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Cougars Top Cutler Field, Crown Five Champions

Issue Date: January 17, 2020

The Coleman Cougars topped the 18-team field for a first-place team finish at the Cutler Classic Invitational in New London on Saturday,

Will Bieber (126), Karson Casper (138), John Bieber (182), Shamus McLain (195) and Brody Zahn (220) each won their respective weight classes for the Cougars.

After a bye, Will Bieber beat Southern Door's Dylan Wessel by tech fall, topped De Pere's Jared Fietz in a 7-1 decision and pinned Oshkosh North's Dylan Besaw in 4 minutes, 37 seconds.

Casper pinned Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln's Cole Ladick in four minutes, Princeton's Collin Schueler in 1:45 and finished the day with a 4-2 decision win over Andrew Lopez of De Pere, who holds a 26-2 record on the season after the loss.

John Bieber pinned all three of his opponents on the day to keep his undefeated record, 23-0 after three more wins. He beat De Pere's Zan Selner in 1:12, Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln's Peter Rucker in 5:28 and Weyauwega-Fremont's Ben Strehlow in 4:16.

McLain, now 19-1 on the season, pinned all three of his opponents in quick fashion, beating Riley Phillips of Southern Door in 69 seconds, New London's De Evian Ross in 70 seconds and Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln's Andrew Schutz in 65.

Zahn's day was a bit closer, but wins are wins and he got all the wins he needed to top the 220-pound class. He beat De Pere's San Hafner in a 6-3 decision, New London's Keaten Pues in a three-minute pin and Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln's Josh Hansen by 6-2 decision to claim the title.

Four Cougars also took second in their respective weight classes.

Spencer Karban was second at 285. After a bye and two first-period pin victories over Waupaca's Kai Badgley and Sam Scheidegger of Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln, he came up short against undefeated Cullen Quick of Menasha in the first-place match, losing by pin in 4:32.

Cole Klimek (170) was second in his class. He beat Princeton's Zach Lambert by 10-5 decision and Wabeno/Laona's Evan Townsend by pin in 4:47, but he lost a 3-1 decision to Random Lake's Samuel Schwabe in the final match of the bracket.

Tyler Blanchard (160) was also second. He pinned Southern Door's Drew DeFere in 3:11 and Casey Dykstra of Princeton in 40 seconds, but he was beaten by undefeated Aiden Vandenbush of Random Lake in a 7-0 decision in the first-place match.

Sam Kuchta pinned Oshkosh North's Landon Spanbauer in 2:32 and topped New London's Logan Heimbruch in a 12-9 decision, but he was on the losing end of a close decision in the championship, as he lost 7-5 to De Pere's Sam Bruss.

Ray Lemieux (113) went 3-1 with two major decisions and a pin of Southern Door's Alec Guilette in 3:09 to take third in his class, Chance Gruber went 2-2 with two decision wins and two decision losses by two points each to take fifth at 120, John Nowak was 2-3 with pin and decision victories to finish sixth at 106 and Jakob Horton (152) went 3-2 on the day to take seventh in his class, beating Menasha's Riley Olski by 19-10 tech fall, pinning Sturgeon Bay's Drew Barganz and topping Olski again in a 7-2 decision to finish off the day.

Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln and De Pere were second and third in the field, respectively.



Lena Wins Twice at Home Triple Duel

The Lena Wildcats came away with victories over Menominee and Oconto at their home triple duel on Tuesday night.

Lena defeated Menominee 51-24 with three victories by fall. Luke Misco stopped Wilbert Ortega in 1:26 at 106 lbs. Alex DeCoursin pinned Tyler Heusinger in 2:33 at 145 and Franky Umentum dropped Braxten Silkworth in 5:15 at 160 lbs.

Lena's Ayden DeCoursin won a tight 9-7 decision over Menominee's Caleb Crawford in overtime, and Sam Marquardt won by medical default at 132 lbs. to round out the Wildcat scoring.

Menominee picked up its only live bout win at 220 lbs. where Dylan Oudeen won by fall once Lena's Elijah Gott in 25 seconds. Lena won the forfeit battle four matches to three for Menominee.

Lena won a forfeit heavy match 36-12 with Oconto claiming three of the four live matches.

For the Wildcats Alex DeCoursin stopped Owen Hansen with a pin in 1:16 at 145 lbs., Cody Dellise pinned Houston Rude (2:22) at 160 and Richard Fieck won by fall over Aiden Diaz in 43 sec. at 285.

Oconto's lone win came at 170 lbs. where Troy Wenzel pinned Franky Umentum in 1:10.

The rest of the bouts ended in forfeit or double forfeit.

Menominee won it's match with Oconto by a 36-21 score. Oconto won two of the three live matches. Blue Devil's Houston Rude dropped Braxten Silkworth by a 16-9 decision at 160 and Isaac Diaz pinned Adam Conine in 23 sec. at 182.

The Maroons got a victory from Tyler Heusinger at 145 lbs. via a fall in 1:09 over Owen Hansen. Menominee claimed five forfeit wins to Oconto's one to decide the match. Four bouts ended in double forfeit.



Marinette Wins NEC Matchup with Clintonville

Six forfeits helped the Marinette Marines to a conference victory over Clintonville/Marion on Friday, 48-20.

Marinette won two of the six live matches on the day, but uncontested wins from Gavin Thiry (120), Jonny Bieber (132), Dakota Cuff (182), Ian Cortez (195), Darik McMahon (285) and Michael Stevens (106) helped the Marines to a win.

