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2008/9 Archived News

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4/4/09: Kratos Wrestlers Wrap Up 2008/9 Season With Six Place Winners at Stow Bulldog Open

Six Kratos wrestlers crossed the city's southern boundary to compete in the Stow Bulldog Open on Saturday, April 4th. With 4 mats in use, the event moved quickly along. Most weight classes were run in a round robin format which provided ample opportunities to compete. Kratos had three wrestlers who were undefeated in the day to include Mitchell Soucek(5-0), Nathan Szock (3-0), and Kyle Minor (2-0). All three wrestlers showed grit and determination as they worked their way through their weight class. Several matches were won in the last period where the score was either tied or Kratos was able to come from behind for the win. A noteable win by Mitchell Soucek as he won his match with a takedown with about 5 seconds left in match regulation time. Kratos also saw Matt Williams earn a 2nd place trophy after going 4-1 on the day. In third place, Kratos wrestlers Ronnie Pietro (2-2) and Matt Slater (1-2) rounded out the day's trophy count.

With the completion of the Stow Bulldog event, Team Kratos closes out the 2008/9 season and begins to turn attention to next season.

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Ronnie Pietro works an Arm-Drag against one of Springfield's mighty mights
Nathan Szoch executes a Whip-over

3/21/09: Two Kratos Wrestlers Crack Top 12 at OAC Grade School State Championships

Kratos Wresters capped off an exciting 2008/9 season with the Grade School State Wrestling Championships in Marion, Ohio. The Grade School State Wrestling Championships brought together over 1,000 wrestlers from across the state of Ohio to compete in a very well organized and professional tournament. The event boasted all of the pomp and circumstance one would expect out of a state championship billing.

2009 OAC Slideshow

Our team wrestled tough and finished with two kids in the top 12 of their respective 32 man brackets. Congratulations to David Cumberledge and Ronnie Pietro for their hard-nosed, top 12 performances. Both David and Ronnie were one match away from competing on final's night which was reserved for the top 8 placers in each field. As a whole, all of our wrestlers left everything they had on the mat which is something of which they can all be quite proud. The competition at the Grade School tournament is "hands down" the toughest tournament you will find in the state of Ohio.

Our team had an enjoyable time when not competing to include activities such as swimming at the host hotel pool and several team dinners at local area restaurants. Of course the primary focus was wrestling, but the moments of relaxation allowed everyone to adjust following a day of on the edge of the chair wrestling.

Kratos wrestlers who won one or more matches included:

With the completion of the OAC State Tournament, Kratos wrestler have earned for themselves a relaxing Spring Break. Have fun where-ever your travels might take you.

2/31/09: Kratos Team Finalizes State Championship Roster With 2 Additions

At the Uniontown District, Team Kratos added two more wrestlers to round out its 2009 State Championship roster at 10. March Madness Bracket Busters added to our state championship team include Matthew Williams (2nd place/50lbs) and Joey Hawthorn (4th place/100lbs). Lookout Marion, Team Kratos is ready to rock.

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2009 OAC Grade School State Qualifiers

Standing (from left): Matt Slater, Nathan Szoch;Kneeling (from left): Joey Hawthorne, Billy Buehle, Chris Motter; Sitting (from left):Ronnie Pietro, Tyler Johnson, Kyle Minor, David Cumberledge, Matt Williams


Announcement: Train for OAC Grade School and Jr High School State Championship Tournament with Team Kratos

OAC LogoTeam Kratos welcomes local area wrestlers who are in search of a training site for the OAC Grade School and Jr High State championship tournaments. Team Kratos provides high intensity, structured practice sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 8pm.

Presently, Team Kratos has 10 wrestlers who have qualified for OAC State Championships. Most nights, we range between 20 to 40 wrestlers from local area communities who have decided to join forces and train for these OAC events. Practices are held at Hudson High School located at 2500 Hudson-Aurora Rd, Hudson, Ohio, 44236. For more information, call Doug Williams @ 330-245-6050

2/22/09: Kratos Team Strengthens Presence At OAC State Championships

Team Kratos has increased its total count of wrestlers who have qualified for the 2009 OAC Grade School State Championships to 8. Qualifying this past weekend were David Cumberledge (1st Place/60lbs), Tyler Johnson (2nd Place/60lbs), Billy Buehl (3rd Place/75lbs) and Nathan Szoch (4th Place/70lbs).

