MEDINA — Lorain County’s first Medina Invitational Tournament title Friday came with some fireworks. It’s second brought an eruption.
Count it up and the 120-pound crown by Payton Burgdorf of Firelands and the 285-pound title from Daniel Bucknavich of Midview came with huge exclamation points as the bookend pins proved that both deserved to be at the top of the crop.
“This one means a lot more,” said Burgdorf of his second MIT title. “Last year, I didn’t have to wrestle the caliber of wrestlers I really did here. I mean the kid I wrestled in the finals last year was good, but this year from the start of the tournament to the end was tough. I feel like this one means a lot more.”
With Burgdorf bumping up two weight classes, seeding criteria pushed the two-time state placer to the third seed, meaning he would have to go through two bears on the second day of competition if he wanted to repeat as champion.
The first came Friday afternoon in a doozy of a semifinal with two-time state finalist and 2017 state champion Oscar Sanchez of Genoa.
Burgdorf wrestled strong and never let the situation get out of control in a 4-2 win to bring on Steven Garty of Davison (Mich.) in the finals.
Garty is a two-time state placer for the Cardinals, who are ranked No. 3 in Michigan. Burgdorf shrugged off the resume and pinned Garty in 1:19 for his third decking of the tournament.
It was the win over Sanchez, however, that was the catalyst for his victory in the final.
“That tells you I can be where he’s at right now,” Burgdorf said. “To be able to beat a state champion, I feel like it’s right there in my grasp. To be able to pin my kid in the finals, it just shows how hard I’m training.”
Bucknavich’s training has been on point all season after finishing as a state alternate last season.
With the MIT being the pinnacle of his performances so far this season, the junior has another title to go with his season-opening Solon Comet Classic crown.
“I hated being the alternate,” Bucknavich said. “It’s not going to happen this year. It was hard sitting in the stands. I was sitting thinking I should be in that tournament. It just gave me motivation to keep going.
“I’m a lot more driven. I did a lot more work in the offseason. I lifted twice a day and went to extra practices. I’m going to be on that podium this year.”
If the MIT is any indication, don’t be surprised if those words come true.
Bucknavich opened with a pair of first-period pins to roll into the semifinals. With a pin of St. Vincent-St. Mary’s David Hooks at 4:59, the heavyweight cruised into the final to face Kyler Capizzi of Sandusky Perkins.
Capizzi never had a chance as Bucknavich hit a crossface to a bundle to put him away with a pin at 2:24.
“This will keep driving me,” Bucknavich said. “All this is practice for the state tournament. It means a lot to win with a pin. When you pin, it means you’re done. You beat him so bad, he couldn’t get off his back. It makes you feel good.”
Midview added a couple more placers with Andrew Philion finishing third at 145 and Zak Anderson placing eighth at 126. Avon resident and Lutheran West senior Parker Watson finished fourth at 138.
TEAM STANDINGS: 1. Wadsworth 211, 2. Davison (Mich.) 188, 3. Genoa 180, 4. Harrison 171, 5. Dublin Coffman 160, 6. Delta 142.5, 7. St. Vincent-St. Mary 141, 8. Perkins 130, 9. Mentor 98, 11. Highland 97, 12. Brunswick 95, 13. Fitch 86.5, 14. Midview 86, 15. Lebanon 85, 16. Beavercreek 80, 17. Copley 76.5, 18. Lancaster 71.5, 19. Medina 71, 20. Napoleon 67.5, 21. Bay 54.5, 22. Buckeye 53.5, 23. River Valley 53, 24. Cloverleaf 50.5, 25. 26. Olentangy Orange 48.5, 27. Olentangy 48, 28. Northmor 46, 29. Oak Harbor, Olmsted Falls 45, 31. Norwayne 44.54, 32. Upper Arlington 43.5, 33. New Lexington 43, 34. Lutheran West 41, 35. Miami East 40.5, 36. Dayton Carroll 37, 37. Firelands, Grandview Heights 35, 39. Richmond (Mich.) 30, 40. Otsego 28, 41. East Liverpool 26.5, 42. Chippewa 23, 43. Northridge 19, 44. Green 18.5, 45. Mayfield 45.
106 — FIRST: Zack Mattin (Del) dec. Kenneth Crosby (STVM), 3-0. THIRD: Mason Brugh (Wad) dec. Corey Haney (Hig), 4-3 (UTB). FIFTH: Marlon Yarbrough (Cop) dec. Max Oprzadek (Per), 5-0. SEVENTH: Drake Cerney (RV) dec. Jarrison Moore (Nor), 4-2.
113 — FIRST: Logan Agin (Lan) dec. Jake Manley (Ots), 5-4. THIRD: Dierre Clayton (STVM) dec. Caleb Hernandez (Nap), 5-2. FIFTH: Max Shore (ME) dec. Colin Roberts (Fit), 11-4. SEVENTH: Blake Sheppard (NL) dec. Gabe Ohl (WN), 6-2.
