MEDINA — There are certain wrestling invitationals that just suit teams better than others.
For Wadsworth, it’s the Medina Invitational Tournament.
While many invites fit like a glove for the national power, the 43rd annual MIT fell right in line with that as the Grizzlies repeated as champion.
Unlike last year where they needed Jordan Earnest to win the last match of the day, Wadsworth lapped the field Thursday, beating its closest competitor, Massillon Perry, by 46½ points.
“For a young team that started four freshmen, where a lot of people would say, ‘I don’t know how you’re going to win a tournament,’ it shows how talented they are,” Grizzlies coach John Gramuglia said. “Three of them placed (Logan Messer, 3rd, 132 pounds, Landon Hacker, 5th, 120, Mikey Lewarchick 7th, 106). That shows their progress. Our other kids keep making little improvements and staying sharp. Over the Christmas break that’s a big goal of ours. It’s to make a big stride without school and academics. We all feed off each other. That’s the fun part of it.”
There were champions as well as Luke Baughman (138), Michael North (145), Joey Baughman (182) and Earnest (285) took home titles as the only Medina County wrestlers to stand on the top step of the podium.
While wins always help team races take care of themselves, so does staying sharp year after year.
Top-three finishers the three years they have been at the MIT, Wadsworth has found success by staying a step ahead of the competition at every point.
“There’s lots of pride in this one,” said Luke Baughman, who was the tournament MVP runner-up. “It shows a lot about how tough our team is this year. We have lots of guys that will make runs for the state championship and lots of guys that will support them and get to state and be state qualifiers and placers. We have a lot of potential to do something great.”
Brunswick’s Logan Heil (120) and Matt Fields (132) joined Brady Chrisman (170) as runners-up, while Wadsworth’s Clay McComas (220) was third.
The underlying story of the day may have been Cloverleaf, as Rocco Pearce (4th, 182), Caleb Cass (5th, 160), Bryce Hart (5th, 170) and Cory Stallings (6th, 195) bumped the Colts ahead of Brunswick and Medina to finish 12th in the 44-team field.
That put them behind only Wadsworth in the county race and had coach Cloverleaf Bob Scandlon looking forward to climbing another rung on the ladder of success.
“Today was a big step,” he said. “I’m definitely impressed with the way the kids wrestled. This is a big confidence builder. All the team talked about was how hard the MIT was. That we were able to come in here and place 12th out of 44 schools, gives them all the confidence they’ll have to have for sectionals, Portage Trail Conference and everything we’ve been working for all year.”
Brunswick’s Derek Fields (126), Buckeye’s Jarod Setliff (170) and Medina’s Lee Coleman (285) were fifth with Bees standout Ian Senz (138) finishing sixth.
Jared Dressler (Medina, 120) and Mike Clark (Buckeye, 138) finished seventh. Jake Bartinelli (Buckeye, 126), Nick Neitenbach (Buckeye, 152), Isaiah Helton (Buckeye, 195) and Eddie Sevastos (Brunswick, 220) were eighth.
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MEDINA — Results Thursday from the 43rd annual Medina Invitational Tournament at Medina High School.
Team standings: 1. Wadsworth 229; 2. Massillon Perry 182.5; 3. Harrison 155; 4. Genoa 134.5; 5. Louisville 132; 6. Miami East 123.5; 7. Lancaster 121.5; 8. St. Vincent-St. Mary 118.5; 9. Olmsted Falls 114.5; 10. Beaver 105.5; 11. Austintown-Fitch 100.5; 12. Cloverleaf 99.5; 13. Brunswick 96; 14. Medina 94.5; 15. Olentangy 91.5; 16. Buckeye, Northmor 85; 18. Richmond (Mich.) 84.5; 19. Perkins 83.5; 20. Firelands 83; 21. Bay 77.5; 22. Napoleon 74; 23. Beavercreek 66; 24. Westerville North 65; 25. Hilliard Darby, New Lexington 64; 27. Upper Arlington 63.5; 28. Copley 62; 29. Oak Harbor 56.5; 30. Smithville 55; 31. Dayton Carroll 41; 32. Northridge 39; 33. Highland, Norwayne 37; 35. Gahanna Lincoln 35; 36. Mayfield 34; 37. Elmwood, Lorain 30; 39. Olentangy Orange 26; 40. Green 24; 41. Wellington 19; 42. Lutheran West, Miami Trace 13; 44. River Valley 8.
