Published in The News-Herald
December 29, 2002
By Steve Hare
Kenston coach Tom Manning wants his team to win a state championship, so he beefed up the schedule to prepare his wrestlers for the tough matches they will face.
That preparation paid off last night as the Bombers defended their title in the Kenston Invitational Tournament.
“We saw the tough competition last weekend at the Ironman Tournament,” said Manning. “We came back here, and now we are showing what we are all about.”
The Bombers dominated the field with 265 points and five individual champions. Beachwood finished second with 171 points.
The Bombers were led by 119-pound junior Ricky Deubel, who beat Beachwood’s defending state champion, Jordan Lipp, by technical fall in the championship round.
Deubel used snap-downs and suck-backs to take an 11-1 lead in the third period. It was at that point that Deubel went for the kill.
“When I saw it was 11-1, I started going for the tech,” said Deubel. “My goal is to win another state title, and this tournament is a step in the right direction for me.”
The loss was the first of Lipp’s high school career.
Kenston’s 152-pounder, Tierro Davis, hardly broke a sweat in winning his title.
In four matches, Davis only allowed four points, winning three matches by technical fall.
“I used the tilt a lot, but I just took what was there,” said Davis. “My goal was to win this tournament – and I did that.”
Also winning titles for Kenston were Andrew Hazlett (135), Nick Rendinell (140) and Anton Narinsky (189).
Coach Manning was impressed with his team’s performance in the tournament.
“Winning the tournament is a source of pride for our team,” he said. “I was really proud of our intensity and conditioning.”
West Geauga freshman Jacob Murton won the 112-pound championship, impressing Coach Joe Marino.
“He is more skilled than any freshman I have had in 15 years of coaching,” said Marino. “He can be something special if he continues to work hard.”
Other area champions included Brush’s Brandon Deliberato (160) and Harvey’s Eric Ridenour (heavyweight).
Ridenour needed overtime to beat Stephen Britton, a state qualifier from Geneva.