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Coleman Claims West Allis E. H. Stech Tourney Title

Issue Date: December 24, 2019

After losing some dominant, state-winning seniors last season, the Coleman Cougars took their first step to proving they're still one of the top teams to beat in the state with a win at the E.H. Stech Invitational over the weekend.

At the West Allis event, the Cougars took first of 25 teams from around the state despite not having a full lineup.

Mukwonago was second and Waterford was third. Wisconsin Rapids and Germantown rounded out the top five.

Four Cougars won their respective weight classes. Karson Casper won the 138-pound weight class, John Bieber topped the 182-pounders, Shamus McLain won at 195 and Spencer Karban won the 285-pound class.

Heading into the 182-pound championship match, Coleman was 13 points behind Mukwonago, but with Bieber, McLain and Karban on deck, things were far from over for the Cougars. All three pinned their championship opponents, with Bieber and McLain's coming against Mukwanago wrestlers, which made it even bigger.

"Our final three wrestlers in the finals not only won but all three pinned their opponents which is very unheard of in a tournament of that caliber," Coleman coach Kevin Casper said. "In my 31 years of coaching at Coleman, it was probably one of the most exciting finishes for any tournament that we have ever been in."

Bieber pinned Germantown's Carson Bogner in 50 seconds and Wauwatosa's Simon Doyle in two minutes, 8 seconds before taking on Mukwonago's Luke Stromberg in the final, pinning him in 3:01. Bieber has not lost yet this season.

McLain won by injury default, pinned Wauwatosa's Logan Ertl in 1:22, topped Janesville Craig's Mitchell Schumann in a 20-6 major decision and pinned Mukwonago's Ryan Krimpelbein in 1:25. McLain is also undefeated this season.

Karban pinned Germantown's Joe Inga in 1:35, beat Mukwonago's Tyler Pitcel in a 4-2 decision and pinned New Berlin's Donoven Acevedo in 3:50 to win the title.

Coleman's other winner at his weight was Karson Casper, who pinned Wauwatosa in 1:16, Whitnall/Greendale's Chris Dobbie in 1:57, beat Janesville Craig's Mayson MacLennan 9-2 and Germantown's Ethan Riddle 6-3.

Also for Coleman, Sam Kuchta was second. After a decision win over Damien Bennett of Wisconsin Rapids, he pinned Whitnall/Greendale's Alex Sincere and Nicolet's Braeden Ott in 2:15 and 1:15, respectively. He fell to Aiden MEdora of St. John's Military/Brookfield Academy, a two-time state champion and Division I recruit for the Wisconsin Badgers.

Ray LeMieux was fifth at 113. He won his first two matches before losses in the semifinal and consolation semifinal to wrestlers with combined 28-3 records. He responded to win the fifth-place match 4-0. Over Austin Spindler of Hortonville.

Tyler Blanchard was fifth at 160. After a 27-second pin in his first match, he lost a 10-4 decision to Mukwonago's Cole Hansen. He came back to win his next two matches in 44 and 48 seconds, respectively before losing in sudden victory to Wisconsin Rapids' Wyler Lubeck. HE finished with a win to claim fifth.

Cole Klimek (170) took fifth as well, and he had to battle for it. He had to wrestle eight matches on the day, double what some of his teammates did. He went 6-2 on the day, with three pin victories and three decision wins.

Brody Zahn (220) took sixth with a 3-3 record. He won two matches by pin and one by decision.

John Nowak (106) and Chance Gruber (126) were each 2-2 but did not place, Will Bieber (132) was 1-2 in live matches with a bye win as well but did not place and Owen Kinziger was 1-2 with two byes at 152.

Overall, coach Casper couldn't help but be pleased.

"Many of our wrestlers throughout the tournament beat some of the top-ranked kids in the state, so overall, we wrestled fantastic," he said. "A great accomplishment for a super group of kids. I couldn't be more proud of our team's performance against some of the top Division I schools in the Milwaukee area as well as Wisconsin Rapids and a few others that traveled to the tournament."

Oconto Falls was 10th of 25 teams on the day, with one first-place finisher leading the way.

Clayton Whiting (160) topped all of his opponents, as he's done all year with a 14-0 record so far.

He pinned Milwaukee Hamilton/Audubon's Allen Carter in 1:07, won by tech fall over Whitnall/Greendale's Ryan Murphy by 18-2 tech fall, topped Mukwonago's Cole Hansen in a 5-1 decision and Grafton's Ellis Pfleger 6-4.

Landon Budz (106) took fifth at 106. After starting the day with a 3-2 decision loss, he won three of his next four matches, including one by ultimate tiebreaker, to earn a spot in the consolation semis, though he lost that one to a tough opponent in Franklin's Sabri Sino. He finished the day with a revenge win, topping New Berlin's Grant Fisco, who beat him in the first round.

Elijah Zelinski took sixth at 285. He went 3-3 on the day with three pin victories, beating Janesville Craig's Braeden Hopkins, Watertown's Josh Beck, Wauwatosa's Shaquielle Harrell in 1:31, 2:13 and 1:27. Two of his three losses were by two-point decisions.

Graeson Pankratz (113), Brendan Konitzer (120), Luke Trepanier (126), Trevor Schindel (138), Weston Borkovec (145), Aidan Stary (170), Jacob Kaminki (182) and Alec Halvorsen (220) also wrestled for the Panthers on the day.

Crivitz Competes at the Preble Willard Schmidt Scramble

The Crivitz Wolverines took 11th of 16 teams at the Willard Schmidt Scramble at Green Bay Preble over the weekend.

Lomira, Kaukauna and Winneconne were the top three teams at the scramble.

