Coleman Advances to Team State in MadisonIssue Date: February 20, 2020
The Coleman Cougars are headed to team state for the first time since 2015 and the 14th time ever.
The Cougars coasted to a win over Amherst, 62-15, with eight pins as a team. Jonathan Bieber (182) pinned Jake Hoffman in 57 seconds, Shamus McLain (195) pinned Noah Ostrowski in 43 seconds, Brody Zahn (220) beat Colton Jakubek in 1 minute, 34 seconds, Chance Gruber (113) pinned Bryce Bunting in 3:37, Will Bieber (132) pinned Flynn Peterson in 1:05, Karson Casper (138) needed just 25 seconds to beat Jacob Gibbs and Sam Kuchta took only 29 to top Landon Moe at 145 and Cole Klimek (170) ended the match with a 1-minute, 31-second pin of Tristan Schelvan.
Coleman also got a forfeit win from Ray LeMieux (106), 6-1 decision win from John Nowak at 120 against Drew Lewallen and a 16-0 tech fall by Owen Kinzinger against Jack Bohm at 152.
For Amherst's 15 points, John Farkas (285) pinned John Zirbel in eight seconds, Colton Cahill (126) won by 7-3 decision over Lincoln Henry and Mason Haas (160) pinned Ramiro Cortez in 1:25. Zirbel, Henry and Haas are not regulars on the mat for Coleman's varsity team.
There was some shifting around to be done before Coleman's first-place match with Brillion, but the Cougars did it and got their work done, winning 39-38. The score might initially tell people it was a nail-biter all the way, but it wasn't really that close, coach Kevin Casper explained.
Coleman forfeited the 170 and 182-pound weight classes, with Klimek and Bieber not wrestling due to the 13-point lead the team held going into the final two matches.
"The final score is not indicative of how our kids dominated because we had the lead by 13 points, so we were able to forfeit out the last two weights," he said.
For Coleman, McLain started the team on the right foot with a two-minute, nine-second pin of Colin Schuman at 195, but Brillion's Sam Galoff got the points right back at 220 with a pin of Zahn.
Spencer Karban (285) stepped back in to replace Zirbel in the match and made the most of his return, pinning Levi Galoff in 1:55 and LeMieux (106) came off his forfeit in the first match to beat Trenton Nicklaus by 16-1 tech fall. Brillion would briefly cut the lead to three after Grant Geiger beat Nowak in a 15-0 tech fall at 113 and Sean McConnell (120) beat Gruber 9-6, but Will Bieber pinned Cole Peter in 1:49 to restore the lead. Things continued to be fairly back and forth, however, with Mavric Nohr (132) pinning Henry in 3:11.
Coleman's Casper backed it up with a pin of David Geiger in 5:34, but Brillion cut the lead right back with a pin from Garnett Stebane against Kinzinger at 145.
Kuchta (152) moved up a weight class to beat Karter Trace by 13-3 major decision and Tyler Blanchard (160) replaced Cortez at his usual spot and pinned Damon Schmidt in just 37 seconds to give his team the 13-point lead and book a spot in Madison. "At 145 we as coaches made a change that we thought might give us better percentage to seal the win by putting Owen Kinzinger out there and moving Sam Kuchta up to 152", said Casper. "At 160 I felt pretty confident that Tyler Blanchard would get the pin that would put us up by 13 so that we could just forfeit out the last two matches and move on to State. But I guess before we could do that we needed Karson to get a pin at 1:38. Their wrestler was very defensive but finally in the last 30 seconds of the third. Karson was able to wear them down enough to get him on his back for a pin."
Coach Casper called all the pins and LeMieux's tech fall "huge," saying, "We needed the extra points where we could get them."
Team state is March 6 and 7 at the Wisconsin Fieldhouse in Madison, one week after individual state, which runs February 27 to 29. The Cougars' 14th appearance is the sixth-most all time. If the Cougars were to win, it would be their 11th title.
"It is going to feel great to get back to the fieldhouse to wrestle come March 7," coach Casper said. "Very proud of our team and how they wrestled against a very good Brillion team. Brillion came out ready to wrestle and our kids rose to the occasion and wrestled their hearts out. This team has stepped up to every challenge and tonight was no different. They wrestled aggressively and got after people."
Fennimore, Stratford and Random Lake will round out the field at the D3 State Team Competition.
Panthers fall to Denmark at 42-29 DII k Team Sectional
The Oconto Falls wrestling team's season ended at sectionals in disappointing fashion Tuesday against Denmark after the team lost a 2-point lead with three matches to go.
