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2nd out of 10 at Longhorn Super Quad
By Dave Ressler  | staff
Saturday, November 30, 2013

ROCKY RIVER --  The four time defending champion Longhorns came into the eleventh annual Super Quad knowing that to repeat would be a tall task.  The Longhorns would be giving up forfeits at three weight classes and that the quality of teams at the Super Quad would be very tough.  The Super Quad now featured ten teams rather than eight and of those ten teams, only Lutheran West would be a Division III team.  The tournament featured five Division I teams and four Division II squads. 

Despite these obstacles, the Longhorns came ready to wrestle.  The first round saw Lutheran West open up against a much improved Chagrin Falls team.  Chagrin Falls took a 6-0 lead with a forfeit at 106.  The Longhorns then rattled off four straight victories at 113, 120, 126 and 132.  Chagrin Falls got back on the board at 138 when sophomore Kevin Naim lost a close 2-1 battle.  At 145, sophomore Adler Vasiloff got the Longhorns another victory with a first period pin.  The Tigers got back on the board when junior Ryan Moore lost a tough fought 9-4 match.  The Longhorns finished with four straight victories to win the dual 51-12.
The second round found the Longhorn wrestlers taking on the Lawyers of John Marshall.  Every Longhorn wrestler won their match and John Marshall only scored with two forfeits.  The final score was 62-12 with pins by freshman Adrian Diaz (126), junior Tim Mecklenburg (132), Naim, Vasiloff, freshman James Handwerk (145) and junior Kristian Bremer (220). 

The third round would be a tall task for the Longhorn wrestlers to be able to pull out a victory.  The opponent was Division I Lakewood High School.  The Rangers boasted a full lineup and would be receiving 18 points in forfeits from the Longhorns.  Lakewood started off strong at 120 lb with a pin to take a 6-0 lead.  Diaz scored a come-from-behind win at 126 for the Longhorns.  Diaz scored a five point move at the end of the third period to win 10-9.  The two teams traded pins in the next four weight classes with a big come-from-behind pin by Moore.

For some reason, the Rangers decided not to wrestle their 160 pounder against Handwerk and the Longhorns took a 21-18 lead.  Senior Jake DeLorge secured a first period pin to increase the Longhorn lead.  The Rangers got two straight forfeits to take a 30-27 lead.  Bremer only scored two points in his bout at 220 lb but did not give up a point and helped the Longhorns tie the match.  Senior Ian Long gave the lead back to the Longhorns with a first period pin.  The Rangers received a forfeit at 106 to tie the score at 36.

The final bout of the match was at 113.  The winner of the bout would give their team the victory.  Junior Jacob Ressler took control of the bout early going up 4-1 at the end of the first.  Ressler would increase his lead to 8-2 by the end of the second period.  In the third, the Lakewood wrestler chose down and Ressler never let him up scoring 5 back points to win 13-2 and give the Longhorns the 40-36 victory.
The fourth round found the Longhorns facing another Division I opponent in Cleveland Heights.  The wrestlers kept their momentum going winning 8 of 12 bouts for a 48-24 win.  The win put the Longhorns in the championship match against Division II Chardon who was also 4-0 on the day.  Unfortunately for the Longhorns, Long suffered a knee injury in the Cleveland Heights match and would be unavailable for the finals.
In the finals, Coach Dave Ressler knew that it was going to be tough to win giving up four forfeits.  “We tried to put Ian’s injury behind us and stay focused.  The guys all wrestled well but we needed to wrestle perfect in order to win.”  The match started at 132, with Mecklenburg building up a 5-2 lead in the third period.  Mecklenburg took one more shot in the middle of the period but was unable to clear his left arm and the Chardon opponent stepped over and secured the pin.  The Longhorns went from being up 3-0 to being down 6-0 in the blink of an eye.

After a loss by a pin at 138, the Longhorns finally got on the board with a pin at 145 by Vasiloff.  The Hilltoppers won a major decision at 152 but the Longhorns got a pin at 160 and a decision at 170 to keep the score close.  Chardon picked up forfeits at 182, 195, heavyweight, and 106 to take a 40-21 lead.  Ressler secured a third period pin at 113, the Hilltoppers got a pin at 120, and the Longhorns picked up a forfeit at 126 to put the final score at 46-33 Chardon.

For the sixth straight year the Longhorn wrestling team was able to take home a trophy.  This time it was for second place.  “I was very pleased with how the team wrestled today.  We will regroup and look at the film and head to Cardinal with the goal of winning that tournament next week,” stated Ressler. 
Sat 11/23/13
Sat 11/30/13
2nd out of 10
Thu 12/12/13
L, 36-30
Thu 12/12/13
L, 33-24
Fri 12/13/13
No Team Score
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