March 6th , 2011

CVCA finished as the OHSAA State Tournament Runner-Up in Division III for the second year in a row.  The Royals scored 92.5 team points, 6.5 points behind Champions Bedford St. Peter Chanel.  CVCA had five state place winners including two state champions.  Sophomore Nathan Tomasello won the championship at the 103 lbs. weight class and Senior Alex Utley won the championship at the 189 lbs. weight class.  Junior Matt Meadows finished in 3rd place at the 215 lbs. weight class.  Matt finished his Junior season with 42 wins and has accumulated 108 career wins for the Royals in his first three seasons.  Sophomore Matt Dobben also finished in 3rd place at the 140 lbs. weight class.  Matt finished his season with 33 wins.  Sophomore Josh Decatur placed 6th at the 125 lbs. weight class.  Josh won three tough matches in Columbus to finish the season with 31 wins.  Also, Senior Seth Powers came back from two knee surgeries in the past year to qualify for the State Tournament at the 135 lbs. weight class.


Nathan Tomasello won his second consecutive state title in Division III at the 103 lbs. weight class.  He is now a two-time state champion, which is a remarkable accomplishment especially considering he is only a sophomore.  There have been only 22 wrestlers in the history of Ohio high school wrestling that have become four-time state champions.  Nathan is on track to join that elite group.  Not only did Nathan go undefeated on the season with a record of 43-0, he won the prestigious Walsh Ironman Tournament in early December to solidify himself as the nation’s best high school wrestler at the 103 lbs. weight class.  Nathan is ranked #1 in the country by virtually every wrestling publication and website.  Nathan looks to follow in the footsteps of former CVCA wrestler and one of those 22 four time State Champions Harry Lester.  When asked about becoming a four time state champion Nathan says: “I don’t really think about winning four that much.  I just want to go out there every match and do my best.”

Click Here to Watch Nathan Tomasello Interview

Click Here to Watch Nathan Tomasello's State Finals Match

Alex Utley capped off a fantastic career as a CVCA Wrestler with a State Championship at the 189 lbs. weight class.  Alex was extremely hungry to win a state title after finishing in the top three in the state each of the last three years.  Alex finished 3rd in the state as freshman, and as the State Runner-Up his sophomore and junior years.  Alex finished as only the second wrestler in CVCA History to win the Sectional and District Tournaments in each of his four years.  This season Alex also won the Medina Invitational Tournament and PAC-7 Tournament, finished 2nd at the Top Gun Tournament and 3rd at the Ironman Tournament.  Alex won the State Championship at 189 lbs. in Division III, but also defeated the Division I and Division II State Champions during the season.  He finished the season ranked in the top ten in the entire nation at the 189 lbs. weight class.  Alex amassed 170 career victories in four years to break the all-time school record for career victories held by former CVCA wrestling great Harry Lester.

Click Here to Watch Alex Utley's State Finals Match

Congratulations to all of the CVCA wrestlers, coaches, and parents on a great year!  Praise God for the amazing talents and abilities that he has given these wrestlers!  Thank you to all of the wrestlers, coaches, parents, alumni, family, and friends that make up the CVCA Wrestling Family.  Finally, may all the Glory go to God for blessing us with such a wonderful season!

February 27th , 2011

The CVCA Wrestlers competed at the Garfield Heights Division III District Tournament over the weekend.  The Royals advanced 6 wrestlers to next week's State Tournament in Columbus and finished in 2nd place overall.  8 out of the 12 wrestlers that competed finished in the top six.  Finishing as District Champion was sophomore sensation Nathan Tomasello at 103 lbs.   Nathan defeated previously undefeated Zack Durbin from Mapleton by major decision in the finals.  Nathan is now 39-0 on the season.  Also finishing as District Champion for the fourth year in a row was Senior Alex Utley.  Alex won the 189 lbs. weight class with an 8-1 decision over West Salem Northwestern's Kurt Schaefer in the finals.  Alex over the weekend broke the all-time career wins record for a CVCA wrestler passing CVCA great Harry Lester. 

2011 OHSAA State Qualifiers



  Two other sophomores finished as District Runners-Up.  Josh Decatur advanced to the finals at 125 lbs. with a great semifinal win over Jackson Milton's Tim Wiseman before falling short in the finals.  Matt Dobben defeated Hillsdale's Seth Heldenbrand in the semifinals before dropping a close decision to Manchester's Shane Brown in the finals.  Matt and Josh will both be making their first appearance at the State Tournament in Columbus.  Junior Matt Meadows finished in 3rd place at the 215 lbs. weight class.  Matt pinned Triway's Kyle Wadkins in the 3rd place match.  Matt will be competing at the State Tournament for the third time and looks to improve on his 8th place finish from last year.  Senior Seth Powers will be making a return trip to Columbus after finishing 4th in the State as a sophomore.  Seth finished 4th at the 135 lbs. weight class.  Seth reversed last week's Sectional Finals result by defeating Elyria Catholic's Josh Taylor in the Consolation Semifinals 2-1. 



2011 District Placers

Two others placed in the top six.  Freshman Ricky Simonelli finished as the State Alternate at 112 lbs. taking 5th place.  Ricky defeated Cuyahoga Heights' Nate Frye in the fifth place match.  Junior David Gray finished in 6th place at 160 lbs.  Also winning matches at the District Tournament were Michael Ratay, Tyler Maclellan, Michael Meadows, and Pete Meadows.  Praise the Lord for these young men and their willingness to give God the glory for their accomplishments!  May He be glorified in everything we do on and off the mat!

February 19th , 2011

The CVCA Wrestlers won the Brooklyn Sectional with a record 293.5 team points and 9 Sectional Champions.  The Royals advanced 12 wrestlers to next week's District Tournament at Garfield Heights High School.  State Champion Nathan Tomasello won the Sectional Championship at 103 lbs. with a fall in the finals over Cuyahoga Heights' Cory Pucci.  Freshman Ricky SImonelli became a Sectional Champion at 112 lbs. with a win over Cuyahoga Heights' Nate Frye in the finals.  At 125 lbs. Sophomore Josh Decatur won his second consecutive Sectional Championship.  Josh defeated returning State Runner-up Brian Spangler of Keystone in the finals.  Junior Mike Ratay dominated the Sectional with 3 first period pins on his way to the championship at the 130 lbs. weight class.  Much like Ratay, Matt Dobben dominated the 140 lbs. weight class also with 3 first period pins.  Freshman Tyler Maclellan won the 145 lbs. weight class with a win over Casey Bishop of Brooklyn in the finals.  Senior Alex Utley dominated the 189 lbs. weight class in winning his 4th Sectional Championship.  Junior Matt Meadows won the championship at 215 lbs. with a technical fall over Andrew Tesler of Cuyahoga Heights in the finals.  Finally, Senior Pete "The Pounder" Meadows won the Sectional title at Heavyweight with an exciting over time win over Wellington's Sam Rodgers in the finals.




2011 Sectional Champions



2011 Sectional Place Winners

Seth Powers finished in 2nd place at the 135 lbs. weight class with a close loss in the finals.  Junior David Gray (160 lbs.) and Freshman Michael Meadows  (152 lbs.) also advanced to Districts and both finished in 3rd place.  The other two

wrestlers in the line-up Freshman Jimmy Coyne (119 lbs.) and Sophomore Danny Tiley (171 lbs.) both finished as District Alternates in 5th place.  Overall the CVCA Wrestlers had a great tournament and look forward to next week's Districts.  Praise God for the abilities that He has blessed these young men with!  To Him be the Glory!


February 12th , 2011

The CVCA Wrestlers competed at the PAC-7 Tournament at Tuslaw High School on February 12th.  The team won the league championship with 14 place winners and 8 Champions.  The team scored a record 275.5 team points.  Finishing as tournament champion at the 103 lbs. weight class for the second year in a row with three pins was Nathan Tomasello.  Sophomore Josh Decatur finished as the tournament champion at 125 lbs.  Junior Michael Ratay won the tournament at the 130 lbs. weight class with three impressive wins including a technical fall in the finals.  Sophomore Matt Dobben won the championship at 140 lbs. with a pin in the finals.  Junior David Gray won his second PAC-7 Championship at the 171 lbs. weight class.  Junior Matt Meadows won the tournament for the third year in a row with a technical-fall in the finals at 215 lbs.  Finally, CVCA had two seniors finish as tournament champions.  Senior Seth Powers won the 135 lbs. weight class with a decision over District Placer Adam Dugger of Fairless.  Seth won the PAC-7 tournament for the 4th year in a row and finished as the third ever 4 time PAC-7 Champion in CVCA History.  Senior Alex Utley finished as the tournament champion at 189 lbs.  This was Alex's third PAC-7 title.  He was also named the 2011 PAC-7 Wrestler of the Year.




All of the 6 other wrestlers on the roster placed in the top four.  Freshman Ricky Simonelli was the Runner-Up at 112 lbs.  Fellow Freshmen Tyler Maclellan (145 lbs.) and Michael Meadows (152 lbs.) finished third.  Also finishing third were Danny TIley (160 lbs.) and Pete Meadows (285 lbs.)  Also, Freshman Jimmy Coyne finished fourth at 119 lbs. 




The tournament was the best finish for the CVCA wrestlers ever at the PAC-7 Tournament.  CVCA Head Coach Don Lorence was also named  the 2011 PAC-7 Coach of the Year.  Praise God for such an amazing tournament!  To Him be the glory!  The Royals will start the post season next weekend at Brooklyn High School for the Sectional Tournament.


February 5th , 2011

CVCA traveled to Woodling Gymnasium at Cleveland State University to compete in the

last dual meet of the season with Amherst Steele. 

The Royals won the dual by a score of 35-32.  Winning matches for the team were Nathan Tomasello, Josh Decatur,

Seth Powers, Matt Dobben, David Gray, Alex Utley, and Pete Meadows.   Many team members were able to stay for the Cleveland State vs. Bloomsburg college dual meet immediately following the match. 

The team will finish the regular season next weekend at Tuslaw High School for the PAC-7 Tournament.


January 30th , 2011

The CVCA Wrestlers traveled to Parkersburg, West Virginia to compete in the West Virginia Duals.  Over the two day tournament the team wrestled 8 duals.  The Royals won their pool by winning the first 6 matches.  They defeated Cincinnatti Lasalle (OH) 53-18, Brooke County (WV) 55-18, Caldwell (OH) 61-12, Parkersburg South B (WV) 53-16, Roan County (WV) 57-16, and Lewis County (WV) 69-6 in pool action.  The team then advanced to the Championship round where they defeated Lexington (OH) 39-30 before falling to West Virginia State Champions Parkersburg South in the finals 39-18.  Going undefeated on the weekend were Nathan Tomasello at 103 lbs., Alex Utley at 189 lbs., and Matt Meadows at 215 lbs.  Alex won his 150th career match in West Virginia and moved in to 2nd place all time for Career Victories at CVCA.

Everyone else on the roster won matches for the Royals.  Congratulations Wrestlers!


January 26th , 2011
Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy recognized the three senior wrestlers on this year's team.  Seniors Seth Powers, Pete Meadows, and Alex Utley were recognized.  Seth wrestles at 135 lbs. and was accompanied by his parents Lenny and Martha Powers.  Pete Meadows wrestled at 215 lbs. and was accompanied by his parents Mike and Connie Meadows.  Alex Utley competes at 189 lbs. and was joined by his parents Rob and Michelle Utley.  The Royals then won their dual meet against Kenston by a score of 41-20.  Winning matches for the Royals were Jimmy Coyne, Nathan Tomasello, Josh Decatur, Seth Powers, Matt Dobben, Michael Meadows, David Gray, Alex Utley, and Matt Meadows.  The Royals will be back in action this weekend at the West Virginia Duals.
January 16th , 2011

The CVCA Wrestlers returned to Alliance High School for the 25th Annual Top Gun Wrestling Tournament on

January 14-15th.  The Royals finished in 3rd place as a team behind nationally ranked St. Paris Graham and

Massillon Perry.  The team finished with 7 place winners which ties the CVCA record for most placers ever at the Top Gun. 

Finishing as tournament champion was Nathan Tomasello at 103 lbs.  Nathan defeated Perry's David Bavery by major decision in the finals.  He was also named as the Tournament's 3rd Most Outstanding Wrestler.  Alex Utley finished as tournament runner-up after dropping a close match to Graham's Huston Evans in the finals.


The Royals had 5 other place winners.  Matt Dobben finished in 5th place at 140 lbs.  David Gray finished in 5th place at 160 lbs. and Matt Meadows finished in 5th place at 215 lbs.  Also placing for CVCA was Josh Decatur (6th at 125 lbs.) and

Seth Powers (6th at 135 lbs.).  Also, scoring important team points were Ricky Simonelli, Jimmy Coyne, Tyler Maclellan, Michael Meadows, and Pete Meadows.



3rd Most Outstanding Wrestler - Nathan Tomasello

January 13th , 2011


CVCA traveled to Field high school for a Tri match with Field and Crestwood on Wednesday January 12th. 

The Royals finished 1-1 on the night with at 45-21 win over Field and a close 27-30 loss to Crestwood. 

Winning matches on the night were Nathan Tomasello (103 lbs.), Jimmy Coyne (119 lbs.), Josh Decatur (125 lbs.),

Michael Ratay (130 lbs.), Matt Dobben (140 lbs.), Tyler Maclellan (145 lbs.), Michael Meadows (152 lbs.),

David Gray (160 lbs.), Danny Tiley (160 lbs.), Pete Meadows (171 lbs.), Alex Utley (189 lbs.), and Matt Meadows (215 lbs.)


Photos by Bill Danforth

January 9th , 2011

CVCA sent several wrestlers to the Chippewa Inviational Tournament on January 7th & 8th.   Overall nine wrestlers placed in the top six.  Winning the championship at 135 lbs. was Senior Seth Powers.  Seth won in the finals by medical default.  Finishing as tournament Runner-Up was Senior Pete Meadows at 189 lbs.  Pete, wrestling up a weight class, won two matches on his way to the finals before dropping a very close 1-0 decision.  Also finishing as tournament Runner-Up was Freshman Jeff Hojnacki at 130 lbs.  Jeff pinned two wrestlers on his way to the finals. 


Tyler Maclellan (145 lbs.) and David Gray (171 lbs.) both finished in 3rd Place.  Danny TIley (160 lbs.) finished 4th.  Neil Roff (125 lbs.) finished in 5th place.  Finally, Michael Meadows (152 lbs.) and Jimmy Coyne (112 lbs.) ended up in 6th place. 

  David Parker also scored team points at the 140 lbs. weight class.



December 30th , 2010

The Medina Invitational Tournament is known as the Greatest Show in Wrestling.  The tournament was held at Medina High School December 28th & 29th this year.  The M.I.T. is traditionally one of the toughest tournaments in the state of Ohio.  

This year CVCA had a great tournament and finished as Division III Champions and in 4th Place Overall.


                         Nathan Tomasello - 103 lbs. Champion                                    Alex Utley - 189 lbs. Champion

The Royals had two tournament champions in Sophomore Nathan Tomasello and Senior Alex Utley.  Tomasello, who is ranked as the #1 wrestler in the country at 103 lbs., won 5 matches on his way to his first M.I.T. Championship. 

Nathan defeated Claymont's Cody Burcher 6-0 in the finals.  Alex Utley finally won the M.I.T. after finishing in 3rd Place

each of the last three years.  Alex pinned St. Ed's James Suvak in the final at 189 lbs. 

