Boys Varsity Wrestling · Rangers place 7th at Riverside Rumble

Five North wrestlers earned a spot on the podium to help the Rangers finish seventh as a team at the 2019 Riverside Rumble over the weekend.

“Overall, I think we wrestled well,” North coach Anthony Grim said. “We have a pretty young squad this year and our numbers are kind of hurting with the levy failing. We’re just working with what we’ve got and trying to fill the lineup.”

The Rangers scored 156 ½ points.

Junior Joey Davis led the way with a third-place finish at 120 pounds.

Davis, who was a district qualifier as a freshman, finished pool wrestling with a 2-1 record. His only loss was to eventual champion Chris Rocha of Riverside.

He opened up bracket wrestling with a loss to Lorain’s Xavier Santiago then responded with a pin and a 9-4 decision to advance to the third-place match where he earned a rematch with Santiago.

Davis avenged his earlier loss to Santiago with a pin in 1 minute, 30 seconds to finish the tournament with a 5-2 record.

“He was battling a pretty tough knee injury and lost his first match and then wrestled his way back and had the same kid and ended up pinning him,” Grim said. “We kind of got the knee injury under control–he had a bruised knee and couldn’t get down on shot and he couldn’t get comfortable in the referee’s position. We got the knee thing under control and he looked like Joey Davis again.”

Also placing for the Rangers were Derick Martinez, who was fourth at 113, John Sethman and Eric Hiser, who placed fifth at 106 and 182, respectively, and Dylan Young, who was sixth at 138.

Sethman was 4-2 on the weekend with three pins and a technical fall. Martinez pinned his way to a 2-0 record in pool wrestling then went 2-2 with two pins in the championship bracket. Young recorded three pins—one in 41 seconds and the other in 40—in pool wrestling and added a fourth fall in the championship bracket. Hiser was 2-1 in pool wrestling with two pins in 31 and 13 seconds. He added a third pin and a decision in the bracket portion of the tournament.

“Sethman and Martinez both kind of surprised me,” Grim said. “Sethman made it about two weeks as a freshman and came back as a junior and it looks like he has been wrestling the whole time. He ran into a tough kid from Brecksville. He had a decent match but ended up falling to him and he had a tough match after that too. He was in a tough half of the bracket. Martinez, who I think is a bit undersized for the 113-pound weight class, came out and gave it his all. He lost to (Dustin) Sweeney from Geneva and a pretty tough freshman from Lorain.”

The Rangers will compete in the Rebel Invitational on Saturday.

Team Scores

1. Geneva 378.5
2. Riverside 271.0
3. Brecksville 228.0
4. Lakeside 207.5
5. Brush 173.5
6. Pymatuning Valley 163.5
7. North 156.5
8. Lorain 124.5
9. Jefferson Area 123.0
10. Orange 120.0
11. Jackson-Milton 115.0
12. Conneaut 101.0
13. Euclid 93.5
14. University School 88.0
15. Holy Name 76.0
16. Chagrin Falls 68.5
17. Geneva B 60.0
18. St. John 32.0


1st-Chase Pluhar (Brecksville) pin Liam Hatgas (Holy Name) 3:46
3rd- Jayden Sabol (Geneva) pin Xzander Natal (Lorain) 0:20
5th-John Sethman (North) pin Jackson Hurwitz (Orange) 1:50

1st- Kaden Frantz (Riverside) pin Dustin Sweeney (Geneva) 1:04
3rd-Santino Humphrey (Lorain) dec. Derick Martinez (North) 8-1
5th-Ayden Gillespi (Geneva B) pin Joseph Armstrong (Jackson-Milton) 2:47

1st- Chris Rocha (Riverside) pin Darian Cowles (Lakeside) 3:50
3rd-Joseph Davis (North) pin Xavier Santiago (Lorain) 1:30
5th- Matt Hatgas (Holy Name) pin Houghston Lockner (Jackson-Milton) 2:30

1st- Yury Pozdneev (Orange) pin Jake Edelman (Pymatuning Valley) 1:31
3rd-Amari Bowers (Conneaut) dec. Mark Sobonya (Riverside) 6-1
5th- Ethan Wannett (Lakeside) pin Francisco Velez (Holy Name) 1:29

1st- Johnny Wayslaw (Geneva) pin William Campbell (Pymatuning Valley) 3:37
3rd- Hunter Nitzsky (Jackson-Milton) pin Jacob Farenchak (Riverside) 3:02
5th-Trent Hodge (Jefferson Area) dec. Tyler Cathcart (St. John) 4-3

1st- Tyler Wittreich (Riverside) dec. Jesse McElroy (Geneva) 10-3
3rd-London Settles (Brush) maj. dec. Gavin Richner (Riverside B) md11-2
5th-Logan Pinkerton (Conneaut) dec. Dylan Young (North) 6-4

1st- Ryan Staton (Jackson-Milton) dec. Max Vanadia (Brecksville) 7-4
3rd-Brett Goff (Geneva) pin Sam Becker*BRE (X1) 0:27
5th-Aidan Mendleson (Brush) dec. Riley Williams*CON (X2) 12-8

1st- Caleb Selman (Geneva) dec. Joe Averill (University School) 9-3
3rd-Ryan Myers (Riverside) pin William Lucas (Brush) 2:10
5th-Kaden Johnston (Jefferson Area) dec. Sam Naffah (Brecksville) 7-4

1st- Danny Martich (Riverside) dec. Nick Campbell (Brecksville) 7-5 OT
3rd-Donell Britten (Brush) pin Alex Weinberg (University School) 2:23
5th-Mike Amato (Geneva) Default Colt Edgar (Jefferson Area) Default

1st- Shawn Earle (Brecksville) pin Tyler Longstaff (Riverside) 3:01
3rd- Cole Vennis (Geneva) maj. dec. Owen McClintock (Chagrin Falls) md9-1
5th- Sam Olson (University School) pin Brent Dietrich (Jefferson Area) 2:30

1st-John Amato (Geneva) pin Christian Leyva (Lakeside) 3:02
3rd-Daren Christine (Conneaut) pin Lucas Woodworth (Jefferson Area) 2:39
5th-Eric Hiser (North) pin Jimmy Thomas*PVA (X1) 1:35

1st- Freddy Lisy (Euclid) pin Kenny Crouch (Pymatuning Valley) 1:44
3rd- Brandon Thomas (Geneva) tech. fall Kaleb Scaine (Lakeside) tf15-0
5th-Noah Daugherty (Riverside) Rajeev Rangaraju (Brecksville)

1st- Charles Taylor (Geneva) pin La`Ron Parks (Euclid) 2:52
3rd- Robbie Delewski (Lakeside) pin Thurmond Adkins (Pymatuning Valley) 0:58
5th-Garrette Siebeneck*LAK (X1) dec. Nkozi Morton (Lorain) 5-2

1st-Tanner Coker (Orange) pin Kevin Pettit (Lakeside) 0:50
3rd- Maliek Williams (Brush) pin Luke Gibbons (Brecksville) 0:58
5th-Brandon Krivacic (Euclid) Default William Ball*EUC (X2) Default