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2011/12 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.


3/19/12: No Let Down for Kratos Wrestling At the 2012 OURWAY State Championships

In back-to-back weekends, Kratos wrestlers came out ready to wrestle with plenty of fight. This weekend, OURWAY hosted the 2012 State Championships, a sister organization to OAC which holds a State Championship the week after OAC's event. Kratos Wrestling sent three wrestlers to compete at this event. All three wrestlers placed on the podium.OURWAY STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

Kratos wrestler, Matt Williams, fought back after a disappointing OAC showing by placing 2nd at the OURWAY state champions. In route to his 2nd place finish, Matt defeated Elijah Park (from Team Miron) whom had knocked him out of the consolation quarterfinals at OAC the week prior. Matt, a 2011 OURWAY State Champ, came close to winning his second title, but lost in the finals match by a score of 2-0 against Stone Barden from Fairfield.

Isaiah Perez earned a 6th place finish at OURWAY which secured him a place in the Kratos record books as only 1 of 2 wrestlers from our team who have placed in back-to-back weekend state tournaments.

Lastly, Anthony Perez brought plenty of fight to this weekends competition which yielded an 8th place finish in Division 2.

Isaiah Perez
Division 1 wrestler, Isaiah Perez works the half nelson during OURWAY competition.

3/19/12: Exciting Results From OAC State Championships

Covelli CenterWithout exception, the OAC State Championship lived up to its billing with plenty of exciting action during the two day event. Kratos wrestlers were in the thick of it with twelve wrestlers in action. All of the Kratos boys put forth an extra-ordinary effort which culminated with 4 wrestlers reaching the podium during finals night and several others going very deep in the tournament before eventual elimination.

Congratulations to:

Ronnie Pietro fought his way into the semi-finals match by winning his first match by tech fall, then a close match (3-2) against a kid from BTW, and then followed up with a win in the quarter files by a score of 5-1. In the semi's, Ronnie had to face Jashon Hubbbard (from team NextLevel) whom he had faced the week prior at the Jr High State Championships. Ronnie fought hard, kept the score close, but size difference, not skill or heart, created a gap difficult to close. Ronnie dropped into the consi brackets where he won the next two matches, including a win over Nick Gionivnozo from N.Akron to capture 3rd place.

Dietrich Boysel earned 3rd place the hard way. Dietrich BoyselDee won his first match but then lost in the second round to a talented wrestlers from Westshore, Matt Kazmir in a close battle 3-4. Dee is accustomed to the fight back through the consolation brackets having done so in 2011 OAC state championship. Dee ripped off a string of SIX consecutive wins including a rematch in the consi-semis against none other then Matt Kazmir where this time Dee won 4-2. In the consi-finals, Dee faced one of his former teammates from the days back when he wrestled with Circleville. Dietrich won that match 4-2 to cap of his grade school career with a 3rd place finish at OAC.

First year wrestler, Isaiah Perez, was one of two favorable surprises at OAC for Team Kratos. Isaiah finished with a 5th place medal hanging around his neck. "Isaiah has really taken quickly to this sport and is a takedown machine," commented coach Doug Williams. Isaiah will be back in Division 1 next season and we look forward to watching him continue his progression."

The other favorable surprise came with Division 1 wrestler, Brennan Williams who finished in 5th place. Brennan not only had to square off against strong competition during the competition in order to medal, but also had to overcome a bout of stomach illness which demonstrated the heart and will of this young wrestler.

In summary, all of the Kratos Wrestlers wrestled well with most everyone winning 2 or more matches during the event. It was certainly evident to the Kratos spectators that our boys left everything they had on the mat. With two of the four placers returning next year, Kratos fans should have a lot to which to look forward next season.

2/27/12: Twelve Kratos Wrestlers Qualify for the OAC State Championships

With the Midpark Districts now notched in the history books, Kratos Wrestling is excited to announce that twelve of its team members have qualified for the OAC State Championships to be held on March 17th/18th in Youngstown, Ohio.

Representing Kratos Wrestling are the following gladiators:

Division 1Kratos Coach

Division 2

Divison 3

Division 4

2/14/12: Kratos Finishes with Two Runner-ups at OYWA League Championships

This past weekend was special for Kratos Wrestling fans. We had our highest finish ever at the OYWA League Championships by placing two Runner-up's in the event. The OYWA consists of over 140 youth wrestling programs across a region that spans most of northeast Ohio. Kratos had four wrestlers quality and compete in the event.

Congratulations to 67lbr Dietrich Boysel and 73 lbr Ronnie Pietro on finishing their OYWA careers as Runner-up's at the OYWA State Championship.

Both Dietrich & Ronnie powered their way into the final rounds where Dietrich faced Butchel's Jordan Decatur, and Ronnie met Wadsworth's Michael North. Dietrich and Ronnie made their way into the final's round with heart-pounding overtime wins in their semi-finals matches.

"Ronnie and Dietrich are beginning to peak at just the right time," commented coach Doug Williams. "Their hard work and dedication to the sport during the past year has build a solid foundation for them to have an exciting run in the upcoming OAC State Championships. "

2/6/12: Four Kratos Wrestler Continue On To The League Championships

Kratos Wrestling took 10 kids to the Highland Districts this past week and finished with four on the podium. Congratulations to:

Three other Kratos wrestlers went very deep into the District competition before final elimination. Focus now turns to preparing for the League Championships next weekend.

1/28/12: Ten Wrestlers Advance to OYWA Highland Districts

Today, ten of our thirteen varsity squad members finished in the top 4 of the Sectionals competition and thus advance into the Highland Districts to be held next week. "Our team has shown a lot of improvement throughout the year and exceeded my expectations as to how many kids I'd thought would advance." commented coach Doug Williams. "Our sectionals are notoriously one of the toughest within OYWA. We entered the 9 team competition with 7 seated wrestlers of which all advanced. In addition, we had three wrestlers who were able to beat seated kids and also also earn a trip to districts." Kratos Place winners included 1st Place: Dietrich Boysel, Michael Caniglia, 2nd Place: Ronnie Pietro, Ben Basta, 3rd Place: Aidan Fultz, Kevin Callahan, Dawson Wervey, Nolan Hogue, 4th Place: Matt Williams and Gavin Wervey.

Highland District competition will be held on February 5, 2012 at Medina Highland High School.

Dawson Wervey in Action
Kratos wrestler, Dawson Wervey caught handfighting in an early bout at the Springfield Sectional. Dawson finished 3rd at the 86lb weight class and advanced to Districts

1/16/12: Kratos Wrestling Hangs Tough at Shaker Duals

Our varsity team competed in the Shaker Heights Duals Tournament where the squad finished 2-2 with several team members not in the lineup but our replacements delivered big. Standout wrestlers included Derrick Berdysz and Matt Stauffer whom both were 4-0 on the day, and McKinsey Tayerlee who wrestled tough at the 70 lb wt class and was 2-2. Final team scores were

Earlier in the month, Kratos defeated Portage Lakes and Green in OYWA dual match competition, bringing but season dual match record to 13-5.

12/31/11: Exiting 2011 With 9-3 Dual Match Record

Kratos Wrestlers closed out 2011 on a high notes with two solid dual match wins in OYWA action. During this past week, Team Kratos defeated Akron Gladiators (Gold) and Field in head to head action. Contributing to the victory over Field included Ben Basta, Dietrich Boysel, Matt Williams, Aidan Fultz, Austin Rohrer, Mason Coleman, Nolan Hogue, Michael Caniglia and Kevin Callahan.

12/22/11: Kratos Holiday Practice Schedule

If you are "in town" during any period of the Christmas break, your welcome to join Kratos wrestlers during any of the following practice events.

All practices are located at Hudson High School.

12/18/11: Strong Showing at Wadsworth Duals

On December 17th, Kratos Wrestlers squared off against 5 opponents in head to head dual match action at the Wadsworth Duals. Kratos kicked things off with a string of three team wins against Lancaster, Medina, and Wadsworth White; however the win streak came to an end during the final two matches of the day. Kratos wrestlers showed a lot of grit and determination as they battled with Team Mixer (Cinci area club), and Westshore (feeder program to St. Eds). Wrestlers Ronnie Pietro and Dietrich Boysel completed the day with unblemished records of 5-0.

Dereck Working Crossface Cradle
Derek Berdysz works for a cross face cradle during dual match action

12/03/11: Kratos Goes 3-0 at Shaker Preseason Duals

In weekend competition, Kratos wrestlers kicked things off with a solid 3-0 start in dual matches.

Kratos 60 - Shaker Hts 21
Kratos 114 - Kenston 10
Kratos 56 - TNT 19

Arm Bar Heaven
Aidan Fultz traps an arm bar en route to turning his opponent.

11/27/11: Wrestlers Return from State College

Five Kratos wrestlers attended a two day camp and Pennsylvania top 100 tournament during the Thanksgiving Weekend. David Cumberledge and MacKensie Taylerlee placed at the State College Thanksgiving Open with 1st and 4th medals respectively. Between training sessions, the team soaked in the various sights and entertainment around campus.

Upside Down
Kratos Wrestler Matt Williams hangs upside down while working a cross wrist roll during competition in State College.

11/20/11: Kratos Congratulates 3rd Annual Clash of the Titans Champions

Congratulations to the 285 wrestlers who competed in this year's "Clash of the Titans" Invitational Wrestling Tournament. The goal of this tournament was to assemble some of the top-gun teams from across the state and beyond to provide an excellent mix of seasoned wrestlers and provide a benchmark of the competition they will face at the State Championships later in the season. This year, the tournament lived up to its billing. Across the pool of 285 wrestlers included 3 national champs, 19 individual state champions, and 78 previous state championship place winners from Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Ohio. Participating teams included

Clash Flyer


Congratulations to all the wrestlers who battled throughout the day. Results have been posted to the Clash of the Titans webpage.

Team Kratos had 2 individual champions and 4 placers. Dietrich Boysel (1st Place - 67 lbs, Mason Coleman (1st place-82 lbs), Ronnie Pietro (2nd Place - 70 lbs), and Matt Williams (5th place - 73 lbs).

10/29/11: Winter Programs Start Nov 3rd (Change from Previous Announcements)

Team Kratos will begin its winter programs on Thursday, Nov 3rd. This is a change from previous announcements. First practice for all participants will be held at Hudson High School wrestling room starting at 6pm.

10/27/11: Preseason & Intro Session 1 Wrap-up

A special thanks goes out to the 40+ participants of the Preseason and Intro Session 1 participants. This past week, Team Kratos concluded its Preseason and Intro Session 1 which was held on Tues and Thursday evenings during the month of October. Each year this program has grown in level of participation. This year we had participants from over 8 different communities across northeast Ohio.

Preseason Work Preseason Work
Introduction to Wrestling participants receive personalized instruction from coaches and High School varsity wrestlers (Zach Lewis shown in picture).

9/25/11: 2011 Clash of the Titans Set for Nov 20th

Team Kratos is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual, “Clash of the Titans” Grade School Invitational Team Tournament. On Sunday November 20th, 2011. 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. For more information, visit our Clash of the Titans Website.

9/20/11: Chertow Wrestling Fall Camps in Ohio

Chertow CampsChertow Wrestling will offer several weekend camps this year in Ohio. Discounts are available to wrestlers who attended one of his summer camps.

Visit his website @ for more information.

9/1/11: Registration for Winter Programs is now Underway

Sign ups are now underway for Team Kratos Preseason and Winter Programs. Similar to last year, Team Kratos will host several programs to cater to both Novice and Advanced wrestlers.

Visit our Registration Page for additional details

8/6/11: Pictures From 2010/11 Season Posted to Facebook

Over 100+ pics from the 2010/11 season have been posted to the Kratos Wrestling Club Facebook website. Take a look.

7/30/11: Three Wrestlers Compete at Ohio State Fair Wrestling Tournament

Not missing a beat, three Kratos wrestlers headed south to compete in the Ohio State Fair Wrestling Tournament. Wrestlers Ben Basta, Ronnie Pietro, and Matt Williams decided to enter the mid-summer competition after having just returned from training out-of-state at the Chertow Wrestling Camp in State College, PA. All three wrestlers placed at the Ohio State Fair event. Ronnie and Matt both notched second place finishes, while Ben took a 5th.

Pietro's Duckunder
Kratos Wrestler, Ronnie Pietro hits a lightning fast duck under to score 2 points against Michigan's Chaise Mayer while at the Ohio State Fair Tournament.
Fear Zone
Kratos wrestler's Ronnie Pietro and Matt Williams test their courage at the Ohio State Fair

7/25/11: Beating the Heat at State College, PA.

Eight Kratos wrestlers attended the Chertow Summer camp in State College for five days of intense training with Olympic hopefuls and NCAA All-Americans. Kratos Wrestlers included Matt Slater, Austin Mullen, Joey Hawthorne, Ronnie Pietro, Mason Coleman, David Cumberledge, Matt Williams, Ben Basta and Bendan Williams. Each day consisted of approximately 6 hours of wrestling. Guest instructors included former Olympian Rulon Gardner who announced his plans while at camp to make a run for the 2012 London Summer Olympic Squad. During the down-time between sessions, Kratos wrestlers enjoyed taking in the sites and activities around State College.

Ice Creamery
Kratos wrestlers and coaches take a break from wrestling action and enjoy some olde fashion (low fat) ice cream at the renown creamery in downtown State College. PS. Don't tell Ken since this was right after he gave a speech on eating health.

6/30/11: Summer Training Heats Up

Summer training continues with Kratos Wrestling. On average, around 30 kids show up each Sunday evening for coach-led instruction, drilling and live competition. The summer sessions offer a nice change from regular winter sessions by allowing the kids to work on a few specific techniques and drill these into muscle memory. Area wrestlers are invited to come attend our sessions free of charge.

CalendarAnnouncement: 2011 Summer Open Training Program

Team Kratos and Hudson Wrestling welcomes local area wrestlers who are are in search of a structured training program during the summer months. On Sunday evenings starting June 5th, Team Kratos will host instructor-led practices at Hudson High School located at 2500 Hudson-Aurora Road, Hudson, Ohio, 44236 from 6pm to 7:30pm. All sessions are open to the public.

For more information, call Doug Williams @ 330-245-6050

5/10/11: Kratos Wrestling Plans to Attend Chertow Wrestling Camps

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 2011 are:Chertow 2011

-June 17th: Ken Chertow Camp @ Wilmington, OH

-July 17th: Ken Chertow Camp @ State College, PA

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

Kratos wrestlers interested in registering, please contact Doug Williams before May 20th for additional information at 330-245-6050.

5/8/11: Kratos Summer Training Schedule

Team Kratos's offers an Instructor-led open mat session during the summer months of June through August. All practice are on Sunday evenings from 6pm-7:30pm at Hudson High School, 2500 Hudson-Aurora Road.