September 17, 2014

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A shot of confidence: Gresock rides wave of big wins to state

By BRAD BOURNIVAL

Staff Writer

The train left the station three weeks ago and no one has been able to track it down yet.

Rolling along in a sea of second- and third-place finishes, Highland’s Logan Gresock wasn’t expecting much and then it hit.

A Suburban League quarterfinal match with Wadsworth’s Louden Gordon resulted in an 8-7 loss and an eventual third-place conference finish. What it did to his confidence, on the other hand, has been seen in the last two weeks for the Highland 135-pounder.

“He was nervous and gave up five points in the first period but then outscored Louden 7-3 the rest of the way,” Highland coach Mark Savoia said. “We kept telling him he had the tools, he just needed the confidence. After that, he realized he was that good.

“Here’s a kid that was always second or third and then, ‘Boom,’ to turn it around, it gave him the confidence.”

He rolled into the Highland District as the top seed and then untracked Parma Padua’s Mike Sustar with a pin and then tech falled Vermilion’s Anthoney Budka before winning by major decision over Parma Heights Holy Name’s Matt Szucs.

The sectional victory not only marked the first postseason title of Gresock’s career, it was the junior’s first tournament win in high school or junior high.

“I’ve never been confident going into matches,” Gresock said. “But I  realized I shouldn’t be playing other people’s games. Just let it happen.

“That was a big confidence booster. I knew I had a good chance of winning and started to get more confident and everything just started clicking.”

So much so, in fact, that Gresock repeated the feat last weekend at Fostoria with another strong showing.

A technical fall over Celina’s Cody Doner lead to a pin of Willard’s Jeff Goine’s in the semifinals.

That brought even more confidence as Gresock stopped Bryan’s Shayne Combs in the semis before besting Rossford’s Jordan Wray 4-2 in the finals.

“Some of the moves he wasn’t hitting before he’s hitting now,” Savoia said. “To win district was big. He should place and that will definitely help next year.

“Who knows? Maybe he even walks through this weekend.”

While an opening-round match against projected state runner-up Brad Wukie of Hunting Valley University School will be difficult, it’s not out of the question for Gresock to go far in the state tournament.

Though he doesn’t expect much, Gresock’s style matches up with the best of them and he’ll need that to roll through a projected semifinal match with the perceived champion in Chase Skonieczny.

“That’s how state champs are made,” Savoia said. “He’s been down there several times in the stands. Logan’s pretty focused. We’ll worry about who’s next after the match.”

Bournival may be reached at bournival929@sbcglobal.net or 330-721-4045.