Wrestling

The 41st Medina Invitational Wrestling Tournament

The 41st edition of the annual Medina Invitational Wrestling Tournament was held Dec. 27 & 28 at Medina High as Brunswick topped a field of 51 teams from northern Ohio and beyond. Once again this year the event lived up to the storied history of the MIT, a book whose chapters read like a Who’s Who of Ohio as well ... Read More »

The 55th Brecksville Holiday Tournament

The 55th edition of the nation’s oldest continuous running holiday tournament returned to Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School on Tuesday, December 29 and Wednesday, December 30. The annual Brecksville Holiday Tournament was a milestone event with a record 49 schools assembled for this perennially excellent clash of top teams from Ohio and elsewhere. This year’s field included 20 programs from northeast ... Read More »

Walsh Ironman: The Making of Champions

The Walsh Ironman Tournament hosted each December at Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls is one of the top high school tournaments in the country. It annually draws the top talent from around the nation to come and compete in northeast Ohio. Literally dozens of future NCAA champions and NCAA All-Americans have made their mark in prep competition at ... Read More »

Legacy Award

Logan Stieber was named to receive the prestigious Legacy Award at the 2015 Ironman Tournament at Walsh Jesuit High. Presented by Bob Pruesse, Stieber had his name added to a long list of recipients who have made significant contributions to the sport of wrestling. The presentation took place before the championship finals on December 12th. Founded by Bill Barger and ... Read More »

Big 10 Tug-of-War

After 64 years, the wait was over for the Ohio State wrestling team in Columbus last March. The Buckeyes and Iowa Hawkeyes battled to a tie to become is the 2015 Big Ten Wrestling Co-Champions. It was the Buckeyes’ first conference title since 1951. Big 10 teams converged in Columbus over the memorable weekend  as venerable St. John Arena hosted ... Read More »

Westlake’s NCAA All-Time Record Connection

Westlake High has a unique connection to one of the NCAA’s most unique accomplishments – four national championships at four different weights. The feat belongs to Cornell graduate Kyle Dake, son of 1980 Westlake High grad Doug Dake. Kyle wrapped up his amazing collegiate career at the NCAA Div. I championships in Des Moines, Iowa March 23. 2014 where he ... Read More »

John Bianchi: The Roar of a Lion, the Heart of a Lamb

When longtime educator, coach and official John Bianchi passed away in August at age 74, the sport of wrestling lost a true friend. As the dearly beloved husband of Dottie and dad to Cyrene Kafer and Vince Bianchi, John was a devoted family man who loved his wife, children and grandchildren. He was also greatly admired and now missed as ... Read More »

Gene Weiss: A Legacy of Giving Back

Gene Weiss was accomplished as a wrestler. He won an Ohio state high school title for Shaker Hts. in 1953 and also went on to capture gold the same year at the Maccabiah Games Israel at the age of 18. He resumed his career at The Ohio State University and, after his senior year in 1957, he won both gold ... Read More »

Ray Anthony: A Life of Public Service

Ray Anthony has lived a life of public service both on and off the wrestling mats for his entire career. As Fire Chief for Columbia Township, Ray was honored as Citizen of the Year in 2007. In wrestling circles, he is regarded as one the state’s top officials and serves the sport with undying dedication. Ray wrestled for Columbia High ... Read More »

Our Big 10 Coaches

Cleveland’s West Shore has long been known as a national center for wrestling excellence. For decades, the Cleveland area has produced some of the nation’s top prep and scholastic teams and developed wrestlers who have gone on to excel at the college and international level. Did you know that Cleveland is also the Big 10’s cradle of coaches with three ... Read More »