Isaiah Walker (138) pinned Hunter Allender in 4 minutes, 30 seconds and Jameion Cross (160) pinned Beau Tuddenham in three minutes for the two Marinette live wins.

For Clintonville/Marion, Jetlyn Michonski (126) pinned Shayla Diaz in a minute, Michael Michonski topped Alec Queever in a 7-6 decision, Caden Young beat Domenic Paradiso in an 18-3 tech fall and Caleb Moore (170) pinned Dalton Heimerman in three minutes.

The 113, 132 and 220-pound weight classes were double forfeits.



Oconto Falls Grapplers Dominate Waupaca 69-10

The Oconto Falls Panthers were clearly the better team on the mats Thursday when they met Waupaca, winning 69-10.

Waupaca's two wins came when Kaleb Mannel (120) beat Jaden Ganter by a 9-0 major decision and Colby Bernhardt pinned Trevor Schindel in 5 minutes and 2 seconds. Those matches aside, it was all Panthers.

For Oconto Falls, Landon Budz (106) beat Jayl Azuara in a 16-1 tech fall, Luke Trepanier (126) won by 8-0 major decision over John Schmidt, Weston Borkovec (145) pinned Damien Pomeranke in 1:39, Wyatt Borkovec (152) pinned Ronald Mason in 3:04, Aidan Stary pinned Zach Mallo in 2:21 and Elijah Zielinski (285) won the last match of the day with a pin of Kai Badgley in 3:06.

Brendan Konitzer (113), Tyler Budz (132), Alex Washbisch (160), Clayton Whiting (182), Jeremy Caldwell (195) and Alec Halvorsen (220) all won by forfeit for Oconto Falls.



Peshtigo Drops Conference Duel With Kewaunee 48-24

Low wrestler numbers hurt the Peshtigo Bulldogs in a 48-24 loss to the Kewaunee Storm on Monday.

Kewaunee picked up six forfeits on the day for 36 points, helping them to a comfortable conference win.

Peshtigo got one forfeit from Jon LaForce (106), while Mitchell Peters (160), Katelyn Lewis (170) and Kody Klimek (285) pinned their opponents in 1 minute, 26 seconds, a minute and 35 seconds and just 19 seconds, respectively.

Peshtigo's Kyle Rupert fell to Kewaunee's Mitch Thompson at 152 lbs.



Smith Leads Maroons at Kingsford Invitational

The Menominee Maroons tied for sixth place at the 12-team Ray Mariucci Wrestling Invitational in Kingsford on Monday.

Aidan Smith was the top Maroon on the day. After two byes, he pinned Munising's Bryce Bowerman in a minute and 46 seconds and topped Marquette's Luke Mead in a 4-2 decision to win the 135-pound weight class.

Kaeleb Crawford was third at 125. After two byes, he lost his first match to Munising's Reagan Bowerman by 10-5 decision, but he bounced back to pin his next two opponents in 50 seconds each: Florence's Josh Wysocki and Negaunee's Joseph McCollum.

Tyler Heuzinger (140) took third as well on a very busy day. Every one of his matches ended by pin, and he didn't have the benefit of any byes. He pinned Gladstone's Jonah Frizzell in 31 seconds, Negaunee's Caleb Clark, Westwood's Luke Vidlund in 2:59, Kingsford's Joshua Peterson in 3:52 and Munising's Billy Crisp in 2:26. His only slip-up came against Iron Mountain's Preston Roberts, who pinned him in the second period.

Dylan Oudeen went 3-1 to take third at 215. He pinned Alexander Kern of Bark River Harris in 31 seconds, Ishpeming's Preston Collette in 2:07 and beat Marquette's Brendon Bell by 6-4 decision. His only loss came to Negaunee's Leo Helppi by pin.

Wilbert Ortega took fourth at 103. He went 1-2 in live matches, with his win coming in a 9-8 decision over Bark River Harris's Brenden Siedlecki.

Adam Conine (189) also wrestled for the Maroons.

Florence took 12th as a team, with Caitlyn Kelley leading the way, taking fourth in the 112-pound weight class. After two byes, Kelley lost to Marquette's Payton Holmstrom, rebounded to pin Joshua RIley of Bark River Harris in 1:59, but unfortunately couldn't finish the day, losing by injury default in the third-place match.

Josh Wyscoki (125), Andar Olson (145) and Gabe Wysocki (215) also wrestled for Florence.



State Ranked Spartans Down Marines 72-3

The highly ranked Luxemburg-Casco Spartans proved to be too much for a determined but over-matched Marinette Marine squad on Tuesday night 72-3. Isaiah Walker was the lone winner on the night for Marinette. Walker got off to a good start with two first period takedowns and defeated Lux-Casco's Luke Shefchik by a 4-1 decision.

In a tight match at 285 lbs. Marinette's Darik McMahon dropped a tight 3-1 decision to Lux Casco's Kyle Kroll in overtime. The match was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation with Kroll getting the takedown in the extra period. Marine Jonathon Bieber lost a hard fought battle with Spartan Ryan Routhiaux at 138 lbs. coming up on the short end of a 6-1 decision. Lux-Casco came away with wins by fall at the 106, 120, 145, 152, 160, 170, 195, and 220 lb. weight classes. Marinette forfeited bouts at 182, 113 and 132 lbs.


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