MEDINA — Payton Burgdorf’s rise to the top this season has been one of grit and determination.
A fourth-place finisher at state last season in Division II, the Firelands sophomore knew the competition would come hot and heavy.
So far, so good.
Thursday the 106-pounder ended the 43rd annual Medina Invitational Tournament with a title to join teammates Sean Lipscomb (third, 285) and Connor Eckman (eight, 113) on the podium.
Burgdorf defeated two-time junior high state placer Garett Lautzenheiser of Louisville 9-4 for the title.
“He has taken his wrestling to another level because of it,” Firelands coach Josh Walbom said. “He knows it’s gametime every time we step in the gym from here on out. He knows there’s elite competition everywhere.
“He reminds me a little bit of Jeff Jaggers (a two-time national champion) from Ohio State. The guy would just step up when the NCAA Tournament came on. He’s a gamer. Payton is exactly the same way.”
At 22-0 following the MIT, Burgdorf’s season has been more a tour of excellence than anything else. When Firelands decided to drop the Tri-State Border Wars in favor of the MIT, he knew the competition would be tough, but he embraced it.
“Last year, we didn’t have as much good competition,” he said. “We went to Perrysburg and had a couple of good duals, but this year I feel like our new coach has really gotten us into elite tournaments. This type of tournament is going to help me when it comes to sectional, district and state.”
Burgdorf has taken his fourth-place finish in Columbus and used it as a driving force to get better as he looks to climb higher on the podium.
“I love having the fact people want to gun for me,” he said. “It means I have something to prove. I can’t go out there and lose a match because it’s going to be a big deal. Everyone is gunning for me instead of me gunning for everyone else.”
That attitude has certainly paid dividends as Walbom has taken his star pupil under his wing and seen what he hopes will one day be a state champion.
“It’s his desire to be on top,” Walbom said. “He doesn’t settle. Last year, he was happy to be a state placer, a state qualifier and all that, but it’s a new challenge this year. Yeah, we got on the podium, but now, it’s, ‘Can we get on the top?’ It’s almost a positive that he ended that way. It’s almost like he came back with an attitude to get to the next level.”
Lorain’s Shawn Petty Jr. (7th, 160) rounded out the list of Lorain County competitors who placed at the MIT.
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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; T16. 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; T25. 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; T33. Highland, Norwayne 37; 35. Gahanna Lincoln 35; 36. Mayfield 34; T37. 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.