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2012/13 Archived News

One of Northeast Ohio's premier youth wrestling clubs, Team Kratos provides an opportunity for students in grades K-8th to learn the fundamentals of wrestling while simultaneously building character skills that will benefit them throughout the journey of life. Serving northern Summit County, our team provides year-round training opportunities as it prepares for a balanced mix of local, regional, and national wrestling tournaments. Our team also benefits from a solid base of commercial and private sponsors. We welcome wrestlers from across Northeast Ohio to attend a Kratos wrestling practice and learn first-hand what this team is all about.

Highlights:

3/18/13: OAC Grade School State Championship Results

after a grueling weekend of wrestling, Team Kratos is delighted to announce that three of our wrestlers took podium fishes in their respective weight classes at the State Championships.

2013 Placewinners
Congratulations to the following 2013 OAC State Place winners: Jeffrey Dunfee (2nd), Nolan Hogue (2nd), Matt Williams (7th).

3/10/13: Final Week to Tune Up

Well, this is it, the final week of our winter season. Seems like October was just a few days ago. This upcoming weekend is a big one for the team. Kratos Wrestling has twelve individuals whom will represent us at the OAC State Championships in Youngstown. The two day tournament starts on Saturday and ends Sunday, late afternoon. Congratulations and best of luck to the 2013 OAC State Qualifiers.

2013 OAC State Qualifiers
Kratos wrestlers pose for a team picture after receiving their 2013 State Championship singlets.

Representing Team Kratos at the OAC State Championships include:

2/10/13: 9th Place Finish at OYWA League Championships

The OYWA League Championships were held today in Akron, Ohio where eight Kratos wrestlers put their skills to the test. The league championships represents the final tournament of the 200+ team league that spans across Northeastern Ohio. The trip to the league championships is not an easy on. In order to quality to compete, one must advance through two rounds of competition, sectionals and districts qualifiers where only the top 4 wrestlers in each weight class advance to the next round.

Of the eight wrestlers from Team Kratos whom competed, three finished on the podium which helped pull our team into an overall 9th place finish at the event. Congratulations to:

2/02/13: Kratos Sends 8 Wrestlers to OYWA League Championships

Many wrestlers and coaches consider the Highland Districts one of the toughest districts in the OYWA league. As such, to finish in the top four at this event is in its own right, quite an accomplishment. This past weekend, Kratos wresters proved their grit and mettle by placing eight kids onto the podium and thus earning a trip to the OYWA League Championships which will be held on February 10th, at Akron Firestone High School. Kratos wrestlers who will make the trip include

Kratos Wrestling would also like to acknowledge Nick Nastasi who placed 1st at the Kenston District wrestling for Kenston Youth Wrestling.

Body Lift
Kratos wrestler Jeffrey Dunfee brings his opponent back to the mat during his semi-final match at Highland District

1/19/13: 3rd Place Pool Finish at the Wadsworth Elite Duals.

On Saturday, Jan 19th, Kratos' varsity team completed its final Duals event of the season with a 3-2 showing at the Wadsworth Elite Duals. "The competition definitely lived up to its billing," commented Coach Williams after the event. Kratos earned solid victories against Brecksville and Tuslaw and scraped out a win over BTW with the help of a few forfeits. "Our two losses were against Westshore and OMP who brought very impressive teams to the event and deserve to be complimented." With team duals competition now complete, Kratos record for the season is in the record books at 14-2.

Wadsworth Elite Duals
Sam Cartella battles from an underhook position at the Wadsworth Elite Duals.

1/13/13: Kratos Improves to 11-0.

Kratos wrestlers notch two more team victories during OYWA League competition in early January by defeating Barberton and Imagine. "The boys got off to a strong start this season and and kept improving from there." commented coach Doug Williams. "We have a really tough weekend ahead of us with the Wadsworth Elite Duals, but the boys should be confident that if they keep working hard for the remainder of the season, that they'll do well at OAC Grade School State Championships in March."

1/12/13: Team Kratos Takes 2nd Place at OAC GlenOak Districts.

Today, team Kratos finished in 2nd place at the OAC Districts in GlenOak, trailing first place finisher Wadsworth by 23 points. With over 40 teams in attendance, the team's accomplishment was simply outstanding. Nine wrestlers from the team qualified for the OAC State Championships and a total of twelve wrestlers placed in the event. Top four placers in each weight class qualify for the State Championships. Place winners for Team Kratos included:

GlenOak Medalists
GlenOak District Medallists: Jeffrey Dunfee, Derek Berdysz, Nolan Hogue, Matt Williams, Dean Palumbo, Matt Stauffer, Michael Caniglia (from left to right)

12/31/12: Kratos Wrestlers Exit 2012 Undefeated in Duals.

