The 43rd annual Medina Invitational Tournament (M.I.T) was held this week on Wednesday December 27th and Thursday December 28th.The M.I.T is known around the wrestling community as being one of the toughest tournaments in Ohio- and even in this region of the United States. The M.I.T features 44 teams across the state and even several from out of state. The Falcon wrestling team was highly impressive at the M.I.T placing 20th out 44 teams even while forfeiting 4 weight classes and fielding a young team. The Falcons were only out of the top 15 in the tournament by a mere 7 points.
The highlight for the Falcons was none other than Sophomore standout Payton Burgdorf (106). Payton became Firelands’ first ever M.I.T placer as he won a close decision over Wadsworth’s Mikey Lewarchick (ranked #14 in Division 1) 6-5, then continued on to further make a statement by defeating Louisville’s Garrett Luatzenheiser (ranked #6 in Division 2) by a score of 9-4 in the championship finals. Payton improves to a dominant 20-0 on the season.
Payton however, was not alone…
Senior Connor Eckman had an excellent M.I.T showing as he placed 8th in the 113 lb class. He won 2 matches with a pair of pins early in the tournament, and then after losing in the championship quarterfinals- won a big match in the consolation bracket over Napoleon to secure his placement in the M.I.T. Connor continues his season with a record of 16-5.
Senior heavyweight- Sean Lipscomb had an extremely impressive tournament as well. Sean won 6 matches at the M.I.T all of which were by pin- except one where he won 7-4 over Massilon Perry. The only match Sean lost was to Hillard Darby’s Jacob Cover (#6 in Division 1), where Sean was ahead and was firmly controlling the match until the second period where he had a small mistake that unfortunately cost him the match. Sean however, rebounded with a vengeance- dominating his way to a 3rd place finish. Sean’s season continues with a 21-1 record.
The Falcons impressive feat was also helped by Junior Nathan Thompson (132), Senior Colin Ransom (152), and Senior Tyler Bennett (220) who all contributed wins to the team score.
The Falcons continue on January 5-6 in for the Perrysburg Invitational Tournament (P.I.T) which also ranks high in the state in terms of difficulty.