Perkins swimmers first at Oak Harbor Invite

The Pirates earned back-to-back girls titles Saturday afternoon after amassing 313 points to comfortably win the Oak Harbor Invite in its second year.
Fandy.com Staff
Jan 8, 2012

The Pirates earned back-to-back girls titles Saturday afternoon after amassing 313 points to comfortably win the Oak Harbor Invite in its second year.

Junior Jillian Chapman, a state-placer a year ago, won two individual events for the girls, while juniors Michael Kessler and Kevin Bressler were first in a pair of races.

Perkins won the boys 200 medley relay in 1:42.53, while the Pirate girls were second in that event in 1:56.86.

Chapman, who tied for fifth at the 2011 state meet in the 50 freestyle, won that event in 25.28 seconds. She was also first in the 100 freestyle (55.80).

The Perkins boys were third, the best finish of any area team, and the Pirates had all but one of the top-three finishes from area teams.

Margaretta earns sweeps of Pleasant, River Valley The Polar Bears made quick work Saturday morning in a tri-meet against Marion Pleasant and River Valley, sweeping both teams in the boys and girls meets while placing first in all 24 events.

Norwalk gains two wins The Truckers focused on improving their splits in a pair of wins as the girls beat Tiffin Calvert and the boys defeated Tiffin Columbian.

WRESTLING

Perkins splits with Chardon, North Olmsted The Pirates are 5-2 after splitting two matches at Olmsted Falls Saturday morning.

Perkins coach Travis Crabtree said it was "nice to wrestle some schools from Cleveland and see different styles of wrestling. Olmsted Falls is a physical team that has a lot of funky moves. We gave up too many bonus points in the early matches and could not get any momentum.

"We are improving each week, the kids have to remember that the season is a marathon not a sprint to the finish."

Margaretta fourth at Plymouth Invite The Polar were fourth of 12 teams with 169.5 points at the Plymouth Invite, with the Big Red placing first with 216 points.

Margaretta's Tyler Rogers (113 pounds) was third with a 3-1 records. Allen Riha (170) was third with a 4-1 record.

Bellamy first for SMCC at JC Gorman Kody Bellamy (12-0) tech'ed his way to the finals -- a 19-4 mercy-rule win against Lexington's Nate Temple; 20-4 vs. Galion's Deaken McCoy; 16-1 vs. Black River's Terry Sas -- and scored a relatively tame 4-3 win over Loudonville's Austin Cary in the championship match.

SMCC's Alex Guerra (9-2), a state qualifier two years ago at 103, finished second with a 5-4 loss to Norwalk's Kyle Lang in the 132-pound finals. SMCC freshman Alex Smith lost to Massillon Washington's Tristen Smith in the title bout, 5-3 (OT).

Norwalk's Jake Alexander earned a JC Gorman title in the 182-pound weight class. Norwalk's Jake Alexander earned a JC Gorman title in the 182-pound weight class