Solon 160-pound senior Jake Mack will go out his senior wrestling season as a Greater Cleveland Conference champion after finishing 3-0 with a pair of major decisions during the league meet on Saturday in Euclid.
After placing sixth at 145 pounds his sophomore season and runner-up at 160 pounds last season, Mack (31-9) opened his senior tournament with an 11-1 major decision against Medina junior Liam Brock (24-10), before getting spectators their moneys worth in the semifinals.
Ranked No. 13 among Division I grapplers in the state, according to Boro Fan Ohio, Mack took on and defeated Mentor No. 17-ranked junior Lincoln Splete (32-5) by way of a 3-2 decision to advance to the finals. Splete went on to forfeit his third-place bout against Brock.
In the title bout, Mack put a 10-2 major decision on Shaker Heights senior Eli Meinhard (20-4) as the lone Comet matman to win a league title this season. Meinhard is ranked No. 27 among Division I wrestlers in Ohio.
Overall, Solon advanced four grapplers to title bouts and finished fourth in the team standings with 116 points, while Elyria won its sixth straight conference title with 260 points, Brunswick was runner-up with 172 1/2 points and Medina took third with 155 points.
Also advancing to championship bouts in their respective weight classes were a trio of Solon sophomores, including 106-pounder Kevin Grunzweig (31-8), 113-pounder Nick Molchak (27-7) and 120-poudner Nick Gerome (28-13).
All three of those Comet matmen had their GCC title hopes spoiled by Elyria grapplers. The champion Pioneers won eight of the 14 weight classes. They represent the top-ranked team in Ohio, according to Boro Fan.
Ranked No. 18 among 106-pounders in Ohio, Solon’s Grunzweig opened his GCC tournament with a pair of first-period pins against Strongsville freshman Raymond Lewis (9-19) and Brunswick freshman Owen Tarnai (17-17).
In his title match, Grunzweig lost a 4-0 decision against Elyria state No. 4-ranked junior Colin Noel (20-5).
Ranked No. 11 among 113-pounders in Ohio, Solon’s Molchak had a first-round bye and then defeated Strongsville sophomore Giovanni Mucurio (10-9) with a pin in 50 seconds.
In his title bout, Molchak lost a 5-2 decision against Elyria state No. 2-ranked sophomore Peyton Fenton (21-5). Fenton was the 106-pound state champion last year.
And ranked No. 13 among 120-pounders in Ohio, Solon’s Gerome opened his GCC tournament with a 12-3 major decision against Brunswick junior Joey Zbikowski (1-2) and a 6-4 decision against Medina state No. 22-ranked freshman Andrew Supers (25-10) in the semifinals.
In his title match, Gerome lost a 7-2 decision against Elyria state No. 3-ranked senior Bryce Allison (17-5), who placed seventh in the state at 113 pounds last season.
Both Gerome and Molchak improved upon their fourth-place showings from last season, although Gerome competed at the higher 126-pound weight class because 2019 graduate and state runner-up Jake Canitano represented the Comets at 120 pounds.
Meanwhile, Solon 138-pound senior Trysten Zahoransky is ranked No. 11 in the state and 145-pound senior Nathan Leko is ranked No. 20, but neither Comet wrestled during the league meet on Saturday.
For the postseason, Solon will compete in the 10-team Division I Kenston Sectional Feb. 29 in Bainbridge Township.