Thursday, March 23

    Independence places two at CVC championships

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    PERRY—Independence had two of its seven wrestlers earn a spot on the podium at the 2023 Chagrin Valley Conference wrestling championships on Saturday.

    Sophomores Charlie Meyer and Charlie Puklavec both finished among the top six in their respective weight classes.

    Meyer became a two-time CVC placer when he finished second at 126 pounds. He was fourth last year at 120.

    “I was very satisfied with my performance,” Meyer said. “Everything worked out how I wanted it to. I came in thinking I would be competing for first and that’s how it ended up.”

    Meyer opened the tournament by pinning Harvey’s Corday Campbell in 1:30 and then he pinned Lakeside’s Derek Briggs in 3:45 in the semifinal round.

    He closed out the tournament with a rematch against Crestwood’s J.P. Wrobel, a two-time state qualifier.

    Wrobel recorded a 19-2 technical fall, but it was progress for Meyer, who was pinned by Wrobel earlier this season at the North Coast Classic.

    “I know J.P. is a great wrestler and he’s so much faster than I am,” Meyer said. “My mindset was that I will not let him pin me.”

    Meyer, who improved to 24-10, is confident he’s on track to accomplish his goals now that the postseason has started.

    “I’ve been working hard all season and I’m looking forward to going further than I did last year,” he said.

    Charlie Puklavec placed sixth at 138 pounds.

    After receiving a first-round bye, Puklavec pinned Trinity’s Mario Muniz to advance to the semifinals, where he was pinned by Lutheran West’s Nehemiah Sanderfer in 2:00.

    Puklavec then recorded back-to-back pins in the consolation bracket before falling to Berkshire’s Johnny Heiden in the consolation semifinals, 4-1. Sanderfer then pinned Puklavec again in the fifth-place match in 2:25.

    Manoli Fourtounis went 2-2 at 120 pounds, Colton Franko was 2-2 at 132, Jonah Valenti went 1-2 at 144, Jake Vitron was 2-2 at 165, and Tommy Erdman finished 1-2 at 215.



    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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