2016-2017 SEASON RECAP

 

Alumni, Family, and Friends of Upper Arlington Wrestling:

The Upper Arlington High School Wrestling Program recently completed its 62nd season at its annual banquet on March 23rd

The 2016-17 season was one of the most successful campaigns for the Golden Grapplers in the past 30 years.  Team 62 captured two tournament championships and finished second in two other events during the season, including the Sectional Tournament where they were edged out by Olentangy Orange by only four points.  The 2016-17 Golden Grapplers advanced to the OHSAA State Dual meet tournament Regional semifinals and finished 15-5 overall in dual meets.  Their 15 dual meet victories marked the most for the program since 1982. 

Team 62 qualified 12 individuals for the Central District Tournament – the highest number in Upper Arlington Wrestling history.  At the District Tournament, two Golden Grapplers placed in the top six in their respective weight classes.  Junior Garegin Soghomonyan and freshman Jesse Bowers each finished 6th at 170 lbs. and 120 lbs. respectively.

At the banquet on March 23rd, several honors were awarded.  They included the following:

Sebastian Chambers collected the team’s Most Improved Wrestler Award.   Chambers, a sophomore, earned his first varsity letter in limited action for the Golden Grapplers and was recognized for his tremendous improvement over the past year. 

Tyler Imhoff earned the 15th Man Award, given annually to the team member who contributes significantly to the success of the team but is not in the varsity line-up for a significant portion of the season, or at all.  A sophomore, Imhoff did not wrestle varsity but helped individual Sectional champions Slade Morley and Alex Botello, and individual Sectional runner-up Dante Landolfi as a practice partner on a daily basis.  He finished 2nd at the Hilliard Bradley Junior Varsity tournament at 220 lbs.

Slade Morley collected the Holman Brothers’ Most Falls Award.  A senior, Morley scored falls in 23 of his 36 victories to claim the award, named after Scott and Rex Holman who rank first and second on the Upper Arlington career falls list with 78 and 66 falls, respectively.  Scott Holman was a two-time state runner-up in 1984 and 1985 while Rex Holman was a two-time state champion in 1987 and 1988.   Morley also won the award as a sophomore when he scored 21 falls.

Jesse Bowers won the Tim McClellan Outstanding Freshman Award, named after the program’s first freshman state qualifier in 1984.  Bowers had 30 wins wrestling at 113 lbs., tying the UAHS single season wins record for a freshman, and became the first freshman for UAHS to wrestle in the “go-to” match at the District for the State tournament since 1987.  Bowers finished 3rd at the Sectional and 6th at the District.

Zach Harris received the Robert Kelly Outstanding Team Member Award.  A senior and District qualifier, Harris’s commitment, dedication, and unselfishness to team epitomized the criteria of the award given in honor of former team member Bob Kelly, who died tragically in an automobile accident in 1983.  Harris finished the season with 17 wins and placed 3rd at the Sectional at 138 lbs. 

Alex Botello received the Blazek Brothers’ Sportsmanship Award.  A senior, Botello earned the award given in honor of former Golden Grapplers Jay, Dave, Mark, and Scott Blazek to the team member who exemplifies outstanding sportsmanship toward his team mates, coaches, and opponents during the season.  Botello went 21-13 on the season in his first season as a varsity starter and won the Sectional championship at 285 lbs.     

Mark Trifelos received the Drake Family Mental Toughness Award.  A junior, Trifelos won 28 matches and finished 3rd at the Sectional at 152 lbs. in winning the award named in honor of Jeff and Kevin Drake, who are the only father and son to both place at the OHSAA State Championships in the 62 year history of Upper Arlington Wrestling.  Jeff Drake was the OHSAA State Runner-up at 155 lbs. in 1980 while Kevin Drake finished 4th at the OHSAA State Championships in 2009 at 145 lbs.  Both were known for their mental toughness, determination, and resiliency on the mat, and the Drake Family Mental Toughness Award is presented to the team member who demonstrates those characteristics consistently over the course of the season. 

Senior captain Slade Morley and junior captain Dante Landolfi each collected the Most Wins Award with 36 victories each.  Morley captured championships at the Lee Spitzer Golden Bear Invitational, Kettering Fairmont Firebird Classic, and the Sectional at 220 lbs.  Landolfi also captured the championship at the Lee Spitzer Golden Bear Invitational and Kettering Fairmont Firebird Classic, and finished 2nd at the Sectional at 195.  Both Morley and Landolfi were first team Ohio Capital Conference Central Division selections at their respective weight classes. 

