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10th out of 14 at JB Firestone Tourn
By Dave Ressler  | staff
Saturday, December 17, 2011

The Longhorn Wrestlers traveled out to Black River for the second time this week.  This time it was for the JB Firestone Invitational.  Depleted with injuries, Coach Dave Ressler only had ten weight classes filled.  Despite the low numbers the Longhorns were able to have three wrestlers place and eight out of the ten wrestlers won at least one match.
Leading the Longhorns into the finals were freshman Tim Mecklenburg, junior Bryce Deblock and senior Ryan Rusnak.  All three made it to the championship finals.  Mecklenburg had a pin and a 6-2 decision to reach the finals.  Deblock had a 9-5 decision and a 7-5 decision with a last second reversal to win.  Rusnak had two pins and an 8-6 decision to reach the finals.  Also winning matches for the Longhorns were juniors Chance Huey, Gevin Maxwell, Andrew Liese, senior Gabriel Petkac and freshman Kristian Bremer
In the finals Mecklenburg faced sophomore Evan Collier from North Ridgeville.  Mecklenburg scored the first takedown in the match.  Mecklenburg then gave up an escape in the second period to hold onto a 2-1 lead going into the final period.  In the third period Mecklenburg chose the down position but before he could escape gave up three near-fall points to lose 4-3.  It was Mecklenburg’s first loss on the season.  In the 113 lb. final Deblock faced Drew Dickson of North Ridgeville.  Dickson came out strong and defeated Deblock 17-1.
The last final for the Longhorns was at 126 lbs. with Rusnak facing off against district qualifier Chase Griffith of Western Reserve.  In a similar fashion as Dickson, Griffith rattled off 17 points for the technical fall.  Overall the Longhorns finished tenth but Coach Ressler was pleased with how they wrestled. “This is the toughest tournament of the year for us and to have three guys in the finals is pretty good.  You would have to go back to the 1980’s to find the last time we had three finalists here.” 
Fri 12/2/11
W, 36-22
Sat 12/3/11
1st out of 8
Thu 12/8/11
W, 42-37
Thu 12/8/11
L, 63-17
Sat 12/10/11
Thu 12/15/11
W, 60-5
Thu 12/15/11
L, 32-30
Sat 12/17/11
10th out of 14
Fri 12/23/11
10th out of 15
Thu 1/5/12
W, 54-27
Thu 1/5/12
L, 44-30
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