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  March 2nd , 2014
 

OHSAA State Tournament...

CVCA crowned its 19th State Wrestling Champion at the 2014 OHSAA State Wrestling Tournament.  Senior Tyler Maclellan finished at the top of the 195 lbs. weight class.  Tyler won four matches outscoring his four opponents 23-5.  Tyler avenged an early season loss in the quarterfinals by defeating Lexington's Bailey Faust 2-0.  In the semifinals Maclellan won over St. Paris Graham's Josh Couchman 3-0.  In the state finals Tyler faced Crestwood's Kenny Jackson.  Tyler beat Jackson in the District finals in overtime.  After a scoreless first period, Jackson escaped during the 2nd and led 1-0 at the end of 2 periods.  In the final period Maclellan scored an escape and a takedown to take the lead before winning 3-2.  Maclellan finished the season 39-5 and finishes his career 10th in CVCA Career wins with 129.

2014 State Champion - Tyler Maclellan 195 lbs.

        

Senior Jeff Hojnacki became a three time state place winner by finishing 5th at the 152 lbs. weight class.  Jeff advanced to the semifinals with wins over Kenon Bowling of Mt. Orab Western Brown 3-2 and Dain Steffeny of Granville 2-1.  In the semifinals Hojnacki lost a very close 2-1 decision to returning State Champion Alex Mossing of Toledo Central Catholic.  After falling in the consolation semifinals, Hojnacki bounced back with at solid 6-0 win over Clyde's Blake Griffin in the placement match.  Jeff finishes as the 8th CVCA wrestler to place at the State Tournament three times.  He finished with 94 career wins.

2014 State 5th Place - Jeff Hojnacki 152 lbs.

   

Junior Andy Dobben placed at the State Tournament for the second straight year by finishing 5th at 145 lbs.  Andy wrestled much of the season at 138 lbs. before moving up to 145 lbs. in mid-January.  Dobben won his first two matches to advance to the semifinals.  Andy defeated Toledo Central Catholic's Richard Jackson by getting a reversal as time expired in the ultimate tie breaker.  In the quarterfinals Dobben beat Minerva's Dalton Hartshorn 3-0.  Andy was defeated by four time state Champion Micah Jordan of St. Paris Graham in the semifinals.  After a close loss in the consolation semifinals to Claymont's Caden Herron, Andy beat Bellbrook's Tyler Wiederholt 7-3 in the placement match.  Andy after only three years has amassed 109 career victories, which is good enough for 16th in all time career CVCA wins.

2014 State 5th Place - Andy Dobben 145 lbs.

   

As a team CVCA finished 7th in the state overall with 41 team points.  This season marks sixth straight season that CVCA has crowned a State Champion, as well as the ninth straight year that the CVCA wrestling team has been in the top eight in the state, and eighth straight year of having at least three state place winners.

 

   
   
   
  February 23rd, 2014
 

Districts...

Five CVCA wrestlers competed at the District Tournament at Alliance High School and advanced three wrestlers to next week's State Tournament.  Senior Tyler Maclellan finished as District Champion winning the 195 lbs. weight class.  Tyler defeated Crestwood's Kenny Jackson in overtime in the championship match.  Senior Jeff Hojnacki finished as District Runner-Up at the 152 lbs. weight class.  Jeff is already a two-time state placer and advances to the state tournament for the 3rd straight year.  Junior Andy Dobben finished in third place at the 145 lbs. weight class.  Andy will compete at the State Tournament for the second straight year after finishing 7th in the state last season.   Also winning matches for the Royals were Senior Michael Meadows at 220 lbs. and Sophomore Mason Brainard at 106 lbs.

2014 OHSAA State Qualifiers

                        

   
   
  February 16th, 2014
 

Sectionals...

The CVCA Wrestling team finished with four champions and six overall placers at the OHSAA Sectional Tournament.  Junior Ryan Bennett won 3 matches by tech-fall to claim the title at 120 lbs.  Junior Andy Dobben defeated St. Vincent St. Mary's Walter Gibson in the finals of the 145 lbs. weight class.  Andy won his 100th career match as a CVCA Wrestler at the tournament.  Senior Jeff Hojnacki won the 152 lbs. weight class.  Senior Tyler Maclellan won the 195 lbs. weight class.  Both Tyler and Ryan won their 3rd Sectional Championship.  Senior Michael Meadows had a great tournament and finished 3rd at the 220 lbs. weight class.  Sophomore Mason Brainard finished 4th at the 106 lbs. weight class.  All six placers will advance to next week's District Tournament at Alliance High School.  Senior Caleb Gary, Freshman Ryan Baxter, Sophomore Jose Morales, and Sophomore Silas Merkel also competed for the Royals, but fell short of advancing to Districts.  Merkel added team points with his victory over Chris Consillo of St. Vincent St. Mary in the opening round.  Great Job Royals!

   
   
  February 1st, 2014
 

PAC-7 Tournament...

CVCA competed in the PAC-7 Tournament on Saturday at Indian Valley High School. The Royals came away with four league champions. Junior Andy Dobben won his 2nd PAC-7 Championship by winning the title at 145 lbs. Senior Michael Meadows won the championship at the 220 lbs. weight class. Senior Jeff Hojnacki won his third consecutive PAC-7 Championship by capturing the title at 152 lbs. Also winning his third consecutive PAC-7 Championship was Senior Tyler Maclellan at 195 lbs. Also winning matches were Jose Morales who finished 3rd at 182 lbs., Mason Brainard who finished 4th at 106 lbs.,and Jimmy Coyne who

competed at 126 lbs.

 

2014 PAC-7 Champions

     

   
  January 24th, 2014
 

Senior Night...

CVCA hosted the Regional Quarterfinals of the OHSAA State Team Tournament.  Woodridge, Revere, Hoban, Tallmadge, and CVCA all competed.  CVCA recognized five senior wrestlers before the dual meet.  Seniors Jimmy Coyne, Caleb Gary, Jeff Hojnacki, Tyler Maclellan, and Michael Meadows were all recognized with their parents.  Tallmadge won three matches, including a win over CVCA, to advance to the Regional Semifinals.

   
  January 19th, 2014
 

Top Gun Tournament...

The CVCA Wrestlers travelled to Alliance High School to compete in the Top Gun Tournament. The team finished in 12th place overall and had three place winners. Tyler Maclellan won 6 straight matches to take the championship at the 195 lbs. weight class. Tyler defeated Trinity Pennsylvania's Robert West in the finals.

Senior Jeff Hojnacki finished as tournament runner-up at the 152 lbs. weight class.  Hojnacki won five matches to make it to the finals before falling in the championship match.  Junior Ryan Bennett finished in 5th place at the 120 lbs. weight class.  Also winning matches for the Royals were Mason Brainard, Jimmy Coyne, Andy Dobben, and Michael Meadows.

   
  January 10th, 2014
 

Battle of Wyoga Lake Road...

CVCA went across the street to battle the Warriors of Walsh Jesuit.  CVCA won the annual dual meet for the fifth straight year by defeating Walsh 42-33.  Mason Brainard pinned at the 106 lbs. weight class.  Jimmy Coyne won a close decision at the 126 lbs. weight class.  Both Andy Dobben and Jeff Hojnacki pinned their opponents.  Senior Tyler Maclellan finished off the dual with a 4-2 decision at  the 220 lbs. weight class.   Ricky Simonelli, Silas Merkel, and Jose Morales all won by forfeit for the Royals. 
   
 

January 4th, 2014

West Virginia Duals...