Based on a vote of the team, Morley and Landolfi also each won the Dick Fryman Most Valuable Wrestler Award, which is named after former Upper Arlington Head Coach Dick Fryman, whose teams captured seven league, two Sectional, and two District team championships while compiling a remarkable dual meet record of 49-6-1 from 1965-72. 

Special guests in attendance to present awards included 1982 OHSAA State Quarterfinalist Jay Blazek, 1980 OHSAA State Runner-up Jeff Drake, and 2009 OHSAA State Placer Kevin Drake. 

Seniors Teddy Hill, Dante Landolfi, and Mark Trifelos were announced as captains for the 2017-18 season. 

The program returns 11 District qualifiers to set the stage for a successful 2017-18 season.  Your support of this effort is critical.  In the coming weeks, look for information on how you can help the program as we continue the return of Upper Arlington Wrestling to the top in Central Ohio.

Go Bears!

Matt Stout

Head Wrestling Coach, Upper Arlington High School 

349 days until the 2018 OHSAA State Tournament

Preparedness is the key to success and victory. -Douglas MacArthur, U.S. Military General

 

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SEASON of SUCCESS! AND IT CONTINUES

Alumni, Family, and Friends of Upper Arlington Wrestling:

Yesterday, the Upper Arlington High School Wrestling Team finished 2nd at the Sectional Tournament and advanced 12 individuals to the Central District Tournament next weekend at Hilliard Darby High School.  Team 62 finished with 236 points, just four points behind team champion Olentangy Orange but safely outdistancing Central Crossing (185 points) for team runner-up honors.   Senior captain Slade Morley (220) and senior Alex Botello (285) each claimed individual weight class championships to pace the Golden Grapplers.

While disappointed that we could not capture the first Sectional team championship for UA in 30 years, the 12 individual District Tournament qualifiers is the most in program history and we are excited for those individuals as they prepare to compete at the District Tournament.  The following individuals qualified for the District Tournament:

106 – Daniel Beam (Fr.) – 4th place (15-17 record overall)

113 – Jesse Bowers (Fr.) – 3rd  (27-15)

120 – Joey Orlando (So.) – 4th  (24-12)

126 – Teddy Hill (Fr.) – 2nd (27-11)

132 – Gavin Shafer (So.) – 4th (4-6)

138 – Zach Harris (Sr.) – 3rd (17-17)

145 – Henry Ledman (Jr.) – 3rd (18-16)

152 – Mark Trifelos (Jr.) – 3rd (28-12)

170 – Garegin Soghomonyan (Jr.) – 3rd (25-10)

195 – Dante Landolfi (Jr.) – 2nd (34-7)

220 – Slade Morley (Sr.) – 1st (34-4)

285 – Alex Botello (Sr.) – 1st (20-11)

Final brackets from the Sectional Tournament can be found here:  http://www.baumspage.com/wr/wrevent.php?peventID=200&table=C

Wrestling for the District Tournament begins at 4 PM this Friday, March 3rd with championship preliminary and quarterfinal matches.  Brackets for the District Tournament can be found here:   http://www.baumspage.com/cedist/hi1/2016/2017%20Brackets.htm

We look forward to your support as Team 62 closes out the 2016-17 season.

Just a reminder that you can follow our team at www.uawrestling.org or on Facebook under “Upper Arlington Wrestling Boosters.” 

Thanks,

Matt Stout, Head Wrestling Coach, Upper Arlington High School

11 days until the 2017 OHSAA State Tournament

“You can’t always be the strongest or most talented or most gifted person in the room, but you can be the most competitive.”

Pat Summitt, All Time Wins Leader, NCAA Basketball (Men and Women)

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MORE ON THE LEE SPITZER GOLDEN BEAR INVITATIONAL

Upper Arlington Wrestling Alumni, Family, and Friends:
 
Team 62 of Upper Arlington Wrestling kicked off their 2016-17 campaign this past Saturday at the 29th annual 11 team Lee Spitzer Golden Bear Invitational.  The Golden Grapplers captured the team championship, easily outdistancing runner-up Olentangy Orange by 78 ½ points while crowning five individual champions.  It was the program’s second Lee Spitzer Golden Bear Invitational championship in the past three years and the most dominant tournament victory by an Upper Arlington wrestling squad in 30 years.

