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    Independence’s Braden Sears does it again in win over rival


    Last winter, Independence’s Braden Sears flattened his Cuyahoga Heights opponent to clinch the Blue Devils’ win in the rivalry dual meet.

    Sears did it again on Wednesday as he recorded a 46-second pin at 285 pounds to seal Independence’s 39-36 win over the visiting Redskins.

    “It was a great team win and team effort,” Sears said. “We were all very excited to have come out on top tonight. Congratulations to our head coach, Coach (Ken) DeAngelis on continuing his undefeated streak against our rival. I was glad I could be a part of it and contribute to the win again this year.”

    Cuyahoga Heights built a 36-33 lead heading into the heavyweight bout.

    The Blue Devils needed at least a win to tie the score and force the match to be decided by criteria or a major decision or pin to leave no doubt.

    “Going into the match, I knew I would have to win by at least eight points—a major decision–or pin to get the team points to win,” Sears said. “I tried to stay safe and not to get into any sketchy situations or positions where I might get into trouble.”

    While Sears wrestled carefully, he found an opening and ended the match and the dual meet in the first period.

    “The match started off with some good hand fighting trying to get advantages,” he said. “This quickly turned into an upper-body match and I stayed out of the throw as much as I could and eventually got good hip position to a head and arm to his back. From there, it was just a matter of getting both of his shoulder blades on the mat.”

    Luke Pascarella (132), Jimmy Senick (152) and Bryan Vollman (195) also recorded pins for the Blue Devils. Vinny Kubicki (113) and Liam Walker (138) both won by decision and Rory Corrigan received a forfeit at 160.

    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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