Event Recaps

Red Team opened the 2018-19 season at home hosting Perrysburg and Tiffin Columbian. The Pioneers wrestled Perrysburg in the opening dual of the event. Both teams have a history of competing against either. They have wrestled three times in the last five years in the state duals series in the regional finals. The Pioneers defeated Perrysburg in the opening dual meet by a score of 53-13. Highlight matches in the dual: Mick Burnett defeated a 2x State Placer/Journeyman third placer by a score of 3-1. Enrique Munguia defeated a Fargo Cadet Freestyle All-American. In the second dual the Pioneers defeated Tiffin Columbian by a score of 57-15. Highlight match in the dual: Bryce Allison defeated an O.A.C Junior High Finalist by a score of 3-1. Going undefeated on the day was: Peyton Fenton (106), Colin Noel (113), Bryce Allison (120), Nate Burnett (126), Dylan Shawver (132), Mick Burnett (138), Jake Evans (170), and Drew Levis (220). Going 1-1 on the day was: Matt Zuckerman (145), Enrique Munguia (152), Ben Doehr (182), Lewis Aguilar (220), and Alexander Lowery (285). All three Pioneer freshman earned their first career wins at home in freshman Peyton Fenton, Nate Burnett, and Alexander Lowery.

The Pioneers traveled to Walsh Jesuit High School to compete in the 24TH annual Walsh Jesuit Ironman Tournament. The Walsh Jesuit Ironman is considered one of the toughest in-season tournaments in the country. Numerous nationally ranked teams and individuals travel to compete in the Ironman from across the country. The Pioneers finished the Walsh Jesuit Ironman Tournament in a tied for 10th place in the overall team standings. The tenth place finish is the second highest ever team finish in program history in the event. Pioneers finished the tournament with three individual weight class placers which is tied for the second most individual weight class placers in program history. Team was lead by: Dylan Shawver (126 lbs-5th place), Mick Burnett (132 lbs-6th place), and Jake Evans (170 lbs- 7th place). Dylan defeated several national ranked wrestlers over the weekend. Mick Burnett did the same. Jake Evans avenged a loss from last year’s Ironman in the match to place. Enrique Munguia (152) and Drew Levis (220) both advanced to match to place, and both lost tough matches. Enrique had a very good tournament none the less he defeated a 2x Florida State Champ, and an Ohio State Champion in the event. Matt Zuckerman went 3-2 at 138 lbs. Also winning matches for the team were: Peyton Fenton (106 lbs), Bryce Allison (113), and Nate Burnett (120 lbs).

The Pioneers traveled to Euclid High school for their first set of conference double duals of the year. The Pioneers opened the event wrestling Medina. The Pioneers defeated Medina by a score of 49-18. The Pioneers defeated Euclid in the second dual by a score of 66-12. Going undefeated on the night was: Colin Noel (113), Bryce Allison (120), Nate Burnett (126), Dylan Shawver (132), Mick Burnett (138), Enrique Munguia (160), Jake Evans (170), and Drew Levis (220). Going 1-1 on the night was: Izzak Pedrazza (145), Joe Rice (152), Lewis Aguilar (195), and Alexander Lowery (285). Pioneers improved to 4-0 in dual meets and 2-0 in the GCC Conference.

Pioneers traveled to the 25th annual Beast of the East Tournament held on the campus of the University of Delaware. The Beast of the East is considered one of the toughest in-season tournaments in the country. Nationally ranked teams and individuals from across the east coast travel to compete in the event. The Pioneers finished the event tied for ninth place in the overall team standings. The team had a program record four individual weight class placers. The team was lead by Dylan Shawver who advance to the finals by defeated the number one ranked wrestler in the country from New Jersey by a score of 5-4. Dylan dropped a hard fought match in the finals to a 4x Beast of the East Champion.  Jake Evans finished in fourth place at 170 lbs. Mick Burnett (132) and Enrique Munguia (152) both finished in seventh place. Colin Noel (106), Bryce Allison (113), Nate Burnett (120), Lewis Aguilar (195), and Drew Levis (220) each won several matches but, lost hard fought matches to advance to the second day of competition. 