2/8/09: Motter and Pietro Qualify For OYWA League Championships

Well, many words to describe today's event. Exhilarating, stressful, moments of joy and dispair......what a great sport this is :-) At the end of the day, Team Kratos qualified two wrestlers to the OYWA League championship and had 4 reached within 1 match of qualifying. Congratulations to Chris Motter (3rd place) and Ronnie Pietro (4th place) . Both Chris and Ronnie wrestled some of the best matches of their careers and were a delight to watch compete.

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Mitchell Soucek Maintains Control and Eliminates a Youth Wrestler from Uniontown Lake During Consolation Bouts at Districts.

Chris met two wrestlers in-route to his 3rd place finish whom he had lost to earlier in the season. He dispatched both of them with a commanding performance. Ronnie wrestled beyond his years and just kept plugging away Ronnie style. He rallied in his consolation semi final match to overcome a 5 point deficit to win in the final 5 secs of the match..WOW. While Chris and Ronnie were the only two Kratos wrestlers we had finish in the top 4, , there were many other exciting matches through out day. Mitchell Soucek wrestled the best I've seen him this year and knocked off a very talented wrestler from Uniontown Lake and then another wrestler from Cuyahoga Falls who had beaten Mitchell at the home match we had with CF several weeks back. Mitchell made it into all the way to the Consolation semi-finals. Lastly, Billy Buehl wrestled tough all day but fell just 1 match short of qualifying for the League championship. He was one of two Kratos wrestlers who made an appearance in the Semi-Finals, but Billy lost against a talented wrestler from Wadsworth....argh. ( my money is on Billy the next time they wrestle :-)

2/1/09: Kratos Advances Eleven Wrestlers To OYWA Districts

Kratos wrestlers competed in two events this weekend. The varsity team competed in the 1st round of the OYWA League championships in Barberton. Our team was able to advance 11 of our 12 wrestlers to the next round. (Top 4 placewinners advance to the District tournament) Team Kratos placewinners include: 1st place finishes: Billy Buehle, Chris Motter, 2nd Place finishes Ronnie Pietro, Mitchell Soucek, Kyle Minor, Nathan Szcoh, 3rd place finishes: Matt Williams, Tyler Johnson, Joey Hawthorne, Zach Lewis, Matt Slater, 4th place finish: David Cumberledge, Grant Gasser

Cumberledge vs Woodridge
David Cumberledge Battles In The Consolation Finals

In our all star ranks, we had 10 wrestlers compete at the Brunswick novice tournament. The tournament ran very well and most of our wrestlers had 3 or more matches. Place winners included 1st Place finish: Oleg Waters, 3rd place finish: Mat Zelick, 4th place finish: Chris Castrigano


1/25/09: Kratos Caps Off League Competition With a 7-1 Dual Match Record and Three Champions in the Allstar Tournament

Kratos wrestlers capped off the 08/9 OYWA League series with a dual match victory against Woodridge (33 to 19) and an All-Star Tournament where 10 of the 16 Kratos wrestlers who competed, finished in the top 4 of their bracket. The dual match victory brings Kratos' dual match record to 7-1 for the season which is a remarkable improvement from last year where the team finished 1-6. Equal improvement occurred on the All-Star mats this year. Going into the all-star tournament, Kratos had seven wrestlers who had only been defeated once during the season, and one wrestler who was undefeated.

All Star Tournament place winners included:

Several weeks remain in the season for the Novice wrestlers, so don't put away the wrestling shoes quite yet!!

