FROM STAFF REPORTS
Aurora -- It was a very successful day for Harmon School's wrestlers at the Tallmadge Invitational on Dec. 7, where the locals placed second for the second year in a row, placing 13 boys and earning 215 points.
Stow-Munroe Falls won the title.
Harmon wrestlers won eight of eight matches in the consolation semifinals and nine of 13 in the finals. Champions were Trevor Mitch at 104 pounds, Will McGhee at 110 and Colin McNamara at 160, while taking runnerup honors were Robby Albrecht at 122 and Drew McVay at 98. Coming in third were Kobe Coachman at 92, Zach Flynn at 116, Nate Smierciak at 142, Dante Leone at 172, Montana Nietert at 205 and Adon Tell at 245. Kurt Nunns at 80 and Ryan Scantland at 134 finished fourth.
"This team full of characters wrestled with character," said coach Paul Frankmann. "Mitch worked his way through a very tough weight class with hard fought decisions and smart wrestling. McVay wrestled fast and furiously and only lost in the championship match to the tournament MVP."
First year wrestlers Chase Coady, Jimmy Soukdala and Caleob Williams all earned points against varsity competition.
"Our first match of the season was a preview of competition we'll see in our new Suburban League Conference starting in 2015," explained Frankmann.
"Cloverleaf fielded a solid squad that Harmon edged 42-33 with pins by McGhee and Smierciak, a decision by Scantland and forfeits picked up by Coachman, McVay, Nietert and Tell. Fortunately, our losses were mostly by decision."
Against Wadsworth, close matches were lost by McVay, Albrecht, Nate Whitelaw and Tell to keep the score respectable, but Harmon fell 68-18.
Harmon fared well in extra matches with victories by McVay, Max Keilin, Jordan Carnevale, Coady, Virgil Glorioso and Blake Carnahan.
"It was a great first event that helped the team tune up for the season by seeing competition in December that is equal to the best it will face at the season-ending Twinsburg tournament in February," said Frankmann.
The following day Harmon traveled to Kirtland, which fielded only seven wrestlers. Including extra matchs where wrestlers that took forfeits wrestled up a weight against Kirtland starters, Harmon won eight of 10 matches. Earned victories went to McVay, Flynn, Smierciak, McNamara, Vince Leone, Nietert, Coachman, McGhee and Scantland.
Harmon will host Kenston, Independence and Wickliffe in a double dual on Dec. 19 before heading into winter break Dec. 21 at an eight-team dual meet tournament at Ravenna.