Alex is ranked as the #8 wrestler in the country at 189 lbs.  Alex defeated Copley's State Runner-Up

Sam Wheeler 3-2 in an exciting semi-final match.  Alex was named the Darrell Hill Second Most Valuable Wrestler and the Jim Houghtaling Sportsmanship Award Winner.


                             Matt Meadows                                         David Gray                                            Seth Powers

                      2nd Place - 215 lbs.                                6th Place - 171 lbs.                               6th Place - 135 lbs.


                        Michael Ratay                                             Josh Decatur                                            Matt Dobben

                    6th Place - 130 lbs.                                   6th Place - 125 lbs.                                  7th Place - 140 lbs.

Junior Matt Meadows made it to the tournament final with several great wins at 215 lbs., but fell short in the finals to St. Ed's Ty Walz by a 3-1 decision.  Senior Seth Powers and Junior Michael Ratay went undefeated on Day 1 of the tournament, but lost in the semi-finalsand unfortunately had to default down to 6th place due to injury.  Powers finished 6th at 135 lbs. and Ratay finished 6th at 130 lbs.  Sophomore Josh Decatur also had a good tournament finishing in 6th place at 125 lbs.  Junior David Gray won many close matches throughout the tournament and also finished in 6th place at 171 lbs.  Sophomore Matt Dobben placed 7th at 140 lbs.  The 8 place winners is the most that CVCA has ever had at the M.I.T. and the 153.5 team points is the second most ever.  The team also got important team points from Ricky Simonelli (112 lbs.), Tyler Maclellan (145 lbs.), and Michael Meadows (152 lbs.).

December 22nd , 2010

CVCA defeated the Jackson Milton Bluejays on Wednesday, December 22nd by a score of 48-21.  The dual started off with a rematch of last year's District Consolation Semifinals with Josh Decatur taking on Tim Wiseman.  Wiseman won a 3-2 decision.  Michael Ratay then gave State Champion Johnny Matacic a tough match, but lost an 8-3 decision.  Seth Powers defeated Alex Tomaino at 140 lbs. by a 7-4 decision.  Freshman Tyler Maclellan came up with a big fall at 145 lbs. over Burns Chamberlain.  Nick Havener won a close overtime decision at 152 lbs.  Next Danny Tiley lost a close match at 160 lbs.  Then CVCA went on a run with David Gray and Pete Meadows receiving forfeits at 171 lbs. and 189 lbs. respectively.  Alex Utley and Matt Meadows then pinned their opponents at 215 lbs. and Heavyweight.  After giving up a forfeit at 103 lbs.  Ricky SImonelli got a pin at 112 lbs.  The dual finished up with Jimmy Coyne getiting a big pin at 119 lbs.  VInnie Pizzuto received a forfeit at 125 lbs. to make the final score 48-21.  Great Job Royals! 

The CVCA team will be back in action next week at the Medina Invitational Tournament.

December 22nd , 2010
CVCA took 10 wrestlers to a tournament at Waterloo High School on December 22nd.  Every wrestler that competed pinned at least one of their opponents.  Freshman Jimmy Coyne went undefeated and won the tournament at 112 lbs.  Jeff Hojnacki also won the tournament at 135 lbs.  Michael Meadows and Tyler Maclellan both went undefeated at 145 lbs. and were scheduled to meet eachother in the finals.  Nick Havener won the tournament at 152 lbs.  Danny Tiley also went undefeated at 160 lbs.   Sophomore Heavyweight John Letner finished 3-1 on the day with 3 pins and finished in 2nd place.  David Parker finished in 3rd place at 140 lbs.  Finally Josh Lorence and James Hammons also contributed wins for the team, both placing in the top eight.  Great Job Royal Wrestlers!
December 18th , 2010

CVCA defeated the Walsh Jesuit Warriors 31-26 in an exciting dual at CVCA on Friday night. 

The dual started off at 140 lbs. with Seth Powers winning on a last second reversal over Walsh's Roman Bell. 

At 145 Nick Skonieczny of Walsh defeated Sophomore Matt Dobben 7-0.  Freshman Tyler Maclellan came up with a

big pin at 152 lbs. over Walsh's Matt  McShane.  Nick Havener dropped a close 3-0 decision to Walsh's

Dominic Scarberry at 160 lbs.  Next, Pete Meadows and James Hammons received forfeits at 189 and 215 respectively. 

At heavyweight Matt Meadows defeated Walsh's John Manson 11-3.



After a double forfeit at 103, Cory Stainbrook pinned CVCA freshman Ricky Simonelli at 112 lbs. 

At 119 lbs.  Mike Kostandaras got a big win for the Warriors over Sophomore Neil Roff.  In the dual clinching match,

Josh Decatur defeated Walsh's Josh Leemaster at 125 lbs by a 13-7 decision.  At 130 and 135 lbs. Walsh's

two nationally ranked wrestlers Johnni DiJulius and Nate Skonieczny recorded victories over Mike Ratay and Jeff Hojnacki.  The final score of the dual was CVCA 31 and Walsh 26. 

The dual can be seen online at the following link:



After the dual the CVCA and Walsh parents, wrestlers, and coaches came together to gather and fellowship during this holiday season.  Overall it was a great time to honor our Lord and a great win for CVCA Wrestling.

December 12th , 2010

CVCA entered 7 wrestlers in the Walsh Jesuit Ironman on December 10th-11th.  Sophomore Nathan Tomasello became the sixth CVCA Wrestler to win the prestigious Ironman Tournament and the first since 2005.  Nathan brought home the championship at 103 lbs.  Nathan defeated the #1 wrestlers in the country in Bethlehem Catholic's (PA) Darian Cruz in overtime.  Nathan now will be ranked by most publications as the #1 103 lbs. wrestler in the country.

Ironman Finals 103 lbs. Nathan Tomasello vs. Darian Cruz Video

Nathan Tomasello Ironman Champion Interview

Senior Alex Utley finished in 3rd place for the second year in a row.  Alex won two matches on his way to the semi-finals where he lost a very close decision to Huston Evans of St. Paris Graham.  He came back to win two more matches to finish a strong 3rd.

Junior Matt Meadows had an outstanding tournament and won several matches on his way to a 7th place finish at 215 lbs.

All of the wrestlers that competed contributed team points.  Neil Roff at 119 lbs., Josh Decatur at 125 lbs., Michael Ratay at 130 lbs., and Pete Meadows at 171 lbs. all won matches for the Royals

The team finished in 17th place with 71 team points.  This is an outstanding accomplishment for only bringing a partial team to the toughest tournament in the nation.

Walsh Ironman

Nathan Tomasello - Champion 103 lbs.

Alex Utley - 3rd Place 189 lbs.

Matt Meadows - 7th Place 215 lbs.

December 10th , 2010

CVCA took some of the Royal wrestlers to Rootstown for a tri against Rootstown and Woodridge.  The team dropped both duals, but gained valuable experience.  Going 2-0 on the day were Jimmy Coyne at 112 lbs. and Danny Tiley at 160 lbs.  Also getting wins for the Royals were Josh Lorence, Jeff Hojnacki, David Parker, and Michael Meadows.

Great Job Wrestlers!

Tri at Rootstown

Rootstown over CVCA JV 42-26

Woodridge over CVCA JV 44-15

December 5th , 2010

CVCA opened the 2010-11 Season at Lakewood St. Edward's on Saturday December 4th.  The meet was originally scheduled to be at CVCA, but due to St. Ed's Football team making the State Finals, the location was moved up to Lakewood.  The Royals took on the Eagles along with the team from Marist, Illinois.  At the end of the day the team dropped both duals, but had an exciting day of wrestling.

The first match was against St. Edward's.  The team got off to a great start with David Gray winning at 171 lbs.  Alex Utley followed up with a fall at 189 lbs., and then Matt Meadows defeated  Cadet Freestyle National Champion Ty Walz 11-6 at 215 lbs.  This match put the Royals up 12-0 after three matches.  Nathan Tomasello got a fall at 103 lbs. and the Royals led 18-6.  It was a tough stretch from here on out with only Matt Dobben winning by major decision at 140 lbs.  making the final score 45-22 St. Ed's.

The next match put CVCA against Marist.  Getting wins for the Royals were Nathan Tomasello, Matt Dobben, Danny Tiley, David Gray, Alex Utley, and Matt Meadows.  The final score ended up with Marist Illinois over CVCA 37-30.  Jeff Hojnacki and David Parker also racked up JV wins on the day.

Overall it was a great start to the regular season and the Royals look forward to the upcoming schedule.

November 24th , 2010


The upcoming 2010-11 Season for CVCA Wrestling looks to be another exciting year.  After finishing as Division III State Runner-Up last season, the Royals are excited for new challenges that this season will bring.  The CVCA Wrestling Schedule is again one of the toughest in the State.  CVCA will begin with a home preview against Medina Highland on Wednesday, December 1st.  Then they will open up the regular season with a dual meet against the nation's #5 ranked team in Lakewood St. Edward along with Marist, Illinois on Saturday December 4th. 

The challenges will become even greater as the team heads to the Walsh Jesuit Ironman the following weekend

December 10th & 11th.  The following Friday the Royals will welcome Walsh Jesuit for a home dual meet on Friday December 17th in the Battle of Wyoga Lake Road.  The team will then travel to Jackson Milton (for a dual meet on December 22nd.   After Christmas the Royals will travel to the Greatest Show in Wrestling in the

Medina Invitational Tournament on December 28th & 29th. 

The CVCA Wrestling team will spend the first few weeks of January getting the "College Wrestling Experience"

traveling to local wrestling colleges as part of their January Term Experience from January 3rd through 12th.  

On that Wedenesday January 12th the Royals will then head to Field high school for a match with Crestwood and Field.  January will also bring the always difficult Alliance Top Gun Tournament on January 15th & 16th.  After a dual against Kenston at home on January 26th the team will head south for the West Virginia Duals on January 28th &29th. 

As February begins the Royals will have a match at Cleveland State University against Amherst Steele right before Cleveland State battles Bloomsburg on Saturday February 5th. 

The team will finish the regular season at the PAC-7 League tournament on February 12th.

The post season will begin at the difficult Brooklyn Sectional on February18th & 19th. 

The District tournament will be held at Maple Heights the following weekend February 25th & 26th before the wrestlers

head down to Ohio State University for the OHSAA State Tournament March 3rd through 5th.

The 2010-11 Royals will be led by Seniors Alex Utley, Pete Meadows, and Seth Powers. 

Alex is a 3x State Placer finishing 2nd the past two years and is currently ranked #6 in the country at 189 lbs. by Intermat.  Seth Powers placed 4th at the State Tournament in 2009 and looks to rebound from an injury plagued 2010 season. 

Pete Meadows had an impressive season at 189 lbs. last year and will look to make his first trip to Columbus this season.

Juniors Matt Meadows, David Gray, and Michael Ratay (all returning varsity starters) look to improve upon last seasons performance.  Matt Meadows finished 7th in the State last season after being a State Qualifier in 2009. 

Michael Ratay finished 7th in the State in 2009.  David Gray finished as League Champion last year and looks to have a breakout 2010-11 season.  Also looking to contribute for the Junior class will be new comer Nathan Sherry.

The outstanding Sophomore class will look to step up this season.  Returning State Champion Nathan Tomasello has had an outstanding off-season finishing as Fila Cadet Freestyle Nationals Champion, 3rd Place at

Cadet Freestyle Nationals in Fargo, and Runner-Up at the Super 32. 

Nathan is currently ranked #2 in the nation at 103 lbs. by Intermat.  Joining Tomasello will be sophomores

Neil Roff, Josh Decatur, David Parker, Casey Claflin, Sherman Kortze, Matt Dobben, Nick Havener, Danny Tiley, James Hammons, and John Letner.  Dobben and Decatur return as District Place Winners from last season.

The freshmen class will also look to contribute for the Royals this season. 

Ricky Simonelli, Jimmy Coyne, Josh Lorence, Jeff Hojnacki, Michael Meadows, and Tyler Maclellan

all are looking forward to seeing varsity action this season.  The Junior High program is again coached by

Don and Mike Havener and are looking forward to another great season as well. 

Everyone in the CVCA Wrestling Family is excited for the opportunity to honor our Lord this season

and give Him the glory for every point scored this year!

March 6th , 2010

The CVCA Royals wrestling team advanced 5 wrestlers to the OHSAA State Wrestling Tournament at the Jerome Schottenstein Center at The Ohio State University on March 4th-6th, 2010.  The Lord blessed this year's team with one of the best finishes in school history.  For only the second time in CVCA Wrestling history

the Royals finished as State Runners-Up in Division III. 

VIDEO: Division III Team Award Presentation

VIDEO: Coach Lorence Interview

Leading the way for the Royals was freshman Nathan Tomasello who finished as State Champion at 103 lbs.  Nathan won in the finals against Keystone's Brian Spangler.  Nathan became only the second freshman in CVCA history to win a

state title as a freshman following the tradition of CVCA great Harry Lester.

VIDEO: Nathan Tomasello vs. Brian Spangler Division III 103 lbs. Finals


Alex Utley continued to improve on his excellent career.  After finishing third as a freshman and second as a sophomore, Alex again finished as State Runner-Up at 171 lbs.  Alex lost 7-5 in the finals against

Monroeville's Chris Phillips who is ranked #1 in the country.

VIDEO: Alex Utley vs. Chris Phillips Division III 171 lbs. Finals


Senior Zak Vargo at 135 lbs. finished in third place for the second year in a row. 

Zak defeated Heath's Dom Barlow 3-0 in the third place match.


Senior Brandon Sommers finished in 5th place at 145 lbs.  Brandon finished his CVCA Wrestling career as a three time state placer.  Brandon along with Alex Utley are only the 3rd and 4th three time state place winners in

CVCA History joining the ranks of Harry Lester and Matt Smilek.


Sophomore Matt Meadows finished in eigth place in his second trip to the State Tournament. 

Matt became only the sixth sophomore in CVCA History to place at States.

CVCA came in as underdogs in the team race qualifying 5 wrestlers this year and not qualifying 2 returning State Placers in Mike Ratay and Seth Powers to this year's tournament.  However, the Lord can do mighty things with few numbers.  Unable to catch Monroeville's impressive team finish with four state champions, the Royals were in a battle for second place with Chanel (10 State Qualifiers) and West Jefferson (7 State Qualifiers).  CVCA placed all five wrestlers and socred 76 team points which were enough to finish 2nd in the state over 3rd place Chanel by 12.5 points.

Congratulations to all of the CVCA wrestlers, coaches, and parents on a great year!  Praise God for the amazing opportunity that He has given us to glorify Him through this sport.  Thank you to all of the wrestlers, coaches, parents, alumni, family, and friends that make up the CVCA Wrestling Family.  Above all, Glory be to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!


I Corinthians 10:31

February 27th , 2010

The CVCA Wrestlers competed in the District Wrestling Tournament at Maple Heights High School on February 26-27th, 2010.  The Royals placed 8 wrestlers in the top 6 and advanced five wrestlers to next week's OHSAA State Tournament.  As a team, CVCA finished in second place scoring 152.5 team points.


Winning a District Championship for the Royals was freshman Nathan Tomasello at 103 lbs.  Nathan won in dominating fashion by pinning his first two opponents, defeating Tuslaw's Jeff Powell 18-7 in the semifinals, and then beating Keystone's Brian Spangler 5-1 in the finals.  Nathan advances to the State Tournament with a 33-5 record.


Also winning a District title for the second year in a row was Senior Zak Vargo at 135 lbs.  Zak made it to the finals by defeating three tough opponents including Chanel's Dan Collier.  Zak also defeated Cuyahoga Heights Jimmy Dankle in the finals by a score of 6-3 avenging his loss in the Sectional Finals to the same opponent. 

