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Taking a look at the final standings from the Northeast Ohio Conference wrestling tournament, it might seem like Cuyahoga Falls had a horrible weekend.
Falls finished 11th in the 18-team field at NOCs with 82 points. Brunswick won the tournament with 160.5 points, claiming the NOC River Division title in the process. The tournament took place at Garfield Heights Feb. 1 and 2.
However, behind the numbers, Falls had some mitigating circumstances.
Injuries, disciplinary issues and other mishaps left coach Craig Wilson with only nine starters heading into the tournament.
Then, 160-pounder Austin Wilson tweaked his knee in his semifinal match with Twinsburg's Alex Keller. Coach Wilson erred on the side of caution and his nephew defaulted down to sixth place.
Given these handicaps, Falls actually had a decent tournament, according to Wilson.
Falls' efforts were highlighted by senior 195-pounder Joe Repasky and 220-pounder Rudy Ware each winning individual titles.
"I'm proud of the kids," Wilson said. I'm happy with the way we wrestled because this is one of the toughest tournaments in the state. To bring nine kids here and do as well as we did says something."
Repasky and Ware each were given the No. 1 seed in their respective brackets and took care of their business.
After a bye, Repasky opened by pinning Shaker Heights' Naddie Mathkour in 1:36. In the semifinal, Repasky scored a 2-0 win over Hudson's Zack Vehar, who had defeated Repasky earlier in the season.
"That kid beat Joey up the first time around, so that was good to see," Wilson said.
In the final, Repasky claimed his first NOC title by beating Parma's Mike Lewis.
While Repasky had some close calls on his way to the title, Ware was in devastating form.
Ware needed barely more than a minute to pin his first two opponents, sticking Solon's Jared Lee in 10 seconds and Garfield Heights' Sengor Hobbs in 52 seconds.
Twinsburg's Onome Ombien did a bit better in the semifinal, which is to say Ware needed to go to the third period before pinning him in 4:56.
Ware finished the job by taking out Shaker Heights' Kevin Agee in the final.
Falls had one more placer, as sophomore heavyweight Sampson Demand fought his was into the fifth-place match.
Falls' regular season is over. The Black Tigers will open their postseason run Feb. 15 and 16 at the Division I sectional meet at Austintown Fitch.