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In a tough season last year, one of the few bright spots for Twinsburg wrestling came at the Kenston Invitational Tournament.
Twinsburg got more good news when it wrestled at the 52nd KIT, which took place Dec. 29 and 30 at Kenston.
The Tigers earned a top five finish at the KIT, taking fifth place with 132 points and finishing one point ahead of Chardon.
Crestwood won the team title at the KIT with 180.5 points, while Kenston was second with 167 points.
Tigers coach Dave Mariola was happy with his squad, as the Tigers put seven wrestlers on the podium.
"We're top five. I would say without [senior 220-pounder] Timmy Edwards, that's a good thing," Mariola said. "Our goal was to be top five and we did it. I think, right now, we're a better tournament team than a dual meet team."
Edwards missed the tournament due to illness, as Tiger coaches noted they felt Twinsburg could have finished as high as third had he wrestled.
Senior 132-pounder Collin Trouten turned out to Twinsburg's top finisher, as he was lone Tiger to reach the title match.
Trauten reached the final by scoring a 3-1 win over Lakeside's Mike Decamillo, a 10-3 decision over Norwalk St. Paul's Owen Starcher and a 6-4 win in the sudden-victory period over Madison's Shayne Magda.
In the final, Trouten dealt with Kenston's Chris Pavone and got the opening takedown on the edge of the mat.
However, Pavone then threw Trouten to get reversal and took over the match, as he would score a 9-3 decision to take the title.
Mariola said he and the coaches felt Trouten had the best chance to win a title at the KIT.
"Collin wrestled really well all though the week," Mariola said. "He been wrestling a lot stronger this season. You can see that he's improving."
Twinsburg went 4-3 in placement matches Dec. 30.
Junior 120-pounder Brandon Callowed just missed reaching the final, but came back to take third place. Callow beat Parma's Matt Furman 5-3 in the third-place match.
Also taking third for Twinsburg was sophomore 160-pounder Austin Cefaratti. Cefaratti faced a familiar foe in the third-place match in Kenston's Joe Koplow. Cefaratti scored a 5-2 decision to take third place.
Twinsburg also got a fifth-place finish from 120-pounder Nino Pausch, a sixth-place finish from 106-pounder Rick Diturno, a seventh-place finish from 113-pounder Matt Magyar and an eighth-place finish from heavyweight Devion Copeland.
Twinsburg will open 2017 by hosting a Suburban League National Conference tri-meet Jan. 5 with Brecksville-Broadview Heights and Cuyahoga Falls. First match is at 6 p.m.
"(Our goal is) just to get better," Mariola said. "We're starting to see what we're teaching them work on the mat. Seven placers here is an accomplishment."