A Page -- Jan 17, 2011

Falls wrestling team shatters record 

of 2001 Bulldog team at Dies 

Memorial; Bulldogs take sixth out of 

43 teams in holiday tourney

Jan. 17, 2011

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Akron- Olmsted Falls High’s varsity wrestling team placed 6th in the 43-team Bill Dies Memorial Tournament over the weekend here on the Firestone mats.

Leading the place winners for the Bulldogs was P.J. Mueller, the Falls 103-pound division wrestler, who wound up taking 3rd.


Others who contributed to the extremely high finish for the Dogs included Chase DuPratt 112 pounds (4th), Nick Asadorian 119 pounds (7th), Brian Slater 145 pounds (6th), and Nick Sommer 160 pounds (4th).

Slater (L) and Asadorian

While the sixth-place finished as a team might not appear as glittering as three tournament titles the Bulldogs won the first six weeks of the season, it ranks among the chief highlights of the still young season when one considers both the level of competition in the tourney and how the Dogs jumped out the gates on the first night like greyhounds on a race track.

Sommer (left) and Dupratt

This group set a school record for most points scored on the first night of the tournament, amassing 50 points Friday night, eclipsing the 43 compiled on the first night by the 2001 Olmsted Falls team.

Incidentally, the 2001 team which 5th in the State that March and won the powerful Medina Invitational.  Those 50-first round points had the Bulldogs in first place after round one.

As further evidence of the Bulldogs’ overall team strength that keeps building as the weeks pass, they had 12 first-round pins, and one regular decision.

"We feel pretty good coming out of the Dies Tournament, but we tell them that they always want to do a little bit better,” Falls coach Bill McGrain said.  “We are certainly making strides in the right direction as it was great to score so well at this high powered tournament.  This team has to potential to be hard to beat."

Next week McGrain plans to split squads with the varsity A group traveling to the New Albany Invitational Saturday, and the the Varsity B unit to the Firelands varsity tournament.

Top Records for Falls belong to: 103- P.J. Mueller 23-5; 112- Chase DuPratt 25-5; 119- Nick Asadorian 22-7; 130- Kyle Kokitka 18-7; 135- Alex Bevilacaqua 19-6; 145- Brian Slater 19-8; 152- Adam Binggeli 19-6; 160- Nick Sommer 23-7; and 171- Alan Binggeli 20-5.

Stow High alumna, Mount Student/Athlete Alyson Kolesar named Swimmer of the Week in the OAC

January 17, 2011 

By Josh Reilly

AUSTINTOWN -- Mount Union junior Alyson Kolesar (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) was honored by the Ohio Athletic Conference as its Swimmer of the Week. She took part in three event wins for the Purple Raiders, who dropped a 136.5-104.5 decision to Ohio Northern on Saturday.


Kolesar set a new Purple Raider school record in the 1,000-yard freestyle, winning the event in 11:00.80. She also won 100 free in :55.67 .

Kolesar also was a member of the winning 400 free relay team along with Taylor Harrison (New Philadelphia/New Philadelphia), Jennie Ciccantelli (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) and Courtney Gabel(Fremont/Fremont Ross), which finished in 3:44.68.

Laura Vernon
Oberlin's Vernon Tabbed Field 
Athlete of the Week in Westlake-
based NCAC

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By Mike Mancini

Westlake– Oberlin College senior Laura Vernon was named as the North Coast Athletic Conference Field Athlete of the Week, the league office here announced today.

Vernon, a native of Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania, cleared 10-feet in the pole vault at Oberlin’s own Dan Kinsey Invitational this past Friday.

Vernon, who is the school record holder in the event, will be back in action with the rest of the Oberlin track and field team members on Saturday afternoon at the Case Western Reserve Spartan Relays.

Brunswick's Katie Crider comes off 

bench to can four three-pointers as 

nationally ranked Mount Union 

explodes for 41-point second half to 

come back to victory in Grove City

By Lenny Reich

January 17, 2011 

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- Down by as many as nine points in the first half and seven at halftime, the nationally ranked Mount Union women's basketball team outscored Grove City, 41-12 in the second half en route to a 65-43 non-conference win tonight in Grove City, Pa.

Katie Crider

Senior guard Katie Crider (Brunswick/Brunswick) came off the bench and hit four three-pointers, three in the second half, as part of a team-best 13-point effort. 

Crider's three-pointer with 12 minutes to play gave the Mount Union a 43-41 lead and Purple Raiders never looked back as they finished the game on a 22-2 run.