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Jonah Johnson shows how to bearhug a bulldog from Green. Jonah went on to win a 3rd place in the 2009 All-star Tournament

1/24/09: 4 Team Kratos Wrestlers Qualify for OAC State Championship through Worthington Districts

Seven wrestles from Team Kratos traveled to Columbus this weekend to compete in the first of several OAC State Championship Qualifier events. Top 4 wrestlers in each weight class earned a spot to compete in the OAC State Championships scheduled for March 21st in Marion, Ohio. Qualifiers for Team Kratos included Ronnie Pietro (60lbs, Div 3), Kyle Minor (75lbs, Div 3), Chris Motter (80lbs, Div 4) and Matt Slater (130lbs, Div 4). Among the Kratos wrestlers, Kyle took top seat by placing second place in his weight class. Chris Motter finished 3rd followed by Ronnie and Matt who both finished in 4th place for their respective weight classes.

The next opportunity for qualifying will be the OAC District event at St. Ignatius on February 22nd.

Announcement: Tournament Training Program for Middle School Wrestlers

Team Kratos is pleased to announce a 6-week program available to Middle School wrestlers who desire to extend their wrestling season. Team Kratos coaches will provide a structured workout with significant focus on how to compete and WIN in big tournament events such as OAC Jr. High State Championships. Practices will consist primarily of high intensity drilling and situational live settings. Practices occur on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6pm - 8pm. Click here to download the application form.

1/17/09: Five Kratos Wrestlers Reach Streetsboro Invitational Championships

Kratos wrestlers traveled to Streetsboro to attend the 2nd Annual Streetsboro Invitational "Meat Grinder" Tournament. This tournament featured 16 team from across northeast Ohio. "This was the first time Team Kratos has entered a team style tournament, so the event was a bit of a coming-out party for the kids." commented

Motter at Streetsboro Inv
Chris Motter elevates his opponent to score a pinfall

Coach Williams. Team Kratos wrestlers responded well and in fact, seemed to have caught many of the opposing teams offguard. Kratos rolled quietly on to qualify 5 of its 15 varsity wrestlers to either the championship or consolation finals matches. "We entered the final round of consolations with the ability to put seven kids into the finals and we were able to execute on nearly all of the opportunities." Although total team score was not available at time of this posting, Team Kratos expected to have finished well in the top half of the tournament teams which more then meets the expectation set before the day had begun. Wrestlers reaching the podium included:

Next year, our goal will be to win a couple of individual championships and perhaps target a top 3 finish from a team perspective, so back to work we go.

1/15/09: Under the Light's, Kratos Style !!

This evening, Kratos wrestlers had the opportunity to wrestle "Under the Lights" before the High School wrestling match against Cuyahoga Falls wrestling program. Team Kratos wrestlers competed in a dual match format against the Mat Cat's from Cuyahoga Falls. The Mat Cats entered the evening with a dual match record of 11-4 which set the stage for an exciting evening of wrestling. Both team fielded a varsity line up consisting of twelve wrestlers. Team Kratos delivered the first blows by winning the first three matches of the evening. Quick pins were conceived by

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Nathan Szoch Attempts to Lock Up Petersen Roll During Dual Match with the Mat Cats from Cuyahoga Falls

Matthew Williams and David Cumberledge. Ronnie Pietro also delivered an exciting win by a margin of 1 point at the 60 lbs weight class. As the event entered into the middle weight bouts, the Mat Cats began to claw back by winning close decisions at the 64lb and 70lbs weight classes. Kratos regained moment by winning the next three matches with victories by Billy Buehle, Chris Motter, Michael Szoch. These wins put a potential victory out of reach by the Mat Cats, a deciding factor since Cuyahoga Falls was able to deliver the final blows of the evening by winning matches at 102, 120 and 130lbs. Team Kratos. The final score was Team Kratos 29 - Mat Cats 21.

A note of appreciation is extended to Cuyahoga Falls Youth Wrestling Team for making the event possible.

1/11/09: Kratos Sends The Cardinals Flying South For the Winter

Today, Kratos wrestlers brought their "A" game to league competition. After a week of fast-paced practices, our wrestlers were ready to pounce like a cat on an unsuspecting flock of Cardinals. The varsity team set the tempo by defeating the Kenmore Cardinals youth program by a decisive score of 26 - 3.

