Garfield Heights D2 District Mid-Season Preview

bucks13

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Big changes from 2022 to 2023 - District moved from Alliance to Perry, and now to Garfield Heights.
Lake Catholic, Aurora, Perry out. Medina Buckeye, Streetsboro in.
Please let me know of any mistakes or if I am missing anyone notable. Tried to go about 10 deep per weight.


106 -
1. Javaan Yarbrough (Copley) Junior
2. Dominic Prosperi (Canton South) Freshman
3. Owen Nelson (CVCA) Senior
4. Blake Bartos (Buckeye) Freshman
5. Devion Coffin (Benedictine) Freshman
6. Anthony Sindelar (Streetsboro) Freshman
7. Camyrn Mitchell (Marlington) Junior
8. Colton Rhoads (Louisville) Freshman
9. Quin Gaca (Canfield) Sophomore
10. Cody Carpenter (Girard) Junior

Yarbrough, a projected state champ, is the clear favorite here - and I really like the top four as locks. Nelson from CVCA dropped to 106 and Czanecki moved to 113.

113 -
1. Colyn Limbert (Buckeye) Junior
2. Aiden Carone (Streetsboro) Junior
3. Christian Osborne (STVM) Junior
4. Anthony Rocco (Bay) Junior
5. Rocco Czanecki (CVCA) Freshman
6. Connor Novosel (Louisville) Senior
7. Logan Letner (Cloverleaf) Freshman
8. Colin Eckman (Firelands) Sophomore
9. Aiden Bean (Marlington) Sophomore
10. Bradyn Balla (Hubbard) Sophomore

Limbert, a projected state champ is another clear favorite. A lot of these guys haven't met directly head-to-head, so it has been a case of comparison versus common opponents. I think 2-6 are interchangeable, anything after are just names to note.

120 -
1. Anthony Perez (Streetsboro) Senior
2. Braden Hahlen (CVCA) Senior
3. Cody Miller (Canton South)
4. Tommy Conway (Hoban) Senior *
5. Nate Montgomery (Madison) Sophomore
6. Giovanni Duniec (Padua Franciscan) Sophomore
7. Luke Stanley (Marlington) Junior
8. Jacob Lewis (Jefferson) Freshman
9. Jayson Knapp (Medina Buckeye) Junior
10. Sal Bonacuse (Revere) Sophomore
11. Deacon Mock (Howland) Freshman

This is one of the weaker weights at the district with only two projected podium guys. Perez is a HUGE cutter (126 last season), this past weekend I am unsure if he was ill, or if he cut too much but he seemed to be hugging the trash can. Miller has been back and forth at 20/26 but I am almost certain he will be at 20 for post season based off the field at 26.
* Conway was ranked at 120/126 in the previous rankings, but now I can't find him at 20 or 26.

126 -
1. Bryce Skinner (STVM) Senior
2. Ruben Pina-Lorenzana (Firelands) Senior *
3. Liam Hatgas (Holy Name) Senior
4. Kolten Barker (Louisville) Junior
5. Tyler Scharrer (Canfield) Sophomore
6. Adam Heckman (Howland) Junior
7. Cyle Burt (Salem) Junior
8. Bradyn Wolfe (C.F Northwest) Junior
9. Austin McKee (Medina Buckeye) Sophomore
10. David Bania (Padua) Freshman
11. Michael Dorris (West Branch) Junior

Skinner, a projected (returning) state champ is another favorite here. This is the toughest weight in the tournament. 7 guys in the top 13. Pina-Lorenzana suffered an injury not too long ago and has been held out of matches, so I am unsure of the severity, but he seems to be the only guy that will give Skinner a legit run. Heckman has a h2h win over Barker earlier this year, but Barker had a very one sided 14-3 win at EOWL. We will get to see 4-7 matchup against each other at State Duals - Howland wrestles Canfield, Louisville wrestles Salem. Winner and loser of each will wrestle.
* I am told Pina-Lorenzana is out for the remainder of the season.

