The Weyauwega-Fremont wrestling team had a successful week of competition that included a fifth-place finish Saturday, Jan. 15, at the Cutler Bulldog Classic in New London and a Central Wisconsin Conference dual meet win over Menominee Indian Thursday, Jan. 13.
“The wrestlers have steadily improved over the last month individually and as a team,” coach Tim Potratz said. “This coming week will be huge, as we wrestle five conference dual meets. By this time next week, the CWC wrestling picture will be very clear as all teams battle each other for the top spot in the standings.”
For the second week in a row, the Indians placed fifth in a 14-team tournament.
W-F took on some of northeastern Wisconsin’s heavy hitters, including defending Division 3 state champion Coleman.
Seven W-F wrestlers from 103 to 140 pounds won 19 matches in the tournament and Jacob Chmielewski and Casey Haase each went 4-0 to win the 189- and 215-pound championships.
Team scores were Coleman, 354.5; Menasha, 222; Lake Geneva Badger, 211; Sheboygan North, 185.5; Weyauwega-Fremont, 183.5; Sheboygan Falls, 183; Oshkosh North, 172; Little Chute, 164.5; New London, 163; Brillion, 161; New Holstein, 84.5; Sturgeon Bay, 82.5; Waupaca, 58; and Appleton East, 18.
Chmielewski improved to 14-4 on the season, while Haase is now 24.4.
“Haase won his third tournament title of the season by pinning all four of his opponents and Chmielewski won his first tournament title of the season with an exciting come-from-behind 7-6 victory over the top-seeded wrestler from Sheboygan North in the championship match,” Potratz said.
Placing third with 3-1 records were senior Dylan Hansen (17-8) at 119 and junior Jared Gruetzmacher (25-5) at 125.
“Both wrestlers have finished third at their weight class two weekends in a row,” Potratz said.
Freshman Brandon Loehrke (14-13) at 130 and sophomore Trevor Potratz (21-6) at 135 went 3-2 to finish fifth. Also, sophomores Isaac Danke (103) and Nick Thomas (112) and senior Nick Stelzner (285) placed eighth.
“This team continues to find ways to win matches and place high in our tournaments,” Potratz said. “We are not the most talented team, but the kids come to practice every day, work hard in our practices and are competing as athletes with some of the best teams around.”
W-F 58, Menominee Indian 21
KESHENA – Eight pins, a decision and a forfeit added up to a win for the Indians over the Eagles.
“The match looked like it would be close when you looked at the match-ups and many of the matches could have gone either way,” Potratz said. “The kids won most of the close matches, got pins when they had a chance and won the dual easily.”
The Indians hosted Rosholt Tuesday, Jan. 18, and will travel to Shiocton Saturday, Jan. 22, for the CWC Duals, which begin at 9:30 am. The Indians will take on Amherst, Manawa, Shiocton and Wittenberg-Birnamwood.