Cougars Claim Third at West Allis TourneyIssue Date: December 20, 2017
Coleman wrestled at the E.H. Stech Invitational in West Allis over the weekend, taking third in a 24-team event filled with Milwaukee and Chicago-area teams.
Only Mukwonago and Waterford finished better than the Cougars, who have no seniors on the roster, over the course of the weekend. The Cougars only have 11 wrestlers for 14 weight classes, and likely will be forfeiting at least two spots per match over the course of the season, Head Coach Kevin Casper said. Wisconsin Rapids and Germantown rounded out the top five.
Division III State champions Koltin Grzybowski and Caleb Gross still have yet to lose on the year, as they each ran the table to win their respective weight classes.
Grzybowski (113) started with a pin of West Chicago Community's Nathan Ramos, before moving on to defeat his next three opponents via tech fall, as Wauwatosa's Andrew Radtke, Waterford's Joshua Cherba and Wisconsin Rapids' Cale Benitz were no match for the Cougars star.
Gross (120) started with a bye, then pinning New Berlin's Noah Stiller in 31 seconds. His next two matches were major decision victories, beating Mukwonago's Josiah Lynden and Racine Park's Isiah Culp 12-3 and 14-1, respectively. In his final match, he won by decision over Waterford's Sam Winski, 7-0.
"They did a dynamite job just like they always do," Casper said. "They dominated the entire field with both of them beating kids, especially in the finals, that I think were ranked. They pretty much dominated and did a great job."
Ty Blanchard (145) also took first. He started with a bye, a pin of Germantown's Eric Abel, a major decision and a decision, 9-6 to move to into a position to earn first, where he faced off with Janesville Craig's Ethan Smith. Smith and Blanchard both have just one loss on the year, and they went down to the wire, with Blanchard squeaking out a 12-11 win by ultimate tie breaker.
"If you had an MVP of the tournament from our team, it would be him in the sense of the kids that he beat along the way," Casper said of his freshman. "To do what he did in that tournament was something pretty special. He doesn't wrestle like a freshman. He's pretty poised."
Billy Ganter (132) won his first four matches to advance to the final, but he was defeated by Mukwonago's Luke Eliszewski in a 4:36 pin, taking second with wins via bye, decision, major decision and pin of Connor Dyke from Whitefish Bay/Dominican/University School of Milwaukee.
Jake Baldwin (138) took second as well. He pinned West Allis Central's Devin Dietrich in 54 seconds, Greenfield Central's Nathaniel Schroeter in 2:54 and won by decision, 3-2, over Wisconsin Rapids' Wyler Lubeck, who is 13-1 this year. In the first place match, however, Aidan Medora kept his undefeated season going, taking a 9-3 win over Baldwin.
"He has nothing to hang his head over, that's for sure," Casper said of Baldwin, who took sixth at state last season.
Bryce Karban (152) and Brock Martinson (220) each took third. Karban wrestled five times, winning four. He won by tech fall in the second round after a bye, but Wisconsin Rapids' Bergh Diebel took the lone point of the match to beat him in the quarterfinal. Karban ended up with a four-match winning streak. He pinned Milwaukee Hamilton/Audubon's Robert Canady, took a major decision over Radell Staples of Whitnall/Greendale, a 5-0 decision over Mike Baumann of New Berlin and a 9-7 decision over Dajun Johnson of Whitefish Bay/Dominican/University School of Milwaukee.
Logan Liptak (126), another freshman took sixth. He won two matches via bye and two by decision. He ended 4-3 on the day. Shamus McLain (160) did not place, but went 3-2 with two pins, John Bieber (170) did not place, Spencer Karban went 2-2 with a pin and decision win.
Casper said he was happy with his team's performance, saying, "I'm very pleased with how we wrestled," Casper said. "Taking third was outstanding, getting five in the finals was fantastic."
He praised the competition as well, saying, "They're all Division I schools with a lot of good wrestlers. There's some darn good kids, so we ran into competition that we don't see and the kids came out with awesome experience and did an awesome job."
Coleman faced off with a depleted Green Bay West/East/Southwest team on Tuesday, Dec. 19, in a match where there were just six live matches and the Cougars won, 47-27.