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The Look of Intensity, Wrestlers Mathew Williams and Kenmore Opponent Initiate Action at the 53lb Weight Class

Team Kratos lighter weights opined an overall team win by winning the first three bouts of the match. Matthew Williams pinned his opponent in 1:34. Ronnie Pietro wrestled at 56lbs and defeated a talented wrestler from Kenmore by a score of 7-0 followed by David Cumberledge who continued the momentum by pinning his opponent in 1:33. The second half of our Kratos lineup faired equally well by winning two out of the next three bouts. Nathan Szoch earned a technical fall (12-0) and Chris Motter pinned his opponent at 1:47. All star wrestlers stayed the course by winning well over 70% of the All-Stars matches in which we competed.

Team Kratos improves their record to 5-1 in league competition.

1/4/09: Kratos Wraps up a Busy Holiday Schedule

Team Kratos closed out the holiday period with a weekend of tough wrestling. On Saturday, nineteen of our wrestlers competed within either the Medina Open or the Sandusky tournament and then on Sunday we had our weekly league match.

The Medina Tournament lived up to its billing of being one of the toughest in the state. Several weight classes had over 20 participants, many of whom brought with them significant past accomplishments. On the novice mats, we had three 1st place finishes ( Kyle Minor, Colin Hall, and Joey Hawthorne), one 2nd place (Will Orazen) and one 4th place (Grant Gonya). We also had several other novice wrestlers who won multiple matches and fell just short of finishing on the podium. On the open mats, we had three place winners, Mathew Williams (2nd place), David Cumberledge (4th place) and Chris Motter (4th place). The hardest wrestling bracket of the tournament was probably faced by David Cumberledge. David had a 27 man bracket sheet which required him to get by several ohio top-ranked individuals in order to work his way into a final bout. Dave won four matches in a row which put him in a semi-final bout against a wrestler who placed 3rd in OAC states last year. Dave battled hard but lost this match on points. At several points in the match, David was ahead. After losing his semi-final, e won his next match against a wrestler from Kenmore which put him into the consolation finals where he faced an OAC state champ last year. David wrestled very tough through 3 periods and then was caught on his back during a scramble situation and was unfortunately dispatched.

Elsewhere, Billy Buehle placed 2nd at the Sandusky Husky tournament. He was out of town due to a wedding, yet found some time to compete in a local tournament. Billy took a 2nd place by defeating 3 opponents along the way to the championship match. Good job Billy.

League Dual Match against Team Irish. Team Irish only had four varsity wrestlers available to compete on the Varsity mat this week. Unfortunately, of the four matches, we ended up six team points behind which yielded a loss. The final score was 14 to 8. The loss puts our overall record at 4-1 on the season but some important learning's which we will pass along at Tuesday's practice.

12/28/08: Kratos Improves Record to 4-0 with a 37-12 decision over Barberton

Today, Team Kratos wrestlers improved their dual match record to 4-0 by defeating Barberton 37-12. Our wrestlers got off to a strong start with lightweight wins by Tyler Johnson, (score 11-1), David Cumberledge (12-4), and Ronnie Pietro (Tech Fall at 2:33). Tyler contributed in his first appearance in the varsity lineup with a commanding performance. David and Ronnie both followed suit by solid wins which seemed to energize the rest of the Kratos line-up. Our Middle weights sealed the deal with pins by Mitchell Souchek (0:30secs), Billy Buehle (0:39secs), and Chris Motter (0:55) and a win by Christian Owsley (15-6) and Kyle Minor (6-1). In the heavy weight brackets, a much improved Patrick Butler came out ready to fight as indicated by scoring 9 unanswered points in his first varsity win (9-0). In exhibition matches, Matthew Williams pinned his opponent from Barberton in a time of 0:44 secs. Barberton is notoriously tough at all levels (youth, middle school and high school), so a win by our boys should not be taken lightly and was the result of the whole team contributing to the effort.

