Coleman Wrestlers Claim Runner-Up Spot in OshkoshIssue Date: January 3, 2018
Coleman placed second of 64 teams at the 2017 Lourdes OTW Wrestling Classic over the weekend, besting strong programs from throughout the state and finishing behind only Illinois' Andrew High School.
Coleman's usual top wrestlers, Koltin Grzybowski (113) and Caleb Gross (120) each suffered their first losses of the season and took second.
Grzybowski opened with a bye, then won his next four matches, including three pins in under a minute and a half and a tech fall win over Richard Quintana of Sun Prarie, Wilmot Union's Benson DuChemin, Hartford's Austin Gruszynski and Noah Leisgang, who is 16-2 on the year.
In the first place match, however, he ran into Andrew's Luciano Valdez, who is 23-2 on the season, taking him down to the wire. Valdez won the match in sudden victory after Grzybowski shot for the takedown but wasn't able to finish, allowing Valdez to counter with the winning takedown.
"Grzybowski had another great tournament, dominating everyone up until the championship match," Cougars Coach Kevin Casper said of the state champion.
Gross also went to the final match before taking a loss from Hortonville's Eric Barnett, last year's DII state champion, who is 20-0 on the year after beating Gross by 11-2 major decision.
After a first-round bye, Gross pinned Cedarburg's Jake Roden and Slinger's Gavin Skinner in a total of 2:07 between the two. His next two matches against tough opponents were tight, as he beat Oshkosh North's Thomas Urben and Watertown's Edward Wilkowski each by 3-2 score. Urben is 18-4 on the season, while Wilkowski holds a record of 22-2.
"Gross had an excellent tournament," Casper said, adding that Gross beat "some very good kids along the way."
Jake Baldwin (138) also earned a second-place finish on the day. He pinned his first two opponents, Joey Bock of Random Lake and Kyle Bowe of Chippewa Falls, who is 15-6 on the season, before advancing to face some stout competition.
He won by 9-1 major decision against 20-6 Noah Danner of Lomira and winning 3-2 over 20-2 Sam Boerner of Cedarburg to advance to the championship, where he was defeated 23-2 by Slinger's Caleb Ziebell, who has 23 wins to just two losses on the year and placed at state last season in Division I.
"Jake Baldwin wrestled a great tournament, dominating his way to the finals," Casper said.
Both Shamus McLain (160) and Brock Martinson (285) took fourth at their respective weight classes.
McLain won by tech fall against Wyatt Schoepke of Wittenberg-Birnamwood, pinned Laconia's Trevin Henker and won by 9-2 decision against Oconto Falls' Trevor Pankratz before running into Evan Frisque.
Frisque, who is 18-2, defeated McLain by 7-4 decision, but McLain bounced back with a tight win of his own, winning 3-1 against Green Bay United's Masonn Fausto, giving him just his third loss of the year. In the third-place match, however, Grafton's Nick Rapp (21-4) beat McLain in a major decision.
Casper said McLain "is improving every time he steps on the mat," saying he had "a very good tournament."
Martinson pinned Princeton's Ryan Bollinger in 44 seconds in his first match, but suffered a quick loss at the hands of Kenosha's Benjamin Simar, who pinned the Cougar in 52 seconds. He bounced back with five straight wins, however, including three by decision.
He beat Tanner Wigand by 5-2 decision, Ripon's Keegan Nordvold 6-2 and Menasha's Cullen Quick, who is 16-3 on the year, 1-0. He pinned Green Bay United's Isaac Klarkowski (15-4) in 2:57, and a sudden victory win over Andrew's Austin O'Conner (20-6) sent him to the third place match, where he lost by injury default.
"Brock is really coming on and learning how to wrestle the big boys," Casper said. "Brock beat some very good kids throughout the tournament."
Tyler Blanchard was fifth at 152, going 7-2 on the day to advance his record to 18-4. After a bye, he pinned Oconto Falls' Noah Stary in 3:33, but Random Lake's Aiden Vandenbush was able to take a 3-2 win in the third round.