For Coleman, Gross (120) pinned Madison Conley in 19 seconds, McLain (170) won by tech fall over Trevor Giese in 2:36, and all of the following won via pin: Grzybowski (113), Ganter (132), Sam Kuchta (138), Baldwin (145), Bryce Karban (152) and Martinson (220).
Green Bay's Masonn Frausto won by 9-7 decision over Blanchard at 160, Jared Walton (182) pinned Bieber in 45 seconds, Dalyn Rudesill pinned Spencer Karban (195) in 1:53 and Isaac Klarkowski won in a forfeit.
Peshtigo Leads Area Teams at Shawano Classic
Peshtigo finished seventh of 12 teams at the Shawano Holiday Classic on Saturday, Dec. 16, with Marinette and Oconto also competing in the 13-team tournament.
Peshtigo had a first-place finisher in Zack Wauters (113). The senior didn't allow any opponent to hang around for even a minute and a half. After a bye to start the weekend, he pinned his next two opponents in under 30 seconds. Antigo's Conner Dettman lasted just 26 seconds and Bonduel's Max Sokolski made it just 15 seconds. Marshfield's Gabe Pugh, who is 15-2 this year, made it only 1:16. In the final matchup of the day, Spencer's Ashton Ackman was pinned in 1:03. Wauters hasn't lost this season, holding a 17-0 record.
Gavin Brissette (285) took second. He started with a bye and pinned three opponents to get to the championship match. He pinned Mosinee's Jose Mohr in 3:55, Shawano's Nick Kohn in 3:06 and New London's Travis Kuhnke, who is 14-3 this year, in 59 seconds. Spencer's Logan Zschernitz, 17-0 on the year, was too match for the Peshtigo senior, however, as he was pinned to come up just short.
Max Rauch (152) came in third. He opened with a bye and pinned Bonduel's Alex Schill and Antigo's Dylan Warax, each in just under 2:30. Mosinee's Gage Coppok beat Rauch in a major decision, sending Rauch to the third place match, where he won an 8-6 decision over Wausau East's Ryan Daniel.
Bailey Webb (120) came in fourth with a 3-2 record. He pinned his opening opponent, Brent Helsten of New London, received a bye, and then pinned Antigo's Sam Hoffman. He dropped his final two matches of the day, however, getting pinned in each.
Shayne Walters took eighth at 145, winning one match via bye to go 1-4 overall.
Marinette took 10th as a team. Sean Holk was second at 170. He pinned his first two opponents, both in just over a minute, before heading into a matchup with 13-2 Isaac Banker. The matchup was as close as anticipated, as Holk won, 7-6, to move on. Holk took his only loss in the next round, losing by tech fall in the fourth round to 16-1 Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann of Marshfield. He rebounded to pin Valders' Tannor Wittmus in the final match.
Sam McClain took third at 145. He started with three wins, first by major decision and his next two by pin, including one in under a minute. He got pinned in the fifth round, but he rebounded to get his third pin of the day in the third place match, taking down Shawano's Gage Timm in 1:59.
Brady McVane (160) came in seventh. He lost his first four matches and won by forfeit in the final match. London Brown (126), Sam Gressel (132), Devin Shedlock (138), Dillon Hill (182) and Reese Holder (220) each came in eighth.
Oconto came in 12th of the 13 teams ahead of Clintonville. Just three Blue Devils competed in the event, with Isaac Diaz (195) coming one match from a first-place finish. Diaz started the day with a 15-second pin of Spencer's Daniel Richmond. He followed that up by pinning Valders' Andre Neeb and winning by 7-4 decision over Bonduel's Jacob Giese. The championship bracket led him to Shawano's Crede Timm, who he narrowly defeated, winning 4-3. In his final match, however, Marshfield's Sam Mitchell moved his record to 16-1 with a pin, leaving Diaz with silver.
Lucas Ruechel (285) took seventh. He pinned Antigo's Will Balis in 1:04 and Shawano's Nick Kohn in 45 seconds, but sandwiched between those dominant wins were three losses, and he ended with a 2-3 record.
