by Michael Leonard
Hudson -- The Streetsboro wrestling team often has used the Hudson Holiday Tournament as a measuring stick for itself.
Based on the results from this year's Hudson tournament, which took place Dec. 20 and 21, the Rockets have work to do, but they also have reason for optimism.
Streetsboro placed seventh with 110 points in the 15-team tournament at Hudson.
Parma won with 198 points, overcoming a big first day from runner-up Aurora (178 points). Maple Heights finished third with 152.5 points.
The tournament followed a home double dual meet for the Rockets Dec. 19.
Streetsboro lost 44-20 to Portage Trail Conference County Division rivals Woodridge and 43-32 to Southeast to drop to 0-4 in dual meets.
Double winners in the dual meet for Streetsboro included 106-pounder Sean Kuklisin (pin and decision); 138-pounder George Anderson (technical fall and decision); 182-pounder Pat Adkins (pin and decision); and 195-pounder Tyler Rowland (pin and decision).
Rowland may have scored the biggest win of night for the Rockets. He earned a 6-2 victory over Woodridge state qualifier Cody Jenkins.
With six Streetsboro wrestlers finishing on the podium at Hudson, Rockets head coach Rick Charlton said it was "a pretty good tournament" for his team.
"We just need to take this and keep moving forward," he said. "I saw a lot of good things here."
Rowland carried the momentum from the dual meet by winning Streetsboro's lone championship at Hudson at 195 pounds.
Rowland scored a 9-1 major decision over Warren Howland's Wil Price, followed by a 3-0 decision over Parma's Matt Drive and a 7-0 win over Hudson's Gabe Vehar to reach the final.
In the final, Rowland had problems taking down Maple Heights' Monterol Johnson early, but after a nice sprawl in the middle of the second period, Rowland turned Johnson and pinned him in 3 minutes, 32 seconds.
"He's very strong," Rowland said. "I just had to let my endurance wear him down. I practice the splits every day, so that worked out."
"You can see the hard work paying off with him," Charlton said.
Rockets' senior 138-pounder Chris Dynowski had his best tournament of the young season as he also reached the finals.
Dynowski opened with a 17-1 technical fall over Cleveland Glenville's Rich Collins, then beat Stow-Munroe Falls' AJ Planicka 9-3 and Akron Archbishop Hoban's Kevin Swaney 5-2 to reach the final.
In a back-and-forth title match with New Philadelphia's Maverick Meeks, Dynowski did everything but escape in the final minute, but Meeks barely held on for a 6-5 win.
"Chris worked really hard after the Aurora tournament," Charlton said. "I think this weekend shows he's back on track."
Due to weight regulations, this was the first weekend where Kuklisin could wrestle at his natural 106-pound weight class.
Kuklisin stormed to the final, pinning Hudson's Eric Johnson in 5:51 and scoring a 17-0 technical fall over Parma's Josh Bennett.
The 106-pound title match was an all-Portage County affair as Aurora freshman Jarrod Brezovec faced Kuklisin.
Brezovec dominated the match, however, getting the only takedown in the first period and using a cradle to pin Kuklisin in 3:08.
"He made a small mistake and Brezovec took advantage of it," Charlton said.
The Rockets also got fourth-place finishes from Anderson at 132 and Kyle Woods at 160. At 126 pounds, Aaron Dantimo took fifth place.
Streetsboro is scheduled to next see action Dec. 27 (11 a.m.) and 28 (9:30 a.m.) at the Kenston Invitational Tournament in Chagrin Falls.