CVCA travelled down to Parkersburg, West Virginia to compete in the West Virginia Duals. Juniors Ryan Bennett at 120 lbs. and Andy Dobben at 138 lbs. went undefeated for the tournament.  Both were 7-0 against the out of state competition.  Everyone else on the team was able to get their hand raised at least once during the tournament.   The team was able to win dual meets against Ritchie County and Parkersburg Red.  Overall the tournament was a great experience for both the veteran and inexperienced wrestlers on the team.  Praise God for the opportunity to wrestle for His glory!

   
 

December 29th, 2013

Medina Invitational Tournament...

CVCA got a tremendous performance from Senior Tyler Maclellan at the Medina Invitational Tournament.  Tyler finished 2nd in the 195 lbs. weight class.  Tyler won four matches on his way to the finals.  Junior Andy Dobben also placed for the Royals by finishing 7th at 138 lbs. Other wrestlers in the tournament included Mason Brainard, Ryan Bennett, Ryan Baxter, Silas Merkel, and Jose Morales.

   
 

December 26th, 2013

CVCA Wrestling Alumni Come Back...

CVCA Wrestling was blessed to have many alumni from the program that are home for the holidays come back to be a part of practice during the week of Christmas.  Thirteen alumni were back to help contribute to our program.  2001 CVCA Graduate, 4x State Champion, 2012 Olympian, and 2x World Bronze Medalist Harry Lester came to run practice and help teach our wrestlers on Monday.  2007 Graduate Mike Hojnacki wrestled for Messiah College and now coaches in Philadelphia.  Mike was able to run practice on Christmas Eve.  2008 Graduate Joe Hickin coaches CVCA's Jr. High Club team Ohio Lightning and was present to help run a Jr. High clinic with Harry.  Former CVCA Wrestler John Dittrich (State Placer) also coaches Ohio Lightning with Joe and was in attendance.  2009 Graduates Tyler Powers (State Champion) and Greg  Hojnacki (2x State Placer) also came back to help out.  2010 Graduate Zak Vargo was also back at CVCA.  Zak was a NCAA Division II National Runner-Up this past season for Lake Erie College.  2011 Graduate Seth Powers (State Placer), 2012 Graduate David Gray (State Placer), and 2001 Graduate and Assistant Coach Paul Charvat (State Placer) were also in attendance. 

On Thursday four more alumni paid the wrestling room a visit.  2003 Graduate, State Champion and former Assistant Coach Matt Smilek was back in the room.  2008 Graduate and 3x State Placer Jared Kusar also came in to help.  Jared wrestled for The Ohio State University in college.   2011 Graduate Pete Meadows and 2012 Graduate and State Champion Matt Meadows were in attendance.  Pete plays football for Baldwin Wallace and Matt wrestles for George Mason University.  Among the current CVCA  Wrestlers and Alumni in attendance there were a total of 29 State Tournament Medals earned from those in attendance this week.  What a blessing it is to be part of a program with such tradition and support from those who have experienced what God has done with CVCA Wrestling over the years!

   
 

December 21st, 2013

Back to Back Duals ...

The Royal wrestlers competed in dual events on back to back days.  On Friday December 20th, CVCA traveled to Boardman High School to take on West Carrollton and Uniontown Lake.  On Saturday the team went to Akron St. Vincent St. Mary High School to take on the hosting Fighting Irish and Lorain.  First at Boardman the Royals defeated West Carrollton 41-21.  Jose Morales opened up the dual meet with a pin in his first match as a CVCA wrestler.  Zach McCraw, Ryan Bennett, Andy Dobben, Jeff Hojnacki, Ryan Baxter, and Silas Merkel all earned victories for CVCA.  Next the Royals took on the Blue Streaks from Uniontown Lake.  Lake defeated CVCA 63-10.  Winning matches for CVCA were Zach McCraw, Andy Dobben, and Tyler Maclellan.  On Saturday at St. Vincent St. Mary the CVCA wrestlers defeated Lorain 33-24 before losing to the Irish 58-7.  Winning matches for the Royals on Saturday were Ryan Bennett, Caleb Gary, Andy Dobben, Ryan Baxter, Silas Merkel, and Tyler Maclellan.

   
 

December 14th, 2013

Ironman Tournament...

CVCA entered wrestlers into the toughest high school wrestling tournament in the country, the Walsh Jesuit Ironman.  Senior Tyler Maclellan made the round of 12 in the consolations in the 195 lbs. weight class falling one match short of placement.  Seniors Jeff Hojnacki at 152 lbs. and Michael Meadows at 220 lbs. made it to the second day of the grueling two day event.  Andy Dobben won two matches at the 138 lbs. weight class.  Also wrestling for the Royals were Mason Brainard, Caleb Gary, and Silas Merkel.

   
 

December 7th, 2013

Season Opens with St. Edward and Detroit Catholic Central...

CVCA opened up the 2013-14 season with a tri-meet at Lakewood St. Edward with two nationally ranked opponents.  First the team took on Michigan State Champions Detroit Catholic Central.  The Shamrocks wrestled a great match and beat the Royals 60-18.  Winning matches for CVCA were Mason Brainard, Ryan Bennett, and Tyler Maclellan.  Then CVCA wrestled the defending division one state champions St. Edward.  The Eagles defeated CVCA 66-15.  Winning for CVCA were Andy Dobben, Tyler Maclellan, and Michael Meadows.

   
 

July 28th, 2013

Tomasello wins Fargo for the Third Time

Nathan Tomasello won the Junior Freestyle National Championships at 120 lbs.  This is the 3rd straight year that Nathan was won the most prestigious freestyle tournament in the country.  Nathan defeated Oklahoma's Kaid Brock by tech-fall in the finals.

 

March 25th, 2013

Tomasello wins at the Dapper Dan Classic

Nathan Tomasello defeated Pennsylvania's Darian Cruz 3-2 at the Dapper Dan Classic in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Nathan represented team USA as the top ranked wrestler in the country at 120 lbs.

    

March 24th, 2013

Zak Vargo NCAA Division II Runner-Up

Former CVCA Wrestler Zak Vargo who wrestles for Lake Erie College finished as the Runner-Up at the 2013 Division II NCAA National Championships.  Zak wrestled at the 157 lbs. weight class.

  March 15th, 2013
 

NCAA Qualifier Alex Utley

Former CVCA State Champion Alex Utley qualified for the 2013 Division I NCAA Championship Tournament for the University of North Carolina.  Alex wrestles at the 184 lbs. weight class and finished 3rd at the ACC tournament to qualify for the National tournament.  Alex finished with a 2-2 record.

 

February 28th, 2013

OHSAA State Tournament

       

The CVCA Wrestling team finished in 4th place at the OHSAA State Tournament.  CVCA has placed in the top four at the state tournament every year since 2007.  This year CVCA crowned a second Four Time State Champion in Senior Nathan Tomasello.  Nathan finished the season ranked #1 in the country at 120 lbs. and was undefeated for the third straight season. 

     

Senior Josh Decatur advanced to the semi-finals of the state tournament before finishing in 5th place at 126 lbs. 

Josh finishes his career as a 3x state placer for CVCA.

   

Senior Nick Havener wrestled a few tremendous matches in his first trip to the state tournament and finished 8th at 195 lbs. 

   

Sophomore Ryan Bennett became a 2x state placer by finishing 6th at the 113 lbs. weight class.

    

Junior Jeff Hojnacki also became a 2x state placer and finished 6th at 145 lbs.  

    

Junior Tyler Maclellan finished in 8th place at 170 lbs.

    

Sophomore Andy Dobben finished in 7th place at 132 lbs.

Senior Matt Dobben represented the Royals at 152 lbs.  

Overall CVCA placed seven wrestlers and capped off a tremendous season!  Congratulations Royals!

