High School wrestling 2015-2016
Pull-up bars installed in the wrestling room
Open mat workouts began
Sept. 6th: Steubenville Super 32 Qualifier
Matt Zuckerman competed in the Steubenville Super 32 Qualifier Tournament. The top four wrestlers in each weight class automatically qualify for the Super 32 Challenge Tournament in North Carolina October 31st- November 1st. Matt went 1-2 in the competition at 106 lbs.
Weight lifting began
August 3rd-7th: AUU Junior Olympic Freestyle National Team Duals (Virginia Beach, VA)
Incoming freshman Jaivon Jones competed at 98 lbs for Team Ohio White. Jaivon went 8-5 in the competition. Javion for his efforts earned a copper medal.
August 1st: Ohio State Fair Folkstyle Wrestling Tournament
Incoming freshman Matt Zuckerman competed at the Ohio State Fair Folkstyle Tournament. Matt competed in division 5 in the 101-110 lb weight class. Matt went 4-1 in the competition to take home runner-up honors.
July 20th-25th: USA-Wrestling Cadet and Junior Greco-Roman/Freestyle Nationals
The USA-Wrestling Cadet and Junior Greco-Roman/ Freestyle National Championships held on the Campus of North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota brings in the best wrestlers from across the country. The event is the largest tournament in the world by participation level and is considered the toughest tournament in the country.
July 23rd-25th: Junior Freestyle Nationals
Nico O’Dor, Ben Darmstadt, and Kevin Vough competed in the Asics Junior National Freestyle Tournament. Kevin Vough(285) advanced to the championship finals defeating two returning All-Americans on his way to the finals. Kevin lost a hard fought match in the finals to his opponent from Oregon. Ben Darmstadt competed in the 182 lb weight class. Ben advanced to semi-finals dropping a hard fought match to the eventually went class champion. Ben rebounded to win his wrestle back match to advance to the third-place bout. Ben lost a tough match to post graduate who will be attending Boise State this fall. Nico ODor dropped to tough matches one the eventual weight class champion and the match to a returning All-American in the 145 lb weight class.
Kevin and Ben both became two-time freestyle All-Americans. Ben became the second two-time Fargo Freestyle All-American in program history. Kevin became the third in program history.
July 22nd-24th: Cadet Freestyle Nationals
Josh Breeding and Brendon Fenton competed in the Cadet Freestyle National tournament. Both Josh and Brendon won their opening matches. Josh won by tech fall over a Cadet Greco-Roman All-American. Brandon lost a hard-fought second round match to a Greco All-American and an Iowa State Champ. Josh lost a hard fought match in third round to his opponent from Missouri. Brendon reeled off three straight wins in the wrestle backs before dropping a tough match to 2x PA State qualifier. Josh won his opening wrestle back match before losing in the next round to be eliminated from the tournament.
July 20th-21st: Junior Greco-Roman Nationals
Kevin Vough competed in the Junior National Greco-Roman Tournament. Kevin opened the tournament with three straight wins to advance to the quarterfinals. Kevin lost back to back tough matches in the quarterfinals and in the match to place to fall just short of earning his third All-American honor in Greco-Roman.
June 24th-27th: Junior National Duals (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
The Junior Duals is considered one of the toughest dual meet tournaments in the country. The Junior Duals brings the best wrestlers, and states together to compete in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Freestyle June 26th-27th
Nico O’Dor, Ben Darmstadt, and Kevin Vough competed for Team Ohio. Nico went 7-1 in the competition at 145 lbs. Nico beat several All-Americans in the competition. Ben is first competition back since the OHSAA State Tournament went 5-3 at 182 lbs. Ben defeated a UWW Cadet Greco-Roman national runner-up from Utah by tech fall. Kevin went undefeated 8-0 at (hwt). Kevin defeated the UWW Junior Greco-Roman champion from Washington by a score of 11-9. The boys helped Team Ohio finish 9th in competition after suffering a tough loss to Utah in their bracket competition on the 1st day.
Greco-Roman June 24th-25th
Kevin Vough and Nico O’Dor competed for Team Ohio. Kevin went undefeated 8-0 earning All-American honors. Nico O’Dor in his first Greco tournament ever went 3-5 at 145 lbs. They helped Team Ohio to a 14th place finish overall in the tournament.
June 20th: USA-Wrestling Northern Plains Cadet Freestyle Regional Tournament
Josh Breeding traveled to the USA-Wrestling Northern Plains Cadet Freestyle Regional Tournament. Northern Plains is one of the last regional tournaments held in the country. Northern Plains brings in some of the best Cadet level wrestlers from across the country. Wrestlers from Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Iowa, and Nebraska competed in the event. The top four placers in each weight class automatically make their states national teams, and get to choose their weight classes at the Cadet Nationals.
Josh competed in the 120 lb weight class. Josh lost his opening match in the 32 man bracket. Josh won his next seven matches in the wrestle back bracket to finish in third place. Josh defeated multiple state qualifiers, and state placers on his path to claim third place. Josh now qualified to choose his weight class in at the Cadet Freestyle Nationals in Fargo in July.
