MEDINA — Medina County sent three wrestlers to the quarterfinals of Medina Invitational Tournament on Friday, but Highland’s Adam Kluk was the only one to move on to today’s semifinals.
The senior started the tournament in dominant fashion, pinning his first opponent and defeating his next two by a combined 23-1 margin in the 195-pound weight class.
“I’m not sure if Adam knows it, but the kids look up to him,” Hornets coach Paul Casey said. “He just does what he does. I don’t know if he realizes it, but everybody’s kind of striving to be what he is.
“He’s absolutely the leader, and everybody looks to him for in terms of technique and what is he doing to prepare himself for the tournament.”
As dominant as Kluk was from start to finish, Casey was more pleased with the progress he saw in his team, particularly Thomas Gabyak at 160. The senior advanced to the quarterfinals before losing a tough 6-4 match in which he couldn’t close the deal in the final seconds.
“He got in a five-point hole and couldn’t wrestle back — couldn’t get that match under his belt,” Casey said. “He performed really well last week in the consolation bracket, and he wrestled back in four or five matches, so I hope he can do the same (Saturday).”
Casey has seen Gabyak progress in his technique, which has led to success so far this season. Gabyak’s few losses have come in the Ironman Tournament, Hoover Tournament and now the MIT.
“He’s grown up a lot in a year and he’s really just put his mind to becoming the best wrestler he can be,” Casey said. “He recognizes that he’s got a shot as a senior. I think he wants to wrestle in college, and he recognizes that there are people out there watching him.”
With the loss, Gabyak now finds himself in the consolation rounds facing the winner of Will Waltermeyer and Jeremy Hughes. Casey believes Gabyak will perform better, especially with less pressure in the consolations.
As for Kluk, he’ll be looking to improve on his third-place finish from last year, as he takes on New Lexington’s Josh Lehner in the semifinals. If the Hornets can notch a few more wins, they’ll be able to improve from 15th in the tournament standings.
“We’ve been working hard in the practice room,” Casey said. “It looks like it’s starting to pay off a little bit now that we’ve got some wins, but certainly not too many of them. We’ll try to get a few wins under our belt and try to keep a positive attitude.”
Medina’s Brandon Gandolf was the other county wrestler to make it to the quarterfinals with Gabyak and Kluk. He will face the winner of Zach Garrett and Brock Jones in the consolation rounds.
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MEDINA — Results Friday from the 38th Annual Medina Invitational Tournament at Medina High School.
Team standings: 1. Perry 142.0; 2. St. Edward 138.5; 3. Det. Catholic Central 135.0; 4. CVCA 98.5; 5. Perkins 94.5; 6. Claymont 93.0; 7. Richmond 85.0; 8. Hilliard Darby 83.5; 9. Lexington 75.5; 10. Perrysburg 72.5; 11. Hoover 69.0; 12. Mason 62.0; 13. Beavercreek 59.0; Riverside 59.0; 15. HIGHLAND 57.5; 16. Hudson 53.5; 17. Olentangy 52.5; 18. New Lexington 52.0; 19. Jackson 51.0; 20. Lancaster 50.5; 21. Oak Harbor 49.5; 22. Rootstown 45.5; 23. Bedford 45.0; 24. Pickerington North 42.0; Tuslaw 42.0; 26. Westerville North 40.0; 27. Olmsted Falls 38.0; 28. Central Crossing 37.0; 29. Northwestern 34.5; 30. Willard 33.0; 31. Upper Arlington 30.0; West Holmes 30.0; 33. CLOVERLEAF 26.0; 34. Indian Lake 25.5; 35. MEDINA 22.0; 36. BUCKEYE 19.0; 37. Wellington 14.0; 38. Lutheran West 9.0; 39. Liberty-Benton 4.0
106 — Tyler Warner (CLAY) vs. Patrick Kearney (MASO); L.J. Bentley (SEDW) vs. Jose Rodriguez (PERR). 112 — Trevor Zdebski (DCCE) vs. Dustin Warner (CLAY); Jason Spencer (PERR) vs. Ryan Bennett (CVCA). 120 — Nathan Tomasello (CVCA) vs. Sam Valenti (HDAR); Joshua Wimer (CCRO) vs. David Bavery (PERR). 126 — Ken Bade (DCCE) vs. Austin Phillips (PERR); A.J. Donignia (Beav) vs. Cody Burcher (CLAY). 132 — Nick Boggs (RIVE) vs. Andy Dobben (CVCA); Shawn Williams (Bedf) vs. Hunter Ladnier (SEDW). 138 — Nate Henke (RICH) vs.Tanner Miller (LANC); Isaac Bast (PERR) vs. Colin Hefferman (SEDW). 145 — Devin Skatzka (RICH) vs. Max Rohskipf (WHOL); Edgar Bright (SEDW) vs. Jeff Hojnacki (CVCA). 152 — Markus Scheidel (SEDW) vs. Tony Dailey (PERR); J.P. Newton (PBUR) vs. Lucas Marcelli (JACK). 160 — Tony Didion (PERK) vs. Jerald Spohn (NLEX); Logan Marcicki (DCCE) vs. Michael Coleman (HUDS). 170 — Drew Garcia (DCCE) vs. Rocco Caywood (PBUR); Matthew Walker (HDAR) vs. Luke Cramer (OHAR) 182 — Domenic Abounader (SEDW) vs. Dylan Hermes (PERK); Jacob Kasper (LEXI) vs. Travis Linton (ROOT). 195 — JoJo Tayse (PERR) vs. Nick Havener (CVCA); Adam Kluk (HIGH) vs. Josh Lehner (LEXI). 220 — Evan Rosborough (RIVE) vs. Garrett Harding (CLAY); Bailey Faust (LEXI) vs. Christian Hunter (Bedf). 285 — Bob Coe (DCCE) vs. Ralph Nichols (SEDW); Stefano Millin (PERR) vs. Jake Moore (ROOT).