A Page -- Jan. 24, 2011

Busy weekend for Olmsted 

Falls wrestling team; 

Bulldogs win two team 

championships in New 

Albany, take a fifth team 

finish at Firelands and claim 

six individual champions in 

two places combined

Jan. 24, 2011

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Olmsted Falls’ wrestling team split its varsity squad over the weekend, sending some of the varsity to New Albany as the Varsity A Team and the test with some JV wrestlers to the Firelands Tournament, coming away with a combined six champions.

It was a busy weekend for the Falls wrestlers, who have either won or placed high in every tournament they have been in this year and are now gearing up for their big night Friday, when the alumni return for a special “old-timers’” meet.


P.J. Mueller-- champion in New Albany

The evening will start early, right around after school, as it will also be a community day, which includes some competition between the various local youth wrestling groups.

Nick Asadorian, another New Albany champ

Five of the individual championships were earned in New Albany and one in Henrietta Township. As usual, the Bulldogs also had a slew of placers in the second, third and fourth spots at both sites.


The Varsity A competed at the 18 Team New Albany Invitational Saturday.   The tournament was a unique format, as the wrestlers competed in an individual tournament, and then in a dual-meet tournament, which is what the state of Ohio will be doing in two years for the post season.  
Individual New Albany champ Alex Bevilacqua

The team won the individual tournament, and then was placed in the dual meet championships, and defeated Kenton Ridge 51-23 in the Semifinals, and Midpark 41-24 for the championship.

Champions: P.J. Mueller 103, Nick Asadorian 119, Alex Bevilacqua 135, Nick Sommer 160, and Scott Linville 215.
Runners-Up: Chase DuPratt 112,  Brian Slater 145, Adam Binggeli 152.

3rd Place: Scott Ahern 140, Jerimiah Roig 189

 4th Place: Kyle Kokitka 130, Alan Binggeli 160
 5th Place: Michael Hansinger 125, Richie Rader 189.

"We have given the kids a lot of different looks this year in preparing for the upcoming State Tournament series and they have responded each time, " said Falls
 Coach Bill McGrain.  "Now that we are through the bulk of our tournament series, we can concentrate on some little things the rest of the way.  The boys are wrestling with a lot of desire, and we look forward to continuing on." 

McGrain also sent a Varsity B  team to the Firelands tournament, and the squad finished 5th.  Individual Place winners were: Adam Salti CHAMPION, L.J. Yurick 2nd, Austin Balnius 3rd, Travis Devericks 3rd, Basil Saadeh 4th, and Joe Gibson 4th.

Seniors will be honored at 6:00 p.m. this Friday Evening right before the North Olmsted Dual Meet.
 Alumni will be recognized Friday Evening at the midpoint of the tri meet with North Olmsted and Chardon. The program will also be inducting four former wrestlers into the Olmsted Falls Wrestling Hall of Fame: T.J. Hellickson '97, Paul Hodermarsky '99, Nick Pfaff '99, and Kyle Stoffer '01. 
 103 P.J. Mueller 27-6
112 Chase DuPratt 29-5
119 Nick Asadorian 27-7
135 Alex Bevilacqua 24-6
152 Adam Binggeli 22-8
160 Nick Sommer 26-7
171 Alan Binggeli 22-8

Lorain's Shawn Chrapczynski among Three Yeomen Honored by the NCAC this week
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Westlake – The North Coast Athletic Conference honored Alexander GuoShawn Chrapczynski and Joanna Johnson as Athletes of the Week, the league office here announced. 

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Solon's Jacobson, Ravenna's Dukes, Olmsted Falls' Jurcak named Athletes of the Week in UAA for C. Reserve

Jan 24, 2011
By Nick Minerd

PITTSFORD, NY – A trio of Case Western Reserve University Student/Athletes were selected as University Athletic Association Athletes of the Week, announced by the conference office on Monday, January 24. Junior wrestler Isaac Dukes (Ravenna, OH/Ravenna), freshman diver Dan Jacobson (Solon, OH/Solon)and junior sprinter Matt Jurcak (Olmsted Falls, OH/Olmsted Falls) of men’s track & field were each recognized for their accomplishments over the weekend.

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L to R -- Jacobson, Jurcak, Dukes 

North Ridgeville girls bowl 1,708 

against ghost team; S/A of the 

Week Devan Freeman has high 


Jan. 24, 2011

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


All four bowling teams had a match scheduled tonight, but the only problem the two girls’ teams ran into was that on the schedule was St. Ignatius, so, since it is a single-sex school, only half the teams had an opponent tonight.

Without any St. Joe Academy or Magnificat team along as a companion team to go with the Wildcats, the Ranger gals just bowled against themselves, which has also happened around the league in co-ed schools who do not have enough interested girls to have a team.

