Akron Public Schools Athletic Director Joe Vassalotti announced that the Firestone swimming and diving team earned a special recognition on Monday.

“Firestone was honored by the Akron City Council for all the years they have raised money for Akron Children’s Hospital through their 12-hour swim marathon,” Vassalotti said.

Falcons coach Cindy Virdo said Akron City Council President Marilyn Keith presented the team with a proclamation.

“It is a pretty big honor for us and we are pretty excited,” she said.

Virdo said this was the 27th year Firestone has hosted a swimming marathon in its natatorium. The event started as a 24-hour marathon, but has since been reduced to a 12-hour marathon. Virdo said Firestone raised approximately $250,000 for Akron Children’s Hospital during the first 26 years.

State duals on mat

The state dual team wrestling tournament starts Wednesday night with first-round, second-round and regional quarterfinal action at several area schools.

Visit http://www.ohsaa.org/sports/wr/boys/2016_TEAM/TEAM_tournamentinfo.htm for complete brackets and more information. There are three divisions and 24 total regions.

Regional semifinals and finals are Feb. 3, and the eight regional champs in each division will advance to the state tournament Feb. 14 at Ohio State University’s St. John Arena.

Hephner results

The 23rd annual Josh Hephner Memorial Wrestling Tournament concluded Saturday at Austintown Fitch with 14 individual champions, nine of them from the Akron area.

Fitch won the team title with 319.5 points. Southeast (245), Lake (223), St. Vincent-St. Mary (199) and Copley (191.5) rounded out the top five in the 29-team field.

Antwon Pugh (145 pounds) and Arman Samouk (285) won titles for Copley and Andrew McNally (170) and Grant Martin (195) each placed first for Lake.

Other area individual champs were Archbishop Hoban’s Lukus Stricker (113), St. V-M’s Luke Wymer (126), Southeast’s Brett Bailey (138), Medina’s Alex Sadowsky (182) and Mogadore’s Collin Kelly (220).

North tops Waterloo

Amoni Primm scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to guide North’s girls basketball team to a 61-45 win Monday over visiting Waterloo. Wonnakey Taylor contributed 14 points for North, which is 12-6 under coach Eric Mathews.

Windham wins

Windham (14-3, 10-0) won 51-28 over host Bristol Monday in a Northeastern Athletic Conference Stars Division girls basketball game.

Brittany Knight scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Bombers, who also received solid efforts from Lexi Knight (18 points), Cali Apthorpe (nine points, 15 rebounds) and Sam Dean (four points, seven assists). Windham coach Tate Moore said Dean, a senior point guard, returned to play after missing four games due to a concussion.

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