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2010/11 Archived News

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3/27/11: First Flight in Dayton - Two Wrestlers Earn State Champion Status

Six Kratos Wrestlers extended their season to compete this weekend at the OURWAY State Championships. Kratos wrestlers paid tribute to the birthplace of aviation by taking flight in the form that all six of our wrestlers placed t the tournament and we recorded our first ever OURWAY State Champions.

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Kratos Wrestler and State Champion, David Cumberlege, portrayed on the JumboTron at Nutter Center during Award Ceremony

3/21/11: Kratos Wrestlers Relight the Blast Furnaces in Youngstown

Kratos Wrestling descended upon Ohio's former steeltown (Youngstown, Ohio) where they relit the blast furnaces of yesteryear and forged out five placewinners at the OAC state wrestling championships. This set a new record for Kratos Wrestling. Congratulations to:

The wrestling competition lived up to its billing which made for exciting action in most every match. Many matches were decided by the slimmest of margins and in the finals seconds of the match which added excitement to an already electric atmosphere. Across the board, our boys demonstrated time and time again that they were among the best wrestlers in the state. With 32 kids in each bracket, most of our kids had to grind out between 6-8 matches across the two-day period in order to place and fulfill their season objectives.


2011 OAC Placewinners (From Left) : Dietrich Boysel (4th Place), Kyle Minor (4th Place), David Cumberledge (3rd Place), Ronnie Pietro (7th Place), Mason Coleman (4th Place)


OAC LogoAnnouncement: Train for OAC Grade School & Jr. High School State Championships

Team 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 Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 8pm through March 17th.

Most nights, we range between 30 to 50 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 Road, Hudson, Ohio, 44236. For more information, call Doug Williams @ 330-245-6050

3/6/11: Four Kratos Wrestlers Advance Through Ourway Regionals

New this season, Kratos wrestling decided to give Ourway championships a run. Kratos wrestling took 5 wrestlers to the Ourway Regionals held at Wadsworth of whom four advanced to the Ourway State Championships by placing in the top four of their age group. Advancing to Ourway State Championships include Matt Williams (1st place), Anthony Perez (2nd place), Mason Coleman (2nd place), and Kyle Minor (2nd place). "While we didn't bring a full team, the ability to advance 80% of our guys was pretty exciting," commented coach Doug Williams. Ourway competition has the added benefit of providing an opportunity for those who place either 1st or 2nd to qualify for the N.E. Ohio All Star team which competes in the Ohio Duals Championships in April.

Kratos wrestler Kyle Minor engaged in a tangle-up with Wadsworth's Riley Smucker

2/20/11: Twelve Wrestlers Now Qualified for OAC State Championships

During the past two weekends, nine additional Kratos wrestlers have been able to secure spots at the OAC State Championships through qualifying events at Stubenville, Troy Christian, St. Ignatius & Uniontown.

State Qualifiers
Team Kratos State Qualifiers: 1st row (LtoR): Jose Perez, Matt Williams, Ronnie Pietro, Dietrich Boysel, Brock Bivens, Ben Basta, 2nd row (LtoR): David Cumberledge, Austin Mullen, Mitchell Soucek, Mason Coleman, Nathan Szoch, Standing (LtoR): Kyle Minor, Hunter Coppock
Singlet Award Procession Singlet Presentation
Recognition ceremony for 2011 Kratos State Qualitiers Presentation of the 2011 State Qualifier Singlets

2/16/11: Two Kratos Wrestlers Earn Podium Spots at OYWA League Championships

Congratulations to our OYWA Placewinners, Dietrich Boysel (5th place) and Kyle Minor (6th place) this past weekend. Kratos Wrestling took 4 wrestlers to the league championships at Akron Firestone. In order to qualify for the league championships, our wrestlers had to place in the top 4 of their respective Sectional and District qualifiers. Last year, Kratos Wrestling took three individuals to the League Championships, thus improving upon our previous tally. Dietrich reached the semi-finals round before being knocked out of championship contention. Dietrich defeated Joey Hirch in consolation brackets to finish in 5th place of a field reaching 128 wrestlers.

OYWA Placewinners
2011 OYWA Placewinners Dietrich Boysel (60#)and Kyle Minor (82#)

1/23/11: Taking the Bite Out of the Bulldogs, Kratos 21 - Green 9

During the final week of OYWA Competition, Kratos Wrestling improved their season record to 14-1 with a win over the Green Bulldogs. While both Green and Kratos had partial squads in attendance, the action proved exciting. Pins by Matt Williams, Mason Coleman and Nathan Szoch, along with a decision victory by Alex Baratko put enough points on the board to keep the Bulldogs at bay.

