Seven locals advance to state in Division I

CLEVELAND — Seven area wrestlers made it out of the difficult Division I Cleveland State District to advance to the state tournament next week in Columbus.

Elyria’s Armando Torres and Ben Darmstadt, Amherst’s Mike Wearsch and Bryan DeRuchie, Westlake’s Logan Paul, Lorain’s Eli Garcia and North Ridgeville’s Drew Dickson will all have to clear their calendars for next weekend. Most of them, though, have had those dates circled for some time now.

With the likes of perennial state and national powerhouse St. Edward, Brecksville, and Clay all competing in the district, making it out of districts is certainly no easy task.

It’s been a long time coming for Torres, who can finally call himself a state qualifier in his junior year after disappointing endings to the first two years of his high school career. In his freshman year, Torres suffered an injury that ended his season prematurely, and last year he failed a questionable skin test prior to the start of the district tournament and was forced to withdrawal.

“I’m happy right now. The past two years I felt I couldn’t get a fair shot, so I finally got my shot and I’m going to state,” Torres said.

Torres finished runner-up to his nemesis, Brecksville’s Aaron Assad. Saturday’s championship match was the fourth time the two have met this season, with Assad taking the first three by a single point each time.

Saturday, Torres fell to Assad 3-1 in what was very likely a preview of the state championship match in the 113 bracket. While finally qualifying for state is nice, it’s not enough for Torres.

“I’m still hungry,” he said. “This isn’t going to cut it. I’m going for a state championship.”

Joining Torres in Columbus will be freshman Ben Darmstadt, who also was the runner up in his bracket (120). Darmstadt lost an 11-6 decision to Clay sophomore Richie Screptock in the finals.

Lorain’s Garcia is now a two-time state qualifier after qualifying his sophomore season, but failing to make it out of districts last year. He was the runner-up in the 138-pound weight class, dropping a 4-3 decision to St. Eds’ Colin Heffernan in a rematch of last weekend’s sectional final at Lorain.

“That was the win I needed to get over last year,” Garcia said. “My goal this year was to get to the finals. I’m glad to get the chance to go back to state. I didn’t do so well the first time down there, but I got a little bit of experience. I’ve just got to keep working hard in practice.”

Westlake’s Paul can also now call himself a two-time state qualifier, though this time around, he isn’t content to just qualify.

“To make it two times to state isn’t an easy thing to do,” Paul said. “The feeling is nice, but it’s not like last year, where I won and I was kind of the underdog. My goal this year is to become the state champion and beat Dom Abounader.”

Paul got his first crack at Abounader, the St. Edward senior projected to be state champion, in Saturday’s 182-pound championship match. Abounader pinned Paul in 5:12, but the two very well could meet again next weekend.

Amherst had two wrestlers qualify for state the hard way, through the consolation bracket. Wearsch (160) and DeRuchie (126) each finished third in their brackets, winning their final matches to go into next week on a positive note.

“I’ve been waiting 12 years for this moment,” DeRuchie, a senior, said. “I always look up on the wall (in our wrestling room) and I don’t see my name up there, and I say I’m going to get there and nobody’s going to take it away from me. This feels incredible to have achieved it.”

Fellow senior Dickson also finally achieved a goal he’d been chasing for years. After winning his go-to match over Whitmer’s Dinny Moore 9-6, Dickson tearfully hugged his family in celebration.

“I just kept crying because all of these people have been here supporting me all this time,” Dickson said. “My family is a big wrestling family, and they’re at everything I’m at. I wanted to do this for me, but I also wanted to do it for them, too. I needed to pay them back.”

Dickson lost his third-place match to St. Eds’ Austin Hiles and finished fourth in the district.

Lorain nearly had a second wrestler make state, as freshman Devione Edwards let his go-to match 4-3 with just seconds left when Nordonia’s Tony DeCesare scored a takedown and snatched away the state berth.

The state tournament begins on Thursday afternoon in Columbus.

Division I

Cleveland State District Tournament

Team Standings

1. St. Edward 271, 2. Brecksville 224, 3. Clay 173, 4. Perrysburg 118, 5. Elyria 80.5, 6. Nordonia 79, 7. Brunswick 77.5, 8. Wadsworth 66.5, 9. Amherst 56, 10. North Olmsted 45.5, 11. Whitmer 38, 12. Fremont Ross 37, 13. Highland 35, 14. St. Francis deSales 34, 15. Ashland 32, 16. Westlake 31.5, 17. Lorain 31, 18. Strongsville 29, 19. Anthony Wayne 21, T-20. North Ridgeville, Maumee 20, 22. Sylvania Southview 18, 23. Firestone 16, T-24. Olmsted Falls, Mansfield Senior 14, 26. St. John’s Jesuit 12, T-27. Cloverleaf, Wooster 11, 29. Avon Lake 8, 30. Findlay 7, T-31. Avon, Copley 5, 33. Springfield 4, T-34. Lakewood, Midview, Marion Harding 3, 37. John Marshall 1, T-38. Berea, Medina, Sylvania Northview, Lima Senior 0.

