A Page -- Nov. 20, 2010

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At Lutheran West, Ressler's 

wrestlers are a mix of depth

and inexperience; 30-match 

winner Brad Watson heads 

up group of returning veterans

Nov. 20, 2010

Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


ROCKY RIVER – As more and more of Dave Ressler’s wrestlers(no tongue twister intended) move on to become Student/Athletes at the collegiate level, the program back home here at Lutheran West continues to climb upward and attain new heights with each season.

Two of Ressler’s former S/As are competing in wrestling at the college level, two others are playing Division III college football and Colin McHugh has successfully made the huge jump from Division V Student/Athletics at West to Division I college Student/Athletics as the long snapper the past three years for the bowl-bound Toledo Rockets.

This moving of S/As on to the next level has stirred more and more interest in wrestling at West. Ressler does have depth with 26 wrestlers on the roster, making it possible to avoid having to forfeit many, if any, points in dual meets.


“It will give us a chance to fill all the weight classes and have some depth in the case of injuries,” said Ressler. “We are relatively inexperienced but the good numbers should allow us to challenge for our division.”

He does return 12 wrestlers, including 10 lettermen from last year’s 10-10 team that struggled its division of the Patriot Athletic Conference with a 2-6 dual record.

Among the key grapplers back are Brad Watson (Sr. 31-13, District Qualifier, 2nd team All- Conference; Captain); Kurt Guelker (Sr. 14 wins, Captain); Ryan Rusnak (Jr. 20 wins, 5th @ sectionals, Captain); John Graw (senior, varsity); Ian Kroyer (Sr., varsity); Corbin Schneider (Sr., varsity) Jack Stillman (Jr., varsity); Gabriel Petkac (Jr., varsity); Andrew Liese (So. Varsity); Bryce Deblock and (So. Varsity).



Gilmour's boys' basketball team 

reloading; 10 new faces will don 

the varsity blue and white of the 

Lancers this winter

Nov. 20, 2010

Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


GATES MILLS – Reload time is what Gilmour’s boys’ basketball team has been experiencing during the first couple weeks of practices since all five starters from the 2009-10 Lancer unit graduated in June.

“We’re looking to develop young players so that they will be able to contribute when called upon,” said 13th-year Lancer coach Dave Pfundstein. “With only four returning players at the varsity level, none of whom were starters, this year’s team is very young with little to no experience at this level.  We have 10 new players looking to contribute and there is a huge learning curve. On the up side, there is a lot of room to grow and there will be tremendous opportunities for healthy competition amongst players to earn playing time.”


The Lancers say goodbye to the talents of nine 2010 graduates which makes for quite a new look in the Lancer lineup this season.  This year’s team will feature four seniors, eight juniors and two sophomores.

The foursome of returning players include Connor Deckard 6-feet-3i-inch Forward/Center, 12th grade, 1 letter earned), Michael Zavagno (6-4, F/C, 12, 2), Sam Handy (6-4, F/C, 12, 1), Devan Anderson (6-0, G    ,11, 1).

With the decimation through graduation, 10 new faces will don the blue and white varsity uniforms this year at one time or another during 2010-11. Newcomers include Kevin Dagg (6-3, F/C, 12), Rob Catanese (6-1, G,11), Nick Celeste (6-6, C,11),  Brad Gazdag (5-11, G, 11),  Kevin Gleason (5-11, G, 11),  Justyn Greene (6-3, G, 11), Andrew Link (6-1, G/F,11), Randy Keller (5-11, G/F, 11), David Linane (5-9, G, 10), and Charlie Sullivan (6-1, F, 10).



#2 Mount Union blanks St. Lawrence in first 

round; Coach Kehres gets 300th win against 

the school of his namesake

November 20, 2010 

By Lenny Reich

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Mount Union head football coach Larry Kehres recorded his 300th career victory as the No. 2-ranked Purple Raiders defeated St. Lawrence, 49-0, in an NCAA Tournament first-round matchup at Mount Union Stadium today.


Sophomore quarterback Neal Seaman (Louisville/Louisville) completed 16 of 22 passes for 215 yards and four touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Cecil Shorts III (Cleveland/Collinwood) also excelled for Mount Union's offense, finishing with eight catches for 139 yards and three touchdowns.

On their first possession, the Purple Raiders turned the ball over on downs after stalling on the Saints' 16-yard line.



Chardon's Erin Hollinger Pours in 

Game-high 18; Spartan Women 

Start Fast and Never Look Back

in 80-48 Win versus Earlham at 

Radisson Classic: B-W Next 

in All Cleveland College Game

By Nick Minerd

PITTSBURGH, PA – Junior forward Erin Hollinger (Chardon, OH/Chardon) led three Spartans in double-figures with a game-high 18 points as the Case Western Reserve University women’s basketball team made it two-for-two at the 2010 Radisson Classic with an 80-48 victory versus Earlham College (IN) on Saturday, November 20 at Skibo Gymnasium on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University (PA). 