Troy Wenzel (170) was 11th. He went 1-4, getting a win via bye.
Marshfield, Spencer and Bonduel were the top three teams in the standings at the end of the day.
Bulldog Grapplers Slip Past Wolverines
The Peshtigo Bulldogss defeated the Crivitz Wolverines in wrestling, 30-24, on Thursday, Dec. 14, though there were only three matches to be wrestled, with Crivitz winning two.
For Peshtigo, Max Rauch pinned Tony Jopek in 1:44 at the 152-pound weight class. Zack Wauters (113), Bailey Webb (120), John Schaut (138) and Gavin Brissette (285) all won by forfeit.
"Max is wrestling well this year," Peshtigo Coach Warren Howard said. "You can see he's on a mission and when he gets you on your back, he's going to pin you. He's solid there."
"He turned the wrong way. He was going to do a move and he just turned it the wrong way. That's just the inexperience he's got right now," Crivitz Coach Scott Doyen said of Jopek. "He's only a sophomore so he should start excelling by the end of the season."
Crivitz got wins from Michael Retza (145) and Joseph Tomaszewski (220), as they pinned Devyn Wauters and Riley Plosczynski, respectively. Retza got his pin in 1:35 and Tomaszewski took 1:23 to finish the match. Jaden Bemis (170), Zeke Lawrence (182) and David Jopek won by forfeit.
"Retza is doing very well," Doyen said. "He's run into a few tough matches but he did very well tonight."
"We knew he was a senior and one of the better kids on their team," Howard said. "But Devin's pretty tough too. We thought we could stay with him. He caught us in a bad position and he pinned us."
As for Tomaszewski's pin of Plosczynski, a freshman, Howard said, characterizing the weight class as "very tough" for a freshman to wrestle at. "We knew Tomaszewski was pretty solid, so let's just go out there and wrestle. Unfortunately, he's just a better wrestler."
Gillett/Suring and Wabeno/Laona Take to the Mats in Kewaunee
Wabeno/Laona and Gillett/Suring competed at the 13-team Kewaunee Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 16, taking eighth and 10th place as a team.
Wabeno/Laona had just five wrestlers, but two took first place in their respective weight classes. Brenden Dorner took first at 138, going 5-0. He started with a 24-second pin over Gillett/Suring's Nate Davis. He then went on to defeat Brillion's Karter Trace by 13-3 major decision. None of his last three matches went the distance, as he took down one opponent by 17-1 tech fall and his other two opponents, Mishicot's Eli Benfield and Kiel's Cole Pence, in 1:03 and 1:23, respectively, with the latter coming in the first place match.
No wrestler lasted three minutes with Dylan Houts (195) on the mats, as he took first. He began with a 26-second pin of Southern Door's Evan Blasier before 2:18 and 2:36 pins of Brillion's Cole Kingas and Kewaunee's Trevor Pribek. His last two matches were even shorter. In the semifinal, he pinned Kenosha Christian Life's Brandon Jones in 1:09. The championship didn't last a minute, with the pin of Seymour's Nick Sherman coming in 49 seconds.
Tanner Dorner (152) came up just short. He started the day with a decision victory over Seymour's Javon Leisgang, 3-1. He then earned a pin over Gillett/Suring's Brock Herzog in 58 seconds. In the third round, he won by major decision, 14-2, over Jeb Sippel of Kiel. He moved onto the first place match with a pin of Mishicot's Gavin Junk in 1:14. His only loss came in the final match, when Elkhart Lake/Glenbeulah/Howards Grove, who is 17-0 on the season, defeated him in 1:05.
Derek Moravec (145) also lost just one match, with his loss coming in the semifinal. He started with two pins and a decision win, 8-1, with both pins under a minute and a half. He lost an 8-1 decision in the semifinal to Kewaunee's Jesse Steinhorst, who is 13-2 this year. Moravec squeaked out a win in the third place match, winning a 3-1 decision over Seymour's Flynn Schneider, who is 11-2 this season.
Jackson Smith took 10th at 132. He started with three losses, but he finished the day strong with two pins. He pinned Southern Door's Bradley Skippon in 43 seconds and ended the day with a pin of Gillett/Suring's Colton Wolfe.