   
 

February 16th, 2013

District Champions

CVCA won the District Tournament with 174.0 team points and qualified 8 wrestlers to the State Tournament.  Winning District Championships for CVCA were Ryan Bennett at 113 lbs. and Nathan Tomasello at 120 lbs.  Ryan defeated Perry's Collin Dees in the finals to win his 2nd straight District Championship.  Nathan pinned Crestwood's Conner Nemec in the finals for his 4th straight District title.

Senior Josh Decatur (126 lbs.) and Junior Jeff Hojnacki (145 lbs.) finished as District Runners-Up.  Sophomore Andy Dobben (132 lbs.), Junior Tyler Maclellan (170 lbs.), and Seniors Matt Dobben (152 lbs.) and Nick Havener (195 lbs.) all finished 3rd.

Other District Qualifiers wrestling for the Royals were Ricky Simonelli, Michael Meadows, and Noah Havener.

   
 

February 16th, 2013

Sectional Champions

     CVCA won the Sectional Tournament with 266.0 team points and advanced 11 wrestlers to next week's District Tournament.  The team had 9 Sectional Champions:  Ryan Bennett (113 lbs.), Nathan Tomasello (120 lbs.), Josh Decatur (126 lbs.), Andy Dobben (132 lbs.), Ricky Simonelli (138 lbs.), Jeff Hojnacki (145 lbs.), Matt Dobben (152 lbs.), Tyler Maclellan (170 lbs.), and Nick Havener (195 lbs.).

Michael Meadows was 3rd at 160 lbs. and Noah Havener was 4th at 182 lbs.  Freshman Mason Brainard finished as a District Alternate by placing 5th at 106 lbs.

February 9th, 2013

State Team Dual Tournament

      CVCA lost to Hamilton Ross in the quarterfinals of the State Team Tournament 31-30.  The match was tied 30-30 and the Ross Rams won on criteria.

February 6th, 2013

Regional Champions

CVCA defeated Bay 56-24 to win the Region 10 Championship of the OHSAA State Team Tournament.

February 2nd, 2013

CVCA wins the PAC-7 Tournament

Ryan Bennett (113 lbs.) 1st Place

Nathan Tomasello (120 lbs.) 1st Place

Josh Decatur (126 lbs.) 1st Place

Ricky Simonelli (138 lbs.) 1st Place

Jeff Hojnacki (145 lbs.) 1st Place

Matt Dobben (152 lbs.) 1st Place

Tyler Maclellan (170 lbs.) 1st Place

Nick Havener (195 lbs.) 1st Place

Andy Dobben (132 lbs.) 2nd Place

Noah Havener (182 lbs.) 2nd Place

Mason Brainard (106 lbs.) 3rd Place

Michael Meadows (160 lbs.) 3rd Place

January 30th, 2013

CVCA defeats Woodridge & Coventry to advance to Regional Finals

January 26th, 2013

CVCA wins the West Virginia Duals

CVCA wins the West Virginia Duals for the second straight season by defeating Parkersburg South in the finals 35-27

January 23rd, 2013

CVCA defeats Firelands 70-0 in Regional Quarterfinals

January 19th, 2013

CVCA finishes 3rd at Top Gun

Nathan Tomasello (120 lbs.) 1st Place

Ryan Bennett (113 lbs.) 2nd Place

Josh Decatur (126 lbs.) 2nd Place

Andy Dobben (132 lbs.) 5th Place

Matt Dobben (152 lbs.) 5th Place

Tyler Maclellan (170 lbs.) 5th Place

Nick Havener (195 lbs.) 5th Place

Ricky Simonelli (138 lbs.) 8th Place

January 12th, 2013

CVCA defeats Amherst 37-31

January 5th, 2013

Chippewa Invitational Tournament

Jimmy Coyne (126 lbs.) 1st Place

Matt Dobben (160 lbs.) 1st Place

Noah Havener (170 lbs.) 1st Place

Zach McCraw (120 lbs.) 2nd Place

Zak Dobben (152 lbs.) 2nd Place

Cole Gavin (126 lbs.) 5th Place

Mason Brainard (106 lbs.) 6th Place

December 29th, 2012

Medina Invitational Tournament

Nathan Tomasello (120 lbs.) 1st Place

Ryan Bennett (113 lbs.) 2nd Place

Andy Dobben (132 lbs.) 5th Place

Jeff Hojnacki (145 lbs.) 5th Place

Nick Havener (195 lbs.) 5th Place

Tyler Maclellan (170 lbs.) 6th Place

Ricky Simonelli (138 lbs.) 7th Place

Matt Dobben (152 lbs.) 7th Place

December 22nd, 2012

Nathan Tomasello wins the Beast of the East

Nathan defeated Blair Academy's Matthew Kolodzik in the finals of the Beast of the East tournament in Deleware.

December 19th, 2012

CVCA defeats Walsh 63-9 and Steubenville 43-25

December 15th, 2012

CVCA Wrestlers compete at Troy Christian and King of the Mountain

Troy Christian Placers:

Andy Dobben (132 lbs.) 1st Place

Ricky Simonelli (138 lbs.) 1st Place

Michael Meadows (160 lbs.) 2nd Place

Cole Gavin (126 lbs.) 3rd Place

Zak Dobben (152 lbs.) 3rd Place

Noah Havener (170 lbs.) 3rd Place

Silas Merkel (160 lbs.) 6th Place

King of the Mountain Placers:

Ryan Bennett (113 lbs.) 6th Place

Josh Decatur (132 lbs.) 4th Place

Jeff Hojnacki (145 lbs.) 5th Place

 

December 8th, 2012

Nathan Tomasello Wins His 3rd Ironman Title

Nathan pinned Blair Academy's Matthew Kolodzik to win his third straight Ironman Tournament.  Nathan was also named the Bill Barger Outstanding Wrestler of the Tournament.

 

December 1st, 2012

CVCA falls to Lakewood St. Edward 54-12

Wins by Nathan Tomasello (120 lbs.),

Andy Dobben (126 lbs.), and Josh Decatur (132 lbs.)

 

  July 21st, 2012
   
 
TOMASELLO JUNIOR FREESTYLE NATIONAL CHAMPION...
   
 
   
 

CVCA Wrestler Nathan Tomasello won a Junior Freestyle National Championship in Fargo, North Dakota on Saturday.  Nathan defeated Michigan's Zach Hall in the 120 lbs. finals of the nation's toughest freestyle tournament.  Nathan became a two time Fargo Champion after winning the title at 112 lbs. in 2011.  Nathan already a three-time Ohio State Champion and two-time Ironman Champion is solidifying himself as one of the greatest lightweights in Ohio wrestling history.  Congratulations Nathan on an outstanding accomplishment! 

Watch Nathan's Finals Match: 

http://www.flowrestling.org/video/651106-120-JF-f-Zac-Hall-MI-vs-Nathan-Tomasello-OH

   
   
  April 21st, 2012
 
OLYMPIAN HARRY LESTER...
   
 

Photo from: Matthew Stockman Getty Images North America

   
 

     Former CVCA Wrestler and a Four Time Ohio State Champion Harry Lester made the United States Olympic Team in Greco-Roman Wrestling at the 66 kg weight class.  Harry won the U.S. Olympic Trials held in Iowa City, Iowa

on Saturday April 21st.

     After graduating from CVCA in 2001, Harry went to Iowa State before transfering to Northern Michigan University to focus on the style of Greco-Roman Wrestling at the United States Olympic Education Center.  From there Harry went on to win two bronze medals at the World Championships in 2006 and 2007.  In 2008, he was upset in the Olympic Team Trials and retired from wrestling for a short while.  Harry returned to wrestling under his given name Justin and finished 5th at the World Championships in 2011.

