Dec. 21 Matside

No. 1 No More           

            A turbulent first two weeks of the season continues as a pair of area wrestlers who held Division No. 1 rankings heading into the weekend went home with losses at the Marty Loy Classic in Fond du Lac.

            At 126 pounds, No. 3-ranked Mukwonago junior Nathan Smith (16-1) toppled No. 1-ranked Port Washington senior Zach Smith (10-1) by an 8-6 decision in the finals.

            The 126 weight class was very strong as the No. 4- and No. 7-ranked wrestlers met for the third-place match. In it Oak Creek junior Andrew McIntosh (13-2) defeated Sauk Prairie sophomore Drew Fjoser (15-2) by a 6-2 decision.

            No. 1-ranked Burlington junior Josh Bird (10-1) – a two-time state finalist at state champion two years ago – also fell at the tournament. No. 4-ranked Manitowoc sophomore Jose Acosta (18-0) defeated bird by an 8-6 decision in the 132 final.

            Hudson won the team title with 197 points, followed by Burlington with 182 and Oak Creek with 158 at the 25-team event.

            At 220, No. 2-ranked Bay Port senior Alex Ingold (13-0) defeated Oconomowoc Brett Samson (11-1) by a 12-3 major decision in the final. Samson was ranked No. 5 at 285.

            Burlington senior Ben Hornickle (12-0) remained undefeated by beating Menomonie senior Logan Schlough (13-1) by a 7-3 overtime decision in the 138 final. Hornickle is ranked No. 6; Schlough is ranked No. 7


Wright’s Stuff

            Wisconsin Lutheran senior Tepra Wright (13-0) returned to action by defeating Sparta senior John Roddick (14-2) by a 10-2 major decision to win the 126-pound title at the Badger State Invite in Madison.

            Wright was ranked No. 2 at 132. Roddick (14-2), suffering his second loss to an area wrestler in a week, was ranked No. 1 at 126.

             Stoughton won the team title at the 22-school event by scoring 287 points. Freedom was second with 274 points, followed by Wisconsin Lutheran with 249.

            Lutheran had two other champions in juniors Bryce Roberts and Quinten Reed. Roberts (16-2) defeated Pewaukee sophomore Blaze Beltran (12-2) by a 4-3 decision to win the 220 title. Reid (18-0) defeated Darlington senior Zach Wolf (8-1) by a 3-2 decision to win the 285 title.

Waukesha South junior Jordan Yatchak (12-1) lost to Two Rivers senior Chris Yauch (17-1) by a 6-5 decision in a battle between two top-five wrestlers. Yatchak is ranked No. 3 in Division 1. Yauch is ranked No. 2 in Division 2.

Pewaukee sophomore Jacob Raschka (14-0) remained undefeated by defeating Iowa-Grant senior Luke Nowak (13-3) by a 7-0 decision in the final at 170. Raschka is ranked No. 5 in D1. Nowak is ranked No. 2 in D3.


Ziebell Still Perfect

            Slinger freshman Caleb Ziebell ran his record to 18-0 by pinning DePere freshman George Lopez (7-3) in 3:20 to win the 106 title at the Battle on the Fox at Appleton West. Ziebell is ranked No. 6 in D1.


Bradford King of Kenosha

            Kenosha Bradford scored 189.5 points to win the seven-team Kenosha County Invite at Wilmot. Wilmot finished second with 171 points.

            No. 1-ranked Bradford senior La’Ryan Johnson (6-0) pinned all five of his opponents to win the 285 title. Johnson finished second at 220 in D1 at the state tournament a year ago. Bradford junior Oscar Ramos (10-0) defeated Wilmot senior Richard Fox (2-1) by a pin in 1:07 to win the 170 title.

            Wilmot junior Jake Morgan (10-0), ranked No. 5 at 145,  tech falled Kenosha Christian Life’s Hunter Shuler, 26-11, in 5:09 to win the 145 title.