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 winningit’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 ODor
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 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.