Oconto Falls held a 29-27 lead going into the final three matches, but Denmark got three straight wins, including two by pin, to end the Panthers' season. Luke Abrahamson (195) beat Jacob Kaminski in a 13-6 decision, Charlie St. Peter (220) pinned Alec Halvorsen in 3:26 and Gabe Wertel (285) pinned Elijah Zielinski in 1:27.
The Panthers won the first three matches of the day and four the first five, with Graeson Pankratz (106) beating Alec Bergelin in a 6-4 overtime nail-biter, Brendan Konitzer pinning Brett Soquet in 41 seconds and Jaden Ganter taking an 18-2 tech fall over Brady Stencil to open up a 14-0 lead. After Denmark's Cole Tenor pinned Luke Trepanier at 126 and Oconto Falls' Tyler Budz beat Jack Schmitz in a 7-3 decision, the lead sat at 17-6.
Unfortunately for the Panthers, that's when Denmark would make a run. Logan Paplham (138) pinned Anthony Trevor in 1:41, Ethan Schwartz (145) pinned Trevor Schindel in 4:21, Thomas Ullmer (152) pinned Weston Borkovec in 2:25 and Reece Piontek (160) topped Aidan Stary by a 3-2 score to take a 27-17 lead.
Denmark was open at 170, however, giving Diego Estavilla a forfeit win, while Clayton Whiting moved up to 182 to pin Mason Karl in 3:09 and keep his undefeated season alive, but Denmark got the final three wins and moved on to face Wrightstown. Denmark would lose 43-27 to Wrightstown, which advances to state in Madison on March 6 and 7.
Oconto Falls does have 12 wrestlers headed to individual sectional, so the season isn't over for many of the Panther grapplers.
Champion Cougars Advance all 14 Grapplers to Sectional; Second Place Crivitz Sends Five
No team came close to touching the Coleman Cougars at Saturday's Division III regional in Elcho, as the Cougars had 320 points on the day. The next-highest team, Crivitz, finished with 120.
Coleman advanced to team sectionals with the win and all 14 of the Cougar wrestlers locked in places at individual sectionals with either first- or second-place finishes.
Ray LeMieux (106) received three byes for a free ride to sectionals.
Chance Gruber (113) beat Dominic Thoresen of Crivitz by 6-3 decision and Crandon's Hutson Kane by 6-4 decision to take first.
John Nowak (120) was second in his weight class with a 1-1 record. Following a pin of Three Lakes/Phelps' Zander Ginet, he lost by tech fall to Cole Shepherd of Crandon, but he got a no contest against Ginet in the second-place match to lock in second.
Will Bieber (126) got two byes and took care of business with an 11-1 major decision over Crandon's Brett Palubicki to take first in his class.
Lincoln Henry wrestling just his fourth and fifth matches at the varsity level this season, pinned Elcho's Aiden Stimac in 5:54 and lost by pin to Three Lakes/Phelps Piersson Czaplinski to take second in the 132-pound weight class and head to sectionals.
After two byes and a pin over Three Lakes/Phelps' Lucas Wanty in 2:27, Karson Casper won the 138-pound weight class.
Sam Kuchta (145) pinned Three Lakes/Phelps Zeke Logalbbo in 1:26 and topped Tony Jopek of Crivitz by 7-2 decision to win his weight class.
Jakob Horton (152) was second at 152, getting a major decision win over Elcho's Mason Rusch, 8-0 and losing by 3-0 decision to Ryan Roy of Wabeno Area/Laona.
Tyler Blanchard (160) pinned Karson Bins of Crivitz in 42 seconds and Breed Shepard, Jr. of Crandon in 3:24 to win his weight class.
Cole Klimek (170) went 1-1 to take second, beating Wabeno/Laona's Evan Townsend 8-3 and losing 11-8 to Ezekial Lawrence of Crivitz.
The Cougars' wrestlers in the four highest weight classes needed just one match each to win their respective weight classes.
John Bieber (182) pinned Frank Shepard of Wabeno/Laona in just 1:08, Shamus McLain pinned Three Lakes/Phelps' Augustus Fink in 1:17, Brody Zahn (220) pinned John Danielson of Crivitz in 3:39 and Spencer Karban (285) needed just 2:37 to beat Jaden Bemis of Crivitz.
Crivitz was second as a team, sending five wrestlers to sectionals.
Ezekial Lawrence (170) beat Coleman's Cole Klimek in an 11-8 decision for a win in his only match. He was the only Wolverine to take first in his weight class.
Four teammates took second: Deominic Thoresen (113) won by major decision against Crandon's Hutson Kane, 24-13, to earn a spot following a loss in the semifinal, Tony Jopek pinned Elcho's Pete McCabe in 3:54 to overcome a decision loss to Kuchta of Coleman, John Danielson (220) pinned Three Lakes/Phelps' Jack Breier in 3:04, going 1-1 at his class and Jaden Bemis (285) lost his only match by pin to Karban of Coleman but made state after a no contest in the second-place match.
