While Monroeville's wrestling program should push the number of four-time state champions into the 20s at the state tournament in March, senior 140-pounder Cam Tessari picked up an even more elusive accomplishment Thursday night.
Tessari became just the third four-time champion at the Brecksville Holiday Tournament, celebrating its 50th year anniversary. Eagles teammates Hunter Stieber (135 pounds) and Chris Phillips (171) also won individual titles. Stieber and Phillips each took their third championship at the event as the pair missed last season's tournament due to injuries.
The other wrestlers to win four titles at the Brecksville Holiday Tournament are Fairview's Drew Pariano (1991-94) and Brecksville's Craig Dimitris (1996-99).
"I started looking at that after I won here my freshman season," Tessari said. "I saw that only two guys had done it and I immediately made it one of my career goals."
With the equality between the Monroeville elite trio, Phillips said he was excited to have a milestone to call his own.
"Those guys have all won the (Walsh Jesuit) Ironman twice and I only won it one time," Tessari said. "So I guess this is my little one-up on them."
Tessari earned a 16-0 technical fall against Aurora's Kyle Brezovec in his opening match, then pinned four opponents -- including Padua's Andrew Romanchik in the final -- to capture the rare fourth title.
"I think that was pretty special for Cam to win that," Monroeville coach Scott Bauer said. "He took everything home, really: He won the class, His fourth title, the tournament MVP and most pins in least amount of time."
Tessari's was the final match of the night, and he spent time next to the mat shaking hands and taking pictures with fans as they filed out of the bleachers.
"It was awesome to see him do that," said Stieber, who pinned Brecksville's Dylan Good in the 135-pound final. "He definitely deserves that recognition."
Stieber also dominated his way to a championship. He had three pins, a technical fall and a major decision to win his weight bracket.
It wasn't a walk down easy street for Phillips, who edged Twinsburg's Michael Baker 5-3 in the semifinals and pulled out a 7-3 decision over Mayfield's Tylan Coleman in the championship match.
Phillips wouldn't have it any other way.
"A tournament like this keeps me on my game," he said. "It doesn't allow you to get lazy. Having a tournament during the break forces you to keep working hard and watching your weight."
Phillips likes the Brecksville event so much, he ranks it the second-toughest tournament of the year.
"I'd put it right behind the Ironman," he said. "In my opinion, this is a tougher tournament than state. Overall, every guy in the field is tough at this tournament, where you really only run into one or two guys that are that tough down at state."
Stieber agreed that Brecksville is a tougher field of wrestlers.
"It's because we see teams from Division I and Division II here that we don't see down at state," he said. "There are even teams here from Georgia, so we definitely get a good test here."
Monroeville's Logan Stieber, who was in attendance Thursday and coached his younger brother during his final match, became the 19th four-time state champion last season in Columbus. Hunter Stieber, Tessari and Phillips all have won three state titles.
Edison had a pair of placers at the event -- Corey Mancuso finished fifth at 140 pounds and Kyle Burns finished fifth at 145. Bellevue finished with no placers.
TEAM STANDINGS: Bedford St. Peter Chanel 191, Wadsworth 167, Brecksville 141, Cincinnati Elder 125, Padua 124, Monroeville 114.5, Elyria 112.5, Olentangy Liberty 111, Wapakoneta 104.5, Oregon Clay 104, Toledo Central Catholic 102, Lake Catholic 97.5, Twinsburg 97.5, Mayfield 84, Jackson-Milton 82, St. Ignatius 78.5, Lakota West 77, Wauseon 76, Teays Valley 73, Edison 66.5, Sonoraville (Ga.) 63, Nelsonville-York 62, Hilliard Davidson 61, Keystone 60.5, Pope (Ga.) 58, Kettering Fairmont 57.5, Amherst 51, Gahanna Lincoln 51, Marysville 50.5, St. Vincent-St. Mary 49, Dayton Christian 48, Columbus DeSales 47.5, Olentangy Orange 45, Lakota East 42.5, Loveland 38, Aurora 34.5, Goshen 33.5, Harrison (Ga.) 26, Bellevue 25.5, North Royalton 22, Cuyahoga Heights 7, University School 5.
