PREP WRESTLING Mancini becomes Spartans' coach
The former Boardman wrestler returns to his home school to replace Dane Stilgenbauer.
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BOARDMAN -- Dom Mancini has been named wrestling coach at Boardman High School. He replaces Dane Stilgenbauer, who left after two years for personal reasons.
A Ohio High School Athletic Association wrestling official, Mancini has been a statistician for the Eastern Ohio Wrestling League and director or assistant director of the Alliance Top Gun Tournament, Jackson-Milton and EOWL tournaments and the EOWL junior high tournament.
"I've always wanted to run a wrestling program and am excited about coming back to Boardman where I wrestled," Mancini said.
"I'll need to get more athletes at Boardman interested in wrestling because I want to put together a top notch program at the school."
Veteran team: Eight lettermen will return for the 2001-02 campaign, including heavyweight Steve Vallos.
Vallos, who also plays football, placed third in the Division I state track and field meet by throwing the discus 172 feet.
"I am going to look to our seniors for leadership," said Mancini. "We've got a good crop of freshmen coming in next season.
"My coaching philosophy is an aggressive pressure-style offense that forces opponents to make mistakes and create opportunities for offensive takedowns through proper set-ups."
Mancini was assistant wrestling coach at Boardman (1987-88) and assistant at Alliance (1991-93).
State runnerup: In 1982, Mancini (35-2) was the state runner-up for the Spartans at 112 pounds and the EOWL's most outstanding wrestler.
Captain of the Spartans for two years, he was a two-time sectional champ and placed in the district meet three times. His high school record was 84-13.
Mancini wrestled three years at Youngstown State University where he was team captain for two years. He wrestled one year at Ohio University.
He was the 1984 NCAA Div. I Eastern Regional runner-up and alternate qualifier to the NCAA tournament. His college record was 68-32-1.
Mancini is the business manager for the Children's Rehabilitation Center on Howland-Wilson road.
He and his wife, Pam, and two sons live in Boardman.