By Mike Wertman
Medina Journal-Register — HOLLEY - Continuing a two decade plus long tradition, the Holley Hawks enjoyed another Genesee Region League championship wrestling campaign this season.
Going undefeated, the G-R title was the fourth straight for Holley which has earned top G-R honors 14 of the last 17 years and 19 of the last 24 campaigns under veteran coach John Grillo.
“We were very happy how the season turned out,” said Grillo. “Coming into the season we didn’t look to be as strong as the last few years but the kids worked hard and stepped it up. They picked each other up and showed a lot of character and pride.”
Also perennial sectional title contenders (11 class tournament titles in the last 15 years), Holley finished second in the Class BB tournament to Warsaw. The Hawks also placed third at the Section V Supersectionals behind only Midlakes and Warsaw which finished 1-2 at the state tournament among Division II (small schools).
“We fell a little short on a couple of our goals but we set our goals high,” said Grillo of the Hawks second place class tourney finish and third at the Supersectionals.
The Hawks were led this season by the senior duo of Mike Silvis and Andrew Flanagan who finished third and fifth respectively at the state championships. Silvis and Flanagan, who both captured a second straight Class BB title, went on to place second and third respectively at the Section V state qualifier. Silvis finished the seaon at 50-3 and Flanagan at 50-5.
Holley also had sophomore Martin Beadle and senior Caleb Diep place second at the BB tourney while junior Kevin Avery plaed third, sophomore Alan White fourth and seniors Sam Beadle and Nick Winkley along with junior Dan Flanagan and sophomore Lucas Silvis all took fifth.
Martin Beadle went 41-7 on the season, Winkley 41-8, White 41-10, Sam Beadle 40-12, Avery 36-9, Lucas Silvis 32-13, Dan Flanagan 30-14 and Diep 30-15. Freshman Nick Shenck also enjoyed a 30 plus win season at 31-14.
“They certainly put it together and we really had a successful year,” Grillo said.