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Gross ranked nationally at Div. III Mount Union

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Dec 21, 2017 at 4:38 AM

ALLIANCE — Jesse Gross, a 2014 St. Paul graduate, is ranked among the top wrestlers in NCAA Division III for the Mount Union University wrestling team.

Wrestling at 165 for the No. 13-ranked Purple Raiders, Gross is 15-1 this season at 157 and 165 pounds. He recently moved up from ninth to fifth in the rankings in the 165 weight class.

The senior is coming off a 2016-17 season that saw him place fifth at the NCAA Mideast regionals while going a combined 19-10 at 157 and 165.

Cam Tessari (Monroeville 2011), one of the all-time Ohio greats and former four-time state champion was named the Mid-South Conference Wrestler of the Week for NAIA Lindsey Wilson College.

Tessari went 6-0 last week and won the 157-pound bracket at the Midwest Classic in Indianapolis, beating a trio of ranked opponents along the way.

He is currently ranked No. 2 at 165 pounds, one year removed from falling in overtime in the NAIA championship match.

Tessari opened the week with a major decision victory over No. 8-ranked Kalob Rahoi of Life (Ga.) in the Blue Raiders' 25-12 victory over the Running Eagles.

Tessari then proceeded to beat five Div. II opponents en route to the 157-pound title at the Midwest Classic. In the semifinals of the bracket, Tessari defeated No. 7-ranked Bryan Dutton of Central Oklahoma with an 8-6 victory, and followed with a 2-1 win over No. 12-ranked Pernevlon Sheppard of Wisconsin-Parkside in the finals to claim the bracket title.

Tessari earns his first award of the season and fifth of his career.

Evan Cheek (Edison 2015), a former state champion, contributed a 2-1 record at 133 pounds for Cleveland State University at the Indiana University Hoosier Duals on Dec. 2 in Bloomington, Ind.

With his performance, Cheek improved to 3-2 overall for the year.

Gage Griffith (Western Reserve 2017) is a freshman at 125 pounds for Ashland University. For the year, he has a 3-6 overall record.

Charlie Nash (Norwalk 2016) contributed a 4-2 record at 133 pounds for Div. III No. 9 Baldwin Wallace University at the New Standard Corporation Invitational on Dec. 2 in York, Pa.

For the season, Nash has compiled a 8-4 overall record.


Ben Haraway (Norwalk 2014) posted his eighth double-digit scoring effort of the season for the Ashland University men's basketball team (9-3) in an 86-65 win over Davenport on Dec. 9 in Ashland.

In the game, the redshirt junior guard scored 10 points with four assists.

For the season, Haraway is averaging 12.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.

Jake Fetherolf (Norwalk 2013), a senior All-OAC forward Jake Fetherolf at Div. III Baldwin-Wallace University, recorded his third straight double-double and the 23rd of his career as he scored 12 points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds in the Yellow Yackets’ 83-69 win at Capital on Dec. 16.

For the season, Fetherolf is averaging 11.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per game.

Jeff Thomas (Norwalk 2014) scored 15 points and added a game-high eight rebounds for Georgia State University (7-4) in a 71-68 win at home vs. Montana on Dec. 9 in Atlanta.

Thomas added seven points in an 88-83 loss in a return to Ohio at the University of Dayton on Dec. 16.

The redshirt junior is averaging 7.7 points points and 4.6 rebounds in 11 starts for the Div. I Panthers.


Dan Stoll (Edison 2016) was runners-up in the 300-meter hurdles at the Tiffin University Alumni Open with a time a time of 35.94 seconds for Heidelberg University on Dec. 2 in Tiffin.

Wes Fritz (St. Paul 2015) was third in the high jump (6-feet-4.25) and fourth in the long jump (20-3.75) at the Tiffin University Alumni Open for Heidelberg University.

Jon Suter (Norwalk 2014) finished 19th in the 60-meter hurdles (9.59 seconds) and 27th in the shot put (33-4) at the Tiffin University Alumni Open for Heidelberg University.

Bryce Ostheimer (Edison 2017) was eighth in the 400-meter dash (52.81 seconds) and ninth in the 60-meter hurdles (8.89 seconds) at the University of Mount Union Toy Drive Invitational for Walsh University.

Daren Gies (Plymouth 2015) won the 1,000-meter run (2:50.11) and was runner-up with the 4x400-meter relay (3:47.29) for the Defiance College at home vs. Bluffton University on Dec. 2 in Defiance.


Maddy Crawford (Willard 2016) posted her sixth double-double of the year at forward for the Div. III Heidelberg University women's basketball team (3-7) in a 95-85 loss at Otterbein University on Dec. 2 in Westerville.

In the loss, the sophomore had a season-high 13 points with 12 rebounds, one assist and one block.

For the season, she's averaging 10.6 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.

Jiselle Thomas (Norwalk 2017) is averaging 3.8 points and 1.9 rebounds per game as a freshman for the Div. 1 High Point University women’s basketball team.

Carly Santoro (Bellevue 2015) continues to play well for Div. I Bowling Green (8-2).

In the Falcons’ most recent game, Santoro contributed 11 points and eight rebounds in an 82-73 win over Ferris State on Dec. 18.

For the season, she averages 14.7 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.

Ciara Reed (Edison 2014) nabbed a season-high seven points with one rebound and one assist at guard for Notre Dame College (9-4) in a 84-77 triumph at West Virginia State University on Dec. 6 in Institute, WV.

For the year, the senior is averaging 2.4 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.

Bri Pittenger (Edison 2015) is a member of the Div. III John Carroll University women’s basketball team.

For the year, the junior is averaging 3.7 points and 1.9 rebounds per game.

Danielle Carruthers (New London 2016) has appeared in nine games at forward for Defiance College (2-8).

For the season, she's averaging 2.2 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 5.6 minutes per game for the Div. III Yellow Yackets.


Sydnie Fetherolf (Norwalk 2014) claimed a first-place finish in the mile at the University of Notre Dame Blue and Gold Invitational with a time of 5:05.41 for the Detroit Mercy University women's indoor track and field program on Dec. 1 in South Bend, Ind.

In the event, which was not scored, the senior followed by ending 10th with the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 4:37.96.

Lydia Ott (St. Paul 2014) was fourth with the 4x400-meter relay (4:16.54) and 12th in the 500-meter dash (1:33.83) at the Tiffin Alumni Open on Dec. 2 in Tiffin.

No team scores were kept.

Oliva Hipp (St. Paul 2014) was ninth for Heidelberg University in the high jump (4-11.75) and 11th in the long jump (15-3.5) at the Tiffin University Alumni Open on Dec. 2 in Tiffin.

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