1/22/11: First Crop of OAC State Qualifiers

Chomping at the bit to get back to States, three Kratos wrestlers made a trip to Worthington, Ohio for the first OAC Districts qualifier of the year. The trip proved worthwhile for everyone with Mason Coleman placing 1st in his age group, then quickly followed by 2nd place finishes from Kyle Minor and Nathan Szoch.

Pietro at Duals
64# Ronnie Pietro Works a Spladle

1/15/11: Kratos Wrestlers Rip Through Wadworth Duals

Kratos wrestlers looked fierce today as they ripped through opponents at the Wadsworth Duals. Kratos paired up against teams from Medina, Westshore, Perry, Lancaster and Brecksville in a pool of 5 teams for head to head dual match competition. "Today our kids definitely brought their A game," commented coach Doug Williams. "Our lighter weights got the train rolling. Once the train had left the station, the middle weights quickly accelerated and put the matches out of reach of our opponents." Kratos was undefeated throughout the event. Wrestlers going 5-0 included Dietrich Boysel, Ronnie Pietro, Mason Coleman.

Zach Pins Mentor
6th Grader, Nathan Szoch declaws a Tiger from Cuyahoga Falls

1/2/11: Kratos Wrestlers Suffer First Loss of Season Against Wadsworth Red

Ouch. Kratos took a hit to chin today but will be back to fight another day. In OYWA competition, Wadsworth showed why they are the team to beat this year at OYWA. While the score was lopsided, a number of matches were decided by a few points so keeping upbeat that come OYWA Sectionals, we'll be in the hunt for top podium spots. Wadsworth 52 - Kratos 3

12/30/10: A Nice Exit to 2010, Team Record Improves to 7-0

During the month of December, Kratos wrestlers have been training hard to refine technique and build a solid base of conditioning to carry into 2011. Our team posted nice results with strong wins over North Akron (Silver), Springfield and Field in OYWA action to improve our team record to 7-0. Especially exciting is to see the excellent turnout over the holidays to our optional practices. The boys are on the right trajectory to put them onto the podium at key tournaments come February & March.

Perez Staredown
Kratos Wrestler, Anthony Perez Stares Down and Opponent

12/6/10: Kratos Wrestling Gets Out of the Gate With Strong Weekend Finishes

Kratos Wrestlers entered its first week of 2010/11 dual match competition with a solid 4-0 start. Kratos wrestlers competed on Saturday at the Shaker Heights Quad Match against programs from Cuyahoga Falls, Kenston and host Shaker Heights. On Sunday the team wrestled against Akron Gladiators in OYWA competion. Training since early October, the boys looked forward to its first dual matches of the season. Kratos. Team scores were as follows:

11/21/10: Clash of the Titans Provides Early Glimpse of Top Guns Across the State

Congratulations to all the teams and a sincere thank you to the volunteers who made the 2nd Annual Clash of the Titans tournament a dominating success. The action packed event lived up to expectation by bringing top gun teams together to test their mettle against one another in early season battle. This year's moniker "Where the Toughest Compete" gave an early glimpse to those who will likely stand atop the podium at the the State Championships. With full 16 man brackets in nearly each weight class, those who were able to reach the elite status of a Clash Placewinner earned this right through grit and determination. Team standing concluded with Wadsworth, Parkersburg Cougars and host Kratos Wrestling in the top three spots respectively.

Clash of the Titans
Kratos wrestler Dietrich Boysel executes a quick action sitout in rout to win his semi final bout in exciting overtime. Dietrich went on to win 1st place at the 60lb weight class.

11/15/10: Hanging Around at Medina Fall Open

Kratos Wrestling descended upon the Medina Fall Open this past Sunday in force. Three wrestlers finished on the podium including Kyle Minor (1st Place), Dawson Wervey (1st Place), Matt Williams (2nd Place), and Nathan Szoch (3rd Place). A total of 14 wrestlers made the trip.

Earlier during the weekend, two boys traveled to Ft LeBouf PA to introduce our neighboring state to wrestling Kratos style. Matt Williams placed 1st in both the 8/9 age group and 9/10 age. Mason Coleman took a 2nd place.

Hanging Out
Dawson & Gavin Wervey Hanging Around Between Bouts. Dawson took a 1st place at the Tournament.

