Edison makes it three straight Invite titles

The Chargers earned their third consecutive title at their host Edison Invitational Tournament on Saturday in Milan.
Michael Truax
Dec 5, 2010

The Chargers earned their third consecutive title at their host Edison Invitational Tournament on Saturday in Milan.

"I think this is the best we've wrestled in the three years I've been here," third-year coach Davy Hermes said. "From top to bottom, all 13 kids we brought placed in the top five and we went 10-3 in the finals. From top to bottom, we were sound."

The coaches voted Kyle Burns the Outstanding Wrestler, making him the first two-time award winner in the 47-year history of the tournament (though the award was not presented every year). The Edison junior also became the 12th three-time Edison Invite champion.

"He's good enough to win a state title if he's in the right weight class," Hermes said. "I think he proved that today."

Burns won the award as a freshmen in 2008 in the 125-pound weight class. In the finals this year, he defeated the 2009 MOW, Cal Clark, in the finals in a 12-3 major decision.

"I felt a little bit slow in the beginning, but I turned it up toward the end," Burns said. "I picked it up when I needed to."

He wrestled in the tournament in 145-pound weight class to avoid three-time state champions Hunter Stieber and Cam Tessari, both of Monroeville.

"(Wrestling in 145) is tough, because I'm a little bit smaller and I'm wrestling some pretty strong kids," Burns said. "It's going to take a lot of conditioning, quickness and technique."

Edison sent wrestlers to the first-place finals in all six weight classes from 130-160, winning two (Burns at 145 and Jordan Cole at 160). They also scored in the lightweight classes with Jude Michel's pin of Norwalk's Derek Wilson in 3:12 and Dalton Howard's 4-3 decision over Clyde's Blake Miller.

The Chargers won their third consecutive host Invite with 384 team points, their fifth title since 2004.

"In the middleweights, from 130-171, those kids are battling each other every day in the room," Hermes said. "It's frustrating sometimes for some of those kids because they feel like they're beating up on each other and they get tired, but we stress that on the weekend it was going to pay off. I think you could see that today."

Norwalk came in second with 305 points. Kyle Lang, a 2010 state qualifier at 103, won the 119-pound weight class with a 8-2 win over Willard's Kyle Niedermeyer. Jake Alexander took the 189-pound class after Monroeville's Brent Wilkin was hurt in his final pool play match.

Clyde was third with 284 points, winning the 215 and heavyweight classes. Billy Ward pinned Norwalk's Lance Leto in 1:03, followed by Trevor Strickland with a 5-0 decision over the Truckers' Ian Ramos. Six Fliers wrestlers jammed into the first-, third- or fifth-place finals in the top four weight classes.

"It's a testament to the kids that they're going to continue to stick with it, and that they're willing to put the work in to get down to those lower weight classes," Clyde coach Rob Jennings said. "I think as the season goes on, we're going to have some kids falling into the right spots for us."

Monroeville's trio of three-time state champions -- Stieber, Tessari and Chris Phillips -- won the 135-, 140- and 171-pound classes, respectively.

In the 135-pound first-place finals, Stieber defeated Edison's Tyler Majoy by a 15-7 major decision. All seven of Majoy's points were on escapes.

Tessari won by a 13-0 major decision over Edison's Corey Mancuso. Tessari's next-longest match was only 67 seconds long.

"We had four champs, but even our kids that lost -- like at 135, Tyler Majoy, or 140, Corey Mancuso, wrestling Stieber and Tessari -- they went six minutes with both of those kids, which not many can say," Hermes said.

Phillips took down Cody Lovejoy of Allen East by technical fall, 22-7.

