wrestling News

Handwerk first Longhorn two-time state champion

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

State Wrestling Meet
By Joe Ostrica

Lutheran West junior James Handwerk did it again. After picking up a 7-1 decision victory in the Division III 182-pound division, Handwerk became the first Longhorn wrestler to win two state championships. The victory boosted his final record for the season to 49-3 overall.
Handwerk defeated Pymatuning Valley’s Gaige Willis for the state championship in Columbus last Saturday. Handwerk scored a takedown …Read More

Five questions with James Handwerk

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Rocky River

By Ryan Kaczmarski

With his 4-0 performance last weekend at the Division OHSAA III state wrestling championships in Columbus, Lutheran West High School sophomore James Handwerk had become the first state champion in school history.

West Side Sports (WSS) thought our readers would like to get a little insight into Handwerk’s (JH) personality and a small peek into who he is off the mat.


WSS: Now that …Read More

Handwerk’s title leads area at state tourney

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Sophomore James Handwerk won the title in the Division III 170-pound weight class, thus becoming the first state champion in Lutheran West High School history. Photo courtesy of Jon Handwerk

State wrestling

By Dan Gilles

It’s been a long time since an area wrestler had their hand raised on Saturday night on the big stage and stood atop the podium at the annual State Wrestling Tournament at …Read More

Several area wrestlers punch tickets to state

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Olmsted Falls High School wrestler Noel Caraballo will face Brecksville-Broadview Heights' Eddie Sternad in the opening round of the 220-pound weight class at the Division I state tournament. Photo – Daniel Ondercin

By Dan Gilles

Forty-five wrestlers from 11 area high schools qualified for their respective district wrestling tournaments, which took place this past weekend, with Division I at Cleveland State, Division II at Mansfield High …Read More

Avon wins back-to-back WSC crowns

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Avon's Jack Gothier, one of seven Eagle champions, won the 145-pound division at the WSC championship. Photo – Daniel Ondercin

By Dan Gilles

Avon came to the West Shore Conference Wrestling Tournament last Saturday as the regular season champions.

The Eagles saw what they were up against at the Elyria Catholic Coliseum … and they conquered.

A school-record seven individual champions highlighted a dominating 208-point performance for Avon, …Read More