Zak enters the State Tournament with a 31-9 record.


At 171 lbs. Junior Alex Utley won his third consectutive District Championship. 

Alex dominated all of his opponents and has accumulated 40 wins this season heading into the State Tournament. 


Senior Brandon Sommers finished in 2nd place at Districts in the 145 lbs. weight class. 

Brandon lost a close decision to Cuyahoga Heights' Zach Noernberg in the finals. 

Brandon is already a two time State Place Winner and enters the tournament with a 32-7 record.


Sophomore Matt Meadows advanced to the State Tournament for the second year in a row by placing 3rd at 160 lbs. 

Matt lost a close double overtime decision to Chippewa's Bryson Hall in the semi-finals before

winning two more tough matches to finish third.


CVCA placed three other wrestlers that were close to being State Qualifiers.  Freshman Matt Dobben finished as a State Alternate at 130 lbs.   Matt lost a close first round match and wrestled all the way back to finish in 5th Place.   Another Freshman, Josh Decatur finished in 6th Place at 119 lbs.  Josh defeated two State Qualifiers in Chanel's Cody Tschantz and Brookfield's Tyler Thompson in the last two weeks of the season, but fell one match short of making it to the big show.  Junior Seth Powers also finished in 6th Place at 125 lbs.  After battling injuries all season Seth lost a one point match in the semifinals and then a tough overtime decision in the consolation semifinals. 

it is amazing that the Lord has blessed CVCA with so many great wrestlers, and these wrestlers are excited for the great competition at the State Tournament.

February 20th , 2010

The CVCA Wrestling Team started the post season at Brooklyn High School for the OHSAA Sectional Tournament on February 19th and 20th.  The Royals finished in second place overall by scoring an outstanding 243 team points, which is the second highest total at Sectionals in team history.  CVCA advanced nine wrestlers to next week's District Tournament at Maple Heights with 4 champions, 4 runners-up, and 1 fourth place finisher.  Three other wrestlers also finished in 5th place. 

Freshman Nathan Tomasello won his first Sectional Championship at 103 lbs.  Nathan, ranked #1 in the state by Brian Brakeman, had to beat both the #2 and #3 ranked wrestlers to claim his Sectional Title.  He defeated Keystone's returning state placer Brian Spangler 8-2 in the semi-finals and then dominated Chanel's Aaron Assad 16-5 in the finals.


Another freshman that won a Championship at Brookly was Josh Decatur at 119 lbs.  Josh tech-falled Cuyahoga Heights' Max Klinger in the quarterfinals 20-4, pinned Elyria Catholic's Justin Tomlin in the semis, and won an overtime thriller over Chanel's Cody Tschantz 3-1 in the finals.  Josh and Nathan are only the 7th and 8th freshmen in CVCA history to win a Sectional Championship.

Senior Brandon Sommers won his third Sectional Championship by winning by default over Cuyahoga Heights' state runner-up Zach Noernberg in the finals at 145 lbs.  Brandon had two first period pins over AJ Lesiecki of Elyria Catholic and Joey Kiefer of Chanel on his way to the finals.

Also winning his third Sectional Championship was Junior Alex Utley at 171 lbs.  Alex dominated the tournament with two pins and two tech-falls to improve his record to an amazing 36-2.  Alex will look to win his third District Championship next weekend at Maple Heights.

Finishing as Sectional Runner-Up with a tough defensive pin call was Junior Seth Powers at 125 lbs.  Seth will look to earn a trip to the State Tournament for the second year in a row next week.  Senior Zak Vargo at 135 lbs. and Sophomore Matt Meadows at 160 lbs. both lost close overtime decisions in the finals to finish in second place as well.  Junior Pete Meadows had an outstanding tournament at 189 lbs. finishing in second place.  Pete defeated the fourth seed Zack Mackulin of Independence in the quarter-finals then the first seed Garry Yarborogh of Trinity in the semis. 

Freshman Matt Dobben advanced to next week's District tournament by placing in 4th place at 130 lbs., and finishing as District Alternates in 5th place were Freshman Nick Havener at 140 lbs., Sophomore David Gray at 152 lbs., and Freshman Justin Goss at Heavyweight.  The entire CVCA Wrestling family praises God for the accomplishments of these young men this weekend and look forward to glorifying the Lord as we finish out the season with Districts and States! 

February 14th , 2010

CVCA wrestled in the PAC-7 League Tournament at Tusky Valley High School on Saturday, February 13th. 

The Royals won the league tournament with a record breaking 228 team points.  

CVCA finished with 7 League Champions, 3 Runners-Up, and 2 other place winners. 

Head Coach Don Lorence was also voted as the PAC-7 Coach of the Year.

At 103 pounds freshman Nathan Tomasello won his first league title with a dominating 12-4 Major Decision over Kyle Ferguson of Manchester.  Seth Powers won his third straight PAC-7 title with an overtime win over Manchester's Josh Kapper in the finals at 125 pounds.  Zak Vargo won the title at 135 pounds scoring an amazing 51 points in only 3 matches.  

Brandon Sommers became a four time PAC-7 Champion by winning the tournament at 145 lbs.  Brandon finished as MVP of the league dual tournament back in December.  Sophomore David Gray had three pins at 152 lbs. to win his first league championship.  At 160 lbs. Matt Meadows defeated Tuslaw's Bobby Mann 9-2 in the finals to win the

PAC-7 tournament for the second year in a row.  Junior Alex Utley dominated the 171 lbs. weight class and

scored a fall over Tuslaw's Todd Remanaric in the finals.

The Royals also had three freshmen finish as Runners-Up of the league tournament.  Josh Decatur finished second at 119 lbs. along with Matt Dobben at 130 lbs. and Nick Havener at 140 lbs.  Junior Pete Meadows finished in 3rd Place at 189 lbs. and Sophomore Daniel Griffith finished in 4th at 215 lbs.  

The Royals finished the regular season on a high note and head into the Sectional Tournament at Brooklyn next weekend.   The 14 wrestlers that CVCA will send to Sectionals have accumulated a total of 241 wins this year heading into the post-season and are excited for the next three weeks of competition.  Praise the Lord for the exciting opportunity that these young men and their coaches have to glorify God for the rest of the season!

Congratulations 2009-10 PAC-7 Champions!!!

February 4th , 2010

The wrestlers traveled to Hunting Valley University School on Wednesday February 3rd for a dual meet with the Preppers.  Only five matches were wrestled in the dual due to an injury plagued line-up for University.


Getting wins for the Royals were Josh Decatur by technical fall at 125 lbs., Nick Havener by fall at 140 lbs., and

Sherman Kortze, Brandon Sommers, Matt Meadows, and Pete Meadows all received forfeits. 

That made the final score of the dual 35-15. 


Also dominating an exciting exhibition match was Freshman David Parker winning by major decision 16-6 at 135 lbs.

The Royals finished the dual meet season with an impressive record of 10-1 with the only loss coming to Lakewood St. Edward's on the opening weekend of the season.  The CVCA Wrestlers now move onto the PAC-7 Tournament next weekend at Tusky Valley in the last event before the post season.

January 31st , 2010


The varsity wrestling team traveled to Grove City, Pennsylvania to compete in the 2010 Fred Bell Invitational Tournament.  The Fred Bell is an exciting 2 day tournament featuring 25 Pennsylvania teams, a team from New York, and

CVCA being the only team from Ohio.  The Royals had a great tournament finishing with 3 individual champions

and 6 placers overall to finish in 3rd place in the team race.


Dominating the tournament at 103 pounds was freshman Nathan Tomasello.  Nathan had two first period pins and a tech-fall on his way to the finals where he defeated Paul Deitz of McDowell, PA by major decision in the finals.


Senior Brandon Sommers finished as champion of the 145 pound weight class.  Brandon had 3 pins and a decision on his way to the finals where he defeated McDowell's Khlique harris 3-1.  Brandon leads the team in pins so far this year with 16.


Junior Alex Utley put on an impressive performance winning the 171 pound weight class.  Alex also had 3 pins and a decision on his way to the finals where he defeated Erie Cathedral Prep's Jermaine Easter.  Alex leads the team in wins this season with 29 victories and has to this point accumulated 115 career victories.

Also placing for the Royals was senior Zak Vargo at 135 pounds.  Zak after being sent to the consolation bracket in the second round because of a Pennsylvania rule interpretation on shoe laces won six straight bouts to finish in 3rd place.  Zak dominated every opponent he was given the opportunity to wrestle and finished with 3 pins, a tech-fall, 2 major decisions, and a 6-0 decision over David Osterberg of Northwestern for 3rd place.


Sophomore Matt Meadows also finished in 3rd place at 160 pounds.  Matt lost a close 3-2 decision to eventual champion in undefeated Tyler Gargano of Hickory, PA in the semi-finals.  He then battled back to finish 3rd.


Freshman Josh Decatur made it to the semi-finals at 119 pounds and the lost some very close matches to finish in 6th place.  Josh has looked impressive at 119 pounds for the Royals this year.


Also getting big wins for the team were Matt Dobben, David Gray, Pete Meadows, Daniel Griffith, and Justin Goss.

January 31st , 2010

A fantastic weekend for the Jr High Royals at the Hudson Middle School  Invitational! In the Team Dual Meet Competition, the Royals defeated Brecksville and Berkshire, but lost two close matches to finish the day
in fourth place overall, out of eight teams.


This tournament also tracked individual records on the day with a final round of wrestling to determine

the Individual Weight Class Champions. CVCA had four undefeated individual champions in

Hayden Kaiser (92#), Ricky Simonelli (98#), Jeff Hojnacki (128#) and Noah Havener (134#).

Calvin Kortze(122#) and Paul Gibson(150#) each finished the day with only one loss, and strong second place showings!

Other CVCA wrestlers recording important victories for the team were: Brandon Staab(86#),

Jimmy Coyne (104#), Dean Miller (116#), Josiah DiPaolo(142#) and Ben Petrenic (172#)!


It was an outstanding effort by each and every one of these young men!

A special thanks go out to our Mat Stats, Caroline Woodford and Lauren Hughes for tracking the guys
progress all day. Great work ladies!

Next weekend the Jr High Royals make the trip to Tuslaw for the season ending PAC-7 Tournament,

where we will be working hard to defend our league title!
Good Luck Royal Wrestlers!

January 24th , 2010

CVCA hosted the 2010 CVCA Middle School Duals on Saturday, January 23rd.  The Jr. High Royals continued to show improvement as a team, going 3-2 in dual meets for the day.  The Royals defeated Brunswick Edwards, Crenshaw, and Brecksville on the way to finishing in 6th place overall.  Undefeated on the day were: Hayden Kaiser (92 lbs.), Ricky Simonelli(98 lbs.), Calvin Kortze(122 lbs.), Jeff Hojnacki(128 lbs.), and Noah Havener(134 lbs.).


Every wrestler gave it their best on Saturday, but the stand-out had to be Dean Miller (116 lbs.) Dean finished 4-1 on the day with 3 pins! This is his first year of wrestling and he has continued to make great improvements throughout the season.  What a way to Glorify God through sport! Congratulations to Dean and all of the Jr High Royals!


Team leaders to date:

Ricky Simonelli - 24-2 (17 pins)

Noah Havener - 22-3 (15 pins)

Jeff Hojnacki - 21-3 (12 pins)

Calvin Kortze - 18-6 (14 pins)

Jimmy Coyne - 16-8 (7 pins)

Hayden Kaiser - 15-8 (11 pins)

Josiah DiPaolo - 9-7 (4 pins)  

January 22nd , 2010

The CVCA Varsity wrestlers competed in back to back dual meets this week as they traveled to Westlake High School on Wednesday for a tri with Westlake and Western Reserve and then to Kenston High School on Thursday for a dual meet.  The Royals had a couple of very exciting duals, but in the end defeated all three schools over both days of wrestling.


Wednesday at Westlake the Royals defeated Western Reserve by a score of 64-18.  Winning matches against WRA were Michael Ratay, Neil Roff, Seth Powers, Casey Claflin, Zak Vargo, Brandon Sommers, David Gray, Danny Tiley, Matt Meadows, Daniel Griffith, and Justin Goss.  CVCA finished against Westlake, and the match was tied 30-30 going into the Heavyweight match.  Freshman Heavyweight Justin Goss outweighed by 50 pounds defeated Rami Odetallah by a score

of 6-4 to clinch the 33-30 dual victory for CVCA.


Thursday the team traveled up to Kenston for another exciting dual.  The match started with the Royals forfeiting the 103, 112, and 119 pound weight classes.  Then after freshman Neil Roff lost a close 8-5 decision to Kenston's Tre Smith at 125, CVCA was down by a score of 21-0.  The Royals then won the next 8 weight classes.  Seth Powers earned a major decision at 130 lbs.  Zak Vargo earned a decision over Division II State Placer Jake Kazmir at 135 lbs.  Both Nick Havener and Brandon Sommers pinned their opponents at 140 and 145 lbs. respectively.  Sophomore David Gray came back from a 12-2 deficit to pin his opponent at 152 lbs.  Matt Meadows won by decision at 160 lbs.  Alex Utley then won by technical fall at 171 lbs.  At 189 lbs. Junior Pete Meadows clinched the dual meet victory by winning a close 8-7 decision.  The final score of the dual was CVCA 36, Kenston 33.

Congratulations wrestlers on a great week of wrestling!  The team will be back in action next weekend at the Fred Bell Invitational Tournament in Grove City, Pennsylvania.

January 21st , 2010

The CVCA Jr. High Wrestling team went to the Panthers Gymnasium to face two PAC-7 rivals in the Manchester Panthers and the Tusky Valley Trojans.  In the first dual meet of the night, the Royals came out on top 51-21! 

David Sinchok (110 lbs.) prevailed in a 6-4 overtime thriller in the most exciting match of the evening!  Other key victories came from Hayden Kaiser (92 lbs.), Ricky Simonelli (98 lbs.), Paul Gibson (150 lbs.) and Ben Petrenic (172 lbs.).


In the second dual, the Royals were lead by Jimmy Coyne, Calvin Kortze, Jeff Hojnacki and Noah Havener,

who all pinned their opponents.  Others contributing to the 48-9 CVCA team victory were

Hayden Kaiser and Ricky Simonelli with dominating performances.

January 17th , 2010

The Royals traveled to Alliance High School to compete in the Top Gun Tournament on January 15th & 16th.  The Top Gun is one of the top tournaments in the state of Ohio.  The CVCA Wrestlers finished in 3rd place overall in the team competition with 136.5 points, which is the second highest team finish in CVCA history.

Winning the tournament for the Royals was Junior Alex Utley at 171 lbs.  Alex won five matches on his way to his second straight Top Gun Championship.  Last year Alex won the championship at 160 lbs.  Utley started with two pins over Jacob lawhorn of Field and Trent Johnson of Claymont.  Then Alex beat Josh Miller of Carrollton 17-6.  In the semi-finals Alex had a close 4-3 decision over two-time Division I State Placer Tylan Coleman of Mayfield.  In the finals Alex dominated returning Division II State Runner-Up Dennis Raber of Orrville 14-4.


Alex Utley - 1st Place 171 lbs.

Sophomore Matt Meadows had an outstanding tournament at 160 lbs.  Matt won four matches on his way to the finals with two tech-falls and a decision over West Jefferson's Jake Cochran in the semi-finals before losing a close decision to

Damien Perry of Mentor 8-5 in the finals. 


Matt Meadows - 2nd Place 160 lbs.

Freshman Nathan Tomasello finished in 3rd place with several big wins.  Nathan defeated Streetsboro's Returning State Placer Corey Stainbrook two times both in the quarterfinals and consolation finals.   Tomasello lost to St. Paris Graham's outstanding sophomore Ryan Taylor in the semi-finals 8-7 with a take down late in the 3rd period.