For Gillett/Suring, Sam Lemens (145) came close to topping the podium. He won all of his first four matches, all by at least a major decision, including pins over Kenosha Christian Life's Matt Gee in 1:32 and Seymour's Flynn Schneider in 47 seconds. Schneider is 11-2 on the year. Kewaunee's Jesse Steinhorst, who defeated Wabeno/Laona's Derek Moravec in the semifinal, beat Lemens in the championship as well.
The team's next best finisher was Andy Lemens. He went 2-3 on the day, starting with a 43 second pin, but dropping his second match to Kenosha Christian Life's Kade Pinter, who is 16-2 this year. In the third round, Lemens responded with a 1:03 pin of Two Rivers' Cayden Boldra. Lemens was pinned in his last two matches, however, ending in fourth place.
Nate Davis (138) and Reid Winkler (160) each took seventh. Davis went 3-2. He was defeated in the first round, but went on to win two straight, one by 12-10 decision and another by 15-0 tech fall. He lost in the fourth round but turned things around to end on a high note, winning a 10-4 decision over Kenosha Christian Life's David Sisson, 10-4.
Winkler followed a similar path. He started by getting pinned, and lost a 10-4 decision in the second round. He got a pin with just eight seconds left in the third round, lost in the fifth round and ended the day with a win. He pinned Southern Door's Caleb Buchberger in the final match of the day to take seventh.
Brock Herzog (152) took 10th, going 0-5 on the day, while Colton Wolfe (132) took 11th, winning one match by pin and finishing 1-4 overall.
Crivitz and Lena Matmen Face Tough Competition at Preble
Lena and Crivitz wrestled at the Willard Schmidt Scramble over the weekend, taking 14th and 16th of 16 teams, respectively.
Lena's best finisher was Kevin Chang (120), as he took fourth. He started with three straight bye wins to get into the championship, but he lost by 14-9 decision to Ozaukee's Travis Simpson. He was pinned in the third place match.
Brian Ermis (152) took eighth, starting with a 32-second pin of Lomira's Hunter Feucht. He went 2-3 on the day, as he ended with three losses, all by pin. Richard Fleck (285) took 10th, Eli Loftis (160) took 11th, Alex Skrobel (145) placed 11th and both Alex Decoursin (126) and Noah Chang (132) came in 12th.
Crivitz' top finisher took fourth, as Tony Jopek (152) started with three straight wins before dropping his last two. He defeated two Luxemburg-Casco opponents in the first two matches, beating Jared Jadlin by 11-5 decision and Collin Schroeder in a 1:02 pin. He won a 12-7 decision to move to the championship against Brett Von Ruden, but Von Ruden pinned Jopek, as did Lakeland's Robert Burgess in the third place match. The two are a combined 29-4 on the year.
Michael Retza (145) and Joseph Tomaszewski (220) each took sixth, taking home 3-2 records as well. Retza started the day on fire, pinning opponents from Ozaukee and Kaukauna in 1:03 and 3:31. Sparta's David Hayes took a major decision over Retza, however, sending him to the consolation bracket. He pinned Waupaca's Jesse Frisk in 1:07 to move into a matchup with Lakeland's Jason Hilgart, but Hilgart won by 7-3 decision.
Tomaszewski's route to fifth started with a pin over Sturgeon Bay's Luke Brinkman and a decision win over Matt Schneckenberg of Kaukauna. Sheboygan South's Jon Zapatta pinned Tomazewski in the third round, but the Crivitz wrestler responded with a pin victory over Winneconne's Josh Klemm in 3:52. Tomaszewski dropped a 9-6 decision to Green Bay Preble's Julius Stevenson to end in sixth.
Jaden Bemis (170) placed seventh. He got two byes to open the day, and went 1-2 for the rest of the day, getting pinned twice and winning by forfeit over teammate Ezekial Lawrence.
Lawrence won by major decision in the opening round, 11-2, and took a bye win in the third round, ending the day at 2-3 with the bye win.
Green Bay Preble won their home meet, followed by Sparta and Kewaunee in second and third.
