Wrestling: Lima Senior’s Russell, LCC’s Joey Caprella rising to the challenge


Pair do well amid high expectations

By Mark Altstaetter - sports@limanews.com



Lima Senior’s Naeem Russell, top, competes against Mechanicsburg’s Adam Waller during Saturday’s Spartan Invitational at Lima Senior.

Lima Senior’s Naeem Russell, top, competes against Mechanicsburg’s Adam Waller during Saturday’s Spartan Invitational at Lima Senior.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Lima Central Catholic’s Joey Caprella brings down Elida’s Andrew McCoy during Saturday’s Spartan Invitational at Lima Senior.

Lima Central Catholic’s Joey Caprella brings down Elida’s Andrew McCoy during Saturday’s Spartan Invitational at Lima Senior.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Delphos St. John’s Justin Wieging, right, competes against Liberty-Benton’s Dylan Mersch during Saturday’s Spartan Invitational at Lima Senior.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Lima Senior’s Dalton Hahn, left, competes against Tippecanoe’s Noah Law during Saturday’s Spartan Invitational at Lima Senior.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Elida’s Lawrence Slygh, top, competes against Delphos St. John’s Mark Wrasman during Saturday’s Spartan Invitational at Lima Senior.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Spencerville’s Jay Goetz, right, competes against Mechanicsburg’s Westyn Moyer during Saturday’s Spartan Invitational at Lima Senior.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Elida’s Bailey Gibson, left, competes against Willard’s Jordan Sweet during Saturday’s Spartan Invitational at Lima Senior.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Lima Central Catholic’s Gavin Caprella, right, competes against Walsh Jesuit’s Jack Schmidt during Saturday’s Spartan Invitational at Lima Senior.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Results

Spartan Invitational

at Lima Senior

Team Scores: 1. Eastwood 239, 2. Mechanicsburg 195, 3. St. Marys 174, 4. Elida 148, 5. Delphos St. John’s 145.5, 6. Liberty-Benton 137, 7. Willard 114, 8. (tie) Cory-Rawson and LCC 103 each, 10. Lima Senior 85, 11. Bath 72, 12. Walsh Jesuit 68.5, 13. Paulding 62, 14. Spencerville 61, 15. Rogers 58, 16. Tippecanoe 45.5, 17. Pandora-Gilboa 17, 18. Ada 12, 19. Greenville 0.

First- through seventh-place matches involving area competitors

106 pounds

First-place match: Gavin Owens (Eastwood) dec. Gavin Caprella (LCC) 5-3

Third-place match: Tyler Hisey (SM) dec. Jack Schmidt (Walsh Jesuit), 6-2

Fifth-place match: Jesse Stroud (Mechanicsburg) dec. Ezekiel Burkholder (Bath), 6-1

113

First-place match: Trey Allen (Mechanicsburg) maj. dec. Trevor Hisey (SM), 10-0

Fifth-place match: Jon-Paul Pasker (Rogers) dec. Jakob Burkholder (Elida), 7-4

Seventh-place match: Eric Lara (Willard) pinned Jermey Cameron (Ada), 0:45

120

First-place match: Brandon Hahn (Eastwood) pinned Clayton Drummond (SM), 0:54

Third-place match: Jordan Mudel (Paulding) dec. Luke Stroud (Mechanicsburg), 2-0

Fifth-place match: Carter Johnston (Walsh Jesuit) pinned Owen Karcher (Cory-Rawson), 0:55

Seventh-place match: Kelsie Medina (Willard) won by forfeit against Dawson Brown (Lima Senior)

126

First-place match: Conner Douglass (Elida) maj. dec. Xavier Escobedo (Eastwood), 15-1

Third-place match: SeVaughn Carter (LCC) won by forfeit against Juan Figueroa (Willard)

Fifth-place match: Tyler Stoodt (Cory-Rawson) pinned Wesley Tressler (Liberty-Benton), 0:33

Seventh-place match: Grayson Ford (Spencerville) pinned Stephon Johnson (Rogers), 0:50

