Wadsworth Wins Medina Invitational

Lutheran West’s James Handwerk has his hand raised in victory after taking the 182 pound championship at this years Medina Invitational Tournament. Already a two-time state champ, Handwerk avenged last year’s loss to state champion Zach Steiner of Norwayne 11-5 in the fea-tured bout of the night. Handwerk jumped off to a 6-2 lead at the end of the first period by scor-ing three takedowns. Handwerk was awarded the Outstanding Wrestler Award at the conclusion of the tournament. He is the first OHSAA state champ in Lutheran West School history.

Lutheran West’s James Handwerk has his hand raised in victory after taking the 182 pound championship at this years Medina Invitational Tournament. Already a two-time state champ, Handwerk avenged last year’s loss to state champion Zach Steiner of Norwayne 11-5 in the fea-tured bout of the night. Handwerk jumped off to a 6-2 lead at the end of the first period by scor-ing three takedowns. Handwerk was awarded the Outstanding Wrestler Award at the conclusion of the tournament. He is the first OHSAA state champ in Lutheran West School history.

It’s called the Greatest Show in Wrestling, and the 42nd annual Medina Invitational held Christmas week lived up to its billing last month as Medina County wrestlers excelled in this premier holiday tournament.

For Wadsworth, it was payback time as the Grizzlies bounced back from last year’s third-place showing to take their first MIT team title in school history.

The Bay High wrestling program is in business this year, paced by 195-pounder Matt Cover. Matt placed fifth at 195 at the prestigious Medina Invitational Tournament in December. Matt also took first at the Avon Lake Knights of Columbus Tournament this season.

The Bay High wrestling program is in business this year, paced by 195-pounder Matt Cover. Matt placed fifth at 195 at the prestigious Medina Invitational Tournament in December. Matt also took first at the Avon Lake Knights of Columbus Tournament this season.

The Grizzlies had champs Cody Surratt (160 pounds) – a runner-up last year – and Joey Baughman (170).

Second-place finishes were added from Luke Baughman (132) and Clay McComas (220) to keep Wadsworth in a position to win, setting the stage for finals drama. Grizzlies heavyweight Jordan Earnest notched a 3-1 win over Perry’s Matt Carrick to finish third, and kept Wadsworth two points ahead of Detroit Catholic Central, Michigan and four ahead of Perry.

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