Elijah Duerst (132) and Mitch Vanderpoel (152) were fourth in their respective weight classes for the Wolverines, while Karson Bins was third (160).
Three Lakes/Phelps, Crandon, Wabeno Area/Laona and Elcho rounded out the remaining teams at the regional.
Lena Takes Fourth at Home Regional, Advances Six to Sectional
Lena, Oconto and Gillett/Suring competed at the Lena DIII wrestling regional on Saturday.
The top two wrestlers from each weight class advanced to sectionals,
Lena was fourth as a team, with six Wildcats heading to sectionals: Luke Misco, Dylan Comins, Sam Marquardt, Alex Decoursin, Cody Dellise and Frank Desjarles.
Misco (106) pinned Manawa's Adrin Larsen in 39 seconds in his only match to win his weight class.
Comins (113) beat Bonduel's Cooper Salerno, but lost by injury default to take second in his weight class.
Marquardt was 1-1 at 126, beating Shiocton's Sam Flannery by 9-6 decision and falling to Bonduel's Tyson Bogacz in the first-place match to take second.
Alex Decoursin pinned Menominee Indian's Nehomah Whiteman in 1:06 and Shiocton's Davin Piechocki in 1:15. He lost the first-place match by pin to Bryan Griffin of Manawa, but he still earned a second-place finish.
Cody Dellise (160) lost his first match in a 3-minute, 45-second pin by Dion Helser of SHiocton, but he won by forfeit in his next match and earned a pin of Oconto's Houston Rude in 3:25 to make sectionals.
Frank Desjarles (285) pinned Shiocton's Trevor Reif in 1:05 in his first match, but he took an injury default loss in the semifinal. Fortunately, he bounced back to pin Oconto's Aiden Diaz in 29 seconds and Bonduel's Jayson Calaway in 1:28.
Ayden Decoursin (132), James Desjarles (138), Michael Thomas (195) and Elijah Gott (220) each took fourth in their weight classes. Nathan Younger was third at 152 and Franky Umentum took sixth at 170.
Oconto took sixth as a team. Isaac Diaz (170) punched his ticket to sectionals with pins over Glen Miller of Menominee Indian in 35 seconds and Manawa's Colin Moser in 5:53. He remains undefeated on the season with a 25-0 record.
Houston Rude (160) was third in his weight class, Aidan Diaz (285) was fourth and Owen Hansen (145) took fifth.
Gillett/Suring placed seventh as a team. The Gillett/Suring squad will not send anyone to state after Michael VanDenElzen (182) and Keegan Rattin (132) took third, Hunter Kopp (120), Carter Quade (195) was fifth and Colton Peters (145) came in sixth.
Manawa won the regional to advance to team sectionals and Bonduel was second.
Oconto Falls Wins Home Regional; Marinette Claims Fourth, Peshtigo Fifth
The Oconto Falls wrestling team dominated its home Division II regional on Saturday, earning a spot at team sectionals
Oconto Falls won the seven-team regional by over 90 points over second-place Antigo and third-place Seymour and sent 12 of its 13 wrestlers to individual sectionals.
Graeson Pankratz, Brendan Konitzer, Jaden Ganter, Luke Trepanier, Tyler Budz, Weston Borkovec, Aidan Stary, Clayton Whiting, Jacob Kaminski, Matt Loberger, Alec Halvorsen and Elijah Zielinski are all headed to sectionals following first- or second-place finishes.
Pankratz (106) beat Marinette's Michael Stevens by 15-4 major decision and Northwoods Storm's Caitlyn Kelley by 6-0 decision to win his weight class.
Konitzer (113) was second after an 8-1 decision loss to Seymour's Wyatt Kaczrowski, but he got a no contest and two byes to make sectionals.
Ganter (120) pinned Marinette's Cole Vargo in 46 seconds, but fell by 6-0 decision to Ryan Tomazevic of Seymour in the first-place match. He rebounded to pin Christopher Mackey of Antigo in 5:28.
Trepanier (126) received two byes and a no contest to cancel out his only live match, a 10-4 decision loss to Seymour's Noah Gorecki and take second.
Budz (132) beat Seymour's Blake Linsmeyer by 4-2 decision, lost by 7-1 decision to Marinette's Isaiah Walker in the championship. He won by no contest to take second at 132.
Borkovec (152) pinned Marinette's Alec Queever in 48 second and Antigo's Robby Hagerty in 5:31, taking second. He lost the first-place match by 10-0 score to undefeated Caden Young of Clintonville/Marion.
