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    Kirtland wins Disney Duals


    Kirtland’s wrestling team learned a lot from the first day of the 2014 Disney Dual Tournament in Kissimmee, Fla., on Monday. The Hornets finished the first day of competition with a 2-2 record then on Tuesday avenged their two losses to win the tournament championship.

    “The big thing (on Monday) was the teams wrestle a different style than we’re used to seeing. There was a lot of mat wrestling going on,” said Kirtland coach Scott Francis. “The kids made a quick adjustment, which is nice to see. The kids knew they could beat these guys but we were wrestling too much of their style and we just said we needed to make sure we make them wrestle like we wrestle all the time. Once we started making them wrestle our style that was a big difference.”

    Avon, Conn., and Mount Sinai, N.Y., both beat Kirtland on Monday but the Hornets made their adjustments and beat Avon, 41-32, in the semifinals and ended the tournament with a 37-27 win over Mount Sinai.

    “There were quite a few kids that came back and won matches they lost (on Monday),” Francis said. “Even kids that lost matches maybe by pin or something they were keeping them a lot closer and in a dual match that makes all the difference. That’s real exciting, especially when you do it the very next day. How many times do you say you’d like to wrestle them again and we got to this time.”

    Brendan Williamson (106), Daniel Jahnke (120), Blake Andonian (126), Evan Francis (138), Chris Sakenes (160), Clayton Davidson (170), Anthony Porter (220) and Dylan Choe (285) all recorded wins for the Hornets in the championship match.

    Jahnke’s and Porter’s were two of the biggest wins.

    Jahnke lost to his Mount Sinai opponent by a point on Monday then pulled out a 5-4 win in the championship match.

    “Dan did a great job,” Francis said. “He really wrestled smart matches. He was taking good shots when he had to and he was staying away from bad shots. He was pressuring into the kid. The kid had to take shots he didn’t want to take. He wrestled a really smart match. For someone who is a second year wrestler, he really picked it up on that part of wrestling. He thinks about it off the mat and when he gets on there he really does well with how to make a match go his way.”

    Porter fought off his back in the first period then recorded a fall in the third to seal Kirtland’s win.

    “It came down to Porter’s pin and he spent the first period on his back fighting off a headlock on the edge of the mat. He came back in the third period and put a nice spiral on the kid and turned him and stuck him,” Francis said. “It was exciting. We usually don’t get that feeling in dual matches until you get to the state dual meet tournament. In a tournament like this we were able to get that feeling. It was great for these kids to get into those duals that mean something and getting real excited about winning them.”

    Williamson, Francis and Davidson all went 6-0 for the Hornets while Sakenes was 5-1 and Porter finished the event with a 4-2 mark. Jahnke won three matches.

    “We had a few kids go undefeated and we wrestled really well,” Coach Francis said. “We had no idea what these teams would be like. That last team from New York, they were pretty good. They had a nice team.

    “Both teams that we lost to yesterday were pretty good teams. To come back to beat them (on Tuesday) was nice.”

    KSA Events Holiday Wrestling Tournament
    Kissimmee, Florida


    Avon (CT) 39, Kirtland 25

    106 Brendan Williamson (K) dec Tripoddi 6-2
    113 Mike Petterson (K) won by ff
    120 Daniel Jahnke (K) dec P. Oh 9-7 ot
    126 J. Oh (A) pinned Blake Andonian 3:36
    132 Farrell (A) pinned Gus Mormino 1:53
    138 Double ff
    145 Evan Francis (K) dec Fusato 12-2
    152 St. Onge (A) dec Chris Brown 6-5
    160 Clayton Davidson (A) pinned Edwards 3:01
    171 Chris Sakenes (K) dec Dlugolecki 8-4
    182 Nostri (A) won by ff
    195 Escobar (A) won by ff
    220 Ollstead (A) pinned Dylan Choe :31
    285 Bonalumi (A) pinned Anthony Porter 3:47

