ROCKY RIVER, Ohio (Feb. 24, 2023) -- Rocky River heads into its postseason Saturday. The Wrestling Raiders will be on sectional bracket mats in Painesville (Harvey High School) looking to qualify for a Northeast Ohio district tournament March 3-4. Catching up with River's mat men over the last few weeks:
On Jan. 26, Rocky River hosted a Great Lakes Conference double-dual. The Pirates competed against Elyria Catholic, winning 48-18, and Westlake, losing 45-18. On the mat, senior heavyweight Ali Karar went 2-0 with two wins by fall. Fellow senior Nate Maloney went 1-0 with a pin at 138 pounds. And senior Aidan Konet went 2-0 with a pin and a medical default.
The Jan. 26 event marked Senior Night for the River program. Pirate greybeards Karar, Konet, Maloney, Owen Patton, and Rees Vaughan were honored in a pre-match salute.
On Feb. 2, Rocky River tangled with Valley Forge in a GLC crossover match. The Pirates defeated the Patriots 48-18. Dylan Heffron, Maloney, Konet, and Karar all registered pins on the night.
Then it was on to the GLC Championships
, held Feb. 11 at Westlake High School. Paced by a win at 215 pounds (Konet), a third, and two fourths, Rocky River scored 60.5 points and placed eighth in a field of 12 teams at the circuit's title meet.
Konet clocked two pins and a decision in going 3-0 to win gold at 215. Maloney went 3-1 to take bronze at 138. Connor Schiefferle placed fourth at 150; Zane Lindquist did likewise at 175.
Aidan Konet -- owner of an 18-2 record this season -- has medaled in back-to-back GLC tournaments (third at 190 in 2022).
Rocky River has entries in nine weight classes for Saturday's sectional tournament
. Wrestling is slated to begin at 10 a.m. The top four placers in each class will advance to the district level.
by Skip Snow