Stoney Creek's Nick Gajdzik: Patch Athlete of the Week for Feb. 27-March 2
The Stoney Creek wrestler was undefeated this year and took home a state championship medal last weekend at The Palace.
Stoney Creek High School wrestler Nick Gajdzik, state champion at the recent MHSAA individual finals, was voted by readers last week as Patch Athlete of the Week for Feb. 27-March 2.
Gajdzik captured 52 percent of the 1,411 votes in the nonscientific poll across most of Oakland County, with Micaela Ellis of Ferndale coming in second with 41 percent of the votes.
At the individual MHSAA wrestling state finals, Gajdzik won the Division 1 title in the 215 pound weight class with a 2-1 win over Temperance Bedford senior Logan Rimmer. He won all four of his matches at The Palace of Auburn Hills to finish the season a perfect 46-0.
Gajdzik aso won his 150th career match in the first round of the state finals. His victory on March 3 gave Stoney Creek its first state title in school history.
“Perfect record was never the goal, my goal was a state championship but it’s a very nice thing to add this year,” Gajdzik said, smiling.
The other nominees were:
- Micaela Ellis, Ferndale girls basketball
- Yante Maten, Lahser boys basketball
- Dean Vettese, Rochester wrestling
Attention Coaches: Nominate Your Athletes
Email nominations to Patch sportswriter Mike Niziolek. Nominations must be received by noon Friday for consideration for the next week's poll. Please include a photo or photos of your nominee and detailed information on why he or she is a deserving candidate for the weekly award. Weekly winners are eligible for Patch Athlete of the Season recognition.
Past Winners and Nominees
- Athlete of the week Feb. 20-25: Vtech Fuchs, Royal Oak High School
- Athlete of the Week Feb. 13-18: Andrew Nieraj, Brother Rice High School
- Athlete of the Week Feb. 6-11: Tyler McCullough, Royal Oak High School
- Athlete of the Week Jan. 30-Feb. 4: Troy Chen, Troy High School
- Athlete of the Week Jan. 23-27: John Yurich, West Bloomfield High School
- Athlete of the Week Jan. 16-20: Jacob Dotson, Ferndale High School
- Athlete of the Week Jan. 9-13: Ashley Moskal, Avondale High School
- Athlete of the Week Jan. 2-6: Aarica McCray, Berkley High School