Cadet Freestyle and Greco-Roman Nationals (Fargo, North Dakota) July 20th-25th
The Cadet Greco-Roman and Freestyle Nationals brings in the top wrestlers ages (15-16) from across the country to compete. Wrestlers from states such as New York, Illinois, California, Alaska, Texas, Oregon, Florida, Hawaii, and Maine all travel to compete at the Cadet Nationals. The Cadet Nationals are held on the campus of North Dakota State University.
Cadet Freestyle Nationals (July 23rd-25th)
Kevin Vough, Ben Darmstadt, J.T Brown, and Nico O’Dor all competed in the Cadet Nationals Freestyle Tournament. All four won their opening matches. Ben, J.T, and Kevin all won their second round match-ups. Nico suffered a loss to the Cadet National Greco-Roman finalist. Nico suffered a loss in his next match to finish the tournament with a record of 1-2 at 132 lbs.
Ben and Kevin both won their round of 16 matches to advance to the quarterfinals. J.T suffered his first loss of the tournament to his opponent from Missouri in the rd of 16. Ben and Kevin both won their quarterfinal round matches by pin fall to earn All-American honors. J.T won his opening wrestle back match to advance to the consi- round of 16. J.T lost a hard fought match in the consi round of 16 to be eliminated from the tournament. J.T finished the tournament with a record of 3-2.
Ben and Kevin both suffered losses in the national semi-finals to the eventual weight class champions in their respective weight classes. Kevin and Ben both rebounded in the consi semi-finals to win to advance to the third place match. Ben won by fall in his third place to finish third in the country at 160 lbs over his opponent from New Jersey. Kevin in his third place match faced a familiar foe from Illinois (who Kevin had beaten two times in Greco-Roman previously). Kevin won a tough third place match by a score of 6-3 to finish third in the country at 285 lbs.
Event Highlights: Kevin Vough became a 3x Cadet Nationals All-American (2x Greco/ 1x Freestyle). Ben Darmstadt became a 1x Cadet Freestyle Nationals All-American. This marks the first time ever that Elyria has had two All-Americans in the same age group and style at the Fargo Nationals. Ben and Kevin became the 10th and 11th Fargo Cadet/Junior National All-Americans in program history. Kevin became the fifth Greco All-American in program history. Ben and Kevin became the 5th and 6th Freestyle All-Americans in porgram history. They both also became the second, and third Cadet Freestyle All-Americans in program history.
Article from the Chronicle-Telegram recapping the Cadet Freestyle Nationals:
Cadet Greco-Roman Nationals (July 20th-21st)
Kevin Vough competed in the Cadet Greco-Roman National Tournament. Kevin placed seventh the year before. Kevin opened the tournament with two pin falls to earn a spot in the quarter-finals. In the quarterfinals Kevin pinned the Northern Plains Regional Champion from Minnesota. In the semi-finals Kevin won by tech fall (10-0) over his opponent from Illinois who Kevin won by a tech fall at the Cadet National Duals by a score of 12-2. In the finals Kevin defeated his opponent from Oregon by a score of 8-1. Kevin’s Greco-Roman National title is the first in program history in either style at the Cadet/Junior Nationals.
Article from the Chroncile-Telegram recapping the Cadet Greco-Roman Nationals:
AAU Disney Duals All-Star Division (Orlando, Florida) June 28th-July 2nd
The AAU Disney Duals All-Star division is considered the premier off-season dual meet tournaments in the country. Teams from across the United States travel to compete. Kevin Vough, Nico O’Dor, Darrion Overall, Caleb Arnold, Mike Dolan, Darrian Meadows, and Noah Hoefs all competed for the Lorain County Hooligans team.
The team finished fifth in their pool with a record of 3-4. They defeated a team from Westerville, Ohio, team from Virginia (the no. 2 seed in the pool), and Maryland. The Hooligans earned a spot in the Bronze level bracket tournament. The Hooligans finished fifth in the bracketed tournament. Kevin Vough went 8-1 in the competition. For his efforts Kevin earned a silver medal in the competition. Kevin’s lone loss was to a graduated New Jersey state champ by a score of 5-2. Caleb Arnold went 6-1. Mike Dolan went 5-2. Nico O’Dor went 4-4. Darrian Meadows went 2-3. Noah Hoefs went 5-3. Darrion Overall went 3-6.