     Lester entered the 2012 Olympic Team Trials as one of the favorites after being named the 2011 U.S. Greco-Roman Wrestler of the Year.  He won his quartefinal match by pinning NYAC's Kendrick Sanders in the first period. Then he defeated Ben Sanchez in two periods to advance to the finals.   In the finals of the Olympic Team Trials Lester would meet a great opponent in another four time Ohio State Champion C. P. Schlatter.  Ironically, Harry and C.P. were expected to meet at a dual meet tournament at CVCA in 2000.  Harry was a Junior and a two-time state champion and C.P. a phenom freshman and expected four timer.  Unfortunately Lester was coming off of a broken ankle and was unable to make the 119 lbs. weight class and the match never happened.   Over twelve years later, the match finally happened in one of the biggest matches of both wrestlers' lives with a trip to London on the line.

     The finals of the Olympic Trials are the best two out of three matches.  Harry won the first match in two periods winning 1-0, 1-0.  After going to the forced par terre in the first period, Schlatter failed to score on top giving Harry the 1-0 win.  Again in par terre in the second period with Lester on top, Schlatter was penalized for going out of bounds and a failed challenge gave Lester the second period 2-0 win and the match.

     In the second match, Harry was on top in the forced par terre and scored an amazing two point turn with only one second left.  After a controversial challenge, the points were upheld and Lester won the period 3-0.  In the second period, Schlatter was on top in the forced par terre and was able to turn Lester to win the period 2-1.  In the third and deciding period again in the forced par terre for the 5th straight time Lester has scored more points in the match so was able to choose the down position.  Schlatter failed to score during the last 30 seconds of the period which gave Lester the 1-0 win and punched his ticket to the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Congratulations Harry! The CVCA Wrestling Family will be praying for you as you prepare for the Olympics!

   
 
April 12th, 2012
 
MEADOWS CHOOSES GEORGE MASON...
   
 
   
 

     CVCA Senior Matt Meadows decided to attend and wrestle for George Mason University in Virginia after he graduates from CVCA.  Matt, a three time state placer, capped off his career at CVCA by winning the Division II State Championship at 220 lbs.  Meadows finished 3rd all time in wins for his career at CVCA with 154 and was ranked ninth in the nation at his weight class and one of the top recruits in the entire country. He will wrestle for Coach Joe Russell at George Mason who has been said to have "nab(bed) a gem" in Meadows.  Meadows projects to be a 197 pounder in college.

Congratulations Matt!

   
  March 4th, 2012
 
OHSAA STATE TOURNAMENT...
   
 
   
 

     The Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy wrestling team finished the season with a 3rd Place finish at the 2012 OHSAA State Wrestling Tournament held at the Jerome Schottenstein Center at The Ohio State University in Columbus.  The tournament held March 1st-3rd brought together the best wrestlers in the state of Ohio to crown one individual at each weight class in each division.  CVCA had two individuals reach this pinnacle and claim the title "State Champion". 

                

     Senior Matt Meadows won the State Championship at the 220 lbs. weight class in Division II.  Matt entered the state tournament as a District Champion and won three consecutive matches to cruise to the state final.  He defeated his first opponent with an 18-5 major decision, then pinned his next opponent in 41 seconds, and won by technical fall 15-0 in the semifinals.  In the state championship match Matt defeated Zane Krall of Wauseon by a score of 6-1.  Matt became a three time state placer and CVCA's 17th State Champion.  Matt finished the season with a record of 46-1 and he finishes his career 3rd all time in CVCA history with 154 career wins.

  

     Junior Nathan Tomasello went into the state tournament already a two-time state champion and continued on to win his third consective state title.  Nathan dominated his first three matches, pinning his first opponent in the first period, then with winning with two major decisions in the quarter and semifinals to advance to Saturday night's championship match.  Nathan then won his third state championship by defeating Lake Catholic's Anthony Tutolo with an 8-5 decision.  Nathan finished the season undefeated for the second straight year with a record of 47-0. 

                

     Every one of CVCA's five other state qualifiers placed in the top 8 in the state.  Freshman Ryan Bennett won four matches in Columbus and finished 4th at the 106 lbs. weight class.  Senior David Gray finished 7th in the state at 170 lbs. defeating Steubenville's Jake Howarth in the 7th place match.  Sophomore Ricky Simonelli came in 7th place at the 126 lbs. weight class by defeating Circleville's Tyler Knul in the 7th place match.  Junior Josh Decatur became a two-time state placer by finishing 8th at the 132 lbs. weight class.  Josh advanced to the placement round with an exciting 29-22 decision over Stanley Hendricks of Col. Centennial.   Sophomore Jeff Hojnacki avenged two losses at Districts to Warren Howland's Rob Klose to advance to the placement round.  Jeff finished 8th at the 145 lbs. weight class.

                    

         Ryan Bennett 4th at 106 lbs.                 Josh Decatur 8th at 132 lbs.                   Jeff Hojnacki 8th at 145 lbs.

     

                                         

                      Ricky Simonelli 7th at 126 lbs.                                                            David Gray 7th at 170 lbs.

             

     CVCA has finished in the top 4 in the state in each of the last six seasons.  The seven state place winners ties the record for most placers in one year.  The CVCA wrestlers and coaches want to thank the parents, friends, and family that have supported our team all year long, and above all we give the glory to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for anything accomplished on or off the mat!

   
  March 4th, 2012
 
JOHN WEAKLEY NCAA QUALIFIER...
   
 

photo by Bennett Scarborough

   
      Former CVCA Wrestler and Two Time State Champion John Weakley qualified for the Division I NCAA Tournament to be held in St. Louis, Missouri later this month.  John wrestles for former CVCA Assistant Coach Joe Boardwine at Campbell University in North Carolina. John earned one of two automatic bids at the 197-pound weight class at the team's Southern Conference (SoCon) tournament.  After pinning VMI's Urayoan Garcia in 2:56 during the opening round, Weakley avenged an earlier loss to Paul Weiss of Appalachian State with an 11-10 win in the semifinals to advance to the championship bout.  Weakley dropped the championship match in a narrow 3-2 decision to Kelby Smith of The Citadel before taking the automatic bid with a pin of Gardner-Webb's Travis Porter in 1:40 in the true-second place match. John becomes only the second CVCA graduate to ever qualify for the NCAA Division I Championships.  The other was ironically also from Campbell University when John Christian (CVCA Class of 1997) qualified in 2000.  The NCAA Championships will be held March 15th-17th.  Good Luck John!
   
  February 25th, 2012
 
DISTRICT CHAMPIONS...
   
 
   
 

     The Northeast Ohio OHSAA Division II District Tournament was held at Alliance High School on February 24-25th.  The CVCA Royals, who advanced 12 wrestlers from last week's Sectional Tournament, finished as District Champions for onlly the second time in school history.  The Royals advanced 7 wrestlers to the State Tournament in Columbus, while 3 others finished as State Alternates.  The team will bring all 10 wrestlers down to The Ohio State Universtiy to the grueling 3 day tournament which starts on Thursday March 1st.  CVCA had four District Champions which ties the record for most District Champions in CVCA wrestling history set in 2007 and 2009.  Freshman Ryan Bennett won the District Championship at 106 lbs. by defeating Crestwood's Jake Zemaitis 4-2 in the finals.  Ryan is 34-7 on the year.  Junior Nathan Tomasello won his 3rd straight District Championship by defeating Lake Catholic's Anthony Tutolo 11-4 in the finals at 113 lbs.  Nathan is still undefeated on the season at 43-0, and has won over 100 consecutive matches.  Senior David Gray won his first District Championship by defeating Aurora's George Bolas 3-2 in the finals at 170 lbs.  David is currently 11th on the all-time career wins list for CVCA with 116 wins.  Senior Matt Meadows won his 150th career match by receiving an injury default in the finals at 220 lbs.  Matt is a four time state qualifier and is currently ranked #10 in the country at his weight class.