Blanchard moved to the consolation semifinal after a pin, decision, major decision and forfeit, but he ran into Vandenbush again, again losing a heartbreaker, this time 3-1. He ended the event with a medical forfeit win.
"Tyler had a very good tournament as well," Casper said.
Bryce Karban took sixth, losing his final three matches due to injury. In the semifinal, he went down halfway through the second period despite being ahead against Germantown's Mason Wheeler, who is 23-1, when he left. He started the day with four wins, including one via bye, one by pin, one by major decision and one by decision.
"Bryce had a super tournament and was wrestling outstanding," Casper said. "Unfortunately, Bryce got hurt in the semifinals and couldn't continue so he couldn't score any more points for us."
In seventh place was Billy Ganter (132). Ganter lost his first match to Chippewa Falls' Austin Smith, but came back with five straight wins. In the seventh consolation round, he was defeated by 3-2 decision by Ashwabenon's Connor Ramage (17-5), eventually taking seventh with a 10-5 win over Slinger's Cameron Tonsor Heesen.
Logan Liptak (126), went 2-2 but did not place, John Bieber was 3-2 but did not place, Colby DenRuyter (182) went 2-2 and didn't place and Spencer Karban did not place despite going 3-2 in his first five matches.
"Overall as a team our kids did a spectacular job taking second overall with 64 teams, especially being that we only had 12 wrestlers," Casper said on his team's overall performance.
Peshtigo took 50th as a team, with the Bulldogs' top wrestler out sick. Zach Wauters (113) did not wrestle, nor did Devyn Wauters (138).
Zach, who is 18-2 on the season after being forced to take two forfeits, did not travel with the team. "We could tell just by looking at him. We're not going to take you to a two-day tournament and have to deal with that, so I sent him home right away," Peshtigo Coach Warren Howard said.
Gavin Brissette took eighth at 285, while Max Rauch (145) came in 11th.
Brissette lost in the second round by pin to Wautoma/Wild Rose's Lucas Hackney in 3:04, then winning five matches in a row, including four by pin over Wilmot Union's Andrew Tucknott, West De Pere's Floyd King, Mosinee's Jose Mohr and Kenosha Indian Trail's Benjamin Simar.
After the five wins in a row, Brissette was set up for a grudge match with Simar, who pinned him in 2:44. Brissette was pinned by Green Bay United's Isaac Klarkowski in the seventh-place match.
Despite the loss in the final match, Howard praised Brissette's day.
"He basically beat kids that were bigger and stronger but he's got a really nice move and worked really hard this weekend," Howard said. "He took out maybe two kids that normally he wouldn't beat, so he really wrestled solid."
Rauch started with a bye and a pin over Hortonville's Logan Stevens in 1:09, but he was taken down by Ryan Cody of Ripon in the third round. Following that loss, he won by decision over Neenah's Montana Jones and a forfeit. In the next round, he was defeated by 19-3 Max Grudzinski of Cedarburg and 15-3 Zachary Foth of Laconia. To take 11th, he ended the day with a 10-6 decision win over Wabeno-Laona's Tanner Dorner.
"He wrestled some really good, close matches," Howard said, summing up the two wrestlers' day by saying, "This is a great tournament, and for them, I thought they both wrestled really solid."
Not placing for the Bulldogs were Bailey Webb (120), who went 3-2, Nick Parrett (126), who went 1-2, John Schaut (132), who was 2-2 and Mitchell Peters (152), who was 1-2 with a bye win.
Howard said Webb missed wrestling at 106 by one pound, and is wrestling up at 120 with Wauters at 113.
"He really wrestled well," Howard said of the underclassman. "He's weighing in really light for 120 pounds."
Howard lauded the competition of the tournament, saying "You need to wrestle tough to get tough. It gets you ready for the tournament series, and that's what's important about these big tournaments because you've got to wrestle four or five matches just to toughen up a little bit."
