Elyria Wrestlers Claim Records at NOC Championships

DSC_3724-26The Elyria High wrestling team won the last-ever Northeast Ohio Conference tournament  in big time fashion with the overall team title at Garfield Hts. High last Saturday.

The Pioneers also posted a number of records that will now go down in history.

Elyria set tournament records for most points (280), number of finalists (eight) and also number of champions (seven). The put 13 wrestlers on the podium out of 14 weight classes.

The Pioneers also became the league’s only three-time champion – a record that will stand forever as the NOC is disbanding after this season.

Elyria head coach Erik Burnett said his team did a great job of preparing for the weekend competition. “They did a great job getting ready,” he said. “Now we have to move on.”

The state dual meet team tournament is this weekend, followed by sectional, district and state individual tournaments. “You don’t want success to hold you down. You have to move on and prepare again. This is the most important part of the season,” said Burnett.

Josh Breeding (106), Brendon Fenton (113) and Nick Mayer (120) got the Pioneers off to a fast start in the championship round taking titles in the first three bouts. JT Brown added another at 170 pounds while Mikah Price (152 pounds), Ben Darmstadt (182) and Kevin Vough (285) all became two-time champs.

Brunswick, with three champs, finished second with 232.5 points.

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