Cougars Claim Silver at Pulaski InvitationalIssue Date: February 6, 2020
"An eyelash away."
That's how Coleman wrestling coach Kevin Casper described his team's second-place finish at the Pulaski Invitational. The Cougars came up five points short of Kaukauna, with things coming down to the last match of the night.
Four Coleman wrestlers won their respective weight classes: Karson Casper (138), Sam Kuchta (145), Tyler Blanchard (160) and Shamus McLain (195).
"I can't remember a time in my coaching career of getting seven wrestlers in the finals at Pulaski," coach Casper said. "That normally never happens for any team. Our four champions had terrific days and all wrestled extremely well throughout the tournament."
Karson Casper pinned New London's Mason Kloehn in 3:44 before a 6-4 decision win over Freedom's Ben Bredael and a 3-0 decision against Kaukauna's Logan Stumpf in the championship.
Kuchta followed a similar pattern, pinning his opening opponent, Elkhorn Area's Quentin Woyak, in 50 seconds, topping New London's Logan Heimbruch by a 9-2 score and edging Pulaski's Mitchell Kitzman 12-11 for the title.
Blanchard also won his first match by pin and finished with two pins. He beat West De Pere's Lucas Milheiser in 2:15 and narrowly beat Denmark's Reece Piontek by a 10-9 score and Elkhorn Area's Colman Karl by a 4-2 score.
McLain's road to the title wasn't dominant either, with tough competition across the board for each of Coleman's wrestlers. After a medical forfeit in his opener, McLain beat Bay Port's Drake Anderson 3-0 and Denmark's Gabe Wertel 9-2.
The other wrestlers coach Casper alluded to as making the finals were Will Bieber (126), Jonathon Bieber (182) and Spencer Karban (285).
Will Bieber pinned Oconto Falls' Luke Trepanier in 1:45 and topped West De Pere's Jake Hendricks in a 1-0 decision, but he dropped a 9-5 decision to Freedom's Colby McHugh in the championship.
Jonathon Bieber (182) lost his first match of the year in the championship, falling to state champion Reece Worachek by 7-2 decision. Bieber defeated Kaukauna's Trevor Stuyvenberg by 8-7 decision and Port Washington's Lucas Schumacher in a 2 minute, 35-second pin before the loss. He is 33-1 on the year.
Karban (285) pinned Antigo's Talik Bussey in 29 seconds and topped Luxemburg-Casco's Kyle Kroll by tiebreaker before falling to undefeated Max Meeuwsen of Bay Port in the final.
Ray LeMieux (106) went 3-2 with two pins in 23 seconds and 4:01, along with a 5-0 decision, to take fourth. His losses came by 8-6 sudden victory loss and 5-4 decision to a pair of wrestlers with 32-3 and 33-9 records on the year.
Chance Gruber (120) was 2-2, taking fifth in his weight class and Jakob Horton (152) was sixth, going 2-2 and finishing the day with an injury default. Brody Zahn (220) was also sixth with a 1-3 record in live matches and Cole Klimek (170) went 2-2 with two pin victories to end the day in seventh.
Lincoln Henry (132), making his debut at the weight class for the varsity squad, did not place.
John Nowak (113) was eighth, winning two of his five matches, both by decision.
"Very proud of our entire team. When you can be in the top three individually at Pulaski, there stands a pretty good chance you could be on the podium three weeks from now at state," coach Casper said.
Oconto Falls was sixth as a team, led by state champion Clayton Whiting, who remains undefeated after three wins on the day. He beat West De Pere's Spencer Francois by 20-2 tech fall, Hortonville's George Huza by 18-5 major decision and Pulaski's Jadin Lemke by 8-2 decision to take the crown at 170.
Brendan Konitzer (113) was third after going 3-1 on the day. He beat Coleman's John Nowak 13-4, pinned Hortonville's Austin Spindler in 3:29 and Kaukauna's Bryan Winans 14-1, with his only loss coming to Freedom's Nathan VandeHey by 6-5 decision.
Wyatt Borkovec was third at 152. He pinned Coleman's Jakob Horton in 4:38, Lux-Casco's Isaac Blohowiak in 37 seconds and finished off Hortonville's Jacob Collar in a 5-3 decision.
Elijah Zelinski (285) finished fifth after a 2-2 record with two decision wins, Jaden Ganter (120) took seventh with a 2-1 record in live matches and two byes, Graeson Pankratz (106) was eighth after going 2-2, Luke Trepanier (126) was 2-3 to finish eighth, Tyler Budz (132) took eighth after going 2-3 with two major decisions and Jacob Kaminski took eighth with a 1-3 record.
