Since 2008, Twinsburg wrestling has had a stranglehold on the Cable 9 Cup.
The Tigers' dominance in the Cable 9 tri-meet coincided with the team's ascension to the elite of Ohio wrestling in recent years.
This year, the Tigers have come back to earth -- and the results from this year's Cable 9 tri-meet Jan. 26 at Aurora reflect it.
Twinsburg scored a close 42-30 win over a young Aurora squad, but was beaten 49-13 by Nordonia. Nordonia left no doubt who the best team was, as it also smashed Aurora 55-9.
The Cable 9 tri-meet was an up-and-down meet at the end of an up-and-down week of the Tigers.
Twinsburg participated in the Division I state team tournament's regional quarterfinals Jan. 23, but only lasted one match. The Tigers fell to third-seeded North Olmsted 54-19 at North Royalton.
Taking part in the Cuyahoga Heights Duals Jan. 24, Twinsburg disposed of two lower division programs easily. Twinsburg smashed Cuyahoga Heights 59-9 and Fairview 57-15.
Twinsburg finished its dual-meet season with a record of 6-8, including 1-4 in the Northeast Ohio Conference.
Acknowledging the strength of the Knights, Twinsburg coach Dave Mariola said he was generally happy with his team.
"I would say that our effort was there," Mariola said. "We, as a team, need to do a few things better. We make a shot and we're getting countered from them. I like [our guys] to shoot, but we have to be able to score from them."
Twinsburg ended up with only three double winners at the Cable 9. Not surprisingly, senior Tyrone McGuinea was one of them. Wrestling at 152 pounds, McGuinea scored a 19-9 major-decision win over Nordonia's David Dejesus and a forfeit win at 145 pounds over Aurora.
After missing the mid-week meet with North Olmsted due to illness, senior Alex Keller was back in the lineup at the tri-meet, albeit one weight class above his normal weight at 170 pounds.
Keller dominated both his matches, pinning Nordonia's David Rodriguez in 1:36 and scoring a 18-3 technical fall over Aurora's Angus Nietert.
Twinsburg also got a pair of wins from 132-pounder Alex Netzband. He defeated Nordonia's Heath Phillibert 12-6 and pinned Aurora's Carter Driscoll in 1:11.
In the match with Nordonia, 138-pounder Jimmy Hiller faced a tough challenge in Nordonia's Mike Decesare. Decesare won the match 8-3, but more importantly, Hiller suffered a rib injury in the match.
"Jimmy got hurt in that first match," Mariola said. "He's not the kind to complain about being hurt, so I know he was hurting."
Due to that injury, Twinsburg slid Eric Murdock into the 138 slot for the Aurora match. Murdock responded by pinning Ryan Devine in 3:52.
Twinsburg also got a pin from sophomore Noah Edwards, as he stuck Aurora 152-pounder Kevin Boysza in 2:17.
The Tigers also got a 7-3 decision win by 220-pounder Onome Ombien over Aurora's AJ Suchovsky and a 13-1 major decision win from 106-pounder Luke Dimuzio over Aurora's Josh Whitelaw.
Twinsburg 113-pounder Anthony Askins also scored a forfeit win over Aurora.
"That's it for our dual meets and we've got the NOC Tournament," Mariola said. "That's it. The season is winding down pretty quickly."
Indeed, the NOC Tournament is the only thing left on the Tigers' regular-season schedule. The tournament will take place Feb. 1 and 2 at Garfield Heights High School. First match Feb. 1 and 2.