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by Michael Leonard | Sports Editor
Hudson -- With a field full of Division I teams, the Hudson Holiday Tournament can provide a good early season test for the Streetsboro wrestling team.
How did the Rockets perform? That depends on what time in the tournament one refers to.
Streetsboro wrestled well enough to earn a top 10 finish at Hudson, taking 10th place with 81.5 points. Parma won the team title with 196.5 points. The tournament took place Dec. 14 and 15.
The problem for the Rockets was a poor session Dec. 15. Streetsboro finished only 1-of-5 in placement matches.
"Saturday morning was pretty good, but we've got to be able to wrestle well tonight to take the next step," Streetsboro head coach Rick Charlton said. "The ones who made it to the finals are the ones who are listening to us in the room. The ones who didn't make the finals aren't."
Streetsboro senior heavyweight Sam Creque reached the championship match for the first in his high school career. He was the only Rocket to reach the title match.
After a bye, Creque pinned Maple Heights' Antonio Weatherspoon in 4 minutes, 58 seconds and squeezed out a 5-4 win over Norton's John Glas 5-4 to reach the final.
However, Creque developed knee issues prior to the final and the coaches did not want to risk further injury.
Charlton chose not to hold Creque out of the final, giving New Philadelphia's Mark Castillo the title by forfeit.
"We just wanted to be careful with his knee," Charlton said. "We tried to loosen it up during warmups, but it just didn't feel right. We were just being cautious."
The Rockets got fourth-place finishes from 106-pounder Sean Kuklisin, 132-pounder Chris Dynowski and 152-pounder Kyle Woods. Streetsboro also got a fifth-place finish from 120-pounder Aaron Dantimo, as he pulled out a 7-5 win over Aurora's Andrew Peterson in overtime.
"We just need to keep working," Charlton said. "This shows us where we are at."
The Rockets are scheduled to return to Portage Trail Conference Metro Division action Dec. 20 at home with double dual meet with Field and Norton. First match is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.