Oconto Falls and Marinette got their fair share of wrestling in on Thursday, Dec. 14, competing at the Northeastern Conference TriDual, where the Panthers faced three opponents and the Marines faced two.
Oconto Falls defeated Waupaca and Fox Valley Lutheran, but were beaten soundly by Denmark.
Most matches against Fox Valley Lutheran ended in forfeit. Tyler Budz (120), Collin Schindel (126), Bodee Woods (138), Aidan Stary (145), Trevor Pankratz (160), Elijah Zielinski (220) and Dan Ausloos (285) all gave the Panthers wins via forfeit, while Fox Valley Lutheran got a free six from an Adam Schneider forfeit win at 195.
In live matches, Fox Valley Lutheran got just one win, as Charles Ziegler beat Brendan Konitzer for four points at 113.
The Panthers got wins from Jager Eisch (106) by tech fall over Jonah Gagnon, Noah Stary (152) by pin in 1:02, Cliff Yuma in a 55-second pin and Caleb Carlton in an 8-2 decision.
The final score was 62-10. In the Panthers' other win, they defeated Waupaca 54-27.
Eisch (106) got another win, pinning John Schmidt in 3:40, Aidan Stary (145) pinned Waupaca's Ronald Mason in 1:43 and Noah Stary pinned Damien Pomeranke in 1:25 for the Panthers.
Pankrantz (160) won by a pin of Garret Miller in 3:45, Yuma pinned Waupaca's Kyle Hamm in 1:40, and the Panthers got forfeit wins from Budz (113), Collin Schindel (120) and Ausloos (285).
For Waupaca, Tanner Johnson (126) pinned Trevor Schindel in 3:24, Colby Bernhardt (132) and Kai Badgley (195) won by forfeit, Brock Sanger (182) won by 8-1 decision over Carlton and Mark Kilcoyne (220) pinned Elijah Zielinski in 32 seconds.
The Denmark matchup was not so kind to the Panthers, as they won just three matches. Eisch (106) won by forfeit, Aidan Stary won a 5-3 decision against Michal Wattleworth and Noah Stary took home a 3-1 win against Jedd Shefchik.
Denmark's victorious wrestlers were more numerous. Matt Degreef-Taicher (113) pinned Budz in 3:22, Cole tenor (120) pinned Collin Schindel in 2:33, Jack Schmitz won by tech fall over Trevor Schindel, 17-1 in 3:30, Ethan Schwartz (132) won by forfeit, Reece Piontek (138) pinned Bodee Woods in 3:31 and Wyatt Gezella (160) won by 9-5 decision over Pankratz.
Oconto Falls' Yuma lost his only match of the night to Vinnie Wertel, who pinned him in 2:48, Denmark's Ryan Polomis won by tech fall over Carlton (5:22), Gabe Wertel (195) didn't face an opponent, Bradyn Polomis (220) pinned Zielinski in two minutes and Josh Frerk (285) defeated Ausloos by a 9-2 score.
Marinette started off with a 76-3 loss at the hands of Luxemburg-Casco, with London Brown (126) providing the Marines' only win in a 5-2 defeat of Luke Shefchik.
For the Spartans, Lucas Joniaux (106) pinned Chase Weishaar in 50 seconds, Isaac Blohowiak (113) pinned Alec Queever in 4:59, Parker Coppens (120) won by forfeit, Bryce Bosman (132) beat Sam Gressel in a four-minute tech fall, Nathan Ronsman (138) pinned Devin Shedlock in 42 seconds, Colton Worachek pinned Sam McClain in 1:08 in the 145-pound weight class, Reece Worachek (152) pinned Sam Drees in 2:39 and Devan Vandenbush (160) pinned Brady McVane in 50 seconds.
Jacob Zellner (170) won 23-6 over Sean Holk, Alex VanDenPlas pinned Dillon Hill in 35 seconds, Gabe Frontuto (285) pinned Reese Holder in 2:54 and Austin Leroy (195) and Nate Lloyd (220) each took uncontested points.
The Marines' matchup with Waupaca was far kinder, as the Marines won by a 48-33 score.