Green High alumnae Lauren Forquer (L) and Amanda Rose

Fellow senior Lauren Forquer (North Canton/Green) had 12 off the bench and Amanda Rose(Uniontown/Green) tallied 11 as the other Raiders in double digits.

Mount Union, ranked No. 14 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 18 in the D3hoops.com poll, raises its record to 13-2 overall and runs its non-conference regular season win streak to 16 games.

Christine Slater had a game-high 21 points for Grove City (8-7). Hoover High alumna Leah Gibson had a game-high five assists, and also had six points and five rebounds for the Wolverines against her fellow Stark Countians.

Mount Union returns to Ohio Athletic Conference play Saturday at 2 pm against Otterbein at The McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance.

Preppers’ “brotherhood of Andrews” 

sends passes, scores goals, stops 

shots that just sing; US icers take 

third at Titan Invite

Jan. 17, 2011

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Andrew Megarian raised his record in goal to 4-1-3 in leading University School to third place in the Titan Invitational on the Tam O’Shanter Ice, in a 5-3 Prepper win over Padua in the Consolation game settling third and fourth place.

In fact it was the three Andrews who were blowing the loudest bugles in this one. Andrew Preiser added a goal and two assists and Andrew Musser also had two assists.

Preiser assisted on both of Connor Clemens’ goals. Musser assisted on Preiser’s goal and Kevin DeGulis’ lamplighter. Ian Robertson had two assists and the game-winning goal. Joey Rider also had an assist.

Ian Robertson

Also in the tourney, a third-period comeback fell short in a 2-1 loss to St. John. The third period Prepper goal came off the stick of Preiser, who was set up with assists by Robertson and Clemens.

After having difficulties the first half of the season coming back after getting down early in the game, the Peppers have begun getting the hang of the tenacity ticket, bouncing back after being down 2-0 to Lake Catholic in the first round of preliminary games in the Titan to explode for six goals in two periods on the way to registering a 6-3 rout.

Connor Clemens

Preiser and DeGulis each fired up the lamp twice against the Cougars. Clemens and Robertson also got into the goal-scoring act against the Green and White. Defenseman Zack Weingold and Robertson each attained the playmaker while Conner Judson also reached multiple-assist land with a pair of helpers.

Zack Weingold

Preiser, George Chapman, Jake Weingold, Musser and Clemens also picked up an assist each. Megerian earned the win in goal. DeGulis gained the credit for the game-winning goal.

The Preppers opened up the tournament the first night with a 4-0 blanking of Moeller. Sam Althans posted the shutout to earn his seventh win .in goal.


Robertson’s hat trick provided more than enough offense for the Preppers in this one. The club’s leading scorer scored one goal in each period.

Clemens had two assists while Robertson and Chapman had one each. Preiser scored the other goal.

In a non-league game to end the first half of the Red North season, the goal scoring was spread among four US skaters in a 4-4 tie with Walsh. Joey Ryder, Robertson, Alex Stefanski and Clemens scored the goals.

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Mt. Union Men Defeat Baldwin-

Wallace, 74-70, in Alliance in OAC 

Action for Third Straight Win; 

Olmsted Falls' Dave Pellerite scores

17 for Raiders, Holy Name alum 

Krakowiak a dozen for B-W

By Kevin Ruple

Alliance –  Senior guard Ben Hodkinson and senior forward Dave Pellerite each scored 17 points as the University of Mount Union men’s basketball team defeated Baldwin-Wallace College, 74-70, tonight (Monday, January 17, 2011) in an Ohio Athletic Conference game in the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance.  The victory was the third straight for the the Purple Raiders.


For Mt. Union, now 8-8 overall and 6-3 in the OAC, it also received 16 points from junior forward Matt Wier and 12 from junior forward KJimmy Wood. Pellerite also led all rebounders with 11 for a double-double.  B-W, now 7-8 overall and 3-5 in the OAC, was led by senior guard Zane Meeder (Erie, Pa./ Fairview) with 18 points. In addition, freshman guard Kevin Krakowiak (Valley City/ Parma Heights Holy Name) had 12 points and freshman forward Kyle Payne (Brunswick) had 10.  Sophomore forward Cris Ameen (Broadview Heights/ Walsh Jesuit) led B-W with nine caroms.


In the first half, Mt. Union grabbed a 2-0 lead before B-W scored five straight points to take a 5-2 lead at the 18:26 mark when Krakowiak made a three-pointer. The Purple Raiders then came right back with four straight points of their own for a 6-5 lead at the 17:27 mark when junior forward Jimmy Wood made one of two foul shots.