Trevor Schindel (138), Weston Borkovec (145), Aidan Stary (160), Jeremy Caldwell (195) and Mitchell Kallies (220) did not place.
Former Panther Jager Eisch, now wrestling for Kaukauna, took first in the 132-pound weight class.
Peshtigo placed 16th of 16 teams. Jon LaForce (106), Kyle Ruper (145) and Mitchell Peters (160) all wrestled for the Bulldogs, but none of them placed. Each went 0-2 in live matches.
Marinette/Crivitz Top Area Teams at Dirk Sorenson Classic
Local wrestling squads competed at the Dirk Sorenson Door County Classic on Saturday, with Marinette pacing the area.
Wrightstown won the 19-team event, with Oshkosh North in second and Oshkosh West in third. Marinette was sixth as a team, led by Isaiah Walker (126), who took first in his weight class. After a bye, he topped Wrightstown's Zack Krol in an 8-2 decision, Oshkosh North's Dylan Besaw 4-1 and Nolan Hansen in an 11-3 major decision.
Owen Suennen (132) was second. He pinned Gillett/Suring's Keegan Rattin in 41 seconds and topped Three Lakes/Phelps' Piersson Czaplinski in a 6-3 decision, but he fell to Oshkosh North's Cade Schmitz in a 2-1 decision. Schmitz is 27-2 on the year.
Gavin Thiry was third at 113. He pinned Menominee Indian's Brendan Biljan in 28 seconds and 24-9 Elijah Geffers of Oshkosh West in 42 seconds, but he ran into a buzzsaw that is Shawn Mcguire, a 30-1 wrestler from Iron Mountain.
Michael Stevens (106) and Jonny Bieber (138) each took fourth with 1-2 records and John Boyce was 1-2 with two byes to take fifth.
Wrestling but not placing for Marinette were Cole Vargo (120), who went 2-2, Alec Queever, who was 1-2, Dalton Hemierman (160), who was 0-2, Jameion Cross (170), who went 0-2 with two bye wins and Dakota Cuff (182), who went 2-2 with two pin victories.
Crivitz wasn't far behind, taking eighth as a team. John Danielson won the 220 pound weight class for the Wolverines. After two byes, he pinned Three Lakes/Phelps' Jack Brier in 1:19 and topped Austin Koltz of Wrightstown by a 3-1 decision.
Jaden Bemis went 2-1 with two late pin victories over Freedom's Hunter Brockman and Oshkosh West's Riley Stobb to take third at 195. He has a 27-5 record on the year. Tony Jopek is 25-8 after taking third. He pinned Wrightstown's David Kueler in 40 seconds, beat Freedom's Caden Clausen in a 15-9 decision and beat Drew Best 11-0. His loss came in a 6-5 decision against Oshkosh North's Landon Spanbauer.
Ezekial Lawrence (170) went 1-2 to take fourth and Karson Bins (160) was sixth with a 3-2 record on the back of pins in 31 seconds, 3:56 and 57 seconds.
Also wrestling for Crivitz but not placing were Elijah Duerst (132), Mitch Vanderpoel (152) and Kyle Guy (182).
Lena was 11th, led by Luke Misco, who topped the podium in the 106-pound weight class. After two byes, he pinned Marinette's Michael Stevens in 1:32 and beat Denmark's Brett Soquet in a 15-6 major decision to win the title.
Ayden Decoursin (120) was fourth with a 1-2 record, Sam Marquardt went 1-2 to finish fourth at 126, Alex Decoursin (145) won three of his matches by pin to finish sixth and Elijah Gott went 0-2 with three byes to finish sixth at 220.
Also wrestling for Lena were James DesJarlais (138), Jon Conin (152), Franky Umentum (16) and Richard Fieck (285).
Oconto took 13th as a team, with Isaac Diaz the standout. Diaz still hasn't lost this season, and he cruised in Southern Door on Saturday, taking first in the 182-pound weight class with a 42-second pin over Little Chute's Ezekiel Stoll, a 13-4 major decision against Denmark's Mason Karl and a 9-3 decision win over Jack Reinardy of Lourdes Academy.
Aidan Diaz went 1-2 in live matches with two byes to finish sixth at 285. Houston Rude (160) went 2-2 but did not place. Owen Hansen (145) also did not place.