    Kirtland 42, Whitman-Hanson High School (MA) 39

    106 Brendan Williamson (K) won by ff
    113 Reed (W) dec Mike Petterson 10-5
    120 Tamulevich (W) pinned Daniel Jahnke 3:35
    126 McDonough (W) pinned Blake Andonian 4:46
    132 Gus Mormino (K) pinned Lenihan 1:34
    138 Evan Francis (K) pinned Plousse 1:25
    145 Chris Brown (K) pinned Wills 1:48
    152 Orak (W) won by ff
    160 Clayton Davidson (K) pinned Mehon 1:57
    170 Chris Sakenes (K) pinned Beane :58
    182 Morse (W) won by ff
    195 McSweeney (W) won by ff
    220 Berthellet (W) pinned Dylan Choe 1:18
    285 Anthony Porter (K) pinned McCullen :18

    Kirtland 48, Chase Collegiate (CT) 36

    106 Brendan Williamson (K) pinned Bianchi 1:46
    113 Mike Petterson (K) won by ff
    120 Szczygiel (C) pinned Daniel Jahnke 3:07
    126 Dalession (C) pinned Blake Andonian 1:48
    132 Hall (C) pinned Gus Mormino 3:10
    138 Evan Francis (K) pinned Pietrozio 3:48
    145 Chris Brown (K) pinned Svitlik 1:28
    152 Ohanesian (C) won by ff
    160 Clayton DAvidson (K) pinned Praino 3:22
    170 Chris Sakenes (K) won by ff
    182 Healey (C) won by ff
    195 Double ff
    220 Dylan Choe won by ff
    285 Anthony Porter won by ff

    Mt. Sinai (NY) 44, Kirtland 30

    106 Brendan Williamson (K) pinned Campo 1:46
    113 Williams (M) pinned Mike Petterson 1:23
    120 Knab (M) dec Daniel Jahnke 3-2
    126 Blake Andonian (K) dec Obrien 16-11
    132 Schlonsky (M) pinned Gus Mormino 3:45
    138 Evan Francis (K) dec Li. Paul 9-3
    145 Le. Paul (M) pinned Chris Brown 1:17
    152 Henry (M) won by ff
    160 Clayton Davidson (K) pinned Carniero 1:09
    170 Marino (M) tech fall Chris Sakenes 19-4
    182 Parente (M) won by ff
    195 Croston (M) won by ff
    220 Dylan Choe (K) won by ff
    285 Anthony Porter (K) won by ff

    Kirtland 41, Avon (CT) 32 (Semifinals)

    106 Brendan Williamson (K) dec Tripoddi 4-1
    113 Joe Zovko (K) won by ff
    120 Daniel Jahnke (K) dec P. Oh 3-2
    126 J. Oh (A) dec Blake Andonian 8-6
    132 Farrell (A) dec Gus Mormino 10-6
    138 Double ff
    145 Evan Francis (K) pinned Lancaster 1:59
    152 Chris Brown (K) won by ff
    160 Clayton Davidson (K) won by ff
    171 Chris Sakenes (K) pinned Dlugolecki 3:12
    182 Nostri (A) won by ff
    195 Escobar (A) won by ff
    220 Ollstead (A) pinned Dylan Choe 1:29
    285 Bonalumi (A) pinned Anthony Porter :34

    Kirtland 37, Mt. Sinai (NY) 27 (Championship)

    106 Brendan Williamson (K) maj dec Campo 18-8
    113 Williams (M) pinned Joe Zovko 1:01
    120 Daniel Jahnke (K) dec Knab 5-4
    126 Blake Andonian (K) tech. fall Obrien 17-2
    132 Schlonsky (M) pinned Gus Mormino :59
    138 Evan Francis (K) dec Li. Paul 6-0
    145 Le. Paul (M) dec Chris Brown 8-4
    152 Obrien (M) won by ff
    160 Chris Sakenes (K) pinned Carniero 1:53
    170 Clayton Davidson (K) maj dec Marino 11-2
    182 Parente (M) won by ff
    195 Double ff
    220 Anthony Porter (K) pinned Crosston 5:08
    285 Dylan Choe (K) won by ff

    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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