COLUMBUS: Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy wrestlers won all five of their opening matches Thursday at the Division III state championships at Value City Arena, as the Royals are third in the team standings with 14 points, Monroeville leads with 17 points and St. Peter Chanel is ssecond with 15.5.
Nathan Tomasello, a freshman (34-5), won by technical fall over Sean Regoli of Carroll Bloom-Carroll 20-4 to advance to Friday's quarterfinal round at 103 pounds.
The other victorious Royals in the first session were Brandon Sommers, who was sixth a year ago at state at 130 pounds.with A reversal and 2-point takedown in the second period gave him a 4-2 win at 145 pounds; Zak Vargo, who was third at 125, won his opening bout at 130 pounds; Matt Meadows at 160 with a 14-7 decision against Shane Pelfrey of Chesapeake; and Alex Utley, a junior at 171, easily defeated Kirby Acus of Reading 12-2.
Other Division III area winners were Tuslaw freshman Zack Nelson moved into the quarterfinals at 119 with a major decision win over Luke Kern of Liberty Center 18-9; Manchester junior Shane Brown with a 5-2 decision over Kyle Burns of Milan Edison; sophomore Zebulun Beam of Waynedale registered win No. 51 defeated Matt king of Huron 13-6; senior Dennis Raber of Orrville with a pin against Jacob Bresciani of Coshocton; Jonathan Beam of Waynedale with a 16-6 major decision over Brandon Tantari of Millbury; senior Justin Schafrath of Chippewa with a pin; and Kyle Kelly of Manchester, also via pin..
At 103, sophomore Kyle Ferguson of Manchester was pinned in his preliminary bout by Zori Fields of Marion Pleasant to drop into the consolation bracket.
Senior Julian Petersheim of Waynedale lost his opening match 7-2 to Marko Gualitieri of West Jefferson, as did Norwayne's Dustin Grier at 112, Brett Snyder of Rootstown at 140, junior Greg Wyant of Orrville at 215and at 285 both Eddie Flinner of Triway and Jordan Richards of Norwayne.
Two of the consolation rounds begin later tonight.