Senior captain Slade Morley (285), junior captain Dante Landolfi (195), sophomores Mitch Herren (113) and Joey Orlando (126), and freshman Mason McHugh (138) each captured the championship at their respective weight classes.  Morley, Landolfi, Herren, Orlando, and McHugh recorded a combined 20 falls on the day (out of 24 total matches) to help boost the Golden Grapplers’ team championship effort.   In addition, each scored a fall in their championship match.

Four Golden Grapplers also claimed runner-up honors – juniors Teddy Hill (132), Henry Ledman (145), Seth Morley (160), and Garegin Soghomonyan (170).  Freshmen Daniel Beam (3rd/106) and Jesse Bowers (3rd/120) were additional point scorers for the Golden Grapplers. 

The Golden Grapplers will host two home duals this coming week.  Team 62 will host OCC Capital Division member Big Walnut on Wednesday and OCC Buckeye Division member Olentangy Orange on Thursday.  Freshman and JV action will begin at 6 PM with Varsity to follow at approximately 7:30 PM on both nights.  

The dual meet against Olentangy Orange will serve as Alumni Night for all Upper Arlington High School Wrestling Alumni and Parents.  All former UAHS wrestlers and UAHS wrestling parents in attendance will receive a free Upper Arlington Wrestling T-Shirt, and all UA wrestling alums in attendance will be individually recognized during a 10-minute intermission halfway through the match.

Following the dual with Olentangy Orange, Team 62 will have nine days off from competition before traveling to the Kettering Fairmont Firebird Invitational on December 17th where they will face a tough 10 team field that will include 16 time defending Division II state champion St. Paris Graham.   Wrestling will begin at 10 AM.

For more information on Upper Arlington Wrestling, go to www.uawrestling.org or check us out on Facebook (search Upper Arlington Wrestling).

Go Bears!

Matt Stout

Head Wrestling Coach, UAHS

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GOLDEN BEAR INVITATIONAL CHAMPS

 

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UA Wrestlers/Parents:

As you are all aware, the varsity competed for the first time yesterday at the Golden Bear Invitational.  We finished in 1st as a team in dominant fashion and had five individual champions.  Overall, the coaches were pleased with the team’s performance and felt that our kids wrestled hard and competed in their matches.  However, there is plenty of room for improvement and it is important that we continue to do this in every practice and competition.  We are training for the end of the season, not the first week in December and our training will reflect this is in the coming months.

I want to thank everyone who helped with yesterday’s tournament, including all of the parents and wrestlers.  It could not have been a success without your help!

 We have two dual meets this week so it should be a busy week.

Coach Matt Stout

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UA WRESTLING STARTS THIS SATURDAY

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The Lee Spitzer Golden Bear Invitational.

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UA WRESTLING MOURNS LOSS OF FAMILY

UA Wrestling Parents:

It is with great sadness that I inform you that Scott Morley passed away on May 13th, after a three month battle with esophageal cancer.

Scott became involved with Upper Arlington Wrestling nearly 12 years ago when his sons Slade and Seth joined the Mat Cubs youth wrestling program.

Since that time, he has donated countless hours to Upper Arlington Wrestling at all levels, never once saying no when asked to help.  This includes the past five years when he gave up a week vacation time every summer to attend the Michigan Wrestling Camp with the team.  But this is just one public example of his unconditional commitment to Upper Arlington Wrestling and his sons participation in the program.  There were many other instances where Scott unselfishly donated his time to Upper Arlington Wrestling that only the coaching staff knew about.

Calling hours for Scott Morley will be on Tuesday from 5-8 PM at the Schoedinger Northwest Chapel on Zollinger Road.  A service will be held on Wednesday at 11 AM at that same location.

in lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the Upper Arlington Wrestling Fund c/o of the Upper Arlington Athletic Booster Club.  Checks should be made out to the Upper Arlington Athletic Booster Club and if mailed, sent to Upper Arlington High School, 1650 Ridgeview Rd., 43221.

I ask that you please keep the Morley family in your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Matt

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The Johnstown Monroe Spring Classic

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Wrestlers- TheJohnstown Monroe Spring Classic will be held on Saturday, March 26th!  To download an entry form, go to: http://ohiotournaments.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Johnstown-Monroe-March-2016-pdf.pdf

The Johnstown Monroe Spring Classic is truly for all wrestlers.  Along with the always-competitive “Open” Youth Division, there is a Rookie Division in which only 1st and 2nd year wrestlers may compete. This division gives newcomers to our sport a chance to succeed against other beginners. There are also 13-14, 15-19, and Masters Divisions (for graduates), all of which are expected to have good turnouts.