Nathan Tomasello - 3rd Place 103 lbs.                 Michael Ratay - 6th Place 112 lbs.

The Royals had three other wrestlers finish in 6th place.  Sophomore Michael Ratay made it to the semi-finals at 112 and then defaulted down to sixth place due to injury.  Freshman Matt Dobben had a great tournament finishing 6th at 125 including a win over two-time Division I State Placer Nick Hannan of Massilon Perry in the consolation bracket. 

Senior Zak Vargo also finished in 6th place making it to the semi-finals and then losing three very close

decisions to three very good wrestlers.


Matt Dobben - 6th Place 125 lbs.


Zak Vargo - 6th Place 135 lbs.

Also winning matches for the Royals and contributing to the team score were

Freshmen Josh Decatur and Justin Goss, Sophomores David Gray and Daniel Griffith,

and Juniors Seth Powers and Pete Meadows both coming back from injury.


The Royals will be back in action on Wednesday as they travel to Westlake to wrestle Westlake and Western Reserve.

January 17th , 2010

The Jr. High Royal wrestlers travelled to Philo, Ohio for the Philo Electric Jr. High Invitational Tournament this past weekend. The trip to Philo was just as tough as expected!  The wrestling competition at this tournament lived up to it's billing as the toughest middle school tournament in Ohio.  All the guys that went wrestled hard and did well. 

At the end of the long day, Ricky Simonelli placed 5th place at 92 lbs., Jeff Hojnacki was 6th at 128 lbs.,

and Noah Havener was 8th at 134 lbs.  Jimmy Coyne and Calvin Kortze just missed placing. 

While Hayden Kaiser and Josiah DiPaolo ended up two matches away from placing. 


At this tournament, it is a super accomplishment to be in the championship (32-man!) bracket,

as there were 60+ teams there!  Congratulations to all of these guys!  The coaching staff continues to be impressed with the great effort and growth these young men showed this past weekend, from their outstanding behavior at the hotel to their hearts of champions at the tournament!


January 8th , 2010

Both Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy and Walsh Jesuit High School are located just seconds apart

from one another on Wyoga Lake Road in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.  January 7th, 2010 marked the first individual

dual meet between the two school's wrestling teams.


The CVCA Wrestlers did a great job winning the dual meet by a score of 54-13.  The dual meet started off with two pins for the Royals at 119 and 125 lbs. with Josh Decatur and Matt Dobben.  Seth Powers saw his first action of the season after having knee surgery in August.  Seth lost a tough match to Walsh's returning State Champion Johnni DiJulius at 130 lbs.  Freshman David Parker had a tough draw against Ironman Champion Nate Skonieczny at 135 lbs. 

Zak Vargo won by major decision at 140 lbs over Nick Skonieczny.  Senior Brandon Sommers won by fall at 145 pounds to make the score 22-10 after 6 matches.

  David Gray then won by decision over returning State Qualifier John Novak 5-4.  Down at 160 lbs. for the first time this year Sophomore Matt Meadows won by technical fall 22-5.  Freshman Danny Tiley stepped up with a big 3-1 decision at 171 lbs. 


At 189 lbs. Alex Utley won a close 3-1 decision over Walsh's Dillon Magalski.  Daniel Griffith lost a decision at 215 lbs. Finally, the dual meet ended with 3 straight pins for the Royals with

Justin Goss (285), Nathan Tomasello (103), and Michael Ratay (112) to make the final score 54-13.


This was a great win for this year's wrestling team who is now 7-1 in dual meet competition.  The Royals will be in action next at the tough Alliance Top Gun Tournament next weekend January 15-16th.

Short Clip of Video Coverage of the Dual Can be seen at:


December 30th , 2009

The Medina Invitational Tournament is called "The Greatest Show in Wrestling".  The CVCA Wrestlers competed in this great event on Monday and Tuesday December 28-29th, 2009.  Overall the Royal wrestlers finished in a strong 6th place overall and 1st in Division III competition with 114 team points. 

Freshman Nathan Tomasello lead the way advancing to the finals at 103 pounds.  Nathan defeated the #4 seed Trey Davisson (New Lexington) 8-3, then the #5 seed Joseph Herrera (Westerville North) 8-5, then the #1 seed Division I State Placer Trevor Fiorucci (Olentangy) 4-3 on his way to the finals.  Nathan fell in the finals 3-0 to St. Edward's outstanding freshman and Ironman Runner-Up Dean Heil.


                 Nate Tomasello - 2nd Place                     Alex Utley - 3rd Place                          Zak Vargo - 4th Place

Also placing a strong third was Alex Utley at 171 pounds.  Alex advanced to the semi-finals before falling to Findlay's Michael Alexander.  Alex then wrestled great defeating James Suvak (St. Edward) by major decision 14-2 and pinning Matt Fergeson (Pickerington North) for 3rd Place.  Senior Zak Vargo had a great tournament as well finishing in 4th Place. 

Zak advanced to the semi-finals and lost a close match to Medina Highland's Dan Mirman. 

Zak pinned Jacob Mescher (Mason) before defaulting in the 3rd Place match due to injury. 


  Matt Meadows - 5th Place              Michael Ratay - 7th Place             Matt Dobben - 8th Place with Olympian Andy Hrovat

Sophomore Matt Meadows wrestled an outstanding tournament at 189 pounds.  Matt defeated many tough opponents while wrestling up a weight at 189.  Matt finished in 5th place with a win over John Robinson (New Lexington) in the Fifth Place match.  Also placing for the Royals were Sophomore State Placer Michael Ratay 7th at 112 pounds

and Freshman Matt Dobben 8th at 125 pounds. 


Other CVCA wrestlers winning matches were Senior Brandon Sommers, Freshman Josh Decatur, Sophomore Daniel Griffith, and Sophomore David Gray.  The team's 6th place finish is the fourth best finish at Medina in team history.

December 24th , 2009

Wednesday December 23rd was Senior Night at CVCA as the Royals played host the the Jackson-Milton Blue Jays.  Many former CVCA wrestlers and parents were in attendance and joined us for a pot-luck dinner in the cafeteria prior to the match.  The Lord has really blessed CVCA with an amazing group of wrestlers and parents, and everyone involved is truly a part of the CVCA Wrestling Family.  Thank you to all of the those who helped make this event possible!


CVCA recognized the senior wrestlers in Zak Vargo and Brandon Sommers.  Both of these young men are returning state place winners and excellent Senior leaders  and Christian role models for our team.


                                         Zak Vargo with Parents Fred and Elaine Lloyd                              Brandon Sommers with Parents Brad and Beth Sommers

CVCA wrestled a tough Division III rival in Jakcson Milton.  The Royals came out victorious by a score of 29-14.  The match started at 103 pounds where freshman Nathan Tomasello won by fall.  The 112 pound match featured to returning state placers where Michael Ratay fell to Vinnie Pizzuto 10-2.  At 119 pounds Josh Decatur defeated Jackson Milton's Jake Armstrong 18-4.  Matt Dobben had a tough match against a returning state place winner for the Blue Jays in Tim Wiseman.  Wiseman won 7-6.  Neil Roff at 130 pounds also fell to a returning state placer in Johnny Matacic 8-2. 


CVCA then won four matches in a row with Zak Vargo, Nick Havener, David Gray, and Brandon Sommers all winning their bouts from 135-152 pounds.  Sommers and Havener both won by fall.  The win for Zak Vargo was the 100th win of his career.  Congratulations Zak!!  In the last match of the dual at 160 freshman Danny Tiley lost to Anthony Tomaino 13-4. 


Jackson-Milton did not have wrestlers at 171, 189, 215, or 285; so up by a score of 29-14 CVCA decided to Double Forfeit the remaining weight classes making the final score 29-14.  Winning JV Matches for the Royals were David Parker, Casey Claflin, and Hudson Hollopeter.  Overall it was a great match and tough wrestling. 

The matches were broadcast over the internet by Nightwine Productions.

The matches can be viewed online at www.nightwineproductions.com

December 22nd , 2009


CVCA sent four wrestlers to the Cleveland State JV Tournament on Monday December 21st. 

This tournament featured over 40 teams from all over Ohio.  Winning his weight class was freshman Danny Tiley at 152 lbs.  Danny won three matches on his way to tournament champion with 2 decisions and winning by fall in the finals.  Congratulations Danny! 


Also placing for the Royals was Junior Hudson Hollopeter at 145 lbs. 

Hudson finished in second place and won three matches by fall on his way to the finals. 

Freshmen David Parker (130 lbs.) and Casey Claflin (135 lbs.) also scored big wins at Cleveland State. 

Overall the event was very successful and a great experience for our wrestlers!

December 21st , 2009

Fans of CVCA Wrestling can now follow on twitter. 

Go to www.twitter.com/cvcawrestling to view our twitter page. 

Twitter allows you to receive minute by minute updates to keep up on everything that CVCA Wrestling is involved in. 

Twitter is absolutely free, and once you sign up you will receive text messages updating you

on tournaments, scheduling, and more.  This is great for parents, friends, or family that can not be

at the tournaments and still want to know how their wrestler is doing. 

You can easily sign up from your phone.  Text "Signup" to 40404.  It will send a text back prompting you to create a username.  Once you have created your username text "Follow CVCAWrestling" to 40404, and you will be good to go. 

If at anytime you want to stop receiving updates via text message text "Leave CVCAWrestling" to 40404. 

Again this is absolutely free.  Twitter doesn't charge anything for this, but standard text messaging rates may

apply from your carrier if you do not have a set text messaging plan.  It is probably best to have an unlimited texting

plan in order not to be charged by your phone company everytime you send or receive a text message.

If you have any questions about twitter or CVCA Wrestling's twitter page you can email pacharvat@msn.com

December 20th , 2009

CVCA won the PAC-7 Championship Duals at Manchester High School on Saturday December 19th, 2009. 

The team won 3 dual meets on the day and dominated the other PAC-7 teams. 

In the quarterfinals CVCA defeated Canton Timken by a score of 70-5.  In the semi-finals CVCA defeated Tuslaw 49-18. 

In the final match of the day CVCA defeated Manchester in the championship match 55-19.


Going undefeated for the Royals on the day were Nathan Tomasello, Michael Ratay, Matt Dobben, Nick Havener, David Gray, Brandon Sommers, Alex Utley, Matt Meadows, and Justin Goss.  Also scoring big wins for the Royals were Josh Decatur, Neil Roff, David Parker, Danny Tiley, and Daniel Griffith.  CVCA Senior Brandon Sommers at 152 lbs. received the tournament's Most Valuable Wrestler Award.  Congratulations Royals on your PAC-7 Dual Championship


Brandon Sommers PAC-7 Duals Most Valuable Wrestler

December 20th , 2009

While the High School team was dominating the PAC-7 Duals, just a few minutes down the road,

the Jr High wrestlers were taking care of business at the Green Middle School Bulldog Invitational.

The team finished in 4th place overall with four tournament Champions and six placers overall!


The Four Champions were Ricky Simonelli (98 lbs.), Calvin Kortze (122 lbs.), Jeff Hojnacki (128 lbs.), and Noah Havener (134 lbs.).  These four wrestlers had 11 pins on the day and only gave up a combined total of 10 points to their opponenets.


Other great wins were turned in by Dean Miller (116 lbs.) and also placing for the Royals

were Jimmy Coyne 3rd at 104 lbs. and Hayden Kaiser 4th at 92 lbs.

December 13th , 2009

The CVCA Wrestlers competed at the toughest high school wrestling tournament in the country over the weekend.  Fortunately for us, we didn't have to travel far.  The Walsh Jesuit Ironman Tournament across the street from CVCA at Walsh Jesuit High School is by far the most prestigious event on our varsity schedule.  The Royals sent five wrestlers to the Ironman to compete against the nation's best competition. 

The CVCA Wrestlers started off great with each of the five wrestlers making it to the Round of 16 on day number one.  Freshmen Matt Dobben at 125 defeated the #8 seed in a returning Senior Oklahoma State Champion Christian Bailey of Davis, Oklahoma 6-2 in his first match.  Three of the Five wrestlers made it to the quarterfinals of the championship bracket by going undefeated on day number one.  Brandon Sommers at 145 lbs.  defeated the #3 seed Cody Rodebaugh of San Lorenzo Valley, California.  Rodebaugh was a California State Champion last year.  Also advancing to the quarterfinals were Nathan Tomasello at 103 lbs. and Alex Utley at 171 lbs.


On Saturday the Royals continued to wrestle tough and finished with 3 placers at the Ironman tournament, which is the most CVCA has had place in nine years.  Placing for the Royals were Alex Utley 3rd at 171 lbs., Nathan Tomasello 4th at 103 lbs., and Brandon Sommers 6th at 145 lbs.  Also contributing to the team point total was Senior leader Zak Vargo at 130 lbs.

Nathan Tomasello 4th Place 103 lbs.

Brandon Sommers 6th Place 145 lbs.

Alex Utley 3rd Place 171 lbs.

Alex Utley made it to the semi-finals with a win over St. Paris Graham's State Runner-Up Huston Evans before falling to Findlay's Mike Alexander in the semi-finals.  Alex finished 3rd by again defeating Evans in the consolation final.  Nate Tomasello lost two matches to Max Hvlobeck of the tournament team champion Blair Academy (NJ) both in the quarter-finals and consolation finals to finish in 4th place.  Brandon Sommers lost a close match with St. Ed's Senior Anthony Salupo in the quarterfinals and then finished in 6th place in the consolation bracket.

Overall the CVCA Royals wrestlers had a great tournament and finished in 24th place with 55 team points.  The Royals will be back in action at the PAC-7 Duals at Manchester next Saturday December 19th.

Results from the Ironman can be found at: www.walshironman.com

Video coverage can be found on Flo Wrestling at:


December 13th , 2009

The Jr High wrestlers were in action at North Canton Middle School this past weekend in a very tough 6 team tournament. Massilon Perry, Claymont, Bridgestreet (W Va), Kenmore and the host North Canton all brought some very good wrestlers.


For CVCA, Ricky Simonelli, Jimmy Coyne, Jeff Hojnacki and Noah Havener were all undefeated Champions.


Noah pinned all of his opponents! Hayden Kaiser placed 3rd with a tough overtime victory in his final match of the day!

Other winners helping the team to a 4th pace finish were: Dean Miller, Calvin Kortze, Josiah Dipaolo,

Paul Gibson, Michael Hoffman and Brandon Staab.  Great work guys!

December 6th , 2009

The CVCA Wrestlers opened up the 2009-10 season at Lakewood St. Edward's High School. 

The Royals participated in a quad with St. Ed's, Parma Padua Fransician, and Marist Illinois. 

The team started off the event by defeating Padua by a score of 35-30.  Winning the dual clinching match for the Royals was Daniel Griffith at 215 lbs.  Also winning against the Bruins was Nathan Tomasello, Zak Vargo,

Nick Havener, Hudson Hollopeter, Brandon Sommers, and Alex Utley.


The CVCA Wrestlers then dominated the Marist Illinois Redhawks by a score of 44-25. 

Winning for the Royals in the second dual was Nathan Tomasello, Mike Ratay, Matt Dobben, Neil Roff,

Zak Vargo, Nick Havener, Brandon Sommers, Alex Utley, and Matt Meadows.

The final dual of the day was against the 13 time defending Division I State Champion Eagles of St. Edward's.  The Royals wrestled tough but lost the dual by a score of 15-51.  Winning matches for the Royals against the #7 ranked team in the country were Matt Dobben, Neil Roff, Alex Utley, and Matt Meadows.  The quad was a great experience for our wrestlers and a fantastic way to open up the season to get ready for the Ironman at Walsh next weekend.