132 -
1. Donovan Paes (Streetsboro) Senior
2. Brogan Fielding (Jefferson) Junior
3. Dylan Rhoads (Louisville) Senior
4. Antonio Hobbs (Benedictine) Sophomore
5. Braden Dunlap (STVM) Sophomore
6. AJ Rickenbacher (Woodridge) Junior
7. Garran Leffel (Cloverleaf) Senior
8. Danny Beckett (Buckeye) Sophomore
9. Joey Kana (Salem) Sophomore
10. Carter Hill (Marlington) Sophomore
11. Austin Ogle (Revere) Senior

Paes, a projected state champ is another clear favorite here. Fielding is an out of state - state placer, who suffered his first loss of the season this past weekend at TopGun to D'Alessandro (3-1). Rhoads looks like a safe lock. Dunlap has some nice wins and Rickenbacher made a decent run last year at 138, and same with Leffel at 126. Hobbs (Benedictine) has been at 138 but dropped to 132 due to Dolan (Benedictine) dropping to 138.

138 -
1. Ty Stricko (Canfield) Senior
2. Jesse Badiu (Medina Buckeye) Senior
3. Jake Dolan (Benedictine) Sophomore
4. Santino Duniec (Padua) Junior
5. Kevin Williams (Firelands) Junior
6. Hunter Smith (Streetsboro) Junior
7. Kyle Vencil (Edgewood) Junior
8. Noah Adamson (Hubbard) Junior
9. Brittan Allen (Salem) Senior
10. Jordan Wayt (West Branch) Freshman
11. Josh Faris (CF Northwest) Senior

Badiu swapped places with teammate Brunst at 144. Brunst was a top four guy here, so not much changes down low. Stricko is down at 138 and I like him as a slight favorite over Badiu. The top four here all of a chance to podium.

144 -
1. Ryan Hurley (STVM) Freshman
2. Nick Brunst (Buckeye) Junior
3. Evan Mcghee (Coventry) Senior
4. Hayden Jarvis (Cloverleaf) Junior
5. Aidan Jones (Revere) Sophomore
6. Shawn German (Salem) Sophomore
7. Clayton Day (West Branch) Freshman
8. Rayden Carver (Alliance) Junior

This is easily the weakest weight in the district. Most recently, Stricko and Adamson moved to 138, making it even thinner.

150 -
1. Dominic Hoffarth (Louisville) Senior
2. Tristin Craddock (Cloverleaf) Junior
3. Carter Mock (Howland) Senior
4. Aiden Stecker (Salem) Sophomore
5. Noah Frank (Canfield) Senior
6. Nolan Martin (Buckeye) Senior
7. Cohen Klimak (Streetsboro) Sophomore
8. Savva Dirienzo (Poland) Sophomore

Hoffarth, a projected (returning) state champ, is another clear favorite. 2-7 seems to be up in the air. Hoffarth/Mock/Stecker/Frank are slated to wrestle at State Duals. Hoffarth has h2h win over Mock this season. Stecker has h2h win over Frank 8-0. Frank has h2h win over Dirienzo 7-6.

157 -
1. Kaden King (Buckeye) Junior
2. Mason Gruic (Akron STVM) Sophomore *
3. Christopher Maloney (Benedictine) Sophomore
4. Devonn Nixon (Copley) Junior
5. Anthony Lahoski (Woodridge) Senior
6. Tyler Pugh (Canton South) Junior
7. Peyton Weigand (Akron Hoban) Sophomore
8. Gabe Vance (Akron Springfield) Junior
9. Wyatt Smith (Louisville) Sophomore
10. Nolan Rudesill (Warren Howland) Senior
11. Justin Artino (West Geauga) Senior
12. Lucas Brandt (Hawken) Junior
13. Josh Biller (Ashtabula Edgewood) Junior
14. Noah Blough (Madison) Junior
15. Anthony Lahoski (Woodridge) Senior
16. Braden Dietrich (Jefferson) Junior
17. Quinn Callock (Allliance) Sophomore
18. Jude Yeager (Louisville) Senior

This is the deepest district in D2 at 157. 15 guys are ranked via BF. King is your 1 here, and despite the deepness, it is rather wide open the rest of the way with 12 guys in the top 20.
* Gruic has been ranked in the top 5 at 157, but is missing from these rankings.

