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Tiger wrestlers sweep final home dual meets

By MICHAEL LEONARD Sports Editor Published: February 15, 2017 12:00 AM
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Twinsburg wrestling closed out its regular season on a high note Feb. 9 by drilling a pair of Division II opponents.

Twinsburg defeated Chagrin Falls 66-15 and downed University School 58-18. The Tigers finished the regular season with a record of 8-4 overall.

"They had some kids out," said Tigers coach Dave Mariola. "Chagrin had a bit of a bigger team at the beginning of the season. They forfeited out three weights and University forfeited out four weights.

"We had asked both of those teams if they wanted to wrestle us earlier in the season," he added. "It was supposed to be a tri-meet, but then Barberton decided to join us. Barberton beat them pretty much by the same score."

Mariola said he didn't want to his team to have too big of a test before the postseason.

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"[Chagrin and University] both wanted to wrestled someone who was a better team," Mariola said. "We had already wrestled a number of really tough teams. We didn't need to wrestle a much stronger team."

Given the number of forfeits, Twinsburg ended up with only one double winner on the night. Mariola was happy to see senior 220-pounder Timmy Edwards back in the lineup, as Edwards scored a pair of pins.

"He seems to be a lot more healthy now. He had struggled keeping healthy around the holidays," Mariola said.

Mariola also lauded freshman 126-pounder Perry McKinney for scoring his first varsity win Feb. 9.

"We gave a lot a freshman chances to wrestle varsity matches because we know they are going to slide into starting slots next year," Mariola said.

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Mariola noted he was going to have "a little scrimmage" this week before the Tigers open their postseason run Feb. 25 at the Division I sectional tournament at Kenston. First match is at 9 a.m.

Twinsburg will bang heads with Aurora, Austintown-Fitch, Hudson, Cleveland John Adams, Kenston, Kent Roosevelt, Solon, Stow-Munroe Falls and Walsh Jesuit at Kenston. The top four finishers in each weight class advance to the Division I district tournament at North Canton Hoover March 3 and 4.

"There's some good team teams there," Mariola said of the field at Kenston. "Aurora is there. I would say they have to be the favorites there."

Mariola said he hoped to have more district qualifiers this season, after only Nino Pausch and Kris Jones qualified last year.

"I do believe it's possible. We still have to wrestle well," Mariola said. "You can't make mistakes."

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