Genoa has impressive 1st day at state wrestling tournament – Toledo Blade


COLUMBUS — The first day in Columbus for the Genoa wrestlers went about as well as could be imagined.

All seven Comets that competed Thursday at Value City Arena advanced to the quarterfinals of Division III championship competition, leading to 19.5 team points and a spot in first place after the first day of Ohio High School Athletic Association individual tournament. 


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Genoa’s Dustin Morgillo, top, cradles Massillon Tuslaw’s Brier Marthey during their 138-pound match at the state wrestling tournament.


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Perhaps the most impressive victory for Genoa came from two-time state champion Dylan D’Emilio at 132 pounds, who pinned Bridgeport’s Elliott Dean, pinning Dean in 1 minute, 11 seconds to push Genoa to 10.5 points in the first round.

Head coach Bob Bergman said D’Emilio, who is 49-0 on the season, is the model of consistency for the Comets, who lead by two  points Massillon Tuslaw heading into the second day.

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“He is Mr. Consistent. He will not be denied. He has got the heart of a lion and he just continues to improve,” Bergman said. “His ceiling, we still haven’t seen yet.”

Before D’Emilio’s win, brothers Oscar and Julian Sanchez came away with victories at 113 and 120 respectively. 

Oscar Sanchez, the first Genoa wrestler of the day, won by major decision, 11-2 against North Lima South Range’s Kyle Keenan, before Julian Sanchez followed with a dominating 17-1 tech fall decision against Richmond Edison’s Hayden Johnson.

Dustin Morgillo picked up a 7-0 decision against Massillon Tuslaw’s Brier Marthey at 138, then James Limongi scored a 6-4 decision against Miami Valley Christian Academy’s Seth Henderson at 160, with Xavier Beach earning a 10-0 major decision against Danville’s Brice Berger at 182.

The Comets’ 285-pounder, Noah Koch, battled Fredericktown’s Mitchell Hurlbut to the wire before coming away with a 3-1 tiebreaker victory.

“Every heavyweight match is a barnburner,” Bergman said of Koch’s close win. “There is a lot of weight moving around there. It was awesome for him to get that win.”


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Maumee’s Brandon Phillips is thrown by Breslin Walker of Cuyahoga Falls CVCA as time expires during their 220-pound Division II first round match at the state wrestling tournament. Phillips won the match.


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It was a good start for the Comets, who are looking to come away with the title after coming up just short a season ago, when Genoa placed second in the event. Genoa won the state dual team title in February.

“It’s an awesome start. Couldn’t ask for a better way to start the tournament. I am proud of our guys. They are all feeling it,” Bergman said. “The team is talking about it. [We have] unfinished business. We want to reach our potential this year. Everyone has worked really hard for this weekend, and we realize that.”

Bergman, whose team holds a seven-point lead over second place Ashtabula St. John and Milan Edison, said his team must remain focused in order to reach its ultimate goal.

“It’s just one period at a time, one match at a time,” Bergman said. “Outwork and out-hustle our opponent to move into the next best position, keep it simple and everything else will take care of itself.”

In other Division III action, Swanton’s Zack Schaller was upended by Marion Pleasant’s Carter Wolf in a 16-7 major decision at 120, but he was picked up by his teammates the rest of the way as the Bulldogs’ other four wrestlers picked up first-round victories and sit in fourth place with 13 points.

Trevor Schaller (126), Chase Moore (152), and Ryan Marvin (160) all won by decision, and Tommy Lytle (285) pinned Shadyside’s Josh Robinson in 2:48.

Zack Schaller came back in the first round of consolations with a pinfall win.

Delta also had a solid day as the Mattin brothers each won. Zack earned a 16-5 decision at 106 against Massillon Tuslaw’s Jacob Kuhlins, while Cole pinned Arcanum’s Ethin Hoffman in 2:48.

Oak Harbor’s Cameron Dickman picked up a 10-3 decision Ralyland Buckeye Local’s Brian Palmer in the 120-pound class, before teammate Tad Jensen fell by a 10-1 major decision at 132 against Galion Northmor’s Aaron Kitts. Jake Sage won 1-0 against Middletown Madison’s Zach Banks at 195.

At 145, Gibsonburg’s Hugo Villarreal pinned Dayton Christian’s Henry Danishek in just 20 seconds, then teammate Brad Mendoza picked up an 8-2 decision win at 170 against Creston Norwayne’s Kaden Kidd.