Event Highlight: Kevin Vough became the second All-Star Division medalist in program history (Armando Torres-2012). Everyone earned valuable experience to help them build towards this coming season.
Ashland Duals (June 20-21)
The Pioneer Wrestling Club (PWC) sent two teams to the Ashland Duals to compete. The duals are held on the campus of the Univeristy of Ashland. This was the first time the PWC ever sent two teams to the Ashland Duals to compete. The PWC also made it’s return to the Ashland Duals since 2011. The PWC hand previously won (2010) and taken second (2011) in their previous trips to the duals.
The PWC Red Team finished the event with a record of 9-2 finished in third place in the competition. They defeated the D3 State Champions Delta on criteria. Kevin Vough went undefeated. Darrion Overall went 10-2. Nico O’Dor went 9-3. Nico had big win vs Delta over an opponent that he never beaten before. Incoming freshman Noah Hoefs competed hard, and battled with several top ranked kids in the state. Dylan Reis went 7-4 on the PWC White team. Incoming freshmen Jason Truxell and Noah Hoefs competed hard in every match. Darrian Meadows battled hard in every match that he competed in.
USA-Wrestling Cadet National Greco-Roman and Freestyle National Duals (Daytona Beach, Florida) June 11-14
The Cadet Nationals Duals brings in some of the best Cadet level wrestlers (15-16 years old) from the various participating states such as Illinois, Florida, Indiana, Pennsylvannia, Washington, etc to compete. The Cadet National Duals is one the premier off-season dual meet tournaments in the country.
Freestyle Tournament (June 13-14)
Kevin Vough, J.T Brown, and Ben Darmstadt all competed in the Freestyle Tournament for the Ohio Red Team. They helped the team earn it’s highest finish ever at the Cadet National Duals by placing third in the country. They defeated Oklahoma in the third place final after losing a tight hard fought match to Pennsylvannia in their pool final. Kevin teched or pinned every opponent he wrestled in the freestyle tournament. Ben did the same hroughout the tournament. J.T went 2-3 in the tournament but, battled hard and competed in every single match that he wrestled. Ben and Kevin earned All Tournament All-American honors by going undefeated.
Greco-Roman Tournament (June 11-12)
Kevin Vough, J.T Brown, and Ben Darmstadt all competed in the Greco-Roman Tournament. Kevin and J.T Brown competed on the Ohio Red Team. Kevin and J.T both helped the Red team for Ohio to its highest finish ever at the Cadet National Duals in Greco to a NATIONAL RUNNER-UP Finish! Kevin went undefeated in the tournament going 7-0. Kevin allowed two pts scored on him all tournament. J.T went 3-3 in the competition. J.T scored a pin fall victory in the finals vs Illinois. Ben Darmstadt went 5-0 for the Ohio Blue team who narrowly missed team AA status falling short in their A Bracket true second match vs Florida Red. Ben helped the Blue team to a top 15 finish overall in the tournament. Ben and Kevin both earned All-Tournament All-American honors by going undefeated.
USA-Wrestling Fila-Cadet Greco-Roman/Freestyle National Tournament
The Fila-Cadet Greco-Roman/Freestyle National Tournament brings in the best wrestlers from across the United States to compete on the campus of the University of Akron. The wrestlers in each weight class compete to earn a spot on the 2014 U.S Fila-Cadet World Team to compete in the world championships in July. Along side the Fila-Cadet tournament is the Univesity Nationals tournament as well which brings in the top wrestlers in the country to compete to earn spots on the Unversity World Team.
Fila-Cadet Freestyle Nationals
Nico O’Dor, Ben Darmstadt, J.T Brown, and Kevin Vough competed in the Fila-Cadet Freestyle Tournament. Kevin Vough lead the group by finishing as the Fila-Cadet 275 lb/125 kg National Runner-up. Kevin lost a hard fought match in the finals by a score of 9-4 to last year’s Fargo Cadet Greco-Roman and Freestyle National Champ. Kevin in his pool final avenged a loss to his opponent from Florida who had beaten Kevin in their previous two meetings. Ben Darmstadt and J.T Brown both competed in the 167.50 lb/76 kg weight class. Ben went 1-2 and J.T went 2-2. Both suffered losses to last years Fargo Cadet Greco-Roman and Freestyle National Champ. J.T’s other loss came to this years Super 32 Challenge runner-up. Nico O’Dor went 1-2 in the 138.75 lb/63 kg weight class.
