BAINBRIDGE, Ohio – Senior A.J. Ihnot paced Rocky River over the weekend’s Kenston Invitational Tournament. Ihnot went 5-2 with five pins in placing seventh in the 220-pound brackets of a tournament tat included grapplers from 39 teams. [results]
River sent six wrestlers to the 53rd meeting of the eastside tournament. The Pirates had two top-10 finishers (Ihnot, Josh Bergin at 126 pounds) en route to placing in a tie for 32nd place.
“Those guys had a nice weekend,” said Head Coach Jay Mendicino. “A.J. has fought his way back from some early-season injuries, and Josh battled back from an illness earlier this week.”
Bergin went 3-2 with a tech fall in finishing one bout short of a placement at 126.
Ihnot’s weekend began with an opening-bout pin in 70 seconds followed by an 8-1 loss to Shaker Heights senior Romaine Meinhard. Ihnot then went on a roll in the Friday-night wrestleback: the veteran athlete earned three successive pins in making his way to the Saturday brackets. Ihnot was pinned in 3:54 in his first Saturday bout. He rallied with pin of Strongsville junior Wes Jones in the 7th-place match.
“A.J. has really started to pick it up,” said Mendicino. “He had some big pins in the consolation brackets.”
Nordonia nipped Riverside and Crestwood for the team title in the event which dates back to the mid-60s.
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