12/22/08: Upcoming Big Ten Network Wrestling Coverage

Date Event Airs (ET)
 12/6 Iowa State at Iowa 10:30 p.m. SDD
 12/30 Midlands Classic: Semifinals/Finals 8:00 p.m.
 1/23 Penn State at Indiana 7:00 p.m.
 1/25 Illinois at Iowa 6:00 p.m.
 1/30 Illinois at Purdue 7:00 p.m.
 2/6 Northwestern at Illinois 10:30 p.m. SDD
 2/8 Michigan at Michigan State 8:00 p.m. SDD
 2/13 Ohio State at Michigan 10:30 p.m. SDD
 2/15 Minnesota at Iowa 8:00 p.m. SDD
 2/22 Ohio State at Wisconsin 1:00 p.m.

12/22/08: Kratos Wins Third in a Row

Team Kratos entered into the Holiday season with a growing tide of momentum. In the third week in a row, Kratos wrestlers delivered a victory during dual match competition. On Sunday, December 22nd, our wrestlers paired up against Magadore

Patrick Butler prevents the escape of his North Akron captive.

for Week # 3 of Ohio Youth Wrestling action. Our varsity squad won all eight of the matches in which it completed to finish with a team score 41-0. Magadore delivered a gallant effort but was significantly disadvantaged from the start due to several of their best wrestlers missing from the line-up due to illness and holiday travels. Winning by pin for Team Kratos included Matt Williams (0:40), Ronnie Pietro (0:22), Grant Gasser (1:54), and Matt Slater (1:48). Winning by technical fall were David Cumberledge (2:19), Chris Motter (2:30). Winning by decision were Mitchell Souchek (7-2), and Joey Hawthorne (12-4).

Earlier during weekend competition, eight of our varsity wrestlers competed in open tournaments. Billy Buehle earned a second place finish at the Lakewood Open where he dethroned a OAC state qualifier and a Tournament of Champions place winner to win his 2nd place result. David Cumberledge and Matthew Williams finished third place a the McDowell Open tournament in Erie, PA.

Keep up the good work boys.

12/15/08: Kratos defeats Streetsboro in dual match 31-27

Team Kratos delivered another week of exciting wrestling on its way to capture its second victory of the season. Our wrestlers faced neighboring Streetsboro in competition at Firestone High School this past weekend. On the varsity mat, Team Kratos won eight matches, lost 6 matches and had one match end in a tie. The

Tony the Tiger
Tony "the Tiger" works to his base during week 2 competition

overall team score was 31 - 27 in our favor. Joey Hawthorne led the team by gaining a win by pinfall in a time of 1:35. Joey fought his way back after nearly being pinned in the first period to turn the tide and pin his opponent in the second period. Two wrestlers won by tech fall, Chris Motter and Michael Szoch. Other varsity wrestlers who brought wins across the line included David Cumberledge (4-0), Nick Farrell (6-0), Billy Buehle (3-2), Kyle Minor (6-0), and Nathan Szoch (6-4).

On the All Star matches, our team brought forward an excellent effort and won more then 50% of the matches in which we competed. Although there are probably a lot of exciting stories to tell, one bout highlight that was brought to my attention was a win by first year wrestler, Austin Mullens who was paired up against a 3 year veteran. Austin looked past the experience gap and wrestled hard and brought back a victory improving his record to 2-0 on the All-Star mats.

12/8/08: Kratos snatches a 30-29 decision from last year division champs,

Team Kratos had a great turn-out at yesterday's match bringing over 40 wrestlers to the first league match of the 2008 season. On the varsity mat, Kratos wrestlers took on the last division champs, Butchel Youth. In the first test of 2008, Team Kratos won 7 of the 14 matches however the ability to win a couple of matches by pin-fall allowed Kratos to gain the overall advantage in team score by the narrowest of margins, 30-29.

