St. Vincent-St. Mary senior Robby Dambrot, son of Zips basketball coach Keith Dambrot, has given an oral commitment to continue his academic and soccer careers at the University of Akron.
Dambrot, 18, originally committed to High Point University in North Carolina, but changed his mind and decided to play for Zips coaches Jared Embick and Oliver Slawson.
“I had the opportunity to play for coach Embick and coach Slawson with the International Academy and I feel that they can help me reach my potential,” Dambrot said. “Plus my whole family went to Akron and it just felt natural to compete for my hometown team and compete for a national championship.”
Dambrot, who is 6 foot and 150 pounds, said he plans to sign his national letter of intent with UA on Feb. 6.
“It has always been a dream of mine to play at Akron,” Dambrot said.
Dambrot played his senior season with the International Academy based in Medina at the Pinnacle Sports Complex. He said the Zips recruited him to play either as an “outside back, a winger or in the midfield.”
Dambrot was also recruited by Wright State, Virginia Commonwealth, Valparaiso, Colgate and Pittsburgh.
Suburban League showdown
The top wrestling programs in the Suburban League will meet tonight when Wadsworth (11-1, 6-0) travels to compete at Nordonia (15-1, 6-0) in a dual.
Wrestling begins at 6 p.m. with the junior varsity match, and the varsity is expected to start about 40 to 45 minutes after that.
Wadsworth has won 20 consecutive Suburban League Tournament championships and last lost a regular season conference dual match on Dec. 14, 2006, to Highland.
Wadsworth is led by senior Mathias Zollinger, a returning Division I state qualifier, who is 24-2 this season and will compete at 138 pounds tonight.
The Grizzlies also feature freshman Noah Baughman (22-6, 106), sophomore Connor Gray (18-5, 120), sophomore Timmy Knipl (24-5, 170) and senior Daryk Maki (20-4, 285).
“We are 11-1 in duals with our only loss coming to [Lakewood] St. Edward, the No. 1-ranked team in the state,” Wadsworth coach John Gramuglia said. “I’m happy with our progress. It’s exciting for our sport and for both programs to have this big dual. Nordonia has a good team with a lot of talent.”
Nordonia is led by junior Alex Woicehovich, a returning Division I state qualifier, who has an 18-4 record this season and will compete at 220 pounds tonight.
The Knights also feature junior Eric Claren (23-6, 182), sophomore Nick Collica (30-6, 120), junior Mike DeCesare (30-4, 138) and freshman Tony DeCesare (30-4, 106).
“We are excited because it is no secret that they have been dominating for so many years,” Nordonia coach Audie Atienza said. “We know we have a team that can compete with them. Our guys are looking forward to it. I think it will be a good test for both teams. It will be a hotly contested match and there will be a lot of excitement.”
Both coaches are not totally sure who their starting 14 wrestlers will be tonight.
Gramuglia said seniors Abdulhabib Abdulhabib (145), Jack Bertuzzi (195) and Chris George (220) are also important to the Grizzlies along with juniors Corey Tisdal (126), Devon Gilkerson (132), Robbie Bosley (152), Alex Carrell (182), Tanner Jones (195) and Jordan Schleigh (132), sophomores Corey Riggenbach (113) and Shane Mast (160) and freshman Darrin Gilkerson (126).
Atienza said juniors Trevon Berry (126), Andrew Coghill (113), Heath Phillibert (132), Brandon Rem (285), Ryan Taylor (160) and Jake Urich (145) are vital to the Knights along with senior Tyler McCann (170), sophomores Nick Bina (195) and Jacob DeJesus (152) and freshmen Alec Camelli (285) and David Rodriguez (170).
Seniors guide Twinsburg
Guard Jalen Washington and center A.J. Edwards continue to be a dynamic senior duo for Twinsburg boys basketball coach Bob Pacsi.
The latest example came Tuesday night when Washington converted a three-point play in the final minute and Edwards scored 20 points to guide host Twinsburg to a 51-49 victory over visiting Walsh Jesuit.
Washington finished with 14 points and nine assists for the Tigers (9-2), and Edwards also grabbed 13 rebounds.
Senior Mark Mittiga scored 13 points for the Warriors (9-2).
Irish players nab offers
St. Vincent- St. Mary football coach Dan Boarman said several of his players from the Division II state championship team continue to get recruited by colleges.
Junior running back Parris Campbell Jr. has been offered a scholarship by Ohio State University. He is also garnering interest from Indiana, Penn State, Akron, Cincinnati and Northwestern.
“It is Ohio State, you are obviously going to be impressed by [coach] Urban Meyer and the whole place,” Boarman said.
Boarman said Campbell and junior linebacker Dante Booker remain “very open” and are “taking it day-by-day” in terms of mulling over their options.
Booker holds scholarship offers from Ohio State, Michigan, Oklahoma, Penn State, Illinois, Indiana, Nebraska and Notre Dame.
Junior Newman Williams is also receiving interest from colleges along with several seniors, including Jordan Hargrove, Fransohn Bickley and Clayton Uecker.
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