WRESTLING: Edison finishes third in D-III Duals; Monroeville's Fab Four unbeaten

Edison earned a third-place finish at the Division III Duals at St. Mary Central Catholic on Friday and Saturday, finishing with an 8-2 team record.
Michael Truax
Aug 25, 2010

Edison earned a third-place finish at the Division III Duals at St. Mary Central Catholic on Friday and Saturday, finishing with an 8-2 team record.

Edison fell to West Jefferson and Cuyahoga Heights, which finished first and second, respectively.

Monroeville finished sixth overall with a 6-4 record, and the host Panthers 12th at 4-6.

Area individuals dominated at the Duals, with four wrestlers from Monroeville, one wrestler from SMCC and two halves from Edison finishing unbeaten, each 10-0.

Monroeville’s “Fab Four” finished 40-0 this weekend. Hunter Stieber (119), Logan Stieber (125), Cam Tessari (140) and Chris Phillips (171) each went 10-0 on the weekend.

Though the spotlight often focuses on the Stiebers and Phillips, said Eagles coach Scott Bauer, he singled out Tessari for praise.

“Tessari is wrestling at least as good as (the Stiebers and Phillips),” he said. “In my opinion, he wrestles the way you’re supposed to wrestle — Just nasty. He runs everything hard, he goes after everybody.”

Logan Stieber and Phillips were named to the All-Decade team by Brian Brakeman in a state wrestling breakdown released Tuesday.

All four Monroeville wrestlers were projected as D-III state champions in the Brakeman report.

The Stiebers were in normal form, Bauer said.

“Hunter had a little bit of an injury four or five weeks ago — He slipped on ice and hurt his back,” Bauer said. “This weekend he really looked like he was back to form.

“And Logan … I’ve never seen anybody better. He’s outstanding.”

SMCC 103-pounder Alex Guerra finished undefeated.

Panthers head coach Rick Bellamy said Guerra, a freshman, has been “a hammer for us since the start.”

“He’s getting better every time he steps on the mat,” he said. “We’re looking for good things from him.

“Today, I don’t think he had a close match. He’s been really impressive.”

Edison’s 103-pound tandem, Jude Michel and Dalton Howard, each finished 5-0 in the Duals, combining to sweep the weight class.

The Chargers’ Kyle Burns (130) finished 8-2, with a loss to Logan Stieber and to Archbold’s Jordan Cowell when he wrestled up to the 135-pound class.

“We moved some of our best kids around all weekend looking for the best matchups, not quite worry about (individual records), like Kyle Burns there,” Hermes said. “All weekend we were putting those kinds of kids into tough matches to prepare for the end of the season.

“We were worried about winning the Duals, but not as much as getting those kids good matches.”