April 18, 2014

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College sports: Schmidt picks up OAC honor

One win, one Ohio Athletic Conference Wrestler of the Week honor for Brunswick native Joey Schmidt.

The Baldwin Wallace University junior ended the 2013 calendar in style by pinning his opponent at 149 pounds in 1:24 to help the Yellow Jackets to a 37-9 victory over Hunter (N.Y.). It was enough to help Schmidt earn the first conference honor of his career.

The Hinckley Township resident holds a 12-7 record for the season and is 29-22 for his collegiate career.

“We are pleased that Joey won the OAC Wrestler of the Week honor,” BW coach Jamie Gibbs said in a press release. “He is one of our best young wrestlers on a team with a great deal of promise. He wrestled well at Hunter and deserves this accolade.”

BW is off until Jan. 4 when it takes part in the Waynesburg (Pa.) University Invitational Tournament.

Men’s basketball

Guard Tyler Peters (Medina) dropped 20 points, which included going 9-of-10 from the charity stripe, as Wheaton defeated Alma 89-70. The senior also had seven assists and five rebounds for the No. 22 Thunder.

• Senior forward Chris Zurowski (Medina) ripped down a game-high tying nine rebounds as Hiram lost an overtime thriller to Ohio Wesleyan 69-67. Zurowski finished with seven points.

• Pat Forsythe (Brunswick) ripped down three rebounds, had two assists and two blocks as Akron demolished Bethune-Cookman 84-56 in non-league play. The center also scored four points.

Women’s basketball

Just weeks after suffering a bitter loss to reigning NAIA D-II national champion Indiana Wesleyan, Georgetown College got revenge with a 60-56 victory at the Shawnee State Classic. Dev King (Medina) netted 10 of her 12 points in the second half, which included a 6-for-6 night at the foul line. The Tigers lost the next night to Grace College, 53-50, despite a 10-point effort from King.

• Cumberlands center Brooke Forsythe (Cloverleaf) had a monster weekend in pair of wins over Montreat and Union at the Union College Classic. The junior had 13 points and nine boards in the opening-night win over Montreat, and seven markers and eight rebounds in a victory over the host Bulldogs.

• Northern Kentucky’s Sarah Kinch (Medina) picked up three steals and three rebounds, but the Norse fell to Butler 53-47.

• Erin Pacholski (Medina) chipped in five points as Heidelberg (7-2) downed Marietta in OAC play 78-69.

• Karissa Steffas (Highland) chipped in four points to help Ohio Northern down Muskingum 81-71.

• Ashland junior Taylor Woods (Wadsworth) was the top scorer in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference entering the weekend, averaging 21.2 points. The guard is second in the league in three-pointers made (18).


John Carroll 149-pounder Dan Mirman (Highland) posted a 4-1 record en route to taking runner-up honors at the RIT Wrestling Invitational in Rochester, N.Y. Mirman lost to RIT’S Brad Mayville in overtime in his fifth match of the day.

• Nick Tavanello (Wadsworth) lost at 285 pounds as No. 7 Ohio State dropped a 31-6 decision to top-ranked Penn State. The former Gazette MVP lost by major decision to No. 12. Tavanello and the Buckeyes travel to Kent State Thursday to take on a squad that features local products Alfredo Gray (Wadsworth) and Clay Wenger (Wadsworth).

• Ohio’s Kagan Squire (Wadsworth) beat Chris Johnson by decision at 133 pounds in the Bobcats 27-12 triumph over Appalachian State.


Mount Union rallied to beat North Central (Ill.) 41-40 to advance to its ninth straight Stagg Bowl this Friday. Will Hiteshue (Medina) and Mitch Doraty (Medina) were both listed on the active roster for the D-III playoff win and will travel with the Purple Raiders to Salem, Va., for the national championship game against Wisconsin-Whitewater.

• Mason Schreck (Medina) and Buffalo will play in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Saturday against San Diego State. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPN.

• Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook (Hinckley Township resident/Walsh Jesuit) was one of 17 Spartan players to be named to the Academic All-Big Ten team. Cook, a media and information student, has a 3.23 grade point average. MSU will play Stanford in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1.


Thanks to seven digs from Corrin Early (Cloverleaf), Wheeling Jesuit advanced to its first NCAA D-II Final Four with a three-game sweep of Wingate. The historic run came to an end in the Final Four as the Cardinals fell to University of Concordia–St. Paul. Early, a redshirt junior outside hitter, had five digs in the setback.

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