Stow wrestling wins three titles at McGhee Invitational

By Michael Leonard | Sports Editor Published:

Stow-Munroe Falls wrestling coach Randy Jenkins knows the field at Paulie McGhee Invitational isn't the toughest his team will face this season.

"I like this tournament," Jenkins said. "It shows us where we're at and what we have to work on. It's not the toughest tournament, but we'll learn from it."

Based on the results, Stow still is very young, some of those young guns could be in for big seasons.

Stow finished third in the team race at the McGhee Invitational with 148 points. The tournament took place Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at Aurora.

Parma won the team title with 241.5 points.

More importantly, Stow finished with three individual champions at Aurora.

Senior 195-pounder Gage Finegan picked up where he left off last season, as he scored pins in every match he wrestled at Aurora.

During the bracket tournament Dec. 1, Finegan needed just 10 seconds to stick Aurora Green's Albert Pietrangelo and pinned Geneva's James Hawk in 1:03.

In the final, South Range's Colton Schuster attempted to slow down Finegan's offense, but Finegan used several pinning combinations to stick Schuster in 3:53 to win the title.

"He kind of stalled a lot," Finegan said of Schuster. "After I got him on the mat, I knew it was a matter of time. I think we're going to do a lot of good this season.

"Gage had a returning champion in the final and he dominated him," Jenkins said. "He looks really good."

Prior to the season, Jenkins said junior 160-pounder Hunter Massey was due for a breakout year. Massey proved his coach's instincts could be right, as he won the 160-pound title.

Massey opened by pinning Cardinal's Troy Miller in 1:10 and then defeated Waterloo's Josh Horning 7-4. Massey then beat up on Kent Roosevelt's Aaron Miller in the final, before pinning him in 3:53 to claim the title.

"He was really strong," Massey said of Miller. "He was trying to tie me up a lot. I just had to stay on offense and look for my openings."

Massey said he was focused on reaching the state tournament this season.

Stow's third champion is one coach Jenkins knows well: His son, freshman 106-pounder Kyle Jenkins.

The younger Jenkins pinned Geneva's William Distley in 3:18 and Aurora's Kevin Kidwell in 5:29 to reach the final.

In the final, Jenkins was in a dogfight with Mayfield's Harry Feuer. Jenkins gave up the first takedown and was assessed two penalty points for roughness in the first period, putting him in a 4-1 hole.

However, Jenkins rallied and put Feuer on his back in the second period. That turned out to be the difference as he won a 9-6 decision to take the title.

Kyle Jenkins admitted he was frustrated in the first period.

"I just had to keep going after him," Kyle Jenkins said. "He was wrestling a lot of defense."

"Kyle had a two-time state placer at the middle school level in the final," coach Jenkins said. "He did a good job staying aggressive."

Stow had one other finalist in sophomore 138-pounder Connor Crosier. Crosier pinned Geneva's Anthony Barszczewski in 3:07 and got a 6-4 overtime win over Mayfield's Jesse Scarvelli to reach the final.

In the final, Crosier was a bit overmatched by Garaway's Cody Mullet, as lost an 11-1 decision. However, second place was the best tournament finish of Crosier's high school career.

"Connor Crosier came out of the woodwork this week," coach Jenkins said. "All the coaches thought he could be in for something big."

Stow also got a fourth-place finish from sophomore 126-pounder Nathan Allen and fifth-place finish from sophomore 182-pounder Joe Kollar.

Stow was set to face Cuyahoga Falls in its opening dual meet Dec. 6, but results weren't available at press time.

Up next for the Bulldog will be another tournament test, as Stow will wrestle at the Hudson Holiday Tournament Dec. 14 and 15. First match Dec. 14 is set for 5 p.m.

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