132

First-place match: Jake Hurst (Mechanicsburg) pinned Chase Caprella (LCC), 2:56

Third-place match: Mason Glaze (Eastwood) dec. Aaron Bowsher (Lima Senior), 8-1

Fifth-place match: Chase Henderson (Walsh Jesuit) pinned Dalton Swickrath (Elida), 1:59

Seventh-place match: Evan Stonerock (Tippecanoe) tech. fall Savoux Moore (Cory-Rawson), 20-4

138

First-place match: Westyn Moyer (Mechanicsburg) won by default against Bailey Gibson (Elida)

Third-place match: Zane Jankowski (Eastwood) pinned Preston Weichart (SM), 0:48

Fifth-place match: Jay Goetz (Spencerville) pinned Jordan Sweet (Willard), 3:38

145

First-place match: Mason Vonderwell (DSJ) pinned Dalton Hahn (Lima Senior), 2:32

Fifth-place match: Garrett Jones (Spencerville) pinned Zach Spicer (SM), 1:42

152

First-place match: Joey Caprella (LCC) pinned D.J. Slone (Willard), 1:39

Fifth-place match: Peter Ankerman (DSJ) maj. dec. Aaron Conley (Mechanicsburg), 11-2

Seventh-place match: Justin Gibson (Cory-Rawson) pinned Andre McCoy (Elida), 3:24

160

First-place match: Naeem Russell (Lima Senior) pinned Tommy Mabry (SM), 1:29

Third-place match: Adam Waller (Mechanicsburg) pinned Koyla Paschall (Paulding), 0:44

Fifth-place match: Jon Rohhoar (Willard) pinned Gage Stemen (DSJ) 1:50

170

First-place match: Deontaè Davis (Cory-Rawson) dec. Lawrence Slygh (Elida), 6-4

Third-place match: Mark Wrasman (DSJ) dec. Race Gorrell (Liberty-Benton), 13-12

Fifth-place match: Noah Vogel (SM) pinned Jaron Patterson (Mechanicsburg), 1:45

Seventh-place match: Zachary Simpson (Bath) dec. Ross Beaverson (Eastwood), 5-1

182

First-place match: Nathan Dire (Liberty-Benton) dec. Chase Martin (DSJ), 3-2

Third-place match: Adrian Simonin (Paulding) pinned Hayden Blank (Pandora-Gilboa), 3:45

Fifth-place match: Logan Korpics (Cory-Rawson) pinned Jacob Jones (Willard), 4:12

Seventh-place match: Mason Saeler (SM) pinned Kaleb Surmaceviz (Mechanicsburg) 1:30

195

First-place match: Fielden Deeds (Bath) pin Justin Wieging (St. John’s) 1:31

Fifth-place match: Drew Stewart (Cory-Rawson) pin Tyler Bowman (Eastwood) 1:59

Seventh-place match: Kaden Compton (Willard) forfeit Stashu Patterson (St. Marys Memorial) Forfeit

220

First-place match: Trent Vonderwell (DSJ) pinned Austen Nissen (Eastwood), 2:35

Third-place match: Jake Thiel (Mechanicsburg) pinned Tyson Williamson (Elida), 2:44

Fifth-place match: Brandon Morphis (Rogers) dec. Brandon Dues (Spencerville), 4-1

Seventh-place match: Caleb Pierre (Liberty-Benton) pinned Logan Knous (SM) 3:35

285

First-place match: Raven Brant (Willard) pinned Brock Lyons (Elida), 2:40

Third-place match: Eric Adkins (Bath) pinned Jaheim Jones (Rogers), 3:28

Fifth-place match: Nicholas Myers (SM) dec. Noah Arnett (Ada), 3-2

Seventh-place match: Michael Aldrich (Spencerville) pinned Matthew Berger (Liberty-Benton), 0:49

LIMA — The one thing that always comes with success is the pressure of staying at the top.

Lima Senior’s Naeem Russell welcomes that pressure with open arms.

After notching a fifth-place finish at last year’s Division I state wrestling tournament in the 152-pound weight class, Russell is taking everyone’s best shot this season.

So far, Russell has rose to the occasion, sporting a perfect 20-0 record, after winning the 160-pound title at Saturday’s Spartan Invitational at Lima Senior.

