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The West Geauga Wrestling team has started off the 2017 season with mixed results. A strong showing of seven seniors should pave the way for success in many areas, however. These seniors include Evan Vetturini, Jordan Brown, Kyle Gallagher, Tylere Stennett, Adam Williams, Chris Nicely and Jorge Mirabelli.

The season took a while to begin, as the Wolverines had their first two matches cancelled due to poor weather. Once they got onto the mat, their first event was a tournament at Cleveland Central Catholic. 5 Wolverines stood on the podium after it was all over: Vetturini and Gallagher placed 1st, Mirabelli and sophomore Solomon Troychansky finished 2nd and Williams finished 3rd. Olentangy Liberty High School was next, and the event ended successfully for Troychansky and Gallagher, both of whom placed fourth. Next the team attended the Kenston Invitational Tournament and Kyle Gallagher, once again, hit the podium in 4th place.

Vetturini, Mirabelli and Williams are returning district qualifiers who look to lead the team into the post – season. Another wrestler to watch is Gallagher. In his final season for the Wolverines his current record is 14-5. He is also ranked 17th in Billy Schaefer’s BoroFanOhio state rankings. All these wrestlers aspire to be district qualifiers this year and some are expected to make to the state wrestling tournament in Columbus at the end of the season.

When asked about the season, 29 year veteran coach, Mr. Joe Marino said, “While our team is relatively small this year, I can’t state enough how proud I am of these guys who have made the choice to commit themselves to this sport. Wrestling is a grind, but the guys who choose to accept its challenge are all winners, regardless of how any matches end up on the mat.”

This week the team travels to two separate events. Some will be attending the Top Gun Tournament in Alliance, Ohio, which is highly respected in the wrestling community. Success in this tournament could possibly reveal a high success rate later in the season. The other wrestlers will be heading to Berkshire High School for more experience in the sport and lots of matches.

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