"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 27, 2011

Plain Dealer Player-of-the-Week: Zak Adkins

Congrats to Senior Zak Adkins who was chosen as the Cleveland Plain Dealer Player-of-the-Week for this week.
Last week, Zak went 5-0 with 5 pins to lead the team to a 4-1 record.
Zak had 4 first period pins and one in the second period in beating Shaker Heights, Benedictine, Geneva, Conneaut, and Bedford.
On the season, Zak is now 29-3 with 19 pins. Great job Zak!

News-Herald Article in Thursday's Paper!

High school wrestling notes: Euclid's avenue going right way

Thursday, January 27, 2011

By John Kampf

If you see Euclid coach Mike Turk these days, you will likely see him with a smile on his face.

It's not just because the Panthers, at 11-5 (4-0 in the Lake Erie League), are having their best season in recent memory.

For the first time in a long while, Turk has a full deck with which to play.

"We have our first full team in years," Turk said, "with underclassmen from 103-140 and a good upperclassmen core from 145-189 whom have taken a leadership role to teach our young guys what they must do to succeed."

A full lineup has made a big difference for Euclid. Instead of giving away free points via forfeits, the Panthers are competing from top to bottom.

Last week, Euclid went to Shaker Heights and came home with a convincing 48-27 win. A few days later, they played third in the TK Duals in Geneva, defeating Benedictine (57-24) and Conneaut (46-36) before losing to host Geneva (47-28).

"We only won one match against Geneva last year and were shut out against them the year before," Turk said, pointing out his program's marked improvement.

In the third-place match, Euclid defeated league foe Bedford, 40-32. Freshman Jeremy Adkins helped clinch the victory with a pin.

"We found out (Tuesday) after a doctor visit that Jeremy had a broken rib as he picked up those victories," Turk said.

Besides Jeremy Adkins, other standouts at the TK Duals were senior 145-pounder Zak Adkins (5-0 with five pins), senior 171-pounder Dylan Norwood (5-0) and junior 160-pounder Rynell Roper (5-0). All three have 29 wins already this season with plenty of time left to eclipse 40 wins.

As excited as he is about the season to date, in particular the previous week, Turk said his team is aware of the rigors that await them. For instance, the Panthers will join Mentor and Maple Heights in a triangular on Friday.

"They are all gaining confidence and coming together as a family," Turk said. "It has, thus far, been a very rewarding season, but it gets tougher in the coming weeks. (Friday's triangular) should tell us where we are and what we need to improve on."

More on Friday

Mentor will hold an alumni night on Friday as part of its triangular against visiting Euclid and Maple Heights. The match starts at 6 p.m.. All Mentor alumni are asked to arrive between 6:30 and 6:45 p.m. Alumni members will be announced prior to Mentor's match with Maple Heights, a tradition-rich bout that dates back to the old Greater Cleveland Conference.

Maple and Euclid will wrestle at 6, followed by Mentor and Maple, with the Cardinals and Panthers wrestling in the finale.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Darsheed Mustafa - Euclid High - Perry Pin City - Rhodes - 1/7/2011

Reggie Phillips - Euclid High - Perry Pin City - Harvey - 1/7/2011

Dylan Norwood - Euclid High - Perry Pin City - Newbury - 1/7/2011

Zak Adkins - Euclid High - Perry Pin City - Harvey - 1/7/2011

Robert Reeves - Euclid High - CSU JV Tournament - Green - 12/22/2010

Romano's kid singing!