Kevin Vough became a 2x Fila-Cadet Freestyle All-American. Kevin became the second highest Fila-Cadet Freestyle placer in program history (Stevie Mitcheff- 2007).
Fila-Cadet Greco-Roman Nationals
Kevin Vough competed in the Fila-Cadet Greco-Roman. Kevin competed in the 275 lb/125 kg weight class. Kevin opened the tournament with fall in 1:05 over his opponent from Illinois. In Kevin’s pool final match Kevin lost a hard fought 4-2 match from his opponent from Washington. Kevin had defeated his opponent back in April at Flo-Nationals in the semi-finals. Kevin lost a tough match in the bronze medal match by a score of 5-4. Kevin became a 2x Fila-Cadet Greco-Roman All-American with his fourth place finish. Kevin was 5th in last years tournament.
USA-Wrestling Cadet Freestyle Central Regional Tournament
Kevin Vough, Ben Darmstadt, J.T Brown, and Nico O’Dor all traveled to the USA-Wrestling Cadet Freestyle Central Regional Championships held in Indianapolis, Indiana at Lawrence North High School. The event brings in the best wrestlers from across the midwest region of the US plus from other states like West Virginia, and Kentucky. The top three in weight class earn wildcard spots on their respective national teams
Kevin Vough won the 285 lb Cadet Freestyle title. Kevin teched his way through the tournament. In the finals he avenged a loss to his opponent from Michigan who beat him at the schoolboy national duals when Kevin was a seventh grader. Ben Darmstadt finished as the runner-up in the Cadet 170 lb weight class. Ben lost a hard fought match in the finals. J.T Brown narrowly missed earning a wildcard by finishing fourth at 170 lbs in Cadet Freestyle. Nico O’Dor went 2-2 in a very deep and talented 126 lb weight class.
USA-Ohio Cadet/Junior State Greco-Roman/Freestyle Tournament
The USA-Ohio Greco-Roman/Freestyle State Tournament was held this year at Western Brown High School (Cincinnait, Ohio). The tournament brings in all the qualifiers from all the qualifying tournaments held across the state through out the spring. The wrestlers not only compete to see who is the best freestyle or greco-roman wrestler in the state but, to earn a spot on the Ohio national team to compete in the national championships held in July in Fargo, North Dakota on the campus of North Dokata State University.
Kevin Vough, Ben Darmstadt, and JT Brown all won their respective weight classes in Cadet Freestyle. Kevin became a double champion in both styles. Kevin became a 2x Cadet Freestyle State heavyweight Champion. Ben Darmstadt blew through the 160 lb weight class. Ben pinned and teched his through the tournament. Ben was a cadet freestyle state finalist last year. JT Brown won the title at 170 lbs. JT only gave up one point scored on him all tournament. Nico O’Dor placed third at 132 lbs in Cadet Freestyle. Mike Filiaggi placed fifth at 132 lbs in the Cadet division. Mike in the fifth place match avenged a loss from earlier in the freestyle season.
Kevin Vough won the USA-Ohio Cadet Greco-Roman State Title with a tech fall, and a pin. Kevin was the state runner-up last season. Dlyan Ries placed sixth at 195 lbs in the Junior division. Kai White competed hard but fell short of placing in the 160 lb Cadet division.
Nico, Ben, JT, and Kevin all earned spots on the Ohio Cadet National Freestyle Team. The three individual Cadet Freestyle champions is the most ever in the history of the program at the cadet freestyle level. Kevin became a 2x Ohio Cadet Freestyle State Champion.
USA-Ohio Frestle Club State Duals (Toledo Central Catholic High School Toledo, Ohio)
USA-Ohio held it’s second annual club freestyle state dual tournament at Toledo Central Catholic High School. The tournament brought in the best freestyle club teams throughout the state of Ohio. The field this year featured twelve teams from across the state. Teams were placed into pools of six with a cross-over final with a team from the other pool. For second straight year in a row the club teams of Elyria and Brecksville combined their wrestlers together to form a dual meet team. The team earned the overall number one seed in the tournament. The featured six USA-Wrestling All-Americans on it’s roster.