103 -- Championship: Aaron Assad (Chanel) dec. Tommy Zeigler (St. Ignatius), 9-4. Third: Christian Clary (Dayton Christian) pinned John Martin (Wapakoneta), 1:56. Fifth: Brad Taton (Lake Catholic) dec. Payton Gutierrez (Columbus DeSales), 5-1. Seventh: Armando Torres (Elyria) dec. Matt Pool (Toledo Central Christian), 6-5.
112 -- Championship: George DiCamillo (St. Ignatius) dec. Jacob Danishek (Dayton Christian), 10-3. Third: Bobby Mason (Padua) dec. Mike Screptock (Oregon Clay), 5-2. Fifth: Brandon Jones (Wadsworth) def. Cameron Munsey (Pope, Ga.) by default. Seventh: Giuseppe Penzone (Olentangy Liberty) def. Greg Suer (Cincinnati Elder) by default.
119 -- Championship: Vinnie Pizzuto (Jackson-Milton) dec. Jake Beemer (Wapakoneta), 7-3. Third: William Spangler (Keystone) dec. Angelo DiSabato (Davidson), 5-4. Fifth: Ryan Cash (Aurora) def. Willie Long (St. Ignatius) by default. Seventh: Del Vinas (Twinsburg) dec. Mike Yurkovich (North Royalton), 7-2.
125 -- Championship: Kagan Squire (Wadsworth) dec. Mike Labry (Twinsburg), 3-1. Third: Tim Wiseman (Jackson-Milton) dec. Brian Spangler (Keystone), 6-4 (OT). Fifth: Eli Garcia (Elyria) dec. Corey Smoot (Teays Valley), 5-0. Seventh: Lee Wilson (Columbus DeSales) dec. Matt Denlinger (Kettering Fairmont), 6-3.
130 -- Championship: Brent Fickel (Padua) dec. Mike Carlone (Mayfield), 6-2. Third: Johnny Matacic (Jackson-Milton) dec. Mitch Baran (Brecksville), 4-2. Fifth: Alfredo Gray (Wadsworth) dec. Angelo Amenta (Oregon Clay), 6-4 (OT). Seventh: Noah Forrider (Marysville) def. Drew McDougle (Gahana Lincoln) by default.
135 -- Championship: Hunter Stieber (Monroeville) pinned Dylan Good (Brecksville), 3:30. Third: Ty Davis (Lakota West) dec. Collan DaFonseca (Padua), 4-2. Fifth: Jeremy Walden (Chanel) dec. Connor Kamczyc (Elyria), 3-2. Seventh: Carl Moody (Nelsonville-York) dec. Tom McNulty (Mayfield), 7-5.
140 -- Championship: Cam Tessari (Monroeville) pinned Andrew Romanchik (Padua), 3:07. Third: Travis Luft (Teays Valley) dec. Nate Ball (Wadsworth), 1-0. Fifth: C.J. Basinski (Amherst) dec. Corey Mancuso (Edison), 1-0. Seventh: Grant Blumenthal (Twinsburg) dec. Dakota Hook (Nelsonville-York), 7-3.
145 -- Championship: Dan Orrill (Chanel) dec. D.J. Beauch (Toledo Central Catholic), 6-4. Third: Matt Fee (Lake Catholic) dec. Chase Delande (Davidson), 5-2. Fifth: Kyle Burns (Edison) def. Clay Wenger (Wadsworth) by default. Seventh: Myles Wright (Elyria) pinned Josh Toprani (Olentangy Orange), 2:46.
152 -- Championship: Jimmy King (Lake Catholic) dec. Joe Kiefer (Chanel), 6-3. Third: Tyler Hardtke (Cincinnati Elder) dec. Craig Thomas (Olentangy Liberty), 4-2. Fifth: Austin Kutzli (Wauseon) def. Jason Mossing (Toledo Central Catholic) by default. Seventh: Andrew Barr (Brecksville) dec. Devan Price (Elyria), 3-1.