Individual results (Top four are state qualifiers, fifth place is state alternate.)

First place

106 — Austin Assad (Brecksville) dec. Josh Heil (Brunswick), 5-1. 113 — Aaron Assad (Brecksville) dec. Armando Torres (Elyria), 3-1. 120 — Richie Screptock (Clay) dec. Ben Darmstadt (Elyria), 11-6. 126 — Chance Driscoll (St. Edward) maj. dec. Justin DeMicco (Brecksville), 13-4. 132 — Dean Heil (St. Edward) fall Sonny Lucas (Brecksville), 0:33. 138 — Colin Heffernan (St. Edward) dec. Eli Garcia (Lorain), 4-3. 145 — Edgar Bright (St. Edward) dec. Wyatt Music (Ashland), 8-5. 152 — Markus Scheidel (St. Edward) maj. dec. Damon Dominique (Clay) 13-1. 160 — Quinton Hiles (Brecksville) dec. Nick Stencel (Clay), 13-1. 170 — Tyler Hughes (Brunswick) dec. Tim Knipl (Wadsworth), 3-1. 182 — Domenic Abounader (St. Edward) fall Logan Paul (Westlake), 5:12. 195 — Adam Kluk (Highland) dec. Josh Murphy (Brecksville), 3-2. 220 — Alex Woicehovich (Nordonia) dec. Austin Linden (Brecksville), 4-3. 285 — Marquise Moore (Whitmer) dec. Cale Bonner (Perrysburg), 7-4.

Third place

106 — Marrio Guillen (Perrysburg) fall Tony DeCesare (Nordonia), 3:48. 113 — Sal Corrao (St. Edward) dec. Jared Davis (Clay), 4-2 OT. 120 — Autin Hiles (St. Edward) dec. Drew Dickson (North Ridgeville), 5-3. 126 — Bryan DeRuchie (Amherst) dec. Zack Taylor (Brunswick), 2-1. 132 — Ricky Perez (Strongsville) dec. Heath Phillibert (Nordonia), 7-4. 138 — Mike DeCesare (Nordonia) dec. Mathias Zollinger (Wadsworth), 3-1. 145 — Trey Grine (Fremont Ross) fall Austin Strnad (Brecksville), 2:47. 152 — J.P. Newton (Perrysburg) maj. dec. Peyton Geary (Fremont Ross), 14-3. 160 — Mike Wearsch (Amherst) dec. Robbie Rogers (St. Edward), 4-3. 170 — Troy Lang (Brecksville) dec. Rocco Caywood (Perrysburg), 3-1. 182 — Alex Belaia-Martinouk (North Olmsted) default Edward Silva (Clay). 195 — Gabe Dzuro (St. Edward) dec. Moose Al-Najjar (North Olmsted), 7-3. 220 — Jarrd Gray (Clay) dec. Parker Knapp (St. Edward), 5-1. 285 — Sam Burns (St. Francis deSales) dec. Antonio Zapata (Clay), 6-3.

Fifth place

106 — L.J. Bentley (St. Edward) forfeit Devione Edwards (Lorain). 113 — Brett Thomas (Brunswick) dec. Vince Schneider (Anthoney Wayne), 8-3. Christian Yates (Anthony Wayne) fall Dinny Moore (Whitmer), 1:42. 126 — Adam Salti (Olmsted Falls) maj. dec. Darrion Overall (Elyria), 10-0. 132 — Gavin Nelson (Clay) dec. Alec Herhold (Perrysburg), 7-0. 138 — Grayson Davis (Brecksville) forfeit Dick Kelly (North Olmsted). 145 — Abdulhabib Abdulhabib (Wadsworth) dec. Ryan Roth (Perrysburg) 4-3. 152 — Danny Pushpak (Brecksville) dec. Robbie Bosley (Wadsworth), 4-2. 160 — Jake Sowders (Sylvania Southview) dec. Taylor Workman (Elyria), 11-8. 170 — Shelton Evans (St. Francis deSales) dec. Matt Stencel (Clay), 8-5. 182 —Traevon Dickerson (Mansfield Senior) fall Kadin Llewellyn (Perrysburg), 4:59. 195 — Johnny Arroyo (Maumee) dec. Dennis Breeding (Amherst), 3-2 OT. 220 — Mark Delas (Perrysburg) dec. Peter Krull (St. John’s Jesuit), 10-6. 285 — Trever Chapman (Wooster) forfeit Ralph Nichols (St. Edward).

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Last Updated: 2/23/2013 10:31:07 PM EST

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