The Kenmore wrestling team finished second with 188 points at the 21st annual Bill Dies Memorial Tournament Saturday at Firestone High School. The Highland Hornets edged the Cardinals for first place in the final team standings with 190 points.
Cardinals sophomores Garland McCormick (130) and Cody Lamberg (189) won individual titles.
McCormick, a 2007 state qualifier, went 5-0 during the weekend to improve his record to 21-4 this season. He defeated Tallmadge senior Jeff Brown by a 7-2 decision in his title match.
McCormick described using a visualization technique to stay focused during the two-day Dies Tournament.
"Every time something distracted me, I just thought about a blank piece of paper," said McCormick, who went 1-2 and failed to place at the Dies Tournament in 2007. "I thought I can't lose because it's for the team. Everything I do is for the team.
"My godfather told me about a year ago when something frustrates you or something gets in your mind or you're thinking about what will happen if you lose, just think of a blank piece of paper."
McCormick's godfather is Edward Bailey. Bailey is also Lamberg's stepfather, and the two Cardinals Dies Tournament champions live together and think of each other as brothers.
Lamberg won one of the most intense title matches of the night against Waynedale senior Jared Neff, who finished third at the Division III state tournament last season.
Lamberg and Neff traded escapes as the lead changed five times. After trailing by one point late in the match, Lamberg scored a take down against Neff and held on for a 7-6 victory.
"I was just doing my best to keep him down," said Lamberg, who improved his record to 24-0 this season. "I knew if I won this, it could potentially help our team to win the tournament."