For the first time, the Johnstown Monroe Spring Classic is a state ranking tournament!  Placers in both the Rookie and Open Divisions will score points for the state rankings at www.ohiotournaments.com.

See you on Saturday!

354 days until the 2017 OHSAA State Tournament

Preparedness is the key to success and victory.-Douglas MacArthur, U.S. Military General

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Upper Arlington HS Wrestling – 2015-16 Season Recap

Upper Arlington HS Wrestling – 2015-16 Season Recap

Alumni, Family, and Friends of Upper Arlington Wrestling:

 

The Upper Arlington High School Wrestling Program recently completed its 61st season at its annual banquet on March 10th.

The 2015-16 season was a challenging one for the Golden Grapplers.  Team 61 lost two returning District qualifiers prior to the start of the season to injury and competed in a division of the Ohio Capital Conference that featured four of the top six teams in the District, including the District championship team, District runner-up team, and District 3rd place team.  In addition, the OCC Central Division featured three schools that finished in the top 12 at the OHSAA Individual State Tournament, led by 3rd place Olentangy Liberty and 5th place Central Crossing.

 

Overall, the 2015-16 Golden Grapplers finished 8-10 in dual meets.  Team 61 finished 5th at the Sectional Tournament and qualified seven individuals for the District Tournament.  At the District Tournament, two Golden Grapplers placed in the top six in their respective weight classes.  Senior Izak Wunderlich and sophomore Teddy Hill each finished 6th at 285 lbs. and 120 lbs., respectively.

 

At the banquet on March 10th, several honors were awarded.  They included the following:

Seth Morley and Zach Harris collected the team’s Most Improved Wrestler Award.  Morley, a sophomore, went 22-14 on the season, marking a 17 win improvement over the previous year.  He finished 3rd at the Sectional Tournament and won a match at the District Tournament.  At the Sectional, Morley pinned a wrestler who had pinned him during the regular season.

 

Harris, a junior who wrestled varsity at 138 lbs. was recognized for his tremendous improvement over the past year.  Harris also won the award last season.

 

Gavin Shafer earned the 15th Man Award, given annually to the team member who contributes significantly to the success of the team but is not in the varsity line-up for a significant portion of the season, or at all.  A freshman, Shafer did not wrestle varsity but was consistently viewed by the coaches and his team mates as one of the hardest workers in the practice room during the course of the season.  He captured the championship at the Hilliard Bradley Junior Varsity tournament and finished 2nd at the Dublin Scioto Freshman All-State tournament at 120 lbs.

 

Izak Wunderlich collected the Holman Brothers’ Most Falls Award.  A senior, Wunderlich scored falls in 18 of his 29 victories to claim the award, named after Scott and Rex Holman who rank first and second on the Upper Arlington career falls list with 78 and 66 falls, respectively.  Scott Holman was a two-time state runner-up in 1984 and 1985 while Rex Holman was a two-time state champion in 1987 and 1988.

 

Mitch Herren won the Tim McClellan Outstanding Freshman Award, named after the program’s first freshman state qualifier in 1984.  Herren won 25 matches at the varsity level despite weighing less than 100 lbs. for most of the season and wrestling in the 106 lb. weight class.  During the regular season, he captured the 106 lb. championship at the Lee Spitzer Golden Bear Invitational and was named the Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament for his efforts.  Herren won the Dublin Scioto Freshman All-State tournament at 98 lbs. and finished 4th at the Sectional Tournament at 106 lbs. in qualifying for the District Tournament.

 

Harper Nelson received the Robert Kelly Outstanding Team Member Award.  A senior captain and two-time District qualifier, Nelson’s commitment, dedication, and unselfishness to team epitomized the criteria of the award given in honor of former team member Bob Kelly, who died tragically in an automobile accident in 1983.  Nelson finished the season with a 27-14 mark and placed 4th at the Sectional at 113 lbs.  He was a 2nd team Ohio Capital Conference Central Division selection at 113 lbs.

Zach Cartwright received the Blazek Brothers’ Sportsmanship Award.  A senior captain and two-time letter winner, Cartwright earned the award given in honor of former Golden Grapplers Jay, Dave, Mark, and Scott Blazek to the team member who exemplifies outstanding sportsmanship toward his team mates, coaches, and opponents during the season.  Cartwright went 17-16 on the season and finished 5th at the Sectional at 152 lbs.

