by Michael LeonardSports EditorThings in wrestling don't always run as smoothly as coaches would like, particularly in dual meets. Stow-Munroe Falls found a huge example of that Jan. 11 at home against archrival Cuyahoga Falls. After beating the Black Tigers 49-12 Dec. 7, Stow narrowly avoided an upset, winning 35-34 over Falls Jan. 11. Stow would rebound two days later and rout Kent Roosevelt 57-15.Stow-Munroe Fall coach Randy Jenkins said the root of the Bulldogs' struggles against Falls wasn't hard to figure out. "I think the kids overlooked Cuyahoga Falls, being that we beat them up pretty good at the beginning of the year," Jenkins said. "Cuyahoga Falls has been improving by the day. It's a big rivalry anyway. They got up for the match and we didn't."Things went amiss right off the bat for Stow as 103-pound starter Joey King didn't make weight. Freshman Matt Block stepped in at 103 and was beating 13-3 by Falls' JR Wiezbiski."That was a six-point swing right there," Jenkins said. Then 112-pounder Eddie Stewart was pinned by Falls' Jay Arbaugh in 5:10.At 119 pounds, Nate Piskarski restored order as he pinned Stephon Brown in 3:30.Falls got its biggest upset at 125 pounds as David Criss upset state qualifier Tyler Lambert 4-3. Criss got the match's only takedown in the second period, as Lambert was dealing with leg cramps. "Tyler had a cramped leg, so he wasn't moving as fluidly as usual," Jenkins said. "I think Tyler will use that match as a learning experience. They were some calls I didn't agree with in that match."Stow's strength in the middle weights allowed the Bulldogs to take control. At 130 pounds, Ben Welsh pinned Dylan King at 1:40, while 135-pounder Drew Alboreo needed just 1:10 to stick Zack Eastman. At 140 pounds, Ben Ramskugle scored a tight 2-0 win over Falls' Frank Humbert, followed by 145-pounder Dan Jacobs pinning Tony Repaski in 2:23.At 160 pounds, Frank Saraniti scored a 15-3 win over Falls Chris Port, but Falls 171-pounder Dustin Lees would then score the quickest pin of the night, sticking Kyle Hartwig in 57 seconds. Junior 189-pounder Tim Darlington nearly put the match out of reach, but could only score a 20-7 major decision of Falls' Tom Gemmell.Up 35-24, Jenkins said he believed 215-pounder Kris Muruna could defeat Falls Curt Lemmon, but Lemmon scored the pin in at 2:30, cutting Stow's lead to 35-30."We needed [heavyweight] Ben Ewing not to get pinned to win the match," Jenkins said. "He did his job. That's all you can ask from him."Ewing lost a 10-1 major decision to Falls Todd Goff, but the four points weren't enough to give Falls the team win.Prior to the Kent Roosevelt match, Jenkins gave his team a clear message."We had a day to regroup and tell the kids, 'If that's the way you want to wrestle, it's going to be a long season,'" Jenkins said. "They wrestled the way they should be wrestling against Kent. Kent Roosevelt came in thinking it might be a close match, but we took care of business."Indeed, the Roughriders would score only three wins in the match against Stow. Stow got pins from King, Pisarski, Lambert, Ramskugle, Jacobs and Ewing in the win, while Welsh and 125-pounder Paul Lamanna won by forfeit. Jenkins said Kent Roosevelt expected "the main event" to be at 189 pounds as Philip Smith took the mat, but Smith ended up losing a 6-3 decision to Darlington. Stow participated in the Bill Dies Memorial Tournament Friday and Saturday at Firestone, but results were not available at press time. The Bulldogs will next see action Friday and Saturday at the Josh Hephner Tournament at Austintown-Fitch. First match Friday is set for 4 p.m."Our goal is to get as many guys to place as we can," Jenkins said, heading into the Dies Tournament. "I think the field is wide open. It's going to be a tough tournament."E-mail: mleonard@recordpub.comPhone: 330-688-0088 ext. 3113