May 21st: USA-Wrestling Central Regional Freestyle Tournament (Kalamazoo, Michigan)
J.T Brown, Matt Zuckerman, Josh Breeding, Brendon Fenton, Jordan Keegan, Dylan Shawver, Mick Burnett, Jimmy Schill and Lewis Aguilar all traveled to compete in the Central Regional Qualifier Tournament. The USA-Wrestling Central Regional is one of eight regional qualifying tournaments for the Cadet and Junior Nationals in Greco-Roman and Freestyle. The Central Regional is considered on the toughest regional qualifiers in the country. The top four individual weight class place-winners automatically qualify for Nationals in their respective age divisions. Schoolboys and below age groups top four weight finishers earned the right to compete at the Schoolboy Nationals in Wisconsin in July.
Mick Burnett had the highest finish of the group of Pioneers by winning the Schoolboy 105 lb weight class and earned a spot to compete at the Schoolboy Freestyle Nationals in July in Wisconsin. J.T. Brown also made the championship finals at Junior 182 lbs. J.T. lost a tough match in the finals to a UWW Cadet Freestyle National Champion from Michigan. Brendon Fenton finished in fourth place at CADET 126 lbs. Brendon lost a tough match in the semi-finals to a Michigan State Champion. Brendon rebounded to win his conso semi-final match by fall, and he medically defaulted the finals. Lewis Aguilar finished in 4th place at Cadet 170 lbs. Josh Breeding advanced to the championship semi-finals before losing two tough matches and missing a top four finish. Dylan Shawer went 2-2 at Cadet 113 lbs and Jordan Keegan did the same as well at Cadet 138 lbs. Jimmy Schill (145) and Matt Zuckerman (113) both lost two tough opening matches to go 0-2 in the event.
May 14th-15th: USA-Ohio Cadet/Junior Greco-Roman and Freestyle State Tournament at Western Brown High School (Mt. Orab, Ohio).
The 2016 USA-Ohio Greco-Roman and Freestyle State Tournament was held in Mt. Orab, Ohio. The USA-Ohio State Tournament is the team trials for the Cadet and Junior National teams. The top finishers in each weight class earn spots on the Cadet and Junior National teams in the styles that they place in.
Freestyle State Tournament:
J.T. Brown, Josh Breeding, Dylan Shawver, Drew Levis, Jordan Keegan, Jimmy Schill, Dwayne Mack, and Lewis Aguilar all competed in the Freestyle Tournament. Josh Breeding lead the group by finishing as the runner-up at Junior 132 lbs. Josh lost a tough match in the finals by a score of 4-2 to a 3x D1 State Placer/1x D1 State Champ/University of Missouri commit. J.T Brown finished in third place at Junior 182 lbs losing in the semi-finals to multiple Fargo All-American. Lewis Aguilar finished in third place at Cadet 170 lbs. Dylan Shawver finished in 4th place at Cadet 106 lbs. Jimmy Schill went 2-2 at Cadet 138 lbs. Jordan Keegan went 1-2 at very deep Cadet 132 lb weight class both of his losses came to the third and fourth place finishers. Drew Levis went 1-2 at Cadet 152 lbs. Dwayne Mack went 0-2 at Cadet 170 lbs.
Earning spots on the Fargo National Freestyle Teams were:
Dylan Shawver Cadet 106 lbs
Brendon Fenton Cadet 120 lbs
Lewis Aguilar Cadet 170 lbs
Josh Breeding Junior 132 lbs
Nico ODor Junior 152 lbs
J.T. Brown Junior 170 lbs
Ben Darmstadt Junior 195 lbs
Jordan Keegan was the lone Pioneer to compete in the Greco Tournament competing in the Cadet division at 132 lbs. Jordan lost his opening round match of the tournament, and then Jordan put together a string of five wins in a row (one pin fall, and four tech falls) to finish in third place. For his efforts, Jordan earned a spot on The USA-Ohio Cadet National Greco-Roman Team to compete in Fargo, North Dakota in July.
April 30th: USA-Ohio Schoolboy State/Cadet and Junior Qualifier at Elyria
The Elyria USA-Ohio Schoolboy State Tournament/Cadet and Junior State Tournament Qualifier. The Elyria Qualifier Tournament is the last qualifier tournament in the northern part of Ohio for the Cadet and Junior State Tournament. The six place-winners qualify for state. Elyria also hosted the USA-Ohio Schoolboy State Tournament. Each individual weight class champions in their respective styles earned the right to compete on the USA-Ohio Schoolboy National Dual Team.
Schoolboy Freestyle State Tournament:
Mick Burnett competed in the 112 lb Schoolboy weight class. Mick Burnett tech falled his way throughout the tournament recording four tech falls, and not allowing a point to scored against him. Mick will not represent The USA-Ohio Schoolboy National Freestyle Dual Team in Indianapolis, Indiana in June at the USA-Wrestling Schoolboy National Duals.
