Oak Harbor's Miller, Cramer take home Medina Invite Titles; Norwalk second at Kenston

Ian Miller and Jake Cramer took home Medina Invitational championships to lead Oak Harbor to third place at the tournament, first place of the Division II teams in the event.
Fandy.com Staff
Dec 31, 2010

Ian Miller and Jake Cramer took home Medina Invitational championships to lead Oak Harbor to third place at the tournament, first place of the Division II teams in the event.

Miller pinned Medina Highland's Tyler Bloniak in 1:33 in the 152-pound first place final for his third MIT title.

He earned the 2010 Brian Brakeman-Mike Massa Most Valuable Wrestler award. Miller hasn't lost a varsity match in over a calendar year, with his last loss in the first-place finals of the 2009 Walsh Ironman tournament.

"He's better than he was last year, definitely improved," Rockets coach George Bergman said. "And he's confident, too, very confident."

Cramer pinned Heath's Mason Robinson in 1:23 for the title in the 171-pound weight class.

Along with Miller and Cramer, Konner Witt finished second at 160, falling in the finals to Lakewood St. Edward's Domenic Abounader by a 6-4 decision.

Rockets junior Alex Bergman (140-pound class) and sophomore Luke Cramer (130) made it deep into the tournament, which featured teams such as St. Edward's (Division I runner-up in 2010) and Massillion Perry (Division I third-place in 2010). Bergman and Cramer earned fourth-place finishes, while Sean McGhee (215) placed seventh.

"If we want to have a chance at second in the state (in Division II, behind St. Paris Graham), we need to have those guys come through for us," George Bergman said. "In this tournament, it was huge that Sean, Luke and Alex helped and placed for us. Those guys -- Ian, Konner and Jake -- they're confident, and you expect them to do well. But in those big tournaments, you do need those other guys to do well."

Bergman was named the tournament's Outstanding Coach.

Sandusky heavyweight Mike Brown earned a fifth-place finish for the Blue Streaks.

He took a 10-1 major decision over Jarrod Wendorf of Uniontown Lake in the fifth place finals, finishing 4-2 in the tournament. He improved to 15-2 overall this season.

Brown took his first two losses of the season, both to 2010 state placers. Brown fell in the championship semifinals to St. Edward's Greg Kuhar 8-4, who placed fourth in Division I at 285 and again in the consolation semifinals to Crestview's Clint Endicott, 2-1, who was seventh.

"Mike only being a junior shows a lot of promise for the future," Sandusky coach Casey Harrington said. "He wrestled solid against some of the best in the state. There is always (room for improvement), but I was real happy with everything he did."

Sandusky finished 15th of 18 Division I teams and 29th of 41 teams overall.

"There was a lot of pain, it is a very tough tournament and some of our guys came out with minor injuries," Harrington said. "Nothing serious, but (we were) just physically and mentally beat up. Medina is kind of the precursor to state. A lot of the district opponents we'll see were here.

"We're glad that we got these tough matches sooner than later so we can get prepared and take care of it in the practice room."

Sandusky's Harrington, in his first year coaching, won the Jim Houghtaling Sportsmanship Award.

Three Perkins wrestlers placed, led by Michael Snyder (145) and Tyler Mees (135), who both earned seventh-place finishes. Cameron Campbell took an 8th-place finish at 140.

In his seventh-place final, Snyder pinned Harrison's Blake Griffin late in the second period.

Mees finished with a decision over Westerville North's Stephen Alger, 7-4. In Campbell fell to Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy's Matt Dobben in a 7-5 decision.

The Pirates were seventh of 14 Division II teams in the tournament and 25th overall.

"We've all heard the reputation of the tournament, but it was our first experience here and coming away with three placers was a solid performance out of our kids."

 

CHAGRIN FALLS

Norwalk second at Kenston

The Norwalk wrestling team brought back a second-place finish at the Kenston Invitational.

The Truckers scored 155 points, edging out Fairfield by one, for the runner-up spot. Crestwood captured first in the 24-team event with 225.5 points.

"All in all, it was a decent effort,'' Norwalk coach Danny Helton said. "We didn't do so well in the finals, but we can work on it.''

For Norwalk, Nick Davis at 145 pounds and Lance Leto at 215 placed second.

"Davis was impressive,'' Helton said. "He looked really good from his feet and Leto had an outstanding tournament. To go in as an unseeded freshman and finish second is impressive.''

In the finals, Davis lost 8-5 to Crestwood's Alex Horovitz, while Leto was pinned by Geneva's Tommy Padavick at the 1:44 mark.

The Truckers had seven other placers in the top six.

Fishing fourth were Scott Alexander at 171 and Ian Ramos 285. Carl Hokes and Jake Alexander took fifth at 140 and 189, respectively, while Tyler Sparks 130, Alex Doughty 152 and Braden Hoover 160 each checked in sixth.

"We used the tournament as a dress rehearsal for the districts and it is a nice gauge to see where we are at in the middle of the season,'' Helton said.

Norwalk is scheduled to compete at Edison with Bellevue and Elmwood at 6 p.m. Wednesday.