PREP ROUNDUP | Justin Hershberger gets win No. 100 during Waynedale's 5-0 weekend

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Waynedale Golden Bears
Waynedale Golden Bears

Saturday, Jan. 22


Twinsburg Duals

Wrestling at the Twinsburg Duals, Waynedale hammered its way to a 5-0 weekend against an eight-team field. The Golden Bears beat Streetsboro (54-12), Twinsburg (76-4, Pickerington North (64-10), St. Edward B (42-36) and Cloverleaf (69-10).

“It was St. Ed’s B-team, but they could beat a lot of teams,” said Waynedale coach Louie Stanley. “We had a good weekend, wrestled some nice teams and we were the only Div. III team here and we seek out the bigger competition to prepare us.”

Leading the way for the Golden Bears was Justin Hershberger, who notched his 100th career win and went 5-0 at the event. Peyton Lemon, Caiden Heller, Caden Schmeltzer and Gavan Morris were also perfect in going 5-0.

“It was awesome for Hershberger to get this 100th win,” said Stanley. “We got Lemon back at full strength, he had a great day and just brings so much to the team in terms of leadership and experience. It was big lift to the kids to get him back.”

“Our kids really wrestled well and we are getting into that dual meet mindset, prepping up for the state duals.”

Knights Invitational

Competing in its own Invite, West Holmes finished third in a tough field of competition. Medina Highland finished first, with Medina Buckeye coming in second.

“Highland is an excellent team with a great group of wrestlers coming through that has been pretty awesome,” said Knights coach Scott Vaughn. “Buckeye is also really good. It was awesome competition and you have to wrestle your best when wrestling kids like that.”

Leading the way for the Knights with a second-place finish were Brady Smith and Mason Taylor with big days. Not far back were Tucker Kaufman and Elisha Baldridge with third-place finishes, and in fifth place were Conner Varnes and Collin Gardner. Finishing sixth on the day were West Holmes grapplers Aaj Roberts, Grady Toye and Noah Tish.

“Tish wrestled really well this weekend and looked like the old Noah that we have seen and the same one we have in practices,” said Vaughn. “Toye had a good weekend for us as well and we had some kids take some tough losses. If you never play competition like this, you never get exposed or know what you need to work on.”

Dave Rohr Memorial

Chippewa made the trip to Mapleton to wrestle in the Dave Rohr Memorial and came away with some good finishes.

Leading the way was Neil Miller, who finished runner up at 175, and Trent Zollinger was fourth at 165. Grady Hutton (144) and Nate Morris (215) both finished fifth and Sam Petit took sixth at 165.

"They all wrestled solid and made small improvements that we focused on during the week," said Chippewa coach Hanna Hall.

Ridgedale Girls Invite

In the Ridgedale Girls Invite, Chippewa came away with a pair of top-four finishes.

Gabi Gartin earned a championship at 115 and Bella Adams took third at 145.


Wooster 70, Ashland 41

Wooster shook off any lingering effects from Thursday's loss to Mt. Vernon with a dominant win over Ashland.

Grace Kostohryz was key in the paint with 10 points and just missed a double-double with nine rebounds. Eily Badertscher scored 13 and snared seven boards and Grace Grey seven points and eight rebounds. The trio combined for 30 points and 24 rebounds to steer the path to the win.

Tori Pettorini knocked down two 3-pointers and scored 14 and Nora Levy finished with a team-high 17 points.

“This was a huge bounce-back win for us and anytime your starters combine for 61, it’s a good sign,” said Wooster coach Alex Kacere. "Our bench came out and defended at a high level today which was really awesome to see. It was a great team win. [We were] very selfless today. We are excited to play a really good Dalton team on Tuesday”

Loudonville 71, Rootstown 46

Going on the road, Loudonville battled an 11-3 Rootstown squad and earned a win using a 22-12 first quarter run to take charge. From there, the Redbirds overcame foul trouble and a rolled ankle to standout Shalen Guilliams, not that it mattered too much.

“This was a big-time road win for us today in a hostile environment against a very good team,” said Loudonville coach Tyler Bates.

