Nothing comes easy in Division I district wrestling action, especially in Mentor, where wrestlers from teams like 2013 state runner-up Massillon Perry, Maple Heights and Madison compete for a shot to advance to the big show in Columbus.
The Solon and Kenston wrestling programs had more district eliminations than either wanted, but then so too did every other team at last week's tournament, which encompassed 49 teams throughout Northeast Ohio.
The Solon wrestling program was led by three champions for a runner-up finish during Friday and Saturday's 12-team Division I Austintown Fitch Sectional, while Kenston took fifth with three individual runners-up.
The top four wrestlers in each weight class advanced to the Division I Northeast District tournament on Feb. 21 and 22 at Mentor, which also includes qualifiers from the Perry, Willoughby South and North Royalton sectionals. Forty-nine teams will be represented.
Mid-week duals have lost their luster over the years, as teams focus on big weekend tournaments.
The state dual tournament, implemented in Ohio for the first time last season, has helped re-emphasize the format. Kenston, hosting a quad with Riverside, Bedford and Cuyahoga Heights, earned two dual wins on Thursday, giving the Bombers something to build on.
Kenston beat Cuyahoga Heights, 45-18, before edging Riverside, 40-35. The Beavers started the evening by defeating Bedford, 42-31.
Kenston and Riverside both forfeited two matches and split the remaining 10. The Bombers won on bonus points, with four pins and a major decision.
The KIT is on December 27th and 28th. Student admission is $4 per session or 3 session pass of $10, Adult admission is $6 a session or 3 session pass for $15. Come down and support your team. This is one of the hardest tournaments of the year; the kids that place at this tournament are usually the kids that place at state. You will be seeing some of the best matches of the season. Shawn fowler said, "Hopefully we place first." There will be concession stands selling food and snacks. Hope to see you all there!
Cutting weight and getting in shape simultaneously in the early season makes the sport of wrestling just as demanding mentally as it is physically.
That showed through the beet red and purple cheeks of high school grapplers during third-period battles on the mat at Friday and Saturday's 29th annual Solon Comet Classic.
Twenty-five teams, 14 weight classes and about 300 wrestlers competed in 756 bouts.
The Kenston Bombers wrestling team wrestled in one of the toughest tournaments in the state this past Friday and Saturday, the Solon Comet Classic. It was a tough battle for all the wrestlers as the team took 16th overall out of 25 teams. Placing at the tournament was freshman Chris Pavone taking 8th place in the 106 pound weight class, senior Duncan Bauer taking 8th place in the 145 pound weight class, junior Carmen Gainguzzo taking 6th place in the 195 pound weight class, and senior Nolan Kondik with a 2nd place finish in the 170 pound weight class. Noah Georgian said, "It was a very exciting tournament to watch!" Good job boys and keep up the hard work.
If you haven't already, go and sign up for wrestling! If you don't know where to go, go to Mr. Murphy and he will give you a sign up sheet and a schedule for the whole season. Today we are also having the first open mat.