120 — FIRST: Payton Burgdorf (Fire) pinned Steven Garty (Dav), 1:19. THIRD: Oscar Sanchez (Gen) dec. Kyren Butler (Cop), 4-0; FIFTH: James Baumann (DC) dec. Elliot Alessia (STVM), 8-3; SEVENTH: Nick Sabin (Men) pinned Kyah Patrick (Bea), :45.
126 — FIRST: Logan Heil (Bru) dec. Andrew Chambal (Dav), 3-0. THIRD: Sam Vansickle (STVM) dec. Jacob Reed (Lan), 7-5. FIFTH: Cade Cass (Clo) dec. Zane Hull (Nap), 5-0. SEVENTH: Canyon Wells (Cop) dec. Zak Anderson (Mid), 3-2.
132 — FIRST: Cole Mattin (Del) dec. Julian Sanchez (Gen), 4-3. THIRD: Cameron Baird (Har) dec. Klay Reeves (Nor), 5-0. FIFTH: Caleb Graber (Gre) dec. Nate DeBoe (Men), 5-3. SEVENTH: Jake Bryson (Hig) dec. Connor Euton (WN), 8-6.
138 — FIRST: Luke Baughman (Wad) dec. Dylan D’Emilio (Gen), 2-1 (UTB). THIRD: Derek Fields (Bru) dec. Parker Watson (LW), 10-3. FIFTH: Hunter Olson (STVM) dec. Connor DeBoe (Men), 10-9. SEVENTH: Gus Sutton (Fit) maj. dec. James Scavuzzo (Hig), 14-0.
145 — FIRST: Michael North (Wad) pinned Dustin Morgillo (Gen), 3:50. THIRD: Andrew Philion (Mid) def. Brady Pethtel (Ole) by forfeit. FIFTH: Jacob Bernhardt (Har) dec. Adam Nedolast (Cop), 5-1. SEVENTH: Matt Hamula (Med) dec. Simon Allen (NL), 3-2.
152 — FIRST: Kevin Contos (Gen) dec. Brian Case (Dav), 3-2. THIRD: Logan Messer (Wad) maj. dec. Brady Linder (H), 9-0. FIFTH: Antonio Gonzalez (Cof) dec. Wyatt Miller (OH), 5-0. SEVENTH: Hunter Chaney (Har) pinned Dawson Swicegood (Del), 1:52.
160 — FIRST: Alex Facundo (Dav) tech. fall Hadyn Danals (RV), 21-6. THIRD: Brett McIntosh (Har) pinned Clayton Bagila (Chi), 5:46. FIFTH: Tyler Haney (Hig) dec. Trenton (Randall (Car), 6-2. SEVENTH: Eli Williams (WN) pinned Mitchell Broski (Ora), :38.
170 — FIRST: Dom Loparo (Wad) dec. Conor Becker (Nor), 8-3. THIRD: Luke Salmon (Per) dec. Jay Nivison (Dav), 4-3. FIFTH: Layne Talbot (NL) dec. Ethan Silvis (Med), 4-3. SEVENTH: Jordan Dillon (Bea) pinned Adam Dillon (Leb), :36.
182 — FIRST: Mitch Potterf (WN) maj. dec. Lennox Wolak (DC), 11-3. THIRD: Cal Stefanko (Dav) dec. Jon List (Wad), 3-2. FIFTH: Simon Shirley (Har) dec. Kaden Kidd, 9-2. SEVENTH: Tal Carter (Per) dec. Seth DiCola (Med), 7-2.
195 — FIRST: Seth Shumate (DC) dec. Matthew Cover (Bay), 5-1. THIRD: Max Boyle (Har) dec. Justin Jaeckin (OF), 7-5. FIFTH: Blake Chrisman (Med) maj. dec. Colton Quantz (Leb), 8-0. SEVENTH: Jacob Goldsmith (WN) pinned John Hammond (Bea), 3:40.
220 — FIRST: Hudson Jump (GH) maj. dec. Austin Kohlhofer (Del), 19-8. THIRD: Sam McNulty (Per) pinned Riley Ucker (DC), 3:17. FIFTH: Eddie Sevastos (Bru) dec. Skylor Wooley (EL), 9-2. SEVENTH: Luke Davis (Ric) dec. Joe Perez (Fit), 4-0.
285 — FIRST: Daniel Bucknavich (Mid) pinned Kyler Capizzi (Per), 2:24. THIRD: Noah Koch (Gen) dec. Brock Kimble (Fit), 3-1 (SV). FIFTH: Dalton Richard (Del) dec. David Hooks (STVM), 2-1. SEVENTH: Eric Feng (DC) dec. Jamen Hill (Car), 4-1.