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    Hornets, Badgers tangle in final postseason tuneup


    BURTON—Kirtland swept a tri-match at Berkshire on Thursday in the final tune-up for next weekend’s Division III sectional tournament.

    The Hornets beat Akron North, 42-30, then closed out the night with a 44-24 win over the host Badgers. Berkshire finished the night 1-1 with a 58-18 win over Akron North.

    “It was good to end the season off like this and heading into sectionals on a high note,” Kirtland coach Scott Francis said. “We kept telling them this week was to get ready for sectionals so those matches were to get ready and we saw some kids we’re going to be wrestling.”

    Kirtland finished the night an impressive 9-2 in matches wrestled.

    Will Davidson finished 2-0 for the Hornets at 106 pounds.

    He recorded the fastest pin of the night in his first match when he stuck Akron North’s Yubak Karki in 24 seconds then edged Berkshire’s James Klingman, 9-8, in a showdown of two of the area’s top lightweights.

    “There’s a lot of good kids at 106 this year and those guys, come sectionals, they’re going to battle each other to make it out,” Francis said. “There’s going to be at least one really good wrestler at 106 that’s not going to make it out and the next week at districts it’s going to be even tougher. Will has wrestled most of the guys in the top 8 at his district and he’s beaten some of them. It’s going to be interesting to see how he finishes out it. He’s put in a lot of time and effort.”

    Davidson recorded a takedown with 12 seconds left to take a 9-7 lead against Klingman then gave up an escape as time expired.

    Aidan Marsh, Brennon Braud, Kory Dages, Anthony Gencarelli and Noah Grassie also went 2-0 on the night for the Hornets.

    Gencarelli and Dages pinned both of their opponents while Marsh earned a technical fall and a forfeit. Braud finished the night with a pin and a forfeit and Grassie won both matches by forfeit. Brayden Adkins won one match by pin and Robby Laney earned a forfeit.

    “We’re happy with all of our guys,” Francis said. “We had some guys that didn’t wrestle great matches but they were still able to get the victory and that’s huge too. You’re not always going to be on every single night but you still have to figure out a way to win and get the job done.”

    Josh Tribuzzo, Justin Heiden, Jarrod Malkus and Lucas Stoddard each recorded a pin and a forfeit to finish the night 2-0 for Berkshire. Klingman, J.J. Perrin, Brandon Catley, Ryan Ford and Jeremy Bosher all finished 1-1 for the Badgers.

    “We’re in an interesting spot as a team,” Berkshire coach Adam Lange said. “We’ve got a lot of guys with experience and then we’ve got a lot of new guys. Catley going out there and wrestling, this is his first year wrestling, and he was going out there and he took some real nice shots and almost turning them. He’s learning. To that, I say great wrestling, good job. We had other guys who went out there and just flat out laid an egg and that’s frustrating because it’s unacceptable because that’s not how we train and not how we work. We work really hard. I expect a lot out of these guys and they know it. Nine times out of 10 they give it to me. Tonight they didn’t. Akron North, we wrestled well, Kirtland we didn’t.”

    Berkshire 58, Akron North 18

    106: Klingman (B) pinned Karki, 0:45; 113: Tribuzzo (B) pinned Tamang, 2:18; 120: Heiden (B) pinned Razai, 3:58; 126: Sherpa (AN) by forfeit; 132: Lay oo (AN) by forfeit; 138: double forfeit; 145: Malkus (B) pinned Sherpa, 1:38; 152: Currence (B) by forfeit; 160: Perrin (B) maj. dec. Kami, 17-5; 170: Stoddard (B) by forfeit; 182: Catley (B) by forfeit; 195: Ford (B) pinned Bell, 0:29; 220: Hakizimana (AN) by forfeit; 285: Bosher (B) by forfeit.

    Kirtland 42, Akron North 30

    106: Davidson (K) pinned Karki, 0:24; 113: Tamang (AN) by forfeit; 120: Razai (AN) by forfeit; 126: Sherpa (AN) by forfeit; 132: Lay oo (AN) pinned Reed, 0:51; 138: double forfeit; 145: Sherpa (AN) by forfeit; 152: Marsh (K) by forfeit; 160: Adkins (K) pinned Kami, 1:40; 170: double forfeit; 182: Braud (K) by forfeit; 195: Dages (K) pinned Bell, 1:46; 220: Gencarelli (K) pinned Hakizimana, 1:39; 285: Grassie (K) by forfeit.

    Kirtland 44, Berkshire 24

    106: Davidson (K) dec. Klingman, 9-8; 113: Tribuzzo (B) by forfeit; 120: Heiden (B) by forfeit; 126: double forfeit; 132: double forfeit; 138: double forfeit; 145: Malkus (B) by forfeit; 152: Laney (K) by forfeit; 160: Marsh (K) tech. fall Perrin, 25-11; 170: Stoddard (B) pinned Adkins, 0:53; 182: Dages (K) pinned Catley, 2:54; 195: Braud (K) pinned Ford, 3:09; 220: Grassie (K) by forfeit; 285: Gencarelli (K) pinned Bosher, 0:26.

    Steve Hare
    Steve Hare
    The creator and publisher of, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for, a member of the network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. was created in 2004 and was a member of the network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.
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