Cougars Lead Area Teams at Pulaski Invite
Coleman placed fourth at the 16-team Pulaski Invite on Saturday, Jan. 27, while Oconto Falls took 12th and Peshtigo was 16th.
Two Coleman wrestlers won their respective weight classes. Caleb Gross (120) and Jake Baldwin (138) were each top wrestlers, while 2017 DIII State 106-pound champion Koltin Grzybowski took second at 113.
Gross pinned his first two opponents in the first period, beating Luxemberg-Casco's Parker Coppens in 1:39 and Denmark's Cole Tenor in 1:15. In the final match, the 35-1 Cougar beat Kaukauna's John Diener in a 6-2 decision.
Grzybowski suffered just his second loss of the season. After a decision win against Freedom's Colby McHugh and a major decision over Seymour's Wyatt Kaczrowski, he ran into Hortonville's Eric Barnett, who is 33-0 on the season. Barnett came away with a 13-0 win.
After a bye and a pin of Port Washington's Brett Grisar, Baldwin won his final two matches by decision, 5-2 against Kaukauna's Jacob Schramm and 7-4 over New London's Garrett Ruckdashel.
Tyler Blanchard (145) took third, going 4-1 on the day with his only loss coming in the semifinal to Rhinelander's Jacob DeMeyer, who is 32-1 on the year. In his other four matches, he won three by pin, including wins in 22 and 45 seconds and took a major decision over Kaukauna's Harrison Smith.
2017 DIII state qualifier Shamus McLain took fifth at 152. He went 2-2 in live matches, winning by decision twice and losing by decision twice.
Sam Kuchta (132) took sixth. He pinned two opponents in 1:08 and 2:32, but ended the day with a 2-3 record.
Spencer Karban (195) took sixth with a 2-3 record as well. His two wins came by pin and 4-3 decision over Pulaski's Andrew Egnarski.
John Bieber (160) and Brock Martinson (220) each took seventh. Bieber won matches by pin, medical forfeit and decision following a first-round major decision loss, while Martinson was 2-2 in live matches, ending with two wins after losses by pin to Bay Port's Max Meeuwsen and Elkhorn Area's Dakota Biefeld. Billy Ganter (126) did not place.
Kaukauna, Luxemburg-Casco and Freedom were the only three teams to finish ahead of the Coleman squad.
For the 12th-place Oconto Falls team, Dan Ausloos was the top finisher in third place at 285. After a one-minute pin of Bay Port's Eli Trast, he was beaten by Denmark's Josh Frerk, who is 34-1 on the season. He finished with a 1:18 pin of Pulaski's Liam Fahey and a major decision against Trast, 12-3.
Jager Eisch (106) placed sixth following a 1-3 record that included a pin of Rhinelander's Tim Fox.
Trevor Pankratz (152) placed seventh with a pin loss to Bay Port's Caleb Hale, though he finished with three wins, two by decision and one by medical forfeit.
Tyler Budz (113) took eighth with decision and major decision losses, though he pinned Pulaski's Mitchell Kitzman and a medical forfeit win.
Collin Schindel (120) was 1-2 with a decision win and two bye victories, taking eighth. Aidan Stary (145) took eighth as well, going 2-3 in live matches with two decision victories.
Trevor Schindel (126), Bodee Woods (138), Noah Stary (160), Cliff Yuma (170), Caleb Carlton (182) and Keeshawn Katers (195) did not place.
Zack Wauters (113) and Max Rauch (145 each took sixth place. Wauters pinned his first opponent and third opponent, but the quarterfinal, his second match of the day, was a tough loss to Rhinelander's Reuben Guzik by way of a 6-5 decision.
"I think we had it won," Peshtigo Coach Warren Howard said. "It was just one of those matches that could have went either way. We had the better wrestler, I felt. The kid is a tough kid. That would have changed the whole outlook of the day."
He finished the day with two consecutive losses to Seymour's Wyatt Kaczrowski by 10-7 decision and Kaukauna's Mason Campshure by pin.
Rauch won his first two matches, pinning Pulaski's Ben Kleppek and beating Freedom's Grant Vosters by decision, but he lost his final three matches, including his final two by decision, one of which was to Vosters in a rematch.
Nick Parrett (126), Mitchell Peters (152), Riley Plosczynski (195), Kody Klimek (220) and Gavin Brissette (285) did not place.
Parrett was the only one of the five to win a live match, and Howard was impressed with the junior's improvement this season.
"He's coming on strong at the end of the year. He's really doing well and really wrestling well," Howard said. "It's just a tough tournament to win a lot of matches in. He has all the tools. Experience is just what's hurting him right now."
Howard has previously said he believes the Pulaski Invite is one of the toughest regular-season tournaments in the state.
"All the top-ranked teams are there," he said after the tournament. "We wrestled pretty good, but we knew that was going to be a tough tournament."
Area Grapplers Compete
at Dick Sorenson Invite
Gillett/Suring, Crivitz, Florence/Niagara and Oconto competed at the Dick Sorenson Door County Classic in Sturgeon Bay on Saturday, Jan. 27, with three local wrestlers winning their respective weight classes.