Freestyle Tournament: Dylan Shawver,Brendon Fenton, and Jordan Keegan all advanced to the finals. Dylan won the 113 lb Cadet title, and Brendon won the 126 lb title. Jordan Keegan lost a tough match in the finals to finish as the runner-up at 132 lbs. Dwayne Mack also placed finishing in 6th place at 170 lbs. J.T. Brown (182) and Josh Breeding (132) both finished as runner-ups in their respective weight classes in the Junior division.
Dylan Shawver, Brendon Fenton, and Jordan Keegan all competed in the cadet division. All individuals advanced to the finals of their respective weight classes. Dylan recorded a victory in the semi-finals over an O.A.C Junior High State finalist. Brendon Fenton won the 126 lb weight class. Dylan and Jordan both dropped hard fought matches in the finals. Dylan finished as the runner-up at 113 lbs and Jordan the runner-up at 132 lbs.
April 29th-30th: UWW Junior Freestyle Nationals (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Ben Darmstadt traveled to compete in the UWW Junior Freestyle National Tournament. The UWW Junior Freestyle Nationals brings in the best 17-20-year-old wrestlers from across the country to compete. The event brings the best high schoolers as well those wrestlers who are under the age 20 competing at the college level. The eight place-winners in each weight class qualify for the UWW Junior World Team Trials in Dallas, Texas on May 20th-22nd.
Ben Darmstadt competed in the 84 kg/185 lb weight class. Ben opened the tournament losing a tough 16-10 match to a redshirt freshman from the
University of Illinois. Ben bounced back to win his first wrestleback match by a 10-0 tech fall over his opponent from Grand View a Division three school in Iowa. Ben lost his second wrestleback match and was eliminated from the tournament finishing with a record of 1-2 in the event.
April 24th: USA-Ohio Freestyle Club Team State Duals (Youngstown, Ohio)
The 4th annual USA-Ohio Club Team Freestyle Duals was held for the second year at Youngstown Boardman High School. The club team duals bring in the best club teams from across the state of Ohio to compete. For the 4th year in a row, Elyria and Brecksville combined their club teams to compete. They were able to bring two teams to compete.
Team 1 finished the event undefeated and winning it’s third team title in the last four years now. The defeated St.Paris Graham in their pool and defeated the Ohio Raptors in the finals of the event. Ben Darmstadt went 7-0 in the event. Ben ended his career record in the state duals with a record of 15-1. Josh Breeding went 6-1 in the event. Brendon Fenton went 2-2 in the event.
Team 2 finished the event in 11th place in the 13 team event. Dylan Shawver went 4-2 on the day including a win over 2x State Champ/2x Fargo AA. Jimmy Schill, Drew Levis, and Lewis Aguilar all competed hard and gained valuable experience for the future.
April 23rd: USA-Ohio Canton Greco-Roman/Freestyle Qualifier (Canton, Ohio)
Ben Darmstadt, J.T. Brown, Josh Breeding, Drew Levis, Dylan Shawver, Dwayne Mack, Jordan Keegan, and Brendon Fenton all traveled to compete in the Canton Qualifier. The top 6 wrestlers in each weight class qualify for the Cadet/Junior State Tournament on May 14th-15th.
Freestyle Tournament: Ben Darmstadt (195) and Josh Breeding (132) both their respective weight classes in the Junior Division. Ben defeated an OH D1 SQ in the finals. Josh Breeding defeated an OH D1 State Finalist in his finals match. Brendon Fenton won the Cadet 126 lb weight class. Jordan Keegan finished in second place in the Cadet 138 lb weight class. Jordan won by technical fall over an OH D1 SQ in the semi-finals. J.T. Brown finished in 3rd place in the Junior 182 lb weight class. Dylan Shawver finished in 4th place in the Cadet 113 lb weight class. Dylan defeated an O.A.C Junior High State Champ in the consi semi-finals. Drew Levis finished in 4th place in the Cadet 152 lb weight class. Dwayne Mack finished in 5th place in the Cadet 170 lb weight class.
Greco-Roman Tournament: Ben Darmstadt and J.T. Brown both won their weight classes in Junior division at 182 lbs and 195 lbs. Jordan Keegan finished in third place in the Cadet Division at 138 lbs.
April 17th: Journeymen/Cliff Keen Freestyle Classic (Albany, New York)
Ben Darmstadt traveled to Albany, New York to compete in the first ever Journeymen/Cliff Keen Freestyle Classic. The event brings in some of the best high school wrestlers in the country to compete along with some of the best wrestlers from all over the world. Countries such as Russia, South Korea, and Lithuania traveled to compete in the event.
Ben competed in the 200 lb weight class division in the event. The brackets for the event were round robin so everybody in the weight class wrestled each other. Ben had seven wrestlers in his weight class. Ben opened the event with a tech fall in his opening match. He won his second match by default. He won his third match by pin fall. Ben won his fourth match by a score of 12-9 over PA State Champ/NHSCA Sophomore Nationals Champ/ Fargo Cadet FS 5th placer. Ben won his fifth match by pin. Ben won by tech fall in his sixth and final match over a Wisconsin State Champ/ Fargo Cadet Freestyle National Champion.
