ELYRIA — Avon’s Jack Roesch wasn’t part of one of the best on-mat lineups in years at Thursday night’s Lorain County All-Star wrestling meet, but he was still the star of the show.
He was named the Division I Wrestler of the Year and then presented with the Paul Reynolds Trophy as Lorain County’s top overall senior wrestler.
“I’m just really grateful that I got the support I did throughout the year,” Roesch said. “I can’t thank my coaches and teammates enough. I’m really appreciative and thankful for all that. It’s just a great way to finish out the year. I’m happy I came out on a good note.”
Roesch placed third at the tough Brecksville Holiday Tournament before finishing as a finalist at the Bill Dies Memorial at Akron Firestone. He followed his regular-season success with a Division I sectional championship and earned his second trip to the state tournament — winning three straight matches to finish as the 285-pound state runner-up.
“It’s been a fun (season), a memorable one, and I think I’ll always look back on it and probably smile at all the memories and the bonds I made with my coaches, teammates and just everybody,” Roesch said. “I’m just grateful I got to experience it with the people that I did.”
Roesch was originally scheduled to wrestle in the 285 first-place match at the All-Star meet, slated to face Midview’s Daniel Bucknavich for the fourth time this season. Bucknavich, who placed fifth at the state tournament, won the previous three matchups but joined Roesch in pulling out of the event.
“It would have been nice (to wrestle), but I have another season to go to, starting Monday, with baseball,” Roesch said.
There were still plenty of spotlight matches. Peyton Fenton, who became Elyria’s first freshman state champion, won a close match against Avon state placer Cael Saxton at 106 pounds, Elyria state runner-up Enrique Munguia edged Elyria Catholic state qualifier Stephen Ferguson at 152 and Bay’s Matthew Cover won 2-1 in the tiebreaker overtime against Avon’s Jordan Greer in a rematch of the season-opening Cobos Insurance Classic final that Greer won in overtime.
Cover was named the Wrestler of the Year in Divisions II-III.
Winning the county’s top award was just another highlight in a stellar senior year for Roesch, who helped the Eagles football team advance to the state semifinals for the second straight season. He will play football for the Air Force Academy in the fall.
“They want me to put on a couple pounds and play defensive tackle for them, and I’m excited to do that,” Roesch said. “I’m excited to get out to basic training (in Colorado Springs, Colo.) in June and represent my area with a lot of poise and honor.”
- The LCWCOA inducted its 2019 Hall of Fame class during the matches: Columbia High’s Ray Anthony Jr., Southview’s Steve Ferguson and Mike Smith and Buckeye’s Tim Maxworthy and Phil Gregor. Longtime coach and official John McKitrick was given the Lifetime Achievement Award.
- Wellington’s Emily Watters and Bay’s Matthew Cover were named the winners of the Frank Fiore/John Hollett Memorial scholarships.
- The LCWCOA Coach of the Year awards went to Elyria’s Erik Burnett and Avon’s Jeremy Johnson (Division I), Bay’s Ryan Cover (Division II), Wellington’s Bill Watters (Division III) and Buckeye’s Steve Rupanovic (Assistant of the Year).
- The LCWCOA Officials of the Year were Craig Heidenger and Jason Sprungel.
106 — FIRST: Peyton Fenton (Elyria) dec. Cael Saxton (Avon), 7-4. THIRD: Logan Cravatas (Buckeye) maj. dec. Josh Hickman (Columbia), 9-1. FIFTH: Corey Haney (Highland) dec. Stephan Tepper (Bay), 7-3.
113 — FIRST: Eddie Pinc (Buckeye) pinned Bryce Allison (Elyria), 3:36. THIRD: Jake Arnold (Cloverleaf) pinned Ethan Sear (Avon), 4:00. FIFTH: Sam Brennamen (Bay) maj. dec. Eric Saddler (Brookside), 9-0.
120 — FIRST: Adam Lough (Amherst) maj. dec. Jerimiah McKee (Wellington), 14-4. THIRD: Armando Lopez (Lorain) dec. Derrick Andolsek (Wellington), 9-5. FIFTH: Emily Watters (Wellington) pinned Katie Vogt-Shields (Buckeye), 1:34.
126 — FIRST: Dylan Shawver (Elyria) maj. dec. Zak Anderson (Midview), 14-4. THIRD: Cade Cass (Cloverleaf) dec. Jordan Yu (Highland), 8-1. FIFTH: Ariah Snyder (Midview) dec. Aurora Davila (Keystone), 7-0.
132 — FIRST: Mick Burnett (Elyria) tech. fall Ethan Shepard (Avon Lake), 18-3. THIRD: Jake Bryson (Highland) pinned Tyler Warren (Brookside), 2:52. FIFTH: Deonte Dean (Lorain) dec. Zach Machesky (Amherst), 6-4.
138 — FIRST: Matt Zuckerman (Elyria) dec. Jakob Koleszar (Vermilion), 3-0. THIRD: James Scavuzzo (Highland) dec. Hunter Yeaples (Black River), 7-0. FIFTH: Cody Greene (Keystone) by default.
145 — FIRST: Tommy Sear (Avon) pinned Daniel Findley (Lorain), 3:36. THIRD: William Scavuzzo (Highland) dec. Andrew Philion (Midview), 5-3. FIFTH: Jared Viancourt (North Ridgeville) dec. Ryan Healy (Keystone), 20-11.
152 — FIRST: Enrique Munguia (Elyria) dec. Stephen Ferguson (Elyria Catholic), 6-3. THIRD: Luke Masisak (Avon) pinned Joey Judson (Cloverleaf), 3:59. FIFTH: Ty Taggert (Avon Lake) maj. dec. Owen Greer (Vermilion), 15-1.
160 — FIRST: Brandy Crawford (Lorain) maj. dec. Griffin Novotny (Bay), 16-8. THIRD: Garrett Hruby (Midview) dec. Jon West (Amherst), 3-0. FIFTH: No match.
170 — FIRST: Brody Stallings (Cloverleaf) dec. Mason Cover (Bay), 5-2. THIRD: Gabe Gayheart (Wellington) dec. Malik Gaddy (Elyria Catholic), 4-2 (SV). FIFTH: Chris Bennett (Vermilion) dec. Jose Moralez (Keystone), 3-2.
182 — FIRST: Clay Carpenter (Amherst) dec. Sage Long (Bay), 3-1 (SV). THIRD: Dustin Wells (Midview) pinned Drake Shaw (Vermilion), 2:30. FIFTH: No match.
195 — FIRST: Matt Cover (Bay) dec. Jordan Greer (Avon), 2-1 (TB). THIRD: Nick Hickman (Keystone) dec. Jack O’Donnel (Highland), 10-6. FIFTH: Austin DiBiasio (Buckeye) pinned Ryan Green (Wellington), 1:26.
220 — FIRST: Andrew Levis (Elyria) pinned Mike Casella (Wellington), 1:55. THIRD: Klevin Micic (Bay) maj. dec. Russell Hellinger (Amherst), 16-6. FIFTH: Brandon Smith (Keystone) dec. Justin Bell (Columbia), 4-2 (SV).
285 — FIRST: Elijah Caraballo (Columbia) pinned Logan Henderson (Cloverleaf), 3:38. THIRD: Jack Decker (Elyria Catholic) dec. Luke Moore (Keystone), 3-1 (SV). FIFTH: Tony Garza (Brookside) by default.