Archbold’s Gavin Grime came away with a 3-1 decision over Dylan Schenck of Milton Union at 145, while teammate Colton Soles won a 6-5 decision over Matt Hall to round out his weight class at 152.

At 113, Eastwood’s Brandon Hahn won by tech fall, 20-1, against Gates Mills Hawken’s Jackson Reineke, Patrick Henry’s Wil Morrow dominated in an 11-1 major decision against Nelsonville-York’s Colton Snyder, Dylan Hinton of Elmwood pinned opponent Covington’s Gage Kerrigan of Covington in 1:02, and Fremont St. Joseph’s Noah Price was decisive in an 11-3 major decision against Orrville’s Sam Auble at 220.


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Wauseon’s Hunter Yackee, top, scores back points on St. Paris Graham’s Isiah Stickley during their 132-pound match in a Division II first-round bout at the state tournament.


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Wauseon 2nd in D-II

Seven of nine Wauseon wrestlers were victorious as the Indians sit in second place with 16 points, well behind St. Paris Graham.

At 113, Gavin Ritter’s 7-5 decision by sudden victory against Goshen’s Josh Dunn got the Indians off to a good start. Nolan Ray put together a dominating 13-1 major decision win against Minerva’s Ethan Mueller. Hunter Yackee followed with a 3-0 decision against St. Paris Graham’s Isaiah Stickley at 132.

Mauricio Barajas kept the momentum going at 138, collecting a 7-1 decision against Newark Licking Valley’s Dylan Dodson before teammate Gage Grunden won 12-6 at 160. Sandro Ramirez then won a 13-8 decision at 152 against Washington Court House’s Zane Nelson before Xavier Torres won 7-3 against Akron Hoban’s Quinton Kelly at 160.

Maumee’s Ryan Hass pinned Cody Neece of Thornville Sheridan in 3:40 at 182, and teammate Brandon Phillips eked out a 5-4 decision against Cuyahoga Falls CVCA’s Breslin Walker at 220

Napoleon’s Zach Altman advanced with an 8-2 win against Cincinnati Wyoming’s Yima Nyamor at 152.

Tough day in D-I

The first eight area wrestlers all fell before Fremont Ross’ Garrett Barth edged Harrison’s Simon Shirley4-3 in the 170-pound class.

Clay High School, which entered the day with six wrestlers, came away with just one victory, when Nick Daly pinned Ashtabula Lakeside’s Luciano Cunningham of Ashtabula Lakeside in 4:37.

Lakewood St. Edward led with 32 points.



Jets showing interest in Baker Mayfield, set up visit and workout – ESPN (blog)


The New York Jets are doing their homework on Baker Mayfield. Lots of homework.

In the market for a quarterback, the Jets will be in Oklahoma for a private workout and they will have the Heisman Trophy winner at their facility for a pre-draft visit, he told themmqb.com.

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They already met with Mayfield at the Senior Bowl and the NFL scouting combine. That’s a lot of Mayfield. Does it mean the Jets are targeting him in the draft?

Maybe, maybe not.

Keep in the mind the Jets will have 30 players for pre-draft visits, the league limit, many of whom will have multiple meetings with the team. It certainly means the Jets are performing their due diligence on Mayfield, the flag-planting, crotch-grabbing star whose behavior and background (which includes an arrest) demands scrutiny.

“You get a small window with them” at the combine, general manager Mike Maccagnan said. “In some cases, you get more exposure to these players when you go to their pro days and you’re around them in that environment. Sometimes you’ll schedule private workouts with them. Sometimes we’ll bring them in for visits at our facility, so we get a lot more opportunities to see them.”

The Jets have the sixth pick in the draft. If they don’t sign free agent Kirk Cousins, they could use their first-round pick on a quarterback. Josh Allen, Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen are the other top quarterback prospects. They, too, could get a once-over from the Jets.



Division 2 hockey semifinals: Trenton, Hartland advance to finals – Detroit Free Press


Tom Lang, Special to the Detroit Free Press
Published 10:13 p.m. ET March 8, 2018

Hockey is king in Trenton, and the Trojans came one step closer to adding a 15th jewel to their crown.

Trenton upended the defending Division 2 champions, Birmingham Brother Rice, 3-2, in the semifinals at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth to advance to Saturday’s championship game.

With 14 state hockey titles since the MHSAA first offered hockey finals in 1975, there is not much doubt the Downriver community is all about the sport.