     Ricky Simonelli had an impressive tournament finishing as the District Runner-Up at 126 lbs.  Ricky won three consecutive matches to reach the finals of the tournament before dropping a very close 2-1 decision in an overtime tie-breaker to Lake Catholic's Sean Fee.   Returning State Placer Josh Decatur finished as a District Runner-up for the second straight year.  Josh lost a very closse decision to St. Vincent St. Mary's Ryan Skonieczny in the finals.  Sophomore Jeff Hojnacki qualified for the State Tournament for the first time by placing 4th at the 145 lbs. weight class.  Jeff needed to repeat his performance of last week's Sectional Finals to defeat Woodridge's Alex Minns in the consolation semifinals.

     The other wrestlers finished as State Alternates by placing 5th at the District Tournament.  Freshman Andy Dobben was 5th at the 120 lbs. weight class.  Sophomore Tyler Maclellan finished 5th at 160 lbs., and Junior Nick Havener finished 5th at 182 lbs.  These three will travel with the team to Columbus hoping for a chance to make it into the tournament on Thursday.  Also winning matches for the Royals at Districts were Juniors Matt Dobben (138 lbs.) and Danny Tiley (195 lbs.)

   
  February 18th, 2012
 
SECTIONAL CHAMPIONS...
   
 
       CVCA finished as Sectional Champions with 266.5 team points and advancing an outstanding 12 wrestlers to next week's district tournament in Alliance.  The Royals had six Sectional Champions.  Finishing as champions were Ryan Bennett (106 lbs.), Nathan Tomasello (113 lbs.), Josh Decatur (132 lbs.), Jeff Hojnacki (145 lbs.), David Gray (170 lbs.), and Matt Meadows (220 lbs.).  Bennett, Tomasello, and Meadows all dominated in the finals.  While Decatur, Hojnacki, and Gray had close exciting matches.  Josh Decatur defeated Walsh's Nick Skonieczny with a throw in the edge of the mat in overtime to win a close 3-1 decision.  Jeff Hojnacki came back from a 5-0 deficit against Woodridge's Alex Minns to win by a score of 12-10.  David Gray needed an ultimate tie breaker ride out to defeat Aurora's George Bollas by a score of 3-2.  Also advancing to the district tournament were Nick Havener (3rd at 182 lbs.), Danny Tiley (3rd at 195 lbs.), and Ricky Simonelli (4th at 126 lbs.).  Michael Meadows finished as the district alternate at 152 lbs., and Scott Calo finished 6th at heavyweight.  The Royals will bring their 12 District Qualifiers to Alliance High School next Friday and Saturday for the District Tournament.  Good Luck CVCA Wrestlers!
     
   
  February 11th, 2012
 
PAC-7 TOURNAMENT...
   
 
       CVCA hosted the PAC-7 Tournament this Saturday.  The team won the PAC-7 Championship for the 4th straight year with 8 champions and 220 team points.  The Royals also placed 4 other wrestlers.  Senior Matt Meadows began a rare 4 time PAC-7 Tournament Champion by winning the 220 lbs. weight class.  At 170 lbs. fellow senior David Gray won his 3rd straight PAC-7 Championship.  Nathan Tomasello also won his 3rd straight PAC-7 title by winning at the 113 lbs. weight class.   Andy Dobben won the title at 120 lbs.  Josh Decatur won the tournament at 132 lbs.  Jeff Hojnacki won the 145 lbs. weight class.  Tyler Maclellan was the champion at 160 lbs.  Finally Nick Havener won the 182 lbs. weight class.  Ricky Simonelli finished as tournament runner-up at 126 lbs.  Matt Dobben (138 lbs.) and Michael Meadows (152 lbs.) both finished in 3rd place.  Heavyweight Scott Calo came in 4th place.  The Royals finished the regular season on a high note and will head into next week's Sectional Tournament at Walsh to start off the post season.
   
  February 1st, 2012
 
CHANEL & MILAN EDISON...
   
 
 

     The CVCA Wrestlers headed to Bedford St. Peter Chanel to take on the Firebirds and the Milan Edison Chargers.  The night started with the Royals taking on an undefeated Milan Edison team.  The dual began on a good note at the 170 lbs. weight class where Senior David Gray defeated his opponent 3-2.  Seven other wrestlers won their match.  Nick Havener won 5-1 at 195 lbs.  Matt Meadows accepted a forfeit at 220 lbs.  Ryan Bennett came up big at the 106 lbs. weight class by defeating Edison's Jude Michel 11-5.  Nathan Tomasello followed with a 19-3 technical fall at 113 lbs.  Ricky Simonelli got an important pin at 126 lbs. Josh Decatur won by major decision 14-5 at 132 lbs.  Then, Matt Dobben defeated his opponent 4-1 at 145 lbs.  The final score of the dual ended up CVCA 33, Edison 27.

     Next, the Royals took on the defending State Champion Chanel Firebirds.  Due to forfeits only seven matches were contested in the dual, and CVCA won six of them.  Winning for the Royals were Nathan Tomasello, Josh Decatur, Jeff Hojnacki, Matt Dobben, David Parker, and Matt Meadows.  By far the match of the night was a rematch of last year's District Semifinals where Matt Meadows took on Chanel State Runner-Up Kennedy Smith.  Last February Smith got the best of Meadows winning by fall.  However, the outcome was reversed in 2012.  Matt won a 7-4 decision over Smith scoring with two takedowns, a two point nearfall, and an escape; while only giving up a reversal off of a tilt, an escape, and a stalling point late in the third period.  Matt, who is now 33-1 on the year and sixth on the all-time CVCA career win list with 141 career victories, continues to impress as he has defeated many of the best 220 lbs. wrestlers in the country this year.  CVCA finished the dual in dominating fashion defeating St. Peter Chanel by a score of 73-3.

     The Royals finished the dual meet season with only one loss (coming to Lakewood St. Edward the first weekend of the season) to finish with a 14-1 record on the year.  The team will head into the last event of the regular season next weekend in the PAC-7 Tournament at CVCA.

   
  January 29th, 2012
 
WEST VIRGINIA DUALS...
   
 
   

   The Royal wrestlers headed down south to the great state of West Virginia for the West Virginia Duals.  After finishing as the tournament Runner-Up last season, the team was excited to return to this year's event.  CVCA did improve on last year and finished as tournament champions.  The Royals wrestled five duals on Friday night and defeated the tournament's 3rd, 5th, and 7th place teams.  The event started with the Royals closest dual of the tournament as CVCA defeated fellow Ohio Division II rival Lexington  41-22.  The team then defeated Parkersburg 63-9, Roane County 67-9, Cabell Midland 48-24, and Ripley 49-17.   The team then wrestled three more pool matches on Saturday morning defeating Cinncinati LaSalle 74-3, George Washington 65-12, and Parkersburg South's B team 38-18. 

     After finishing 8-0 in pool competition, CVCA moved to the finals where they faced the daunting task of taking on the 3 time defending West Virginia State Champions Parkersburg South.  Going into the dual, Parkersburg South had a consecutive dual meet winning streak of 115 straight victories.  Fortunately for CVCA that streak was broken on Saturday night.  The Royals won 9 of the 14 weight classes to win the dual meet by a score of 38-18. 