Devan Freeman

Devan Freeman, who was the Student/Athlete-Cleveland Student/Athlete of the Week last week (see Friday, Jan. 21 A Page by accessing from the left pane), had the best night for the Rangers against another ghost team tonight, rolling a 176, followed by a 156 for a two-game total of 332.

Here’s how the Rangers stacked up against the no-girls school: Shauna Shields 126-83-209; Samantha Crist 111-123-234, Devan Freeman 176-156-332, Ashley Schoonover 180-147 -327, Cassie Pawlak 126-168-294. In the baker games they were161-151-312.

The two-game Ranger team total was 880-828-1708.

The Rangers, 10-2, go up against next-door neighbor North Olmsted Wednesday at Strikeout Lanes.

Three Baldwin-Wallace Student/Athletes 

Selected As OAC Players of the Week

Jan. 24, 2011

BEREA – Baldwin-Wallace College senior thrower Kevin Phipps (Reynoldsburg/Watkins Memorial), senior 197-pound wrestler Tristan Stoll (Milan/Edison) and sophomore diving sensation Julie Pinter (Broadview Heights/Brecksville-Broadview Heights) are this week’s (January 24, 2011) Ohio Athletic Conference Men’s Field Athlete of the Week, Wrestler of the Week and Women’s Swimmer of the Week, respectively, for their efforts last week.
Phipps (L) and Stoll
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CSU's New Home Court -- Paramount Tennis Club in Westlake

The Viking Report. -- CSU Sports this week 

Vikings tennis teams get new home courts in Westlake

January 24, 2011 

By Brian McCann

With the temperature dropping into single digits in the Greater Cleveland area, Viking athletic teams will take to the road this week.

The men's basketball team will attempt to get a better grasp on first place in the Horizon League when the Vikings head to Chicago for a pair of games.  CSU will play at UIC on Thursday (Jan. 27) at 7:00 p.m. CST (8:00 p.m. in Cleveland) before closing the trip with a 3:00 p.m. CST contest (4:00 p.m. in Cleveland) at Loyola on Saturday (Jan. 29).  The Vikings begin the week tied with Valparaiso for first place in the league standings with a 7-2 record.

The women's basketball team will play just one game, closing the first half of the league schedule by playing at Youngstown State on Saturday (Jan. 29) at 1:05 p.m.  CSU is in fourth place in the league standings with a 4-4 record.

After tying the school record for wins in a season over the weekend, the women's swimming team will attempt to break the mark when the Vikings travel to Bowling Green on Wednesday (Jan. 26).  CSU is 14-3 this season.

The tennis teams are the only squads that will play at home.  The women will be at Bowling Green on Friday (Jan. 28) before both squads return home to host IPFW on Saturday (Jan. 29) at 6:00 p.m. at the Paramount Tennis Club in Westlake.

The wrestling team will continue its Eastern Wrestling League schedule on Saturday (Jan. 29) when the Vikings travel to Edinboro for a 7:00 p.m. dual match.

The fencing teams will be in South Bend, Indiana to take part in the two-day Notre Dame Duals.  Action will take place on Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 29-30.

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Two Stark County gals named

Jessica -- Carpenter from North 

Canton and Lairson from 

Louisville -- 

spark B-W win over 

18th ranked Mount Union -- a 

Stark County university

Jan. 24, 2011, 9:12 p.m. EST

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


BEREA – While it was sort of a homecoming for the 13 Student/Athletes on Mount Union’s basketball team who played their high school ball at one Cuyahoga or Summit County school or another, including a half dozen from West Side communities, it was a pair of gals named Jessica from Stark County who had the hot hand and they happened to be wearing the Brown and Gold, leading first-place Baldwin-Wallace to an Ohio Athletic Conference basketball victory, 74-53, here in the Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium.

Hoover High alumna Jess Carpenter and Louisville High graduate Jessica Lairson were the top marksmen of the evening while their counterparts from the college just a handful of miles from their home towns, came in chilling, as the Yellow Jackets were able to sizzle to a 9-0 lead to start the game, and then overcome a 28-27 halftime deficit and jumped out to a double-digit lead within the first five minutes of the second half.

The second-half splurge was spurred by the outside shooting of Carpenter and Lairson.


 Listen to post-game interview with B-W Student/Athlete Jess Carpenter, conducted by Norm after tonight’s Jackets-Raiders game, by clicking and downloading


Lairson made three three-pointers in the first nine minutes of the first half and wound up 17 points, including four from the three land, while Carpenter scored a game-high and career-high 28 points, including three from beyond the arc.  


