CUYAHOGA FALLS — In high school wrestling, no one wants to get invited to the cookout.
When a wrestler goes two and out in a tournament, it’s not so affectionately called “two and barbeque,” and is something everyone tries to avoid.
Elyria’s Dylan Shawver (113 pounds) and Brendon Fenton (120) came into last season’s Walsh Ironman and promptly exited before they could even break a sweat.
While that might sound bad, the Ironman is considered the best tournament in the nation and has long been known as a place where state champions come to be humbled.
Nationally-ranked wrestlers can meet each other as early as the second round, so exits before the placement round are not unheard of no matter what the pedigree.
“You know how good these guys are and you hope they have a good day,” Pioneers coach Erik Burnett said. “Neither one of them wrestled particularly well. I know Fenton was coming off of football. He didn’t give himself a chance to wrestle this year. I think he feels like he’s ready to come here and do something cool.
“With Dylan, the following week he went to the Beast of the East and placed. Here, you can’t afford to have a bad match. You just can’t.
There’s no room for that here. I think he learned from it.”
On Friday, two-time returning state champion Fenton and two-time freestyle Fargo All-American Shawver certainly made up for last year.
Setbacks not only opened eyes, they drove success, which is why both are in the quarterfinals.
“Going 0-2 last year, that just motivated me more to work harder and improve on my matches, finish my shots and stay on my attacks,” Shawver said. “I’m a lot better. After Ironman last year, my coaches pushed me harder to do better so I could come out and win it.
“Last year, I didn’t get to do as much as I could do. This year, I’m trying to do that much better.”
With a win over St. Paris Graham state placer Tanner Jordan, Shawver pushed himself to a quarterfinal against Ironman placer Ryan Chauvin of Lake Highland Prep (Fla.).
Fenton pinned Tampa Prep Alan Morano to start the day and then won a 2-0 barnburner over state placer Brandon Paulson of Clovis (Calif.).
“Last year was a really bad start,” Fenton said. “I’ve just been working all offseason and still training. Win or lose, I’m out here wrestling. I’ve already committed (to Eastern Michigan), so I’m out here wrestling for me to get my goals.
“… I’m a lot better. I’ve been wrestling a lot more and practicing a lot more. I’m in shape and ready to go.”
Because of what happened last season, neither Shawver nor Fenton, who wrestles Malik Heinselman of Castle View (Col.) this morning, will look past that next match.
The two were the only wrestlers from Elyria to stay on the top side of the bracket, but the Pioneers have Josh Breeding (132) in consolations. Returning Ironman placer Mick Burnett (126) lost in the second round and didn’t make it out of consolations.
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CUYAHOGA FALLS — Results Friday from the 24th annual Walsh Ironman at Walsh High School.
Team standings: 1. Blair Academy (NJ) 97.5; 2. St. Paris Graham, Montini Catholic 80; 4. St. Edward 77.5; Wyoming Seminary 76.5; 6. Lake Highland Prep (Fla.) 58.5; 7. La Salle 53.5; 8. Bethlehem Catholic (Pa.) 49; 9. Christian Brothers College (Mo.) 45.5; 10. Malvern Prep (Pa.), Mount Carmel (Ill.) 44; 12. Christiansburg (Va.) 43; 13. Elder 42; 14. Parkersburg South (WV) 38; 15. St. John Bosco (Calif.) 35; Allen 34; 17. Lockport Township (Ill.) 33; 18. Broken Arrow (Okla.), Selma (Calif.) 32; 20. Perry 30.5; 21. Clovis (Calif.), McDonogh (Md.) 30; 23. Marmion Academy (Ill.), Wauseon 29; 25. Elyria 28; 26. Brecksville, CVCA 26; 28. St. Vincent-St. Mary 24.5; 29. Reynolds (Pa.) 24; 30. Genoa Area 23.5; 31. Santiago (Calif.) 22; 32. Wadsworth 21.5; 33. Ponderosa (Col.) 21; 34. Marysville, Pomona (Col.) 20; 36. Olentangy Liberty 18; 37. Del Oro (Calif.), Lake Catholic, Tampa Prep (Fla.) 17; 40. Clovis North (Calif.) 16; 41. Union County (Ky.) 14; 42. Aurora 13; 43. Hilliard Darby 12; 44. Brunswick, St. Ignatius 11; 46. Air Academy (Col.), Brewster (NY), Burlington Central (Ill.), Castle view (Col.) 10; 50. Box Elder (Utah), Rancho Bernardo (Calif.), 9; 52. Carrboro (NC), Clay, Oak Glen (WV), Weir (WV) 8; 56. Laurel Highlands (Pa.) 7.5; 57. Circleville, Hauppauge (NY), Lancaster, Medina, Mercersburg (Pa.), San Marino (Calif.), St. John, St. Mary’s Ryken (Md.) 7; 65. American Heritage (Fla.), George Washington, Germantown (Pa.), Scottsbluff (Neb.) 6; 69. Benedictine College Prep (Va.), Carrollton, Grand Junction (Col.), Walsh 5; 73. Jackson, St. Christophers (Va.), Stuebenville, Temescal Canyon (Calif.) 4; 77. Layton (Utah) 3; 78. Amherst County (Va.), Foothill (Calif.) 2.
