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    Hornets flatten Rebels in regular season finale


    Kirtland closed out the regular season with an impressive 48-19 non-conference win over visiting South on Thursday.

    The Hornets won five of the eight matches wrestled with three major decisions and two pins.

    “They wrestled well tonight and that’s what you look for going into sectionals,” said Kirtland coach Scott Francis. “They were aggressive and hitting a lot of moves.”

    Will Davidson (120), Louka Babic (160), and Anthony Gencarelli (195) each won by major decision, and Avery Zupancic (152) and Aiden Reed (170) won by fall for the Hornets.

    Brennon Braud lost a 2-1 decision to South’s Nick Hollerbach at 182 pounds in the most intense match of the evening.

    Despite a late start and a midseason pause, the Hornets are headed into the postseason as ready as they’re going to be.

    “It wasn’t easy making it through that pause that we had but the guys did a pretty good job and they’re recovering from it pretty quickly,” Francis said. “We know we’re not the other ones in that boat. There are a lot of teams that went through the same thing. My guys that are really wanting to get after it have done a pretty good job of keeping themselves busy throughout the summer and even in the pause. They’re looking forward to sectionals.”

    Kirtland 48, South 19

    106: Daniel Bak (K) by forfeit; 113: double forfeit; 120: Will Davidson (K) maj. dec. Theodore Griffin 15-3; 126: Andrew Duncan (K) by forfeit; 132: Ian Borthwick (K) by forfeit; 138: Austin Adams (S) maj. dec. Gaetano Savelli, 13-3; 145: James Johnson (S) by forfeit; 152: Avery Zupancic (K) pinned Finnegan Fretter, 4:22; 160: Louka Babic (K) maj. dec. Nick Matizi, 14-4; 170: Aiden Reed (K) pinned Eric Lufi, 2:39; 182: Nick Hollerbach (S) dec. Brennon Braud, 2-1; 195: Anthony Gencarelli (K) maj. dec. Brody Sherman, 14-4; 220: Dom Vittori (S) pinned Jerry Zovko, 1:10; 285: Antywne Stoves (K) by forfeit.

    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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