Western Reserve Roughriders take home Terry Munroe Memorial Tournament

COLLINS TWP. — Earlier in the season there were some question marks around the Western Reserve wrestling team.

It had a number of illnesses and injuries that held it back in earlier tournaments.

Any of those concerns have certainly been erased.

The Roughriders convincingly won yet another tournament, this time their own, the Terry Munroe Memorial Tournament at Western Reserve High School.

The host team ran away with the team results with a score of 648; the next closest team was New London with 468.

According to coach Art McHenry, the Roughriders didn’t have the best start to the two-day tournament, but they did what they’ve been doing as of late: they finished strong.

“The first day was a little shaky. I don’t know, maybe it was because they were in front of the home crowd for the first time,” McHenry said. “The first day was kind of rough. The second day they really picked it up.”

The Terry Munroe Tournament is different than most wrestling tournaments, which uses a bracket system that culminates in a championship match for each weight class. Instead, the tournament at Western Reserve was a round robin tournament where each wrestler faced all the other wrestlers in their weight class.

It makes for a grueling two days.

“It’s a pool tournament. There’s 10 teams and you wrestle everyone in your weight class,” McHenry said. “You can have up to 10 matches in two days, which makes it a survival of the fittest.”

The champions from each weight class are decided by who has the best overall record during the two-day tournament. The team scores are similar to that of a dual meet, where teams get a set number of points for a pin, a decision, and so on.

The Roughriders were once again led by Chase Griffith, who won his weight class and then was named the tournament MVP for the lightweight classes.

Ian Ramos, the Roughriders’ standout heavyweight, was also named tournament MVP for the heavyweight classes.

While Griffith and Ramos usually garner a lot of attention at tournaments, McHenry was quick to mention the performance of Jake Ruppert.

“Jake, at 138, pinned his way through the tournament. I don’t remember how many he faced, but he faced some really tough kids and he pinned them all,” McHenry said. “I voted for him for lightweight MVP, but all the other coaches voted otherwise.”

Brookside also took part in the event and finished in fifth with 374. Right behind the Cardinals in sixth place was Clearview with 337.

Monroeville finished with 331 and Vermilion with 147.

Solid start for EC

Elyria Catholic finished the first day of the 2013 Catholic Invitational Tournament solidly, as the Panthers find themselves tied for 13th place overall with Toledo St. Johns with 24.5 points. The tournament features 30 Catholic schools from around the state, including Cincinnati Moeller, St. Ignatius, and St. Vincent St. Mary.

The Panthers sit fifth in the small school bracket, just 6.5 points behind leader, Chaminade-Julienne, of Dayton.

Elyria Catholic has a number of wrestlers who made it through the second round, including Mike Filiaggi (106), and Austin Kuchta (195) and Adam Kuchta (220).

The tournament wraps up today at Olentangy Liberty High School.

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Last Updated: 1/19/2013 11:14:44 PM EST

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