Kameron Teacher wasn't satisfied with his performance last season in his first trip to the Division I state wrestling tournament.

Kameron Teacher wasn't satisfied with his performance last season in his first trip to the Division I state wrestling tournament.

The Central Crossing High School senior went 1-2 at heavyweight to finish 50-2 overall. He believes he could have -- and should have -- done better.

Teacher entered the Ironman Invitational with something to prove and he did just that, winning the heavyweight championship of the multi-state event held Dec. 11 and 12 at Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit.

"I was pretty nervous because I had never been to state before, but that doesn't matter," said Teacher, who went 4-0 in the Ironman. "I wanted to show people that last year was just that, and I'm a whole different person now. I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it."

Teacher helped the Comets finish 14th (55.5 points) in the Ironman behind champion Kingston (Pa.) Wyoming Seminary (171) as 93 teams scored. Jaden Mattox was third at 132 pounds, and Jackson Lakso (113) and James Wimer (138) competed but did not place.

In the final, Teacher pinned Will Hilliard of Wyoming Seminary in 5 minutes, 16 seconds.

"We kept that in his head and I remind him of how bad he did (at state)," coach Jamie Ramirez said. "He knows it and we know it. He feels that and takes it out on opponents. It seems to drive him."

After a first-round bye, Teacher pinned Trenton Lieurance of Broken Arrow (Okla.) in 1:33 and then defeated Gene Ringer of Greenville (Pa.) Reynolds 9-2 and Chance Veller of Delta 8-1 in a semifinal.

"I know there are always things that I still need to work on to keep getting better," Teacher said. "I've been working on takedowns and other things to make myself better."

Mattox went 4-1, defeating Gabe Townsell of Oak Park (Ill.) River Forest by a 10-2 major decision in the third-place match. He lost 9-5 to eventual champion Dylan Duncan of Lombard (Ill.) Montini Catholic in a semifinal.

Mattox also defeated Dylan Thurston of Washington (Ill.) Community 5-2, Trent Olson of Wyoming Seminary 9-3 and Augusten Solomon of Murrysville (Pa.) Franklin Regional 8-5.

"Jaden had a great tournament, losing to a kid in his semifinal that was ranked sixth in the nation," Ramirez said. "It was a tight match all the way through. We try not to focus on the rankings. ... You can't dwell on that. You just go out and wrestle your match."

Lakso went 2-2 and Wimer went 1-2.

Lakso lost to Dayton Christian's Tommy Hoskins 4-2 before defeating Logan Seliga of Belle Vernon (Pa.) 19-4 and Mark Salvatore of Malvern (Pa.) Prep 5-2. He then lost to Colton Camacho of Franklin Regional 4-3.

Wimer lost to Seth Hogue of Reynolds 9-7 before pinning Conner Clark of Wadsworth in 1:00. He then lost to Jacob Greenwood of Fort Collins (Colo.) Poudre 5-4.

"We didn't pressure the kids, we just tried to prepare them for this, which is the toughest meet on our schedule," said Ramirez, whose team competes in the North Canton Hoover Holiday Invitational on Friday, Dec. 18, and Saturday, Dec. 19. "But we also get to go to North Canton Hoover this weekend and to the Medina Invitational (Tournament on Dec. 27 and 28). We have a good, tough schedule that will help prepare us for the postseason."

Four Greyhounds win at Whitehall

Ray Madero (138), Marcus Najdusak (106), Brandon VanSickle (170) and Dane Whittier (heavyweight) all won their respective weight classes for Grove City in the Dan Gartner Duals on Dec. 12 at Whitehall.

The Greyhounds finished second (281) of six teams behind the host Rams (287). Liberty Union (205) was third.

Grove City placed third or better in 12 of the 14 weight classes.

Also placing were Hunter Barker (second, 145), Andy Beatty (second, 120), Nathan Desmaris (second, 152), Cameron Ellis (second, 132), Rudy Madero (third, 113), Tyler Mullins (third, 160), Tanner Stevens (second, 182) and Justin Swavely (third, 126).

The Greyhounds do not compete again until Jan. 7 when they travel to Lancaster to battle the Golden Gales and Newark in their OCC-Ohio opening duals.