Fitch winsHephner Tournament
AUSTINTOWN -- Austintown Fitch Blue scored 365 points to win the championship of the Josh Hephner Memorial Invitational wrestling tournament, which concluded Saturday.
Finishing in second place was Ravenna, with 250 points, while Shaker Heights was third with 248.5. Other area schools were Jackson-Milton (seventh with 181 points), Alliance (eighth with 176.5), Southeast (ninth with 161), Liberty (12th with 115.5), Girard (13th with 93), Fitch Red (14th with 76.5), Warren JFK (15th with 65) and Poland (18th with 34).
For Fitch Blue, winning individual championships were Tony Jameson (103 pounds), Matt Westhead (119), Nick Bodnar (135), R.J. Donadee (140), Anthony Giglioti (145) and J.J. Pankiewicz (152).
Jake Hambrick of Jackson-Milton won the 112-pound championship and teammate Nick Dierkes was runner-up at 145.
Poland's Max Pearce was runner-up at 125.
Josh Cintron of Alliance was a champion (130), while Josh Winner (160), Chad Shields (189) and Matt Walker (215) were runners-up.
For Southeast, Matt Hogue was runner-up at 119.
Third-place finishes were earned by Zack Martin (112), Liberty; John Rozum (160), Jackson-Milton, and Joe Knapick (189), Southeast.
Taking fourths were Evan Leskovac (112), Fitch Blue; Brian Weidenthal (125), Fitch Blue; Mike Westhead (130), Fitch Blue; Mark Gibbs (135), Jackson-Milton; Matt Kuti (171), Fitch Blue, and Bob Randall (215), Girard.
Finishing fifth in their weight classes were Brian Remias (103), Fitch Red; David Senty (130), Southeast; Todd Rogers (152), Liberty; Adam Keck (171), Jackson-Milton; Tyler Williams (189), Liberty, and Dan Boseman (215), Fitch Blue.
In sixth place were Brent Ford (103), Southeast; Corey Graham (112), Southeast; Matt Masciuli (119), Jackson-Milton; David Drummond (125), Fitch Red; Adam Gettman (130), Jackson-Milton; Mike Nitzsky (145), Girard; Brade Lude (189), Fitch Blue, and Rick Passmore (275), Southeast.
Seventh-place finishers were Khalid Elwanni (119), Liberty; Jon Krause (140), Liberty; Robby Webber (145), Liberty; Sam Rathburn (152), JFK; Tom Mariani (160), JFK; Nick Coggins (171), Girard, and Julius Williams (275), Fitch Blue.
In eighth place were Josh Pankiewicz (112), Fitch Red; Keith Dick (119), Fitch Red; David Murphy (125), Alliance; Ben Pearce (130), Poland; Matt Bonnet (140), Southeast; Ben Belcik (152), Girard; Jon Braham (160), Southeast, and Jeff Yaratch (275), Jackson-Milton.
Blue Devils win title
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Blue Devils won the 8-on-8 division of the United States Flag and Touch Football national championships recently.
They compiled an overall record of 6-0 in the tournament, defeating Red Zone of Cleveland in the championship game, 20-19.
Tournament MVPs were A.J. Saul, Elliott Giles and Jason Moore. Six members of the team were selected to the All-American offensive and defensive teams. Those team members were Seth Steiner, Jason Hagerty, Justin Everett, Charles Williams, Nick Leiter, Sean Wardle, Pete Davila, and Kris Eck.
Team sponsors were Associates in Counseling and Child Guidance and Wharmby Sports.
Rayen tops Wilson
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Rayen High girls basketball team defeated Wilson 78-28 Friday night in a City Series contest. Taniesha Holland led Rayen with 15 points. Aniqua Donlow had 10 rebounds for Wilson.
Tiger catches Lehman
SAN DIEGO -- More fog delays allowed the leaders to play no more than five holes Saturday in the Buick Invitational. Tiger Woods didn't need long to make up a three-shot deficit on Tom Lehman.
Woods birdied his first two holes, one of them by holing out from the bunker on No. 11, and was tied with Lehman at 14 under par when darkness fell on Torrey Pines.
Vindicator staff/wire reports