With 14 of the top 25 ranked teams in the nation and a total of 46 schools on hand, placing took a supreme effort. And Ravenna placed seventh with 121 points.
Northampton of Pennsylvania easily won the tournament with 221 1/2 points, followed by Choctaw of Oklahoma and Delta of Ohio at 153 1/2. Huber Wayne of Ohio was fourth with 145 1/2, while other Ohio teams were Madison (24th), Eastlake North (26th), and St. Paris Graham (34th).
Ravenna had four wrestlers place in the tournament. Andy Hampton was second at 215 pounds, Brad Bauer placed fourth at 189, and Mike Ramsey (130) and J.R. Shrewsberry (171) each placed fifth.
"Our goal was to place in the top 10," said Ravenna coach Steve Reedy. "Hampton, Bauer, Ramsey and Shrewsberry all had great tournaments. It isn't named the 'The Toughest Tournament in the U.S.A.' for nothing.
"It was very educational for our kids. About two-thirds of our kids found out they could compete with some of the best wrestlers in the country. We lost a lot of close matches."
Ramsey, a senior, felt that he and a couple of other wrestlers are slighted when the Ravens' wrestling program is talked about.
"A couple of us, like Shrewsberry and myself, aren't well known," said Ramsey. "I think we made a mark here."
Reedy believes so.
"Ramsey beat the No. 1 seed in the quarterfinals," said Reedy. "Shrewsberry never gave up. This was his first big competition."
Reedy was disappointed in the showing of several wrestlers.
"Brandon Hayes, Keith Lara, Vince Zmith and Jeff Dunfee had opportunities to win more matches," noted Reedy. "I hope they learned some valuable lessons.
"We got national recognition. Several of our kids were noticed by college coaches from other parts of the country. They recognized that our kids are good solid wrestlers and could go on to college."
In the finals, Hampton had an extremely close match against Phil Hard of Northampton. Both wrestlers were penalized for stalling, making the score 1-1 going into the final period.
Hampton was on top. However, Hard made an escape for a 2-1 lead. Hampton made a desperation shot late in the match and missed, allowing Hard to score a takedown at the buzzer for a 4-1 win.
Bauer, who had to wrestle Chris Jones of Easton (Pa.) for third, found his opponent tougher the second time around. Bauer had defeated Jones 8-3 in the quarterfinals.
This time, Jones eked out a 5-4 victory.
Shrewsberry jumped off to a 6-3 lead in the first period against Sean Thomsen of Idaho Falls and held on to win 8-7.
Ramsey, fired up by his success, easily handled Gerhart Kock of Easton in a 6-2 decision.
When the day opened, Hayes and Justin Wise were eliminated in the third round of the consolations while Zmith won to move on.
In the quarterfinals, Ramsey knocked off the No. 1 seed with a 2-0 decision. Jeff Delaney (160) was handled by top-seeded Ryan Kane of Temcoula Valley (Cal.) 16-8.
Shrewsberry was pinned at 5:56 of his match.
Bauer earned a 8-3 decision over Chris Jones of Easton, and Hampton scored a pin in 58 seconds over Jason Teny of Uintah, Utah.
In the semifinals, Bauer lost a tough 5-1 decision to Alex Lammers of Huber Wayne (Oh.). Bauer had a slight separation of his right shoulder in the quarterfinals, and wasn't at full strength.
Ramsey was bested by Seth Lisa of Northampton 8-0.
Hampton scored three backpoints in the third period against Sean Wear of Choctaw for a 3-0 decision. Wear had placed third twice at the Reno Tournament.
In the consolation quarterfinals, Zmith was eliminated after losing a 3-1 decision when a controversial takedown was awarded with five seconds left in the match. The referee later admitted along with the head official that an error in judgment had been made.
Delaney dropped his match and was eliminated. Both he and Zmith were one match away from placing.
In the consolation semifinals, Ramsey dropped a 6-0 decision to Miguel Gutierrez of Foothills, California.
Bauer recovered enough to hand Nark Dubrovich of Ponderosa County, Nevada, a 19-3 technical fall.
Shrewsberry lost to Phil Hogan of Centaurus (Col.) 6-0, and had the opportunity to wrestle for fifth. Hogan was a defending state champion.
Reno Tournament of Champions
(At Reno, Nev.)
1. Northampton, Pa. 221 1/2; 2. Choctaw, Okla. and Delta, Oh, 153 1/2; 4. Huber Wayne, Oh. 145 1/2; 5. Easton, Pa. 141 1/2; 6. Wasatch, Utah 134; 7. Ravenna, 121; 8. (tie) Poway, Ca. and Salpointe Catholic, Ariz. 119; 10. Brookville, Pa. 115 1/2; 24. Madison, Oh. 69 1/2; 26. Eastlake North, Oh. 67; 34. St. Paris Graham, Oh. 47 1/2.
Ravenna Results Only
130 _ FIFTH: Ramsey (Rav) dec. Kock (Easton), 6-2
171 _ FIFTH: Shrewsberry (Rav) dec. Thomsen (Idaho Falls), 8-7
189 _ THIRD: Jones (Easton) dec. Bauer (Rav), 5-4
215 _ FIRST: Hard (Northampton) dec. Hampton (Rav), 4-1
130 _ Lisa (Northampton, Pa) dec. Ramsey (Rav), 8-0
189 _ Lammers (Huber Wayne, Oh) dec. Bauer (Rav), 5-1
215 _ Hampton (Rav) dec. Wear (Choctaw, Okla), 3-0
130 _ Ramsey (Rav) dec. Croft (Idaho Falls), 2-0
160 _ Kane (Temcoula Valley, Ca) dec. Delaney (Rav), 16-8
171 _ Jorgensen (LaGrande, Ore) pinned Shrewsberry (Rav), 5:56
189 _ Bauer (Rav) dec. Jones (Easton, Pa), 8-3
215 _ Hampton (Rav) pinned Tenny (Uintah Utah), :58
Consolation Semifinal Round
130 _ Gutierrez (Foothills, Ca) dec. Ramsey (Rav), 6-0
171 _ Hogan (Centaurus, Co) dec. Shrewsberry (Rav), 6-0
189 _ Bauer (Rav) tech. fall Dubrovich (Ponderosa County, Nev), 19-3