Lakewood St. Edward's is one of the premier high school wrestling programs in the country, and on Saturday night in the finals of the 38th Annual Medina Invitational Tournament, the Eagles denied a pair of locals in the finals.
West Holmes senior 145-pounder Max Rohskopf squared off against St. Ed's senior Edgar Bright for the 145-pound championship and the Knight suffered his first loss of the season, dropping an 8-3 decision.
"It was his first loss and his last," said West Holmes coach Jeff Woods. "He's the third or fourth-best wrestler in the country."
Bright led 4-2 after the first period, scoring two takedowns against Rohskopf.
Another takedown in the second, and after the West Holmes senior scored an escape to start the third, Bright notched a counter move for the final score.
"He's one of the best kids in the country, so I know where I'm at," Rohskopf said. "He did everything I expected him to do. I didn't do everything I expected myself to do. He wrestled his match and he took me out of mine."
"That's why we come here to face competition like that," Woods said. "Now we know what we've got to work on."
Rohskopf's first loss dropped his ledger to 15-1 on the season.
In the battle for third place at 126 pounds, Tuslaw's Dion Perez took on another Eagle, St. Ed's senior Chance Driscol.
Driscol took control right from the start taking a 6-1 lead in the first period and rolled to a 9-1 major decision to claim third place.
"He was quick on his shots," Perez said. "I don't know if I was completely mentally ready."
The Mustang senior said he wasn't intimidated going up against the St. Ed's senior.
"I don't get intimidated. I just try to go out and wrestle my best," he said.
St. Ed's led in the team standings heading into the finals, and their strong showing did little to hurt the Eagles' chances of letting the lead slip away.
Perry was second, followed by Detroit Central Catholic and Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy.
Tuslaw was tied at 26th. West Holmes was 30th and Northwestern 31st.
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