Wednesday, August 10

    Rangers rule the day at Matteucci Memorial Classic

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    Eastlake North defended its home turf on Saturday by winning the team title at the John Matteucci Memorial Classic.

    The Rangers won three individual titles, placed six other wrestlers, and finished with 210 ½ points. Massillon Perry was second with 198 ½.

    “I’m very happy with everyone and their performance,” said North coach Anthony Grim. “I really don’t have many complaints, which is a good thing. Usually, I’ll find some things we need to work on, and there are always technique things, but I’m just a perfectionist. The kids showed up and wrestled really well.”

    Freshman Dylan Preston, senior Joey Nowosielski, and senior Ethan Smith each won their respective weight classes.

    Preston finished 3-0 with three pins in pool wrestling and then advanced to the 113-pound championship bout with a narrow 13-12 win in the semifinals. He beat state-ranked Dominic Leone from Liberty in the finals, 9-7.

    Nowosielski finished the day 5-0 at 144 pounds. He recorded three pins, a technical fall, and a decision.

    Smith pinned both of his 150-pound opponents during pool wrestling and then won by default in the semifinals and by major decision in the championship bout.

    “I’m always impressed with Ethan Smith, even though you kind of expect a kid like him to go out and put up a good performance,” Grim said. “Nowosielski made scratch at 144 for the first time. It was a long night for him while we were there late at night setting up the room. He made weight in the morning and then went out and won the tournament. Dylan Preston also had a really good tournament. He had a pretty easy pool but once it got into the bracket part of the tournament it got a little tough for him. He beat a state-ranked kid from Liberty who was an upperclassman, so that’s a pretty big deal.”

    Freshman Shamus Brady and freshman Drake Martinez finished second at 106 and 120, respectively, and junior Derick Martinez was the runner-up at 132.

    Senior Justice Gluck placed third at 126, senior Nick Beck was fourth at 215, and freshman Brandon Bedworth placed sixth at 120.

    The Rangers return to action on Thursday with a tri against Twinsburg and Brunswick. After that, North will head to the Boardman Spartan Invitational for one of its biggest tests of the season.

    “That’s a Who’s Who of Ohio wrestling,” Grim said of the Boardman tournament. “It’s going to be a true test. It’s nice to get those tough matches out of the way before you get to the district tournament.”

    John Matteucci Memorial Classic – Eastlake North Scores
    1. North 210.5; 2. Mass. Perry 198.5; 3. Liberty 189.0; 4. No. Ridgeville 168.0; 5. Brecksville 158.0; 6. Cle. Heights 152.0; 7. Will. South 151.0; 8. Shaker Hts. 98.5; 9. Bedford 83.0; 10. Valley Forge 78.5; 11. Hawken 78.0; 12. Euclid 39.0; 13. John Adams 27.0; 14. Cuy. Falls 23.5; 15. Warrensville Hts. 8.0;
    Seventh Round
    106: Quintin Burns (Liberty) pin Shamus Brady (North) 4:33; Ian Rottari (No. Ridgeville) dec. Aidan Butler (Brecksville) 8-2; Devin Lirgg (Mass. Perry) Default D.J. McVicker (Cuy. Falls) Default;
    113: Dylan Preston (North) dec. Dominic Leone (Liberty) 9-7; Charlie Williamson (Valley Forge) pin Corey Henderson (John Adams) 4:24; Fernando Bigsby (Bedford) pin Damienn Patnaik (Brecksville) 3:42;
    120: Cayden Dickey (Brecksville) pin Drake Martinez (North) 3:36; Troy Gentry (Cle. Heights) pin Anthony Wing (Valley Forge) 0:43; Balcha Stradiot (Bedford) dec. Brandon BedworthNOR (X1) 9-4;
    126: Zach Orseno (No. Ridgeville) dec. Patrick Reineke (Hawken) 8-7; Justice Gluck (North) pin Connor Burns (Liberty) 3:31; Trevor Sponseller (Brecksville) pin Tylin Bogan (Cle. Heights) 1:09;
    132: Drew Dulcie (Mass. Perry) maj. dec. Derick Martinez (North) md14-4; Jared Counts (No. Ridgeville) pin Theodore Griffin (Will. South) 2:59; Alex Cummings (Cle. Heights) dec. Mason Artino (Brecksville) 7-1;
    138: Benjamin Cloud (Cle. Heights) pin Nate Bober (No. Ridgeville) 5:00; Henry Rapp (Mass. Perry) pin Eli Jones (Liberty) 0:56; Kashmere Windle (Shaker Hts.) pin Corey Mackey (Euclid) 2:50;
    144: Joey Nowosielshi (North) pin Jahan Isaacs (Cle. Heights) 1:27; Konnor Seifert (Liberty) pin Evan Albrecht (Mass. Perry) 2:27; Umar Abdullah (Shaker Hts.) tech. fall Eddie Michalski (Valley Forge) tf20-5;
    150: Ethan Smith (North) maj. dec. Jacob Hlifka (Hawken) md10-0; James Johnson (Will. South) Default Mason Allen (Mass. Perry) Default; Omar Abazied (No. Ridgeville) pin Michael Morgan (Liberty) 2:45;
    157: Jermaine Watson (Liberty) pin Neiko Foster (Cle. Heights) 5:58; Nick Manzi (Will. South) dec. Logan Earle (Brecksville) 5-1; Nicholas Moore (Shaker Hts.) pin Keyontae Grays (Euclid) 0:48;
    165: Nick Hollerbach (Will. South) pin Anthony Janowski (Valley Forge) 3:06; Tyler Fair (No. Ridgeville) pin David Durbin (Mass. Perry) 0:44; Dominik Hatfield (Brecksville) pin Connor Smith (Bedford) 0:56;
    175: Izak Tolarchyk (Mass. Perry) pin Cornell Beard (Shaker Hts.) 1:40; Eric Lufi
    WSO (X1) dec. Evan Galarza (Brecksville) 6-2; Brody Sherman (Will. South) dec. Michael Sattler (Liberty) 3-1 OT;
    190: Trent Thomas (Bedford) dec. Andrew Osagie-Erese (Will. South) 9-7; Darion Thompson (Cle. Heights) dec. Landon Ristoff (Mass. Perry) 10-9; Justin Hilgert*WSO (X1) pin Brady Morgan (Liberty) 3:53;
    215: Mike Millin (Mass. Perry) pin Tyler Duff (No. Ridgeville) 1:42; Dom Vittori (Will. South) dec. Nick Beck (North) 10-5; Jabrylan Dunn (Euclid) pin Tyler Johnson (Bedford) 0:45;
    285: Mustafa Woodi (Shaker Hts.) dec. Will Greenberg (Hawken) 5-4; Edwin Rios (Brecksville) pin Brandon Caesar (Cle. Heights) 5:04; Gabe Uhle (Valley Forge) pin John Rogers (Bedford) 1:12;

    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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