Marinette got 18 points off of forfeits, as Weishaar (113), Queever (120) and Cory Siebers (285) each won uncontested.
As for the rest of the team, Shedlock (138) pinned Caleb Schroeder, McClain pinned Ronald Mason at 145, McVane (160) pinned Damien Pomeranke, Holk Pinned Kyle Hamm at 170 and Reese Holder pinned Kai Badgley at 220.
Waupaca got forfeit victories from John Schmidt (106) and Mark Kilcoyne (195), while Tanner Johnson (126) pinned London Brown, Colby Bernhardt (132) pinned Josh Goslyn (132), Garret Miller won by 13-11 decision over Drees and Brock Sanger pinned Dillon Hill.
Oconto Falls Grapplers Can't Hold Off Bay Port
The Oconto Falls grapplers took on Bay Port on Tuesday, Dec. 19, losing by a total of 35-27 after dropping four of the final five matches.
Jager Eisch started the Panthers off with a 6-0 lead after winning by forfeit, and his next three teammates followed up with decision wins.
Brendan Konitzer (113) beat Tristan Warzunski 6-2, Tyler Budz, moving up from 106 last season, beat Connor Halverson 6-2 and Collin SChindel defeated Chance Osmanski 14-9.
Bay Port would cut the deficit to 15-10 with back-to-back victories, as Colton Klimek (132) beat Trevor Schindel 16-3 and Austin Heim beat Bodee Woods at 138 in a 3:57 pin.
Wyatt Borkevec made it a double digit lead again, as the 145-pounder pinned Matt Grzybowski in 1:24 to restore a 21-10 lead.
Chandler Stordeur won a major decision at 152 over Panther Aidan Stary, 14-6 and Oconto Falls' Noah Stary (160) took an 8-7 decision win against Caleb Hale before the Pirates' big run.
Travis Jahnke (170) beat Trevor Pankratz by a tight 4-2 margin and the Pirates won the next three matches by pin. Drake Anderson (182) pinned Cliff Yuma in 3:31, Jack Ehrfurth (195) pinned Caleb Carlton in 50 seconds and Max Meeuwsen (220) pinned Keeshawn Katers in 39 seconds.
Dan Ausloos, a 2017 state qualifier, beat Eli Trast 8-5 to finish the day strong for the Panthers and tie the match wins at seven, but Bay Port escaped with the team victory.
Gillett/Suring Drops Oconto 42-12
The Gillett/Suring wrestlers downed Oconto on the road on Tuesday 42-12. All 42 of Gillett/Surings points came via forfeit with Andy Lemens (120), Colton Wolfe (126), Nate Davis (138), Sam Lemens (145), Brock Herzog (152), Brice Winkler (160), and Reid Winkler (170) collecting the freebies.
Oconto won the two live matches on the night. Blue Devil Isaac Diaz pinned Tyler Lockstein in 1:32 at 195 pounds and Lucas Ruechel stopped Jacob Burt by fall in 1:04 at 285.
Mascarette Leads Northwoods Storm Matmen
Florence/Niagara competed at the Oostburg Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 16, taking 12th of 14 teams.
Florence/Niagara's top finisher was Tristen Mascarette, who took third in the 113-pound weight class. He began the day with a bye, but took a loss in the semifinal, losing a heart-breaker. Plymouth's Devin Gore defeated Mascarette by 6-5 decision. He rebounded, however, to pin West De Pere's Jake Hendricks in 1:29.
Michael Milan (120) took fourth for Florence/Niagara. He started the day by pinning Princeton's Emery Shurpit in 26 seconds, but he was pinned in his next two matches.
Dakota Wicke (138) took sixth in his class, going 2-2 on the day. He started with a 54-second pin over Kimberly's Sam Thiel, but he was pinned in the quarterfinal by Plymouth's Will Birkholz. He rebounded to win a 7-3 decision over Juan Alonso in the consolation semifinal to earn a shot at fifth place, but he was pinned by Michael Becker.
Jamie Blozinski (285) did not place, losing his two matches by decision and pin.
Watertown, Kimberly and Plymouth were the top three teams at the invite.
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