Coverage from the Quad at St. Ed's is on Flo Wrestling at:


December 6th , 2009

The CVCA Jr. High wrestlers travelled to Canal Fulton Northwest for their first competition of the 2009-10 season.

The team finished sixth place overall against some of the toughest middle schools in the area,

and had an outstanding 8 place winners!

Ricky Simonelli (98 lbs.), Jeff Hojnacki (128 lbs.)  and Calvin Kortze (122 lbs.) each brought home 2nd place honors.

Noah Havener (134 lbs.) earned a 3rd place finish.

Jimmy Coyne (104 lbs.) placed 4th, Hayden Kaiser (92 lbs.) placed 5th,

and Josiah DiPaolo (142 lbs.) and Mike Hoffman (205 lbs.) both placed 6th.  Also contributing to the team’s

success was Dean Miller (116 lbs.) with his first win of his new wrestling career.

October 30th , 2009

The 2009-10 CVCA season looks to be an exciting one for the Royals.  With many state experienced leaders

and an exciting group of young guys, the wrestling team at CVCA looks to put "C.V. CHRISTIAN"

once again near the top of the State Tournament leader board in 2010.

The CVCA Schedule is one of the toughest schedules in the entire state of Ohio. 

The season will kick off December 5th at Lakewood St. Edward High School in a Quad with St. Ed's, Parma Padua,

and Marist, Illinois.  This will be the first dual meet with the multiple time Division One State Champions St. Ed's

in CVCA history.  The next week gets even tougher as CVCA goes across the street to participate

in the nation's toughest tournament in the Walsh Jesuit Ironman on December 11-12th.  Due to League schedule changes,

the team will not be able to participate in the North Canton Hoover Holiday Tournament and will instead

participate in the PAC-7 League Dual Tournament on December 19th at Manchester.  Four days later CVCA will host

Division III competitor Jackson Milton on December 23rd in dual meet competition.  The Greatest Show in Wrestling

will take place at Medina High School on December 28-29th at Medina Invitational Tournament.  The CVCA wrestlers will look to continue its great perfomance at Medina were they finished 3rd  as a team in 2008. 

To start 2010 the CVCA Wrestling team will travel across the street once again in a dual meet with Wyoga Lake Road rival

Walsh Jesuit on January 7th.  A week later the Royals will head to Alliance High School to compete in the always tough

Top Gun Inviational Tournament on January 15-16th.  The following week CVCA will travel to Kenston High School for a dual meet on Wednesday January 21st.  The very next day the Royals will travel to Westlake High School for a tri meet with

Westlake and Western Reserve.  After a week off, CVCA will go to University School for a dual meet on

Wednesday February 3rd.  The CVCA Royals will finish up the 2009-10 regular season with the PAC-7 Individual League Tournament at Tusky Valley High School on Saturday February 13th. 

CVCA will move back to the Brooklyn Sectional for the first time since 2003 for the first tournament of the post season. 

At Brooklyn the team will bang heads with St. Peter Chanel, Cuyahoga Heights, and Keystone

in Sectional Competition on February 19th-20th.

The District Tournament will be held at Maple Heights High School on February 26th-27th.  Finally, the season will end at the

OHSAA State Wrestling Tournament at the Schottenstein Center at Ohio State University on March 4-6th, 2010.

The Royals returns five state place winners and six state qualifiers.  State Placers returning for CVCA will be

Junior Two-Time State Placer and State Runner-Up Alex Utley, State 3rd Place Winner Senior Zak Vargo,

Junior Seth Powers (State 4th Place), 2X State Placer Senior Brandon Sommers ( 6th in 2009), and

Sophomore Michael Ratay (7th in 2009).  Sophomore Matt Meadows was also a State Qualifier in 2009. 

Also returning for the Royals will be Senior Anthony Costanzo, Juniors Pete Meadows,

Hudson Hollopeter, and Greg Taylor and Sophomores David Gray and Daniel Griffith. 

CVCA also has an outstanding group on freshmen.  Nathan Tomasello, Cadet National 3rd Place and

Jr. High State Runner-Up, will look to step in at 103 lbs.  Also looking to contribute for the Royals will be

Two-time Jr. High State Placer Matt Dobben, Jr. High State Placer Neil Roff, and Jr. High State Qualifiers

Josh Decatur, Nick Havener, Danny Tiley, and Sherman Kortze.  Other freshmen include

Justin Goss, David Parker, Casey Claflin, Avery McLean, and Calvin Christopher.

Everyone at CVCA looks forward to what God holds in the future for these wresters this upcoming season. 

The wrestlers and coaches are excited to glorify our Lord through the sport of wrestling and to give Him the glory

for every takedown, escape, near fall, and pin earned this season!

June 29th , 2009

Ohio Lightning finished as National Runners-Up at the Amatuer Athletic Union's National Scholastic Duals held

June 22nd-26th at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.  The team competed in the Community Division where the majority of the wrestlers must be from the same school.  CVCA was honored to have two PAC-7 wrestlers join the team for this event in Beau Wenger (Fairless) at 215 and Josh Morosko (Tuslaw) at Heavyweight. 

The team went 10-1 in dual meet competition.  The first two days of wrestling the team won their pool by defeating Mechanicsburg (MA) 54-12, Big Red (NC) 61-8, Cinncinati Elder (OH) 37-27, Bloomington South (IN) 57-12, Perry Meridian (IN) 37-25, Austintown Fitch (OH) 35-28, Spring Hill (FL) 35-29, and Jupiter (FL) 71-3. 

In the quarterfinals of the championship bracket CVCA downed Collins Hill (GA) 35-27.  Collins Hill finished the 2009 season ranked as one of the top 40 high school teams in the country.  The team defeated Wadsworth (MA) 34-18 in the semifinals.  In the championship finals Ohio Lightning fell to the Lake Gibson (FL) Braves 26-34. 

Scoring big wins for Ohio Lightning in the finals were Zack Nelson, Neil Roff, Zak Vargo, Tyler Powers, Alex Utley, and Beau Wenger.  The dual meet came down to the heavyweight match with Ohio Lightning trailing 26-28 and

needing a win to clinch the dual meet.  Unfortunately, Ohio State Runner-Up Josh Morosko (Tuslaw)

dislocated his shoulder early in the second period of the match and had to default. 

Overall medalists for Ohio Lightning were: Gold Medalists Alex Utley (171) and Beau Wenger (215) both going undefeated, Silver Medalists Zack Nelson (112), Neil Roff (119), and Zak Vargo (130) all with only one loss;

Bronze Medalist Josh Morosko (HVY) and Copper Medalist Tyler Powers (140).  

Alex Utley was awarded the "Most Technically Superior Award" for the entire Community Division.

Other wrestlers that contributed to the success of the team by winning matches were:  Nathan Tomasello (103),

Seth Powers (125), Zane Nelson (135), Pete Meadows (145), David Gray (152), Matt Meadows (160), Daniel Griffith (189), Matt Dobben (Alt.), Josh Decatur (Alt.) and Nick Havener (Alt.)

The trip was a great success with the wrestlers getting the opportunity to wrestle some of the best teams in the country and contending for a national title, building friendships and relationships, and having fun at the attractions of Walt Disney World.  

Praise God for the opportunity to compete at such a high level and we give Him the glory all of the team's accomplishments!

Complete Results are at: http://www.aauresults.org/wrestling/re_wrestling.php?y=2009&lkid=  gotrybeDisney's Wide World of Sports Complex

June 19th , 2009


Many CVCA Wrestlers are headed down to Orlando, Florida to compete in the Amatuer Athletic Union's

National Scholastic Duals held June 22nd-26th at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex. 

CVCA Wrestlers will compete as Team Ohio Lightning in the Community Division.  The Community Division is a separate division in which the most of the wrestlers on the team must be from the same school.  Ohio Lightning is competing in this division for the first time. The wrestlers spent an intense week of training at Ohio Elite Wrestling Camp in Aurora

with CVCA Four Time State Champion and Greco World Team Member Harry Lester to prepare for this week's festivities.  The wrestlers will gain a great deal of experience wrestling some of the best competition in the country and will have a great time enjoying the parks of Disney World during their free time.  The Disney Duals are a week long event where 100 teams from all over the nation go to compete for the championship ,and it is one of the toughest national events in the country.


          108 – Matt Dobben – 8th 2X Jr. High State Placer

          108 – Nathan Tomasello – 8th Jr. High State Runner-Up

          117 – Zack Nelson – 8th Jr. High State Runner-Up

          117 – Josh Decatur – 8th Jr. High State Qualifier

          124 – Neil Roff – 8th – Jr. High State 4th Place

          130 – Nick Havener – 8th Jr. High State Qualifier

          130 – Seth Powers – 10th OHSAA State 4th Place

          135 – Zak Vargo – 11th OHSAA State 3rd Place

          140 – Zane Nelson – 8th – Jr. High State Runner-Up

          145 – Tyler Powers – 12th – OHSAA State Champion

          150 – Pete Meadows – 10th – 2X CVCA Varsity Letter Winner

          157 – David Gray – 9th – OHSAA District Qualifier

          165 – Matt Meadows – 9th – OHSAA State Qualifier

          176 – Alex Utley – 10th – OHSAA State Runner-Up

          194 – Daniel Griffith – 9th – OHSAA District Qualifier

          220 – Beau Wenger – 11th – OHSAA State 3rd Place (Fairless)

          290 – Josh Morosko – 12th – OHSAA State Runner-Up (Tuslaw)


See Results at: http://www.aauresults.org/wrestling/re_wrestling.php?y=2009&lkid=           gotrybeDisney's Wide World of Sports Complex
May 31st , 2009

Saturday finals by brooke.zumas.

Photo From: http://www.flickr.com/photos/brookezumas/collections/72157619024802397/

CVCA Graduate Harry Lester became a member of the 2009 United States Greco-Roman World Team at the World Team Trials in Council Bluffs, Iowa on May 30th, 2009.  Harry won U.S. Nationals in Las Vegas in April, which automatically sent him to a best of three match up with the World Team Trials Challenge tournament winner. 

Harry defeated Jess Hargrave in two straight matches (4-4, 1-0, 1-0 and Pin 3-0, 0:29) in the 74 kg finals to earn his spot on his fourth world team.  Harry was a World Bronze Medalist in 2006 and 2007.  He will be wrestling in Denmark at the World Championships in September.  Harry will be running wrestling camps at Ohio Elite Wrestling Camp in Aurora this summer as he is training for this prestigious event. 

Visit Harry's Camp Website:  www.oewc.net

March 8th , 2009

The CVCA Wrestling team finished in 3rd place in Division III at the OHSAA State Wrestling Tournament held at the Ohio State University's Jerome Schottenstein Center on March 5-7th, 2009.  The state tournament capped off an outstanding season for the team.  Throughout the year the team finished as the highest scoring team from Summit County at the prestigious Walsh Ironman Tournament in early December,  3rd at the North Canton Tournament, 3rd at the Medina Invitational Tournament, 5th at the Alliance Top Gun Tournament, Loudonville Gribble Tournament Champions, Undefeated PAC-7 League Champions, OHSAA Sectional Champions, and OHSAA District Champions!  It is amazing how much God has blessed this year's group of athletes.  Without the Lord guiding us in everything that we do on and off of the mat, none of the year's accomplishments would have been possible.  It is truly to our Savior that we give the glory for any recognition or honors that we have received.

This year many CVCA Wrestling records fell along with recognizing 7 State Place Winners and crowning CVCA's 12th State Champion.  7 State Placers is the most of any school in any division behind St. Paris Graham.  CVCA advanced 8 wrestlers to state which tied a school record from 2001, and the 7 state placers is the most ever in CVCA Wrestling history. 




Senior Tyler Powers became the school's 12th State Wrestling Champion at the 135 lbs. weight class.  Tyer finished in 8th place at last year's State Tournament.  This year Tyler lost two matches at the toughest tournament in the country, the Walsh Ironman, in the first event of the year; and he did not lose another match the rest of the season.  Tyler was Champion at the North Canton, Loudonville Gribble, PAC-7, Sectional, District, and State Tournaments this season.  Tyler entered the State tournament ranked 3rd in the Brakeman Report, but was determined to win a state title.  Tyler began the tournament by pinning Clint Boyd of Caldwell in 3:45 in the first round.  In the quarter-finals Tyler defeated Delta's Reid Rayfield 5-0.  Tyler advanced to the finals with a semi-final win over St. Clairsville's Dominic Prezzia 3-2.  In the championship match Tyler dominated Ben Kuzma of Bascom Hopewell-Loudon winning by a score of 7-1.  Tyler finished with an overall record of 37-2 for the season.


Sophomore State Place winner Alex Utley returned to the 160 lbs. weight class where he placed third last season as a freshman.  This year his sights were set higher.  Alex started the State Tournament by pinning Jarrod Zang from Columbus Bishop Hartley, then tech-falled Liberty Center's Jake Elling in the quarterfinals.  Belpre's Ashton Packard fell to Alex in the semi-finals 7-3.  Alex became only the third wrestler in CVCA history to make it to the State Finals prior to his Junior year.  In the finals Alex fell to the number five ranked wrestler in the country in three-time state champion Zach Toal from Troy Christian.  Alex has accumulated 86 wins in just his first two seasons, which is the second most in CVCA histroy behind Harry Lester's 88 wins (1998-1999).


Greg Hojnacki placed 7th at last year's State Tournament at 189 lbs.  He returned to start the season at 189 lbs., but at the end of January decided that he was more comfortable wrestling at 215 lbs.  That was a great decision.  Greg went on a tear the last month of the season racking up a PAC-7, Sectional, and District Championship.  He entered the State Tournament on a great winning streak and continued it in the first two rounds by defeating Andrew Wright of Galion Northmor and Sean Slee of Liberty Center.  Greg lost a very close match in the semi-finals, but bounced back to beat Manchester's Kyle Kelly and Milan Edison's Craig Ritz to finish in 3rd Place.


CVCA newcomer Zak Vargo came to CVCA for his junior year and did an outstanding job at the 125 lbs. weight class.  Zak came into the State Tournament also on a good run after winning the Loudonville, PAC-7, Sectional, and District Championships over the course of the past four weeks.  Zak advanced to the semi-finals of the State Tournament by defeating Josh Coulter of Cardington Lincoln and Kyle Burns of Milan Edison.  Zak lost a close 2-1 decision in the semis,

but battled back to defeat Marion Pleasant's three-time state place winner Riki Reynolds and PAC-7 rival Eli Donahue of Tuslaw to finish in 3rd place.


Seth Powers at the 112 lbs. weight class finished last season as a State Alternate, but came into this year

determined to take that extra step and wrestle in the State Tournament.  He did exactly that and came into the State Tournament after having a tremendous performance at Districts.  Seth finished 4th in the state having to defeat

Tim Arthur of Jamestown Greenview in the first round, and then after dropping to consolations Seth beat every other

qualifier from the Maple Heights District on his way to the 3rd place match.


Junior Brandon Sommers had a gutsy State Tournament at 130 lbs..  After fighting off bronchitis all week, Brandon defeated his first two opponents advancing to the semi-finals.  Brandon beat Joey Bodenbender from Defiance Tinora

in the first round, and then he beat Cinncinati Madeira's Johnny Carpenter in the quarterfinals, avenging a

loss from last year's State quarterfinals.  Brandon lost a close match in the semi-finals. Then, unfortunately,

a knee injury caused Brandon to default down to 6th place.


