A third-place finish at an 11-team tournament and a nonconference dual win has added up to a good start for the Weyauwega-Fremont wrestling team.
The Indians placed third Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Little Chute Invitational two days after opening the season at home with a 58-18 win over Markesan.
Little Chute Invitational
Five W-F wrestlers made it to the finals and two of them returned home with championships.
Sophomore Trevor Potratz and senior Casey Haase placed first at 140 and 215 pounds, respectively, with Potratz picking up his first varsity championship.
“We put five wrestlers in the finals and had nine of our 13 boys win at least two matches,” coach Tim Potratz said. “Both those stats show what a talented and determined group of kids we have this year. Trevor wrestled very well and showed a lot of offensive skills in winning the title. Casey continued his outstanding wrestling career by pinning all three of his opponents.”
Senior Dylan Hansen dropped a 7-6 decision in his 125-pound championship match, while junior Jared Gruetzmacher lost 6-4 in overtime at 130 and junior Ben Fox came up short at 171.
“All three wrestlers did a super job in the tournament,” Potratz said.
Also placing for the Indians were Jim Christensen, third at 103; Nick Thomas, fourth at 112; Mike Nelson, fourth at 152; and Casey Lenz, fifth at 145 with two pins.
Team scores were Little Chute, 216; Wrightstown, 200; Weyauwega-Fremont, 156; Kimberly, 104; DePere, 101; Appleton West, 99; West DePere, 91; Lena, 72; HIlbert, 34; Amherst, 25; and Reedsville, 16.
W-F 58, Markesan 18
W-F won 11 of the 14 matches in the dual, including four by pin.
“There was a nice hometeam crowd to cheer on the W-F wrestlers,” Potratz said. “We were the better conditioned and more aggressive team all night.”
In the feature match of the night, Haase defeated a very good Markesan wrestler 8-4 in a matchup of high quality big men sat 215.
Also winning matches for W-F were Christensen (103), Isaac Danke (112), Hansen (119), Nick Thomas (125), Gruetzmacher (130), Brandon Loehrke (135), Potratz (140), Casey Lenz (145), Nelson (152) and Collin Tidwell (189).
The Indians will host the Akey Duals, which start at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. Teams from Waupaca, Chilton, Fox Valley Lutheran, Shawano and Stratford are scheduled to compete. Each team will compete in five duals at the all-day tournament.