With their 2-0 weekend at CMU, the Spartans improve to 3-0 overall and return home to host cross-town rival Baldwin-Wallace College this Tuesday, November 23 at 7:00 p.m. at Horsburgh Gymnasium in Cleveland. With its loss, Earlham drops to 0-3.



Perry alum, Mount runner Ty Griffin 

finishes 144th at nationals

November 20, 2010 

WAVERLY, Iowa--University of Mount Union senior Ty Griffin (Massillon/Massillon Perry) finished 144th with a time of 25:43.5 at the 2010 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships today in Waverly, Iowa.

It was Griffin's third straight appearance in the national meet as he posted a 79th place finish in 2008 and 96th place finish a year ago. 

Ty Griffin is now a two-time All-Region runner. (Photo by Jerry Reilly)

Griffin claimed the Ohio Athletic Conference individual title and led the Purple Raiders to the team title three weeks ago.  He finishes his career as a four-time All-OAC and two-time All-Great Lakes Region selection. 

The national meet was also the final meet for Mount Union hall of fame coach John Homon.  Homon in his 31st season has coached 14 men's cross country All-Americans and gotten the team to the NCAA Championships 13 times.  His best team finish came in 1997 when the Raiders finished second in the nation.








By Brendan Bergen

WAVERLY, IA – Case Western Reserve University senior Justine Jeroski (Murrysville, PA/Franklin) definitely saved her best for last. In her final cross country race as a Spartan, she placed 11th at the NCAA Division III Championship meet, becoming a three-time All-American and the top women’s finisher in school history. Jeroski also was the top runner from an Ohio school as the Spartans placed 18th as a team.


Jeroski completed the 6k course in 21:28.6, the top time for any runner from the four Ohio schools represented. She bested rival runners Kim Chinn  (Baldwin-Wallace College) and Joanna Johnson (Oberlin College), who were 13th and 16th, respectively.


Junior Natalia Cabrera (Shaker Heights, OH/Shaker Heights) was the second Spartan to finish with a time of 22:30.9, good for 74th place.



Johnson Earns Third All-America Honor as Yeowomen Place 27th
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Waverly, Iowa 
– Senior Joanna Johnson became one of the few people in the history of Division III Cross Country to earn three NCAA All-America honors as she led the Oberlin College Yeowomen to a 27th place finish at the NCAA Championship meet on Saturday afternoon. 

Johnson completed the 6K trek through the Max Cross Country Course at Wartburg College in 21:33.7 to finish 16th overall. The Chico, California, native was in the lead pack at the one-mile mark and was in fifth place after two miles. She concludes her cross country career as the greatest Yeowomen runner in school history. 

“While I feel we didn’t run our best race today, I am still proud of what this team was able to accomplish this season,” Head Coach Ray Appenheimer said. “We are a young group who will be graduating just one runner this year, so we have the core in place to take us back here every year.”

Hiram College Men’s Basketball Falls to Geneva (Pa.) College in Tournament Championship Game

November 20th, 2010

By Jeff Hoedt

BEAVER FALLS, PA.  –  Junior guard Andrew Wiegand (Amherst/Firelands) scored a game-high 27 points, including connecting on five three-pointers, but it would not be enough as the Hiram College men’s basketball team fell, 90-74, against Geneva College today (Saturday, Nov. 20) in the championship game of the Geveva College Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Tournament in Beaver Falls, Pa.  [Game Stats]

Brush alum Jamaal Watkins

With the loss, the Terriers are now 2-1 overall, while the Golden Tornadoes improve to 2-0 overall for the season.

Hiram led for a good portion of the first half and recorded its largest lead of the game of nine points, 26-17, at the 9:29 minute mark on a layup by junior guard Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid/Brush) that ended a 10-0 scoring run.  Geneva answered with a 10-0 run of its own to regain the lead, 27-26, with 6:01 left to play in the period and would take a 41-35 edge into halftime.



Ravenna's Isaac Dukes wins

title at Concordia 

Mequon, WI – Junior Isaac Dukes (Ravenna, OH/Ravenna) defeated six straight opponents with three pins to win the individual championship in the 149 pound weight class at the Concordia University (WI) Open on Saturday, November 20. 


Dukes, seeded first in the field, dismissed his first three opponents hastily. The defending national champion pinned Hannibal-LaGrange College’s (MO) Kyle Chabela in 2:14 to advance past the first round. Dukes then beat Loras College’s (IN) Joe Wood in 1:45 with another fall before earning another pin on the University of Chicago’s (IL) Joseph Ruettiger in 6:12.