June 12th-13th: Ashland Duals
The Pioneer Wrestling Club (PWC) competed at the Ashland Duals hosted by the University of Ashland. Various teams from across the state travel to compete in this event including Delta (2015 Dual D3 State Champions/2014 Individual D3 State Champions).
The PWC finished the event with a record of 5-6. All the wrestlers competed hard and gained some valuable experience to build on for the upcoming season.
June 10th-13th: USA-Wrestling Cadet National Duals (York, PA)
The Cadet National Duals brings in the best Cadet wrestlers, and states from across the country to compete. The Cadet Duals is considered one of the toughest dual meet tournaments in the country.
Freestyle June 12th-13th
Noah Hoefs competed on Team Ohio II in the freestyle competition. The team finished in 22nd place in the country. The team wrestled very hard, and improved on its finish of 24th place from last year.
Noah Hoefs competed for Team Ohio II and helped the team to its highest finish ever in the competition by finishing in 13th place(15th- 2014) in the competition. Noah went 2-2 in the competition.
June 4th-7th: USA-Wrestling Schoolboy National Duals (Indianapolis, Indiana)
Jaymone Whitaker traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana to compete for Team Ohio at the Schoolboy National Duals. The Schoolboy National Duals brings in the best 13-14-year-olds wrestlers each state from across the country to compete in dual tournament.
Jaymone competed in both Greco-Roman and Freestyle at 190 lbs in the event. Jaymone helped Team Ohio to double top eight team finishes. The Greco-Roman team finished eighth in the country. The Freestyle team finished second in the country (tied their highest finish ever (2012 runner-ups)). Jaymone went undefeated in the competition going a combined record of 16-0 (9-0 in Greco-Roman and 7-0 in Freestyle). For his efforts Jaymone became a Double All-American in both styles in the event. Jaymone is the first wrestler from Elyria to go undefeated and earn Double AA honors.
May 30th-31st: UWW Cadet Freestyle Nationals (University of Akron)
Kevin Vough and J.T Brown competed in the UWW Cadet Freestyle Nationals held at the University of Akron. Wrestlers from across the country travel to Akron to compete to earn a spot on the UWW Cadet World Team.
Kevin competed in 125 kg/ 275 lb weight class. Kevin cruised in the finals with a tech fall, and pin. In the championship best two out of three finals Kevin wrestled his opponent from California who defeated in last years consi semi-finals at the Cadet Freestyle Nationals in Fargo. Kevin won both matches by tech fall to claim the championship.
J.T competed at 76 kg/ 167.75 lbs. This was one of the top three toughest weight classes in the tournament. J.T went 1-2 in the competition.
Kevin Vough is now a 3x UWW (formerly Fila) placer. Kevin placed 5th in 2013, and was runner-up in 2014. Kevin is now a 6x placer in the event. Kevin is the program’s first double champion in the event ever!
May 29th- UWW Cadet Greco-Roman Nationals (University of Akron)
Kevin Vough competed in the UWW Cadet Greco-Roman Nationals held at the University of Akron. Wrestlers from across the country travel to Akron to compete to earn a spot on the UWW Cadet World Team.
Kevin competed in the 125 kg/275 lb weight class. Kevin opened the tournament with a tech fall over his opponent from Wisconsin. In the semi-finals he earned a pin fall to advance to the best two out three finals. Kevin won back to back bouts in the finals by scores of 3-2 and 4-2 to sweep the finals to claim the Cadet 125 kg National Greco-Roman Championship.
Kevin is now a 3x UWW (formerly Fila) placer in Greco-Roman. Kevin placed 5th in 2013, and 4th his last year at the event.
May 16th: USA-Wrestling Central Regional (Indianapolis, Indiana)
Nico O’Dor, Josh Breeding, and Noah Hoefs, Mick Burnett, and Jaivon Jones traveled to compete at the USA-Wrestling Central Regional Championships. The event was held at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Central Regional is one of the toughest regional tournaments in the country. The top four wrestlers in each weight class earn spots on their state’s respective national teams.
Nico O’Dor opened the tournament with two straight wins to advance to the quarterfinals. Nico dropped a tough match in the quarters. Nico rebounded to win his next two matches to advance to the match to place. Nico lost in the match to place at Junior 145 lbs. Josh Breeding went 1-2 at Cadet 113 lbs. Josh dropped a tough opening round match-up to a Walsh Ironman placer. Josh won his opening wrestle back match. Josh lost his third match to an Ohio State Qualifier. Noah Hoefs went 0-2 in a tough 106 lb Cadet bracket. Mick Burnett finished in fourth place at Schoolboy 98 lbs. Jaivon Jones went 0-2 at Schoolboy 106 lbs.
