Wednesday, April 24

    Independence falls to rival Cuyahoga Heights

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    INDEPENDENCE—Cuyahoga Heights won three of the five matches wrestled and collected five forfeits in knocking off host Independence on Wednesday, 48-21.

    The Red Wolves opened the dual with Cooper Kucia’s forfeit win at 106 pounds and after a double forfeit at 113, Zander Mooney defeated Independence’s Manoli Fourtounis at 120, 7-1.

    Independence reeled off four straight wins to pull ahead 24-9, but that lead wouldn’t last long.

    Charlie Meyer won by forfeit at 126 and then Colton Franko pinned Noah Tokar at 132 in 1 minute, 36 seconds. Jonah Valenti then won by forfeit at 138 and Charlie Puklavec pulled off the most dramatic win of the night at 144 pounds.

    Puklavec recorded the first takedown of the match but gave up a reversal to Kucia before scoring a reversal of his own after Kucia earned a two-point near fall.

    With the match tied 4-4 at the end of the third period, Puklavec won the match with a takedown early in the overtime period.

    Cuyahoga Heights bounced back with six straight wins to close out the match.

    Zach Zoladz, Andrew Jakubczak, and Fletcher Sturgill won by forfeit at 150, 157, and 165 pounds, respectively, and Francis Connors won by fall at 175. Angelo Rocco collected a forfeit at 190, and Jeremiah Reed defeated Independence’s Tommy Erdman, 1-0, at 215. \

    Cuyahoga Heights 48, Independence 21

    106: Cooper Kucia (CH) by forfeit; 113: double forfeit; 120: Zander Mooney (CH) dec. Manoli Fourtounis, 7-1; 126: Charlie Meyer (I) by forfeit; 132: Colton Franko (I) pinned Noah Tokar, 1:36; 138: Jonah Valenti (I) by forfeit; 144: Charlie Puklavec (I) dec. Seth Kucia, 6-4 (ot); 150: Zach Zoladz (CH) by forfeit; 157: Andrew Jakubczak (CH) by forfeit; 165: Fletcher Sturgill (CH) by forfeit; 175: Francis Connors (CH) pinned Jake Vitron, 3:06; 190: Angelo Rocco (CH) by forfeit; 215: Jeremiah Reed (CH) dec. Tommy Erdman, 1-0.


    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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