Week Six: Geneva T.K.Duals

The wrestling team traveled to Geneva for the T.K. Duals this past weekend.
They were competing in a team pool dual meet competition. In their pool were the host Geneva Eagles, Benedictine, and Conneaut. The other pool was Jefferson, Bedford, John Marshall, and Manchester. The top two teams from each pool would meet for a first place match, and so on.
Our first match was against Benedictine and we came out strong with a 57-24 victory.
Next up was Geneva, who shut us out three years ago and who only one wrestler won last year against. We started slow with the lower weights, but then started wrestling well in the middle. The final score was a respectable 47-28 defeat, but a big improvement over the last two years.
Next up was Conneaut. A victory would send us to the third place match against the 2-1 team from the other gym. The match again did not start well with the grapplers losing the first two matches before Darsheed Mustafa picked up a win. The next two matches were losses that put the team down by the score of 24 to 6. The upperclassmen then got us back on track, led by Zak Adkins, David Cozart, Rynell Roper, and Dylan Norwood all getting pins and six team points. This pushed us into the lead 30-24. Lamar Gunter posted a 12-4 major decision to increase our lead to 34-24. Noah Brown was pinned in 30 seconds and Conneaut was now behind 34-30 going into the heavyweight match. Sophomore Linje Ross attacked his opponent off the opening whistle and secured the pin in 11 seconds. Next up was the 103 class with the Panthers holding a 40-30 lead. Freshman Ebrahim Elbagory was facing Alesha Zappitella, a nationally ranked female wrestler, with only two matches left. He was overwhelmed and pinned in 14 seconds by Alesha, thus setting up the climatic ending. The Panthers held a 40-36 lead with Freshman Jeremy Adkins wrestling for the win. Jeremy scored first with a takedown but was penalized with a locking hands call for a 2-1 lead after the first period. Starting from the down position, Jeremy scored a reversal and 2 near fall points, but then was reversed. The score was now 6-3 when Jeremy got another reversal and the pin in 3:46. He helped secure the 46-36 victory as the team went wild. What a big win by the freshman.
The wrestlers then went to the other gym to see who they would face in the third place match. Bedford and Jefferson were battling it out. The final score was a tie, 33-33. It came down to tie-breakers and Bedford came out on top. We would face the Bearcats, a L.E.L. foe, for the third place match.
Bedford struck first with a 14 second pin in the 125lb. match. We then countered with a pin at 130lb. Bedford then won two more by pin to take a 18-6 lead. Zak Adkins got us back on track with a 52 second pin before David Cozart lost by pin to Devonte Smith of Bedford. After six matches, the score was 24-12 Bedford. Rynell Roper ignited a streak with a major decision. Dylan Norwood pinned in 3:27 and Lamar Gunter had a 6-0 decision to push the team ahead 25-24. Noah Brown lost by a major decision 12-2 and Bedford took the lead 28-25. Linje Ross stepped up big time with a pin in the second period to put the team up 31-28. Ebrahim Elbagory won by forfeit to make the score 37-28 with two matches to go. If Jeremy Adkins could win at 112, it didn't matter what the outcome of the last match would be. After a scoreless first period, Bedford escaped to start the second and nobody could secure a takedown. Going into the third period, the score was 1-0. Jeremy had his own escape and tied the score up. There were some failed attempts at takedowns the rest of the period and regulation time ended with the score 1-1. In the one minute overtime period, Jeremy set up his shot and secured the takedown to win 3-1. This win was big because it brought home the dual victory and the third place finish for our team. Mike Figer lost a hard fought battle in the last match to make the final score 40-32.
What a great finish, especially a year after a last place showing at the same dual tournament. The team is really coming together and we are quietly putting up a great season. The wins on Saturday push our overall record to 11-5 and 4-0 in the L.E.L. I could not be any happier right now for the wrestlers. Keep it up!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Dylan Norwood - Euclid High School - Perry Pin City - Madison - 1/7/2011

Zak Adkins - Euclid High - Perry Pin City - Trinity - 1/7/2011

Jeremy Adkins - Euclid High - Perry Pin City - Brookfield - 1/7/2011

Lamar Gunter - Euclid High - Perry Pin City - Grand Valley - 1/7/2011

Week Seven: L.E.L. Tri. @ Mentor

*I just got an e-mail from Mentor reminding us that next Friday's match against Mentor and Maple Heights starts at 6:00 PM. I think it was originally set for 5:30 PM on our schedule.

Week Six: Shaker Heights

Last night, the Euclid wrestling team traveled to Shaker Heights to face them in a dual for the first time in around 8 years. The match started with the Red Raiders forfeiting the 103 weight class. Shaker then won the next three matches in a row to take a 15-6 lead. Darsheed Mustafa scored a needed pin to pull the score within a victory, 15-12. We then lost the next two matches by a decision and pin and Shaker increased their lead to 24-12. Shaker then ran into the wrecking crew of upper-classmen and Zak Adkins, David Cozart, Rynell Roper, Dylan Norwood all pinned and Lamar Gunter and Noah Brown picked up forfeits that allowed us to take a commanding 48-24 lead going into the last match. Linje Ross dropped a close 4-3 decision for the final dual score of 48-27. The Panthers leave Shaker still undefeated in the Lake Erie League at 4-0. Great job wrestlers!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Jeremy Adkins - Euclid High School - 1/6/2011 - Chagrin Falls