The ankle didn’t slow down Guilliams, who finished with a team-high 31 points, including five 3s. Corri Vermilya poured in 20 points while Jalyn Johnson, Kenzie Cutlip and Maddie Kline each had five points.

Triway 50, Canton Central Catholic 33

A fast start was more than enough to lift Triway past Canton Central Catholic as it jumped all over the Crusaders and led 23-9 at half.

Mallory Fluharty just missed punching a double-double with 10 points and eight rebounds and Caitlin Titler was dialed in hitting three 3-pointers, scoring 18 and grabbing four boards. There was Aaliyah Wirth with 11 points and five boards, and Kalie Campbell chipped in five points.

Smithville 47, Norwayne 35

After a super low-scoring matchup earlier in the season, this time Smithville and Norwayne both knocked down some shots with the young Smithies coming away with a league win.

Naomi Keib powered the way with 16 points and five rebounds and Kailynn Wickens was key with 13 points. Madi Singer scored nine, dished out five assists and had three rebounds and Cammi Wickens finished with seven points and five boards for Smithville.

The Bobcats were led by standout Andrea Maibach with 19 points while Shelby Vaughn and Lily Rieman both had five.

CVCA 65, Tuslaw 38

CVCA is in a dogfight with Northwest for the Principals Athletic Conference title and it didn’t waste any time going at Tuslaw. Jumping out to a 12-7 lead, the Royals put this one away with a 23-11 second quarter advantage.

The Mustangs were led by Abby Hoiles with a team-high 11 points. There was Bree McCabe with nine points and Jada Weaver knocked down a 3-pointer and finished with seven.

Manchester 49, Orrville 38

Orrville dropped a tough conference battle with Manchester, but continue to show some progress in the second half of the season.

Leading the way for the Red Riders were Averi Haley, with a team-high 14 points, and Amari Slaughter, who had 13.

Hillsdale 53, Rittman 45

Hillsdale picked up a league win over host Rittman to match their season total of five wins a year ago.

"It was a good game both ways," said Falcons coach Tadd Elliott. "I am very proud of this team and for never letting up until the clock hit triple-zeroes."

Leading the way for Hillsdale were Sydney Elliott and Lauren Bishop, with Elliott hitting three 3-pointers, scoring 16 points and snaring seven boards. Bishop posted a monster double-double with 16 points and 20 rebounds.

The Indians were led by Emma Berkihiser with a double-double, scoring 16 and grabbing 13 rebounds. Ella Robinson put in nine and Savannah Smith had eight points and seven rebounds for Rittman.

Louisville 49, Dalton 41

A slow start proved to be too much for Dalton to rally from as it fell to Louisville in this non-league matchup.

Kylee Johnson led the Bulldogs with 15 points as she buried four 3s while Addesa Miller and Ella Lunsford both added nine points.


Western Reserve Academy 48, Hiland 39

Playing a tough WRA squad, Hiland couldn’t overcome the Pioneers' defense over the middle two quarters. The Hawks were outscored 33-8 in that span and they tried to make up for it with a 20-2 fourth quarter run.

Setting the pace for Hiland was Sammy Detweiler, who hit three 3-pointers and scored 17 and Grant Miller, who finished with eight.

Norwalk 74, Northwestern 69

Northwestern fell in this non-league match to Norwalk as it saw a 38-33 halftime lead evaporate in the second half.

Alex Ciolek led the Huskies by draining five 3-pointers and scoring a team-high 25 points. Posting an all-around stat line was Brett Alberts with 15 points, five rebounds and five assists and Ethan Siders added 13 points and seven assists. Luke Wright paced Northwestern with seven rebounds and scored seven points, and Brandon Barnette added nine.m

Tuslaw 68, Sandy Valley 50

Ty Pratt knocked down three 3-pointers and scored a team-high 25 to lead Tuslaw past Sandy Valley.

There was also Nathan Frascone with 10 points, and Troy Harbeitner, who had nine.

This article originally appeared on The Daily Record: Prep Roundup: Hershberger gets win No. 100 during Waynedale's 5-0 weekend

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