“Growing up, everyone around Trenton has been playing hockey,” said senior captain Justin Litchard, who scored the winning goal halfway through the third period when his shot from out front glanced off the side of the net, hit the boards, bounced back and off the goalie’s pads before dropping softly into the goal behind him.

“Everyone goes to the rink to watch Trenton play hockey. I think the whole community enjoys hockey and that’s why it’s so strong.

“My dad played the game and got me involved in hockey growing up as a kid. I started off young and I liked it and I’ve stuck with it ever since.”

Hockey has provided all but two of the school’s state championships (track in 1927 and boys golf in 2004). But the program had gone just 67-42-5 since winning a title in 2014. Trenton got a lift by defeating No. 1-ranked Livonia Stevenson in the quarterfinals, avenging a loss to the Spartans mid-season.

“That’s a huge confidence boost for our team,” Litchard said. “Stevenson is a good team and competed hard. We needed to carry that into tonight and try to get back here for Saturday.

“The third and fourth-line guys are stepping up and contributing huge,” he added about a playoff run that included the first four wins with a combined scoring margin of 21-1. “It’s really helped the team out. Everyone is believing in each other. If those guys keep doing that and know their role things will take care of itself. The playoffs are all about the whole team coming together. I think the playoffs has been the best hockey of the whole season so far. That’s been the main reason why; the third and fourth line guys are stepping up.”

Head coach Chad Clements agreed that Trenton’s work ethic was key to the victory.

“We’re connected with the Big Three,” he said. “It has been and always will be, so it is a very blue-collar socioeconomic group, and it’s one of those things where we have that attitude that you come to work every day and put in your time and effort.

“It’s how they are brought up, whether it’s by their parents or how they are taught in school by their teachers, they definitely have that go-to-work attitude.”

Junior Devon Dunn scored Trenton’s first two goals.

Clements said the win over Stevenson “showed some kids that we belong here and they are starting to believe that themselves. Building that confidence that we’re supposed to be here and we belong with the top teams in the state.”

Hartland 9, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern/Eastern 1

The Eagles scored fast and often, jumping out to a 7-0 lead after two periods to cruise into Saturday’s Division 2 finals to face Trenton. Jake Behnke scored a hat trick for Hartland (23-6-1). Josh Albring assisted on two of Behnke’s goals and added two more assists. Forest Hills went to the penalty box on several occasions and got hurt by it as Hartland poured in five consecutive power play goals.

  

 



Five For Friday: Rugby – TeamUSA.org



By Paul D. Bowker |
March 09, 2018,
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Perry Baker competes at the 2017 Wellington Sevens on Jan. 28, 2017 in Wellington, New Zealand.

 

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Just one week after winning the Las Vegas Sevens tournament on home turf, the USA Eagles rugby team heads to Vancouver, British Columbia, this week for the Canada Sevens. It is the sixth stop in the HSBC World Rugby Seven Series.

The United States topped Argentina by a score of 28-0 in last week’s final in Las Vegas to earn its second championship in World Rugby Sevens Series history. The Eagles also won a tournament in 2015 in London.

The Eagles are in sixth place in the series standings with 58 points. They are one point ahead of England.

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Among those leading the fast-charging Eagles are 2016 Olympians Perry Baker, Folau Niua, Carlin Isles, Danny Barrett and team captain Ben Pinkelman.

The Eagles face Uruguay, Canada and Australia in pool play on Saturday in BC Place Stadium before heading into the playoff round.

“We are not looking past Uruguay as we strive to show a pride in consistency of performance — that is the holy grail for us,” said coach Mike Friday. “Having the grit and resilience to work hard and stay focused will allow us to reach for that.”

Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.



On the Eve of Free Agency, the Cautionary Tale of Suh – Sports Illustrated


The NFL New Year comes next week, but it’s not time to celebrate yet. Before we can enjoy the promise of new beginnings, we get a slow undoing of past forays—a string of reminders that many moves ultimately end in regret. Since Monday​, a Legion has been disbanded and a No-Fly Zone dissolved, as well as a dozen other deals nullified as teams part ways with former stars. And in Miami, the ultimate act of amends looms over the Dolphins.