In Saturday’s title match against St. Marys’ Tommy Mabry, Russell had to fight through some adversity. However, Russell turned the adversity into motivation as he pinned Mabry a little more than midway through the first period.

“I was going for a go-behind spin,” Russell said. “He still had my arm, so it popped in and popped out. I don’t know. … It felt a little different. When that happened, I thought that I might as well end it. You never know what can happen.”

Russell’s injury did not appear to be anything serious.

Russell, a senior, realizes that after last season’s success, that every opponent will be gunning to knock him off.

“I like it (being the target),” Russell said. “I’ve never been through that before, because I’ve always been the person who would come in and try to upset people. It’s kind of cool, but at the same time it humbles me. I know I can’t underestimate anybody.”

Russell won’t be satisfied to just make it back to the state tournament this season.

“The coaches have really been working me in the (wrestling) room, getting me ready for March (the state tournament). My goal is to win state,” Russell said.

For his performance Saturday, the coaches voted Russell the most valuable wrestler for the tournament.

Eastwood won Saturday’s team title, scoring 239 points. Mechanicsburg finished second (195). St. Marys (174), Elida (148) and Delphos St. Johns’ (145.5) rounded out the top five squads in the 19-team field.

Lima Central Catholic senior Joey Caprella also has a bulls-eye on his back, after placing fifth at last year’s Division III state tournament at 145 pounds.

At Saturday’s Spartan Invite, Caprella steamrolled through the competition, en route to the title at 152.

Caprella (26-1) pinned Willard’s D.J. Slone in the first period of Saturday’s championship match.

“I lost at my last tournament and that kind of opened my eyes, because I haven’t lost a regular-season match in a long time,” Caprella said. “(LCC head) Coach (Nick) Sanchez and I had a good two weeks leading up to this. I’m just looking forward to the rest of the season.

“I know I have a target on my back right now. But I just have to do what I do, regardless. Honestly, it kind of motivates me.”

The Vonderwell brothers from Delphos St. John’s – Mason Vonderwell (freshman, 145) and Trent Vonderwell (senior, 220) – both notched titles Saturday.

Mason garnered his first-ever title of his young high school career Saturday, when he pinned Lima Senior freshman Dalton Hahn.

Vonderwell and Hahn know each other rather well. Vonderwell defeated Hahn at this year’s Allen County Tournament.

“It was a really close match,” Vonderwell said of their Allen County match. “Toward the end of the third period I was up by only two; and I ended up winning.”

For Trent Vonderwell, Saturday’s title also came by way of a pin. Vonderwell put Eastwood’s Austen Nissen to the mat, early in the second period.

“It was pretty tough,” Trent Vonderwell said. “There was almost nothing I could do in the beginning. In the second period, I knew I had to do something. So, I went for it, and I got it.”

The two Vonderwell brothers are following in the footsteps of their oldest brother, Brett. In the 2016-17 season, Brett Vonderwell was state runner-up in Division III at 170.

Other champions Saturday included Bath’s Fielden Deeds (195), Cory Rawson’s Deontaè Davis (170), Eastwood’s Gavin Owens (106), Brandon Hahn (120), Elida’s Conner Douglass (126), Liberty-Benton’s Nathan Dire (182), Mechanicsburg’s Trey Allen (113), Jake Hurst (132), Westyn Moyer (138), Willard’s Raven Brant (285).