Gillett/Suring was 19th. Michael VanDenElzen (182) placed fourth with a 2-2 record, with one pin in 1:15 and an injury default win in his first two matches. Hunter Kopp (120), Keegan Rattin (132), Colton Peters (145) and Carter Quade (195) did not place. Rattin went 2-2 in live matches with two first-period pins.
Top Ranked Cougars Take Down Feisty Marines in Non-
The Marinette Marines got a firsthand look at one of the best teams in the state on Tuesday when the Coleman Cougars came to town, and the Cougars looked the part, topping the Marines by a 75-6 tally.
It was pins and forfeits across the board with the exception of one match, the final one of the day. Coleman's John Nowak and Marinette's Gavin Thiry squared off at the 113-pound weight class, with the match ending in an 18-15 decision in Nowak's favor.
"That last match was an exciting one to end the night," Coleman coach Kevin Casper said. "John Nowak did a heck of a job. He's been our 106-pounder all year. Now our 113 cut down to 106 and he's at 113, so he was giving up a little bit of strength. Kudos to him. He fought off his back a couple times against a more physical kid to come back and win the match."
Marinette's only win came by forfeit from Isaiah Walker (126), the team's top wrestler.
For Coleman, nine wrestlers got pins: Chance Gruber (120) pinned Cole Vargo in 1:38, Will Bieber (132) pinned Owen Suennen in 4:57, Karson Casper (138) pinned Jonny Bieber in 5:24, Sam Kuchta (145) pinned Alec Queever in 2:32, Owen Kinziger (152) pinned Domenic Paradiso in 1:51, Tyler Blanchard (160) pinned Dalton Heimerman in 19 seconds, Cole Klimek (170) pinned Jameion Cross in two minutes, John Bieber (182) pinned Dakota Cuff in 2:42 and Brody Zahn (220) pinned John Boyce in 1:21.
Ray LeMieux (106), Shamus McLain (195) and Spencer Karban (285) won by forfeit for Coleman.
Despite the lopsided loss, Marinette coach Jason Champagne said he's going to take positives from the way his kids wrestled as opposed to looking at the score.
"Honestly, coming into this match, I knew we were going to be pretty outmatched, but not so much focusing on the negative as the positive," he said. "There's a lot of positive things we can take away from this. They wrestled hard. You didn't see anyone rolling over."
Champagne came up through the Coleman system as a wrestler himself, as did his assistant coaches, so he knew what to expect, though that didn't mean he was any less impressed.
"What an opportunity to get to wrestle one of the best teams in the state this year," he said. "Coleman, I don't care what anyone says, is one of the best teams across the board, DI, DII and DIII, so the fact that we get them to come here and wrestle with us is a huge opportunity for our kids."
Coach Casper said his team will take the next week and a half off before regionals on Feb 15. He was happy with the way his team ended the regular season, saying, "our kids came out, wrestled aggressively and got after people and that's all I can ask. We knew we should win this match, but it's a matter of going out there and doing the right things that are going to get you somewhere down the road and they did that."
That "down the road" is nearly here, and many of the Cougars have their eyes set on the state championships in Madison.
Marinette Wrestlers Win NEC Dual With Waupaca
Waupaca was no match for the numbers and talent of the Marinette Marines on Thursday, with Marinette running away with a 47-24 win.
Marinette got forfeit wins from John Boyce (220), Cole Vargo (113), Gavin Thiry (120) and Dakota Cuff (182). Michael Stevens (106) pinned Jayl Azaura, Jonny Bieber (138) pinned Benji Pacheco and Isaiah Walker (126) topped Ben Hagibhorst by 17-2 tech fall.
For Waupaca, Colby Bernhard (145) pinned Alec Queever, Ronald Mason (160) pinned Dalton Heimerman, John Schmidt (132) pinned Kaylee Mcfadden and Damien Pomeranke (152) won by forfeit.
Lena Grapplers Top Crandon and Three Lakes; Oconto Drops Two
Lena's strong team numbers helped them to a pair of wins at Three Lakes on Thursday.
The Wildcats defeated Crandon 45-23 and Three Lakes 36-33 with the help of some forfeits.
Against Crandon, Lena won six matches by forfeit to Crandon's one, with Dylan Comins (106), James DesJarlais (138), Alex DeCoursin (145), Ty Thomas (195), Elijah Gott (220) and Richard Fieck (285) all winning by forfeit.
In live matches, Lena's Ayden DeCoursin (120) pinned Carsyn Mayer in three minutes and Sam Marquardt (126) topped Cole Shepard in a 4-2 decision.