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Austin Mullens en route to his first victory as a wrestler

Buchtel's brought a seasoned squad of veteran wrestlers, including returning state champion, Jordan Decatur and several other state place winners. It seemed as every match was a battle, which made for a very exciting match. A number of bouts were decided in the waning seconds of the last period which put the fans on the edge of their seats. Leading the way for Team Kratos were pivotal pins by Mitchell Soucek (0:27) , Billy Buehle (1:57), and Matt Slater ( 2:44). Slater pinned an opponent, to whom he was spotting 15 lbs, as regulation time was about to expire thereby securing Team Kratos an overall victory. Achieving wins by decision included Ronnie Pietro (3-2), Nick Farrell (6-4), Nathan Szoch (6-2), and Michael Szoch (8-2). "I was delighted to see how aggressive our wrestlers competed. Even wrestlers who lost their bout put on a never give up attitude. What a great start and one that serves as a solid base from which to build" commented coach Doug Williams.

12/1/08: Kratos Competes Far & Wide During Thanksgiving

Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving holiday and had time to reflect upon the many blessings God provides to all of us. When I sat down this morning at my computer, I had several emails from parents who were kind enough to send in reports from the long weekend. After reading them, I realized just how fortunate we are to have the means and ability to pursue varied interests.

Team Kratos wrestlers were very busy this past week. We had team practices on Tues and Wed last week and then several kids (5 to be exact) attended a 3 day wrestling camp on Friday - Sunday morning in State College, Pennsylvania and then competed in a Thanksgiving Tournament in State College later in the day.

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Tyler Johnson snatches a takedown during a sudden-death overtime match at State College, PA Thanksgiving Tournament
Kratos team members relax poolside in-between camp sessions at the Chertow Wrestling Camp

The wrestling camp was hosted by a former olympian, Ken Chertow and brought together over 100 very intense wrestlers for three days of technique instruction and hard drilling. Others among our team competed in several local area tournaments which included the Twinsburg Tournament and the Luthern West Cowboy Tournament.

All in all, lots of wrestling. and lots of strong results where we placed 10 wrestlers onto the podium.

Results from the weekend are as follows:

State College, PA Thanksgiving Tournament- 4th Place - David Cumberledge

Twinsburg Tournament 1st Place - Chris Motter; 2nd Place - Matt Slater; 3rd Place - Michael Caniglia, Nathan Szoch, Michael Szoch, Mitchell Soucek; 4th Place - Grant Gasser

Luthern West Tournament: 1st Place - Billy Buehle; 2nd Place -Ronnie Pietro

11/26/08: Team Kratos Spirit Gear Catalog Posted

The 2008/9 Spirit Gear Catalog is available for download. Orders need to be placed no later then Thursday, Dec 4th. Bring completed order forms and a check made payable to Team Kratos Wrestling Club to practice.


11/22/08: Jefferson Tune Up

Team Kratos headed to northeast Ohio to participate in the Jefferson tournament on Saturday. Located approximately 20 minutes northeast of Mentor, this tournament drew many out-of-state competitors from New York and Pennslyvania. Team Kratos brought eleven wrestlers to square off against some competition that is not typically seen in the local area. Most of our kids saw at least one out-of-state competitor which was the intended objective for going to this tournament. Seven Kratos wrestlers placed at the tournament.

2nd Place: Kyle Minor, Grant Gasser, Aidan Fultz
3rd Place: David Cumberledge,
4th Place: Matthew Williams, Mitchel Souchek, Matt Slater


11/16/08: Medina Fall Open

Matthew Williams Battles for Inside Control

Team Kratos capped off a week of three strong practices with equally challenging fall tournament at Medina. In what is seems to becoming a magnet for local area top talent, Medina Bees hosted their Fall Challenge on Sunday, November 16th. With six mats in operation, the tournament moved along at a very decent pace. Team Kratos was well represented at this tourament with eleven wrestlers, eight of whom finished on the podium.