Dylan Norwood - Euclid High School - 1/6/2011 - Chagrin Falls

Mike Figer - Euclid High School - 1/6/2011 - Chagrin Falls

Noah Brown - Euclid High School - 1/6/2011 Chagrin Falls

Zak Adkins - Euclid High School - 1/6/2011 - Chagrin Falls

Rynell Roper - Euclid High School - 1/6/2011 - Chagrin Falls

Lamar Gunter - Euclid High School - 1/6/2011 - Chagrin Falls

Jared Clinton - Euclid High School - 1/6/2011 - Chagrin Falls

The Allergic Reaction

Hard Work

It's not the will to win that matters- everyone has that. It's the will to prepare to win that matters.- Paul "Bear" Bryant

Week Six: Updated Stats

(You can access these on by typing in beast as the code word.) We are past the halfway point of the season and we have some battles going on for team leaders in many categories.
For most wins there is a three-way tie at 24 between Dylan Norwood, Zak Adkins, and Rynell Roper.
Pins are all separated by just a couple, with Dylan in the lead with 15, followed by Zak @ 14, Rynell @ 13 and Lamar @ 11.
Team points are close too. Zak leads with 128. Dylan is right behind with 125, and Rynell has 119.
Takedowns belong to Rynell with 61 and Dylan with 60.
Escapes have another three-way tie between Zak, Anthony Martin, and Reggie Phillips.
Freshman Jeremy Adkins and Senior Dylan Norwood are tied atop the reversal list with 7 each, followed by Jared Clinton with 6.
Lastly, nearfalls are dominated by Zak Adkins with 31. Next up is 16 each by Dylan and Rynell.
Nice work fellas!

Week Six: Preview

This week takes us to two events. On Thursday, we will travel to Shaker Heights for a dual and to try to stay undefeated in the L.E.L. The match will begin at 5:30PM at the home of the Red Raiders. On Saturday, we will make the long haul out to Geneva to participate in the T.K. Duals. We are in pool 1 and are scheduled to face the host Eagles, Conneaut, and league rival Bedford. In pool 2, the teams are Jefferson, Manchester, Benedictine, and Wickliffe. We meet the team with the same record as us after pool rounds are completed. Wrestling starts at 10:00AM.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Week Five: Maple Hts. Maroon and White Duals

On Saturday the team traveled to Maple Heights for the first Maroon and White Dual Tournament. Maple Hts. coach, Jamie Milkovich wants this to be a tournament of inner-ring schools to gain five matches in a day and some exposure to colleges. We began the day against the host Mustangs Maroon team and took one on the chin by a 57-21 score. We bounced back in the next round with a 54-30 victory over Wickliffe. We continued the day by beating a Maple Hts. White team 60-22. Three-in-a-row was the goal when we took on John Adams and came away with a 47-27 victory. Going into the last match of the day, against Glenville, the team was looking to close with yet another win. That would be denied, with the Panthers dropping a close 39-35 dual to the Tarblooders. The match could have been different if we did not have to forfeit the 152 lb. weight class. After weigh-ins, our starter had an allergic reaction and his face started expanding, (Pictures to come) and he had to leave to get treatment. Otherwise, it was a successful day and we walked away with a 3-2 dual meet record. Overall, we are now 7-4 and 3-0 in the L.E.L. Keep up the good work Panthers!

Week Five: L.E.L. Shaw, Warrensville Hts.

