MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS — When it came to the Lorain County contingent at Saturday’s 12th annual Midpark Len Pariano Wrestling Tournament, Clearview was head and shoulders above the rest.
The Clippers advanced five wrestlers to the finals — with Matt Hollingsworth (138 pounds) and Derrick Foster (152) winning individual titles — and finished fifth, only 1.5 points behind Cloverleaf (130-128.5) in the 14-team tournament.
Stow won with 203.5 points, with Hudson (145) and Midpark (144) rounding out the top five.
“We battled some injuries so we only brought seven kids out,” Clearview coach Jason Steadman said. “So to have five of those seven reach the finals is a great thing. These are the five that we’ve been telling all year, ‘All you’ve got to do is believe.’ That’s a big thing with our kids. We believe in them. Everybody else believes in them. But they don’t believe in themselves.”
Just prior to his title match, senior Hollingsworth had just watched his twin brother Mike (132) lose to Cloverleaf’s Mark Heidelman, 7-2. Matt came close to joining his brother on the second spot on the podium.
Leading 3-1, Hollingsworth went for a shot with 10 seconds left and wound up being taken down by Cloverleaf’s Anthony Kozma, tying the score at 3. Just before time expired, Hollingsworth used a move called a Peterson to reverse Kozma to score the winning points and claim his first tournament title of the year.
“I always want my brother to do well, but whatever he does, I just try to block it out and focus on my match,” Matt said. “I just tried to stay solid the whole match and not do anything stupid.”
Two weight classes later, Foster, a junior, was leading Midpark’s Chris Weber 4-0 in the second period before Weber injured his shoulder and could not continue. That gave Foster the title by default.
“Last year, I came here and got fifth place, so to come back here and become a champion feels great,” Foster said. “This allows me to show the ability that I have and show what I’ve been working on.”
Divante Holt (182) and Deion Arnold (285) were runners-up for the Clippers. Holt lost to Stow’s Joe Kollar, 4-2, while Arnold fell to Cloverleaf’s Mark Salamon, 2-1.
The only other area individual champ was Brookside junior Ian Standen (21-3), who went 3-0 in at 145 with two pins.. He claimed his first-ever tournament title with a pin of Hudson’s Braden Wright in 1:49.
“This means a whole lot to me,” Standen said. “I’ve been waiting forever to become a tournament champion. Besides the Vermilion Tournament (which is in a round-robin format), this is the first time I’ve ever gone through a tournament undefeated and placed first in the whole thing.”
Standen helped the Cardinals finish 10th as he was one of five Brookside wrestlers to place in the top six, joining Aiden Wonder (sixth, 120), Devin French (third, 126), Steve Horvath (fifth, 152) and Ivan Mendoza (fifth, 220).
“I think Ian took third or fourth here last year, and coming in, my team’s been on a good high,” Brookside coach Brian Behrendt said. “We didn’t wrestle as well as we would have liked to against Clearview Thursday, but we were pumped up coming in here.”
Avon Lake (eighth) led all area teams with six overall placers in the top six — Anthony Gerome (fourth, 106), Zach Klima (fifth, 113), Chris Chakirelis (fourth, 120), Joey Bernosky (fifth, 126), Tyler Mayer (third, 152) and Jason Barnicle (third, 160).
“We entered six guys, and everybody placed,” Avon Lake coach Nick Mayer said. “We’re excited about it because we have a thin team and we’re in a rebuilding period with a new coaching staff and a bunch of youth.”
Columbia (11th, 61) and the Elyria White (13th, 50.5) rounded out area entrants.
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TEAM STANDINGS: 1. Stow 203, 2. Hudson 145, 3. Midpark 144, 4. Cloverleaf 130, 5. Clearview 128.5, 6. Rocky River 117, 7. Lakewood 108, 8. Avon Lake 91, 9. Brooklyn 86, 10. Brookside 80, 11. Columbia 61, 12. Berea 51.5, 13. Elyria White 50.5, 14. Chagrin Falls 34, 15. All-Stars 2.
106: FIRST: Kyle Jenkins (Stow) maj. dec. Aaron Kelly (Rocky River), 11-2; THIRD: Justin Clark (Columbia) dec. Anthony Gerome (Avon Lake), 10-3; FIFTH: Hadley Vadyak (Hudson) pinned Austin Zairns (Brooklyn), 1:50.