Lima Senior’s Naeem Russell, top, competes against Mechanicsburg’s Adam Waller during Saturday’s Spartan Invitational at Lima Senior.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/01/web1_Spartan-Invite-RP-011.jpgLima Senior’s Naeem Russell, top, competes against Mechanicsburg’s Adam Waller during Saturday’s Spartan Invitational at Lima Senior. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Lima Central Catholic’s Joey Caprella brings down Elida’s Andrew McCoy during Saturday’s Spartan Invitational at Lima Senior.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/01/web1_Spartan-Invite-RP-001.jpgLima Central Catholic’s Joey Caprella brings down Elida’s Andrew McCoy during Saturday’s Spartan Invitational at Lima Senior. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Delphos St. John’s Justin Wieging, right, competes against Liberty-Benton’s Dylan Mersch during Saturday’s Spartan Invitational at Lima Senior.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/01/web1_Spartan-Invite-RP-015.jpgDelphos St. John’s Justin Wieging, right, competes against Liberty-Benton’s Dylan Mersch during Saturday’s Spartan Invitational at Lima Senior. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Lima Senior’s Dalton Hahn, left, competes against Tippecanoe’s Noah Law during Saturday’s Spartan Invitational at Lima Senior.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/01/web1_Spartan-Invite-RP-007.jpgLima Senior’s Dalton Hahn, left, competes against Tippecanoe’s Noah Law during Saturday’s Spartan Invitational at Lima Senior. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Elida’s Lawrence Slygh, top, competes against Delphos St. John’s Mark Wrasman during Saturday’s Spartan Invitational at Lima Senior.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/01/web1_Spartan-Invite-RP-012.jpgElida’s Lawrence Slygh, top, competes against Delphos St. John’s Mark Wrasman during Saturday’s Spartan Invitational at Lima Senior. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Spencerville’s Jay Goetz, right, competes against Mechanicsburg’s Westyn Moyer during Saturday’s Spartan Invitational at Lima Senior.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/01/web1_Spartan-Invite-RP-006.jpgSpencerville’s Jay Goetz, right, competes against Mechanicsburg’s Westyn Moyer during Saturday’s Spartan Invitational at Lima Senior. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Elida’s Bailey Gibson, left, competes against Willard’s Jordan Sweet during Saturday’s Spartan Invitational at Lima Senior.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/01/web1_Spartan-Invite-RP-005.jpgElida’s Bailey Gibson, left, competes against Willard’s Jordan Sweet during Saturday’s Spartan Invitational at Lima Senior. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Lima Central Catholic’s Gavin Caprella, right, competes against Walsh Jesuit’s Jack Schmidt during Saturday’s Spartan Invitational at Lima Senior.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/01/web1_Spartan-Invite-RP-004.jpgLima Central Catholic’s Gavin Caprella, right, competes against Walsh Jesuit’s Jack Schmidt during Saturday’s Spartan Invitational at Lima Senior. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Pair do well amid high expectations

By Mark Altstaetter

sports@limanews.com

Results

Spartan Invitational

at Lima Senior

Team Scores: 1. Eastwood 239, 2. Mechanicsburg 195, 3. St. Marys 174, 4. Elida 148, 5. Delphos St. John’s 145.5, 6. Liberty-Benton 137, 7. Willard 114, 8. (tie) Cory-Rawson and LCC 103 each, 10. Lima Senior 85, 11. Bath 72, 12. Walsh Jesuit 68.5, 13. Paulding 62, 14. Spencerville 61, 15. Rogers 58, 16. Tippecanoe 45.5, 17. Pandora-Gilboa 17, 18. Ada 12, 19. Greenville 0.

First- through seventh-place matches involving area competitors

106 pounds

First-place match: Gavin Owens (Eastwood) dec. Gavin Caprella (LCC) 5-3

Third-place match: Tyler Hisey (SM) dec. Jack Schmidt (Walsh Jesuit), 6-2

Fifth-place match: Jesse Stroud (Mechanicsburg) dec. Ezekiel Burkholder (Bath), 6-1

113

First-place match: Trey Allen (Mechanicsburg) maj. dec. Trevor Hisey (SM), 10-0

Fifth-place match: Jon-Paul Pasker (Rogers) dec. Jakob Burkholder (Elida), 7-4

Seventh-place match: Eric Lara (Willard) pinned Jermey Cameron (Ada), 0:45

120

First-place match: Brandon Hahn (Eastwood) pinned Clayton Drummond (SM), 0:54

Third-place match: Jordan Mudel (Paulding) dec. Luke Stroud (Mechanicsburg), 2-0

Fifth-place match: Carter Johnston (Walsh Jesuit) pinned Owen Karcher (Cory-Rawson), 0:55

Seventh-place match: Kelsie Medina (Willard) won by forfeit against Dawson Brown (Lima Senior)

126

First-place match: Conner Douglass (Elida) maj. dec. Xavier Escobedo (Eastwood), 15-1

