The 43rd-annual Greater Cleveland Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association All-Star match took place at Normandy High School on Saturday, and Lutheran West High School was represented by sophomore Tim Mecklenburg and senior Andrew Liese, both team captains.
The All-Star match raises money for the Al Carroll and Don Ferris Memorial Scholarships. Most of the matches were lined up with mostly Division I wrestlers against either a Division II or III wrestler. The first two weight classes saw the DII and DIII wrestlers get wins.
Liese was in the third bout of the night, against John Marshall’s Donique’ Horne. Neither wrestler is ranked in the preseason rankings; however, Liese was a district qualifier last season. Liese scored a takedown in the first period with a knee-tap and kept Horne down until the period ended. The second period Horne chose the down position and escaped for one point. Shortly after the escape Liese hit a textbook-perfect ankle-pick and took a 4-1 lead heading into the third period. After choosing the down position in the third, Liese escaped and quickly scored another takedown and ended the match with a 7-1 win.
Mecklenburg’s original opponent from Division I was unable to attend, so he was matched up against Division II state qualifier Colin Dees of Perry High School. Dees is ranked No. 10 in Division II, and Mecklenburg, a returning state qualifier himself, is ranked No. 4 in Division III. About thirty seconds into the match, Dees was in deep on a single leg and was able to finish the takedown for a 2-0 lead. Dees held Mecklenburg down the rest of the period. Mecklenburg chose the down position to start the second period, but was unable to escape. Dees chose the down position to start the third period, and this time Mecklenburg did not let him escape; but he was unable to score and the match ended with Dees winning 2-0.
“I am very pleased with both Andrew and Tim tonight,” Lutheran West head coach Dave Ressler said. “Andrew wrestled exactly the match we wanted him to wrestle. His ankle-pick was perfect. We look for big things from him this season.
“Tim had a great test today,” Ressler added. “It was very good for him to face someone early in the season and see what (the 120-pound class) is going to be like. He is not going to be able to rely on his strength as much as he did last year at 106 pounds. Both Tim and Andrew are going to be our leaders on the mat this season.“
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