CUYAHOGA FALLS: Michael Meadows celebrated his 17th birthday Wednesday with a nasty cough and two wins in the OHSAA Division II Region 10-B state team tournament semifinals at Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy.
Meadows, a CVCA junior at 160 pounds, battled being sick and was one of 10 Royals to win a match against Woodridge and Coventry.
CVCA defeated Woodridge 64-6 and Coventry 49-21. The Comets beat Revere 44-30 to advance to compete against the Royals, who move on to a Division II regional final Wednesday against Parma Padua/Bay Village Bay/Rocky River/Buckeye at a site to be determined.
CVCA senior Nathan Tomasello, a three-time state individual champion, won both of his matches at 126 Wednesday.
Senior Josh Decatur was another Royals wrestler who impressed with two victories.
“I thought we wrestled very well,” Decatur said. “From start to finish, we were strong and kept the pace moving.”
CVCA, which beat Oberlin Firelands 70-0 in a regional quarterfinal last week, led 49-9 Wednesday with two matches left against Coventry.
“We performed pretty good,” CVCA coach Dave Bergen said. “With Woodridge, we certainly had a good performance against them. We are pleased. We wished our 220 would have won. It is always nice to have a clean sweep, but that didn’t happen. He gave a good performance, and as far as the team goes, I thought it was a good effort.
“With Coventry, they are tough. We had a couple of matches I thought we would win that we didn’t, but overall the kids wrestled hard.”
The other seven CVCA wrestlers that won twice were senior Nick Havener (195), juniors Zach McCraw (113), Ricky Simonelli (138), Jeff Hojnacki (145) and Tyler Maclellan (170) and sophomores Ryan Bennett (120) and Noah Havener (182).
“We wrestled in the West Virginia Duals this past Saturday and that was really a head-banging, tough event,” Bergen said. “We had eight matches in two days, one right after the other, and we won that to get ready for this.”
Hojnacki pointed out that nobody on the team is overlooking an opponent.
“We are taking it one match at a time,” Hojnacki said. “We can’t look toward who we have in the next round. It is who do you have right now this round.”
Coventry clinched its win over Revere following a pin by sophomore Mark Weddell at 220. Weddell, sophomore Zack Lake (138) and senior Travis Gosnell (285) won twice.
“Overall, I think this is a successful night,” Coventry coach Keith Shinn said. “We went in and got a big win against Revere. We gave away a few points, but guys came through in the clutch.
“To go in and wrestle CVCA, I don’t think in any way, shape or form we rolled over against them. We battled each match. At 138, I was very happy with Zack Lake’s performance against [sophomore Andy] Dobben, who is a tough kid. I was also pretty happy with my freshman Jerek Cropper at 195. He lost [to Nick Havener], but he wrestled well. Mark Weddell came out of here with two pins. I don’t like to lose, obviously, but if I am going to lose to a team like that, that we have a lot of respect for, then we can leave here with our heads held high.”
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