     The dual started off with a tough loss 6-3 by Ryan Bennett at 106 lbs. to put the Royals down in the team score 3-0.  However, Nathan Tomasello pinned his opponent at 113 lbs. to put CVCA ahead 6-3.  Andy Dobben followed with at 4-3 decision at 120 lbs. to increase the team score lead to 9-3.  Ricky Simonelli lost to a very tough Parkersburg South wrestler 8-2 at 126 lbs. to make the team score 9-6.  Junior State Placer winner Josh Decatur then stepped up with a 5-4 decision at 132 lbs. to increase the lead to 12-6.  Jeff Hojnacki lost a hard fought match 4-3 to make to bring South within 3 points 12-9.  Matt Dobben then stepped up to wrestle at 145 lbs. where CVCA was deducted a team point by the officials for coming out onto the mat a shade too early during a very extreme potentially dangerous situation to Dobben's neck.  Matt came through with a 6-2 win.  The Royals were then up in the team score 14-6.  The dynamic duo of sophomores Michael Meadows and Tyler Maclellan then came up big by winning at the 152 lbs. and 160 lbs. weight classes.  Michael pinned his opponent; while, Tyler earned a 2-0 decision.  That put the team score at a commanding 23-9.  Senior David Gray won 8-6 at 170 lbs.  Danny Tiley wrestled a great 1-0 match losing to Parkersburg South's lone Ironman placer.  Nick Havener then sealed the dual victory at 195 lbs. by pinning his opponent in the first period.  After the match was clinched for CVCA, Parkersburg South then forfeited to Matt Meadows at 220 lbs. and CVCA returned by forfeiting at Heavyweight to make the final team score 38-18.

     The team was lead all weekend by Senior Matt Meadows and Juniors Nick Havener and Nathan Tomasello.  Each of them finished 9-0 on the weekend and each with 5 pins.  All of the other wrestlers on the roster won matches and scored important team points on the weekend.  Ryan Bennett (8-1), Andy Dobben (7-2), Ricky Simonelli (7-2), Josh Decatur (7-1), Jeff Hojnacki (5-4), Matt Dobben (3-2), Zak Dobben (2-1), David Parker (1-2), Michael Meadows (5-2), Noah Havener (3-0), Tyler Maclellan (5-2), David Gray (6-2), Danny Tiley (6-3), and Scott Calo (4-1).

     The Royals will be back in action on Wednesday when they will take on defending State Champions St. Peter Chanel along with a very tough Milan Edison team.  Wrestling is scheduled to start at 6:00 pm at Chanel.

   
   
  January 20th, 2012
 
SENIOR NIGHT...
   
 
 

     The Amherst Steele Rockets came to CVCA on Thursday night for an exciting dual meet.  The night began with CVCA recognizing their two senior wrestlers, David Gray and Matt Meadows.  David wrestles in the 170 lbs. weight class and was honored along with his parent Mark and Patty Gray.  David won his 99th career match later that night.  David is a District Place winner and 2X PAC-7 Champion.  Matt Meadows was honored with his parents Mike and Connie Meadows.  Matt is currently 7th in all time career victories at CVCA with 130 career wins.  Matt is a two-time State Placer and 3X PAC-7 Champion .

CVCA won the dual meet by a score of 37-25. Results of the dual were as follows:

106 Bennett (CVCA) tech fall Walker (Am)19-3
113 Lough (Am) forfeit
120 Tomasello (CVCA) fall Harris (Am)
126 Matos (Am) dec 8-6 A. Dobben (CVCA)
132 Simonelli (CVCA) maj. dec 12-3 DeRuchie (Am)
138 Decatur (CVCA) dec 3-1 OT Funderburg (Am)
145 Hojnacki (CVCA) dec 7-2 Williams (Am)
152 Basinski (Am) dec 4-2 Mike Meadows (CVCA)
160 Wearsch (Am) maj. dec 13-3 Maclellan (CVCA)
170 Gray (CVCA) maj. dec 14-2 Eibon (Am)
182 Havener (CVCA) fall Whitt (Am)
195 Breeding (Am) dec 2-1 Tiley (CVCA)
220 Matt Meadows (CVCA) fall Moody (Am)
285 Bookshar (Am) fall Calo (CVCA)

     The Royals will be back in action next weekend in Parkersburg, WV at the West Virginia Duals.

   
   
  January 15th, 2012
 
ALLIANCE TOP GUN TOURNAMENT...
   
 
 

     The CVCA Wrestling team finished in 3rd place overall at the Alliance Top Gun Tournament on January 13th and 14th.  The team scored a record 180.5 team points and had 8 place winners.  Junior Nathan Tomasello won 5 matches on his way to the championship at 113 lbs.  Nathan defeated Claymont's State Placer Luke Langdon 5-0 in the finals.  Also winning the championship for the Royals was Matt Meadows at the 220 lbs. weight class.  Matt defeated Madison's Josh Ransom with a last second takedown in the finals.  Both Nathan and Matt are ranked in the top ten nationally of their respective weight classes. 

     Finishing in 3rd place was Senior David Gray at 170 lbs.  David pinned Brogan Endres of Dover in the third place match.  Freshman Ryan Bennett had an impressive tournament finishing 4th at the 106 lbs. weight class.  Ryan had an impressive win by defeating Massilon Perry's State Runner-Up David Bavery in the second round by a score of 6-4.  Junior Josh Decatur finished 5th at 132 lbs.  Josh beat Strongsville's Rick Perez 7-2 in the fifth place match. 

     The Royals had a trio of wrestlers finish in 7th place.  Freshman Andy Dobben at 120 lbs. and Juniors Matt Dobben at 145 lbs. and Nick Havener at 182 lbs. all finished in 7th.  Ricky Simonelli, Jeff Hojnacki, Michael Meadows, Tyler Maclellan, and Danny Tiley all won matches at the Top Gun for the team. 

   
  January 8th, 2011
 
CHIPPEWA INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT...
   
 
       The Royals had 3 wrestlers compete in the 2012 Chippewa Inviational Tournament.  The team had a great showing with Junior Danny Tiley winning the Championship at the 182 lbs. weight class.  Freshmen Zak Dobben and Noah Havener also had a great tournament.  Zak finished in 3rd place at the 145 lbs. weight class, and Noah finished 3rd at 160 lbs.  Great Job Royals!
   
  December 30th, 2011
 
THE GREATEST SHOW IN WRESTLING...
   
 
      

     The Medina Invitational Tournament is known as the Greatest Show in Wrestling.  The 40 team event was held December 28th and 29th at Medina High School.   CVCA finished in third place overall with 176 team points and seven individual place winners.  The first day of the tournament proved to be an exciting one as the Royals advanced 5 wrestlers to the championship semifinals.  Two number one seeds went down early at the hands of a couple of CVCA wrestlers.  First, freshman Andy Dobben defeated Lexington's two time State Runner-Up Calvin Campbell with a 2-0 win in overtime.  Then, Senior David Gray matched up against a defending three time State Champion who had not lost a high school match since early in his freshman year in Genoa's Felipe Martinez.  David was down early, but rallied to earn two takedowns and back points in the third period to come away with an 11-5 decision. David finished as the tournament runner-up at the 170 lbs. weight class.

     The team had two individual champions.  Junior Nathan Tomasello won the M.I.T. for the second year in a row by dominating the 113 lbs. weight class.  Nathan scored a 8-3 decision over Lancaster's Jacob Spearman in the finals.  Nathan was improved his undefeated record to 17-0 and was voted the tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestler.  Senior Matt Meadows dominated the 220 lbs. weight class and won the tournament in his home town of Medina.  Matt pinned Richmond Michigan's State Placer Greg Sebastian in the finals.  Matt improved his record on the season to 16-1.

