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Aviano's Liam Knowles won at 126 pounds, including this victory over Naples' Chase Reasland.
Aviano's Liam Knowles won at 126 pounds, including this victory over Naples' Chase Reasland. (Kent Harris/Stars and Stripes)
Aviano's Liam Knowles won at 126 pounds, including this victory over Naples' Chase Reasland.
Aviano's Liam Knowles won at 126 pounds, including this victory over Naples' Chase Reasland. (Kent Harris/Stars and Stripes)
Aviano's Ayden Capps tries to lift Vilseck's Kiefer Andrus and take him to the mat in their 182-pound match Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 at Aviano Air Base, Italy.
Aviano's Ayden Capps tries to lift Vilseck's Kiefer Andrus and take him to the mat in their 182-pound match Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 at Aviano Air Base, Italy. (Kent Harris/Stars and Stripes)
Aviano's Ethan Herrera, left, and Sigonella's Munro Manning square off at 106 pounds on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017. Manning won the match and has yet to lose this season.
Aviano's Ethan Herrera, left, and Sigonella's Munro Manning square off at 106 pounds on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017. Manning won the match and has yet to lose this season. (Kent Harris/Stars and Stripes)
Munich International's Cole Ronnau, left, stayed unbeaten by getting past Vicenza's Ethan Johnston, but it wasn't easy. Ronnau earned a 14-11 decision at 170 pounds in the seven-team meet at Aviano Air Base, Italy.
Munich International's Cole Ronnau, left, stayed unbeaten by getting past Vicenza's Ethan Johnston, but it wasn't easy. Ronnau earned a 14-11 decision at 170 pounds in the seven-team meet at Aviano Air Base, Italy. (Kent Harris/Stars and Stripes)
Hohenfels' Jaden Masterson takes control of Naples' Raymond Gregorich in a 152-pound match Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at Aviano Air Base, Italy. Gregorich's teammate, Jordan Hoffman, would eventually get some revenge for his teammate by downing Masterson to stay unbeaten.
Hohenfels' Jaden Masterson takes control of Naples' Raymond Gregorich in a 152-pound match Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at Aviano Air Base, Italy. Gregorich's teammate, Jordan Hoffman, would eventually get some revenge for his teammate by downing Masterson to stay unbeaten. (Kent Harris/Stars and Stripes)
Vilseck's Diego Martinez defeated Aviano's Daniel DeSessa in the only 113-pound match of the day at Aviano Air Base, Italy.
Vilseck's Diego Martinez defeated Aviano's Daniel DeSessa in the only 113-pound match of the day at Aviano Air Base, Italy. (Kent Harris/Stars and Stripes)
Vicenza's Emil Aliyez stayed unbeaten at 182 pounds and won a tough weight class by defeating Vilseck's Kiefer Andrus on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017.
Vicenza's Emil Aliyez stayed unbeaten at 182 pounds and won a tough weight class by defeating Vilseck's Kiefer Andrus on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017. (Kent Harris/Stars and Stripes)
Naples' Frank Mastroianni puts Sigonella's Ethan Lopez to the mat in a 170-pound match Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at Aviano Air Base, Italy.
Naples' Frank Mastroianni puts Sigonella's Ethan Lopez to the mat in a 170-pound match Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at Aviano Air Base, Italy. (Kent Harris/Stars and Stripes)

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy – It took some wrestlers 11 hours of traveling through patches of miserable weather to take part in a seven-team meet Saturday.

Little did they know that they’d spend almost as much time in the gym.

“First of all, we want them to come out and be ready to wrestle,” said Hohenfels coach Todd Laverentz, whose eight-member team traveled south of the Alps with Vilseck.

For the most part, the Tigers and their competitors were ready and stayed that way through more than 170 matches that took more than 71/2 hours to complete.

But those who stayed for only a few hours missed some of the best competition.

Three consecutive matches held on one of the two mats about five hours into the meet were among the highlights.

Munich International’s Cole Ronnau came as close as he has to a loss this season at 170 pounds, rallying to defeat Vicenza’s Ethan Johnston 14-11. Ronnau, who along with brother Drake make up the Munich squad, was nearly put to his back in the first period and didn’t look assured of victory until the final seconds.

Aviano’s Ayden Capps broke a 5-5 tie with a takedown with 13 seconds left at 182. He had entered the third period down 5-4, but shut out Vilseck’s Kiefer Andrus the final two minutes.

Naples’ Nick Clarida followed that by eventually earning a victory in overtime over Vicenza’s Shamil Aliyez. The two battled to a 10-10 tie in regulation that included a tying reversal from Aliyez with three seconds left.

Aliyez’s brother Emil was among the other wrestlers who had strong days. He went 5-0 at 182 to stay perfect on the season.

In the team standings, Vicenza and Naples tied with 90 points, just ahead of Vilseck (88) and not that far in front of the host Saints (69). Sigonella, sporting 12 wrestlers this year, got some hope of a potential run at a Division III title by outscoring Hohenfels 45-14.

The field Saturday will almost mirror that of the Feb. 11 sectional qualifier at Aviano, with American Overseas School of Rome expected to join the party. Hohenfels isn’t slated to travel to Aviano again, but Laverentz said he would be pushing to change that.

So the bus ride through snowy parts of Germany, Austria and Italy couldn’t have been that bad.

Harris.kent@stripes.com

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