Danielson was second at 22- with a 2-1 record in live matches. After two byes, he pinned Kenji Xiong of Kimberly and beat Lomira's Zach Pust in a decision before falling to West De Pere's Bryce Graef in the championship.

Ezekial Lawrence took second at 170. He went 3-1 on the day. He pinned Waupaca's Zach Mallo, beat Adams-Friendship's Anthony Kujawa in a 21-4 tech fall and pinned Kaukauna's Drew Wendzicki in 1:47 to get to the championship, where he was pinned by Winneconne's Evan Miller.

Jaden Bemis (195) was third in his class with a 1-1 record. After three byes, he was pinned by Preble's Tyler Hopp. He ended on a high note by pinning Dylan Krings of Winneconne in 43 seconds.

Tony Jopek was fourth at 145 with a 3-2 record in live matches, starting with three pins to start the day in 54 seconds, 1:36 and 2:47. He lost by two decisions to close the day and take fourth.

Dominic Thoresen took sixth at 120 with a 2-2 record in live matches, Kyle Guy received two byes and went 0-3 in live matches to take eighth at 170 and Elijah Duerst was 16th at 132. He did not win a match on the day.

Marinette Leads Area Teams at Shawano's

Holiday Classic


Marinette, Oconto and Peshtigo competed at the Shawano Holiday Classic on Saturday, taking on a field of 19 teams from around northeast Wisconsin.

Marshfield, Bonduel and Shawano were the top three teams, respectively, of the tournament. Marinette was seventh, Lena took 11th, Peshtigo was 12th and Oconto placed 15th.

For Marinette, Darik McMahon went 2-1 including two pin victories to take second at 285. His only loss came to undefeated Nick Kohn of Shawano in the championship match.

Jonny Bieber (126) went 3-2 to take fourth, winning his first three matches each by pin before two decision losses to end the day. Isaiah Walker was 2-2 in live matches to take fifth at 132 as well, with all four of his matches settled by a decision of four points or less.

Dakota Cuff went 1-4 and took fifth at 182, Michael Stevens was 1-3 to take seventh at 106, Jameion Cross (160) and Dalton Heimerman (170) were eighth at their weight classes and Alec Queever (138) and John Boyce (220) were 10th.

For Lena, Luke Misco went 2-1 with two pin victories to place fifth at 106, Ayden Decoursin was 2-3 in live matches to take sixth, Alex Decousin (145) was sixth with a 2-2 record and two pins, Sam Marquardt was 2-3 to place seventh at 126 and Cody Dellise was 10th at 152 with a pin, bye and overall 1-2 record in live matches.

For Peshtigo, Radwa Farghali competed at the girls' 145-pound weight class, taking second. She won her first match by a decision and lost to undefeated Deziree Mixon of Green Bay West in the second round before ending with a win, pinning Menominee Indian's Violetrose Sanapaw in 3:05.

Mitchell Peters was third at 160, pinning his first two opponents and defeating two wrestlers by decision, including Bonduel's Moises Lagunes in a 5-2 decision. His only loss came to Joshua Heuss of Antigo, who is 15-2 on the season.

Kody Klimek was 1-2 in live matches with a bye, taking fourth at 285. Jon LaForce was eighth at 106.

For Oconto, Isaac Diaz continued his winning ways en route to a a first-place finish at 182. He is now 10-0 on the year. He pinned his opponents in 1 minute and 41 seconds, one minute flat, 24 seconds and 1:54 leading up to the championship match, where he beat Bonduel's Tristan Tomashek in a 6-2 decision.

Tory Wenzel was fourth at 170, going 1-2 in live matches with a bye.

Wolverines Top Bulldogs in Non-Conference Dual

The Crivitz Wolverines topped the Peshtigo Bulldogs Thursday in a 30-21 matchup that didn't feature much live action.

To start, Crivitz got six points from a forfeit win by Elijah Duerst (138), Rhadwa Farghali won by forfeit at 145 for Peshtigo and the Wolverines' Mitch Vanderboel won by forfeit at 152 to make it 12-6.

The first live match of the day was at 160, where Peshtigo's Mitchell Peters beat Karson Bins by a 10-8 score.

Peters is returning from several tough injuries, and he showed some mettle on Thursday, coming back from nearly getting pinned to win the match.

"I feel he's having a good season for all the injuries he's had in his career. He's only wrestled half a season in his high school career and that was two seasons ago," Peshtigo coach Josh Greetan said. "I felt a lot of heart in that match. The match could have gone either way, but he's the kid with the biggest heart."

Ezekial Lawrence would get six points for Crivitz at 170 when he pinned Katelyn Lewis in two minutes, 46 seconds. Kyle Guy (182) got another six in the final live match of the day by beating Jon Courtois in a 1 minute, 44-second pin.

Guy, like Bins, is a freshman. Crivitz coach Scott Doyen was complimentary of their work.

"Kyle Guy wrestled great for being a freshman. He wrestled really well," he said after the match, adding about Bins, "I was very happy with the way he wrestled. He's a freshman, so the first year on a varsity squad, so he did very well."

The final three wins were of the forfeit variety. Jaden Bemis won by forfeit at 195 for Crivitz and Peshtigo finished with 12 free points combined for Kody Klimek (285) and Jon LaForce (106).

The Bulldogs and Wolverines are both low on numbers, but they're looking to improve throughout the season on an individual level before the postseason rolls around.

"For what we have, I felt that the results showed what you probably could have expected," Greetan said. "We started out slow and inexperienced, but as the year goes on, practice has been getting tougher. I think they're maximizing what we can do."


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