What an exciting week! Thursday's match at East Cleveland Shaw was an adventure. First the team was dropped off at the wrong school. When wrestling Shaw you think you should go to Shaw High School. Well that was not the case. After myself and a few wrestlers had started going through the metal detectors they told us that we needed to go to Heritage Middle School. The team turns around to get back on the bus only to see it leaving the parking lot. If you haven't been to East Cleveland in some time, let me tell you, it is a wonderful place to be stranded. Plus we needed to get to weigh-ins. A call to the bus garage and within 10 minutes we had our bus back. Once we got to the right school and got settled in, we dismantled an overwhelmed Warrensville Heights team 67-9. This made us 2-0 in the L.E.L. The headline match was against Shaw, which had defeated us twice last year. With revenge on our minds we got out to a hot start by winning the first four matches. We lost the next three, with two by pins and Shaw was waging a comeback. We picked up two forfeits to stop the Cardinals momentum, then Shaw pinned the next four opponents to pull ahead by the score of 40-36 going into the last match. Senior captain Zak Adkins versus the Shaw captain. Zak did what he needed to do for the team and was able to secure the pin in the second period and the team victory. Great job by the Panthers to pull out a win and remain undefeated in the L.E.L. at 3-0.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Hard Work

"Most men stop when they begin to tire. Good men go until they think they are going to collapse. But the very best know their mind tires before the body, and push themselves further and further, beyond all limits. Only when their limits are shattered can the attainable be reached."
Mark Mysnyk
Iowa Wrestling

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Week Five: Preview

This week has our Panthers traveling to East Cleveland, on Thursday, to take on Shaw and Warrensville Heights in a key L.E.L. match-up. We are currently 1-0 in the L.E.L. and need both of these matches if we want to contend for the league title. Weigh-ins are at 4:30PM with wrestling to start at 5:30PM.
On Saturday, we will travel to Maple Heights for the Maroon and White Quad. Weigh-ins are at 9:00AM. Wrestling starts at 11:00AM.
The schedule is as follows:
9:00AM Weigh-in
11:00AM Maple Hts. Maroon - Mat 1
12:30PM Wickliffe - Mat 3
2:00PM Maple Hts. White - Mat 3
3:30PM John Adams - Mat 2
5:00PM Glenville - Mat 2
(all round times are approximate)

Week Four: Perry Pin City Tournament

The wrestling team traveled out to Perry, Ohio for the fifth consecutive year for the Pin City Tournament, held at the big fieldhouse. Last year, with a snow day postponing the tournament and making it into a one-day tournament, our team finished in dead last. We improved this year, by a remarkable 11 spots, to finish in 6th place.
In addition to our team improvement, we also had three finalists, and one champion, with Dylan Norwood @ 171 taking home the title. Zak Adkins and Rynell Roper fell just short of their goal with a runner-up finish. Lamar Gunter, who continues to wrestle well, came in fourth for the Panthers. Rounding out the placers in the championship bracket were Jeremy Adkins, 7th @ 112 and Michael Hobson, 8th @ 189.
The consolation bracket success of some of our wrestlers greatly helped us climb the leader board. Anthony Martin and Noah Brown took home consolation championships. Darsheed Mustafa finished second and Robert Reeves, Mike Figer, Jared Clinton, and Reggie Phillips all finished in 4th.
The coaches are very proud of how the team is progressing as we enter the dual meet portion of our season. Keep up the great work wrestlers!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Mike Figer vs. Riverside

Darsheed Mustafa - Euclid High School - 1/6/2011

Lamar Gunter - Euclid High School - 1/6/2011

Noah Brown - Euclid High School - 1/6/2011

Dylan Norwood - Euclid High School - 1/6/2011

Jarod Clinton - Euclid High School - 1/6/2011

Rynell Roper - Euclid High School - 1/6/2011

Week Four: Home Match 1/6/11

The Panthers hosted the first of only two home matches of the year on Thursday night in the Doc Daugherty Gym at Euclid High School. In this super tri. they took on league foe Cleveland Heights and Chagrin Falls. Collinwood was also there to wrestle the other teams, but not Euclid. The Panthers opened with a 66-16 victory over the game Tigers of Cleveland Heights. Recording wins for the team were Jeremy Adkins, Mike Figer, Reggie Phillips, Zak Adkins, and Kenneth Reese through forfeits. Pins were provided by Jared Clinton, Darsheed Mustafa, Rynell Roper, Dylan Norwood, Lamar Gunter, and Noah Brown.

In the next match the Panthers took on the Tigers of Chagrin Falls, a team that defeated us last year by the score of 52-18. This year we turned the tables and beat them 53-17. What a remarkable turnaround from last year. Winning for the Panthers were Ebrahim Elbagory, Jeremy Adkins, Jared Clinton, Darsheed Mustafa, Reggie Phillips, Zak Adkins, Rynell Roper, Dylan Norwood, Lamar Gunter, and Noah Brown.

