Everybody’s been there. Your hair is standing on end, you can hardly breathe and it feels like you have just swallowed a bullfrog.
While most would rather sit in the shadows, the Wadsworth junior and 2011 Gazette MVP for wrestling embraces the heaviness.
“I’m a competitor,” Tavanello said. “Without that stress, what’s the point? I have to feed that competitiveness. My excitement comes in nervousness. I try to turn it into positive energy.”
Tavanello must have been real nervous this season, because the positives that came out of his junior year were immeasurable.
Try a state championship for the second year in a row at 215 pounds after beating St. Edward’s Ty Walz (No.15 @ 215) 5-2 in the finals. Try just one loss all season — by a single point — and a Medina County-leading 29 pins.