The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


March 2, 2013

Dragon Conel roars into final

Madison’s Montgomery, Perry’s Miller will also wrestle for state titles tonight

Lakeside wrestler Kyle Conel knew he had to time it just right. He also knew he wouldn’t fail.

Conel muscled up and threw his opponent, taking him to his back, scoring a takedown and the 6-4 victory over Adam Kluk of Medina Highland a the Division I 195-pound class at the Ohio State Wrestling Championships at Ohio State’s Value City Arena on Friday.

“I didn’t want to take the match to overtime,” Conel said. “I wanted to get off the mat. I timed it up and took him down.

“I knew I’d hit it, it didn’t matter (that I waited until the end).”  

Conel (50-0) will face JoJo Tayse of Massillon Perry for the state championship. The pair had tangled just a week ago in the district championship match. Tayse (46-7) defaulted just a minute into the bout.

“Kyle Conel is a combination of strength, skill and determination,” Brady said. “That’s why he kicked (Tayse’s) butt to the mat three times and the kid defaulted (in the district final). (Tayse) was the champion last year at 195, but he took a butt whoopin’ in the district finals.

“(Tonight), I think (Kyle) will put it to him.”

The parade of champions will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the title matches in Divisions I, II and III starting at 5:45.

Brady isn’t exactly sure what happened after Conel received the two points that won him the match.

“He threw (Kluk) to his back with 13 seconds left. Kyle didn’t want to go to overtime,” Brady said. “He just wanted (to win) more than the other kid did. All I can tell you is (Kluk) finished the match on his back. That’s all I saw and that’s all that’s important.

“He came out on top and I’m proud of him.”

An unbeaten season and a state championship are just one victory away for the Lakeside junior. But don’t think the pressure will be too much on him. It would also be the first time a wrestler from an Ashtabula Area City Schools team claimed a title.

“I’ve been around the program as much as anyone and I don’t believe there’s ever been a state champ from either Ashtabula or Harbor. I don’t have to tell you that this is a big deal for us.”

“We pressure them in everything,” Brady said. “All year long, we’ve been pressuring the kids to show them they can handle it. I’m proud to say the kids have given all they have.

“Once they put their feet on the line, all the pressure is gone.”  

Conel isn’t the only area grappler seeking his school’s first championship. Madison’s Nick Montgomery has reached the championship match at 138 pounds in Division I and Perry heavyweight Billy Miller has reached the plateau in Division II.

Text Only
  • Jefferson flying high

    Jefferson boys track coach T.J. Furman didn’t know what to expect from his young team coming into the 2014 season.

    April 20, 2014

  • Scholastic Statistics:

    Jefferson 130, Pymatuning Valley 88, Springfield 75, Southeast 73.50, LaBrae 67, Liberty 56.50, Conneaut 44, Maplewood 39, Chalker 32, Windham 18
    at LaBrae

    April 20, 2014

  • Advantage, Diemer

    Every pitcher wants to get the advantage against every batter she faces. Edgewood lefty Taylor Diemer gave herself that edge and it proved to be key as the Warriors topped Madison, 1-0, Friday at Edgewood.

    April 19, 2014

  • Scholastic Statistics:

    Edgewood 1, Madison 0
    at Edgewood

    April 19, 2014

  • Scholastic Schedule:


    Brookfield at Conneaut (1)
    Grand Valley at Berkshire (10)
    Chardon at Madison (DH, 11)
    Edgewood at Fairport (11)
    West Geauga at Riverside (11)

    April 19, 2014

  • Spartans knock around Dragons

    After being cooped up in gymnasiums for the better part of the season so far, the Conneaut and Lakeside softball teams were just happy to get onto a diamond. Playing for the first time in nearly a week, the Spartans toppled the Dragons, 11-2, Thursday afternoon at Lakeside.

    April 18, 2014

  • PV can’t get past Mathews

    Thursday afternoon at Pymatuning Valley, the visiting Mathews Mustangs were able to do what every coach hopes for — execute. They played a clean game from start to finish in every facet of the game, and that carried the Mustangs to an 8-2 Northeastern Athletic Conference victory.

    April 18, 2014

  • Scholastic Statistics:

    Matthews 8, PV 2
    at PV

    April 18, 2014

  • Scholastic Schedule:


    Geneva at Edgewood (11)
    Niles McKinley at Edgewood (5)
    Conneaut at Lakeside (4:30)
    Madison at Euclid (4:30)
    Madison at Edgewood (4:30)
    Geneva at Mentor (10, DH)
    Conneaut at Madison (4)

    April 18, 2014

  • Justin Butler Justin time

    It was just four short years ago that Justin Butler was spending his fall on a soccer field.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

Sports Week in Review April 14 to 19
Sports Week in Review April 7-12
Spring Sports Practice in Ashtabula County
2014 AP BB Tourney Top 25
2014 AP BB Tourney Scoreboard
2014 AP BB Tourney News
2014 AP BB Tourney Photos
Star Beacon-Ed Batanian Senior Classic
Girls Regional Basketball Action
Week of Champions
Sports Week in Review February 21, 22
Grand Valley at Edgewood Boys Basketball
Sports Week in Review Feb. 3 to 8
Sports Week in Review January 30 to Feb. 1
Sports Week in Review January 13-18
Sports Video Archive
House Ads
AP Video