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By Mike Brown | THE ALLIANCE REVIEW
Claymont High School claimed the overall title, but wrestlers from Ravenna, Field and Southeast earned individual places at the 27th annual Top Gun Wrestling Tournament finals Saturday night in Alliance High School's Harry Fails Gymnasium.
Claymont captured the team crown with 224.5 points, outdistancing second-place Perry, which finished with 196, while CVCA was third with 182.5 points.
CVCA 120-pound champion Nathan Tomasello was named the recipient of the Carson "Kit" Baucum MVP of the tourney.
Locally, Ravenna finished eighth overall with 97 points and had three place-winners, Field was 23rd with 69.5 points and had two placers, Southeast was 32nd with 48 points and had one placer, and Streetsboro was 42nd with 21 points and had no place-winners.
Ravenna had three placers, including Logan Reaser (2nd, 160), Cody Hawkins (4th, 285) and Brogan Lovejoy (8th, 120).
Reaser lost his title match by a 3-1 decision to Chase Boyd of Marysville.
"We have a young team and they are just growing by leaps and bounds," praised Ravenna head coach Mike Whitmore. "I'm really proud of the boys, they did a good job. We almost scored 100 points here."
Field had two placers, led by Zack Ladich, runner-up at 145 pounds, and Cory Simpson (5th at 106).
Ladich lost his title bout by an 8-2 decision to Max Rohskopf of West Holmes.
Southeast standout Brandon James was the Pirates' lone placer, finishing third in the 170-pound class.
"I thought he (James) came back and wrestled very well in the consolation final," praised Southeast head coach Bob Noall of James' 7-5 win over Reno Hill of Point Pleasant (WVa.).
Streetsboro took 11 wrestlers to Top Gun but had no placers.
Claymont coach Eric Toukonen watched his Mustangs with their third-ever Top Gun team championship (they also won crowns in 1999 and 2003) and was impressed with his squad's effort.
"It's such a great tournament and I feel real pleased with our performance," beamed Toukonen. "Top Gun is a real good test for our kids. It's a little bit later than midseason and it comes at a real good time for us to prepare for not only the state tournament, but this year, the state dual meet tournament (which begins Wednesday around Ohio)."
The Mustangs had seven place-winners, including three individual champions in Dustin Warner (113 pounds), Cody Burcher (126) and Matt Dennis (170).