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 ralled to comeback to tie the match at 5-5 to send the match into overtime. Kevin won the match 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 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:
Sophomore to be Devontae Bowens has placed two open tournaments. Devontae placed fourth is first open tournament of the off-season. Devontae won the second off-season tournament that he competed in.