GATES MILLS—Cardinal closed out its first event of the 2017-2018 season with three wins and three place winners at the 2017 Hawken Invitational Tournament.
Paul Byler pinned his finals opponent and Zane Drebus and Jerry Rose both earned decisions as all three finished in fifth place for the Huskies.
“That’s something great to build on,” said Cardinal coach Jeff Zeigler of Cardinal’s 3-0 record in the finals round. “We always look for something positive to pull out of every event and all three kids won in the finals; that’s something we stress. It was a good performance for all of them.”
Byler, Cardinal’s 138-pound junior, opened the tournament with an 11-7 win over teammate Gene Henry then dropped into the consolation bracket. He responded with a 10-3 win over Hawken’s Jay Doyle and a 1 minute, 45-second pin of Wickliffe’s Ernie Landi in the consolation quarterfinals before suffering his second loss of the tournament.
He finished with a 1 minute, 55-second pin over John Marshall’s Lamar Hamilton.
Drebus, a junior, also won his first match at 152 before falling into the consolation round. He recorded two straight pins to reach the consolation semifinals then dropped into the fifth place match.
Rose, a freshman, took the long road to the 160-pound fifth place match.
He lost a 6-5 opening round bout to Wickliffe senior Jordan Sidhu then won three straight matches to reach the consolation semifinals, where he lost to Sidhu for a second time.
“Byler and Zane have experience but to have our freshman, Jerry Rose, who isn’t new to the sport of wrestling, but he’s a high school freshman, to place at this tournament is a really good achievement,” Zeigler said.
Sophomores Devan Callison (220) and Tim Baril (285) both finished 1-2 for the Huskies while freshman Trevor Bachna (126), junior Anthony Stango (145) and Henry finished 0-2.
“We’re just so young this year and the lack of experience showed,” Zeigler said. “A lot of the guys had their first varsity match on Friday. A couple of them got a win, their very first varsity win, and it’s the first weekend they’ve been out. We didn’t even have a scrimmage this year. We usually have a varsity scrimmage to warm up with and get game ready, but we didn’t even have that, but the kids all work hard and we’ve got a lot to build on. We’re young and we’re going to be young for a couple of years, but good things are coming.”