     Freshman Ryan Bennett had an amazing tournament and finished in 3rd place at the 106 lbs. weight class.  Ryan avenged his only loss of the tournament by defeating Claymont's Dustin Warner 7-4 in the consolation semi-finals. Fellow freshman Andy Dobben continued on his impressive tournament and finished 5th at the 120 lbs. weight class by defeating Perry's Austin Phillips 1-0 in the placement match.  Junior State Placer Josh Decatur came in 5th place at the 132 lbs. weight class.  Josh beat Lancaster's Logan Strope with a takedown in the last few seconds of the placement match.  Junior Nick Havener finished in 7th place at the 182 lbs. weight class.  Nick won by technical fall over Richmond Michigan's Scott Gulette in the placement match.  Every other wrestler entered into the tournament scored team points to account for the most points ever scored by CVCA at the Medina Invitational Tournament.

  December 18th, 2011
 
TROY CHRISTIAN TOURNAMENT...
   
 
       The Royals wrestling team traveled down to Troy, Ohio to compete in the Troy Christian Invitational Tournament this past weekend.  The tournament was started by a great message and prayer by Olympian Nate Carr.  Overall the CVCA Wrestling team won the event with an outstanding 334.5 team points ahead of runner-up team New Lebanon Dixie (202.5 points).  CVCA had six wrestlers win the tournament.  Finishing as tournament champions were Nathan Tomasello (113 lbs.), Josh Decatur (132 lbs.), Zak Dobben (138 lbs.), David Parker (145 lbs.), David Gray (170 lbs.), and Matt Meadows (220 lbs.)  Bringing in Runner-Up finishes were Ryan Bennett (106 lbs.), Andy Dobben (120 lbs.), Ricky Simonelli (126 lbs.), Matt Dobben (145 lbs.), and Tyler Maclellan (160 lbs.).  While, Michael Meadows (152 lbs.), Nick Havener (182 lbs.), and Danny Tiley (195 lbs.) all finished in third. Scott Calo (HVY) finished in 7th place.
   
  December 15th, 2011
 
BATTLE OF WYOGA LAKE ROAD...
   
 

      

     CVCA defeated the Division II State Runner-Up Walsh Jesuit Warriors on Thursday night by a score of 42-28.  Ryan Bennett started off the match by earning a fall at 106 lbs.  After a forfeiting the 113 lbs. weight class, CVCA's Andy Dobben took on Walsh State Finalist Corey Stainbrook.  Andy lost to the tough senior by a score of 11-2.  Sophomore Ricky Simonelli lost a tight 1-0 decision to State Placer Mike Kostandaras at 126 lbs.  Josh Decatur defeated Walsh's Nolan Whitely 5-3 at 132 lbs.  Freshman Zak Dobben lost to the number one nationally ranked Nate Skonieczny at 138 lbs. by a score of 18-3.  At 145 lbs.  Matt Dobben pinned Walsh's Dan Spitznagel in the second period.  Mike Meadows lost 15-7 at 152 lbs. to Brad Ward of the Warriors.  Tyler Maclellan lost a very close overtime match to Walsh Senior Dominic Scarberry.  Finally, Nick Havener won by a score of 8-4 at 182 lbs. of Walsh's Nick Rumple.   David Gray (170 lbs.), Danny Tiley (195 lbs.), Matt Meadows (220 lbs.), and Scott Calo (285 lbs.) all earned forfeits for the Royals.  The dual finished with CVCA defeating the Wyoga Lake Road Rival for the third straight year.

   
  December 11th, 2011
 
WALSH IRONMAN TOURNAMENT
   
 
 

     The CVCA Wrestlers were in action across the street at the Walsh Jesuit Ironman Tournament over the weekend.  The Ironman is considered by most, the toughest in season high school wrestling tournament in the country.  CVCA had a great tournament and finished in 11th place overall out of about 60 teams with 73.5 team points.  Finishing as tournament champion for the second straight year was Junior Nathan Tomasello at the 113 lbs. weight class.  Nathan defeated Blair Academy's Joey McKenna 3-2 in the finals.  However, the road to the finals was not an easy path for the two time defending state champion.  Nathan had an exciting come from behind victory over Bethlehem Catholic's Zeke Moisey in the semifinal match after being down 5-0 after the first period.  Watch Nathan's matches and interview at the links below.

 
 

113 lbs. Semifinals: Nathan Tomasello vs. Zeke Moisey (Bethlehem Catholic, PA)

Nathan Tomasello Interview

 

  Senior Matt Meadows also had an outstanding tournament at the 220 lbs. weight class finishing in 3rd place.  Matt won three matches to advance to the semifinals before losing a close 3-2 decision to Good Councel Maryland's Kyle Snyder who is ranked #2 in the country.  He then won two more bouts defeating Cincinnati Moeller's Chalmer Frauf in the 3rd place match.

220 lbs. Quarterfinals:  Matt Meadows vs. Garrett Linton (Rootstown, OH)

     Senior David Gray also had a great tournament finishing 8th at the 170 lbs. weight class.  David won two matches on Friday to advance to the quarterfinals.  Then after dropping down to consolations, he pinned Ashland Crestview's Garrick Montgomery to advance to the placement round.

170 lbs. Round 2: David Gray vs. Jonathan Simmons (Robinson, VA)

     The rest of the team also wrestled great even though they fell short of placing.  Freshman Andy Dobben won 3 matches at the 120 lbs. weight class.  Junior Matt Dobben won 2 matches at 145 lbs. Finally, Sophomore Ricky Simonelli won a match at 126 lbs.  The wrestlers will be back in action at Walsh once again for a dual meet this Thursday night at 6:00 pm.

   
  December 11th, 2011
 
EAST LIVERPOOL KING OF THE HILL TOURNAMENT
   
 
   
      

     Nick Havener finished as the tournament champion at the 182 lbs. weight class of the King of the Hill Tournament in East Liverpool with a 10-4 decision in the finals.  Other wrestlers participating in the tournament were David Parker, James Hammons, Paul Gibson, and Scott Calo.

                           

   
  December 4th, 2011
 
ST. EDWARD AND OREGON CLAY
   
 
   
 

     The CVCA Wreslting team opened up the season at CVCA with matches against Oregon Clay and Lakewood St. Edward at CVCA on Saturday night December 3rd.  The Royals finished 1-1 on the day with a 35-28 victory of a tough Oregon Clay team and then falling to the defending Division I State Champion St. Eds 54-12. 

End of Match Scramble at 220 lbs. Meadows vs. Walz

     The match of the night by far was the match--up at the 220 lbs. weight class between two nationally ranked wrestlers in St. Eds Ty Walz and CVCA's Matt Meadows.  Intermat has Walz ranked 8th in the nation and Meadows ranked 11th.  The two wrestled three times last season with Meadows winning the first match at the dual meet last year and then Walz winning  the matches at the Ironman and M.I.T. This highly anticipated match did not disappoint.  The match remained relatively low scoring with each wrestler getting a takedown and two escapes in regulation to go into overtime.  After a scoreless first overtime period, both wrestlers escaped in the two thirty second tie-breakers.  Meadows chose down in the ultimate tie breaker and got a reversal after a great scramble with only seconds left in the match.   The two wrestlers may be on another collision course next weekend as they will both be entered in the 220 lbs. weight class at the prestigious Walsh Ironman Tournament.  Matt finished 2-0 on the day with a win over Clay's Pedro Zapata

Ryan Bennett at 106 lbs.