Gillett/Suring was the top local finisher, taking eighth. Sam Lemens won the 138-pound weight class. After a bye and a major decision win over Landon Spanbauer of Oshkosh North, he pinned his final two opponents, beating Green Bay Preble's Noah Huckins in three minutes and West De Pere's Lucas Milheiser in 1:12.
Three members of the team took fourth and two placed fifth in their respective weight classes.
Sam Davis (152), Reid Winkler (160) and Brice Winkler (170) each took fourth. Davis went 1-2 in live matches with a decision win over Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol's Bruce Anschultz, but he was pinned in his final two matches.
Reid Winkler went 1-2 with a bye win and a decision win over Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol's Elijah Heimbecher, but he lost in the semifinal to Freedom's Troy Nabbefeld. In the third-place match, he lost in overtime to Wrighstown's Logan Koel.
Brice Winkler started with a bye and major decision, but was pinned by 28-2 Bryce Schumacher of Little Chute and lost by decision to Amherst's Josh Rieck.
Andy Lemens (120) took fifth. After losing in the quarterfinal, he won via bye and two tight decisions, beating Wrighstown's Kane Schmidt and Menominee Indian's Joe Perez.
Bo Krueger (195) took fifth with a similar path. After a loss in the quarterfinal in overtime to Preble's Julius Stevenson, he received a bye and went on two pin two opponents in quick matches. He beat Oshkosh North's Matthew Mathusek in 2:15 and Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol's Trevor Wilke in 31 seconds.
Colton Wolfe (126), Nate Davis (145), Ben Burt (182) and Jacob Burt (220) did not place.
Crivitz took 12th. Michael Retza (145) took first with three pins to end the day. He pinned Freedom's Hayden Falcus, Oshkosh North's Travon Lee and Preble's Devin Laplante in 3:10 in the championship match.
Tony Jopek (152) took fifth, losing in the quarterfinal but taking the final two matches of the day by decision and major decision. He beat Wrighstown's Will Alexander 6-1 and Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol's Bruce Anschultz 16-6.
Joseph Tomaszewski (220) took fifth. He was pinned in the first round of the quarterfinal, but pinned Freedom's Hayden VanCamp in 2:43 in the consolation semi and won by 9-4 decision in the fifth-place match.
Jaden Bemis (160) and John Danielson (182) did not place.
Florence/Niagara placed 15th. Tristen Mascarette (113) won his weight class with a pin and two tight decisions. After a first-round pin over Clintonville/Marion's Jetlyn Michonski, he beat Preble's Mitch Kopish and West De Pere's Trent Francois in 4-3 and 5-2 decisions, respectively. Jamie Blozinski (285) did not place.
Oconto finished tied with Clintonville/Marion for 16th place. Lucas Ruechel (285) was the team's only wrestler, and he did not place.
Green Bay Preble, Two Rivers and West De Pere were the top three teams at the invite.
Denmark's wrestlers defeated Marinette 63-9 on Thursday, Jan. 25, winning nine of the 11 live matches.
For Marinette, Devin Shedlock (145) beat Tyler Sekora by 3-1 decision and Owen Suennen (106) pinned Brady Stencil in 1:16.
For Denmark, Matt Degreef-Taicher (113) pinned Alec Queever in 37 seconds, Raul Becerra (126) won by major decision over London Brown, Ethan Schwartz (132) pinned Josh Goslyn in 3:14, Reece Piontek (138) beat Sam Gressel by major decision and Jedd Shefchik beat Sam McClain by 13-1 major decision.
Wyatt Gezela (160) beat Sam Drees by 1:11 pin, Vinnie Wertel won by 10-6 decision over Sean Holk, Ryan Polomis pinned Dillon Hill in 2:25 at 182 and Josh Frerk (285) pinned Cory Siebers in 1:37. Cole Tenor (120), Gabe Wertel (195) and Bradyn Polomis (220) won by forfeit.
Lena/STAA Grapplers Compete at Oakfield Invite
Lena/ST. Thomas Aquinas Academy competed at the 11-team Oakfield Invite on Saturday, Jan. 27, taking ninth as a team with two wrestlers taking third at their respective weight classes.
Noah Chang (126) and Alex Decoursin (132) each took third in their respective weight classes.
Chang went 1-2 in live matches, starting with a pin loss to Charlie Wagner of the Sun Prairie varsity reserves. In the second round, he defeated Aidan Aldrich of the Sun Prairie reserves by 16-3 major decision, following it up with two bye victories. He finished the day by falling to Evansville/Albany's Austin Scofield.
Decoursin placed third, starting with a loss to Evansville/Albany's Nick Wille and winning his next three matches. He pinned Milwaukee Ronald Reagan's Nayeli Garay in 2:16, received a bye and pinned Sun Prairie's Nathan Vang in 40 seconds. Dominick Stroede pinned Decoursin in the fifth round, however, giving Decoursin a 2-2 record in live matches on the day.
Richard Fieck took fifth at 285, going 2-3 with pins of Milwaukee Washington Collegiate Academy's Victory Robinson in 44 seconds and Oakfield's Austin Gitter in 3:02.
Kiko Cajigas (182) took 10th.