Earning placement positions included Matthew Williams - 1st Place (3-0) Chris Motter - 2nd Place (3-1) Tyler Johnson - 3rd Place (2-1) Billy Buehle - 3rd Place (-3-1) Kyle Minor - 3rd Place (3-1) Joey Hawthorne - 3rd Place (1-2) round robin bracket Matt Slater - 4th Place (1-2) Mitchel Souchek - 4th Place (2-2).

11/9/08: CVCA Fall Challenge

Team Kratos was well represented at the 2nd Annual CVCA Fall Challenge on Saturday, November 9th. Eight Kratos wrestlers competed in the round-robin style

Jack McCue Staring Down his Competitor

event which provided each wrestler with ample opportunities to compete. The tournament started promptly at 9am and finished at noon. The majority of the competitors were from local area clubs to include North Akron, Stow, Ohio Lightning, Cuyahoga Falls, and Madison. Five of our eight wrestlers finished on the podium for their respective weight classes. Matt Williams earned a first place finish by pinning his way through three consecutive bouts. David Cumberledge (3-1), Ronnie Pietro (3-1), Kyle Minor (3-1), and Joey Hawthorne (1-1) all earned 2nd place finishes. A special note of congratulations to David Cumberledge who handily defeated a wrestler whom had beat him twice in competition last year. David is one of several wrestlers who has joined our club from outlying communities this year. Keep up the good work boys.


11/2/08: Thanksgiving Tournament Annoucement

This year, for our advanced wrestlers, I wanted to provide a few opportunities to wrestle out of state. One upcoming event that looks attractive is over Thanksgiving weekend. There is a Pennsylvania Top 100 tournament held in State College on Sunday, 11/30.

This event is in its 20th year and is a Ohio Tournament of Champions qualifer. As a run up to Sunday's tournament, Ken Chertow Camps, which is also based in State College, conducts a mini weekend camp on Friday and Saturday. I've posted links to these event on our Upcoming Tournaments webpage.

If you think you might have an interest, let me know. We could possibly car-pool and share hotel rooms. The agenda for the weekend would look something like this:

Friday 11/28
Leave Hudson
Arrive State College, PA
In-Process Ken Chertow Camp
7pm - 9pm
Camp Session # 1
Saturday 11/29
Camp Session # 2
2pm - 5pm
Camp Session # 3
Tournament Weigh-ins
Sunday 11/30
Camp Session #4 (Warmups)
10am - 6pm
State College Tournament
Leave for Hudson


10/29/08: Parents Meeting

On Monday, 10/27, Kratos Wrestling Club held its Parents Meeting. If you were unable to attend, you can download the presentation here. We encourage all Kratos parents to review this overview.

10/25/08: Green Round Robin Pre-Season Tournament

Eight Kratos Wrestlers competed this past weekend in Uniontown, Ohio this past Saturday. In a 6-man round-robin tournament format, Kratos wrestlers demonstrated that hard work during the off season pays off. Kratos finished with seven medalists. Earning 2nd place included Ronnie Pietro, Kyle Minor, Mitchell Soucek, and Tyler Johnson. Finishing in 3rd place were Matt Slater, Matt Williams, and David Cumberledge. Congratulations boys.

Kyle Minor with Cradle Ronnie Pietro with Go-Behind
Kyle Minor Cradles Opponent to Back
Ronnie Pietro Spins Behind for 2



10/24/08: Introductory Program Team Picture

2008 Intro Program Team Picture

2008 Introductory Program Team Picture


10/20/08: Boardman Preseason Tournament

Two Kratos wrestlers, Matthew Williams and Ronnie Pietro, visited the Boardman Preseason Tournament on October 19th. The Boardman tournament, located near Youngstown, drew a sizeable field of around 400+ participants from across Pennslyvania and Ohio. Matthew Williams, who turns 7 in December competed in the 5/6 age group as well as the 7/8 age group. Matthew pinned his way through through the 5/6 age group for a 1st place finish and posted a 2-2 record in the 7/8 age group with both losses on points earning a 4th place in the field of nine. Ronnie Pietro who has moved up an age group from last year into the 9/10 age division, went 1-2 on the day. In his 12 man bracket, he lost his first match 4-2 then came back to win his second match by pin before losing his final match, 5-2 to a 2008 state qualifier. Keep the tournament in mind next year if you want to get a jump start on the season.