Oconto Falls placed 17th, but they did have the area's only weight-class winner, as Dan Ausloos took home the gold at 285 with five straight pin victories. He started the day with a bye, then went on to pin Wisconsin Lutheran's Isaiah Hahm in 30 seconds, Ripon's Keegan Nordvold in 1:24, Benjamin Simar of Kenosha Indian Trail in 1:35, Andrew High School's Austin O'Connor in 2:46 and Amherst's Max Villnow in 1:53. It was Villnow's first loss of the season. Ausloos' opponents on the day had a combined record of 71-28.
Jager Eisch (106) took eighth at 106. He won by decision in the second round after a bye, won by major decision in the third round, 8-0, and beat Random Lake's Dylan Weiss by 3-2 decision after a loss in the quarterfinal to Green Bay Preble's Connor Derenne, who is 19-3. He ended the day with tough decision losses, 4-0 and 3-1.
Collin Schindel (120) placed 10th. He started fast out of the gate, pinning his first opponent in 4:41 and his second opponent with just a second left on the clock. He was beaten in the third round, however, by Oshkosh North's Thomas Urben. He came back with two wins, but lost two of his last three, though his win came against West Allis Nathan Hale's Alex Sino, who is 25-6 on the year.
Trevor Pankratz was 11th at 160. He won his first three matches, but lost the three after that, including one to Coleman's Shamus McLain by 9-2 decision. He ended on a high note, however, beating 14-6 Brady Kissinger of Ripon by a decision score of 4-0.
Not placing for the Panthers were Tyler Budz (113), who was 4-2 with two wins via bye, Trevor Schindel (126), who was 0-2, Bodee Woods (138), who was 3-2, Wyatt Borkovec (145) was 3-2, Noah Stary (152), who was 2-2, Cliff Yuma, who finished 3-2 with one forfeit win, Caleb Carlton (182), who was 1-2 with a bye win, Keeshawn Katers (195), who was 2-2 with bye and forfeit wins and Elijah Zielinski, who was 1-2 with a bye victory.
Wabeno-Laona took 36th. Dylan Houts (195) took second, pinning three straight opponents and beating another by decision before he lost to undefeated Beau Yineman of Neenah. Houts is 19-2 on the season.
Brenden Dorner (132) was ninth, starting with two wins before meeting 19-6 Caden Fry of Reedsburg Area High and Coleman's Billy Ganter. He responded with two decision wins, beating Logan Kreuser of Campbellsport and Lucas Roecker of Wisconsin Lutheran, who have a combined record of 34-10.
Tanner Dorner (145) took 12th, starting with a bye and a decision win over Dylan Anhalt, 5-4. He was defeated in his next match, but bounced back in the next two matches with a pin and forfeit victory. He finished with three losses to tough wrestlers, including in the 11th place match against Max Rauch.
Not placing for the team were Jackson Smith (126) , who was 2-2 with a bye win and Derek Moravec (138), who was 3-2 with three pin wins.
Escanaba Wins Final Two Matches to Edge Marinette
Escanaba took the final two matches of the night to defeat Marinette's grapplers Tuesday, Jan. 2, taking the win by a 41-34 margin.
As the match was in Michigan, the Marinette boys needed to adjust to the weight classes across the border.
Escanaba's Justin Mathieson pinned Alec Queever (119) to start the match, but Marine London Brown (125) countered with a pin of Brayden Lundquist in 2:51 to even things up.
Tyler Lawson (130) beat Sam Gressel of Marinette in a tough loss to swallow, winning 5-4, but Marinette would gain their first lead after a 23-11 major decision win by Dominic Paradiso (135) against Cassandra Krenek.
At that point, Escanaba went on a four-match run to take a 29-10 lead.
Hunter Larson (140) started it off with a tech fall win over Devin Shedlock, followed by a 6-4 decision by Courage Krueger (145) over Sam McClain. Dayton Miron (152) and Scout Wunder (160) put up two pin victories against Sam Drees and Brady McVane, respectively, but then Marinette would go on a big run of their own, winning four straight matches by pin.