165 -
1. Steven Duffy (Woodridge) Junior
2. Brandon Hayner (Medina Buckeye) Senior
3. Devin Shaw-Mason (Padua Franciscan) Sophomore
4. Niko Poullas (Canfield) Senior
5. James Nespeca (Cloverleaf) Senior
6. Calvin Gwinn (Akron STVM) Senior
7. Landon Bodovetz (Streetsboro) Senior
8. Phoenix Porter (Marlington) Senior

I do not have a favorite at this weight. Duffy is the safest choice, but I'll take anyone 1-4. We will certainly see 157's move up. Pugh (Canton South) was at 165 the better part of the year. Could definitely see him going back up.

175 -
1. Edward Neitenbach (Buckeye) Junior
2. Ryan Price (Akron STVM) Senior
3. Caden Kohout (Canfield) Senior
4. Hudson Brink (West Branch) Senior
5. Jackson Eddy (Alliance) Junior
6. Qwintin Hancox (Marlington) Junior
7. Ezekial Lucas (Ashtabula Edgewood) Junior
8. Dom Pagan (Poland)
9. Jayden Potok (Tallmadge) Senior
10. Cody Workinger (C.F. Northwest) Senior
11. Nathanel Nevmerzycki (CVCA) Senior

Neitenbach is a very clear favorite to win this. Neitenbach is ranked #2 in the state, and Price is #5 but the dropoff is big. This weight is wild with head to heads. Brink has a 4-1 win over Hancox (Dual), 5-2 win over Kohout (TopGun), and a pin over Lucas (TopGun). Hancox has a 6-2 win over Lucas (TopGun), and a pin over Eddy (EOWL), a match of which he trailed 10-0! So, I Like Eddy in that match if it's a blood round. Brink seemed to be battling injury at EOWL, losing to Kohout and Pagan in close matches, and then MFF his last match, so I kept him in the top four. Kohout has a 12-10 win over Hancox (EOWL) and a 6-4 win over Brink (EOWL). Pagan has a 4-2 win over Brink (EOWL) but was pinned by Eddy (EOWL). As I said, this weight is all over the place, having Neitenbach as your only lock. The rest is going to be draws and upsets!

Also to note - Eddy (Alliance) has been at 190 for seemingly all duals this year, and 175 for tournaments. Could see him at 190 for this.

190 -
1. Kyle Snider (CVCA) Senior
2. Trent Thomas (Bedford) Senior
3. Bryce Wheatley (Chardon NDCL) Junior
4. Dillon Badiu (Medina Buckeye) Junior
5. Jackson Dougherty (Tallmadge) Senior
6. Alex Cable (Revere) Junior
7. Anthony Fortier (Howland) Senior
8. Sam Brunner (Streetsboro) Senior
9. Reed Edgar (Jefferson) Senior
10. Ben Hall (Alliance) Freshman

Snider was a clear favorite here at 215, and especially 190. Thomas is a very respectable 2 here and suffered his only loss so far this season to Haines (Minerva) 4-0. The rest of the weight is up for grabs. Wheatley made a nice run at districts last season.

215 -
1. Aiden Mozden (Alliance) Junior
2. Bryson Getz (Akron STVM) Senior
3. Terrance Davis (Orange) Senior
4. Seth Nerone (CVCA) Junior
5. Isaac Griffith (Girard) Junior
6. Diontae Lester (Marlington) Junior
7. Gavin Hang (West Branch) Freshman

Another weaker weight after the top 3. Getz won the h2h 6-5 last year at districts but coming off a win against Bradley (TopGun) I give Mozden the nod of improvement.