April 16th: USA-Ohio Delta Regional Qualifier Tournament (Delta, Ohio)
Jimmy Schill, Drew Levis, Dwayne Mack, Mick Burnett, and Dylan Shawver all traveled to compete in the USA-Ohio Wrestling Delta qualifier. The top six in each class qualify for the State Tournament on May 14th-15th at Western Brown High School.
All of the boys qualified for State. The group has three weight class champions and two other weight class place-winners. Jimmy Schill won the Cadet 145 lb Freestyle Weight class. Mick Burnett won the Schoolboy 112 lb weight class. Dylan Shawver won the Cadet 120 lb weight class. Dylan won in the finals over a D3 Ohio State Placer. Dwayne Mack qualified for Cadet Freestyle state with a fifth-place finish at 170 lbs. Drew Levis qualified for Cadet Freestyle State with a sixth-place finish at 160 lbs.
The Pioneers now have seven wrestlers qualified for the USA-Ohio Freestyle State Tournament, and one wrestler qualified for the Greco-Roman State Tournament.
April 15th-16th: NWCA/USAW Scholastic National Duals (Crawford, Indiana)
J.T. Brown traveled to compete in the NWCA/USAW Scholastic National Duals held on the campus of Wabash College in Crawford, Indiana. J.T competed in the event as part of the Ohio Mafia team. Teams from across the United States travel to compete in this event.
J.T. competed at 182 lbs for the team and went 5-2 in the event helping the Ohio Mafia team to a national runner-up finish. J.T. had wins over a Colorado State Champ, Indiana State Finalist, and a multiple Indiana State Placer. J.T. losses came to an Illinois State Champ, and an Indiana State Finalist.
April 10th: NUWAY Nationals (Battle Creek, Michigan)
Jordan Keegan and Lewis Aguilar both traveled to the NUWAY National Tournament in Battle Creek, Michigan. NUWAY Nationals brings in the qualifying wrestlers from across the country from states who are members of NUWAY.
Jordan Keegan finished in 4th place in the D5 140 lb weight class. Lewis Aguilar won the D4 167 lb weight class championship!
April 9th-10th: USA-Wrestling Middle School National Duals (Danville, Illinois)
Incoming Freshmen Mick Burnett and Dylan Shawver traveled to Danville, Illinois to compete in the 2016 USA-Wrestling Middle School National Duals. The boys competed on the Ohio Stallions Red Team. The Middle School National Duals is considered one of the toughest middle school dual tournaments in the country.
Mick Burnett went 7-0 in the went at 102 lbs. Dylan Shawver went 6-1 at 110 lbs. They help the Ohio Stallions Red Team to a third-place team finish in the event.
April 6th: 2015-2016 Elyria Wrestling Banquet
The Elyria Wrestling team held it’s annual awards banquet to celebrate the 2015-16 season
Red Team Awards
Red Team Wrestlers of the Year- Ben Darmstadt and Brendon Fenton
Most wins- Ben Darmstadt (49)
Most Pins- Ben Darmstadt (38)
Most Takedowns- J.T. Brown (109)
Most Tech Falls- J.T. Brown (7)
State Qualifier Awards: Matt Zuckerman, Brendon Fenton, Mikah Price, Brendan Price, J.T. Brown, Ben Darmstadt, and Kevin Vough
Coaches Award- Nico O’Dor
Academic Achievement Award-Josh Breeding
White Team Awards
White Team Wrestler of the Year- Jimmy Schill
Most wins- Lewis Aguilar (26)
Most Falls- Dylan Woodings (14)
Most Improved- Faybyon Todd
Coaches Award- Dylan Woodings
JV Team Awards
JV Wrestler of the Year- Lewis Aguilar
Most wins- Lewis Aguilar (14)
Coaches Award- Drew Levis and Dwayne Mack
April 2nd: USA-Ohio Massillon Jackson Greco-Roman/Freestyle State Qualifier Tournament
Josh Breeding, Jordan Keegan, Jimmy Schill, Lewis Aguilar,incoming Freshmen Mick Burnett, and Dylan Shawver all traveled to compete in the 1st USA-Ohio Cadet and Junior Greco-Roman/Freestyle State Qualifier Tournament of the season. The top six wrestlers in each weight class qualify for state.
The Pioneers had six weight class champions, and one runner-up on the day. Josh Breeding won the Junior Freestyle 138 lb weight class. Jordan Keegan won both styles at 138 lbs in the Cadet division. Lewis Aguilar won the 170 lb Cadet Freestyle weight class. Mick Burnett won the schoolboy 112 lbs Freestyle weight class. Jimmy Schill finished as the runner-up in the Cadet 145 lb Freestyle weight class. Dylan Shawver won the 113 lb Cadet Freestyle weight class defeating two high school 106 lb state placers.