May 9th-10th: USA-Ohio Cadet/Junior Freestyle State (Western Brown HS)
J.T Brown, Nico O’Dor, Mike Filiaggi, and Josh Breeding all traveled to competed in the USA-Ohio Cadet/Junior Freestyle State Tournament held at Western Brown High School.The tournament brings in the best freestyle wrestlers from across the state of Ohio to compete to earn spots on the USA-Ohio Freestyle National Team.
J.T Brown (182) and Nico O’Dor (145) both finished as Junior Freestyle State Runner-ups in their respective weight classes. Both earned spots on the National team. Josh Breeding (113) finished in third place. Mike Filiaggi went 1-2 in a very deep 152 lb Junior weight class.
May 3rd:USA-Ohio Club Freestyle State Duals (Youngstown Boardman HS)
The third annual USA-Ohio Freestyle Club duals were held at Youngstown Boardman high school. The Club Duals bring in the top freestyle club teams from across the state to compete.
For the third straight year Elyria and Brecksville combined to make a team. The team ran through their pool matches defeated FoxFire 2, Westside Cincinnati, St.Edward, Westside Cleveland, and BTW-West. For the third straight year they faced FoxFire 1 in the finals. The team dropped a hard-fought match in the finals.
Kevin Vough went undefeated on the day. Nico O’Dor went 3-1. Brendon Fenton went 2-1. Josh Breeding and J.T Brown went 4-2.
May 2nd: USA-Ohio Cadet/Junior State Qualifier (Elyria High School)
Elyria High School hosted this year’s the final USA-Ohio State Tournament qualifying tournament of the season. The tournament traditionally has been called the toughest qualifier in the State during the Greco-Roman/Freestyle season.
Nico O’Dor won 145 lbs Junior weight class beating a 2x D2 State Champ and a Fargo All-American in the finals. Kevin Vough won the 285 lb weight class in both styles in the Junior Division. J.T Brown finished in third place at 182 lbs in the Junior Division. Josh Breeding finished in third place at 113 lbs in the Cadet Division. Noah Hoefs finished in fifth place at 106 lbs in the Cadet Division. Jason Truxall went 1-2 in the Cadet Division at 132 lbs. Darrin Meadows competed hard but, fell short of placing in the Junior Division at 145 lbs.
April 25th:USA-Ohio Cadet/Junior State Qualifier Tournament. (Oregon Clay High School)
Josh Breeding, Mike Filiaggi, Darrian Meadows, J.T Brown, and Nico O’Dor all traveled to the Oregon Clay USA-Ohio Freestyle State Qualifier. The top six wrestlers in each weight class qualify for the state tournament.
Nico O’Dor lead the group winning the 152 lbs Junior Division. Nico went 4-0 with two tech falls, a pin, and 6-5 win over a 2x D2 State Champ who was also a Cadet Freestyle All-American. Josh Breeding finished in second place at 120 lbs in the Cadet Division.Mike Filiaggi finished in second place at 160 lbs in the Junior Division. J.T Brown finished in third place at 182 lbs in the Junior Division. Darrian Meadows competed hard but, fell short of qualifying for state in the 145 lbs Junior Division.
April 11th: USA-Ohio North Canton Hoover Qualifier
J.T Brown and Brendon Fenton traveled to compete at the North Canton Hoover Qualifier. Brendon Fenton won the Cadet 132 lb Freestyle division. Brendon had three tech falls, and two pins on his way to the championship. One of his pins came against a 2014 D1 state alternate. J.T Brown finished in 3rd place in the 195 lb weight class. The weight class featured four state qualifiers. Both J.T and Brendon are now qualified for USA-Ohio Freestyle State Tournament on May 9th-10th at Western Brown High School.
April 2nd-3rd: Flo-Nationals
Kevin Vough competed in the 6th annual Flo-Nationals. Kevin opened the tournament as the top seed. Kevin received an opening round bye. Kevin won by fall in his second round match. Kevin won his quarterfinal match by a score of 6-2.Kevin
dropped a hard fought match in the semi-finals to a North Carolina State Champ by a score of 3-2. Kevin rebounded to win his consi semi-final match by a score of 10-0. Kevin won his third-place bout by a score of 5-1. Kevin became a 2x Flo-Nationals All-American with his third place finish.
The Elyria Wrestling Team held it’s annual awards banquet.
Red Team Awards:
Ben Darmstadt: Co-Wrestler of the Year, most wins (51), most tech falls (9), and 100 career wins
Kevin Vough: Co-Wrestler of the Year, and most pins (32)
Nick Mayer: Most Takedowns, and 100 career wins
J.T Brown and Mikah Price: Most Improved
Nico O’Dor: Comeback Wrestler of the Year
Brendon Fenton and Josh Breeding: Freshman of the Year
Mike Dolan: Coaches Award
Darrion Overall: Ironman Award
White Team Awards
Dylan Woodings: Wrestler of the year, most wins, and most pins
Devontae Bowens: Most Takedowns, and Most Improved
Jason Truxall: Coaches Award
Juan Nieves: Wrestler of the year, most wins, most pins, and most Takedowns.
Josh Kurtz: Most Improved.