TWINSBURG — The level of wrestling coaching in the Suburban League National Conference takes a back seat to no one in Northeast Ohio.
The cast of characters Thursday at Twinsburg included Twinsburg’s Dave Mariola with 35 years experience with the Tigers; Hudson coach Joe Caniglia with 21 years experience at his alma mater; and Nordonia coach Jason Walters, who had a chip on both of his huge shoulders following his team’s performance at the North Coast Classic.
Walters was much happier Thursday, as the Knights scored two dominant wins over their neighbors. Nordonia beat Hudson 54-21 and took down Twinsburg 58-15 in the opening dual meets for all three teams.
Cuyahoga Falls was scheduled to take part in the meet, but the Black Tigers did not attend due to the death of a Falls student Wednesday night.
Walters said his team had been practicing every day since the NCC and got the message.
"We got a much better effort tonight," Walters said. "There’s a lot of little mistakes that we’re still making. We’re not in he best shape yet."
The main event of the evening featured a pair of NCC champions as Nordonia’s Sal Perrine bumped up to 170 pounded to face Twinsburg 170-pounder Aidan Corrigan.
Perrine exploded out of the gates, trying to throw Corrgian. He got late takedowns in the first and second period to take a 6-2 lead. Corrigan got a reversal and forced two stalling calls in the third period, but could not turn Perrine and lost 9-5.
"We set up that out of respect for them," Walters said. "We wanted them both to have a great match. Aidan is a monster. That match could have gone either way."
"I think that Aidan warmed up too long and was tired," Mariola said. "Take nothing away from [Perrine]. That is a very good kid."
Perrine also scored an 18-3 technical fall over Hudson 160-ponder John Sweet in his other match.
Like Perrine, Nordonia 132-pounder Jaivon Jones kept his perfect record intact, as he pinned Twinsburg’s Mike Magyar and beat Hudson’s Michael Mileski by an 18-3 technical fall.
Nordonia also got two wins from 106-pounder Nick Hamad (pin, technical fall); 113-pounder Jake Hamad (decision, pin); 120-pounder Trevor Stauhitar (pin, forfeit); 138-pounder Mitch Collica (pin, technical fall); 145-pounder Tyler Angun (technical fall, pin); 182-pounder Justin Olszko (forfeit, pin) and heavyweight Blaine Morgenstern (two forfeits).
Mariola said the Knights took advantage of Twinsburg’s youth and open spots.
"We knew they were good coming in," Mariola said. "They finished second at the [NCC] tournament for a reason. We were able to to get a couple surprise wins. When you don’t have the kids, it hurts."
Twinsburg was able to get a 14-3 major decision win from 152-pounder Gabe Fortsner and an 18-3 technical fall from 160-pounder John Delisio. Tiger 126-pounder Connor Voltz won by forfeit.
Mariola said he was targeting the Kenston Invitational Tournament at the end of the month for his team to be in top form.
Meanwhile, Caniglia said he wanted to see more from his squad, while acknowledging Nordonia’s strength.
"They’re tough. That’s a good team we faced," Caniglia said. "We get into situations in matches where we’re just not in the right place. Some of it is inexperience, some of it is conditioning and some of it is heart."
Hudson got wins in three wrestled match. At 170, Michael Caniglia scored an 18-3 technical fall, while 195-pounder Shane McGinnis won a 12-3 major decision and 220-pounder Brendan Demuyck came from behind to score a pin 5:20.
"Michael, Shane and Brendan all did great job," Caniglia said. "The guys all have a lot to work on."
Hudson also got a forfeit win from 120-pounder Ben Romano.
While Twinsburg has a full week off before returning to dual meet action next Tuesday at Hudson, both Nordonia and Hudson have quick turnarounds. Hudson will host the Hudson Holiday Tournament Friday and Saturday, while Nordonia will wrestle at the Olentangy Liberty Classic Touranament Friday and Saturday.