Three years after signing Ndamukong Suh to the biggest ever contract for a defensive player (six years, $114 million), Miami is reportedly considering cutting the defensive tackle. “At this point, the Dolphins are trying to determine whether a Suh restructuring (if Suh is willing) or a release is the better option,” Barry Jackson reports in the Miami Herald. “The least appealing option is keeping his cap hit at $26.1 million for next season.” Suh has played well in his three seasons as a Dolphin, but they finished 16th, 29th and 25th in yards allowed, going a combined 22-26 with zero playoff wins. And Suh has lasted longer in Miami than did the recipients of the next three biggest free agent deals in the winter of 2015—Darrelle Revis (Jets), Jeremy Maclin (Chiefs) and Julius Thomas (Jaguars).

By my math, no player has ever won a Super Bowl after going elsewhere for a $100 million deal (and only three players, Drew Bledsoe, Fletcher Cox and Ben Roethlisberger, have won a ring playing on a nine-figure contract.) So enjoy a weekend of free agency speculation, but remember, Jan. 2 always comes. Just ask the Dolphins.

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1. The trades keep coming. Wednesday saw Michael Bennett shipped to Philadelphia (even if the Patriots might have offered more). The same day, the Eagles’ NFC East rival Giants also bulked up their defense for a draft pick, getting linebacker Alec Ogletree from the Rams, who stayed busy by bringing in Aqib Talib for a fifth-rounder on Thursday night.

2. Meanwhile, releases continue apace. Thursday, the Titans moved on from 30-year-old running back DeMarco Murray. He was the AFC’s leading rusher in 2016. Richard Sherman‘s departure from Seattle is still to come (maybe by the time you read this?).

3. Le’Veon Bell ​said he won’t report to camp if he doesn’t get a long-term deal (in a re-run of what transpired in Pittsburgh last year). That comes after the running back claimed he might skip as many as the first 10 games.

4. Bradley Chubb is the draft’s best edge rusher. He was ranked 734th in high school. Jourdan Rodrigue fills in the gap.

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5. Less than three years after being shot twice in the head, former Rams receiver Stedman Bailey is trying to return to the NFL.

6. Marquise Goodwin is getting $10 million guaranteed from the 49ers. He was third in the NFL with 17.2 yards per catch in 2017.

7. A father has gone to court to keep one of his sons from playing football, and now the story is in The New York Times. One more from the Times: “Suicides, Drug Addiction and High School Football​.” Meanwhile, The Athletic has a lengthy profile of a Harvard football player whose life was altered by a “regular” hit.

8. Washington players who filled in during the 1987 strike will finally receive their Super Bowl rings.

9. Danny Heifetz considers Eric Reid and what might happen now that the safety and protest leader is going to be a free agent.

10. Jeremy Towns got into medical school the day before his Pro Day in 2014. After a stint in the NFL, he’s now becoming a doctor. “I lived out the professional sports imagination. Now I’m living out the med school imagination,” he said. “At the same time, I’m living out the imagination, that ‘I might not be able to change the entire globe, but I can change my part of the globe.’ To me, that’s like changing the world.”

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Serena Williams Makes Her Comeback to Tennis After Welcoming Baby Alexis Olympia – E! Online


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Well look who is back on the court!

More than six months after welcoming her first child with Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, Serena Williams is returning to tennis and ready to win big.

The tennis pro grabbed her racquet and participated in her first professional match since welcoming baby Alexis Olympia. The special game was against Zarina Diyas as part of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif. It also marks her first event since the 2017 Australian Open.

“It’s official. My comeback is here,” she wrote on Instagram. “This whole month I am playing tournaments in California and Florida—both my home states.”

Serena’s return also coincides with International Women’s Day, a holiday that has special meaning for the athlete.

“My comeback could not have come on a better day and I decided I wanted to do something different let you all be apart of my long journey back (if you want of course!!) So I created my Serena Gold toned ‘S’ pin.  When I am playing you can wear it and show support not only from me but also for my charity which supports the Yetunde Price Resource Center,” she explained to her followers. “I want this gold ‘S’ mean something special to you personally. What is one S word in your life that means something to you? Mine is Strong and Sure! So when I wear my ‘S’ pin I am representing Strength, and Sureness.”

The pins are available to fans who come see her in Indian Wells. Those who see Serena play in Miami later this week will also be able to receive one.

Earlier this week, Serena hosted the 14th Annual Desert Smash Celebrity Tennis Event benefiting the Yetunde Price Resource Center.

The non-profit was founded by Serena and her sister Venus Williams in honor of the Williams’ eldest sister.

While Serena took to the court for a friendly match with Victoria Azarenka, the new mom’s match tonight will mark her professional return to the sport she loves so much.

Good luck Serena and welcome back!