106: Isaac Sales (SJB) vs. Jacob Moon (Cla); Diego Soteio (MA) vs. Ryan Miller (Bla); Richard Figueroa (Sel) vs. Nain Vasquez (Mon); Colton Drousias (CMC) vs. Justin Decatur (CVCA).
113: Lucas Byrd (LaS) vs. Cevion Severado (CB); Dylan Shawver (Ely) vs. Ryan Chauvin (LH); Trevor Mastrogiovian (BA) vs. Giano Petrucelli (Clo); Dylan Ragusin (MC) vs. Antonio Lorenzo (SB).
120: Joey Melendez (MC) vs. Matthew Cardello (CVCA); Matt Lackman (BC) vs. Julian Tagg (Bre); Malik Heinselman (CV) vs. Brendon Fenton (Ely); Logan Heil (Bru) vs. Michael Colaiocco (BA).
126: Jordan Decatur (CVCA) vs. Travis Mastrogiovan (BA); Cleveland Belton (SJB) vs. Jordan Grace (SPG); Malik Johnson (CB) vs. Ryan Franco (CN); Peyton Hall (OG) vs. Beau Bartlett (WS).
132: Joey Silva (LH) vs. Michael Madara (BA); Carson Manville (Sem) vs. Jesse Vasquez (San); Ryan Anderson (BC) vs. Joshua Saundes (CB); Matt Kazimir (SE) vs. Real Woods (MC).
138: Jaden Abas (RB) vs. Bryce Andonian (SE); Fidel Moyora (MC) vs. Luke Baughman (Wad); E’lan Heard (LaS) vs. Saul Ervin (UC); JD Stickley (SPG) vs. Malcolm Robinson (Bla).
145: Mitch Moore (SPG) vs. Kai Bele (LH); Kendall Coleman (MC) vs. Quincy Monday (Car); Victor Voinovich (Bre) vs. Sam Dover (SE); Sandro Ramirez (Wau) vs. Brock Hardy (BE).
152: David Carr (Per) vs. Joey Sanchez (SPG); Josh Humphreys (PS) vs. Josh Kim (San); Anthony Artalona (TP) vs. Jake Silverstein (Hau); Jake Marsh (Mar) vs. Will Lewan (MC).
160: Andrew Merola (BA) vs. James Limongi (GA); Kevon Freeman (LC/Medina resident) vs. Jake Hendricks (WS); Erich Beylick (LH) vs. Caleb Wise (BA); Matt Ortiz (MC) vs. Ryan Thomas (SPG).
170: Julian Ramirez (Bla) vs. Grant Cuomo (Brew); Braeden Redlin (All) vs, Emil Soehnlen (Per); Rocky Jordan (SPG) vs. Cason Kharchilav (Lig); Jacob Lagoa (SJ) vs. D.J. Shannon (CB).
182: Ryan Karoly (Mal) vs. Gavin Potter (BA); Vic Marcelli (Jac) vs. Leonard Tarantino (Vla); Trevor Lawson (Lib) vs. Tate Samuelson (CV); Darrien Roberts (WS) vs. A.J. Ferrari (All).
195: Michael Beard (Mal) vs. Peter Christenson (MC); Austin Cooley (WS) vs. Cody Howard (SE); Zach Marcheselli (BA) vs. Gage Braun (SPG); Jayden Woodruff (Pon) vs. Peyton Craft (Bla).
220: Braxton Amos (PS) vs. Brayden Ray (San); Owen Terphan (BA) vs. Antonio McCloud (Eld); Ian Edenfield (Lau) vs. Johnny Shafer (SPG); David Aranda (SJB) vs. Ben Goldin (LH).
285: Max Millin (Per) vs. Tyler Connolly (Mar); Alec Moore-Nash (Eld) vs. PJ Mustipher (MS); Jordan Earnest (Wad) vs. Louden Haga (PS); Jacob Cover (HD) vs. Cohlton Schultz (Pon).