July 24, 2016

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Wadsworth’s Tavanello wins close match with Ohio State recruit Erb

BROADVIEW HTS. — The feature match of the night at the 50th Brecksville Holiday Tournament highlighted now four-time event champion Cam Tessari of Monroeville and Padua’s Andrew Romanchik at 140 pounds.

If there was a 1A bout, it would have been between Wadsworth’s Nick Tavanello and Wapakoneta’s Logan Erb at 215.

The Grizzlies’ Nick Tavanello closes in on pinning Sonoraville’s Tyler Smith during the 215-pound semis. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY RON SCHWANE)

The Grizzlies’ Nick Tavanello closes in on pinning Sonoraville’s Tyler Smith during the 215-pound semis. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY RON SCHWANE)

Returning state champions in Divisions I and II, the two put on quite a show in a 3-2 win by Tavanello on Thursday.

The junior traded escapes in the second and third periods before scoring a takedown with 18 seconds left to secure the victory.

“This one ranks high on my list,” said Tavanello, who proved strong throughout the tournament. “I was a little nervous going into the match because he’s an excellent wrestler. I felt the leverage swing in my favor, so I took the momentum that way. Everything falls into place when you work hard.”

A second-place finisher last year at Brecksville, Tavanello erased some demons in the win and showed Erb, who has given a verbal commitment to Ohio State, that he’s ready to repeat.

The victory not only gave Tavanello a big notch in his belt, it propelled him into the state duals next weekend as the squad prepares to defend its title for the third year in a row.

“Coming out of the Ironman, he wasn’t in wrestling shape,” Wadsworth coach John Gramuglia said. “He rolled through North Canton and is right on schedule now.

“Now, we’ll get things rolling. We’re proud of him. He’s turned into a great leader.”

Kagan Squire (125) joined Tavanello on the top of the podium with a 3-1 win over Twinsburg’s Mike Labry.

Labry beat returning state runner-up Brian Spangler of Keystone to set up the final with Squire.

But Squire scored a takedown in the second period to walk away with the win.

“He’s a college wrestler already,” Gramuglia said of Squire. “He’s a beast. He’s at a different level. He’s riding (the momentum). If he keeps this up, he’ll be tough to beat.”

The Grizzlies were almost as good as their star 125- and 215-pounders.

With state placer Sheldon Brandenburg (injury) out of the lineup and state qualifier Clay Wenger (17 stitches in his lip and above his eye) bowing out after the quarterfinals, the Grizzlies couldn’t muster enough to make it three in a row at the BHT.

But that didn’t mean the Grizzlies didn’t get things done.

“Coming in second is a little motivation for us,” said Gramuglia of the team’s finish behind Chanel. “We still expected to win, but we’ll be OK. We need to win those close ones coming back. This will be good for us in the stretch run.”

Nate Ball (4th, 140), Brandon Jones (5th, 112), Alfredo Gray (5th, 130), Wenger (6th, 145) and Jake Crowley (8th, 285) rounded out the placers for the Grizzlies.

Contact Brad Bournival at sports@medina-gazette.com.


BROADVIEW HTS. — Results Thursday from the 50th annual Brecksville Holiday Tournament at Brecksville High School.

Team standings: 1. Chanel 191; 2. Wadsworth 167; 3. Brecksville 141; 4. Cincinnati Elder 125; 5. Padua 124; 6. Monroeville 114½; 7. Elyria 112½; 8. Olentangy Liberty 111; 9. Wapakoneta 104½; 10. Oregon Clay 104; 11. Toledo Central Catholic 102; 12. Lake Catholic, Twinsburg 97½; 14. Mayfield 84; 15. Jackson Milton 82; 16. St. Ignatius 78 1/2; 17. Lakota West 77; 18. Wauseon 76; 19. Teas Valley 73; 20. Edison 66½; 21. Sonoraville 63; 22. Nelson-York 62; 23. Davidson 61; 24. Keyston 60½; 25. Pope (Ga) 58; 26. Kettering Fairmont 57½; 27. Amherst, Gahanna Lincoln 51; 29. Marysville 50½; 30. St. Vincent-St. Mary 49; 21. Dayton Christian 48; 32. Columbus DeSales 47½’ 33. Olentangy Orange 45; 34. Lakota East 42½; 35. Loveland 38; 36. Aurora 34½; 37. Goshen 33½; 38. Harrison (GA) 25½; 39. Bellevue 22; 40. North Royalton 15; 41. Brecksville “B” 15; 42. Cuyahoga Heights 7; 43. University School 5.