11/15/10: 2nd Annual Clash of the Titans Lineup is Finalized

Kratos Wrestling is pleased to announce its lineup for the 2nd Annual Clash of the Titans Invitational Youth Wrestling Tournament to be held on Sunday, Nov 21st. . A banner roster of perennial powerhouse have been assembled to offer uprising stars in the sport an opportunity to compete with the best. This year's Clash contains nearly 300 wrestlers to include:

Teams Enrolled in this Year's Clash of the Titans event are:

11/1/10: Kratos Winter Session Ramps Up

The 2010/11 winter season is now underway. Kratos Wrestling began practice today with over 45 wrestlers in attendance. Returning varsity wrestlers include returning OAC state qualifiers Matt Williams, Ronnie Pietro, Mason Coleman, Aidan Fultz, Tyler Johnson, Mitchell Soucek, Nathan Szoch, Kyle Minor and Joey Hawthorne. Kratos Wrestling also welcomes new to its ranks several time OAC state placer Dietrich Boysel. Practices are held on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings at Hudson High School.

10/16/10: Winter Training Begins November 1st

The 2010/11 winter season is just around the corner. Kratos Wrestling winter training session begins on Monday, November 1st. Team Kratos offers two programs: a novice program for 1st year wrestlers, and an advanced program geared for kids who desire to train for varsity and national events. Practices occur Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6-8:00pm. (Participants of the Novice program are only required to attend 2 nights per week and may self select which evenings to attend.)

Sign up through Hudson Community Recreation @ 330-653-1210 or register at the door.

9/29/10: License to Wrestle

Recently spotted on the road :-)

License to Wrestle

9/15/10: Preseason Training Begins October 5th

Back by popular demand, Team Kratos begins preseason training on Tuesday, Oct 5th. Practices are on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6-7:30pm at Hudson High School. Team Kratos offers two programs: an Introduction to wrestling which caters to novice 1st year wrestlers, and a Preseason training program for more advanced wrestlers. Sign up through Hudson Community Recreation or register at the door.

9/7/10: Team Kratos Launches a National Team & Event Schedule

New for the 2010/11 season, Team Kratos will assemble a national team and travel to several marquee events. "Our intent is to increase our exposure to different styles of wrestling and higher level of competition," commented Coach Doug Williams.Roadmap

A sampling of the events in which the team will attend is as follows:

Wrestlers interested in joining Team Kratos' National Team should contact Doug Williams @ 330-245-6050 for additional information.

9/3/10: Clash of the Titans Tournament Set For Sunday, November 21st

Team Kratos is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual, “Clash of the Titans” Grade School Invitational Team Tournament. On Sunday November 21st, 2010. Team Kratos will bring together sixteen of the toughest youth wrestling teams from across Ohio and neighboring states to provide an opportunity for young wrestlers to battle against the best wrestlers in the country

This tournament will quickly fill. Teams interested in participating should contact Doug Williams at 330-245-6050. See Clash of the Titans website for more information.

8/22/10: Strong Finish to Kratos Summer Training Program

Congratulations to all the participants who finished this year's summer training program with Team Kratos. Kratos wrestling wrapped up its inaugural summer training program this past weekend with a solid turnout of nearly 20 wrestlers. As a special surprise, Kratos wrestling passed out free t-shirts to all the kids who consistently put forth the little extra effort by attending our summer training program. If you happen to see one of the Kratos wrestlers, make sure to ask them what separates the ordinary from the EXTRAordinary. On that closing thought, Kratos staff wishes everyone the best as you head back to school.

7/22/10: Mid-Summer Update

This summer, a strong contingency of Kratos wrestlers have dedicated themselves to improvement. A total of 19 wrestlers have now attended one or more summer camps and nearly the entire varsity squad from last season finds time to attend open mats. Recently ten of our kids traveled to State College, PA to attend a 5 day camp with Ken Chertow. Wrestlers making the trip included Gavin & Dawson Wervey, Mason and Michael Coleman, Matt Williams, Kyle Minor, Joey Hawthorne, Austin Mullens, Ronnie Pietro and Matt Slater. For some of these kids, this was the second camp of the summer. Other members of Kratos wrestling have journied to Jeff Jordan's State Champ Camp in Urbana, Ohio. These wrestlers include Ronnie Pietro, Mitchell Souchek, and Zach Wiseman.

As we begin to turn a focus toward August, our wrestlers are encouraged to find some time to make it to summer mats which are held on Sunday's through the end of August.