The Pioneers traveled to compete in the Brecksville Holiday Tournament. The Brecksville Holiday Tournament is considered the toughest tournament in Ohio next to the Walsh Jesuit Ironman. The Pioneers finished the Brecksville Holiday Tournament in third place in the overall team standings by half a point out of second place. The Pioneers had a program tying record eight tournament placers. Mick Burnett lead the group with a runner-up finish at 132 lbs. Mick avenge a loss from the Pre-season in the semi-final defeating his opponent from Indiana (University of Indiana commit) by a score of 3-2. Placing third for the Pioneers were: Peyton Fenton (106), Dylan Shawver (126), Matt Zuckerman (138), and Enrique Munguia (152). Matt Zuckerman defeated several state placers and a Fargo Cadet Freestyle National Champion in the tournament on his route to a third place finish. Enrique Munguia defeated several state placers and a Fargo Cadet FS All-American on his route to a third place finish. Peyton Fenton lone loss in the tournament came in the semi-finals to the number three ranked wrestler in the country. Finishing fifth place was Nate Burnett at 120 lbs. Nate defeated an Indiana state placer, and OAC Junior Finalist, and an Ohio D1 State Qualifier on his way to his fifth place finish. Drew Levis finished in eighth place at 220 lbs. Lewis Aguilar (195) and Bryce Allison (113) both lost tough matches in the match to place. Dillon Hendricks (160) competed hard but, fell short of advancing to day two of the competition.

Pioneers opened the New Year hosting GCC Conference Rivals Solon and Brunswick in a double dual at home. Pioneers opened the event vs. Solon.  The Pioneers defeated Solon by a score of 48-19. The Pioneers defeated Brunswick in the final dual of the event by a score of 54-16. Dylan Shawver defeated a 2x Ohio D1 SP by a score of 6-3. Matt Zuckerman on a thrilling 8-6 over time match over a Fargo Cadet FS AA. Going on undefeated on the night was: Peyton Fenton (106), Colin Noel (113), Nate Burnett (126),Dylan Shawver (126),Mick Burnett (132),Matt Zuckerman (145),Enrique Munguia (152),Jake Evans (170),Ben Doehr (182),and Drew Levis (220).Going 1-1 on the night was Bryce Allison (120) and Alexander Lowery (285). Pioneers improved to 6-0 overall in dual meets, and 4-0 in the GCC Conference.

The Red Team traveled to Mentor to compete in their final conference double duals of the season. The Pioneers defeated Mentor in the opening dual 46-21. Freshman Nate Burnett defeated a returning State Qualifier by a score of 1-0. The Pioneers defeated Shaker Heights in the second dual by a score of 72-12. The Pioneers improved to 6-0 in GCC Conference duals, and improved to 8-0 overall in dual meets. Head Coach Erik Burnett earned his 250th career dual meet victory in the Shaker Heights dual meet.

The Pioneers traveled to Oregon Clay High School to compete in the Maumee Bay Classic Tournament. The Maumee Bay Classic brings in teams from across the state of Ohio, and three teams from Michigan. This year’s tournament featured two nationally ranked teams, and several nationally ranked individuals. The Pioneers finished the tournament in second place in the overall team standings.  The team had one individual weight class champion in Dylan Shawver who won the 126 lbs weight class. Dylan was named this year’s tournament Outstanding Wrestler. Three other Pioneers advanced to the finals in Matt Zuckerman (138), Enrique Munguia (152), and Jake Evans (170). All three lost tough matches in the finals to take home runner-up honors. Jake Evans defeated the number 19 ranked wrestler in the country in the semi-finals.  Peyton Fenton (106) rebounded from a tough semi-final loss to finish in third place. Lewis Aguilar finished in fourth place at 195 lbs. Lewis earned his 100th career victory in the quarterfinals of the tournament. Nate Burnett (120) and Drew Levis (220) both finished in 5th place in their respective weight classes. Colin Noel (113) and Ben Doehr (182) both finished in sixth place in their respective weight classes.

Pioneers took on GCC Conference rival Strongsville. The Class of 2019 was honored before the match. Seniors: Matt Zuckerman, Lewis Aguilar, Drew Levis, Jason Holmes, and John Schuman were introduced to the crowd.  Senior Jason Holmes wrestled an exhibition match vs Lorain Titians heavyweight Santana Sanchez.  Jason was victorious in the match by fall.  Mick Burnett started things off in the opening match at 138 lbs by tech fall. Matt Zuckerman won a trilling 11-9 match in overtime at 145 lbs after trailing 5-0 after the first period.  The Pioneers won the next nine weight classes by pin fall. Bryce Allison closed out the night by winning 5-3 at 120 lbs. The Pioneers defeated Strongsville by a score of 77-0. Pioneers finish the GCC Dual meet season 7-0 in duals, and have won their last 54 straight dual meets. Team is now 9-0 in dual meets