B-W then went on its own 7-0 run to take a 12-6 lead at the 16:22 mark when Payne made a layup, was fouled, but missed his free throw.  After Mt. Union cut B-W’s lead to 14-12 with 14:34 left in the stanza, B-W went on an 11-point run to build n 11-point lead at 23-12 with 9:45 left when senior guard Taylor Roth (Sandusky/ St. Mary’s Central Catholic) canned a three-pointer.

After B-W built its lead to 12 points at 25-13, Mt. Union scored four straight points to cut the lead to eight points before a pair of Roth foul shots at 5:20 at another pair by Krakowiak at 4:48 pushed it back to 12 at 29-17. Undaunted, Mt. Union scored five straight points to close to 29-22 before a Roth free throw at 3:34 made the score 30-22. The Raiders continued their run as they scored four straight points to cut the lead to four points at 30-26 before rebound basket by sophomore forward Sean Rothermel (Delaware/ Hayes) at 1:46 made the score 32-26.

Mt. Union then tied the game at 32-32 on back-to-back three-pointers by Pellierite at 1:13 and by Hodkinson at 49 seconds and prompt a B-W timeout. The score remained tied at halftime as Mt. Union cloed the first session on a 15-3 run.

In the second half, B-W regained the lead at 37-32 when it scored the first five points, including a three-pointer by Meeder with 19:01 left in the contest. The lead then grew to seven points at 40-32 with 17:54 left when Krakowiak made a trey.  Mt. Union then went on a 10-0 run to take its first lead of the game at 42-40 when Wier canned a long triple with 14:41 left. B-W then came right back to tie the game at 42-42 when Meeder made two foul shots at 14:24.

Mt. Union regained the lead at 44-42 at 12:46 when Hodkinson made a layup. After B-W cut the lead to 44-43 with a free throw, Hodkinson canned a triple at 12:06 to give the Purple Raiders their largest advantage at 47-43.  After The Purple Raiders built a 49-43 lead, B-W went on a 9-4 run to close to 53-52 when freshman guard Grant Fairhurst (Ashland) made a three-pointer at 6:34. Undaunted, Mt. Unin got a pair of foul shots from Wier at 6:17 and a three-pointer by Pellerite at 5:51 to push the lead back to 58-52.

B-W then wet on a 5-0 run of its own to cut the lead to 58-57 when Meeder canned a try at 3:55. Then after a Pellerite basket at 3:41, Meeder made a layup, was fouled and made the free throw at 3:13 to tie the score at 60-60.  The Raiders regained the lead at 62-60 with 3:01 left when freshman guard T.J. Gillespie made two foul shots. The lead then grew to five points at 65-60 at 2:01 when Wier made a layup, was fouled and made the foul shot.

Meeder came right back to make his own basket, was fouled and made the free throw to cut the lead to 65-63 with 1:47 left. A Wood basket at 1:37 gave Mt. Union at 67-63 lead.  With 38 seonds left, Ameen scored, was fouled, but missed the free throw.  Forced to foul, B-W fouled Hodkinson with 32 seconds left and he promptly made both charity tosses for a 69-65 lead.

B-W again cut the lead to two points at 69-67 on a layup by junior All-OAC guard Promis Cabbil (Elyria) with 25 seconds left.  Wood then “iced the game when he made a pair of foul shots with 17 seconds left and Pellerite added two more with nine seconds left to make the score 73-67.  A three-point basket by Fairhurst with three seconds left again cut the lead to 73-70. With 1.3 seconds let, B-W fouled Hodkinson, who missed the first free throw, but ended matters when he made the second.

B-W will return to action on Wednesday, January 19 when it travels to Westerville, Ohio to play OAC-rival Otterbein University in the Rike Center at 7:30 p.m. Fans can listen to all of the action on either campus radio station WBWC, 88.3 FM, or via the WBWC Internet web site at www.wbwc.com. This Saturday, Jan. 22, the B-W men host OAC-rival Marietta College in the nightcap of a women’s and men’s doubleheader in the Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium in the Lou Higgins Center at 4:00 p.m. The B-W and Marietta women tipoff at 2:00 p.m.

In addition, two B-W women’s and men’s basketball doubleheaders will be telecast on SportsTime Ohio this winter. The games are the January 29, 2011 twinbill versus Wilmington College and the Third Annual “Take a Kid to the Game” Day doubleheader versus Ohio Northern University on February 19, 2011.