Freshman Michael Ratay had an excellent State Tournament and finished in 7th Place at 103 lbs.  Michael had some very exciting matches and defeated  Luke Kern of Liberty Center, Cody Steiner of Waynesville, and Anthony Elchert of Arcadia on his way to 7th Place.  Michael is CVCA only the fifth wrestler in CVCA history to place at States as a freshman.  Fellow Freshman Matt Meadows made it down to the State tournament and did a great job wrestling at the 152 lbs. weight class.



March 1st , 2009

The CVCA Wrestlers brought home the District Title for the first time in school history this weekend.  The team scored an amazing 186.0 points for the tournament with the next closest team being Cuyahoga Heights with 113.0 points.  The Royals put on a dominating performance and advanced 8 wrestlers to the State Tournament. 


Senior Returning State Place Winners Tyler Powers (135 lbs.) and Greg Hojnacki (215 lbs.) led the way by finishing as District Champions.  Both wrestlers dominated throughout the tournament.  Also winning District titles were junior Zak Vargo (125 lbs.) and sophomore Alex Utley (160 lbs.).  These wrestlers also had an impressive tournament.


The Royals also had three 3rd place finishers in Freshmen Michael Ratay (103 lbs.), Sophomore Seth Powers (112 lbs.), and Junior Brandon Sommers (130 lbs.).  Freshman Matt Meadows (152 lbs.) also qualified for the State Tournament by finishing in 4th place.  David Gray, Daniel Griffith, and Matthew Hickin also won matches and contributed to the team title,

but fell short of qualifying for the State tournament.

 2009 CVCA Wrestling

Eight to State!!!

The wrestlers will head to Columbus on Wednesday to get ready for the weekend's competition.  The 8 CVCA State Qualifiers ties the school record for most State Qualifiers in one year.  The wrestlers and coaches look forward to this weekend and are excited to see how God is going to work during this last tournament of the season.  Win or Lose the CVCA Wrestling family is extremely proud of these guys and their accomplishments.  We are proud to send the glory to God for blessing us with the opportunity and ability to honor Him in all that we do!!!

February 21st , 2009

The CVCA Wrestlers carried their already successful year into the post season as the Royals won their third tournament in the last three weeks by winning the OHSAA Division III Rootstown Sectional.  The team scored an impressive

231.0 points and advanced 11 wrestlers to next week's District Tournament.  Leading the way for the Royals

were 6 Sectional Champions.  The team's 6 Sectional Champions is a CVCA school record

and the 11 District Qualifiers ties the record for most ever by a CVCA team.

Senior Tyler Powers took home his second straight sectional title with a win over Girard's Daniel Gainey

in the finals of the 135 lbs. weight class.  Junior Zak Vargo won his first Sectional championship for CVCA

by defeating Woodridge's Brad Norval in the finals at 125 lbs.  130 lbs. Junior Brandon Sommers also won his

second straight sectional championship pinning Girard's Tony Cardiero in the finals. 

Freshman Matt Meadows avenged an earlier season loss to Woodridge State Qualifier Lambert McElrath in the finals of the 152 lbs. weight class.  Matt won the sectional championship match by technical fall 17-2.  Sophomore Alex Utley won the sectional at 160 lbs., as did Senior Greg Hojnacki at 215 lbs. All six champions wrestled a great tournament.


Also doing well for the Royals were Sectional Runner-Ups Michael Ratay at 103 lbs., Seth Powers at 112 lbs.,

and Matt Hickin at 140 lbs.  Also advancing to Districts were freshmen

David Gray, who took 3rd place at 145 lbs. and Daniel Griffith who finished 4th at 171 lbs. 

Fellow Freshman Tommy Dunkin finished in 6th place at 119 lbs.


Congratulations Wrestlers and Good Luck at Maple Heights!!!

Results from the Rootstown Sectional can be found at: http://www.baumspage.com/nesect/ro3/index.htm

February 15th , 2009

The CVCA Wrestlers traveled to Wooster Triway to compete in the Principal's Athletic Conferance Tournament on Saturday February 14th.  The other PAC-7 schools are Fairless, Manchester, Canton Timken, Wooster Triway, Tusky Valley, Tuslaw, and Indian Valley, who is new to the league this year.  The Royals after going undefeated (7-0) in PAC-7 dual meet competition wanted to dominate the end of season league tournament as well.  


The team did just that winning the team title and league championship for the fourth time in the last five years.  Seth Powers won his second PAC-7 title by winning the tournament at 112 lbs.  Junior Zak Vargo avenged two defeats earlier this season to Tuslaw's Eli Donahue by defeating him 1-0 in the finals at 125 lbs.  Brandon Sommers at 130 lbs. won the PAC-7 Championship for the third straight year.  Tyler Powers dominated the 135 lbs. weight class taking first place.  Senior Matthew Hickin ended his PAC-7 career by winning the championship at 140 lbs. 


Perhaps one of the most exciting performances of the tournament was freshman Matt Meadows who one the title at 152 lbs.  Matt defeated senior state qualifier Bo Gilmore of Indian Valley in the first round.  Then he beat Manchester's Jake Dies in the semi-finals.  In the finals Matt won a close match to Tuslaw's Todd Remaneric.  To have a freshman beat three state ranked wrestlers at one of the toughest weight classes in the tournament was very exciting for the CVCA supporters to see.  Alex Utley continued to have great success, winning the tournament at 160 lbs.  Finally, Greg Hojnacki won the tournament in impressive fashion at 215 lbs. by pinning Kyle Kelly of Manchester in the finals.


                           152 lbs. Tournament Champion:  Matt Meadows

The team also had two third place finishers in freshmen David Gray at 145 lbs. and Daniel Griffith at 171 lbs. Overall the Royals went undefeated in the final round going 10 for 10 for the second week in a row.  The team scored an astounding 204 points on their way to the league championship.  Congratulations Royals and Good Luck in the post season!

February 13th , 2009

By David Lee Morgan Jr.
Beacon Journal sports writer

Much like Brett Favre with football, Harry Lester can't let go.  Lester, the former CVCA and Northern Michigan University All-American, has won a Pan-American gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling and was a world bronze medalist the past two years.  And he retired after a loss in the Olympic Trials in 2008. 

''Anytime you can represent your country it's an honor,'' Lester said. ''Whether it's sports, in war or politics, anyone who is given that opportunity knows it's an honor. I take great pride being on that world team and bringing back a medal for our country. Every day, I'm thankful I had that honor.''

Lester, 25, was a favorite to win the gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics but was upset by eventual champion Jake Deitchler in the 145.5-pound-weight class. Lester finished third in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

Lester usually wrestled at a higher weight class and had to drop a significant

amount of weight to get to 145.5 for the 2008 Olympic Trials.

That might have taken a toll on Lester.  ''Harry doesn't make any excuses and he'll probably never admit it but having to drop all of that weight,'' said CVCA wrestling coach Don Lorence. ''And I'm sure [losing] that last 20 pounds was tough on him.''

After Lester lost to Deitchler, Lester decided to hang up the wrestling shoes.

It was an emotional loss for Lester and it was supposed to be the end of an illustrious career.


But now, things have changed and Lester has that desire to compete once again.

''I've been thinking about it the last year and a half to two years,'' Lester said about returning to the sport. ''I thought I'd pretty much be done after this cycle and that I would move on with my live, move on with my career and start a family.''

So what did Lester, who is training in Northern Michigan, do after ''retiring?''

He spent six months enjoying life and traveling around the country and hanging out with friends and family.

But this past October, Lester started to get that feeling, like he needed to get back on the mat.

His goal is to make the U.S. team for the 2012 Olympics.

''I started thinking to myself, 'am I ready to put in the time and the training and sacrifice my free

time that I had to do this,' '' Lester said. ''That's what it came down to. It's a big commitment

and I get it in my head that I'm going to give 100 percent to this.''

Lester's plan is to take his comeback one day at a time because he said he doesn't know

what to expect. He'll train and compete in tournaments to get himself back to form.

''My body feels all right,'' he said. ''I have the wear and tear that you have

with every elite athlete. I just have to suck it up and do what I have to do.''

Lester will wrestle at the 163 weight class.

''Moving up [from 145] will be a big plus for him,'' Lorence said.

This summer, Lester said he plans to do something different, as far as his training is concerned.

He's returning to the area and will train and help at camps with Lorence, who runs Ohio Elite Wrestling Camps, formerly Lorence Wrestling Camps, in Aurora.

''He's just the complete package, on and off the mat,'' Lorence said about Lester and his involvement with the camps. ''When he works with the kids at camp, he's very sincere. He truly will help anyone, and it doesn't matter what their skill level is.''

Lester is looking forward to his homecoming this summer.

''I'll be in a comfort zone around my family and friends that I have there,'' he said. ''That's something different that I think will give me a spark in training that I haven't had the last few years. I'll get that, being back home with the guys I grew up and wrestled with. I'll push the campers and inspire them and I'm sure they'll do the same for me.''

David Lee Morgan Jr. can be reached at dlmorgan@thebeaconjournal.com

Article and Pictures from:  http://www.ohio.com/news/break_news/39516932.html#

February 12th , 2009

The varsity wrestlers were in action down at Indian Valley on Wednesday night February 11th.  The Royals took on PAC-7 foes Indian Valley and Canton Timken in a tri-meet.  This make-up match was originally scheduled for January 14th, but was postponed due to weather.    The Royals made the long trip to Indian Valley worth while by winning both dual meets.  The wrestlers defeated Canton Timken 61-18 and then Indian Valley by a score of 43-31.


The Royals did not lose a single match against Canton Timken, giving up 18 points from only forfeits.  The Royals did however have a challenge from Indian Valley who gave the Royals their second closest dual of the year.  Giving up forfeits at 103 and 125, out starters Mike Ratay and Zak Vargo, the Royals knew that they were in for a battle. 


The team came out and wrestled great with pins right out of the gate by Brandon Sommers, Tyler Powers, and Matt Hickin.  Winning very key matches for the Royals were Pete Meadows who pulled off a major decision at 145 lbs. and Daniel Griffith who pinned his opponent at 189 lbs.  Adding in forfeits to Matt Meadows and Alex Utley and a decision by Seth Powers at 112 lbs. the dual ended with CVCA on top.

February 9th , 2009

The varisty wrestlers traveled many miles to compete at the Loudonville Gribble Tournament on Saturday February 8th.  The wrestlers did not disappoint placing ten wrestlers and winning the team championship over host school Loudonville who finished in second. 


Finishing as tournament champions were the following:  Seth Powers at 112 lbs. who avenged a loss from last year's district semi-finals by defeating Loudonville State Placer Scott Spreng in the finals, Zak Vargo who cruised to the

title at 125 lbs., Brandon Sommers dominated the 130 lbs. weight class,

Senior Tyler Powers at 135 lbs., and State Placer Alex Utley won at 160 lbs.


Finishing in 3rd place for the Royals were senior Matt Hickin at 140 lbs., along with freshmen Michael Ratay at 103 lbs,, David Gray at 145 lbs., Matt Meadows at 152 lbs, and Daniel Griffith at 171 lbs.  The team went 10 for 10 in the finals winning every single match wrestled in the last round.

February 7th , 2009

The Jr. High wrestlers dominated the PAC-7 tournament at Tusky Valley on Friday night February 6th, and were crowned League Champions!!  The team scored an astounding 191 points in the victory.  The teams advanced nine wrestlers into the championship finals and had all but two wrestlers place in the top four. 


The Royals were led by 5 wrestlers who finished as individual tournament champions.  7th graders Jimmy Coyne and Ricky Simonelli won the 86 lbs. and 92 lbs. weight classes respectively.   8th Graders Sherman Kortze at 116 lbs., Nicholas Havener at 122 lbs., and David Parker at 134 lbs. all won the tournament at their weight class.


Hayden Kaiser was tournament runner-up at 80 lbs., as was Jeffrey Hojnacki 104 lbs., Danny Tiley 150 lbs., and Jake Sziraky 205 lbs.  Also coming up big for the Royals were James Hammons 160 lbs., Avery McLean 142 lbs., and Jono Kontur 172 lbs. who all finished in third place.  Casey Claflin took home 4th place at the very tough 128 lbs. weight class.   James Staab, Calvin Christopher, Josiah DiPaolo, and Daniel Meredith also contributed to the team's championship.

This marked the first occasion where CVCA's Jr. High team has won the league championship in many years. 

Great job Jr. High Wrestlers and Good Luck in the off season!!

January 25th, 2009

The Jr. High Wrestlers traveled to Philo to wrestle in the Philo Electric Jr. High Invitational Tournament.  Philo is located near Zanesville about 2 hours away from CVCA.  The team drove down, had a nice dinner at Bob Evans, and spent time together on Friday night the day before the tournament.  The wrestlers had a great time swimming in the indoor pool at the hotel. 


The Philo tournament is considered the toughest Jr. High in season tournament in the state of Ohio. 

The tournament hosted 44 teams from all over the state.  The Royals had an excellent showing finishing in 15th place overall.  The team was led by 8th grader Nicholas Havener at 122 lbs. who finished in 3rd place losing only to returning

Jr. High State Champion Bo Jordan of St. Paris Graham. 

7th grader Ricky Simonelli at 86 lbs. finished in a strong 4th place.  Danny Tiley lost only one match and finished in 5th at 150 lbs.  Jeff Hojnacki wrestled great at the 104 lbs. weight class.  Although he lost his first round match 8-7, he went on to win 4 consecutive matches, but could finish no higher than 9th place because of his first round loss. 


Other Royal wrestlers that won matches were Hayden Kaiser, Jimmy Coyne, Sherman Kortze,

David Parker, Josiah DiPaolo, Casey Claflin, Avery McLean, and Calvin Christopher.


January 22nd, 2009

Both the Jr. High and Varsity team wrestled at Tusky Valley High School on Wednesday January 21st in Principal's Athletic Conference action.  Both teams won their dual meet.  The Jr. High won 44-33, while the High School team won 53-19. 

Winning matches for the Jr. High team were Avery McLean, Hayden Kaiser, Ricky Simonelli,

Jeff Hojnacki, Sherman Kortze, Nick Havener, David Parker, Jono Kontur, and Calvin Christopher. 

Winning matches for the varsity were Michael Ratay, Seth Powers, Zak Vargo, Kirk Walker, 

Tyler Powers, Matt Hickin, Matt Meadows, Alex Utley, Daniel Griffith, and Greg Hojnacki. 


Both team have done well in PAC-7 action this year.  This varsity squad remains undefeated with two duals

to go against Indian Valley and Timken on February 11th.  The Jr. High team is finished with PAC-7

duals and have gone 3-2 losing only to Tuslaw and Fairless.  The Jr. High will compete in the

PAC-7 tournament to finish the season on Friday night February 6th back at Tusky Valley.

January 18th, 2009

CVCA hosted a 16 team middle school dual tournament on Saturday January 17th.  The Jr. High wrestlers finished

with a 3-2 dual meet record and in 7th place overall.  The team defeated Litchfield, Hyre, and an Extras team on the way to their 7th place finish.  The team had an outstanding accomplishment at this tournament in that every single wrestler on the team registered a win at the event.  Going undefeated on the day were Ricky Simonelli, Nick Havener, and Danny Tiley.


Others scoring wins were Hayden Kaiser, Jimmy Coyne, Jeff Hojnacki, Sherman Kortze, David Parker, Casey Claflin, Josiah DiPaolo, Avery McLean, Daniel Meredith, Jono Kontur, Calvin Christopher, and Jake Sziraky.

Winning the tournament was the Pope Jr. Greyhounds a team who traveled all the

way from Georgia just to compete at CVCA.

