Weyauwega-Fremont’s wrestling team opened the 2013-14 season by placing ninth at the Little Chute Invitational and dropping a Central Wisconsin Conference dual match to Menominee Indian.
Little Chute Invitational
LITTLE CHUTE – A shorthanded Indian squad placed ninth Dec. 7 at the 12-team tournament.
All five wrestlers won at least one match and each placed in the top six of their respective weight class.
Brandon Loehrke led the way with a second-place finish at 170 pounds.
“Loehrke wrestled well all day, pinning his first opponent and beating a good Brillion wrestler in the semifinals before falling 5-0 to a Wrightstown wrestler in the championship match,” coach Tim Potratz said.
Heavyweight Andy Bork earned a bronze medal after pinning a pair of opponents and dropping a 3-2 decision in the semifinals. Oliver Radtke (138) and Andy Pribbernow (152) posted 2-1 records to place fifth, while Baily Volpel (160) placed sixth and had a pin.
W-F’s junior varsity wrestlers competed at the Appleton East JV Tournament Dec. 7. Levi Greening (113), Bailey Balistreire (138) and Austin Marker (152) placed second, while Austin Baehnman (132) and David Johnson at (160) also won matches.
Menominee Indian 44, W-F 28
KESHENA – The Indians won five of nine matches, but couldn’t recover from five forfeits.
Freshman Levi Greening opened his high school career in style by pinning his opponent at 113 pounds, while other winners included Radtke (138) Pribbernow (160) and Loehrke (182) by pin and Bork (285) by major decision.
“The team wrestled well for the first match of the season and we will certainly wrestle better as we do more live wrestling at practice,” Potratz said.
W-F will travel to Wittenberg-Birnamwood today (Thursday, Dec. 12) for a 7 p.m. CWC dual meet with the Chargers before hosting the annual Akey Duals Saturday, Dec. 14. Matches are slated to get under way at 9:30 a.m.