by Michael Leonard
Aurora -- At the Paulie McGhee Invitational Nov. 30 at Aurora High School, the Streetsboro wrestling team had some high points and some low points.
In other words, it was a typical season-opening tournament, especially given that it took place over the holiday weekend.
The Rockets placed eighth out of 33 teams with 93 points. They finished a half point behind seventh-place Stow-Munore Falls.
Parma repeated as the team champion with 214.5 points and Rootstown (195.5) and Aurora (194) finished second and third, respectively.
Streetsboro head coach Rick Charlton said the tournament showed his team remains a work in progress.
"We've just got to get back in the room and get ready for the next meet," he said.
The highlight of the tournament for the Rockets was the performance of junior 195-pounder Tyler Rowland, who claimed Streetsboro's lone individual title.
Rowland defeated North Olmsted's Alec Winston 10-0 and Kent Roosevelt's Ethan Murphy 12-4 to reach the final.
In the final against Parma's Matt Driver, the match started slowly, but Rowland slowly brought Driver down. Finally, in the third period, Rowland was able to put Driver on his back. He pinned Driver in 5 minutes, 8 seconds to win his first high school tournament.
"I just had to keep breaking him down on top and working for back points," Rowland said.
Rowland said he hopes the win will be a springboard for him to get to the Division II state meet.
"That's my No. 1 goal," Rowland said.
"Tyler has been the hardest working kid in our room this year," Charlton said. "He's done a lot extra stuff and it shows."
Streetsboro also had junior 138-pounder Aaron Dantimo reach the final. Dantimo pinned Rootstown's Nathan Zurzolo in 1:40, beat Chesterland West Geauga's Anthony Ventturini 4-2 and edged Rootstown's Jason Sadler 3-2 to advance.
In the championship, Dantimo fell behind early against Parma's Chayse Csongedi, but Dantimo reversed Csongedi onto his back in the third period.
The reversal and back points tied the match at 7-7, but Csongedi was able to escape and hold on for the 8-7 win.
The Rockets also got third-place finishes from 113-pounder Sean Kuklisin and 160-pounder Kyle Woods.
Streetsboro got a seventh-place finish from 106-pounder Joe Teibel and 145-pounder Chris Dynowski. Junior 220-pounder Charles Rhome finished eighth.
The Rockets will have a week off until their next meet.
Streetsboro is scheduled to open Portage Trail Conference County Division action Dec. 12 at James A. Garfield in Garrettsville.
First match is set for 5:30 p.m.