Cougars ad­vance seven to CIT semi­fi­nals

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - Sports - By John Kampf jkampf@news-her­ald.com @nhpreps on Twit­ter

The Lake Catholic wrestling team re­mains in the run­ning for a tour­na­ment cham­pi­onship at the an­nual Catholic In­vi­ta­tional Tour­na­ment af­ter Day 1 of ac­tion at St. Ignatius High School.

The Cougars are in sec­ond place in the team ranks with 100.5 points, trail­ing only tour­na­ment leader Cincinnati Elder (120.5).

Seven Cougars ad­vanced to the semi­fi­nal round, which is slated to be­gin at 10 a.m. on Jan. 14. The group in­cludes Nick Coreno (106 pounds), An­thony Triv­i­sonno (113), Hunter Ryan (120), Conor McCrone (126), Tommy Frasier (132), Matt Valentino (160) and Cole Hivnor (170).

Dakota Ryan (145) re­mains alive in the con­so­la­tion bracket.

“It was a good day,” Coach Eric Lakia said. “We won some close matches. We have seven in the semis. A good day over­all.”

Two-time state cham­pion Kevon Free­man is sit­ting out the CIT. Hav­ing wres­tled in both the Ironman and Beast of the East tour­na­ments, Free­man needed to sit out a match be­cause of the limit of matches a wrestler can take part in dur­ing the sea­son.

Coreno won a match by de­ci­sion and one by pin. He will face Elder’s Wil­lie Doep­ker in the semis.

Triv­i­sonno won his only match by pin and faces Jack­son Geiser of Elder in the semis.

“Both Coreno and Triv­i­sonno had a great week of prac­tice,” Lakia said. “They drill to­gether. I think they feed off each other a lit­tle bit. Both of them are do­ing all the right things.”

Two-time state placer Hunter Ryan won by pin and by tech­ni­cal fall in his two matches. He will see Toledo Cen­tral Catholic’s Cres­enci Soto in the semi­fi­nal round.

With a pair of pins on Day 1, McCrone is the semis against Bene­dic­tine’s Ben Stauf­fer.

Frasier got a pin in his first match, then got a 7-5 sud­den vic­tory over Bene­dic­tine’s Derek Berdysz. Next is a semi­fi­nal bout against St. Ignatius’ Ian Noo­nan.

“Tommy’s bat­tling,” Lakia said. “He’s up a cou­ple weight classes, but he’s lift­ing and work­ing hard. That win (against Berdysz) was a big one for us to­day.”

With Free­man out, Valentino slot­ted in at 160 this week and pinned both of his op­po­nents. He will face. St. Ignatius’ Na­jee Lock­ett in the semis.

“I’m happy for Matt,” Lakia said. “He’s a se­nior and he’s fight­ing for a spot in the fi­nals at the CIT.”

Fresh­man Hivnor con­tin­ues to im­press in his first year on var­sity. He earned a 3-2 de­ci­sion over Walsh Je­suit’s Do­minic DiPetro to set up a semi­fi­nal bout against Day­ton Car­roll’s Blake Coy.

“DiPi­etro beat Cole at Solon,” Lakia said. “I’m happy Cole got that one back. He’s worked hard, and he’s earned it.”

Bene­dic­tine is in 13th place, VASJ is in 16th and NDCL is in 22nd in the 24team tour­na­ment.

VASJ heavy­weight Pat Sheri­dan pinned both of his Day 1 op­po­nents and will face St. Ignatius’ Jack Heyob in the semi­fi­nal round.

Maumee Bay Clas­sic

Perry sopho­more Kyle Rowan set­tled for sec­ond place at the 106-pound weight class at the rugged Maumee Bay Clas­sic.

Rowan (28-2) lost a 9-4 de­ci­sion to Ore­gon Clay’s Ja­cob Moon in the cham­pi­onship match. Perry fin­ished 26th as a team.

May­field fin­ished 29th. The Wild­cats got a six­th­place fin­ish from 152-pound Billy Flem­ing

Top Gun

River­side’s Alex Faren­chak was the top area fin­isher in the Top Gun Tour­na­ment, held at Al­liance High School.

Faren­chak placed third at 160 pounds with a 7-4 de­ci­sion over Hunt­ing­ton (W.Va.)’s Clay­ton Ste­wart. Faren­chak lost a tight 3-2 de­ci­sion in the semi­fi­nal round to deny him a spot in the fi­nals.

Other area fin­ish­ers were River­side’s Tyler Wit­tre­ich (sixth at 106), Chardon’s Jake Ha­mu­lak (seventh at 113) and Chardon’s Sam Eldridge (seventh at 182).

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