Congratulations to finishing out 2012 with an unblemished dual match record of 9-0. The varsity squad defeated Ellet, Rootstown, Magadore and Akron Kenmore in league action during December.

12/22/12: Weather the Storm, Wadsworth Duals.

Despite a late Friday night snow storm, nine teams from across ohio made their way to the Wadsworth duals. Kratos wrestlers finished with a solid record of 5-0 in the event by defeating Wadsworth Red, Wadsworth White, Cincinnati Moeller, Copley and Strongsville thereby improving their overall season dual match record to 7-0. "We won a number of close matches and managed to avoid giving up many tech falls or pins which is important in team dual matches," commented Coach Doug Williams. "Our boys still have a room for improvement, but approaching mid season, I think we have a solid base." Kratos returns to action on Sunday 12/23 with OYWA league competition against Mogadore.

Nolan Hogue in Wadsworth Duals
Kratos Wrestler Nolan Hogue works to get around the corner for a takedown. (Photo Courtesy of Laura Williams)

12/01/12: December Heat Wave: Eleven Place at Gladiator Open.

Eighteen Kratos wrestlers turned up the heat yesterday at the Gladiator Open, of whom 11 placed in the top four of their respective weight classes. "I was especially pleased with the determination shown by our kids across the board," commented coach Doug Williams after the match. "For some of them, this was the first time they have competed in an open event and I'm especially encouraged to see them wiling to take the risk of stepping out there on the mat. Its the start of a journey."

Wiseman Arm Drag
Ryan Wiseman initiates an Arm Drag during competition at the Gladiator Open.

11/15/12: Winter Programs Now In Full Swing

Kratos Wrestling is pleased to announce the start of its winter programs. Nearly 40 wrestlers have turned out to train as part of the Kratos wrestling program. "We have a good mix of advanced and novice kids in the room," comments coach Doug Williams. "With plenty of kids with varying ability, we have an environment which provides an opportunity for everyone to find someone of similar ability with whom to drill and train hard." Kratos wrestling begins its winter dual match season on Sunday, December 2nd.

Frame the Head
Kratos wrestler, Aidan McStay, works to secure a pin at the Lakewood Open.

10/28/12: Kratos Wrestling Competes at Border Wars National Tournament

Two wrestlers from the Kratos youth program qualified and competed in the Cliff Keen Border Wars National Tournament held in Battle Creek, Michigan this past weekend. "Kratos wrestlers Ben Basta and Matt Williams have been hard at work this preseason in preparation for the season ahead," commented Coach Williams. "This event typically draws a good set of competition from Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio." Matt Williams finished with a record of 3-1 at the event to place 2nd in his age group. Ben Basta gave it a hard go as well, however was eliminated from competition prior to the medal rounds.

Border Wars Nationals
During the Cliff Keen Border Wars Nationals, Kratos wrestler Matt Williams places his opponent into near fall position with a Peterson Roll.

9/30/12: Intra-squad Dual Match Excitement

Biddy Program participants concluded their 4 week program with an exciting intra-squad dual match. "We tried our best to give these beginner wrestlers a taste of what it's like to compete in a real match," described coach Doug Williams. "Overall, the coaches have been extremely excited with how well the Biddy Program turned out. The kids seemed to really catch on quick to the concepts we were teaching and then pull it all together in head to head action in front of a supportive home crowd!! We look forward to watching them grow in the sport over the years." Kratos wrestling shifts gears next week with their pre-season training program.

Intradsquad Action
Biddy program participants square off during an intra-squad dual match

9/07/12: Twenty Wrestlers Turn out for the Kratos Biddy Program

New this year, Kratos Wrestling offered a Biddy Wrestling Program specifically designed for kids between the ages of 5 and 9 during the month of September. "In the past, we incorporated entry level training for younger kids as part of our winter season which starts in November, however this year we decided to see if there might be enough interest in the region to offer a unique beginner program prior to our winter program," commented head coach Doug Williams. "Our hypothesis was validated with 20+ kids registering for this Biddy Program." Over a period of 4 weeks, program registrants are taught a few wrestling basics and then given a chance to compete in an inter-squad dual match. A balanced mix of instruction, drilling and wrestling-related games keep things fun for these young kids who just want to get a taste of the sport. Those who decide wrestling is a sport they'd like to pursue are welcome to join our preseason and winter programs starting in October and November respectively.

Biddy Warmup
2012 Biddy Program Participants Warm-up

7/31/12: Kratos Announces Winter Program Line-up

Kratos Wrestling will host the following programs for the 2012/13 season:

See Registration page for more details

5/30/12: Summer Training Schedule

Kratos Wrestling will host Instructor-led practices on Sunday evenings from 6:00-7:30pm at Hudson High School. Our room is open to any local area wrestler who has an interest in summer-time training following a more structured workout then typically provided in open mat forums. Practice schedule is as follows: