YOUNGSTOWN — For the first time, wrestlers from the Youngstown City School District will compete in an Ohio High School Athletic Association tournament.
Chaney wrestling started in the winter of the 2019-20 school year as a club sport. This year, the school registered wrestling as a varsity sport with the OHSAA, allowing student-athletes to participate in the state tournament.
Seven Chaney High School wrestlers will compete Saturday in the OHSAA sectional tournament at Beachwood High School.
The wrestlers are: Courtney Jenkins, Eric Brady, CyRenity Bowman, Charles Lewis-Emerson, Christian Jones and JR Tellington, all juniors; and freshman Mark Stankork.
Casey Bogerd, Chaney’s athletic director, noted that all of the school’s tournament competitors are underclassmen.
“That means this will only get bigger and better as we move forward,” Bogerd said in a news release.
Head coach Josh Shaffer and Amadeus Vanderveer lead the Chaney wrestling team.
"From starting as a club team last year, knowing the amount of work the kids were putting in for the long-term reward of now being able to participate in the state tournament as a varsity program, shows the dedication of our kids,” Shaffer said. “It’s been an honor working with kids throughout this process.
"The fact that our wrestlers have remained academically and physically fit during a pandemic is quite an accomplishment," Shaffer said. "It's been humbling as a coach to see our wrestlers put the time and dedication in to achieve such high accomplishments."