In the opening round the wrestled foxfire black (Toledo, Ohio) and won by a score of 60-5. In the second round they faced Cincinnati Westside and won by a score of 48-19. In the third round they wrestled Lake Erie (Toledo, Ohio) and won by a score of 57-12. In the fourth round they matched up with Simpson Elite (Columbus, Oh) and won by a score of 63-9. In their pool final match they matched up with St.Edward (Lakewood, Oh). They defeated St.Edward to advance to the championship final by a score of 55-14. In the dual meet vs St.Edward Kevin Vough defeated 2x State Champ, Fargo freestyle AA, and nationally ranked Billy Miller by a score of 15-9 to close out the dual meet.
The Championship finals was rematch of last years finals versus Foxfire 1. The dual meet went back and forth after each weight class. Unlike last years final which came down to heavyweight the dual meet ended in a 33-33 tie. Team Seasons (Brecksville/Elyria) won on criteria one most matches won to win by a score of 34-33. The team became back to back champs.
Individual records: Armando Torres and Kevin Vough went 6-0. Ben Darmstadt went 5-1. Nico O’Dor competed for team Ohio South, and went 5-1 in the competition. T.J Brown went 2-1.
USA-Ohio Elyria GR/FS State Qualifier/Schoolboy and Under State Tournament
The Elyria Qualifier was the last USA-Ohio State Qualifying Tournament held in the State of Ohio. The top six in each weight class per style automatically qualify for next weekend USA-Ohio State Greco-Roman/Freestyle State Tournament. The tournament was also the USA-Ohio Schoolboy and under State Tournament. The winner of each weight class earned a spot on the USA-Ohio Schoolboy national dual team in each style.
Ben Darmstadt (160) and Kevin Vough (285) both won cadet freestyle titles. Ben defeated a 2x state qualifier from Brecksville in the finals. Kevin had a pin, and FF in his weight class. Nico O’Dor (132) finished second at 132 lbs in cadet freestyle losing to returning Fargo FS AA/OSHAA D1 state placer by a score of 6-3. Noah Hoefs finished second at 113 lbs in cadet freestyle. Noah lost to a D1 state alternate at 106 lbs as his only loss. Armando Torres finished in second place at 138 lbs losing a hard fought match to a Fargo AA/2X SQ/1x SP by a score of 9-6. J.T Brown finished second at cadet 182 lbs losing a tight 7-6 match on the day.Tyler Giorgini placed third in junior freestyle at 220 lbs. Mike Dolan finished sixth at 145 lbs in junior freestyle. Seventh grader Drew Levis placed sixth in the schoolboy division at 112 lbs.
Kevin Vough won the junior heavyweight division in with a tech fall, and a pin. Mike Dolan (145) and Caleb Arnold (152) both placed third in their respective weight classes. Mike and Kevin had previously qualified at Copley in Greco-Roman. Caleb Arnold earned his first ever spot in the USA-Ohio State Tournament in any style with his placement in Greco-Roman.
USA-Ohio Oregon Clay Freestyle State Qualifier Tournament
Mike Dolan and Jaymone Whitaker both traveled to Oregon Clay to compete in their USA-Ohio Freestyle State qaulifying tournament. The top six in each weight class automatically qualify to wrestle in the state freestyle tournament. Mike Dolan placed 6th in Junior Freestyle to qualify for the State Tournament. Mike narrowly missed qualifying last weekend for state at the Copley Qualifier.Mike has now qualified to compete in both styles at the State Tournament held at Western Brown high school on May 10th-11th. Jaymone Whitaker won the 160 lb Schoolboy weight class with a pin and a tech fall. Jaymone was a O.A.C Junior High State Qualifier this year going 3-2 at State. The Schoolboy state tournament will be held at Elyria High School on May 3rd.
