Woodridge wrestling wins at Loudonville tournament

By Michael Leonard | Sports Editor Published:

No one will ever mistake the field at Machor Sage Invitational in Loudonville for the Brecksville Invitational Holiday Tournament.

However, a major throwdown is not necessarily Woodridge's wrestling coach Mike Massey's primary reason for taking his team to Ashland County.

"The competition level was not the greatest," Massey said. "It's more of a team-building thing for us. It's an overnight trip that's more fun than anything else. With that said, we went in with the intention of winning the thing."

And win the thing they did.

The Bulldogs won the team title at the Machor Sage Invitational Dec. 22 with 213 points. Canton GlenOak was second with 205 points.

The tournament format was an eight-team pool-style tournament, designed to give all wrestlers the chance at least four matches.

"We wanted to get everybody as much mat time as they could," Massey said. "Everybody wrestled at least four or five matches."

Woodridge only had one individual champion at Loudonville in senior 138-pounder Pat Dickinson. Dickinson dominated his foes with four pins on the weekend, including a pin in 45 seconds over Cloverleaf's Anthony Kozma in the title match.

Not bad, considering Dickinson was suffering from a bad case of the flu.

"I'd never seen Pat look worse," Massey said. "He slept between every match. Pat's not a big pinner, but he pinned the first three kids and went on from there. After his last match, he grabbed his stuff and headed straight home."

Woodridge had several wrestlers finish in the runner-up spot.

Sophomore 132-pounder Alex Teodecki went 4-1 with three pins and a major decision before losing in the final to Cloverleaf's Mark Heidelman.

At 145 pounds, sophomore Hunter Mercer also went 4-1. Mercer was in tight match in the final, but lost to Loudonville's Tucker Bender 3-2.

Senior 182-pounder Doug McIe capped a very strong December by taking second. He went 4-1 before losing 10-3 to Norwayne's Heath Rorbahl.

Woodridge's last finalist was junior 220-pounder Mason Hilling. Hilling went 3-1 and was in strong form, until he ran into Mapleton's Tyler Shenk. Shenk handed Hilling a 12-5 loss in the final.

Massey ran into a familiar issue at 170 pounds in Loudonville.

Junior Christian Reese was healthy again and took Woodridge's starting spot at 170. However, junior Eric Bissonnette was granted an exhibition spot in the bracket at 170 and ended up pinning Reese in the third-place match.

An overtime loss was all that kept sophomore Cody Jenkins from the final at 195 pounds. He ended up taking third.

Woodridge got fourth-place finishes from 106-pounder Jacob Morehouse and 160-pounder Demetrious Tabler.

Woodridge will open 2013 by hosting the Janet Stammen Invitational Jan. 5. First match is set for 10 a.m.

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