113: FIRST: Greg Briggs (Cloverleaf) dec. Dan Mahoney (Rocky River), 8-1; THIRD: Dominic Meehan (Brooklyn) pinned Darrian Meadows (Elyria), 1:34; FIFTH: Zach Klima (Avon Lake) tech. fall Andrew Nicholson (Lakewood), 22-7.
120: FIRST: Brad Sprau (Rocky River) pined Ben Boysel (Hudson), 5:36; THIRD: Justin George (Stow) dec. Chris Chakirelis (Avon Lake), 12-10; FIFTH: Alec Lunney (Midpark) pinned Aidan Wonder (Brookside), 1:23.
126: FIRST: Lewis Roginsky (Brooklyn) maj. dec. Chris Motter (Hudson), 14-3; THIRD: Devin French (Brookside) dec. Ricky Renton (Chagrin Falls), 5-0; FIFTH: Joey Bernosky (Avon Lake) pinned John Goff (Lakewood), 4:01.
132: FIRST: Mark Heidelman (Cloverleaf) dec. Mike Hollingsworth (Clearview), 7-2; THIRD: Nathan Allen (Stow) dec. Austin Hopperton (Berea), 4-2; FIFTH: Luke Roginsky (Brooklyn) pinned Collin Hall (Hudson), :16.
138: FIRST: Matt Hollingsworth (Clearview) dec. Anthony Kozma (Cloverleaf), 5-3; THIRD: Sam Delashmitt (Berea) pinned Mike Dolan (Elyria), 2:52; FIFTH: Nate Meadows (Midpark) dec. Roman Krizan (Lakewood), 8-2.
145: FIRST: Ian Standen (Brookside) pinned Braden Wright (Hudson), 1:49; THIRD: Jacob Seal (Stow) def. Justin Flanigan (Elyria) by forfeit; FIFTH: Ryan Pascal (Cloverleaf) dec. David Krizan (Lakewood), 1-0.
152: FIRST: Derrick Foster (Clearview) def. Chris Weber (Midpark) by inj. default; THIRD: Tyler Mayer (Avon Lake) dec. Brandon Medina (Columbia), 5-0; FIFTH: Steve Horvath (Brookside) dec. Kyle Collins (Stow), 7-6.
160: FIRST: Hunter Massey (Stow) pinned Karlos Ortiz (Midpark), 1:09; THIRD: Jason Barnicle (Avon Lake) pinned Jimi Smith (Rocky River), 4:46; FIFTH: Abe Fattah (Lakewood) pinned Ryan Kolp (Berea), 2:37.
170: FIRST: Nick Planicka (Stow) pinned Will Brewer (Midpark), 4:20; THIRD: Michael Delsanter (Hudson) maj. dec. Kevin Chester (Cloverleaf), 13-4; FIFTH: Ralph Johnson (Lakewood) maj. dec. Nick Rodgers (Rocky River), 9-0.
182: FIRST: Joe Kollar (Stow) dec. Divante Holt (Clearview), 4-2; THIRD: Austin Kozma (Cloverleaf) pinned Desmond Maddox (Chagrin Falls), 2:20; FIFTH: Zak Kulina (Lakewood) pinned Alex Shumaker (Columbia), 2:23.
195: FIRST: Gage Finegan (Stow) pinned Jose Caraballo (Columbia), :35; THIRD: Gabe Vehar (Hudson) pinned Daryl Graham (Brooklyn), 1:16; FIFTH: Billy Nicol (Midpark) pinned Dalton Harmuth (Berea), :45.
220: FIRST: John Hoffman (Midpark) pinned Matt Slater (Hudson), 2:58; THIRD: Emanuel Lewis (Lakewood) pinned Chris Wright (Stow), :35; FIFTH: Ivan Mendoza (Brookside) dec. Bill Kelly (Rocky River), 8-3.
285: FIRST: Mark Salamon (Cloverleaf) dec. Deion Arnold (Clearview), 2-1; THIRD: Roberto Sclimenti (Lakewood) dec. Sam Manesh (Midpark), 3-2; FIFTH: Jesse Singler (Rocky River) pinned Dan Brenner (Elyria), :21.