     Ryan Bennett finished 2-0 on the day at the 106 lbs. weight class to start off his high school career.  Ryan defeated Clay's Jared Davis 4-2 and St. Ed's LJ Bentley 3-2.  Junior Nathan Tomasello was also undefeated on the day with a 20-7 major decision over Richie Screptock of Oregon Clay and a fall over St. Ed's Sal Corrao.  Also recording wins for the Royals vs. Oregon Clay were Andy Dobben at 120 lbs., Josh Decatur at 132 lbs., Tyler Maclellan at 160 lbs., and David Gray at 170 lbs.

Nathan Tomasello at 113 lbs.

We would like to thanks all of the fans, freinds, and family members that came out to CVCA to support our wrestlers.  We'd especially like to recognize our CVCA Wrestling Alumni that were in attendance.  Thanks to Matt Smilek ('03), Michael Hojnacki ('07), Thomas Windom ('07), Joe Hickin ('08), Matt Hickin ('09), Brandon Sommers ('10), and Seth Powers ('11).

The matches can be viewed at www.nwntv.com

Photos courtesy of Nancy Havener

   
  November 28th , 2011
 
2011-12 SEASON PREVIEW
   
 
   
 

     The CVCA Royals wrestling enters the 2011-12 season after finishing as the Division III State Runner-Up team in each of the past two seasons.  The Royals will be lead by head coach Don Lorence and seniors Matt Meadows and David Gray.  The team will once again wrestle one of the toughest schedules in the state of Ohio this season.  The team will open up the year with the number one ranked team in the nation according to WIN Magazine and defending Division I State Champion Lakewood St. Edwards coming to CVCA for a tri meet with Oregon Clay on December 3rd.  The team will then head to the prestigious Walsh Ironman the next weekend.  After a dual with Walsh the varsity squad will head down to Troy Christian for a tournament on December 17th.  The Medina Invitational Tournament and Alliance Top Gun Tournament remain on the schedule as well as the  West Virginia Duals.  Senior night will be at CVCA on January 19th against Amherst.  Then the team will end regular season action with a tri meet against St. Peter Chanel and Milan Edison on February 1st.  Finally CVCA will host the PAC-7 Tournament before heading to Sectionals at Walsh, Districts at Alliance, and then the OHSAA State Tournament in Columbus.

     Two time state placer and Senior Matt Meadows will enter the season ranked in the nation at the 220 lbs. weight class.  Matt has finished 8th and 3rd at the State Tournament the past two years and will look to add to his already impressive high school resume.  Senior David Gray will wrestle at the 170 lbs. weight class and finished 6th at the District Tournament last year.  David has amassed 79 victories in his first three years at CVCA.

     Junior Nathan Tomasello will lead the way at the 113 lbs. weight class.  The defending two-time State Champion is coming off of a tremendous off-season where he won the July Freestyle National Championship in Fargo this past July.  Nathan is ranked as one of the best wrestlers in the nation at 113 lbs.  Fellow Junior State Placers Josh Decatur and Matt Dobben will look to improve on last year's performance.  Josh Decatur will man the 132 lbs. weight class after finishing 6th in the state last season, and Matt Dobben will wrestle at 145 lbs. after finishing 3rd in the state last season.  Other Juniors looking to contribute are David Parker at 145/152 lbs., James Hammons at 182 lbs., Nick Havener at 182 lbs., Danny Tiley at 195 lbs., and heavyweight Scott Calo.

     A solid group of sophomores will fill many of the varsity weight classes.  Ricky Simonelli finished as the State Alternate last season and will wrestle at 126 lbs.  Michael Meadows will fill the 152 lbs. weight class and Tyler Maclellan will wrestle 160 lbs.  Jeff Hojnacki will also look to contribute at 138/145 lbs.

     A nice group of new freshmen will also look to score points for the Royals.  Ryan Bennett was a Jr. High State Runner-Up in 2010 and will man the 106 lbs. weight class.  Andy Dobben will fill the 120 lbs. weight class coming off of a Jr. High State Championship last season.  Andy's brother Zak will wrestle at the 138 lbs. weight class.  Zak was also a Jr. High State Finalist last year.  Noah Havener at 160 lbs. and Paul Gibson 182/195 lbs. will also look to contribute at the varsity level this year.

     Everyone in the CVCA Wrestling Family looks forward to what this new season will bring.  Continue to pray with us that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be honored and glorified through our team this upcoming year.

   
   
  March 6th , 2011
 
OHSAA STATE TOURNAMENT...
   
 
 
 

CVCA finished as the OHSAA State Tournament Runner-Up in Division III for the second year in a row.  The Royals scored 92.5 team points, 6.5 points behind Champions Bedford St. Peter Chanel.  CVCA had five state place winners including two state champions.  Sophomore Nathan Tomasello won the championship at the 103 lbs. weight class and Senior Alex Utley won the championship at the 189 lbs. weight class.  Junior Matt Meadows finished in 3rd place at the 215 lbs. weight class.  Matt finished his Junior season with 42 wins and has accumulated 108 career wins for the Royals in his first three seasons.  Sophomore Matt Dobben also finished in 3rd place at the 140 lbs. weight class.  Matt finished his season with 33 wins.  Sophomore Josh Decatur placed 6th at the 125 lbs. weight class.  Josh won three tough matches in Columbus to finish the season with 31 wins.  Also, Senior Seth Powers came back from two knee surgeries in the past year to qualify for the State Tournament at the 135 lbs. weight class.

 

Nathan Tomasello won his second consecutive state title in Division III at the 103 lbs. weight class.  He is now a two-time state champion, which is a remarkable accomplishment especially considering he is only a sophomore.  There have been only 22 wrestlers in the history of Ohio high school wrestling that have become four-time state champions.  Nathan is on track to join that elite group.  Not only did Nathan go undefeated on the season with a record of 43-0, he won the prestigious Walsh Ironman Tournament in early December to solidify himself as the nation’s best high school wrestler at the 103 lbs. weight class.  Nathan is ranked #1 in the country by virtually every wrestling publication and website.  Nathan looks to follow in the footsteps of former CVCA wrestler and one of those 22 four time State Champions Harry Lester.  When asked about becoming a four time state champion Nathan says: “I don’t really think about winning four that much.  I just want to go out there every match and do my best.”

Click Here to Watch Nathan Tomasello Interview

Click Here to Watch Nathan Tomasello's State Finals Match

Alex Utley capped off a fantastic career as a CVCA Wrestler with a State Championship at the 189 lbs. weight class.  Alex was extremely hungry to win a state title after finishing in the top three in the state each of the last three years.  Alex finished 3rd in the state as freshman, and as the State Runner-Up his sophomore and junior years.  Alex finished as only the second wrestler in CVCA History to win the Sectional and District Tournaments in each of his four years.  This season Alex also won the Medina Invitational Tournament and PAC-7 Tournament, finished 2nd at the Top Gun Tournament and 3rd at the Ironman Tournament.  Alex won the State Championship at 189 lbs. in Division III, but also defeated the Division I and Division II State Champions during the season.  He finished the season ranked in the top ten in the entire nation at the 189 lbs. weight class.  Alex amassed 170 career victories in four years to break the all-time school record for career victories held by former CVCA wrestling great Harry Lester.

Click Here to Watch Alex Utley's State Finals Match

Congratulations to all of the CVCA wrestlers, coaches, and parents on a great year!  Praise God for the amazing talents and abilities that he has given these wrestlers!  Thank you to all of the wrestlers, coaches, parents, alumni, family, and friends that make up the CVCA Wrestling Family.  Finally, may all the Glory go to God for blessing us with such a wonderful season!

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