Stary (160) fon by forfeit and no contest against Clintonville/Marion's Nicholas Malueg to take second in his class. He lost by 6-4 decision to Antigo's Joshua Heuss in the championship match.
Whiting (170) remains undefeated this season after pinning Marinette's Jameion Cross in 52 seconds and Antigo's Gideon Sass in 4:10.
Kaminski (182) took two byes and needed just 18 seconds to pin Clintonville/Marion's Caleb Moore in the championship to earn his spot at sectionals.
Loberger (195) won his weight class with a 12-0 major decision over Joe Dey of Seymour and a pin of Dakota Cuff of Marinette in 3:34.
Halvorsen (220) beat Seymour's Courtney Theys in an 8-2 decision, which was enough to earn a spot at state, despite a pin loss to Antigo's Nick Roller in the first-place match.
Zielinski beat Peshtigo's Kody Klimek by 17-1 tech fall and Marinette's Darik McMahon by 5-3 decision to win his weight class.
Anthony Trevor was fifth at 138.
Marinette took fourth as a team, sending Isaiah Walker, Jonny Bieber, Dakota Cuff and Darik McMahon to sectionals.
Walker won the 132-pound weight class with a pin of Antigo's Logan Edwards in 1:36 and a 7-1 decision win over Oconto Falls' Tyler Budz.
Bieber pinned Seymour's Colin Leisgang in 1:12 and got a no contest against Leisgang following a pin loss to Antigo's Neil Bretl to take second at 145.
After two byes and a loss in the first-place match, Cuff (195) pinned Seymour's Joe Dey in 3:07 to earn a spot at sectionals with a second-place finish.
McMahon pinned Antigo's Talik Bussey in 55 seconds and lost a tight 5-3 decision to Oconto Falls' Zielinski, which was good enough to take second at 285.
Michael Stevens (106) and Owen Suennen (138) were third in their weight classes, while Cole Vargo (120), Alec Queever (152), Domenic Paradiso (160), Jameion Cross (170) and John Boyce were each fourth.
Peshtigo was fifth. No Bulldogs advanced to sectionals. Mitchell Peters went 1-1 in live matches to take third at 170, while Jon LaForce (106), Kyle Rupert (145) and Kody Klimek (285) were fourth.
Northwoods Storm (Florence/Goodman/Niagara/Pembine) was seventh as a team, led by Caitlyn Kelley, who made sectionals after a second-place finish at 106. After a bye, Kelley pinned Peshtigo's LaForce in 1:12. After a loss in the first-place match, she topped Marinette's Michael Stevens by 10-0 major decision to take a place at sectionals.
Andar Olson (145) was fifth.
Maroon Grapplers Compete at Grayling District Meet
Menominee competed at the MHSAA District 17-3 competition on Saturday in Grayling.
Connor Bretl led the way for Menominee, taking fourth at 130, and Tyler Heusinger, who was fourth at 140. After a bye and a pin loss to Benzie Central's Dylan Chrzankowski, Bretl rebounded to pin Ludington's Tiler Marrison in 57 seconds and top Negaunee's John Schouten in a 7-3 decision to finish 2-1 on the day.
Heusinger followed a similar path. He got a bye to start, but lost by pin to Cody Isrow of Kalkaska in the quarterfinal. After a pin of Lake City's Joshua Shivlie in 1:46 and a 9-8 decision over Cheboygan's Isaiah Ming, he fought his way to the third-place match, but he was topped by Joshua Peterson of Kingsford in a 1-minute, 50-second pin.
Also wrestling for Menominee but not placing were Wilbert Ortega (103), Aidan Smith (135), who went 2-2 on the day, Braxten Silkworth, who was 1-2 at 160, Pedro Montoya, who went 2-2 at 171 and Adam Conine (189).
Menominee Falls to Gladstone at Team Districts
Menominee dropped its only match at the MHSAA District Tournament on Wednesday by a 72-11 score at the hands of Gladstone.
Menominee got its 11 points off an Aidan Smith pin of Brennon Detiege at 135 in 1 minute, 38 seconds and a Tyler Heusinger (140) tech fall against Andrew Sargent, 19-4.
For Gladstone, Eli Terrien (103) pinned Wilbert Ortega in 1:30, Lane Matzke (125) pinned Kaeleb Crawford in 4:40, Hunter Solis (130) pinned Connor Bretl in 5:18, Cole Hansen (160) pinned Braxten Silkworth in 27 seconds, Henry Hanson (171) pinned Joe Gimbel in 1:20 and Blake Servant (189) pinned Pedro Montoya in 12 seconds.
Gladstone also got forfeit wins from Cooper Helman (112), Michael Brazeau (119), Jonah Frizzell (145), Cole Potier (152), Gavin Depuydt (215) and Brett Boudreau (285).
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