June 27, 2016

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College notes: Michael Griffith has stellar weekend

Michael Griffith is fifth in the Super Region I rankings and the Mercyhurst sophomore lived up to the billing this past weekend.

The Medina graduate notched one of the biggest wins of his young college career as the 149-pounder defeated Pitt-Johnstown’s Jack Bachman, ranked third in the region, in a marathon match.

Michael Griffith

It wasn’t quite enough, as the No. 13 Lakers fell short against their No. 5 opponent, 20-13.

After rallying to tie the bout at 4 after three periods, the 5-foot-9 Griffith finally edged Bachman in the second overtime when he earned a takedown and three-point near fall to win 10-5.

Griffith is currently 18-6 on the season after winning just 17 matches as a freshman.

Men’s basketball

Wheaton junior guard Tyler Peters (Medina) was named CCIW Player of the Week. The local product led the No. 20 Thunder to a pair of wins, averaging 24 points and shooting .607 from the floor. For the season, Peters is averaging a league-best 19.4 points and is second in assists (4.9).

Junior guard Kevin Krakowiak (Liverpool Twp. resident/Holy Name) buried a jumper as time expired to lift Baldwin Wallace to a 60-58 win over Mount Union.
Later in the week, Krakowiak had 16 and teammate Kyle Payne (Brunswick) added 16 of his own, along with a career-high-tying 13 rebounds as the Yellow Jackets edged Wilmington 70-62. The win gave BW its 13th triumph in its last 14 contests.

 Chris Zurowski (Medina) had eight points, six rebounds and four blocks, but it wasn’t enough as Hiram fell to Kenyon. Alan Sheppard (Wadsworth) poured in 16 to lead the Terriers in scoring after dumping in 10 and dishing out five assists earlier in the week in a loss to Denison.

 Center Pat Forsythe (Brunswick) netted eight points and had a pair of blocks as Akron beat Bowling Green 68-55. The Zips have the nation’s longest winning streak, 13, after a Saturday win over Ohio U. Forsythe had four points and four boards against the Bobcats.

Women’s basketball

Thanks to a stat-stuffing night from Dev King (Medina), No. 12 Georgetown College hung on to beat Cumberlands 85-78. King scored 21 points, along with ripping down eight rebounds and picking up three steals.

 Old Dominion’s Jackie Cook (Hinckley Twp. resident/Regina) recorded her 15th double-digit scoring output of the season with 13 points, along with picking up seven rebounds and two steals in a win over UNC Wilmington. Earlier in the week she had 14 points and seven boards in a victory over Drexel.

 Brooke Forsythe (Cloverleaf) scored 18 points, had six rebounds and swatted five shots as Cumberlands fell to St. Catharine 74-67.

 Sophomore guard Taylor Woods (Wadsworth) had 16 points as Ashland improved to 21-0 with an 84-42 victory over Lake Erie.


A fourth-place finish by Dan Mirman (Highland) at 149 pounds helped John Carroll at the Pete Willson Wheaton Invitational. He opened the day with an upset win over second-seeded Dan Argueta of UW-Parkside and then bounced back from a semifinal loss to finish 4-1 on the day.

 Ashland 165-pounder Jake Piatt (Medina) went 2-0 on the weekend as the Eagles downed No. 7 Findlay and Tiffin. Tyler Houska (Highland) also notched a win against Tiffin at 285 pounds.

 Sophomore 149-pounder Nate Ball (Wadsworth) recorded a win by major decision as Lake Erie crushed West Liberty 39-6.

 Matt Meadows (Medina resident/CVCA) posted an 8-3 decision at 197 pounds as George Mason defeated Franklin & Marshall 30-7.


Lindsay Koch (Brunswick) was 12th for Bowling Green on the uneven parallel bars in a loss to Kent State. The junior recorded an 8.325.

Swimming and diving

Sophomore Elaina Lanson (Wadsworth) anchored the Georgia Southern 400 freestyle relay to a crucial win as the Eagles edged Gardner-Webb 104-101. The final-event win was done in 3:34.14, a pool record. Lanson also won the 50 free in 24.41.

 Ohio freshman Addy Ferguson (Cloverleaf) won the 100 backstroke and helped the 200 medley relay to a win as the Bobcats won their fifth in a row, sinking Mid-American Conference champion Toledo. It was OU’s first win over the Rockets since 2008. The rookie clocked a 56.70 in the backstroke win. She was second in the 100 butterfly in 56.24.

 Alice Hottensmith (Brunswick) was third in the 1- and 3-meter dives as Akron fell to Bowling Green.

 Cleveland State’s Allison Pallija (Wadsworth) was fourth in the 200 breaststroke and seventh in the 50 free as the Vikings beat Illinois-Chicago. Teammate Amanda Pallija swam on a 400 free relay that took third, along with placing fifth in the 1,000 free and sixth in the 500 free.

Indoor track

Villanova’s Alex Wasik (Medina) placed 11th in the pole vault at the Armory Collegiate Invitational.

 Florida sophomore Taylor Burke (Medina) cleared a season-best 5 feet, 11¼ inches to finish second in the high jump at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational.

 Taylor Wickey (Medina) helped Kent State’s distance medley team to a win in 11:51.42 at the Akron Invitational. The freshman also won the 1,600 in 5:07.89. Fellow Kent harrier Russell McCune (Wadsworth) was fifth in the 3,000 run in 9:02.75.

 Akron’s Jake Hiltner (Wadsworth) paced the distance medley relay to a runner-up finish in 10:10.37 at the Akron Invitational. The junior also was fifth in the 1,600 in 4:17.68 and ran on a 4×4 relay that took fourth. Teammate Nick Owens (Brunswick) was fifth in the 400 with a 48.71.

 Eric Klucar (Highland) won the pole vault with a leap of 16-4¾ to lead Ashland at the Akron Invitational. Sophomore Jennifer Foster (Cloverleaf) was third in the high jump, clearing 5-8½. Jacob Sussman (Wadsworth) was sixth in the 1,600 in 4:18.46.

 Lake Erie senior Sammie Smith (Brunswick) recorded a personal-best 2:21.96 in the 800 at the D-II Team Challenge by SPIRE Institute. She also helped the 4×4 run a school-record 3:58.13.

 Malik Tuck (Medina) placed fifth in the 200 (22.24) and eighth in the 60 (7.13) as Ohio Dominican finished 15th at the D-II Challenge.

Tiffin’s David Knack (Medina) clocked a 9:22.72 to take 23rd in the 3,200 at the D-II Challenge.

Junior Shawn Cordes (Buckeye) helped BW’s 4×2 to a win at the Wooster Invitational in 1:31.26. The Yellow Jackets finished runner-up at the meet. Across the state in Findlay, BW throwers Mitch Supan (Medina resident/Walsh Jesuit) and Zach Marinucci (Brunswick) competed. Supan won the shot put and weight throw, while Marinucci placed fourth and seventh, respectively.

Junior Evan McKee (Medina) placed third in the 800 in 1:58.55 to lead Ohio Northern at the Joe Banks Invitational.

 Hannah Gospodinsky (Wadsworth) was 10th in the shot put for South Florida with a throw of 43-3¼ at the Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup.

Kevin Paradise (Medina) ran a 9:01 in the 3,000 to help UNC Asheville at the Hilton Garden Invitational.

 Senior John Schweinfurth (Medina) ran a leg on Walsh’s winning 4×4 as the Cavaliers competed at the Jim Wuske Invitational at Mount Union.

Contact Dan Brown at sports@medina-gazette.com.