Greenberg, Wheatley Win OHSAA District Wrestling Titles
March 13, 2024 by Alan Kornspan

Will Greenberg from Hawken and Bryce Wheatley from NDCL both won OHSAA district wrestling titles March 2 at Kenston High School.

Will Greenberg from Hawken and Bryce Wheatley from NDCL both won OHSAA district wrestling titles March 2 at Kenston High School.

In addition, Alex Munn (Berkshire), Will Vucetic (Chardon) and Ethan Bartlett (West Geauga) all punched their tickets to the OHSAA Wrestling State Championships by finishing in the top four at districts.

In order to win the district title and earn a trip to state action, Greenberg won four straight matches.

In his first round match, Greenberg defeated his opponent from Canton South, 5-1. Then, in the quarterfinals match, Greenberg won a 2-1 decision over his opponent from Cloverleaf.

In his semifinal match, Greenberg defeated the 10th-ranked Division 2 wrestler in the State of Ohio, Vince Luce from Canfield, by a 5-3 decision.

Greenberg then won the district title by defeating the seventh-ranked Division 2 heavyweight in the State of Ohio, Aidan Mozden from Alliance.

In the championship match, Greenberg took an early 2-0 lead with a takedown of Mozden.

Mozden tied up the match at 2-2 in the second period, but Greenberg took a 3-2 lead with an escape, and held onto the lead in the third period, to win the district title.

After the championship match, Greenberg talked about the importance of hard work during his training.

“I had a long weekend, and really tough opponents, so I really needed to find an extra gear in myself to go out and win that one,” he said. “It obviously wasn’t easy, but after a long weekend with all my matches going the distance, that extra gear I have been working for really paid off.”

Hawken Head Coach Victor Ventresca said that although Greenberg had some close matches, he was pretty much in control.

“I don’t think we got taken down once this weekend, so we’re just going to keep working on some things that we can get better at,” Ventresca said.

NDCL’s Bryce Wheatley also won a district title.

In winning the district championship in the 215-pound division, Wheatley won four straight matches.

In his first round match, Wheatley defeated his opponent from Norton with a late first-period pin.

In the quarterfinal match against his opponent from West Branch, Wheatley won a 6-1 decision.

In order to punch his ticket to the OHSAA state tournament, Wheatley pinned the 17th-ranked Division 2 wrestler in the State of Ohio, Jakeb Beard from Louisville, 20 seconds into the second period.

In his district championship match, Wheatley faced Andy Vanscoy from St. Vincent St. Mary, who was also a former ranked heavyweight.

In that finals match, Wheatley took a 2-1 first period lead. Vanscoy tied the match 2-2 with an escape early in the second period, but Wheatley then took a 3-2 lead early in the third period with an escape, then added an additional two points later in the third period to earn a 5-2 decision.

“In the finals I wrestled someone else who also dropped from heavyweight to 215 a couple weeks ago,” Wheatley said. “Ended up getting the win by decision.

“I felt really good in that match, kept my feet moving as much as I needed to, heavy hands, and scoring on the edge. Just kind of doing what I needed to do going into the state tournament.”

Geauga wrestlers would next compete at the OHSAA Wrestling State Championships from March 8 through 10 at The Ohio State University’s Schottenstein Center.