Harmon School mat team largest in school history

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FROM STAFF REPORTS

Aurora -- During the first week of competition in the 2013-14 season, Harmon School's wrestling team competed in three events.

The squad went up against the toughest middle school program in the area at Wadsworth for a triangular that also included Cloverleaf, then traveled to Kirtland for a dual match and finished off the week at the eight-team Tallmadge Invitational.

Although the season is young, Harmon's largest-ever squad is setting records. At last count, the team had 32 members and is gaining new ones. Nine of 10 seventh-graders from last season returned and recruited eight of their friends for a total of 17 eighth-graders. Fifteen seventh-graders round out the squad.

Wrestling at 80 to 86 pounds are eighth-grader Kurt Nunns and seventh-grader Kyle Petersen. At 92 is seventh-grader Kobe Coachman, at 98 are eighth-graders Jacob Loudon and Drew McVay and seventh-grader Jimmy Soukdala and at 104 are eighth-grader Trevor Mitch and seventh-graders Nick Pascal and Justin Lovell, who have also challenged 110-pound seventh-grader Will McGhee.

Also contending at 110 or 116 are eighth-graders Max Keilin and Jett Olique, while 116 includes seventh-graders Zach Flynn and Sam DeVito and eighth-grader Sam Berryhill. eighth-grader Robby Albrecht could wrestle 116, but has challenged up at 122 with seventh-grader Paul Nugent.

At 128 are eighth-graders Nate Whitelaw, Chase Coady and Michael Sapp. Eighth-grader Ryan Scantland holds the 134 slot, while 142 has eighth-grader Nate Smierciak and seventh-grader Javonte Douglas, one of whom will wrestle 150 each match as long as seventh-grader Colin McNamara chooses to wrestle up at 160 along with seventh-grader Caleob Williams.

At 172 is seventh-grader Dante Leone. The biggest group challenges at 205 -- eighth-graders Montana Nietert, Mason Copley and Jared Carnevale and seventh-grader Blake Carnahan. The lineup is capped at heavyweight by seventh-grader Adon Tell.

Team captains are Albrecht, Scantland and Smierciak, while guiding the team are coaches Paul Frankmann Dave Keckan and Mike DeMay.

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