Michigan recruit defeats WWT's Weaver in final

Jack Medley, 4-time Macomb County Champion! (Photo by Chuck Pleiness)
Jack Medley, 4-time Macomb County Champion! (Photo by Chuck Pleiness)

By Chuck Pleiness - http://www.miprepzone.com/macomb/results.asp?ID=13308
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GROSSE POINTE >> Anchor Bay's Jack Medley wasn't going to take the easy way out going for his fourth straight Macomb County Invitational Classic individual title.

His decision paid off. 

Medley beat Warren Woods-Tower's Elijuh Weaver, 3-1 in overtime, to claim the 119-pound title on Saturday at Grosse Pointe North High School.

He's just the third wrestler to win four in a row in the 43-year history of the tournament.

"I've just been working for that one for a little bit," Medley said. "He caught me in a big move at the division meet last year and I didn't have enough in the tank to get back. This time I stayed a little cautious because I didn't want any big moves to happen.

"He was controlling me pretty well, he's pretty strong," Medley continued. "I have a tremendous amount of respect for just how good of a wrestler he is, but that won definitely did feel pretty good."

Two of Medley's three losses last year were to Weaver. 

"I usually don't celebrate much after wins, but this one was different," said Medley, who was seeded second behind Weaver.

Weaver won the Division 2 state title last year at 112 pounds, while Medley was third in the state at 119 in Division 1.

"I had a suspicion he was going to go this weight and I wanted this match," Medley said. "It's just kind of bittersweet that this win got me my fourth."

The first wrestler to win four county championships was Al Biland of Algonac. Biland is one of Medley's coaches at Anchor Bay.

The other four-time champion is Doug Zundel of Roseville.

"I've had our last match on my brain for about six months," Medley said. "This (county title) is the most special. I wanted him. I dropped to this weight just to get a match with that guy."

Medley was named the lower-weight most valuable wrestler on Saturday.

"I can't thank all my coaches enough," said Medley, who'll wrestle next season at the University of Michigan. "They're the ones that got me to where I'm at."

Last year, Medley edged Marysville's Kyle French, 1-0, at 119. His sophomore year he beat Dakota's Layne Malczewski, 3-1, to claim the 112-pound title.

His first title came in a 5-1 win over Dakota's Sal Caruso at 103.

"This was definitely on my mind after winning it my freshman year," Medley said. "There was a little pressure coming into this one with the opponent I knew I was going to face and already having three, but once it came down to stepping on the mat all the pressure kind of disappeared and I just zoned in."

After a scoreless first period, Weaver got the first point on an escape early in the second. Then, the match was delayed for about 10 minutes after the clock stopped working.

"That ticked me off," Medley said. "I knew I was good in my conditioning and I wanted to push the pace. I know that gave him a little bit of a breather. That stuff happens and you just have to deal with it."

Weaver won the 112-pound county title last year, beating Ford's Terrin Machart, 6-2.
"I made a mistake so I've got to get back to the practice room so it doesn't happen again," Weaver said. "When I was shooting I wasn't setting up my shots, I was just shooting. I just have to perfect it. I lost."
Weaver knew a win over Medley would have kept the Tar wrestler from a four-peat.
"It just didn't happen," Weaver said. "I'll see him again at DCC."