by Michael Leonard | Sports Editor
Streetsboro head wrestling coach Rick Charlton said the Top Gun Tournament would serve as a measuring stick for his team.
Based on the results, the Rockets have a lot of work to do.
Streetsboro finished 42nd with 21 points in the 44-team field at the Top Gun, which took place in Alliance Jan. 18 and 19.
Urichsville Claymont won the tournament with 224.5 points.
The Rockets did not place a single wrestler on the podium at the Top Gun.
"It didn't go great," Charlton said. "I thought we wrestled pretty good. It was just the level of competition we were up against was too strong. We had a couple bad draws and a couple bad matches which cost us."
Tyler Rowland was the only Streetsboro wrestler to reach the quarterfinals. Rowland, who wrestled at 220 pounds, won both of his day one matches, pinning Lake's Collin Meffert and beating Wapakoneta's Jarred Carpenter 11-2.
However, Rowland then ran into top-seeded Evan Rosborough of Painesville Riverside and was pinned in 2 minutes. Rowland was then eliminated by a pin in 56 seconds from Olentangy's Chris Crumble.
The Rockets had only one other wrestler go 2-2 on the weekend. Heavyweight Sam Creque was eliminated in the consolation quarterfinals by Field's Nate Smith via pin in 4:22.
"We've just got to focus on the small things," Charlton said. "We're hitting the right moves -- just not fast enough."
Streetsboro is scheduled to open its Division II state team tournament run Jan. 23 at Warren Howland. Streetsboro is set to face Akron Archbishop Hoban in the first round at 6 p.m. with the winner facing Howland in the second match that evening.