Sean Holk (171) pinned Tyler Cook in 1:41, Dillon Hill (189) pinned Vincent Haslow in 1:08, Reese Holder (215) took down Zakary Barnhart in 43 seconds and Cory Siebers (285) defeated Isaiah Olson in 48 seconds to take a 34-29 lead for the Marines.
Escanaba's lightweights came through, however, with Collin Arnt (103) pinning Chase Weishaar and Brodey Beavins beating Owen Suennen at 112.
Menominee Matmen Compete In Holiday Tourney
The Menominee wrestling team competed at the Munising Holiday Tournament on Friday, Dec. 29, going 1-4 as a team with a win over Manistique.
In a 36-3 win against Manistique, the Maroons' Tyler Heusinger (125) pinned Catherine King in 43 seconds, Matt Nowack (145) pinned Ryan Korva in 20 seconds and Hunter Wroblewski (160) pinned Brendan Slater in 54 seconds.
The Maroons also got forfeit wins from Adam Conine (170), Gabriel Shaw (189) and Zac Jones (285).
Manistique's only win came from James Schroeder, who beat Aidan Smith by 8-2 decision at 119.
The Manistique match was Menominee's final match of the day. They were defeated by Gladstone, LaSalle, Munising and Rudyard earlier in the day.
Against Gladstone, Menominee was beaten 60-6 with its lone win from Aidan Smtih who won by forfeit at 112.
Nicholas Dawson (125) pinned Heusinger in 2:44, Cole Hansen (145) pinned Nowack in 23 seconds, Alex Chouinard pinned Wroblewski in 1:29, Thomas Thull (171) pinned Seth Smith in 1:12, Doby Gillis (189) pinned Shaw in 42 seconds and Cole Dawson pinned Zac Jones in 36 seconds. Zacaree Jones (130), Adam Bruce (135), Samuel Hill (152) and Jared Demeuse (215) won via forfeit for Gladstone.
LaSalle defeated the Maroons 45-17. Aidan Smith (112) won by pin over Matt Valetta in 2:26, while Seth Smith pinned Caleb Brown in 3:11 in the 171-pound class and Heusinger (125) won by forfeit.
For LaSalle, Paytin Curns (103) and Anthony Barkley (135) won by forfeit, Hunter Brown (145) pinned Nowack, Gregory Paquin (152) was uncontested, Trevor Matson (160) beat Wroblewski by 15-2 major decision, Mason Matson pinned Gabriel Shaw at 189, Reid Marshall (285) pinned Jones and Joe Kelly (215) won by forfeit.
Both teams were docked a team point for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Menominee's closest match of the day came against the hosts from Munising, who edged the Maroons 34-28.
The hosts had four forfeits, while Menominee had three. Ricky Loehr (112), Nick Miles (140), Trevor Johnson (152) and Darren Castello (189) all won by forfeit for Munising, while Menominee's Aidan Smith (119), Heusinger (125) and Shaw (215) were uncontested.
In terms of actual matchups, Menominee bested Munising in two of the four. Seth Smith (171) beat Gabe Cole by major decision, 17-6, while Jones pinned JJ Sage in 40 seconds.
Munising's Devin Moore (145) pinned Nowack with 31 seconds left to go in the match and Christian Cole (160) beat Wroblewski by 16-6 major decision.
In the Maroon's first competition of the day, Rudyard defeated them 46-24, helped by five forfeit wins from Bradley Hall (103), Larry Laponsie (125), Torin Miller (135), Sean Ellison (140) and Tyler Spencer (189).
In terms of actual wrestling, Rudyard also won three of five matches. Devin Ellison (112) pinned Aidan Smith, Dylan Threlfall (152) beat Nowack by 10-1 major decision and Marlon Staten (215) bested Shaw in 42 seconds.
For Menominee, Seth Smith (171) pinned Shane Coffey in 2:24 and Jones (285) got a 16-second pin.
Heusinger (130) and Wroblewski (160) won by forfeit.
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