January 18th, 2009

The CVCA Wrestling team continued to excel at the Top Gun Wrestling tournament at Alliance High School held on Friday and Saturday January 16th and 17th.  Leading the way for the team was Sophomore Alex Utley at 160 lbs.  Alex became the tournament champion by winning 5 matches including 2 falls and 3 major decisions.  Alex won over Riverview's Brett Mellor in the finals by an outstanding 14-2 margin.  Alex also avenged his only loss from the Jr. High State Tournament two years ago (where Alex took third) by demolishing Graham's Kyle Ryan 12-3 in the quarterfinals.

160 lbs. Champion Alex Utley

Junior Zak Vargo placed an impressive 3rd at the 125 lbs. weight class.  Zak advanced to the semifinals before falling 6-1 to the nation's #3 ranked wrestler at 125 lbs. in Zach Neibert from St. Paris Graham.  Zak bounced back to win two close consolation matches to finish in third.

Freshman Micheal Ratay (103 lbs.) and Sophomore Seth Powers (112 lbs.) both finished a solid 6th place.  While Freshman Matt Meadows (152 lbs.) and Senior Greg Hojnacki (189 lbs.) both finished the tournament in 7th place.  Also winning matches for the Royals were Freshman David Gray (145 lbs.) and Senior Matt Hickin (145 lbs.) who lost an exciting 3-2 decision to University School's State Champion Harrison Hightower in the second round.

Overall the team finished in a very impressive 5th place overall with 114.5 points.  This feat was even more impressive considering the team was without two of its top point scorers in State Placers Tyler Powers and Brandon Sommers, both of which are recovering from injuries.

Results from the tournament can be found at: http://old.flyers.stark.k12.oh.us/Top%20Gun/tgt2009/TopGun09home.htm

January 13th, 2009


Photo from:  www.chippewa-chipps.com

Several CVCA Wrestlers competed in the 29th Chippewa Invitational Tournament in Doylestown, OH on

Friday January 10th.  Wrestling was scheduled to continue on Saturday, but due to extreme weather conditions

the action was postponed to Sunday.  Being that CVCA does not participate in athletic events on

Sunday the wrestlers did not continue on in the tournament.

Winning matches at the tournament for the Royals were:

Tom Duncan at 119 lbs., Pete Meadows at 140 lbs., David Gray at 145 lbs., and Daniel Griffith at 171 lbs.

Results from the tournament can be found at:  www.chippewa-chipps.com

December 31st, 2008

The Medina Invitational Tournament is called "The Greatest Show in Wrestling," and is one of the biggest and toughest tournaments in all of Ohio.  CVCA competed at this tournament Monday and Tuesday December 29th and 30th, 2008 at Medina High School.  The team has had a very strong 2008, and the last event of the calender year did not disappoint.  The Royals finished as Champions in Division III and in third place overall only behind Division I powerhouses Massillon Perry and Lakewood St. Edward.  The 151.5 points scored and 7 place winners is one of CVCA's best finishes ever.

The team was led by Junior State Place Winner Brandon Sommers, who joined the ranks of an elite few CVCA wrestlers who have been crowned champion of the M.I.T.  Harry Lester, Andy Vogel, Jarrad Turner, and Jared Kusar are the others.  Harry and Brandon are the only two who have accomplished this feat before their Senior Season.


Brandon won the 130 lbs. weight class finishing 5-0 overall including an exciting 4 overtime thriller in the semifinals.  Sam Hazewinkel (4X NCAA All-American at Oklahoma and Ranked #2 in country in Greco at 55kg) commented on Brandon after the match saying: "The kid's a stud!"

The other CVCA Wrestlers did an outstanding job as well.  Senior Tyler Powers advanced to the semi-finals at 135 lbs. before being injured by an illegal slam.  This unfortunate situation advanced Tyler to the finals where he was unable to compete due to injury earning him 2nd place for the tournament.  Tyler had a slight seperation and partial tear in his shoulder, but should be back in action in a few weeks.


After a tough overtime loss in the semi-finals, Sophomore Alex Utley wrestled back to finish in 3rd place for the tournament at 171 lbs. Senior Greg Hojnacki won 4 matches on his way to a fourth place finish at 189 lbs. 

Seth Powers at 112 lbs. and Zak Vargo at 125 lbs. both finished as a strong 5th place, and Senior Matt Hickin wrestled great in the 140 lbs. weight class to finish in 8th place for the tournament.

Giving the glory to God for all of the team's accomplishments the CVCA Wrestlers continued to show improvement on what looks to be a promising 2009 for the CVCA Royals.

Results from the M.I.T. can be found at:  http://www.baumspage.com/medina/res08.htm

December 28th, 2008

The CVCA Jr. High Wrestling team competed in the Green Middle School Tournament on Saturday, December 27th.  The team finished with 5 place winners including 2 Champions, a Runner-Up, a 3rd Place finisher, and a 4th Place Finisher.

Tournament Placers:  David Parker, Jeff Hojnacki, Ricky Simonelli, Danny Tiley, and Sherman Kortze

The team was led by 8th Grader Sherman Kortze who finished as tournament Champion at 116 lbs.  Sherman won 4 matches including an impressive 14-6 win in the championship finals.  The team was also led by 7th grader Ricky Simonelli who finished in 1st place at the 86 lbs. weight class.  Ricky continued to wrestle great and is still undefeated on the season. 


Also wrestling very well and finishing as tournament Runner-Up was Jeff Hojnacki at 104 lbs. 

Jeff, a seventh grader, advanced to the finals before losing a very close match 4-3 in the championship.  

8th graders Danny Tiley 150 lbs. and David Parker 128 lbs. finished in 3rd and 4th place respectively. 

Also scoring wins for the Royals were Hayden Kaiser, Jimmy Coyne, and Casey Claflan.  The Jr. High Wrestlers are continuing to look tough and are looking forward to the Medina Jr. High Tournament on Saturday, January 10th.


                                 Champion Ricky Simonelli 86 lbs.                                Champion Sherman Kortze 116 lbs.

December 21st, 2008

The Varsity Wrestling team competed in the North Canton Holiday Tournament on December 19th and 20th.  The team continued to look impressive bringing home the 3rd place team trophy.  The wrestlers scored a total of 148.5 team points which proved to be the third highest out of the 36 teams competing.

The Royals were led by Senior Tyler Powers at 135 lbs.  Tyler finished the tournament 5-0 with four pins to become tournament champion.  Tyler pinned Orrville State Placer Jeremy Maiwurm in the finals. 


Also looking impressive for the Royals were Juniors Zak Vargo and Brandon Sommers. 

Both finished as tournament Runner-Up.  Zak wrestled great and defeated West Virginia State Champ

Aaron Majetich on his way to the finals.  Brandon came out of a loaded 130 lbs .bracket which featured multiple state placers including a win over State Placer Jake Strausbaugh (Orrville).


Sophomore Alex Utley finished a solid 3rd place at 171 lbs. finishing the tournament 5-1 with 3 pins and a technical fall.  Senior Greg Hojnacki wrestled great making it to the semi-finals in a very tough 189 lbs. bracket before falling to 6th place.  Other wrestlers scoring wins for the Royals were Michael Ratay (103), Seth Powers (112), Matt Hickin (140), David Gray (145), Pete Meadows (145), and Matt Meadows (152).


Results from the tournament can be found at:  www.ncholiday.com

December 21st, 2008

The Jr. High Wrestling team was in action Saturday, December 20th at the Brown Middle School Invitational in Ravenna. 

The Brown Middle School Tournament is one of the biggest Jr. High Tournaments in the area featuring 19 teams and well over 200 plus wrestlers from throughout Northeast Ohio.


The team wrestled very well advancing three wrestlers to the finals.  Finishing as tournament champion at 86 lbs. was seventh grader Ricky Simonelli.  Ricky advanced with three pins and an exciting double overtime 3-2 decision in the finals.  Ricky is now at 13-0 on the year.  Also advancing to the finals and finishing as tournament Runners-Up were Nick Havener at 122 lbs. and Danny Tiley at 150 lbs.  Also scoring big wins for the Royals were Hayden Kaiser and Jimmy Coyne.


                  Nick Havener - 2nd Place                      Ricky Simonelli - 1st Place                       Danny Tiley - 2nd Place

December 18th, 2008

The CVCA Wrestling team honored their Senior Wrestlers at Senior Night on Wednesday December 17th at the home tri-meet with Triway and Manchester.  The evening started with a wrestling family pot luck dinner in the cafeteria.  The dinner was an event planned for both the Jr. High and High School wrestling families and was a great time of fellowship together.  Thank you to all of the parents and families who participated and helped with the dinner.

Before wrestling began the Senior Wrestlers were honored along side their parents

for their committment to Christ, their school, and their sport. 

Senior Tyler Powers was honored with his parents Lenny and Martha Powers.  Tyler placed 8th in the state last year and has signed to wrestle at Campbellsville University next season.

Senior Greg Hojnacki was honored with his parents Jim and Nancy Hojnacki.  Greg placed 7th in the state last season and is a strong spiritual leader on the team.  

Senior Matthew Hickin was honored with his parents Joe and Debbie Hickin.  Matthew is returning District Qualifier and is one of the most dedicated and spiritually led wrestlers on the team.

Unfortunately Senior Paul Lattimer and his family were unable to be in attendance.

After a time of prayer together, the Varsity and Jr. High Wrestling Teams prepared to wrestle.  The Varsity wrestling team continued to wrestle well improving to 4-0 in dual meets on the season by defeating both Triway and Manchester. 

The wrestlers beat Triway by a score of 47-27 and Manchester by a score of 37-29. 

Winning matches for theRoyals were: Michael Ratay, Seth Powers, Zak Vargo, Brandon Sommers,

Tyler Powers, Matt Hickin, David Gray, Matt Meadows, and Alex Utley.


The Jr. High wrestling team also looked very impressive by winning both dual meets as well. 

The Jr. High Royals defeated Triway 62-18 and Manchester 56-36. 

Winning matches for the team were:  Ricky Simonelli, Jimmy Coyne, Jeff Hojnacki, Sherman Kortze, Nick Havener, David Parker, Casey Claflan, Daniel Meredith, Danny Tiley, James Hammons, Jono Kontour, Jake Sziraky, and Calvin Christopher.  Great Job Wrestlers!!


                        David Parker 128 lbs.                              Jono Kontur  160 lbs.                     Daniel Meredith 142 lbs.

December 11th, 2008




CVCA started off Principal's Athletic Conference Matches with   victories over Fairless 54-21 and over Tuslaw 49-21 at Tuslaw High School on Wednesday night.  Finishing with big victories over both Fairless and Tuslaw were Michael Ratay (103), Seth Powers (112), Brandon Sommers (130), Tyler Powers (135), Matthew Hickin (140), David Gray (145), Pete Meadows (152), Matt Meadows (160), and  Alex Utley (171).  Also winnining for the Royals were Zak Vargo (125)  and Greg Hojnacki (189).  Congratulations on opening up the PAC-7 season 2-0.


The Jr. High Wrestlers were also in action Wednesday night.  The team wrestled tough in both duals, but fell to both Tuslaw (36-42) and Fairless (42-54).  Registering big wins for the Royals were Ricky Simonelli, Jimmy Coyne, Jeff Hojnacki, Casey Claflan, Nicholas Havener, Josiah DiPaulo, James Hammons, Danny Tiley, Jono Kontour, and Calvin Christopher. 

Great Job Jr. High Wrestlers!


Both the Jr. High and High School Teams are back in action at CVCA on Wednesday for another

PAC-7 tri-meet with Manchester and Triway.  Wrestling starts at 6:00 PM.

December 7th, 2008



CVCA opened up the regular reason at the toughest high school wrestling tournament in the country. 

The team did not have to travel far to get to the event considering this prestigous tournament

is held annually right across the street at Walsh Jesuit High School.  

This year's Ironman featured over 400 wrestlers from 57 teams from 14 different states. 

The CVCA Wrestlers finished in 31st place scoring a total of 35 team points. The Royals were lead by

Senior Tyler Powers at 135 lbs.  Tyler finished with a 4-2 record finishing one match away from placing. 

Freshman Michael Ratay made his official CVCA debut with a 2-2 record at 103 lbs.  Sophomore Seth Powers

held down the 112 lbs. weight class finishing with a 2-2 record.  Junior Zak Vargo finished 2-2 at 125 lbs.

including a victory over Division III State Placer Pawlos Campbell from Troy Christian.  Junior Brandon Sommers

at 130 lbs. started off the tournament by defeating the #3 seed and Nationally Ranked Luke Goettl

from Mingus, AZ.  Freshman Matt Meadows wrestled extremely well at the 152 lbs. weight class pulling down

his first victory of what looks to be a very promising career for the Royals.  Sophomore Alex Utley finished

2-2 at 160 lbs. wrestling in an extremely tough weight class.  Senior Greg Hojnacki won his first two matches

at 189 lbs. making it to the quarterfinals before catching the #2 ranked wrestler in the country. 

Fellow Senior Matthew Hickin also wrestled tough at the 145 lbs. weight class.

Overall the CVCA Wrestlers had a solid showing finishing locally as the highest scoring school from Summit County.  Great wrestlers are made by wrestling the very best competition, and our CVCA wrestling team definitely is up to the challenge!  Good Luck this season wrestlers, everyone in the CVCA Wrestling family is praying for you!

Results from the tournament can be found at:  www.walshironman.com

December 7th, 2008

The CVCA Jr. High Wrestlers were in action at Canal Fulton Northwest for a 12 team pool tournament on Saturday December 6th.  The team finished with 5 place winners.

  7th Grader Ricky Simonelli at 86 pounds finished with a 5-0 record to finish as tournament champion.  Also winning the tournament finishing 5-0 at 122 pounds was CVCA 8th grader Nicholas Havener.  CVCA had three other place winners in Danny Tiley (8th) finishing in Second Place at 150 lbs., Sherman Kortze (8th) finshing 5th at 116 lbs., and Casey Claflan finishing in 6th place at 128 lbs.  Also scoring big wins for the Royals were David Parker 134 lbs. and Jono Kontour 160 lbs. 

Congratulations Jr. High Wrestlers!!


   Champion Ricky Simonelli 86 lbs.                           Champion Nicholas Havener 122 lbs.

December 2nd, 2008



The CVCA Wrestling Team started the pre-season off by visiting Division One Wrestling powerhouse Massillon Perry High School on Monday December 1st.  The Royal Grapplers looked very tough in this pre-season contest against one of the country's best teams.  Congratulations to all of the CVCA Wrestlers!!

103 - Mitch Newhouse (Perry-9) dec Mike Ratay (CVCA-9)
112- Seth Powers(CVCA-10) M-Dec 8-0 Joe Lyons (Perry-12)
119- Nick Hannon (Perry-11) Pin Tom Duncan (CVCA-9)
125 Sam White (Perry-12) Dec 2-1 Zak Vargo (CVCA-11)
130- Brandon Sommers (CVCA-11) Dec 4-2 Zach Dailey (Perry-9)
135- Tyler Powers(CVCA-12) M-Dec 10- 0 Tanner Lemon (Perry-10)
140- Shane Foster(Perry-11) Dec 5-0 Matt Hickin (CVCA-12)
145- Seth Horner(Perry-12) Pin Pete Meadows(CVCA-10)
152- Brandon Clemons (Perry-11) Dec 6-4 Matt Meadows (CVCA-9)
160- Alex Utley (CVCA-10) Dec 3-0 Cortland Harrison (Perry-11)
189- Andrew Phillips (Perry-12) Dec OT Greg Hojnacki (CVCA-12)

November 3rd, 2008

CVCA Senior Tyler Powers signed an official letter of intent to continue his education and wrestling career at Campbellsville University in Campbellsville, Kentucky.   Tyler is projected to wrestle at 149 lbs. for coach Franky James and the Tigers.  Coach James (pictured above) joined Coach Mike Vash, Tyler, and his parents Martha and Lenny Powers for the signing.

