Coach Dave Mariola noted Twinsburg wrestling would probably be a work in progress this season.
Results from the Solon Comet Classic seem to show the veteran coach was right.
Twinsburg finished with 52 points at the Classic, taking 24nd place in the 29-team field. Mentor Lake Catholic won the team title at Solon with 189 points, as the tournament concluded Saturday.
Twinsburg had 11 wrestlers in the field at Solon, but Mariola noted he was looking for more from his team.
"We expected a little bit better than this," Mariola said. "We knew forfeiting three weights and having three other guys with very little experience would make it tough. That’s nearly half a team. We expected not to do that well.
"I’m a little disappointed in our juniors’ performance," Mariola said. "They just haven’t risen to the occasion yet. On the other hand, the same two that did well last year — the sophomores — turned around and had a pretty good tournament."
Mariola said the level of competition at Solon remained rigorous.
"There were a lot of state champions there and a lot of projected state champions as well," Mariola said. "I would say it was a good tournament. When you have 29 teams, you have to have some quality in there."
Sophomore Aidan Corrigan led the Tigers at Solon, finishing third at 170 pounds.
Seeded fourth at 170 pounds despite wrestling up weight class from his normal spot, Corrigan cradled and pinned Lake Catholic’s Dorian Gridiron in 1:49 and beat Lakewood’s Milan Jackson 10-5 to reach the semifinals.
In the semifinal, however, Corrigan ran into Ashtabula Lakeside’s Jacob Lagoa, who is a two-time defending state champion. Lagoa won an 18-6 major decision.
"Aidan got beat. He gave a good account of himself," Mariola said. "The kid was huge. I don’t know what he was coming down from. Aidan went up to 170 this week. I didn’t want him to cut down too much. He’ll be down to 160 this week."
Corrigan rebounded from the loss by taking Gridiron directly to his back and pinning him in 17 in seconds. In the third-place match, Corrigan handled Brunswick’s Kevin Kiussis and won 7-2.
"I thought Aidan wrestled extremely well against [Kiussis]," Mariola said. "He got the first takedown in the first minute. He did what he normally does, against a good kid this time."
Mariola noted Corrigan finished ahead of his place last year at Solon as did sophomore 126-pounder Connor Voltz, who took sixth place.
Voltz opened with pin in 1:34 over Lakesides’s Darian Cowles in 1:34, bun then lost 14-1 to Midview’s Zak Anderson.
Voltz rebounded with a 14-4 win over Lakewood’s Rubyn Semedo and pin in 2:22 over Anthony Wayne’s Kaedyn McAllister to reach the podium.
In the consolation semifinal, Voltz dropped a tight 4-3 loss to St. Ignatius’ Matthew Whipkey, followed by a 9-1 loss to Clay’s Kyle Mayville in the fifth-place match.
"The one match he lost 4-3 was close," Mariola said. "We felt he could have won it. A takedown here or there wins the match. It’s his first time down in the 126 after he grew so much this offseason. I think he’ll do better next week."
Junior 152-pounder Gabe Forstner finished 3-2 at Solon, but finished one win shy of reaching the podium.
The Tigers will look for a better result this week, as Twinsburg will wrestle at the North Coast Classic Friday and Saturday at Independence. First match Friday is set for 3 p.m.
"We intend to work a lot harder this week at practice," Mariola said. "We intend to get in some placers this week."
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