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by Michael Leonard | Sports Editor
Alliance -- Coaches from all over noted the Division II district tournament at Alliance was probably the most loaded of the four districts this year.
The Streetsboro wrestling team found out the truth of that statement the hard way.
The Rockets will miss out on the Division II state tournament for the second straight year as Streetsboro did not qualify any wrestlers out of Alliance.
The top four wrestlers in each weight class at the district competition reached the state meet.
The Rockets tied with Alliance and Marlington with seven team points. Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy won the team title with 174 points.
"We wrestled OK," said Streetsboro head coach Rick Charlton.
"Am I happy? No. We always want to be down at the state meet competing."
The Rockets' best wrestler at Alliance was junior 132 pounder Chris Dynowski.
Dynowski was on the wrong end of a 10-3 loss to Mentor Lake Catholic's Nick Wrobel to start the tournament, but rebounded with an 8-6 win over Canfield's C.J. Frost.
Dynowski then got, perhaps, the biggest win of the tournament for Streetsboro win he pinned Crestwood state qualifier Josh Hillier in 5:24.
"It was great," Chartlon said. "You can't stop wrestling for one second and he didn't in that match."
Unfortunately, that would be Dynowski's last win as he dropped a 5-0 loss to the Field's Jimmy Kubitza in the consolation quarterfinals.
Junior 106-pounder Sean Kuklisin won his opening bout, beating Archbishop Hoban's Terrell Grant 14-0.
However, Kuklisin then lost a 6-0 decision to Louisville's Dakota Oliver, who went on to take second place.
Kuklisin was eliminated via a 4-0 loss to Geneva's William Distler.
Streetsboro's lone senior at districts was heavyweight Sam Creque, but Creque went 0-2, getting pinned in 45 seconds by West Branch's Connor Sharp and 4:04 by Norton's John Glas.
At 120 pounds, sophomore Aaron Dantimo lost a pair of very close matches. Her lost 7-6 to University School's Walker Chieffe and 9-7 to Field's Brett Mayfield.