"Anybody can win the matches you can dominate, but it's the tough matches that are going to make the difference."
- Jim Zalesky, University of Iowa

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Week 7 Results

Wow! What an amazing dual meet!

The Panthers defeated their rivals for the first time in 6 years with an exciting come-from-behind victory in the last match.

In the first dual, the Panthers took on the Wickliffe Blue Devils and easily won 60-15. Wickliffe forfeited many weights and had no chance in the match.

In the second dual, which was the headliner, Euclid took on the host VASJ Vikings. We had not defeated them for 6 years. The match started poorly with the home team winning the first three matches and taking a 12-0 lead. It was a back and forth battle the rest of the way out and we fought to a 36-33 lead going into the last match.
(If VASJ won the next match by a decision, they would tie, or if they won by a major decision or pin, they would win the match)

Junior Jacob Perpar stepped up in a big way and won his match by a technical fall, 15 point victory, to bring home a 41-33 team victory.

Great Job wrestlers!

Friday, January 25, 2008

Week 7 Information

Rivalry Week

The Panthers will take on the Vikings this week in a neighborhood rivalry that dates back many years. Also included in the match-up are the Wickliffe Blue Devils.

Match information is as follows:
Wrestlers need to be back at the high school by 4:30PM to ride the bus the short distance to VASJ
(They will not be allowed to wait in the wrestling room until 4:30)
Weigh-ins are at 5PM
Wrestling starts at 6PM
Admission is $8 Adults $5 Students (This is due to the fundraiser that VASJ is having which is a pasta dinner following the match)
We are only bringing the starters to the match due to the dinner. Other wrestlers are welcome to come and attend but must pay at the gate.

This should be a great match for us as we prepare for sectionals and districts.

Good Luck and Sink the Vikings!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Week 6 Results

Our team picked up our first tournament trophy in five years with a second place finish at the Joe Searcy Memorial Bedford Invitational Tournament on Saturday.

Leading the many placers that helped us to the runner-up finish was Ibrahim Shafau 1st @ 112. Finishing in second was Payton Wainwright @ 112, Ronnie Adkins @ 145, Jacob Perpar @ 160, Anthony Black @ 189, and Dustin Cromie @215.

Also wrestling in the finals were Tim Lake 3rd, Rayshawn Abrams 4th, Brandon Eggelston 3rd, and William Wilburn 3rd.

Earlier in the day, for other placement positions, these following wrestlers prevailed and placed for the team. Kevin Carney 7th, Kevin Conroy 5th, Robert Schwartz 5th, Noland Renfroe 5th, and Edwin Chandler 6th.

Great job wrestlers lets keep it up!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Week 6 Information

The wrestling team travels back to Bedford for the Joe Searcy Memorial Bedford Bearcat Invitational Wrestling Tournament or the JSMBBIWT. This is a one day tournament on Saturday Jan. 19. Weigh-ins will begin at 8AM.

The teams competing will be;
Chagrin Falls
Canton McKinley
Lutheran West
Maple Heights B
Warrensville Heights

Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams. Individual awards will be given for wrestlers placing 1st-4th. The champion in each weight will receive a championship t-shirt and a wall chart. There also will be an award for MVW and fastest pin.

Entry fee for students is $2 and $5 for adults. They will clear the gym and recharge for the finals which begin at 7PM. Concessions will be available all day.

Week 5 Results

Chagrin Falls Results:

Our team first took on Independence from the CVC before the host Tigers on their parents night. We defeated Independence by the score of 38-35. We only won 4 of 11 head-to-head matches against them. However, they forfeited 3 weight classes thus allowing us to squeak by with a win.

Against the host team we won convincingly by the score of 78-6. We only lost one match on the night. Chagrin is having a down year in numbers and are dealing with many injuries. As a result, they had to forfeit 7 weight classes. In the other 7 matches that were wrestled, we were victorious in 6 of them, all by pins.

L.E.L. Duals Results:

We took a undefeated dual meet record into the L.E.L.'s hoping to win the league for the first time in 22 years. In the opening match, we defeated a full Admiral King squad by the score of 39-27. They had finished 3rd in the L.E.L. a year ago.
In the second match we were beaten by the defending L.E.L. champion Bedford Bearcats by the score of 42-34. We had a good chance for the upset with some big early wins, however, bonus points are what hurt us the most. Bonus points are extra points over a decision. A decision is winning by 1 to 7 over the opponent. Those are 3 team points. A major decision is 4 team points, a technical fall is 5 team points, and pins are 6 points. We unfortunately gave up too many pins in our losses. Of the 14 matches wrestled, we went 7-7. So you see the bonus points really sunk us.
We bounced back in the next two matches to take out Warrensville Heights and Shaw by the combined score of 126-22. As a result, we finished second in the league.
Even though we did not accomplish our team goal, some individuals made the All-L.E.L. team. Ibrahim Shafau, William Wilburn, Ronnie Adkins, and Dustin Cromie made 1st team by going 4-0. Anthony Thomas, Landel Carter, Jacob Perpar, Anthony Black, and Brandon Eggleston made 2nd team. That makes 9, of the 13 wrestlers we brought, all league. Congrats.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Upcoming Week 5 Schedule

Yesterday at practice we had wrestle-offs for the next two weeks.

On Thursday we travel to Chagrin Falls for a tri match with the host and Independence. Weigh-ins are at 5PM and wrestling starts at 6PM. We hope to stay undefeated in dual meets and add to our 2-0 record.

Saturday brings the L.E.L. duals at Bedford. Weigh-ins are at 9AM and wrestling starts at 10AM. There are five teams fighting for the title of champion this year. Euclid, Warrensville Heights, East Cleveland Shaw, Admiral King, and defending champions Bedford. There will be five rounds of wrestling and each team will have a bye. The teams are seeded by their finish in the L.E.L. duals last year. #1 BEDFORD #2 ADMIRAL KING #3 EUCLID #4 WARRENSVILLE HTS. #5 SHAW.

The schedule is as follows;

ROUND 1 (10:00-11:15AM)
ROUND 2 (11:20-12:30PM)
ROUND 3 (12:35-1:50PM)
ROUND 4 (1:55-3:10PM)
ROUND 5 (3:15-4:30PM)

Week 4 Results

The team finished 9th in the Perry Pin City Tournament this past weekend. Ronnie Adkins picked up our team Wrestler-of-the-Week award and the New Herald Player of the Week award for his first place finish at 145 pounds. He went 5-0 on the weekend, with 3 pins, a decision in the semis, and a 12-2 major decision in the finals. He now has a 14-4 record on the year. Dustin Cromie finished 3rd over a wrestler who has beaten him twice this year already. His 7-1 win in the finals increased his record to a team best 15-5 with 11 pins, also leading the team. Other placers for the team were Tim Lake and Brandon Eggleston, both 4th, and Jacob Perpar in 5th. In the consolation white bracket, we had two who finished in first and received medals. Anthony Black (189) and William Wilburn (!35) each took home these. Other placers in the white bracket were Noland Renfroe 2nd and Payton Wainwright 3rd. Overall, the coaches are very happy with how the squad acted as a team and that they were 4.5 points out of 5th place. Keep up the good work wrestlers.