What a great night of wrestling. The team has really improved since the very first dual meets and they are gelling together with a good mixture of seniors and newcomers. I am excited to see how far we progress.

Videos will be posted soon.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

My boys are ready for the home match

Week Four: Preview

Week four is a busy week for the team. Everyone is rested and ready for our first home match, on Thursday, and the Perry Pin City tournament, on Friday and Saturday.
On Thursday at 5:30 PM we will have a Super Tri. in the East Gym, with Cleveland Heights, Chagrin Falls, and Collinwood. Weigh-ins will begin at 4:30 PM. On Mat 1, Cleveland Heights will take on Euclid and on Mat 2 Chagrin Falls will challenge Collinwood. After that, Euclid will battle Chagrin Falls on Mat 1, while Collinwood will wrestle Cleveland Heights. The match with Cleveland Heights will be for league records in the L.E.L. The new system this year is that the wrestler and team with the best record, after wrestling all the L.E.L. teams is the L.E.L. Champion. There is no L.E.L. dual meet tournament this year to determine champions.
On Friday, we will leave school early to weigh-in at Perry by 2:30 PM and wrestling starts at 5:00 PM. On Saturday, we will weigh-in at 8:00 AM and start wrestling at 10:00 AM. The schools that will be there are Brookfield, Benedictine, Conneaut, Edgewood, Grand Valley, Harvey, Madison, Mentor, Orange, Perry, Riverside, St.Edward White, Trinity, and West Geauga. It is set up like Riverside was, with four pools on Friday and the two best records advance to the championship bracket on Saturday's double-elimination final day. The bottom two in the pool go in the consolation bracket.
Good luck Panthers!

Week Three: CSU Freshman/JV Tournament

Week three, during winter break, saw the varsity with the week off, while the freshmen and JV traveled to downtown Cleveland for the CSU Freshmen/JV Open. The historic Woodling Gym was packed with 8 mats and over 40 teams from around Greater Cleveland and even as far away as Columbus and Erie, PA. In the double elimination tournament, we got off to a great start winning the first 4 matches. We had 12 wrestlers on hand and all but 4 received wins at the tourney. Lu-Ray Baker, Jared Clinton, Jermaine Tolbert, Montay Jordan, and Robert Reeves all secured their first victories of the year. Robert Reeves impressed with two second period pins for his first ever career wins and Jermaine Tolbert set the bar high with 12 takedowns in a 28-13 win. Darsheed went the furthest and was one match away from placing. Overall, the team gained invaluable experience on the mat over the holiday season and will benefit in the future from it. Good job guys!

Week Two: Normandy Kalin Invitational

The team continued their improvement with a 6th place showing at the Kalin Invitational at Parma Normandy. We narrowly missed a top-five finish by 2 points. The squad was led by two finalists, who won their pools, in Senior Zak Adkins and Junior Rynell Roper. Both had unfortunate setbacks in the finals, however. Zak, @ 145lbs., lost in overtime from a game opponent from Orange. Rynell, @ 160lbs., finished as runner-up for the second consecutive year. He had a one point lead, with around 20 seconds left, when he gave up a rare takedown, thus losing by one. Both wrestlers were in both matches until the very end and we are pleased with their progress so far this season. Continuing his hot streak was Dylan Norwood, who finished in 3rd to raise his record to 11-2 on the year. Also placing on the podium for the Panthers were Darsheed Mustafa, David Cozart, and Lamar Gunter, while all finishing in fourth. Overall, we are happy with the results and there is room for improvement. We are not where we want to be, but the team is working hard to get there.

Monday, January 3, 2011

State Tickets

I have applications for tickets to the OHSAA State Wrestling Tournament held on March 3rd, 4th, and 5th.

These are upper bowl (terrace) seating and are $50.00 for each seat. There is a processing fee of $7.00 for 1-9 tickets, $16.00 for 10-29 tickets, and $20.00 for 30 or more.

This application must be postmarked no later than Jan. 11th. 2011. If you plan on purchasing tickets, please contact Coach Turk to make payment arrangements. All seats will be together by purchasing the tickets in this way.

The OHSAA State Tournament has been consistently rated as the best high school wrestling tournament in the country and something that every wrestler should see at least once.