by Michael Leonard | Sports Editor
With the holes he has in his lineup, Streetsboro head wrestling coach Rick Charlton is pragmatic about his team's chances in dual meets.
However, he would like to see the wrestlers he does have perform at their peak.
The Rockets split a tri-meet Jan. 5 at home, losing to Portage Trail Conference Metro Division rival Ravenna 42-33, but defeating PTC crossover foe Waterloo 39-36.
Streetsboro's record stood a 1-3 overall and 0-3 in the Metro Division as of press time.
Charlton said he had hoped for a bit better outing against the Ravens.
"I thought there were a couple matches more that we could have won," Charlton said. "It was a bittersweet. We wrestled all right, but we definitely could have wrestled better."
The Rockets' top performer at the tri-meet was 132-pounder Chris Dynowski, who scored two pins on the night, sticking Ravenna's
Anthony Petranic in 4 minutes, 20 seconds and pinning Waterloo's Devin Miller in 1:05.
"Chris wrestled very well," Charlton said. "I think he was disappointed in his Kenston result and he's really picked up the pace."
Dynowski took sixth place at the Kenston Invitational Tournament Dec. 29.
Streetsboro also got a pair of wins from 138-pounder Justin Baratko, who defeated Ravenna's Jeremie Greenwell 10-5 and Waterloo's Duncan Hysell 6-1.
"He started out a little slow," Charlton said. "We talked to him and he has picked it up. He's a very good wrestler. He just needs to come with that intensity every time."
Elsewhere against Ravenna, the Rockets got pins from 195-pounder Pat Adkins, 220-pounder Tyler Rowland and 103-pounder Sean Kuklisin.
The Rockets also got a forfeit win at 113 pounds from Joe Tiebel.
However, Streetsboro also gave up three forfeits at 126, 170 and 182 pound, respectively. Those 18 points proved to be the difference in the match.
Speaking of forfeits, the match with Waterloo featured seven forfeited matches -- four won by the Rockets and three by the Vikings.
In addition to the wins by Baratko and Dynowski, the Rockets got a crucial pin from heavyweight Sam Creque, who stuck John Supel in 35 seconds.
After wrestling only four dual meets all season, Streetsboro was set to wrestle four this week. In a make-up match, the Rockets were scheduled to wrestle Springfield and Kent Roosevelt Jan. 8 in Akron. Results were not available at press time.
Streetsboro is set to face a big test Jan. 10 when it travels to Crestwood for a double dual with the Red Devils and Coventry. First match is set for 5:30 p.m.
"We've got a full week," Charlton. "We're going to try to wrestle Crestwood and Coventry tough. Ravenna went 1-1 against them and we wrestled right with Ravenna."