Flo-Nationals (University of Indiana-Pennsylvanni) Pennyslvannia
Kevin Vough traveled to the 5th annual Flo-Nationals Folkstyle Tournament. Kevin opened the tournament as the sixth seed. Kevin recieved an opening round bye. In the round of 16 Kevin wrestled Shane Lowman from Maryland. Kevin won by pin fall in 1:54. In the quaterfinals kevin wrestled the number three seed Stephen Johnson a New Jersey state fourth placer. Kevin won that match a score of 3-2 on riding time. In the semi-finals Kevin won by a score of 8-3 over Tate Orndorff the number two seed who was a Washington State Champion and a 2014 Fargo Cadet Freestyle Finalist. Kevin faced the number one seed Ryan Prescott a 2x Michigan State champion in the finals. Kevin trailed throught out the match. In the third period Kevin rallied to comeback to tie the match at 5-5 to send the match into overtime. Kevin won with a takedown in overtime to claim the championship.
Kevin became the second Elyria wrestler to place at Flo-Nationals (Jason Gott-8th 189 lbs). Kevin became the first Elyria wrestler to win Flo-Nationals. Congrats Kevin!
Copley USA-Ohio Greco-Roman and Freestyle State Qualifier Tournament
The Pioneers opened the 2014 USA-Wrestling/USA-Ohio Greco-Roman/Freestyle wrestling season at the Copley Qualifier in Akron, Ohio. The top six in each weight class qualify for the USA-Ohio State Greco-Roman and Freestyle wrestling tournament May 10th-11th held at Western Brown High School in Mt. Orb, Ohio.
Kevin Vough won the 285 lb Cadet Freestyle weight class. Mike Filliaggi finished in 2nd place at 138 lbs in Cadet Freestyle . J.T Brown finished as runner-up at 182 lbs in the Cadet Freestyle division. Dlyan Reis took 3rd place at 195 lbs in Junior Freestyle. Mike Dolan finished in 7th place in Junior Freestyle at 145 lbs.
Kevin Vough won the 285 lb Cadet Greco-Roman weight class. Mike Dolan took 2nd in the Junior Greco 145 lb weight class. Mike defeated a Cadet Greco-Roman National Team member, and a kid who doubled on the Schoolboy National Dual team in his weight class. Dylan Reis took 3rd at 195 lbs in Junior Greco-Roman. Kai White took 5th in Cadet Greco.
The Elyria wrestling team held it’s annual end of season awards banquet.
Red Team Awards
Wrestler of the Year: Ben Darmstadt
Career award: Armando Torres
Freshman of the Year: Kevin Vough
State Qualifier Awards: Armando Torres, Ben Darmstadt, and Kevin Vough
Most Improved: Ben Darmstadt
Coaches Award: Taylor Workman
Most Wins: Kevin Vough (44)
Most Pins: Kevin Vough (30)
Most Takedowns: Armando Torres (78)
Most Tech Falls: Armando Torres (8)
Comeback of the Year: Mikah Price
Ironman Award: J.T Brown
100th career win award: Taylor Workman (108)
White Team Awards:
Wrestler of the Year: Mike Dolan
Most Improved : Romeo Walker
Coaches Award: Mike Dolan
Most Wins: Caleb Arnold (19)
Most Pins: Caleb Arnold (12)
Most Takedowns: Brendan Price (40)
Wrestler of the Year: Cam King
Most Improved: Dylan Woodings
Coaches Award: Brandon Lang
Most Wins: Cam King (17)
Most Falls: Cam King (16)
Most Takedowns: Kyreesce Little
4 Year letter winners: Armando Torres, Jesse Orantek, Taylor Workman, and Connor Kamczyc
3rd Year letter winners: Darrion Overall and Dylan Reis
2nd Year letter winners: Ben Darmstadt, Nico O’Dor, Darrian Meadows, Caleb Arnold, Tyler Giorgini, Mike Dolan, and Juan Nieves
1st year letter winners: Kevin Vough, J.T Brown, Brandon Lang, Brendan Price, Mikah Price, Cam King, Dylan Woodings, Kyreecse Little, Romeo Walker, and Devontae Bowens
Thank you to our seniors for everything that you have done for the program during your time here.
Ben Darmstadt was named to the Cleveland Plain Dealer 1st team All-Star team at 152 lbs. Kevin Vough was named to the honorable mention team.
Cleveland Plain Dealer: