WILLOUGHBY—Led by Brendan Williamson, who finished second at 113 pounds, five Kirtland wrestlers placed among the top six at the 2015 Rebel Invitational Tournament at South on Saturday.
Williamson’s only loss of the day came to South’s Spencer Dusi.
“Coming into the tournament my goal was to become top two,” Williamson said. “Last year, I took third, so the goal is always do better than the past years. I knew I would've seen Dusi at some point in the tournament. He's an all-around good wrestler and I couldn't capitalize on anything.”
Alex French, Konnor Duncan, Gus Mormino and Chris Brown also placed for the Hornets.
“Overall, the kids came in here and they did pretty well,” said Kirtland coach Scott Francis. “After wrestling on Thursday we had some stuff to fix and they did a good job of fixing that stuff, but of course in wrestling you make different mistakes so we’ll have to fix the next thing. We are seeing the improvement we want to see.”
French finished third at 120, Duncan was sixth at 126, Mormino was fifth at 145 and Brown was fourth at 160.
“Konnor Duncan came in, it was his first time ever wrestling in a tournament as a freshman, and he wrestled nice,” Francis said. Brendan had a good tournament and Chris Brown did too. He probably would have liked to place higher but the matches he lost, we thought if we fix a few things and those are winnable matches for him. Gus had two kids that are pretty good in his first two rounds and he wrestled a good match in his third round to get that win. Alex French, another freshman came in and took third place. He had a good tournament.”
Kirtland will compete in the Kenston Invitational Tournament beginning Sunday, Dec. 27.
2015 Rebel Invitational Tournament Results
1. Olmsted Falls 362.5
2. Willoughby South 234
3. Westlake 209
4. Perry 201
5. Revere 180.5
6. Nordonia 119
7. John Adams 104
8. Kirtland 98
9. South B 43
10. Clearview 32
106: 1st-Michael Shaw (OF), 2nd-Thaer Zayed (WE), 3rd-Nick Kuntz (OF).
113: 1st-Spencer Dusi (WS), 2nd-Brandon Williamson (K), 3rd-Jihad Salti (OF).
120: 1st-Mike Farkas (WS) 9-3 Erik Somogyi (P), 3rd-Alex French (K) pinned Nate Ferrar (R) 2:35, 5th-Jimmy Brenneman (N) pinned Drew Dusi (WSB), 5:07.
126: 1st-Joey Marysiak (OF) pinned Lance Hansen (WS), 4:57, 3rd-Tommy Masteller (N) 11-2 Zach Bubonic (P), 5th-Liam Kruger (WE) pinned Konnor Duncan (K), 1:27.
132: 1st-Isaac Hendershot (WS) 11-1 Brady Stang (OF), 3rd-Michael Amentini (R) 16-0 Eyad Shouman (WE), 5th-Connor Atkins (OF) pinned Derrick Burrage (JA), 1:47.
138: 1st-Josh Jaeckin (OF) 3-2 Nick Dailey (OF), 3rd-Jake Peterson (R) 4-2 Clayton Meyer (P), 5th-Leo Spremulli (WE) pinned louie Preseren (WS), 4:52.
145: 1st-Alec Kirby (OF) 13-0 Sam Cales (P), 3rd-Stefan Farian (R) 13-1 Davon Young (JA), 5th-Gus Mormino (K) 7-3 Kyle Jordan (WS).
152: 1st-Trey Crockett (N) 5-2 Geoffrey Gedeon (P), 3rd-Noah Broski (OF) 5-4 Nael Zayed (WE), 5th-Amir Mitchell (WS) pinned Ian Weiland (R), 5:39.
160: 1st-Brice Locklear (OF) pinned Paul Molke (R), 3:41, 3rd-Moe Zayed (WE) 11-3 Chris Brown (K), 5th-Eric Lazbin (R) pinned Clinton White (JA) 2:47.
170: 1st-Tony Caraffi (OF) 14-0 John Miller (P), 3rd-Milton Howard (WS) pinned Keyone McGraw (JA), 3:46, 5th-Billy Hedrich (P) pinned Jack Baker (R) 3:03.
182: 1st-Evan Schenk (P) pinned Jaden Mendeluk (OF), 4:40, 3rd-Beckett Fant (R) 5-3 Niko Barnett (WE), 5th-John Meadows (N) 9-7 Evan Ketterman (WS).
195: 1st-Tommy Bowles (WE), 2nd-Mike Iler (OF), 3rd-Kesean Johnson (JA).
285: 1st-Nik Urban (WS) pinned Alec Camelli (N), 1:32, 3rd-Patrick Simon (OF) 7-3 John Hayes (WE), 5th-Nick O'Brien (WSB) pinned Nick Kelly (R) 0:58.
Outstanding wrestler: Nik Urban (WS)