From there on out it got a bit more challenging, as Dukes won a technical fall against York College’s Bryan Williams and a major decision, 9-1, against Wabash College’s (IN) Jake Strausbaugh. In the championship match, Dukes won another major decision, 13-2, against the tournament’s third-seed, Kris Magruder, from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.


In the 197 pound class, sophomore Peter Heggs (Shaker Heights, OH/Shaker Heights) pinned Loras College’s Steve Lonergan before dropping an 8-1 decision to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside’s Malcolm Briggs, who was ranked second in the bracket. Heggs finished the day 1-2 overall.

Shaker Heights High alum Pete Heggs


Junior heavyweight Cale Harter (Mt. Pleasant, MI/Mt. Pleasant) pinned two opponents in the 285 pound consolation bracket, rebounding to defeat the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Cody Ybarra in 2:50 after dropping his first match against seventh-seeded John Burke of Triton College (IL). Harter also pinned Northland College’s (WI) Sam Hamilton in just 27 seconds. He finished the tournament with a 2-2 overall record.


Thundering herd of St. Ed rambles 

to 42-14 win over Solon in D-I 

regional title game

 Nov. 20, 2010

 By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


PARMA – Hundreds of years ago on this land, American Indian philosophers looked in the skies and took note of whenever they saw Eagles in the sky, there would be thunder followed by rain and subsequently coined the term “Thunderbird” (an Eagle).

Whether their causal analysis was sound or not, their theories fit the St. Edward Eagle offense to the letter as the 13-0 football team thundered for 35 first-half points on the way to 42-14 win over Solon in the Division I high school football regional championship tonight here on Byers Field in Bob Boulton Stadium.


St. Edward erupted for three touchdowns in the first quarter to open up a commanding 21-0 on Solon, and then added two more TDs in the second quarter and then the final score of the night in the fourth quarter.

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All S/A Action Photos by 

Duane Sycz and Jason Keressi

of DRS Photography


St. Ed wasted no time in getting on the scoreboard. Without putting the ball in the air even once, the Eagles went 80 yards in 10 plays in the first offensive series of the game right after the opening kickoff.

Terrell Bates carried seven times in the drive for 46 yards in the drive, scoring on a one-yard run. Mike DiNunzio remained perfect on points after touchdown, kicking his 58th in 58 tries this season to make it 7-0 with 9:14 to play in the first quarter.

Kevin Burke and Reggie Terrell carried for the other yardage in the drive.

Before the initial period was even half over, St. Ed had a 14-0 lead. The Eagles drove 55 yards in five plays and took only 1:11 to do it, scoring on the first pass of the game, a four-yard toss from Burke to Sam Grant with 6:01 to go in the half.

St. Ed quarterback Kevin Burke

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The Eagle offensive explosion erupted one more time before the quarter was over, this time scoring TD No. 3 on a Burke pass that soared like an Eagle on its way into the hands of Colin McManamon down the left sidelines. The Irish Connection bomb for the score went for 62 yards. DiNunzio made it 60 for 60 on the year to make it 21-0 with still 1:54 to play in the first quarter.

305-pound junior offensive lineman Kyle Kalis

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As things segued into the second quarter, the Eagle offense continued to make it look easier. Their fourth scoring drive took a grand total of 12 seconds to accomplish, the Eagles making it 28-0 on a two-play drive. Bates carried on both plays and DiNunzio made it 28-0 with 11:43 left in the half on the 61st in 61 tries.

It appeared as if Solon earned a moral victory when the defense finally stopped the St. Ed offense and put the Eagles into a momentary punting situation midway through the second quarter aided on a tackle for loss by Nick Davidson. However, when St. Ed lined up to punt, an encroachment penalty on the Comets gave the Eagles another first down and put the offense back on the field.

Finally, the Eagles did punt with just over four minutes to play in the half. Yet it didn’t matter as Eds got the ball back again on another Solon special teams mishap and Bates scored again, making it 35-0 (in conjunction with DiNunzio’s “automatic”) on a two-yard run with 40 seconds to go in the half.

While the offense of Solon sputtered all night, converting on only one of five fourth-down conversion attempts through three quarters, the defense finally got the Comets on the board.

Ryan Schwenke returned an interception 44 yards for a TD with 4:37 left in the third and Alex Knight converted on the PAT to make it a 35-7 game.

Chris Humphrey finally got the offense in gear, dashing for a 56-yard TD run on a quarterback keeper with  2:29 to go in the third period to make it 35-14 (with the Knight kick).

It charged up the Solon defense, which registered a stop on the next series, forcing a St. Ed punt.

In turn, St. Ed came up with pivotal special teams and defensive plays to help rid the Comets of any serious ideas. First Chris Cameron launched a 50-yard punt and then Deonte Gibson, Don Pavlov and Sam Martello registered tackles for losses to get the ball back for the offense to start the fourth quarter.