160 -- Championship: Cody Walters (Chanel) def. Tony Martin (Toledo Central Catholic) by default. Third: Kyle Roddy (Brecksville) dec. James Gerken (Keystone), 6-2. Fifth: Tommy Kimbrell (Kettering Fairmont) maj. dec. Vinnie Bradberry (Lakota West), 11-2. Seventh: Zach Mays (Nelsonville-York) pinned Luke Tanier (Wauseon), :55.
171 -- Championship: Chris Phillips (Monroeville) dec. Tylan Coleman (Mayfield), 7-3. Third: Michael Baker (Twinsburg) dec. Nick McCall (Wauseon), 3-2. Fifth: Marshall Willet (Brecksville) dec. Christian Estes (Lakota West), 8-6. Seventh: Kylee Knabe (Loveland) pinned Joey Tabachino (Pope, Ga.), 3:27.
189 -- Championship: Ian Korb (Cincinnati Elder) dec. Chaz Gresham (Goshen), 3-1 (OT). Third: Jon Schafer (Chanel) dec. Zane Holder (Sonoraville, Ga.), 10-4. Fifth: Nick Brown (Gahana Lincoln) pinned Brocky Leidecker (Teays Valley), 4:24. Seventh: Garrett Conner (Kettering Fairmont) maj. dec. Myles Campbell (Twinsburg), 12-0.
215 -- Championship: Nick Tavanello (Wadsworth) dec. Logan Erb (Wapakoneta), 3-2. Third: Kennedy Smith (Chanel) pinned Jason Gott (Elyria), 3:23. Fifth: Kevin Hyland (Cincinnati Elder) maj. dec. Tyler Smith (Sonoraville, Ga.), 15-5. Seventh: Ray Stone (St. Vincent-St. Mary) dec. Shane Gaghen (Oregon Clay), 3-0.
285 -- Championship: Garrett Gray (Oregon Clay) def. Luke Fleming (Olentangy Liberty) by default. Third: Nick Nusekabel (Cincinnati Elder) dec. Carlos Lugo (St. Vincent-St. Mary), 4-2. Fifth: Bobby Zappittelli (Lake Catholic) dec. Brad Fleck (Wapakoneta), 6-2. Seventh: Levi Pickerel (Toledo Central Catholic) dec. Jake Crowley (Wadsworth), 3-2.
Margaretta 12th at Wendy's Invite
At Tiffin, Margaretta heavyweight Charlie Chesser won the Wendy's Invitational at Columbian High School.
Chesser worked his way to the final with three pins in five matches, finishing with second-round pin of the No. 1 seed from Lancaster, Kevin Miller.
"Going in, we knew to expect the throws," Margaretta coach Keith Taylor said. "Kevin's a big strong guy, and Charlie's a short kid. he stayed away from the throws and took Miller out of his game."
Chesser led, 1-0, to start the second period, and didn't let Miller escape from bottom position. He got a few good turns, Taylor said, and ended up getting Miller on his back for a pin 43 seconds into the period.
"It's constant pressure from him -- He's constantly fighting for position," Taylor said. "The last two tournaments, we've really seen Charlie step up. He's starting to get key wins and get some confidence going."
Chesser, Margaretta's best Sandusky Bay Conference finisher (third) last year, improved to 12-3 through the first month of the 2010-2011 season. Taylor said he's starting to show senior leadership on a roster that includes 12 freshmen and sophomores.
Bears freshman Tyler Rodgers (4-2) finished fourth in the 103-pound weight class after falling to Columbian's Derek Kopp in 1:17 in the third-place final. Sophomore Adam Crum was fifth at 112 with a 12-5 decision over Perkins freshman Ian Byington in the fifth-place finals.
Cody Reel was 2-3 for a sixth-place finish for the Bears.
"(Wednesday) we went out there, but we were a little flat," Taylor said. "We lost some matches we should have won. We came back (Thursday) in the second round and the consolations and we fought back.
"You see the confidence grow as the day goes on. That was nice to see," he added. "Gradually, as the match went on, you saw the confidence in their eyes. That's really something to build on this year."
Margaretta will wrestle in the Plymouth Invitational Jan. 8.