Listen to post-game interview with B-W Student/Athlete Jess Lairson, conducted by Norm after tonight’s Jackets-Raiders game, by clicking and downloading


Lairson's 17 was also a career best.

On defense, Carpenter held Westlake's Rosa LaMattina, one of league's leading scorers, to only two points.

B-W came out as hot in the second half as it did in the first half, bolting out to an 18-6 run in the first five minutes to take an 11-point lead, 45-34. Louisville High alumna Jessica Lairson, who ironically grew up just a few miles from the Mount Union Campus, hit a pair of threes and a two, Olmsted Falls High product Rachel Rossman dropped in a couple twos and Hoover’s Jess Carpenter also had four points in the run.

Mount made it a 6-point game again, 46-39, after Brunswick’s Katie Crider hit a three and Tierney Allen added a basket,

The Purple Raiders were able to get back to within six points, 48-42, on a basket by North Omlsted’s Kori Wiedt, but another Lairson three made it a nine-point game again and then a pair of threes by Megan Frisina gave B-W first another 11-point advantage, 53-42, with nine minutes to go and then a 14-point lead, 56-42, with eight minutes left.

Form there, the Yellow Jackets never looked back and maintained at least a share of first place in the OAC.


Listen to post-game interview with B-W Student/Athlete Rachel Rossman, conducted by Norm after tonight’s Jackets-Raiders game, by clicking and downloading


The Yellow Jackets were not without any local production either, as Rachel Rossman, who played high school ball down Bagley Road here at Olmsted Falls, had a game-high six assists and also had seven points.

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After a cold-shooting start out of the gates, 18th ranked Mount Union finally found the groove and had made it an exciting game during the last 15 minuts of the half, leading B-W at halftime, 28-27,  in a key.

The Purple Raiders comeback came through a combination of free throws, long-rang shooting from the bench and quick baskets created by scrappy defense.

Baldwin-Wallace dashed out to a 9-0 lead within the first four minutes of the game as the cold-shooting Raiders missed their first seven shots from the field of the game, forcing Suzie Venet to take a timeout with 16:20 to go in the half.

Carpenter and Jacket leading scorer Amanda Schroeder each hit a couple baskets in the 9-0 run.

Walsh Jesuit grad Erin Schmidt broke the shutout with a pair of free throws with 15:45 left and then the Raiders finally attained their first field goal with 15:20 to go when Green High alumna Lauren Forquer drove to the hoop for the basket off a Rosa LaMattina pass.

An old fashioned three-point play by Lexie Rohrbach gave B-W a 10-point lead and an Olivia French putback gave them another one at 14-4.

Baskets by Green grad Amanda Rose and Nordonia product Brittany Kilgore and a bench-contributed three by Alliance native Tierney Allen put the Raiders back into the game, 16-13, at the midway point of the first half.

It was at the foul line where Mount was to tie the game, 16-16, at the 7:58 mark when Brunswick’s Katie Crider was sent to the line twice, making 3 of 4 tosses.

Mount took its first lead with 7:17 to go in the half when Rose went in for a layup, making it 18-16.

B-W grabbed the lead right back on a three-pointer by Lairson, which was immediately dittoed by Allen at the other end to shift it back in favor of the Purple and Black.

Mount then created a couple of opportunities with its defense, Rose and Perry alumna Taylor Hartung, another Stark Countian from the Federal League, scoring on the fast-break layups.

A Carpenter three brought B-W to within one, 25-24, with four minutes to go in the half and then she cc’d that with the three from the left corner with 2:25 left in the half for another B-W lead, 27-26.

Kilgore’s free throws with 1:50 to go gave it back to the guests, 28-27.

Crider and Kilgore led all Mount scorers with 10 points each. Kilgore had a team-high eight rebounds.
B-W's Catherine Spisak lead all rebounders with 12.

Walsh Jesuit alum Pat Brennan, 

Stow grad Jeff Grater named 

Academic All-Ohio as B-W 


Jan. 24, 2011

By Jeff Miller

BEREA -- Senior midfielder Jeff Grater (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) and sophomore Pat Brennan (Akron/Walsh Jesuit) have been selected as first-team Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association (OCSA) Academic All-Ohio team.
Brennan (left) and Grater
Grater, an accounting major who carries a 3.92 grade point average, finished his career in the Brown & Gold as a two-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Great Lakes Region and three-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) selection, including being named the 2010 OAC Midfielder of the Year.

Also a two-time Academic All-OAC selection and a two-time first-team ESPN Academic All-District IV player, Grater was selected to NSCAA Senior College Men’s Scholar All-America Team and was the Most Valuable Player at this season’s SUNY-Fredonia (N.Y.) Tournament and led B-W to a team title.

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