Because of cancellations on the schedule earlier this season, Twinsburg wrestling coach Dave Mariola had to make a late addition to his team’s schedule Saturday.
The Tigers made the trip to Painesville Harvey for the Ian Jones Memorial Dual Tournament — and came home with the trophy.
Twinsburg won the two-tier dual tournament after going 2-1 in the morning pool duals. Twinsburg defeated Mayfield 45-25, but then lost to Marengo Highland 44-33 before defeating Canfield 47-36.
According to Mariola the top two teams in each pool advanced to the semifinals. In the semifinals, Twinsburg was able to avenge its first dual meet loss of the season by defeating Barberton 46-36.
Harvey defeated Highland in the other semifinal, setting up the Tigers to face the host Red Raiders. Twinsburg won the championship with a 45-36 victory.
With the wins, Twinsburg improved its dual meet record to 12-9. The Tigers will close out their dual meet schedule with a trip to Cleveland Heights Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Mariola was very happy to see his team overcome some adversity in the wins.
"It was really great because we beat a team that beat us in the first week of the season in Barberton," Mariola said. "In duals, one match here and there can be the difference and we were able to get the job done."
"Our kids were really up for the final match," he added. "I think they totally bought into the winning attitude. When they realized they had a shot at winning a trophy, it just turned them on."
Leading the charge on the weekend for Twinsburg was senior Mike Magyar, who went 5-0 with five pins while splitting time between 138 and 145 pounds.
Junior Aidan Corrigan also 5-0 on the weekend at 182 pounds, though Mariola noted Corrigan planned to cut down to 170 this week.
Mariola also lauded 106-pounder Colin Grady for getting "a revenge win" vs. Barbverton, as well as sophomore Matt Atienza, who went 2-0 at 145 and 152 pounds at the duals.
"We put Atienza in to give him some matches," Mariola said. "He’s been coming on strong recently. He won both matches which was a great feat for him. He’s a kid that’s really been good because of really hard work he’s done in practice."
Mariola said enthusiasm within the team is high, as the Tigers prepare for their postseason opening Feb. 29 at the Division I sectional tournament at Kenston.
"It’s going to be an extremely tough sectional and let’s even discuss the Mentor Meatgrinder," Mariola said. "There are four good boys in every weight class. You’re going to have to beat some good kids to get out. We’re going to get ready. We’re going to start ramping up practices the next two weeks."