by Michael Leonard | Sports Editor
Aurora -- Opening weekend of wrestling season doesn't always provide an accurate picture of how a team will fare at season's end.
Streetsboro head wrestling coach Rick Charlton hopes his team will make some strides between now and season's end as the Rockets' performance at the Paulie McGhee Invitational, which concluded Dec. 1 at Aurora High School, showed Streetsboro has some work to do.
The Rockets finished ninth with 101 points. Parma won the team title with 241.5 points.
While noting his team wasn't at full strength, Charlton said his team needed to get back to the grind.
"We've got a lot of room for improvement," he said. "We've just got to get back in the room on Monday and get back to work."
Streetsboro was without its senior captain as heavyweight Sam Creque was absent after having his wisdom teeth pulled.
He is expected to be back in time for this week's dual meet.
The highlight of the weekend for Streetsboro was the performance of sophomore 120-pounder Aaron Dantimo.
Dantimo was the lone Rocket to reach the final of his bracket as he pinned Aurora's Danny Novak in 3 minutes, 43 seconds and beat Rootstown's Seth Hayes 8-4 to reach the title match.
In the title match, however, Dantimo couldn't get his offense going.
Although Dantimo showed the ability to escape, he could not get a takedown against Parma's Tyler Workman. Workman won 7-4 to claim the title.
"I believe Aaron has improved a lot from last year," Charlton said. "He's got a lot of explosion from the bottom."
Elsewhere, 106-pound junior Sean Kuklisin took third place, besting Tallmadge's Dallas Testa 4-2 in the third-place match.
Like Dantimo, sophomore 195-pounder Patrick Adkins had his best finish in a high school tournament. He managed to earn a fourth-place finish as he was pinned in 1:47 in the third-place match by Rootstown's Kyle Slaughter.
Junior 132-pounder Chris Dynowski found himself in one of the toughest brackets at Aurora.
He managed to salvage fifth place by pinning Tallmadge's Josh Potok in 4:22 in the fifth-place match.
Junior 152-pounder Kyle Woods also managed a fifth-place finish, pinning Kent Roosevelt's Raiden Foris in 4:16 in the fifth-place match.
Streetsboro's final placer was sophomore 220-pounder Tyler Rowland. He finished sixth as he lost 3-1 to Parma's Matt Driver in the fifth-place match.
The Rockets are scheduled to open their Portage Trail Conference Metro Division schedule Dec. 6 at Akron Springfield.
Streetsboro is set to participate in a double dual meet with the Spartans and Kent Roosevelt. First match is set for 6 p.m.