the wings for his first varsity wrestling match at heavyweight, Lewis pinned Lake Catholic's William Sowers midway through the second period to clinch a 42-25 win for Kenston.
On December 2 and 3, the Kenston Bombers Wrestling team wrestled at the Solon Comet Classic at Solon High School. This tournament was a two day tournament, and the wrestlers had to make weight both days. The Kenston Bombers took eighth out of twenty-five teams. This tournament is one of the hardest tournaments the Kenston Bombers will wrestle in all year. Visit the wrestling page for the results of the tournament.