10/11/08: Twenty Participants Enrolled in Introduction Program

Kratos Wrestling kicked off the 2008 season with its three week "Introduction to Wrestling" program on October 7th. Over twenty registrants ranging between the age of 5 to 12 turned out to give the sport a try. During the program, wrestlers will learn basic techniques such as wrestling stance, double leg takedowns, spiral ride, cradles, half nelsons and standups. Practices occur from 6-7:30pm on Tuesday and Thursdays.

Intro Program

Stance and Movement Drills


10/3/08: Kratos Wrestling Set to Begin on Oct 7th

On Tuesday, October 7th, Kratos Wrestling will start its 2008/9 season with a three week, "Introduction to Wrestling" program. This program provides an opportunity for wrestlers to learn a basic techniques. We also welcome more advanced wrestlers who are eager to get a jump on the upcoming season. Sign-up through HCER.

Prize Fights

Youth Battle During Prize Fights


8/29/08: Sponsorship Announcement: Sagamore Companies

Team Kratos Wrestling club is pleased to announce its sponsorship by Sagamore Companies. Sagamore Companies is located in Hudson, across from Little Tikes. Their products consist of soils, mulches, limestone, gravel, compost, pavers and many other landscape products. Sagamore Soils has a branch office in Bainbridge and can deliver their products to contractors and home owners across Northeast Ohio. Click on their logo to visit their website.

8/22/08: Sponsorship Announcement: Roberts Construction

Team Kratos Wrestling club is pleased to announce its sponsorship by Roberts Construction. Roberts Construction is a national award winning company who specializes in room addition and whole house renovations. Roberts Construction is a member of Tri-County NARI and the Better Business Bureau. Click on their logo to visit their website. (editors note: I used Roberts Construction to finish my basement to include a TV room, bathroom, wet bar, and yes...a wrestling room.. Feel free to stop over if you want to see their finished product, however make sure to bring your wrestling shoes.)

8/22/08: Sponsorship Announcement: A&B Roofing

Team Kratos Wrestling Club is pleased to announce its sponsorship by A&B Roofing. A&B Roofing specializes in residential roofing, siding and windows. This 28 year old, local area, family owned and operated company is a member of Angies List BBB. Click on the logo to visit their website. (editors note: I had a roof leak on my house that required no less than three different roofing companies to come out and try to fix. When i contracted A&B, it finally got fixed right and have stayed dry ever since. No kidding and i'm not getting a personal kickback for providing that testament!!!!)

8/19/08: Sponsorship Announcement: Wear and Gear

Effective immediately, the internet supplier of wrestling equipment (shoes, singlets, headgear, wrestling videos, etc) has agreed to be a Team Kratos sponsor. Wear and Gear will donate 15% of all sales which are generated when you purchase by clicking through the website logo embedded on the Hudson Youth Wrestling website. Our youth program desires to use this funding to partially underwrite the cost of summer camps in 2009 for its program participants. Please help support this funding mechanism by purchasing your 2008/9 season wrestling equipment needs through our new sponsor.

8/10/08: Commercial Sponsors Sought for 2008/9

Team Kratos Wrestling Club seeks commercial sponsors for the 2008/9 fiscal year. Several sponsorship levels are available and are described in the attached Microsoft Powerpoint document. Funding from commercial sponsorships are primarily used to offset operations costs such as marketing and advertising. Unused funds will be earmarked for use as scholarships to 2009 wrestling camps. Team Kratos is a non-profit organization. Interested sponsors should contact Doug Williams at 330-653-3659 or email at

7/20/08: 2008/9 Season Preview

HCER will soon release its 2008/9 Fall Programs Booklet. Within the booklet, you will find three programs associated with the Team Kratos Wrestling Club.

Preliminary schedule has been posted under Practice Info/Schedule webpage