First-place finals

103: Jude Michel (Edison) pin Derek Wilson (Norwalk) 3:12

112: Dalton Howard (Edison) tech. fall Tyler Baker (Allen East) 16-1

119: Kyle Lang (Norwalk) dec. Kyle Niedermeier (Willard) 8-2

125: Dion Perez (Tuslaw) dec. Grant Fidler (Monroeville) 9-3

130: Colt Lovejoy (Allen East) dec. Mike Coffman (Edison) 5-4

135: Hunter Stieber (Monroeville) maj. dec. Tyler Majoy (Edison) 15-7

140: Cam Tessari (Monroeville) maj. dec. Corey Mancuso (Edison) 13-0

145: Kyle Burns (Edison) maj. dec. Cal Clark (Monroeville) 12-3

152: Grant Dues (Allen East) dec. Jamie Kimberlin (Edison) 7-5

160: Jordan Cole (Edison) maj. dec. Tyler Tonelli (Monroeville) 15-3

171: Chris Phillips (Monroeville) tech. fall Cody Lovejoy (Allen East) 22-7

189: Jake Alexander (Norwalk) over Brent Wilken (Monroeville) default

215: Billy Ward (Clyde) pin Lance Leto (Norwalk) 1:03

285: Trevor Strickland (Clyde) dec. Ian Ramos(Norwalk) 5-0

Third-place finals

103: Tyler Rogers (Margaretta) pin Zack Kuhlins (Tuslaw) 4:14

119: Cam Michel (Edison) tech. fall Caleb Blair (Western Reserve) 15-0

125: Jake Montana (Norwalk) dec. Dakota Flores (Clyde) 7-5ot

130: Tyler Sparks (Norwalk) pin Mason Robson (Western Reserve) 1:24

135: Kevin Dieterich (Berea) dec. Justin Pryer (Allen East) 10-4

140: Tim Grys (Western Reserve) dec. Jacob Jazwa (Berea) 7-1

145: Nick Davis (Norwalk) dec. Austin Lloyd (Allen East) 10-3

152: Alex Doughty (Norwalk) maj. dec. Blake Smith (Clyde) 8-0

160: J.R. Conyers (Allen East) dec. D.J. Blair (Tuslaw) 7-5

171: Zach Rutherford (Edison) dec. Brad Smith (Clyde) 4-2ot

189: Josh Trick (Clyde) dec. Max McAdoo (Allen East) 8-5

215: Elrik Jensen (Edison) dec. Grant Criblez (Allen East) 9-5

285: Charlie Chesser (Margaretta) pin Divaunta Spearman (Willard) 2:35


"We had four champs, but even our kids that lost - like at 135, Tyler Majoy, or 140, Corey Mancuso, wrestling Stieber and Tessari -- they went six minutes with both of those kids, which not many can say," Hermes said.

That is the funniest quote I have ever read!!!!!!!!   And anyone who watched those two matches would agree that the statement is ridiculous!  Congrats to the rest of the Edison team however.


I agree with wrestlingfan2. I am from edison and watched the matches and DO NOT THINK THAT THE STATEMENT IS RIDICULOUS. I love Coach Hermes and give him alot of credit. Wrestling is a hard sport, especially when you wrestle national rankers like stieber and tessari. Both tessari and stieber are my friends, and i am not cutting them down, but our kids did well wrestling against them. And also thanks for the congrats...

Brian Erckman

The only reason why both Majoy and Mancuso lasted 6 minutes with them is because both steiber and tessari try to tech them but i still congratulate them both for making it that far


queenofdiamondz17, I am also an Edison fan but not RIDICULOUS enough to think those kids "wrestled" 6 minutes with Stieber and Tessari.  They layed on the floor or fled the mat for six minutes and that's it!  It's not a bragging moment and Hermes and anyone who know anything about wrestling knows it.  It was memorable alright, but not braggable.


 Wrestlingfan2, Obviously you don't have a child that wrestles. You must have nothing better to do than write blogs and cut people down. Wow! You must be perfect. I can't believe you would actually degrade children with words on a public forum. To me this shows very little class on your part. Please find something else to do with your life. Let's end this discussion thread on a positive note. Good luck to all of the Charger wrestlers. You are all hard working fine young men no matter what the outcome of your matches are.