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THE “WRESTLERS of WELSER” WERE OUT IN FULL FORCE this past weekend, competing for a WRC Conference Championship on Saturday (2/13) and then again on Sunday (2/14) as both our men and ladies grapplers fought to keep their seasons alive. In one sense, these young men and women have already “won” the biggest match of the 2020-21 season – that of sticking together as a team through the uncertainties of a paused schedule – and staying focused / positive so that they could continue to chase conference, sectional, district dreams….and perhaps even beyond.
For a recap of the WRC tournament, district qualifying, AND Coach Rich Hall’s insights – see the links and postings below !
Four-time league champ Danny Martich helps lead Riverside to WRC title
Arcs Wrestling @ WRC Championships 2/13/21
London Settles – 2nd
Scott Monah – 3rd
Anthony Efford – 4th
Maliek Williams – 4th
David Williams – 5th
Hunter Crouse – 5th
La’Quil Pashcal – 6th
High school wrestling: State tournament to be held at three locations
PHOTOS: Western Reserve Conference wrestling tournament, Feb. 13, 2021
FROM BRUSH WRESTLING HEAD COACH Rich Hall:
Team standings: Minerva 139, Lutheran West 116, Alliance 105, Mentor 89, Cleveland CC 55, Mogadore 51, Hubbard 42, Harvey 42.
Top four advance to state tournament
101 pounds: First, Banyas, Elyria, pinned Herrera, Harvey, 1:02, Third: Bean, Marlington, pinned Lesler-Harold, North, 4:02.
111: First, Splete, Mentor, pinned Shafer, Minerva, :25.
116: First, Beadle, Boardman, pinned Zehe, Madison, 4:38.
131: Third, Hutson, Lakeside, pinned Stamper, Geneva, 2:19.
137: Third, Flynn, Hubbard, pinned Preston, North, 4:32.
143: First, Stith, Salem, pinned O’Brien, Mentor, 1:32, Third, Underwood, Brush, dec. Reyes, Lutheran West, 3-2.
150: First, Patrick, Alliance, pinned Cortez, Harvey, 3:09, Third, Disman, Massillon Perry, pinned Novak, Mentor, 4:04.
170: First, Hackett, Brookfield, pinned Menchaca, Mentor, 4:17.
189: Third, Johnson, Brush, pinned Hilliard, Minerva, :54.
235: Third, Moretti, Madison, pinned Dalton, Lakewood, 1:48.
THE BRUSH ARCS BOWLING TEAM faced a formidable task when they set their sights on Wickliffe Lanes to compete in sectional competition this past Saturday. A team of 6 young men and 2 ladies may have been a bit lacking in personnel – but the “Alley Arcs” have dealt with adversity all year long; short on total athletes looking to join the team…the Covid crisis wreaking havoc on area bowling facilities, causing Coach Scott Paluscsak to scramble in a search for lane time AND opponents, as some schools experienced quarantines….and Brush’s own 2-week athletic shutdown from which, not every bowler returned.
Yet those who HAVE weathered the storm(s) gave their all, and refused to back down from more equipped, historically successful programs. For the ladies side of competition, Arc Julia Monaco fared very well, bowling a 3-game series of 446, which placed her 13th of 53 bowlers – and one can only wonder where Julia might have finished had she not started a bit slow in games 1 and 2, recording a 115 / 116. In game 3, however – she attacked the pins intensely, nearly doubling her first 2 games COMBINED, as she surged to a 215 result ! That breakout game vaulted her 3-game average to 148.6, far superior to the 53-person average of 126.8 on the day. Her 215 was 3rd highest of 53 in the game 3 totals.
As for the Arc men, Brush was led by Paul Miozzi, whose 3-game total of 496 placed him 30th of 67 bowlers while Christian Bolden claimed the 43rd spot with a 449. Miozzi was the lone Arc who bested the “field average” of 161 per game (165). Brush per-game averages on the day looked like this:
~ Paul Miozzi 165 (3 games)
~ Christian Bolden 150 (3 games)
~ Luke Young 142 (2 games)
~ Alex Avery 132 (3 games)
~ Jared Wittels 120 (3 games)
~ Carter Basile 105 (1 game)
Although no ARCS will advance to the district rounds, what must be said is that this group of athletes encountered numerous reasons to walk away or give less than maximum effort – yet represented their community, school, and families with class and perseverance !
GIRLS & BOYS team / individual results can be found in the links below, as well as an article re-capping the day’s events at sectionals…..
GIRLS TEAM / INDIVIDUAL
BOYS TEAM / INDIVIDUAL
Mentor boys, girls bowling teams win sectional titles at Wickliffe Lanes
THE BRUSH ARC SWIM SQUAD (also featured on a 2/12 posting) took to the waters at SPIRE INSTITUTE over the weekend, seeking to cause a “splash” on the local swimming scene of NE Ohio schools…..
More to come on those results as they season winds down !
“Coach’s Corner” – A few moments as Head Coach Jake Kudrna reflects….
2021 swimming district qualifiers from News-Herald coverage area schools list