GATES MILLS—Six of eight Cardinal wrestlers earned a spot on the podium at the 2018 Hawken Invitational Tournament on Saturday.
The Huskies finished in eighth place overall.
“We didn’t have a great finals round but I was pleasantly surprised,” Cardinal coach Jeff Zeigler said of his team’s performance over the weekend. “We came here with half a team and we finished eighth overall with some key guys out of our lineup. We had a lot of freshmen in there so it was a great weekend for us.”
Sophomore Jerry Rose finished second at 170 pounds after he suffered a tough-luck quick pin to Brecksville’s Soren Osicka in 1 minute, 8 seconds.
Rose, who recorded two pins and a decision on the way to the championship bout, rolled over his back long enough for the official to slam his hand on the mat.
“We shouldn’t have been there but you’re not going to get that call back,” Zeigler said. “He’s got to wrestle smarter. He’s a very talented kid and I’m really proud of him. Good thing that wasn’t the state finals, we can come back from that.”
Freshman Ty Zeigler finished fourth at 106 pounds with a major decision, two pins and a forfeit.
Junior Ryan Shanower placed fifth at 126 pounds after his 53-second pin of John Marshall’s Jayden Burson in the championship round.
“He was sitting real pretty all day,” Zeigler said of Shanower. “He wasn’t quite where he’d like to be or where I wanted him to be but he beat some solid kids. He’s continuing to improve and his strength and fitness is phenomenal. He’s doing well and I’m excited about him.”
Sophomore Trevor Bachna finished sixth at 145, senior Anthony Brezo placed sixth at 160 and freshman John Avalon took home a sixth-place finish at 220. Freshmen Austin Strever and Chase Simak also competed. Strever finished the tournament 2-2 at 138 pounds while Simak wrestled at 152.
“Right up the line, we wrestled pretty well starting off with Ty. He won his first varsity match right out of the gate and placed in his first varsity tournament,” Zeigler said. “Bachna, a second-year wrestler, placed and John Avalon, another freshman, placed at 220, which wasn’t a cakewalk of a weight class. Tony Brezo came back after a couple years and placed. It was a great day for the Huskies overall. We’ve got a lot work with and the kids want to win. This is going to be a great team.”