For Crandon, Silas Denee (170) pinned Nathan Younger in a minute and a half, Hutson Kane (113) topped Luke Misco by 17-2 tech fall, Carter Bissonette (152) won by forfeit and Breed Shepard (160) pinned Franky Umentum in 30 seconds.
Things were a bit closer against Three Lakes, with the Wildcats needing a forfeit in the final match to escape with the win.
Three Lakes won five of the seven live matches: Jack Breier (195) pinned Thomas in 34 seconds, Augustus Fink (220) pinned Gott in 49 seconds, Lucas Bean (126) beat Marquardt by 7-4 decision, Piersson Czaplinski (138) pinned DesJarlais in 56 seconds, Conto Ginet (160) pinned Umentum in 39 seconds and Jesse Dupuis (152) won by forfeit.
For Lena, Ayden DeCoursin (120) pinned Zander Ginet in 5:18, Alex DeCoursin (145) pinned Zeke Logallobo in 56 seconds and four wrestlers won by forfeit: Fieck (285), Comins (106), Misco (113) and Younger (170).
Oconto also competed against Crandon and Three Lakes on Thursday, losing 42-6 and 54-6, respectively.
Oconto's only points came by forfeit in each match with Aiden Diaz going uncontested twice at 285.
In the two live matches against Crandon, Crandon's Denee (170) pinned Houston Rude in 2:32 and Bissonette (152) pinned Oconto's Owen Hansen in 19 seconds. Crandon also had five forfeit wins.
Against Three Lakes, the hosts' Dupuis (152) pinned Hansen and Ginet (160) pinned Rude.
Panthers Fall to Vikings in NEC Conference Dual
A few tight decisions can really swing a match.
The Oconto Falls Panthers lost to the Denmark Vikings by a 40-23 score on Thursday, but if a couple of matches would have just gone their way, it could have been a totally different story,
Oconto Falls dropped three decisions by one point or less and six decisions total. The Panthers didn't win any decisions.
For Denmark, Jack Schmitz (132) beat Tyler Budz by a 4-3 score, Reece Piontek (160) beat Aidan Stary by a 7-1 score, Mason Karl (182) beat Jacob Kaminski 6-5, Charlie St. Peter (285) topped Elijah Zielinski in a 5-1 match and Alec Bergelin (106) narrowly edged Graeson Pankratz, 5-4.
Denmark got pin wins from Ethan Schwartz (145) over Weston Borkovec in 2:43 and Luke Abrahamson (220) in 1:48 over Mitchell Kallies. Cole Tenor (126) beat Luke Trepanier by 9-0 major decision.
The matches the Panthers did win were dominant displays. Jaden Ganter (120) beat Isaiah VanNoie in a 16-1 tech fall just a second before the six minutes were up, Wyatt Borkovec (152) pinned Riley Ullmer in 31 seconds, Clayton Whiting (170) pinned Eagan Babiash in 4:18 and Brendan Konitzer (113) pinned Brett Soquet in 2:19.
Short-handed Maroons Fall Twice at Gladstone Triangular
A shorthanded Menominee Maroons side dropped a pair of wrestling matches at the Gladstone tri on Thursday against Gladstone and Bark River-Harris.
Against Bark River-Harris, the Maroons won two of the three live matches, but they just didn't have the numbers to make it close as a team, falling 60-15.
For the Maroons, Joe Gimbel (171) pinned Jacob Wandahsega in 2 minutes, 44 seconds and Wilber Ortega (103) topped Brenden Siedlecki by 12-11 decision, with Aidan Smith (135) adding a forfeit win.
For Bark River-Harris, Austin Kleiman (189) pinned Pedro Montoya in 15 seconds and eight wrestlers won by forfeit: Avry Corrigan (112), Joshua Riley (119), Katie Viau (125), Clayton Eichhorn (140), Drew Allgeyer (145), Tyler Racicot (152), Keaton Bartoszek (160), Fabion Chartier (215) and Owen Chartier (285).
Menominee and Gladstone split the two live matches in a 66-12 Gladstone win.
Menominee got a pin victory from Smith over Chandler Liebold in 5:07 and Gimbel (171) pinned Henry Hanson in 1:19.
For Gladstone, Cooper Helman (103) pinned Ortega in 5:56 and Riley Starnes (189) pinned Montoya in 27 seconds. Gladstone got forfeit wins from Michael Brazeau (112), Lane Matzke (119), Hunter Solis (125), Jonah Frizzell (140), Andrew Sargent (145), Cole Potier (152), Cole Hansen (160), Peter Noblet (215) and Brett Boudreau (285).
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