CCHS State Wrestling History
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The CCHS Athletic Hall of Fame dinner and induction took place at the Stranahan Great Hall. Approximately 200 attendees together celebrated the induction of seven individuals and two teams. It was an evening to celebrate Central Catholic athletics, and to reignite our Irish Spirit.
Congratulations to Coach Mitch Naufel and the 1958-59 wrestling team for their induction into the CCHS Athletic Hall of Fame!
Two Central Catholic wrestlers earned All-American awards at Fargo! Josh Venia was a double AA (7th Greco, 4th Freestyle). Nate Hagan AAed 6th in Freestyle! Three Toledo Central Catholic wrestlers were members of the Ohio National Team. Top Cadet and Junior wrestlers from across Ohio joined together for a week long training camp at Lakewood St Edward HS prior to making the trek to Fargo, North Dakota for the annual USAW Greco Roman and Freestyle National championships. Josh Venia (100lbs) placed 7th in Greco-Roman to earn All-American honors. JoshV defeated opponents from Idaho, Texas, Indiana, and Alaska while dropping a 4-3 decision to the eventual champ from Virginia. Justin Portillo (100lbs) gained experience in the Fargo Dome! Cadet Greco results.
Two CCHS wrestlers earned All-American status in Freestyle: Josh Venia (100lbs) 4th, and Nate Hagan (132lbs) 6th! JoshV lost his opening FS bout to the eventual champ then came back to win six matches in a row against opponents from: Michigan, Idaho, Minnesota, Illinois, Texas, and Michigan. Three victories by TechFall (10 point differential) and the final three victories by pin! Nate Hagan opened up by winning his initial six bouts over opponents from California, Nevada, Wisconsin, Missouri, Minnesota, and New York. Five of the six victories were by TechFall or pin! Justin Portillo (100lbs) competed through 5 rounds and earned 2 victories against the best in the country!
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A CCHS Fighting Irish wrestling team traveled to Orlando, FL for the 2013 Scholastic Disney Duals. Coach Guerra’s squad consisted of 11 CCHS wrestlers, 2 wrestlers from Tol St Francis, and one from Wayne Trace. There were a total of four tournaments happening over the week: All-Star Division (42 teams), Community Division1 (45 teams), Community Division2 (18 teams), and Developmental Division (31 teams). The Irish competed in the Community Division 1 level and wrestled seven dual meets within the ‘A pool’. After achieving a 6-1 record within the pool the CCHS Fighting Irish advanced to the Gold Bracket and wrestled three additional duals. It was a great wrestling, team building and traveling experience!! The team is grateful for all of the fundraising help and sponsorship from the 2013 golf outing!
Day one was weighing in, chilling at the pool and eating pizza! Gallery of 13 photos, High res photos at walmart.com.
On Day2 CCHS wrestled four dual meets the first two duals were against the teams who finished 10th and 1st in 2012. CCHS first defeated #10 seed, Wadsworth Wrestling Club of Franklin MA by a score of 49-10. CCHS next wrestled #1 seed, reigning 3x State Champions Perry Meridian from Indianapolis, IN and was outpointed 40-23. The third dual match on day2, CCHS defeated Ohio’s Austintown Fitch Falcons by a score of 44-20. Final dual match on Day2 CCHS defeated the Rhino Wrestling club from Western PA 35-18.
Gallery of 99 Day2 Photos, High Res photos.
On Day three the Fighting Irish wrestled two dual meets and were victorious in both. The opening dual meet with Buchholz Wrestling from Gainesville, FL resulting in a 55-18 win. Next up was Charlotte FL who the squad defeated by a score of 51-21. By 1:30pm the guys were done wrestling for the day and the gang took a quick trip to Cocoa Beach for a cook out and some time at the ocean. Gallery of 32 Day3 Photos, High Res photos.
Day four started at 8am, the CCHS Fighting Irish finished up the final round of pool competition by defeating Canes Wrestling of Port Harbor FL by a score of 37-24. CCHS and Perry Meridian both advanced to the Gold bracket as the top two finishers from Pool A. At 4pm the Irish competed against and defeated a tough Florida North Port Bobcat team by a score of 39-18. Advancing to the Quarterfinals of the Gold Bracket the Irish next matched up with cross town rival Oregon Clay and was outpointed by a score of 40-14. Gallery of 87 Day 4 Photos, High res photos.
On the final day of competition the Irish battled another next door neighbor in the Perrysburg Yellow Jackets and were defeated 43-17. Gallery of 26 Day 5 Photos,
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A special thanks goes out to the logistics crew who managed to feed 26 people for 6.5 days with only one trip to a restaurant! Maria Jackson, Jennifer Beauch, Jana and Kim Mossing set a school record for sandwich making! Richard Jackson, Dean Beauch, Gary and John Mossing were responsible for grilling and taste testing! Coach Guerra would also like to thank James Schuller and Angelo Amenta for taking a week out of their summer to assist in coaching! A great time was had by all!
On Saturday June 15th the Toledo Central Catholic wrestling program hosted an outing at Bedford Hills Golf Course. Twenty-nine golf teams participated and twenty-eight local sponsors helped make the day a major success! Fun was had by all and the CCHS wrestling program benefited by the fundraising event. Fifty percent of the proceeds are being used to supplement the CCHS Fighting Irish Trip to 2013 Disney Duals in Orlando, FL. A very special trip and bonus for those wrestlers working hard this summer!
A Special thanks to Michael B Cook DDS as our major sponsor. In total there were two major sponsors, eleven special sponsors, and fifteen par sponsors. Gallery of 35 golf photos, High Res Photos, Gallery of 17 sponsor photos, High res photos.
Michael Cook, DDS
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