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Progress doesn't always come evenly for teams as young as Twinsburg wrestling.
However, the results from a Suburban League National Conference tri-meet Jan. 19 can be interpreted as a step forward.
Wrestling at North Royalton, Twinsburg scored a 37-26 win over the Bears and also scored a 36-33 win over Hudson.
With the wins, Twinsburg improved to 4-2 overall and in the National Conference.
The Tigers also participated in the Green Bulldog Brawl Jan. 21. Twinsburg ended to taking third place in the 17-team pool-style tournament.
Tigers coach Dave Mariola said the win over Hudson was significant.
"We hadn't beating them in a couple of years," Mariola said. "There were some close matches that could have gone either way. That's dual-meet wrestling."
While acknowledging Hudson was not at full strength, Mariola said he was without two starters, including senior Nino Pausch, who suffered a recent arm injury.
"North Royalton is not bad. They've got a big team. I think they're still a little young, like us," Mariola said.
"I always look forward to next year," he added. "We have a nice, young team with a lot of nice, young boys. I think we're going to do well next year."
Five Tigers scored two wins at the tri-meet. Freshman 106-pounder Rick Diturno scored a forfeit and a major decision, while 120-pounder Brandon Callow scored a pin and a major decision.
Senior 132-pounder Colin Trouten scored a pin against North Royalton and won a critical 5-2 decision over Hudson's Dietrich Boysel.
"We won the match and we won by three points," Mariola said. "If we lose that, we lose by three. It was that close."
Mariola said he's "really happy" to have junior 138-pounder Kris Jones back in the lineup, as Jones posted a pair of decision wins at the tri-meet.
At 152 pounds, Joe Voltz scored a forfeit and a decision.
Another good sign for Twinsburg was the return to the lineup of senior 220-pounder Timmy Edwards, who has been battling illness for much of the last month. Edwards scored a pin and a decision at the tri-meet.
"He looked pretty good this weekend," Mariola said.
At the Bulldog Brawl, Twinsburg's lone individual champion was a bit of surprise.
Junior heavyweight Dev'ion Copeland scored the first varsity tournament win of his career. Mariola said improved stamina helped the Tigers' big man.
"Going from 215 pounds [last year] to 250 and being able to contend is a big deal," Mariola said. "He has not been able to control the elements previously. He has not been able to get through six minutes without getting tired before.
"Over the weekend, he went the full six minutes and was winning matches in the last minute. He's a big kid. I think he only going to get bigger."
Mariola said he also was happy with freshman Mike Magyar taking second place at 113 pounds, while Troutin and Jones each took third place.
Twinsburg will have a lot of dual meets to look forward to this week, beginning with the opening night in the Division I state dual meet tournament. Twinsburg was given the No. 5 seed in the Sub-Region 5-A bracket.
Thus, the Tigers will open by wrestling No. 4 seed Solon at 5 p.m. Jan. 25 at Brecksville-Broadview Heights. If victorious, the Tigers will face top-seeded Brecksville 20 minutes after the first match.
"We're happy to wrestle Solon," Mariola said. "We're not happy to be wrestling Brecksville for the second time in three weeks. They're one of the premiere teams in the state."
Twinsburg will host the annual Cable 9 tri-meet Jan. 28 at 9 a.m. Twinsburg will take on Nordonia in the first match.