Opening rounds of the Dual Team Wrestling Tournament took place Saturday across the state, but Twinsburg wrestling decided not to take part in this year’s tournament.
Twinsburg coach Dave Mariola said there’s a simple reason why.
"It’s kind of obvious; we’re struggling in duals this year," Mariola said. "We won more matches in every singles dual, except for four matches with Nordonia, Brecksville, Wadsworth and St. Edward. Those are good teams. When you’re forfeiting three or four matches, it’s tough. All you have to do is win three matches."
Emblematic of Twinsburg’s predicament in duals meets was its performance at the Shelby Duals Jan. 26 in Shelby.
"We did a lot better," Mariola said. "We were winning every match up to [170-pounder Aiden] Corrigan and after that we have to give up three matches. Forfeits are just killing us."
In the end, Twinsburg went 3-2 at Shelby. The Tigers defeated Cincinnati Princeton 34-30, beat Lucas won 38-23 and defeated Bucyrus 47-30, but lost to Shelby 45-30 and fell to St. Edward Green.
Twinsburg’s dual meet record moved to 4-11 overall.
"When you have to forfeit that match, it’s never going to be easy," Mariola said.
It wasn’t all bad news from Twinsburg at Shelby, as Corrigan was named most valuable wrestler at the duals. Corrigan went 5-0 with five pins at Shelby.
"He met a kid from Shelby that was like 25-4 and he pinned the kid in the second period," Mariola said. "I know he got him with the cradle. I guess that kid had been looking forward to the match and it didn’t work out at all.
"We’re still debating as to whether he’s going to go 160 or 170 [in the postseason]," Mariola added.
Also going 5-0 at Shelby was junior 113-pounder Ricky DiTurno. DiTurno finished with three pins, one decision victory and one forfeit on the day.
"Ricky and Aiden are wrestling the best on the team right now," Mariola said.
Mariola also noted 138-pounder Jacob Flask went 3-0 at Shelby before incurring an injury.
Mariola also lauded the efforts of freshman 220-pounder Tyson Jacobs, who went 3-1 at Shelby.
"He’s got a seven wins," Mariola said. "He’s probably our best freshman right now. He’s getting better all the time because he’s in the room."
Twinsburg is set to travel to Waterloo Wednesday for a tri-meet with the Vikings and Canfield South Range. First match is set 5:30 p.m.
The Tigers will close out their Suburban League National Conference dual meet schedule with a make-up meet Thursday at Cuyahoga Falls. First match is set for 6 p.m.
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