Campbellsville University is a small Christian college that seeks to prepare students to enrich their own lives through life-long learning, to contribute to their respective disciplines through continued scholarship, and to improve society as Christian servant leaders.  Tyler looks forward to majoring in Sports Medicine/Nutrition while at Campbellsville.

To learn more about the Campbellsvile Wrestling Progam Visit:

The Campbellsvile wrestling program is currently ranked #18 in the nation in the NAIA Wrestling Ratings.  Campbellsville wrestling has produced multiple All-Americans year in and year out, and the CVCA Wrestling Family wishes Tyler and his family the best for him in his future at Campbellsville.  Congratulations!

October 18th, 2008



Four-Time Ohio State Champion and Two-Time World Bronze Medalist Harry Lester returned to CVCA on Saturday,October 18th to run a wrestling clinic.  Twenty-four wrestlers from all over Ohio came to CVCA for the session.   These wrestlers committed to taking the time out of their Saturday to spend some time learning from one of the World's best.  Harry teaches some of the most valuable and unique technique in the country.


It really was a great experience for all who attended.  CVCA High School wrestlers Brandon Sommers, Seth Powers, and David Gray were in attendance along with Junior High Wresters Jimmy Coyne and Jake Sziraky.   Thank you to Harry for taking the time to give back to the sport.

October 17th, 2008

Kusar and Weakley Compete at the Ohio State Wrestle-Offs...


CVCA Graduates Jared Kusar and John Weakley made their 2008-09 Debut for the Buckeyes at the Ohio State

Wrestle-Offs on Thursday, October 16th down in Columbus. 

Jared Kusar wrestled teammate, 4X Ohio State Champion, and

2X NCAA All-American Lance Palmer in his wrestle-off at 149 lbs. 

Kusar schocked the crowd by coming out and getting the first takedown of the match.  He continued to wrestle tough the entire match.

John Weakley, who started last year for the Buckeyes, lost a close wrestle-off to transfer Cody Gardner at 197 lbs.  John is a 2007 Graduate of CVCA where he won Two State Titles for the Royals.  Both Kusar and Weakley look forward to a probable Red-Shirt Year for the Buckeyes.  It is great to see the wrestlers from CVCA going on to great things in the sport.  It really is amazing to see God working in these young men's lives.

Photos from Kevin Schlosser  the-ozone.net


October 14th, 2008
2nd Annual Ohio Lightning Challenge at CVCA...

CVCA will host the 2nd Annual Ohio Lightning Challenge on November 8th, 2008.  This tournament will be an Open Pool tournament.  All CVCA Wrestlers are strongly encouraged to participate.  All friends and family are also encouraged to come help with the tournament by working a table, concessions, admissions, etc.  This tournament is a great opportunity to get prepared to open up the season.  It is also a great opportunity to help support Team Ohio Lightning through this fundraiser.

Entry Forms and More Information can be found at :  www.teamohiolightning.com

If you have any questions or would like to help contact:  Coach Paul Charvat  (216)316-3897 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (216)316-3897      end_of_the_skype_highlighting    pacharvat@msn.com

July 26th, 2008  


Recent CVCA Graduate Jared Kusar traveled to Fargo, North Dakota to participate as a member of the Ohio Freestyle National Team in the Asics/Vaughn Junior Freestyle Nationals held July 24-26th.  Jared finished in 7th Place earning All-American Honors at 152 pounds. Jared is one of only 11 wrestlers from Ohio in Junior Freestyle to finish in the top eight at this prestigious national tournament.  There were 96 total wrestlers from 33 different states in Jared's weight class.


Wrestling at the Fargo Dome


Jared finished with an overall record of 7-2.  After starting off the tournament with five straight wins over Anthony Frettwell (Georgia), Jordan Kays (Pennsylvania), Nestor Taffeur (New Jersey), Kyle Meyer (Missouri), and Jake Bohn (Michigan);  Jared then lost a tough match to the eventual champion in Mario Mason (New Jersey).  Jared won two more bouts over Steve Santos (New Jersey) and then Cody Compton (Missouri) in the 7th Place Match.


Complete Results from Junior Freestyle Nationals can be viewed at:


Jared is truly a remarkable story.  This was only Jared's second freestyle tournament ever!  His first was when he qualified for Fargo by winning the Central Junior Regionals in May.  It is almost unheard of for a wrestler to have this much success at a national level with as little experience as Jared has.  Jared has been training rigorously with former Junior Freestyle National Champion Sonny Marchete to prepare for this event.

Jared will go down as one of the greatest wrestlers in CVCA history.  He was a two time state placer while at CVCA (three time placer overall) finishing 3rd in 2006, 7th in 2007, and 3rd in 2008.  He compiled an outstanding 88-9 record in his two years at CVCA.  Jared was a Medina Invitational Champion, Two Time North Canton Holiday Invitational Champion, Top Gun Tournament Champion, Two Time Sectional and District Champion, and Two Time Ironman Placer.  He finished as an All-American taking 7th at NHSCA Senior Nationals in March and now adds Freestyle All-American to his already impressive resume.  Jared will continue his wrestling career for Tom Ryan and the NCAA National Runner-Up Ohio State Buckeyes in the fall.  Congratulations Jared and Good Luck at Ohio State!

July 14th, 2008  

STN Sports Dome

Four CVCA Wrestlers helped Team Ohio Lightning win the Air Dome Duals in Muncy, Pennsylvania held July 11-12th.  For two days Seth Powers, Zak Vargo, Michael Ratay, and Brandon Sommers wrestled in the heat of the Air Dome to help bring home the title.  The team was composed of talented young wrestlers from all over northeast Ohio. 

Ohio Lightning went 7-0 for the weekend winning duals over PA Young Guns (54-21), NY Chin Cup (43-29), and PA Mixed Team (90-0) the first day; and on Day 2 Ohio Lightning won the 16 team Championship Bracket with wins over Delaware Valley (60-12) in Round One, PA Legends (44-28) in the Quarterfinals, PA Bad Karma (49-29) in the Semifinals, and in the finals over the PA SV River Boyz


CVCA's Zak Vargo finished an impressive 6-1.  While other CVCA Wrestlers Seth Powers went 5-2, Brandon Sommers went 5-2, and Michael Ratay finished with two wins.

Congratulations to Team Ohio Lightning and to Mr. Lenny Powers who put together the team for this event.

Information on the Air Dome Duals can be seen at : http://www.d4wrestling.com/airdome.htm


July 1st, 2008  

At the Disney Duals in Orlando, Florida, CVCA Wrestlers and Coaches wore T-Shirts to honor former CVCA State Champion and current U.S. Marine serving in Iraq, Matt Smilek.  Matt is a 2003 graduate of CVCA and was a four-time state place winner for the Royals placing 3rd (2000), 6th (2001), 3rd (2002), and winning a State Title as a Senior in 2003.  Matt is second on the all-time CVCA career victories list with 149 career wins.  The CVCA Wrestling family wanted to acknowledge Matt for his efforts and committment to serving and fighting for our country.  All of our hearts and prayers for safety go out to Matt and the Smilek family.  The nine CVCA wrestlers who participated in the Disney Duals along with several other members of the Ohio Lightning National Team (seen above) wore the shirts proudly at the event which ran from June 22nd through the 27th.

CVCA Wrestlers Alex Utley and Tyler Powers returned from the Disney Duals as AAU All-American Medalists. 

CVCA Sophomore to be Alex Utley, wrestling at the 160 lbs. weight class, finished with an outstanding record of 9-2 to earn a Bronze Medal.  Alex defeated Pennsylvania state placers Chris Servian (Premium Select) and Joe Harper (Keystone Brawlers), Maryland State Runner-Up Tony Mack (Central Maryland), and North Carolina State Placer Scott McGee (North Carolina) on his way to his Bronze Medal.  

Tyler Powers finished with a 6-3 record at the 135 lbs. weight class earning a Copper Medal.  Tyler had several key victories including a win over Maryland State Champion Danny Orem (Central Maryland). 

The other CVCA Wrestlers that competed had a great time and gained a lot of valuable experience.  Congratulations to CVCA wrestlers:  Seth Powers, Zak Vargo, Matt Meadows, Brandon Sommers, Pete Meadows, Daniel Griffith, and Paul Lattimer.

June 22nd, 2008  



Nine CVCA Wrestlers made the trip down to Orlando, Florida to compete in the Amatuer Athletic Union's National Scholastic Duals held June 22nd-27th at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex.  Seth Powers, Zak Vargo, Pete Meadows, Brandon Sommers, Tyler Powers, Matt Meadows, Alex Utley, Daniel Griffith, and Paul Lattimer will wrestle for Team Ohio Lightning at the event.  The wrestlers spent an intense week of training at Ohio Elite Wrestling Camp in Aurora to prepare for this week's festivities.  The wrestlers will gain a great deal of experience wrestling some of the best competition in the country and will have a great time enjoying the parks of Disney World during their free time.  The Disney Duals are a week long event where 100 teams from all over the nation go to compete for the championship and is one of the toughest national events in the country. 

See Results at:  http://www.aauresults.org/wrestling/re_wrestling.php?y=2008           gotrybeDisney's Wide World of Sports Complex

June 20th, 2008

Hudson Community Chapel hosted a Sports Impact Wrestling Camp from June 17th through 19th.  2007 CVCA Graduate and current Messiah College Wrestler Michael Hojnacki directed the three day camp.  Several CVCA wrestlers and coaches along with other wrestlers from Messiah College were on hand helping with wrestling instruction and technique.

Around 50 elementary and middle school wrestlers from all over the Akron area attended the camp.  "The emphasis of the camp was to focus on incoporating Christ into wrestling while having a good time and learning some good technique" said Camp Director Michael Hojnacki. 

Thank you to CVCA Wrestlers Matt Hickin, Tyler Powers, Brandon Sommers, Greg Hojnacki, Joe Hickin, and to Coach Hickin and Coach Lorence for your help.

For More Information on Hudson Community Chapel Sports Visit: 

photos from Doug Williams- hudsonyouthwrestling.com

June 18th, 2008

2001 CVCA Graduate and 4X State Champion Harry Lester retired from wrestling after his final match at the U.S. Olympic Trials last weekend.  Unfortunately, Harry was upset in the semi-finals by Jake Deitchler of Ramsey, Minnesota.   After defeating Oscar Wood for third place a disappointed Lester left his shoes in the center of the mat signifying his retirement.  Here is the link to Harry's emotional interview with FloWrestling after his final match:  http://wrestling.flocasts.org/videos/coverage/view_video/234021-us-olympic-trials-2008/66129-harry-lester

Here is what Harry had to say to the wrestling fans of Ohio (from ohiowrestling.net):

"First and foremost I want to thank God for all that he has done for me. I am truly blessed to be from the great state of Ohio. I wouldn't want to be from anywhere else. Since I have started wrestling, I have been blessed to be around people that have been very generous, caring, and loving, and to me that is a characteristic of people from Ohio. My goal throughout my career has been to be the best that I could be while enjoying and loving the sport. At the same time, I wanted to make wrestling entertaining and joyous for others, I hope I have made it that way for Ohio fans. I have received many emails and texts asking me to reconsider my retirement from wrestling and I am thankful that so many people care enough to write me, but this is my response to the emails and texts. I love wrestling and I love the wrestling community, but competing isn't the same for me anymore. The fire isn't burning as much as it should be. I have tried to find a way to overcome my feelings, but it just isn't there anymore to compete. I plan to stay involved with wrestling by coaching and passing on my knowledge in any way possible. I think it would be selfish of me not to. I will contribute to the growth of Ohio wrestling in any way I can. Once again, thank you for all the support and prayers." 

- Harry Lester                      

Harry has accomplished the following throughout his wrestling career:

2x World Bronze Medalist
Pan Am Games Gold Medalist
3x U.S. World Team Member
U.S. National Champ
University National Champ - Freestyle
4x University National Champ – Greco Roman
Jr. National Greco Roman Champ
FILA Cadet Freestyle World Champ
4x Ohio High School State Champ

Harry retires as one of the greatest wrestlers ever from the state of Ohio.  It is an understatement to say that wrestling at CVCA would not be what it is today without the great Harry Lester.  He has had a positive impact on the lives of everyone involved with CVCA Wrestling.  The CVCA Wrestling Family wishes Harry the best in all of his future endeavors and looks forward to what God holds in the future for him.  Thank you Harry for all that you have done for CVCA and the sport of wrestling.

photos from Kevin Schlosser- theozone.net

May 28th, 2008

CVCA Senior and 3X State Place Winner Jared Kusar brought home the championship at 160 lbs. from USA Wrestling's 2008 Central Junior Regional Freestyle Championships held on May 25th at the Greater Columbus Convention Center's Battelle Hall in Columbus, Ohio. 

Jared defeated many tough competitors (including Ohio State Champion Aaron Sulzer from Holy Name) on his way to the title despite this being his first freestyle tournament ever!  Jared has been training with former Junior National Freestyle Champion Sonny Marchete to prepare for this summer's freestyle events.  Winning this tournament automatically qualifies Jared to compete for Team Ohio at Junior Freestyle Nationals in Fargo, North Dakota in July.  Jared is hoping for a great summer of wrestling before he continues his wrestling career at The Ohio State University in the fall.

Results from the Central Junior Regional can be found at:  


OHSAA State Placers...

NCAA National Champion!!!

Jr. High State Tournament...

OHSAA State Tournament...

NCAA Qualifiers...



PAC-7 Tournament...

Dobben to St. Catharine...

University and West Geauga...

Dual at Kent...

Top Gun Tournament...

Senior Night...

Brecksville Holiday Tournament...

North Canton Hoover Invitational...

Walsh Ironman...

Cambridge Invitational...


Four Former Royals Compete in Vegas...

OHSAA State Tournament...



PAC-7 Tournament...

Top Gun Tournament...

Battle of Wyoga Lake Road...

West Virginia Duals...

Medina Invitational Tournament...

Alumni Back at CVCA...

Back to Back Duals...

Ironman Tournament...

Season Opener...

2013-14 CVCA Wrestling Gear...

Tomasello Wins Fargo 3X...

Dapper Dan Classic...

Zak Vargo NCAA DII Runner-Up...

Alex Utley NCAA Division I Qualifier...

OHSAA State Tournament...

District Champs...

Sectional Champions...

Regional Champions...

PAC-7 Champions...

Regional Semifinals...

West Virginia Duals...

Top Gun Tournament...

Chippewa Invitational Tournament...

Tomasello wins Beast of the East...

Troy Christian & King of  the Mountain...

Ironman Tournament...

2012-13 CVCA Wrestling Gear

Tomasello Junior National Champion...

Olympian Harry Lester...

Meadows to George Mason...

OHSAA State Tournament...

John Weakly NCAA Qualifier...

District Champions...

Sectional Champions...

PAC-7 Tournament...

Chanel & Milan Edison...

West Virginia Duals...

Senior Night...

Top Gun...

Chippewa Invitational Tournament...

The Greatest Show in Wrestling...

Troy Christian Tournament...

Battle of Wyoga Lake Road...

Walsh Ironman...

East Liverpool King of the Hill...

St. Edward and Oregon Clay...

2011-12 CVCA Wrestling Preview...

2011-12 Wrestling Gear...

OHSAA State Tournament...