Under coach Dave Mariola, Twinsburg wrestling had been a fixture at tournament for more than two decades.
After the Division I district tournament at North Canton Hoover, however, the Tigers saw their drought of state qualifiers extended to three years.
Twinsburg saw its season end Saturday at Hoover, as only senior 120-pounder Brandon Callow was able to reach the podium for the Tigers.
Twinsburg finished 27th in the team race at Hoover with 20 points. Wadsworth won the team title with 225 points.
Mariola said it was tough to get shut out of states again, but noted the Tigers made some major strides at districts this year.
"It was a pretty tough district," Mariola said. "We knew that going in. We won a lot more matches at districts this year. I think were going in the right direction. What hurt us is a couple of the draws didn’t go our way."
Callow, who was Twinsburg’s lone senior at Hoover, got off to a perfect start Friday at Hoover.
Callow opened by scoring in a 4-0 decision over Massillon Perry’s Chase Norman and then pinned Mentor’s Lincoln Spiete in 57 seconds to reach the semifinals.
That meant Callow would have two chances to reach states on Saturday. However, Callow lost 13-2 to Brunswick All-Ohioan Logan Heil in the semifinal. In the consolation semifinal, Callow was pinned by Medina’s Jared Dressler in 4:03.
Callow was unable secure a state alternate spot, as he was pinned in the fifth-place match by Stow-Munroe Falls’ Zach Wiseman in 4:42 and settle for sixth place,
"He ran into the toughness of the district," Mariola said. "That match to go is tougher than you think. Brandon has come an extremely long way in three years. He had a heck of a year with 35 wins. You can’t say more about what he’s accomplished in the last three years.
Mariola noted freshman 152-pounder Aidan Corrigan was hit with a nightmare draw.
Corrigan opened with a 19-8 major decision win over Barberton’s Channing Valencia, but then ran into three-time defending state champion David Carr of Massillon Perry.
"He did take him down," Mariola said. "That was the only takedown Carr gave up all week. Pretty much everyone in that place was going crazy when it happened."
Despite that takedown, Carr would go on to a 21-6 technical fall win.
Corrigan rebounded with a pin in 2:04 over Massillon Jackson’s Da’Miere Clift, but was eliminated with a tight 2-1 decision loss to Wadsworth’s Cameron Riggenbach.
"If he draws anyone but Carr, he’s got a chance to be in the semifinals," Mariola said.
Junior 160 pounder Austin Cefaratti went 2-2 at districts. He opened with a 2-1 decision over Uniontown Lake’s Sean-Michael James, but then was pinned in 4:41 by Wadsworth’s Dom Loparo.
Cefaratti rebounded with a 4-0 decision over Walsh Jesuit’s Sammy McCarty, but was eliminated with a 6-4 loss to Brunswick’s Kevin Kiussis.
Freshman 106-pounder Connor Voltz went 1-2 at districts.
"Connor had a good year with 34 wins," Mariola said. "That’s a really good deal for a freshman. I think he was just a little too nervous down there."
Twinsburg also had 126-pounder Henry Ovalle enter the district field as an alternate, but Ovalle went 0-2,
"It’s a little bummer," Mariola said. "We need more kids in the room. Hopefully, we get a solid freshman class to replenish our ranks next year."
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