No matter what the level, Michael Griffith has found success on the wrestling mat.
From being a state placer as a youth, to a state championship as a Junior High wrestler and a pair of trips to the State championships while competing for Medina High, the 2011 graduate has had quite a career.
The Mercyhurst University sophomore added another line to his resume Sunday placing fourth at the NCAA Division II Super Region to earn his first berth in the NCAA Division II tournament.
The 5-foot-9, 149-pounder rebounded from a loss in the consolation finals, to beat Pitt-Johnstown’s Jack Bachman — who beat Griffith on Friday to send him to the wrestleback bracket — via a pin at 6:27 to earn the invitation to Alabama next month.
Griffith, who is currently 26-9 on the season, is the first Medina wrestler to qualify for nationals since 1996 when Sean Kiousis took sixth overall for the University of Findlay to earn All-American status.
Junior guard Tyler Peters (Medina) led Wheaton College with 26 points, but the No. 20 Thunder fell in the semifinals of the CCIW Tournament to North Central 59-50. On Monday, Wheaton was awarded an at-large bid to the NCAA D-III Tournament and will host St. Norbert College Saturday. Peters was also a unanimous selection to the All-CCIW team on Monday after averaging 17.1 points, which included shooting 55.2 percent from the floor.
Local products Kyle Payne (Brunswick) and Kevin Krakowiak (Liverpool Twp. resident/Holy Name) were selected to the All-Ohio Athletic Conference team.
Payne earned first-team honors after finishing third in the OAC in scoring (16.6 points per game) and sixth in rebounding (6.2). Krakowiak was named to the second team after scoring 14.6 points, which included shooting 40.3 percent from beyond the arc.
Jacob Blevins (Highland) helped the University of Akron-Wayne College to the Ohio Regional Campus State championship this past weekend.
Georgetown College locked up second place in the Mid-South Conference with a 92-74 victory over Lindsey Wilson. Dev King (Medina) had 13 points and six rebounds in the victory. Earlier in the week, King overcame foul trouble to finish with 12 points and seven boards for the No. 18 Tigers in an 83-68 win over Campbellsville.
Just days after surpassing the 1,000-career point plateau with a 21-point effort against William and Mary, Jackie Cook (Hinckley Twp. resident/Regina) celebrated Senior Day at Old Dominion in style. Cook netted 17 points and ripped down seven rebounds in the Monarchs 80-57 win over Hofstra. The guard also had two assists, a pair of steals and a block.
Ashland’s Taylor Woods (Wadsworth) scored 14 points and Lindsay Tenyak (Wadsworth) added nine as Ashland downed Ohio Dominican 62-49. Woods added three assists.
Kagan Squire (Wadsworth) picked up a pin for Ohio University in a 40-6 drubbing of Gardner Webb. Squire needed just 2:41 to take down Tyler Zeigler.
Redshirt junior Tyler Houska (Highland) placed sixth overall at 285 pounds as No. 15 Ashland placed third as a team at the NCAA Super Region 2 Championships. Teammate Jake Piatt (Medina) finished one match away from placing.
George Mason’s Matt Meadows (Medina resident/CVCA) dropped a 3-1 decision at 197 pounds to nationally-ranked Christian Boley as the Patriots lost to No. 24 Maryland 23-15.
Elaina Lanson (Wadsworth) anchored a pair of Georgia Southern relay teams to school-record times at the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association Championships. Lanson helped the 200 medley and 400 freestyle units to record times, along with placing seventh in both the 100 backstroke (personal-record 56.06) and 100 free (51.61).
Indoor track and field
Ashland sophomore Jennifer Foster (Cloverleaf) used a record-breaking 5 feet, 9¼ inch leap to win the high jump at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships. She also placed fourth in the pole vault with an 11-10¾ effort. Teammate Jacob Sussman (Wadsworth) was fifth in the 1 mile run (4:14.19) and 14th in the 3,000 run (8:46.99). David Knack (Medina) of Tiffin placed 22nd in the 5,000 run (16:03.17), while Lake Erie’s Colleen Bednar (Brunswick) was sixth in the long jump (16-10). Sprinter Malik Tuck (Medina) helped Ohio Domincan’s 4×400-meter relay to a season-best run of 3:18.69 to take seventh overall.
Florida’s Taylor Burke (Medina) cleared 6-½ on her second attempt to place third overall in the high jump at the Southeastern Conference Championships held in Arkansas. The sophomore was an inch off the winning leap.
Jake Hiltner (Wadsworth) and Nick Owens (Brunswick) helped Akron’s 4×4 relay to a third-place finish at the MAC Indoor Championships. Hiltner also was fourth in the 800 (1:52.74), while Owen’s took fifth in the 400 (48.81).
Freshman Becca Herte (Black River) was 15th for Kent State in the pole vault at the MAC Championships. Taylor Wickey (Medina) ran on a distance medley relay unit that placed seventh overall.
Youngstown State’s Clay Febus (Medina) clocked an 8.32 to finish fifth in the 60 hurdles at the Horizon League Championships.
Center fielder Jake Thomas (Buckeye) went 4-for-4 at the plate, driving in a pair of runs and scoring two as Bowling Green fell to Murray State 9-7. He continued his torrid streak against Murray State in a 2-1 loss as he had a pair of hits and drove in the Falcons lone run.
Left-hander Zach Gresch (Brunswick) went the distance, fanning three and walking one, as Notre Dame College defeated West Virginia State 5-1. Earlier this month, Gresch pitched a gem, allowing just one run in a 1-0 loss to nationally-ranked Tusculum (Tenn.).
Baldwin Wallace’s Jerry Scholle (Highland) drilled a two-out single to score a pair of runs as the Yellow Jackets took down Shawnee State 7-6. Junior catcher Chaz McGrain (Liverpool Twp. resident/Olmsted Falls) drove in a run on a first-inning single.
Miami of Ohio freshman Chad Sedio (Highland) drove in a pair of runs on two hits, but Furman came away with the 6-5 decision.
Junior Dylan Cintula (Highland) had a hit as Findlay picked up its first win of the season with a 10-3 triumph over Bellarmine.
Alexis Lee (Medina) scored a run and McKenna Galloway (Brunswick) struck out three, but it wasn’t enough as Ashland fell to Lincoln Memorial 5-4.
Richmond’s Ethan Dunbar (Cloverleaf) had a hand in four wins as the Spiders split with Georgetown and the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. Against the Hoyas, Dunbar teamed up with Paul Nahon III to win at doubles to go along with a three-set win at first singles.
Connor McBride (Medina) had a goal as St. Leo University edged Tampa 8-7 for its first win of the season.
Louisville’s Nikki Boltja (Medina) sparked a 5-0 run with three of her four goals as the Cardinals crushed Old Dominion 21-3.
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