The Pioneers traveled to Oregon Clay High School in Oregon, Ohio to compete in the OHSAA Team State Duals Regional Tournament.  This year’s State Duals Regional Tournament is different than in the previous years. This year’s tournament is contested in a one day format as compared to the previous year’s format of over two weeks on a Wednesday night.  The Pioneers earned the number one seed in the regional.  The team opened the event vs Anthony Wayne the number eight seed in the regional.  The team came out on top of the match to advance to the regional semi-finals by a score of 75-6. In the semi-final the Pioneers took on Avon the number four seed. The Pioneers defeated the Eagles of Avon by a score of 68-12.

In the finals the Pioneers faced the number two seed Oregon Clay in a re-match of last year’s Regional final. The Pioneers and the Oregon Clay Eagles have had a history of competing in the regional finals besides last year’s dual they meet in the 2014 Regional Finals won by Clay. In a back and forth dual earl on the Pioneers built a lead that they never let go off. Junior Bryce Allison put the Pioneers out in front by a major decision at 120 lbs. Nate Burnett followed Bryce’s win up with a 3-2 decision vs. a returning state qualifier at 126 lbs. Back to Back bonus point wins by Dylan Shawver and Mick Burnett put the Pioneers up 21-6 heading into 145 lbs where Matt Zuckerman avenaged a loss from last year’s regional finals defeating his opponent from Clay 8-4 making the team score 24-6. Enrique Munguia’s pin fall victory at 152 lbs built the lead in the team score to 30-6 for Elyria. Jake Evans won 7-0 at 170 lbs. Back to Back wins by Lewis Aguilar (195) and Drew Levis (220) put the dual meet away. The Pioneers won the dual by a score of 42-16. The team claimed its fifth straight regional duals team title. Pioneers advanced to next week’s State Duals Elite 8 tournament.

 Going undefeated on the weekend were:  Peyton Fenton (106), Bryce Allison (113), Nate Burnett (120), Dylan Shawver (126), Mick Burnett (132), Matt Zuckerman (138), Izzak Pedrazza (145), Enrique Munguia (152), Jake Evans (170), Lewis Aguilar (195), and Drew Levis (220). Dillon Hendricks went 2-1 at 160 lbs. Colin Noel went 1-1 at 113 lbs. 

The 2019 OHSAA Team State Duals held on the campus of Ohio State University. The Team State duals is in its seventh year of existence. The Pioneers qualified for the fifth time to compete in the event. The event featured five teams ranked in the top 35 in the country. 

The Pioneers were awarded the number four seed in the tournament. The Pioneers took on the Wadsworth Grizzles who came into the event ranked 34th in the country in the quarterfinals.  The Pioneers opened the dual meet winning the first five weight classes of the dual to open a 20-0 lead. Wadsworth rallied back to win three weight classes to make the team score 20-14. Enrique Munguia bumped up to 160 lbs and pinned a returning state qualifier to put the Pioneers out in front 26-14 in the team score. The Pioneers would go on to win four of the final five weight classes in the dual to make the final team score 46-20.

In the state dual semi-finals the Pioneers took on the number seven ranked team in country Cincinnati LaSalle. In the dual meet that went back and forth with many tight matches in the dual. The Pioneers won six matches to LaSalle’s eight in the dual. The final team score of the dual LaSalle 40 Pioneers 25.

Pioneers finished the dual season with a record of 13-1. Going undefeated in the event was: Dylan Shawver, Mick Burnett, Enrique Munguia, Jake Evans, and Drew Levis. Going 1-1 was: Peyton Fenton, Bryce Allison, Nate Burnett, Matt Zuckerman, Ben Doehr, and Lewis Aguilar.  

Pioneers traveled to Euclid to compete in the Greater Cleveland Conference Tournament. Pioneers finished the conference tournament scoring 253.0 points in the team standings claiming their fourth straight conference tournament team title in the history of the conference. Pioneers advanced ten wrestlers to the championship finals. Eight Pioneers won their individual weight classes: Peyton Fenton (106), Colin Noel (113), Dylan Shawver (126), Mick Burnett (132), Matt Zuckerman (145), Enrique Munguia (152), Jake Evans (170), and Drew Levis (220). Bryce Allison (120) and Lewis Aguilar (195) both finished as the runner-ups in their respective weight classes. Dillon Hendricks finished in 4th place at 160 lbs. Izzak Pedraza (138) and Alexander Lowery (285) both finished in 5th place in their respective weight classes. Ben Doehr (182) finished in sixth place. Team tied the record for most individual weight class champions and most placers. The team set a new record for tournament margin of victory.

