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AURORA -- Twinsburg wrestling coach Dave Mariola maintains a realistic point of view in all tournaments.
The reality of his team's situation at the Suburban League Tournament Feb. 4 at Aurora was simple: On it's best day, Twinsburg was not going to be able to run with the likes of Wadsworth, Brecksville-Broadview Heights or Aurora.
"We're good against good teams. We're not so good against great teams," Mariola said. "There are three teams here which are going to finish in the top 10 at the state meet. People say it wasn't too long ago when we were in that position. Maybe in a few years, we can get back to it."
For now, Twinsburg had to settle for a middle-of-the-pack finish at the league tournament, which is right where Mariola expected the Tigers to be.
Twinsburg finished ninth in the 15-team tournament with 73.5 points. As expected, Wadsworth won the team and National Conference title with 284 points, while Brecksville was second with 228. American Conference champion Aurora was third with 176.5.
Hudson (76) ended up edging Twinsburg for third place among National Conference teams at the tournament. However, by virtue of Twinsburg finishing third in the dual meet standings, the Tigers finished third overall in the National Conference race.
Twinsburg ended up with six wrestlers on the podium at the tournament, though none of them were able to reach the final.
At 103 pounds, freshman Rick Diturno opened the tournament by pinning Cuyahoga Falls' Billie Ferrell in 1:58.
However, in the semifinal vs. Tallmadge state qualifier Ed Suber, Diturno suffered a leg injury and was forced to lose by injury default. Rather than risk further damage, Diturno also defaulted his third-place match to Aurora's Kyle Petersen and settled for fourth.
Also taking fourth place was 132-pounder Colin Trouten. Trouten opened with a tight 10-9 win over Nordonia's Tommy Masteller.
However, Trouten had no answers for Brecksville's Marco Regalbuto and was pinned in 1:01. In the third-place match, Trouten lost an 8-2 decision to Tallmadge's Jake Potok.
Because of the set up of this year's tournament, a loss in the quarterfinals meant the highest a wrestler could finish was fifth place. Mariola noted the Tigers got hit with some very difficult draws. However, Twinsburg got some of its best performances via the consolation bracket.
Twinsburg's top point scorer at the tournament was sophomore 160-pounder Austin Cefaratti, who took fifth place.
After opening with a 15-0 technical fall over Copley's Jarred Murray, Cefaratti dropped a 5-1 loss to Hudson's Austin Mullen in the quarterfinal.
From there, however, Cefaratti scored three straight wins, beating North Royalton's Matt Casey 13-4 and Revere's Ian Weiland 7-0. In the fifth-place match, Cefarrati squeezed out a 3-1 win over Medina Highland's Josh Kedzior.
Twinsburg 113-pounder Mike Magyar got stuck Wadsworth's Jimmy Carmany in his first match and was pinned in 4:42.
After a bye, Magyar rebounded with a pin in 2:12 over Copley's Micah Villavong. In the fifth-place match, Magyar went to overtime with Cuyahoga Falls' Charles Lyons, but got the winning takedown in the sudden victory period to win 12-10.
Junior 132-pounder Kris Jones had a bit of a weird tournament. Jones opened by getting pinned in 1:20 by Brecksville's Jack Brocco.
Jones rebounded by beating Hudson's Ben Jackson 8-0, pinning Tallmadge's J.T. Teets in 3 minutes and beating North Royalton's Jack Nemetz 7-0.
That set up a rematch with Brocco in the fifth-place match. It was closer this time, but Brocco scored a 7-2 win, handing Jones sixth place.
Twinsburg also got a sixth-place finish from 152-pounder Joe Voltz, who lost 4-0 to Wadsworth's Mason McMillen in the fifth-place match.
"To get to the elite level, it seems a lot of these teams have guys that just wrestle," Mariola said. "We don't wrestle 12 months a year. Almost all of our guys particpate in other sports. That's what we preach at Twinsburg."
Twinsburg closes out the regular season with a double dual meet at Barberton Feb. 9. Chagrin Falls and University School also will compete at the meet, as first match is at 6 p.m.