Healthy Western Reserve Roughriders win J.B. Firestone tourney

MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Chase Griffith of Western Reserve and New London's Gabe Lilly meet in the center ring in the 126-pound final during the 39th Annual John B. Firestone Invitational at Black River High School in Sullivan on Saturday. Griffith won the match 19-0.

MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Chase Griffith of Western Reserve hooks the abdomen of New London's Gabe Lilly in the 126-pound final during the 39th Annual John B. Firestone Invitational at Black River High School in Sullivan on Saturday.

MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Chase Griffith of Western Reserve hooks the head of New London's Gabe Lilly in the 126-pound final during the 39th Annual John B. Firestone Invitational at Black River High School in Sullivan on Saturday.

MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Drew Dickson of North Ridgeville holds the leg of Black River's Mike Hozan in the 120-pound final during the 39th Annual John B. Firestone Invitational at Black River High School in Sullivan on Saturday. Dickson won the match 10-7.

SULLIVAN — When Western Reserve is healthy it can be a force to be reckoned with. That’s what their competition found out the hard way as the Roughriders won Saturday’s 39th Annual John B. Firestone Invitational at Black River.

The Roughriders have had a string of injuries and illness that have hampered their season thus far. Two weeks ago at the Bob Bailey Invitational at Bellevue they finished a disappointing fifth after dressing just five wrestlers.

Yesterday was a different story for the ‘Riders, though, as they took home three individual weight-class championship and were runners-up in four others.

“The boys wrestled really tough after being off for about two weeks with illnesses and stuff like that,” Western Reserve Coach Art McHenry said. “I figured they’d be down and out of shape after the layoff, but they were tough.”

Chase Griffith won the 126 pound championship with a 19-0 tech fall over New London’s Gabe Lilly.

“Winning this tournament means a lot,” Griffith said. “We came in second here last year. That just sucked.”

Tim Hunkley earned a hard-fought 12-9 decision over Joey Meek, of Northwestern, in the 170 weight class.

“Hunkley wrestled his butt off. That was a tough match,” McHenry said. “He did it against a real tough kid. He was definitely one of our standouts.”

Ian Ramos won the 285 heavyweight title by pinning Cardington’s Crew Cochran in 1:25 to wrap up the tournament for his team.

The Roughriders finished with 194 points — 60 points ahead of the second-place team, North Ridgeville.

The Rangers had their hands full early as their one-two punch of Evan Collier and Drew Dickson had tough matches in the final round.

Collier lost to Black River’s Spencer White in a 7-6 heartbreaking decision in the 113 weight class. In the next match, Dickson was tested to the limit, but continued his undefeated season by defeating Black River’s Mike Hozan 10-5.

“Mike’s length definitely tested me,” Dickson said. “No matter how strong I am, that height advantage is hard to get past. He’s a good wrestler.”

Dickson was named the tournament MVP by the coaches after the tournament, the second time this season he’s received the honor. Two weeks ago at Bellevue he was also named tournament MVP.

Dickson admits he knew the J.B. Firestone tournament would be a challenge.

“It was a real good tournament. I faced a two-time state placer and a state qualifier, and beat them both,” he said. “I knew coming in here it was going to be a tough tournament.”

In the semifinals, Dickson defeated Lutheran West’s Tim Mecklenburg 9-8 in overtime.

Dickson was happy with his teams overall performance on Saturday, due to the tough competition they faced.

“I felt we did pretty good. Second place here, I don’t even know what we did here last year, maybe fifth or sixth. Second is definitely good. It makes the coaches happy too,” Dickson said.

New London also had a solid tournament, as it finished in fifth as a team but took home two individual championships.

Jacob Amburgy earned a 5-3 decision over Derek Gregan, of Northwestern, in the 145 pound weight class. Later, fellow Wildcat K.C. Hale earned a 5-0 decision over Black River’s Jake Maund.



Team Results

1. Western Reserve 194, 2. North Ridgeville 134, 3. Northwestern 133, 4. Black River 118.5, 5. New London 99.5, 6. Rocky River 81, 7. South Central 74, 8. Brooklyn 72.5, 9. tie Cardington, Wellington 69, 11. Hillsdale 51, 12. Lutheran West 48, 13. Columbia 11, 14. Oberlin 8.

Individual Results

1st Place

106 — Sebastian Vidika (Black River) pin fall 0:28 Jacob Downs (Wellington); 113 — Spencer White (Black River) dec. 7-6 Evan Collier (North Ridgeville); 120 — Drew Dickson (North Ridgeville) dec. 10-7 Mike Hozan (Black River); 126 — Chase Griffith (Western Reserve) tech fall 19-0 Gabe Lilly (New London); 132 — Tyler Berry (Northwestern) pin fall 1:52 Mason Robson (Western Reserve); 138 — Luke Roginsky (Brooklyn) pin fall 1:09 Jake Ruppert (Western Reserve); 145 — Jake Amburgy (New London) dec. 5-3 Derek Gregan (Northwestern); 152 — Caleb Barnett (South Central) tech fall 15-0 Nick Asp (North Ridgeville); 160 — Tanner Topp (Northwestern) dec. 11-8 Colin Riley (North Ridgeville); 170 — Tim Hunkley (Western Reserve) dec. 12-9 Joey Meek (Northwestern); 182 — K.C. Hale (New London) dec. 5-0 Jake Maund (Black River); 195 — Eric Collins (Cardington), 2nd Kyle Fitch (Western Reserve); 220 — Ryan Slone (Black River) pin fall 1:27 Brandon Workman (Western Reserve); HVY –– Ian Ramos (Western Reserve), 2nd Dominic Davie (South Central).

3rd Place

106 — Aaron Kelly (Rocky River) pin fall 1:56 Austin Zarins (Brooklyn); 113 — Dan Mahoney (Rocky River) pin fall 1:50 Dalton Blanton (South Central); 120 — Tim Mecklenburg (Lutheran West) dec. 5-3 OT Matt Gatto (Brooklyn); 126 — Justin Dodge (North Ridgeville) maj. dec. 13-1 Joke Bon (Hillsdale); 132 — Ben Provoznik (Wellington) by disqualification Tristin Stiltner (Hillsdale); 138 — Lane Waddell (Cardington) pin fall 3:39 Alex Knoll (South Central); 145 — tie Seamus Kilbane (Rocky River) Alex Heldenbrand (Hillsdale); 152 — Alex Imhoff (Wellington) dec. 9-3 Josh Burns (Northwestern); 160 — tie Cody Ramage (Western Reserve) Nick Bene (New London); 170 — Talon Dorton (North Ridgeville) maj. dec. 13-4 Nick Rodgers (Rocky River); 182 — Andrew Liese (Lutheran West) dec. 3-1 Kile Schaefer (Northwestern); 195 — Daryl Graham (Brooklyn); 220 — Adam Workman (Western Reserve) pin fall 3:11 Phil Hicks (North Ridgeville); HVY –– Matt Hunter (Northwestern), 4th Crew Cochran (Cardington).



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Last Updated: 12/22/2012 9:31:41 PM EST

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