The Pioneers traveled to Westlake for the 2019 OHSAA Individual Sectional Tournament. The Westlake Sectional Tournament is considered one of the toughest Sectional Tournaments in Northeast Ohio. The tournament features two nationally ranked programs, and several nationally ranked and state ranked individuals. The top four placers in each weight class advance to district tournament at Mentor High School next week.

The Pioneers finished the tournament in second place with 258 points. The Pioneers qualified eleven wrestlers for the district tournament at Mentor next week. The team crowned six individual weight class champions: Bryce Allison (113), Nate Burnett (120), Dylan Shawver (126), Mick Burnett (132), Jake Evans (170), and Lewis Aguilar (195). Peyton Fenton (106), Matt Zuckerman (138), Enrique Munguia (152), and Drew Levis (220) all lost tough matches in the finals finish as runner-ups in their respective weight classes.  Ben Doehr finished in third place at 182 lbs. Ben lost a tough semi-final match to a returning state qualifier.  Izzak Pedraza (138) and Dillon Hendricks (160) both went 1-2, and lost tough matches to fall short of qualifying for the district tournament. Alexander Lowery competed hard in the 285 lb weight class which was the deepest weight class in the tournament.

Pioneers traveled to Mentor to compete in the 2019 OHSAA Individual District Tournament.  The top qualifiers from the Westlake Sectional, Willoughby South Sectional, Oregon Clay Sectional, and the Marysville 2 Sectional compete in this district tournament. The tournament featured two nationally ranked teams, several teams ranked in the top 15 in state, and numerous individuals state and nationally ranked.  The top four wrestlers in each weight class qualify for next week’s state tournament at Ohio State University.

The Pioneers finished the Mentor District Tournament in second place with 237 points. The Pioneers qualified nine wrestlers for the state tournament.  A program record eight Pioneer wrestler’s advanced district finalist. Four Pioneers came away with district titles: Nate Burnett (120), Dylan Shawver (126), Mick Burnett (132), and Jake Evans (170). Peyton Fenton (106), Bryce Allison (113), Enrique Munguia (152), and Drew Levis (220) took home runner-up honors. Matt Zuckerman rebounded from a tough quarterfinal match to finish in third place at 138 lbs becoming the Pioneers fifth four-time state qualifier.  Ben Doehr (182) and Lewis Aguilar (195) both competed hard but, fell short of earning advancing to the state tournament. Ben lost a tough over time in his go to state match. Lewis Aguilar lost a tough match to a returning state qualifier.  The nine state qualifiers is the second most in program history. The eleven district placers in the most in program history.

The Pioneers traveled to the campus of the Ohio State University to compete in the OHSAA Individual State Tournament. The top four placers in each individual weight class from the Mentor, North Canton Hoover, Kettering Fairmount, and Hillard Darby districts qualify to compete in the event. The  division state tournament featured five teams ranked in the top 50 in the country, and numerous nationally ranked individuals in each weight class.

The Pioneers finished the state tournament in third place in the team standings scoring a program record 143 points. The nine Pioneers wrestlers that competed in the event placed which is a program record. The team was lead by individual weight class champions: Peyton Fenton (106) and Mick Burnett (132). Peyton Fenton became the programs first freshman to ever win a state title in program history, and the twenty-first individual state champion in program history. Mick Burnett became the programs twenty-second individual weight class champion. Enrique Munguia (152) became the programs seventh sophomore to reach the state finals. Enrique dropped a tough match in the finals to the no. 4 ranked wrestler in the country. Dylan Shawver (126) and Drew Levis (220) both rebounded from tough semi-final round match losses to finish in third place in their respective weight classes.  Jake Evans (170) and Matt Zuckerman (138) both finished in fourth place in their respective weight classes.  Matt Zuckerman became the programs ninth two-time state placer in program history with his fourth place finish. Nate Burnett (120) finished in fifth place. Nate became the second freshman in program history to reach the state semi-finals. Bryce Allison finished in seventh place at 113 lbs.