Burke added a fourth quarter score in which he outaced the entire Solon defense on the quarterback keeper.

Baldwin-Wallace College Senior Kim 

Chinn Places 13th at the 2010

NCAA Division III National Cross 

Country Championship Meet

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA – Baldwin-Wallace College senior Kim Chinn (Zanesville/ West Muskingum) placed a school all-time-best 13th of 279 total runners at today's (Saturday, November 20, 2010) NCAA Division III National Championship Meet, hosted by Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, to earn Division III All-American status. It marks the second NCAA appearance for Chinn in cross country.


Chinn, a mass communicatons major, covered the 4K course in a school-record time of 21:31 overall. She is the first Yellow Jacket women to earn Division III All-American honor in cross country.

Chinn earned her trip to Iowa based on her third place finish at last weekend's NCAA Division III Great Lakes Region finish at Hope College of Michigan. It marked Chinn's third straight All-Great Lakes Region finish (Top-35 runners).  A year ago, she placed 117th at the Division III national meet, which B-W was the host school.  In addition, last spring, Chinn was the national runner-up in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in outdoor track to claim All-America acclaim in that sport.



Mount wins Mount Duals; Lutheran West alum 

Josh Malave, Hoban grad Bill Schindel go 4-0

ALLIANCE, Ohio--The No. 29 ranked Mount Union wrestling team posted a 4-0 record to win the Mount Union Duals today at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance.

The Purple Raiders were the only team to post a perfect 4-0 record that was highlighted by a 22-15 win over nationally ranked No. 21 Wilkes (Pa.).  Mount Union also had wins over King's (Pa.), 39-6, Lycoming (Pa.), 26-12 and Thiel (Pa.), 25-14.

Junior Josh Malave (Cleveland/Lutheran West) at 141 and senior Bill Schindel (Tallmadge/Akron Hoban) ranked No. 4 in the nation at 197 both posted 4-0 records on the day.

Malave (l)) Schindel

Malave scored a pair of pins against Anthony Dietrick of King's in 1:45 and Mike Klosiewicz of Thiel in :58.  He also tallied a 3-1 win against AJ Fisher of Wilkes and a 7-2 win over Andrew Lewis of Lycoming.

Schindel got a pin against Matt Steltzer of King's in 4:09, then edged out a 2-1 win against Kyle Crouthamel of Lycoming (Pa.), next was a 6-1 win over Seth Gray of Wilkes and finished the day with a 5-0 shutout of Matt Mullett.

Yellow Jacket Wrestlers Finish 1-3 at the Mt. 

Union Duals; Leonhard, Scavuzzo go 4-0

BEREA, OHIO --  Senior 165-pounder Korey Leonhard (Kinsman/ Pymatuning Valley) and classmate and 174-pounder Andrew Scavuzzo (Cuyahoga Falls/ Woodridge) each had perfect 4-0 records, but the Baldwin-Wallace College wrestling team compiled a 1-3 overall record at the 2010 University of Mount Union Duals today (Saturday, November 20) in the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance, Ohio.

The Yellow Jackets, now 2-3 overall this season in dual matches, lost to Lycoming (Pa.) College in the first round, 25-17; beat Kings (Pa.) College in the second round, 26-19; lost to the College of Mount St. Joseph, 31-21, in the third round; and lost to No.21-ranked Wilkes (Pa.) University, 43-8, in the final round.  B-W was hindered by having to forfeit at both 184 and 197 pounds due to injuries to its grapplers.

Leonhard defeated Lycoming’s Jonathan Secor, 2-0; won a major decision over Kings Frank Marinucci, 8-0; pinned Mount St. Joseph’s Cory Disbennett in 4:27; and defeated Wilkes’ Brandon Dixon, 7-3 en route to his 4-0 mark as he improved to 8-2 this season.  Scavuzzo earned a major decision over Lycoming’s Jefferson Thomas, 11-2; won another major with a 10-0 whitewash of King’s Jerry Robbins; pinned Mt. St. Joe’s Justin Meineke in 2:05; and scored a technical fall against Wilkes’ Mike Bowersox en route to his 4-0 slate as he improved to 9-0 this season.

In addition to Leonhard and Scavuzzo, junior 125-pounder Jeremy Dombrady (Copley) and freshman 133-pounder Andrew Taylor (Columbus/ Worthington Kilbourne) each fashioned 3-1 marks and both junior 141-pounder Grant Steward (Columbus/ Worthington KIlbourne) and junior 285-poundr Ryan Jones (Uniontown/ Lake) each had a 2-2 mark.  For the season, Dombrady has a 7-3 record, Taylor is 7-3, Steward is 5-4 and Jones is 5-4 overall.

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