106: Payton Burgdorf (Fir) d. Garett Lautzenheiser (Lou), 9-4; Third: Michael Shaw (OF) t.f. Colin Roberts (Fit), 15-0; Fifth: Max Orpzadek (Per) d. Caleb Hernandez (Nap), 6-5; Seventh: Mikey Lewarchick (Wad) p. Olivia Shore (ME), 2:46. 113: Logan Agin (Lan) d. Jacob Sherman (Ole), 5-1; Third: Kyren Butler (Cop) d. Ryan Jakubiak (Lou), 3-2; Fifth: Mitch Herren (UA) p. Jake Williams (Per), 1:30; Seventh: Kyah Patrick (Bea) d. Connor Eckman (Fir), 9-4. 120: Graham Shore (ME) m.d. Logan Heil (Bru), 13-5; Third: Cameron Dickman (OH) d. Cole McComas (Bea), 4-3; Fifth: Landon Hacker (Wad) d. Jimmy Pelland (Nap), 7-0; Seventh: Jared Dressler (Med) t.f. Austin Amens (Gal), 16-1. 126: Micah Norwood (Lan) d. Kyle Gruber (Per), 3-1, 3OT; Third: Cameron Baird (Har) d. Klay Reeves (Nor), 4-3; Fifth: Derek Fields (Bru) d. Justice Freeman (NL), 8-3; Seventh: Hunter Olson (SVSM) d. Jake Bartinelli (Buc), 5-3. 132: Dylan D’Emilio (Gen) d. Matt Fields (Bru), 3-1, OT; Third: Logan Messer (Wad) d. Skyler Lasure (Bea), 8-5; Fifth: Caleb Graber (Gre) d. Logan Schoen (Per), 6-3; Seventh: Carter Mickley (Lou) d. Aaron Kitts (Nor), 7-2. 138: Luke Baughman (Wad) p. Alex Isbrandt (ME), 7:29; Third: Luke Wymer (SVSM) d. Dustin Morgillo (Gen), 3-1; Fifth: Gavin Bell (Bea) t.f. Ian Senz (Med), 15-0; Seventh: Mike Clark (Buc) m.d. Jihad Salti (OF), 8-0. 145: Michael North (Wad) d. Josh Jaeckin (OF), 4-3; Third: Alexander Gore (Ole) d. Conan Becker (Nor), 4-3; Fifth: Osiris Khalifani (Cop) d. Hayden Bastian (Ric), 6-5; Seventh: Connor Evans (Ora) d. Zane Strubler (ME), 8-3. 152: Jax Leonard (Lou) p. Brett McIntosh (Ric), 5:45; Third: Gavin Stika (Norw) d. Conor Becker (Nort), 3-2; Fifth: Jared Musci (SVSM) d. Trenton Mathew (Smi), 10-5; Seventh: Alex Roberts (Ric) m.d. Nick Neitenbach (Buc), 12-1. 160: David Carr (Per) m.d. James Limongi (Gen), 14-2; Third: Michael Ferree (Fit) d. Forest Belli (Nor), 7-4; Fifth: Caleb Cass (Clo) p. Logan Krulik (Bea), 3:53; Seventh: Shawn Petty (Lor) d. Logan Krulik (Bea), 3-2. 170: Emil Soehnlen (Per) d. Brady Chrisman (Med), 3-2; Third: Simon Shirley (Har) d. Jarod Setliff (Buc), 9-2; Fifth: Bryce Hart (Clo) by inj. def. Mitch Potterf (WN); Seventh: Lucas Salmon (Per) d. Kaden Kidd (Cre), 4-0. 182: Joey Baughman (Wad) d. David Heath (SVSM), 8-3; Third: Jaden Menduluk (OF) d. Rocco Pearce (Clo), 4-1; Fifth: AJ McRitchie (Lan) d. Xavier Beach (Gen), 2-1 OT; Seventh: Tai Carter (Per) d. Willie Beverly (AF), 5-3. 195: Matthew Cover (Bay) d. Max Boyle (Har), 1-0; Third: Breylon Douglas (Fit) p. Dylan Hinton (Elm), 2:46; Fifth: Jarin Curtis (Per) by inj. def. Cory Stallings (Clo); Seventh: Justin Jaeckin (OF) p. Isaiah Helton (Med), 1:17. 220: Cameron Sauerwein (Har) d. Colton McKieman (Ric), 3-1; Third: Clay McComas (Wad) p. Derick Bowman (Lan), 1:22; Fifth: Adam Luster (Per) d. Blake Robbins (Lou), 2-1; Seventh: Brendan Dalton (ME) by inj. def. Eddie Sevastos (Bru). 285: Jordan Earnest (Wad) d. Jacob Cover (HD), 10-5; Third: Sean Lipscomb (Fir) p. Joe Warren (Smi), 1:52; Fifth: Lee Coleman (Med) d. Adam Neill (SVSM), 3-2; Seventh: Max Millin (Per) d. Noah Koch (Gen), 3-2, OT.