The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


December 2, 2012

Taking it to the mat

Grapplers getting into 2012-13 season


Grand Valley

The 2011-12 season was a banner year for coach Steve Paratto and the Mustangs.

Grand Valley won the Eastern Ohio Wrestling League championship, contended for a sectional title, qualified a number of young men to the district meet and had three representatives make the trip to Columbus for the state meet.

The goal for Paratto and his 10 returning lettermen is to sustain that level of success.

“The seniors and juniors need to set the tone for all the new guys,” Paratto said. “We have a large freshman class that needs to figure out early that hard work and serious commitment is expected.

After participating in the state tournament last year, senior Sean Szitas (152) and junior Glenn Zaller will aim for repeat performances. Seniors Travis Pelles (138) and Heath Martin (126) and junior Luke Baldwin (160) are shooting to join them.

That group will be expected to set the example for the remainder of the Mustangs.

“Two returning qualifiers and several returning district qualifiers should provide great leadership to the young guys. There is not much practice time before the first tournament so we need to get to work early. There’s no time to mess around.”

Other returning letterwinners include senior Jake Wilcom (285), juniors Jason Takacs (220), Erin Bragg (285) and Jack Scott (220) and sophomore Justin Lamar (285).

Junior Jerome Walker (195) and freshmen Craig Anderson (130), Alex Marsh (113), Kyle Dodd (145), Cody Howsen (170), Cody Freeman (145), Nathan Myers (160), Murphy Griffin (132), Devan Salsgiver (113) and Michael Miller (113) will all contribute in some way.

Winning the EOWL title the first time wasn’t easy. It might be more difficult to defend that championship.

“After having won the conference last year, I’m not really sure what to expect this year,” Paratto said. “PV is always tough and South Range also some tough kids. I told my kids that last year they won it, now this year, it’s their job to defend it.”

Text Only
  • Kaydee Vaulting to The Rock

    When Jefferson’s Kaydee DeVivo first started pole vaulting as a freshman for the Falcons, she knew it was the event for her.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • run VanHoy racing on

    Geneva track star Hailey VanHoy had a near unbelievable run of success during her final months running for the Eagles.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Danielle Zip-ing along

    Just minutes after Geneva’s Danielle Nicholson holed out on the 18th green at the Gray Course at Ohio State University during her freshman year to win the 2011 Division I state championship, the recruitment process of where she would go to college began.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Maruna headed for Mount

    LeeAnn Maruna never really expected to play collegiate golf. She was so taken aback when the opportunity presented itself, she didn’t know how to respond. After all, the Grand Valley graduate had only been playing the game for a few years.

    July 23, 2014

  • Crate Late Models featured

    The Evergreen Lake Park Campground Crate Late Models, the premier class at Raceway 7, will be featured Friday night as they race for $1,000 to win.

    July 23, 2014

  • Norm He’s the Norm

    In the early part of the 20th century, as golf was taking off in popularity, it was not uncommon for boys to take up the game after becoming caddies.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Don A Don McCormack column: The journey is what’s most important

    Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past couple of weeks, you’ve heard over and over and over how it’s been a half-century since one of Cleveland’s big three professional sports teams have won a championship.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Murdick wins as Big Block Modifieds return

    The BRP Big Block Modifed Tour returned to Raceway 7 with 21 of the region’s fastest Modifieds turning out for the scheduled 35-lap event, the first for the Modifieds at the northeast Ohio speedplant since 2005, an event won by Todd Burley.

    July 21, 2014

  • Dale Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: Chances for controlled waterfowl hunting

    Waterfowl hunters are invited to participate in special drawings for controlled hunting opportunities, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife. The drawing dates and times are as follows:

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kingsville gets it done

    In a rematch of a previous softball clash between the Kingsville 9-10-year-olds and those from Conneaut, Kingsville had settled thing quickly and decisively in a mercy-rule triumph.

    July 20, 2014

Little League All-Stars July 1 to 12
AP NASCAR Lastest News
AP NASCAR Sprint Cup Schedule
AP NASCAR Sprint Cup Standings
AP Auto Racing Photos
West Side Shootout 2014
Ashtabula County at State Track Meet
Jefferson vs Akron St. Vincent St. Mary Regional Softball
District Track 2014
Jefferson District Softball Tournament
Bob Walters 50 Years
Geneva vs Perry Division II District Semifinal
Sports Week in Review May 12 to May 17
Sports Week in Review May 5 to May 10 2014
Sports Week in Review April 28 to May 3
Sports Video Archive
House Ads
AP Video