285 -
1. Todd Allen (Buckeye) Senior
2. Ryan Kamperman (Salem) Senior
3. Nicholas Bowser (Hubbard) Junior
4. Davian Greenlee (Akron Buchtel) Senior
5. Vince Luce (Canfield) Junior
6. Andy VanScoy (Akron STVM) Junior
7. Will Greenberg (Hawken) Sophomore
8. Zach Cuglewski (Holy Name) Senior
9. A.J. Dunn (Firelands) Senior
10. Nate Cross (Akron Hoban) Sophomore
11. Matt Guizar (Canton South) Senior
12. Daniel Hopkins (Norton) Senior
13. Andrew Hall (Marlington) Junior
14. Mason Pawlowski (Jefferson Area) Senior
15. Jakob Baxter (Warren Howland) Senior

Todd Allen, a 2021 state champ, is the clear favorite here. Heavy is very deep here, having 15 ranked kids. After Allen, Bowser and Kamperman look to be the other locks. Kamperman won the most recent h2h vs Bowser (EOWL). The back end of these guys can and have beat each other, making the fourth spot rather wide open.
 
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Cjlewis01

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I was thinking maybe the Northeast was down a bit this year in D2 (maybe wishful thinking...). But with the addition of Buckeye and Streetsboro (both top 10 as a team at Norwalk last year), Madison from D1 to D2, and add in some tough guys from Holy Name, Benedictine, and others.

This district will be very competitive and deep. I think we see alot of successful qualifiers from this district the following week in Columbus.

After being at top gun over the weekend, it reminded me how much I enjoyed them hosting and really hope that it heads back there soon.
 

bucks13

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I was thinking maybe the Northeast was down a bit this year in D2 (maybe wishful thinking...). But with the addition of Buckeye and Streetsboro (both top 10 as a team at Norwalk last year), Madison from D1 to D2, and add in some tough guys from Holy Name, Benedictine, and others.

This district will be very competitive and deep. I think we see alot of successful qualifiers from this district the following week in Columbus.

After being at top gun over the weekend, it reminded me how much I enjoyed them hosting and really hope that it heads back there soon.
6/14 projected state champs coming out of 1 district is hard to beat in terms of difficulty.

Garfield Heights certainly has some big shoes to fill. Alliance always did a great job running the tournament smooth and efficiently. Perry ran a nice much more size friendly tournament as well. I have never been to Garfield Heights; however, I have heard good things.
 

350zjk

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Garfield Heights certainly has some big shoes to fill. Alliance always did a great job running the tournament smooth and efficiently. Perry ran a nice much more size friendly tournament as well. I have never been to Garfield Heights; however, I have heard good things.
Officiated the Div 3 Districts at Garfield Hts. a number of times, and it was very well run. An added perk was that they used 5 mats instead of the traditional 4 one finds at most districts. It was nice to get out early even doing three rounds. Perry district on the other hand was more like a zoo. Tournament ran well, the wrestling was excellent, but the crowds were often within a few feet of the mat (kind of like the Ironman). Minor altercations were not uncommon. LOL
 

Jim Behrens

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Officiated the Div 3 Districts at Garfield Hts. a number of times, and it was very well run. An added perk was that they used 5 mats instead of the traditional 4 one finds at most districts. It was nice to get out early even doing three rounds. Perry district on the other hand was more like a zoo. Tournament ran well, the wrestling was excellent, but the crowds were often within a few feet of the mat (kind of like the Ironman). Minor altercations were not uncommon. LOL
All three NE districts are going to use 5 mats on Friday.
 

bucksman

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I think Hoover used five mats last year on Friday, though I am not 1000% sure on that.

D2 at Garfield Hts is EVERY school in the NE district this year. The NE lost a sectional, one that the Central picked up. The district in the NW has three NW sectionals and a Central sectional now.

Though there is a talent shrink (slightly) among the schools that were in the all-NE district last year, which was at Perry, that is recovered by picking up the schools that went to Norwalk last year from the NE district.

In terms of Alliance, they decided not to host the previous two years. If they want to host, I would think they could get something.
 
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