For those of you entered in Hudson Hawks Football, we wish you the best in your upcoming season.

6/30/10: Kratos Camp Report

Congratulations to the 8 boys who just completed the 5 day wrestling camp in Wilmington, Ohio. Kratos wrestlers included Stevie Greer, Matt Williams, Mason Coleman, Kyle Minor, Nathan Szoch, Austin Mullens, Joey Hawthorne, and Matt Slater. The camp was very well run and had a coach to wrestler ratio of around 1:4 on the youth mats. As typical with the Chertow camps, our wresters had the chance to receive instruction from some of the best in the nation. Guest instructors included: Nate Carr (2x NCAA Champ and Olympic Silver Medallist), Mike Mena (4x NCAA Champ), Scott Hinkel (head coach Purdue University), and of course Ken Chertow (2x NCAA All-American and Olympic Qualifier).

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Kratos wrestlers relax in between sessions and watch a bit of World Cup competition.
Kratos wrestlers pose with Camp Director, Ken Chertow
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Mathew Williams shows Fireman Carry technique
Nathan Szoch practices a foot sweep

6/19/10: Summer Training Continues

Summer training with Team Kratos continues to draw good attendance. With a mix of guest instructors from local high school and colleges, between 30 to 50 wrestlers are taking advantage of the structured workout session to get a jump on their competition. Wrestlers of all ages are invited to attend, free of charge, on Sunday evenings.

5/30/10: Kratos Wrestling Kicks off Summer Training with Adam Lange, Asst Coach at Mount Union

Today, over 20 wrestlers participated in Kratos Wrestling first Summer Training event. Kratos Wrestling was pleased to have Adam Lange, current assistant wrestling coach at Mount Union College, provide instruction to program participants.

Summer Training
Guest Instructor, Adam Lange, provides group instruction to participants of the Kratos Summer Wrestling Program.

5/23/10: Summer Training With Kratos Wrestling

Kratos Wrestling is pleased to announce its summer training schedule. On Sunday evenings starting May 30th, Kratos Wrestling will host an instructor led training session from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at Hudson High School. Kratos has a lineup of guest instructors from local area colleges and high schools who will teach technique. Summer training with Kratos is open for all wrestlers regardless of community.

Kratos Wrestling welcomes you to give one of the practices a try.

Date Time Guest Instructor
30 May 6pm-7:30pm Adam Lange - Current Asst Coach @ Mount Union
6 Jun 6pm-7:30pm Josh Moore - Current Asst Coach @ Kent State - 2 time All America at Penn State
13 Jun 6pm-7:30pm Sayre Wuhr -Current Asst Coach @ Beachwood HS. Former Top 10 Ranked NCAA Div 3 Wrestler
20 Jun 6pm-7:30pm Richard Escheldinger - Current Head Wrestling Coach, Western Reserve Academy
27 Jun 6pm-7:30pm Kratos Staff
11 Jul 6pm-7:30pm Kratos Staff
18 Jul 6pm-7:30pm Kratos Staff
25 Jul 6pm-7:30pm Kratos Staff
1 Aug 6pm-7:30pm Kratos Staff
8 Aug
6pm-7:30pm Kratos Staff
15 Aug 6pm-7:30pm Kratos Staff
22 Aug 6pm-7:30pm Kratos Staff

5/8/10: Kyle Minor Wins Race for Life 5K age group

Kratos Wrestler, Kyle Minor was recently seen out and about, but certainly not in a passive state. Kyle Minor completed the Race For Life 4 Miler in a time of 28:48 which averages around a 7:12 per mile. Pretty darn quick for a 11 year old.

Run for Life
This kids doesn't know how to stop. Kyle Minor at the Race For Life.

4/15/10: Kratos Wrestling Summer Camp Scholarships !!!!Scholarships

Exciting news, especially for those who oweth to the tax man !!! Kratos Wrestling Club Board of Directors has approved an $80 scholarship to each member of our winter program who registers for one of the target summer camps.

The scholarships will be distributed once the completed camp registration packet is received by Kratos coaches. Registration packets are available online at


4/01/10: Kratos Summer Camp Schedule

Team Kratos wrestlers are invited to attend any/all of the target camps which our coaching staff will attend. Our target camps for the summer of 2010 are:

Ken Chertow Wrestling Camps are one of the best run in the nation. The camps bring together a distinguished set of collegiate coaches and wrestlers to provide small group instruction.

Kratos wrestlers interested in registering, please contact Doug Williams for additional information at 330-245-6050.