Mustangs Finish 18th In Medina Invitational Tournament
Strongsville senior Kevin Scholtz wrestles his way to second-place finish at 125 pounds
Strongsville senior Kevin Scholtz was the top Mustang wrestler at the 36th annual Medina Invitational Tournament with a second place finish at 125-pounds Wednesday night at Medina High School.
Scholtz, one of two Mustangs to reach the finals, saw his chance at an MIT individual championship end with a 5-1 loss to fifth-seed Dillon Campbell of Harrison where Campbell scored three points in the third period to break from a 2-1 advantage entering the final two minutes.
Campbell, who entered the final off a win over Jorge Gonzalez of Mason, moved the advantage to 3-1 with an escape to open the third period and added insurance points in the final 50 seconds to deny Scholtz, who helped the Mustangs to 70 team points for 11th place among Division I schools and 18th place overall among 41 schools at the event.
Scholtz, the bracket's sixth-seed, reached the finals with a pair of close decisions and a pin before stopping Josh Decatur of Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy in the semifinals.
Also in action during the evening session for Strongsville was Kyle Perri, who took a fifth place match at 130 with a pin of Michael Ratay of CVCA.
Perri took the long and winding road to the evening session, losing his opening round match to second-seed Josh D'Urso of Springboro by pin in 1:02.
But in the consolation round, Perri excelled, winning five consecutive matches before meeting up with fourth-seed Robby Reed of Canfield, who won by pin in 2:46 to qualify for the third place match. Perri settled for the fifth place match, where he bested Ratay again, this time by pin to give the Mustangs their final points to push past Hillard Darby 70-68, for 18th place.
Three other Mustangs won twice at the MIT as Evan Evangelista was 2-2 at 135-pounds, Ben Lebrun was 2-2 despite an opening round loss at 152-pounds and Arshak Asriyan was 2-2 at 215-pounds.