by Michael Leonard
Atwater -- The writing was on the wall that the Portage Trail Conference would not be kind to the Streetsboro wrestling team even before the tournament started.
Junior Tyler Rowland, who usually competes a 195 pounds, was ruled out of the tournament due to a skin infection, leaving the Rockets without their best wrestler this season.
Streetsboro ended up finishing 11th at the PTC Tournament with 62.5 points. The tournament concluded Feb. 1 at Waterloo High School in Atwater.
Crestwood won the overall tournament title for the fourth straight year with 211 points. Norton finished second with 187 points and Coventry took third (186).
Streetsboro head coach Rick Charlton was not happy after the tournament.
"We've got to keep getting better," Charlton said. "Sectionals are in two weeks. We've got to get ready for them."
There were a few highlights for the Rockets, including the performance of senior Sean Kuklisin.
Given the top seed at 106 pounds, Kuklisin breezed to the final, beating Ravenna's Caleb Smith by 15-0 technical fall and Garfield's Noah Heim 10-0.
In the final, however, Kuklisin was involved in a dogfight with Rootstown's Brad Trescott.
Trescott held a 2-1 lead in the waning moments of the match when Kuklisin attempted to hit a switch on Trescott.
The two wrestlers spun around the mat several times, but as time expired, the referee ruled that Kuklisin had not scored a reversal, giving Trescott the 2-1 win and the title.
"The referee didn't call the two [points]," Charlton said. "It doesn't matter what I think."
Streetsboro had one other wrestler reach the final in Kyle Woods at 160 pounds. Woods pulled out an 8-6 win in overtime over Ravenna's Anthony Mazzola in his opening match and beat Springfield's Todd Woods by 17-0 technical fall to reach the final.
In the final, however, Woods ran into Rootstown All-Ohioan Zack Ladich. Ladich attacked early and scored the pin in 1 minute, 11 seconds.
Streetsboro had one other placer on the night as Aaron Dantimo finished in sixth place at 132 pounds.
The Rockets are scheduled to open their postseason run Feb. 14 and 15 at the Division II sectional tournament at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary. High School. First match Feb. 14 is set for 5:30 p.m.