Teddy Hill received the Drake Family Mental Toughness Award.  A sophomore, Hill won 27 matches and finished 6th at the District at 120 lbs. in winning the award named in honor of Jeff and Kevin Drake, who are the only father and son to both place at the OHSAA State Championships in the 61 year history of Upper Arlington Wrestling.  Jeff Drake was the OHSAA State Runner-up at 155 lbs. in 1980 while Kevin Drake finished 4th at the OHSAA State Championships in 2009 at 145 lbs.  Both were known for their mental toughness, determination, and resiliency on the mat, and the Drake Family Mental Toughness Award is presented to the team member who demonstrates those characteristics consistently over the course of the season.  At the District, Hill defeated two wrestlers who had beaten him the previous weekend at the Sectional Tournament.

Sophomore Dante Landolfi won the Most Wins Award with 30 victories.  Landolfi captured the championship at the Lee Spitzer Golden Bear Invitational and finished 2nd at the All North Tournament during the regular season.  He finished 3rd at the Sectional and was 2-2 at the District Tournament at 195 lbs.  In addition, Landolfi was a 2nd team Ohio Capital Conference Central Division selection at 195 lbs.

 

Based on a vote of the team, Wunderlich won the Dick Fryman Most Valuable Wrestler Award, which is named after former Upper Arlington Head Coach Dick Fryman, whose teams captured seven league, two Sectional, and two District team championships while compiling a remarkable dual meet record of 49-6-1 from 1965-72.  Wunderlich was the Sectional Runner-up and finished 6th at the District Tournament at 285 lbs.  During the regular season, he claimed championships at the Lee Spitzer Golden Bear Invitational and All North Tournament, and finished 2nd at the prestigious Medina Invitational Tournament, beating two eventual state champions en route to the championship match.  With a 3.90 GPA, Wunderlich was also the team’s Ohio Capital Conference Scholar Athlete designee.  He finishes his career as a three-time District qualifier with 89 total victories.

Special guests in attendance to present awards included 1982 OHSAA State Quarterfinalist Jay Blazek, 1980 OHSAA State Runner-up Jeff Drake, 2009 OHSAA State Placer Kevin Drake, and two-time OHSAA State Champion and NCAA Champion Rex Holman.

Junior Slade Morley, and sophomores Teddy Hill and Dante Landolfi were announced as captains for the 2016-17 season.

The program returns seven District qualifiers to set the stage for a successful 2016-17 season.  Your support of this effort is critical.  In the coming months, look for information on how you can help the program as we continue the return of Upper Arlington Wrestling to the top in Central Ohio.

Go Bears!

Matt Stout

Head Wrestling Coach, Upper Arlington High School

 

 

353 days until the 2017 OHSAA State Tournament

Preparedness is the key to success and victory.

-Douglas MacArthur, U.S. Military General

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Dining for Dollars UA Wrestling Style

They support Us, so let's support them!

They support Us, so let’s support them!

You are going to eat something for dinner on January 28th, Right?

Well, you can feed those hungry wrestlers, and help the wrestling program.

Just click on the link below for your ticket to help your team.

When: January 28th, ALL Day!

Where: Roosters Henderson Rd.

Why: It helps the program as 20% of the bill is earned (no alcohol) .

How: Just take this flyer in printed and Help UA Wrestling.

Roosters 2016

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CHRISTMAS BREAK SCHEDULE NOW LISTED ON WEBSITE

UA Wrestlers/Parents:

With Winter Vacation just around the corner, I want to remind everyone of our practice schedule, including weight lifting, over the holidays, which was previously discussed at Meet the Team.  The schedule is below.

In addition, I remind everyone that it is critical to the success of our team that everyone be at practice and team lifting.  This includes those who are injured or have any type of skin disease.   Those individuals can still get a cardio and/or weight lifting workout in at UAHS unless an injury prevents them from doing so.

Finally, if a wrestler is going to miss practice or team scheduled weight lifting, I need to know and the reason for his absence.  Generally, death in the family, illness, and being out of town for family matters are the only permissible reasons for missing practice.  If transportation is an issue over break, please let me know and we can assist.

Thanks,

Coach Stout

YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO USE THE CALENDAR ON THE WEBSITE. PLEASE USE THE GOOGLE CALENDAR TO ATTACH THE MOST CURRENT CALENDAR TO YOUR GOOGLE CALENDAR FOR UP TO THE DAY SCHEDULE.

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