Rootstown senior Travis Linton won his second Bill Dies Memorial Wrestling Tournament title in a row Saturday at Firestone High School.
Linton is hoping to get his second consecutive Division III state title in March in Columbus. He is looking good so far this season and is enjoying his time on the mat.
“Everyone is coming after me now,” Linton said. “It is different. I used to be going after everyone. It is just great being No. 1 and being the target. I love it.”
Linton’s triumph Saturday came at 180 pounds. He wrestled at 170 last year.
Norwayne junior Kollin Moore wrestled at 160 Saturday and won his second Dies title. He is 26-0 this season after going 55-1 last season and finishing as the Division III state runner-up at 152.
“It bothers me every day,” Moore said regarding the state final loss. “I have a reminder on my [cell] phone. It eats at me. I have a reminder that says ‘You got second at state last year.’ It shows up at 7 o’clock every morning when I wake up.”
Brunswick freshman Ethan Rivera (113), Norton junior Sean Rutherford (220) and Manchester senior Jacob Hanzel (285) each won their first Dies title.
A Buzz on the mat
Brecksville won its sixth Dies championship in a row and had 11 wrestlers place in the top five of a weight class.
The Bees scored 324.5 points in the 43-team event and five wrestlers won individual titles: sophomore Jarod Bronstrup (106), junior Austin Assad (120), sophomore Austin Hiles (132), junior Sonny Lucas (138) and senior Josh Murphy (195). Assad and Lucas are two-time winners.
Brecksville’s other placers were senior Grayson Davis (second, 145), freshman Luke Strnad (second, 152), freshman Jason Bronstrup (third, 113), senior Austin Strnad (third, 160), junior Troy Lang (third, 170) and sophomore Eddie Sternad (fifth, 220).
“We wrestle a pretty tough schedule,” Brecksville coach Todd Haverdill said. “When you come out of the Ironman, the Beast of the East and Brecksville Tournament, I think our kids were very well prepared to wrestle in a big tournament like this.
“The thing that stands out the most to me is that we had two freshmen in our lineup that took second and third. Our little guy at 113 pounds [Jason Bronstrup] won seven matches. All seven matches were by bonus points and he finished third here.”
Elsewhere on the mat
Perry finished second at the Top Gun Wrestling Tournament at Alliance on Saturday with 287 points. Clovis (Calif.) won the 40-team event with 302 points.
Four Perry senior wrestlers won titles: David Bavery (126), Casey Sparkman (152), Tony Dailey (160) and Isaac Bast (170). Dailey won his second Top Gun crown.
Lake finished fourth in the team standings with 129.5 points and St. Vincent-St. Mary was sixth with 124.5 points.
Other area champions were Lake junior Zac Carson (145), St. V-M seniors Ryan Skonieczny (138) and Aaron Adkins (182) and CVCA senior Tyler Maclellan (195).
Wadsworth girls are 15-0
The Wadsworth girls basketball team upped its record to 15-0 after a 43-35 victory over Toledo Rogers (11-3) Sunday in Berlin at the Classic in the Country.
Jodi Johnson led the Grizzlies with 17 points. Taylor Wyatt added 12 points and Peyton Booth scored eight points.
Walsh wins on the court
The Walsh Jesuit boys and girls basketball teams each scored big wins over the weekend.
The Walsh boys (9-3) defeated host Mentor Lake Catholic 83-73 in triple overtime Friday. Gaven Cona scored 23 points for the Warriors, who held a 12-2 scoring advantage in the third overtime. Dom Mittiga (18 points), Mitch Peterson (10 points) and Max Siwik (10 points) also reached double figures for Walsh.
Walsh’s girls team (11-3) beat visiting Archbishop Hoban 54-30 Saturday. Lilli Piper scored 19 points for the Warriors, who outscored the Knights 38-12 in the final three quarters. Anna Hall added 12 points for Walsh and Chelsea Pla scored 11 points.
Three at 11-2
The Jackson, Medina and Stow boys basketball teams are all 11-2.
Jackson is getting consistent scoring from Evan Bailey, Kyle Mottice and Mitch Pugh.
Craig Randall, Brandon Wilkins and Jon Teske are guiding Medina.
Stow relies on Matt Beech, Jacob Williams and Nathan Bower-Malone.
King scores 30
Sophomore VJ King scored 30 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead St. Vincent-St. Mary to an 89-78 victory over University (Ill.) Sunday in the Flyin’ to the Hoop Classic in Dayton.
Senior Jalen Hudson, a Virginia Tech recruit, contributed 23 points for the Irish (7-6) and junior Joshua Williams, a University of Akron recruit, added 11 points.
Top swim times
Walsh Jesuit sophomore swimmer Lauren Heller currently holds three of the top girls times in the state and is second in one event.
Heller is No. 1 in the 200 individual medley (2:03.35), the 100 butterfly (55.77) and the 100 freestyle (50.40). She is also second in the 50 freestyle (23.40).
Hudson junior Ross Palazzo is in the top spot in two events, the 100 freestyle (46.58) and the 100 breast stroke (55.71).
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