Third-place match: SeVaughn Carter (LCC) won by forfeit against Juan Figueroa (Willard)

Fifth-place match: Tyler Stoodt (Cory-Rawson) pinned Wesley Tressler (Liberty-Benton), 0:33

Seventh-place match: Grayson Ford (Spencerville) pinned Stephon Johnson (Rogers), 0:50

132

First-place match: Jake Hurst (Mechanicsburg) pinned Chase Caprella (LCC), 2:56

Third-place match: Mason Glaze (Eastwood) dec. Aaron Bowsher (Lima Senior), 8-1

Fifth-place match: Chase Henderson (Walsh Jesuit) pinned Dalton Swickrath (Elida), 1:59

Seventh-place match: Evan Stonerock (Tippecanoe) tech. fall Savoux Moore (Cory-Rawson), 20-4

138

First-place match: Westyn Moyer (Mechanicsburg) won by default against Bailey Gibson (Elida)

Third-place match: Zane Jankowski (Eastwood) pinned Preston Weichart (SM), 0:48

Fifth-place match: Jay Goetz (Spencerville) pinned Jordan Sweet (Willard), 3:38

145

First-place match: Mason Vonderwell (DSJ) pinned Dalton Hahn (Lima Senior), 2:32

Fifth-place match: Garrett Jones (Spencerville) pinned Zach Spicer (SM), 1:42

152

First-place match: Joey Caprella (LCC) pinned D.J. Slone (Willard), 1:39

Fifth-place match: Peter Ankerman (DSJ) maj. dec. Aaron Conley (Mechanicsburg), 11-2

Seventh-place match: Justin Gibson (Cory-Rawson) pinned Andre McCoy (Elida), 3:24

160

First-place match: Naeem Russell (Lima Senior) pinned Tommy Mabry (SM), 1:29

Third-place match: Adam Waller (Mechanicsburg) pinned Koyla Paschall (Paulding), 0:44

Fifth-place match: Jon Rohhoar (Willard) pinned Gage Stemen (DSJ) 1:50

170

First-place match: Deontaè Davis (Cory-Rawson) dec. Lawrence Slygh (Elida), 6-4

Third-place match: Mark Wrasman (DSJ) dec. Race Gorrell (Liberty-Benton), 13-12

Fifth-place match: Noah Vogel (SM) pinned Jaron Patterson (Mechanicsburg), 1:45

Seventh-place match: Zachary Simpson (Bath) dec. Ross Beaverson (Eastwood), 5-1

182

First-place match: Nathan Dire (Liberty-Benton) dec. Chase Martin (DSJ), 3-2

Third-place match: Adrian Simonin (Paulding) pinned Hayden Blank (Pandora-Gilboa), 3:45

Fifth-place match: Logan Korpics (Cory-Rawson) pinned Jacob Jones (Willard), 4:12

Seventh-place match: Mason Saeler (SM) pinned Kaleb Surmaceviz (Mechanicsburg) 1:30

195

First-place match: Fielden Deeds (Bath) pin Justin Wieging (St. John’s) 1:31

Fifth-place match: Drew Stewart (Cory-Rawson) pin Tyler Bowman (Eastwood) 1:59

Seventh-place match: Kaden Compton (Willard) forfeit Stashu Patterson (St. Marys Memorial) Forfeit

220

First-place match: Trent Vonderwell (DSJ) pinned Austen Nissen (Eastwood), 2:35

Third-place match: Jake Thiel (Mechanicsburg) pinned Tyson Williamson (Elida), 2:44

Fifth-place match: Brandon Morphis (Rogers) dec. Brandon Dues (Spencerville), 4-1

Seventh-place match: Caleb Pierre (Liberty-Benton) pinned Logan Knous (SM) 3:35

285

First-place match: Raven Brant (Willard) pinned Brock Lyons (Elida), 2:40

Third-place match: Eric Adkins (Bath) pinned Jaheim Jones (Rogers), 3:28

Fifth-place match: Nicholas Myers (SM) dec. Noah Arnett (Ada), 3-2

Seventh-place match: Michael Aldrich (Spencerville) pinned Matthew Berger (Liberty-Benton), 0:49

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