Sunday, December 3

    Kirtland’s Savelli, Babic advance to district semifinals

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    PERRY—Kirtland’s Gaetano Savelli and Louka Babic are just one win away from punching their ticket to the state championships after reaching the semifinal round at the Division III Perry District tournament.

    Savelli, who improved to 41-5 on the year, opened the tournament with a three-minute pin and then defeated Cardinal’s Josh Ripley in the quarterfinals, 5-0.

    Ranked 13th in the state, Savelli will wrestle Rootstown’s Cody Coontz in the 165-pound semifinals on Saturday. Coontz is ranked No. 2 in the state, but at 175 pounds.

    Babic improved to 34-3 with two wins at 175 pounds.

    He needed just 38 seconds to pin his first opponent and was leading his second, 15-3, before being thrown to his back. Babic fought off the pin and held on for a 15-8 victory over Orrville’s Jack Waldron.

    Babic, ranked 13th in the state, will wrestle No. 14 Wyatt Morris of Saline Southern.

    Kirtland’s Eddie Podojil-Schlesinger and Ian Borthwick both lost two matches on Friday and were eliminated from the competition.


    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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