It was definitely not the kind of start Stow-Munroe Falls wrestling coach Randy Jenkins was hoping for this dual-meet season.
Hosting archrival Cuyahoga Falls Dec. 6, the Bulldogs nearly got white-washed. Stow managed only two individual victories as the Black Tigers rolled to a 51-6 rout.
Stow dropped to 0-1, 0-1 in the Northeast Ohio Conference River Division.
Jenkins said the effort was there from his young team.
"I was happy with the younger guys; we only gave up two pins," Jenkins said. "I thought the kids fought. We gave up 12 points through forfeits to start, so that hurt us."
By contrast, Falls coach Craig Wilson wasn't too pleased with his team's effort.
"They had a couple that weren't there," Wilson said. "Missing two guys isn't going to make up 45 points worth of difference, but we didn't wrestle really good. We were kind of flat. Our go-to guys all did really well."
Stow was missing 106 pounder Kyle Jenkins due to illness and did not field at 113-pounder, giving Falls a 12-0 lead off the bat.
Falls' Sean Hurr picked up the forfeit win at 106, while Trevonte Blackstone scored the forfeit at 113.
The forfeits allowed Falls sophomore Mitch Hannan to move up to 120 pounds, where he shut down Stow's Justin George 5-1.
At 126 pounds, Falls' Cole Oldham pulled away late to score a 13-7 win over Nate Allen. Coach Jenkins noted senior Dylan Hartwig was not available due to injury.
Falls 132-pounder Aaron Oser scored the first pin of the night, sticking Logan Emery in 4:37.
Stow had hoped 138-pounder Connor Crosier would stop the rout, but Falls' freshman Patrick Moore had other ideas, as he scored a 5-2 win.
It was another close match at 145 pounds, but Falls senior Keegan Eastman scored a 6-4 win over Stow's Jacob Seal.
That was followed by a 7-1 win by Falls' 152-pounder Joe Criss over Kyle Collins.
Falls then got an 8-2 win over from 160-pounder Austyn Wilson as he controlled Stow's Nick Planicka.
Stow finally got on the board at 170 pounds. Moving up from his usual 160-pound slot, Hunter Massey scored a 6-2 win over Falls' Bucky Hendershot.
Stow junior Joe Kollar then won at tight match at 182 pounds, as he pulled out a 4-3 win over Falls' Drew Paster.
The most anticipated match of the night came at 195 pounds. The match pitted Stow's Gage Finegan, the defending NOC champion at 195, against Falls' state qualifier Joe Repasky.
After the two wrestlers exchanged escapes in the second and third period, Repasky got the match's lone takedown as he scored a 3-1 win.
"It was tied when Joey got a takedown with about 40 seconds left," Wilson said. "It was a really good match."
They both were pretty cautious and Finegan got caught," Jenkins said. "I think it's going to be a close match throughout the year."
Falls' 220-pounder Rudy Ware then made quick work of Stow's Chris Wright, pinning him in 1:50.
Falls' heavyweight Sampson Demand scored a forfeit win to complete the rout.
Stow was set to participate in the Hudson Holiday Tournament Dec. 14 and 15, but results were not available at press time.
Stow will not return to action until 2013. The Bulldogs will travel to North Royalton for a River Division dual meet Jan. 3.