It was an up-and-down start to the season for the Stow-Munroe Falls wrestling team Saturday at the Boardman Subaru Duals, but coach Randy Jenkins was pleased with his team’s effort.
Stow went 3-2 at Boardman and picked up fifth place in the 10-team tournament. In the pool rounds, Stow defeated Akron Ellet 52-24 and Cuyahoga Falls 66-12, but lost to East Liverpool 45-31 and Alliance 39-17. In the fifth-place match, Stow beat Canton GlenOak 48-34 to claim fifth place.
"We did really well," Jenkins said. "We still have a couple of our starters out. We still have some freshmen in key weight classes. Our key guys did a great job, though."
Two of the newest Bulldogs ended up leading the charge for Stow.
At 145 pounds, sophomore Dan Patten’s return to Stow was memorable, as he ended up finishing 5-0 at Boardman with a major decision, a technical fall, two pins and a forfeit win. Jenkins noted it was great to see Patten back in Stow maroon and gold after spending his freshman year at Walsh Jesuit.
"He has been preparing for this," Jenkins said. "It’s exciting to see him back in a Stow singlet."
At 120 pounds, freshman Zach Wiseman opened his high school career with a bang. He got two decisions, a technical fall, a pin and a forfeit to go 5-0 at the duals.
Jenkins said Wiseman’s results were not unexpected.
"He’s a tough, tough little guy," Jenkins said. "We’re looking for a lot from him."
Jenkins also noted that senior Tim Manley picked up four wins on the weekend, despite wrestling up a weight class at 220 pounds. He noted senior Justin Sears was out, so the Bulldogs had to forfeit at 182 pounds.
Senior Logan Reiheld put up a solid 4-1 record at Boardman, despite having to wrestle at 152 pounds, which is two weight classes from his normal weight.
"He lost to a tough kid from Alliance," Jenkins said. "He’s up two weight classes. He should be 138 pounds, but he’s not qualified to come down yet."
Jenkins lauded his smaller freshmen as well, noting 106-pounder Trent Predico and 113-pounder Hunter Kaprinski each went 3-2 in their first high school experience. Sophomore Josh Lundstrom also went 3-2 at 126 pounds.
It was a bit of rough start for the Bulldogs’ big dog, as senior heavyweight Richie Morrocco finished 2-3.
"He’s fighting injuries and is still coming back off football," Jenkins said. "He had some tough opponents to deal with."
Stow was set to participate in the Marlington Duals, which will be another 10-team dual tournament, Friday and Saturday.
The Bulldogs will open Suburban League National Conference play next Thursday when they travel to Twinsburg to take on the Tigers and Wadsworth. First match is at 6 p.m.