The Sun Prairie varsity reserves won as a team, followed by Onalaska/Luther and the Evansville/Albany reserves.
Wrightstown Strong Finish Too Much for Oconto Falls
Wrightstown defeated Oconto Falls 37-21 on Thursday, Jan. 25 after winning the final five matches.
Wrightstown started the match with two decision wins. Walker VandeHey (138) defeated Bodee Woods 7-1 and Matthew Maitland (145) beat Aidan Stary by 9-2 decision.
Oconto Falls would win the next four matches, however, to take a 15-6 lead. Trevor Pankratz (152) beat Will Alexander in a 6-1 decision, Noah Stary (160) beat Logan Koel 3-1 and Cliff Yuma (170) won via 5-3 decision over Preston Kussow. Caleb Carlton (182) got six points for the Panthers with a 43-second pin over Tim VandeVoort.
Austin Koltz (195) beat Keeshawn Katers in a 3-1 decision and Ethan Witcpalek (220) won by forfeit to even things up at 15. After the Panthers took a 21-15 lead on a Dan Ausloos forfeit, it was all Wrightstown.
They finished with four straight wins, including pins from Quincy Klister (126) and Ben Durocher (132) over Collin and Trevor Schindel, respectively. Kaiden Koltz (106) beat Jager Eisch in a 3-0 deciison, Jaeger Pavlik beat Tyler Budz by 3-2 decision at 120 and Kaden Verbeten (113) won by 11-2 decision over Brendan Konitzer.
Menominee Falls to Gladstone at Wrestling Triangular
Gladstone hosted Menominee and Bark River-Harris in a triangular on Thursday, Jan. 25, taking care of business in two 75-0 dual wins.
Against Menominee, Lane Matzke (112) beat Aidan Smith by major decision, Vadym Torvinen (119) pinned Tyler Heusinger, Cole Hansen (140) won by tech fall over Matt Nowack, Alex Chouinard (160) pinned Hunter Wroblewski, Thomas Thull pinned Seth Smith at 171 and Devon Eickhoff (189) pineed Adam Conine.
Nicholas Dawson (125), Adam Bruce (130), Garret Matzke (135), Samuel Hill (145), Brody Sanville (152), Jared Demeuse (215) and Cole Dawson (285) all won by forfeit.
Gillett/Suring Defeats Crivitz in M&O Wrestling Matchup
Gillett/Suring defeated Crivitz on Thursday, Jan. 25, taking a 30-19 win with the help of five forfeit wins, as they did not win any live matches.
Andy Lemens (120), Colton Wolfe (126), Nate Davis (138), Brice Winkler (160) and Bo Krueger (195) all won by forfeit for Gillett/Suring.
As for live wrestling matches, Crivitz won all three. Tony Jopek (145) beat Sam Lemens by 7-6 decision, Machael Retza (152) beat Brice Winkler by 16-4 decision and Ezekial Lawrence (182) pinned Tyler Lockstein in 2:51.
Cougars Freeze Out Eskymos in Dual Match
Coleman won all but one live match against the Escanaba Eskymos on Thursday, Jan. 25, winning the team match 50-22.
Losing three times by forfeit, but winning nine live matches, the Cougars coasted to a win, taking eight of the first nine matches.
Escanaba's Allie Larson (125) won by forfeit, but the Cougars came out firing. Koltin Grzybowski (112) got the Cougars going with a 19-4 tech fall just 3:14 into his match against Brodey Beavins and Caleb Gross won by 17-4 major decision against Justin Mathieson.
Billy Ganter (130) pinned Tyler Lawson in 1:05 and Jaydon Zeitler (135) pinned Cassandra Krenek in 3:27.
2017 DIII state qualifier Jake Baldwin, who has just two losses on the season, faced a tough fight at 140, as Hunter Larson took him to an overtime period, where he won 10-8.
Tyler Blanchard (145) pinned Dayton Miron in 3:32, Shamus McLain (152) pinned Kyle Gendron in 3:28 and Jonathon Bieber won by 5-3 decision at 160.
Escanaba won three of the next five matches, with two by forfeit and their lone live win coming from Baily Papineau over Coby Den Ruyter at 171 in a 16-4 major decision. Vincent Haslow (189) and Collin Arnt (103) won by forfeit.
Spencer Karban gave the Cougars five more points at 215 with a tech fall against Isaiah Olson and Brock Martinson (285) was uncontested.
Peshtigo Matmen Fall to Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol
Peshtigo couldn't overcome injuries against Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol on Thursday, Jan. 25, winning four of seven matches but falling as a team, 46-27.
Zack Wauters (113), Nick Parrett (126) and Gavin Brissette (285) each won by pin. Wauters took 3:13 to pin his man, while Parrett beat Matt Coburn in 4:52 and Brissette handled Nicholas West in just 28 seconds after a quick takedown.
"It was a nice performance by Nick, who was in command and then got the pin," Peshtigo Coach Warren Howard said.
Max Rauch (145) won by 11-6 decision over Triston Beauchamp.
Mitchell Peters (152) won by forfeit.
"We just had a few guys out of the lineup and couldn't overcome the forfeits," Howard said.
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