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You’re a three-time state champion?
Oh, you made it to the state finals two years in a row?
You say you’re a state finalist from two years ago as well?
When it comes to the 37th edition of the Medina Invitational Tournament, resumes mean very little and Wednesday proved it.
Genoa Area’s Felipe Martinez (No. 14 @ 160) was supposed to breeze through his quarterfinal match with Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy’s David Gray at 170 pounds.
Someone forgot to tell Gray, who has never even been to the state tournament, as the senior won a hard-fought 11-5 match against the three-time titlist in which he dominated the final period.
“We surround ourselves with the best in the room and it pays off,” Gray said. “I’d watched him in the third period before and knew he got winded. That’s when I took advantage.”
It was advantage Andy Dobben of CVCA had as well, but the freshman’s big match came in the second round when two-time state runner-up Calvin Campbell was supposed to be an easy winner as the No. 1 seed at 120.
Campbell never had a chance in a 9-0 run-through by Dobben, who hasn’t been scored on yet at the MIT.
Couple the nine-point win with a 1-0 victory over Nick Burg of Richmond (Mich.) in the quarterfinals and the 2010 junior high state champion Dobben is ready for more.
“There was pressure, but I try not to think about it,” Dobben said. “We just go out and work our hardest. That’s what we do.”
Medina’s Matt Hammer worked his hardest as well, picking up a big quarterfinal victory over Massillon Perry’s Mitch Newhouse (No. 15 @ 138) at 138.
That would be Newhouse, a state runner-up in 2010 for the Panthers.
Newhouse never had much of a chance, falling 9-4 in a match controlled by Hammer from the outset.
“Seeing (teammate Ryan) Hornack win his quarterfinal gave me a lot of momentum going into that one,” Hammer said. “We definitely feed off each other, but the goal isn’t to place here, it’s to win here.
“I want to be on that top step. In my head, I wasn’t going to lose. I’m hoping to beat everybody here. It doesn’t get any easier.”
While Hornack (113) joined Highland’s Lazar Vilimonovic (160) and Adam Kluk (182) in the semifinals, the day was Royal blue for the most part as Nathan Tomasello (113), Josh Decatur (132) and Matt Meadows (220) made it five CVCA wrestlers in the semifinals.
For Complete Article by Brad Bournival, Sports Ink