SOLON — Twinsburg came into the season-opening Solon Comet Classic young and beat up — to the tune of missing five starters.
Thus, the Tigers were never going to be a factor in the team race at the Classic, which took place Friday and Saturday at Solon.
Twinsburg finished tied for 21st at Solon with 51.5 points, tying the Tigers with Walsh Jesuit. Oregon Clay won the team title with 175 points, rallying during the finals to finish ahead of Lake Catholic (171.5).
Twinsburg coach Dave Mariola said his team did a decent job, given how short-handed it was.
"We did a good job in some matches and struggled in some others," Mariola said. "We have five starters not here this week for various reasons. You figure if we had everyone here, we probably finish in the top 10."
"All in all, it’s hard to get better when all of our kids aren’t in the room," he added. "It’s different when you have a kid pushing you in the room every day."
Twinsburg’s top finisher on the weekend was one of its youngest wrestlers, as freshman 152-pounder Aidan Corrigan managed a fifth-place finish.
Corrigan got hit with a bit of a tough draw. After opening by pinning Firestone’s Sir McDaniel in 48 seconds, Corrigan ran into top-seeded Alex Farenchak of Painesville Riverside. Corrigan lost 5-1.
However, Corrigan would rebound with four straight wins, pinning Lake Catholic’s Bobby Williams in 3 minutes, sticking Barberton’s Channing Valencia in 23 seconds, beating Nordonia’s Tyler Angus 4-2 and pinning Willoughby South’s Louis Preseren in 4:19 to reach the consolation semifinal.
In the consolation semifinal, Corrigan ran out of gas, losing 6-1 to James A. Garfield’s Ryan Finney.
In the fifth-place match, Corrigan was trailing in the third period, but was able to lock in a cradle on Kenston’s Brian Apshago and score a 7-4 win.
"Corrigan showed a lot of potential this weekend," Mariola said. "I think he got a bit tired this morning."
Fellow freshman Connor Voltz had a solid outing in his first high school tournament, as he took seventh place at 113 pounds. Voltz claimed seventh place by pinning Brunswick’s Tyler Skiba in 1:50 in the seventh-place match.
"Connor wrestled well," Mariola said. "He’s showing what he can do."
Sophomore 106-pounder Ricky DiTurno was given the No. 1 seed at Solon, but Mariola said the draw did him no favors. DiTurno ended up settling for eighth place, as he was pinned in 2 minutes in the seventh-place match by Lake Catholic’s Nick Coreno.
At the other end of the scale, senior heavyweight DeVion Copeland also took eighth place. He was pinned in the seventh-place match by Nordonia’s Blaine Morganstern in 50 seconds.
Mariola said he hoped to have his full lineup in place in time for the Kenston Invitational Tournament just after Christmas.
Up next for the Tigers is a trip to the North Coast Classic Friday and Saturday at Independence. First match in the pool-style tournament is set for Friday at 3 p.m.