Stratford won its third straight Akey Duals championship, as the Tigers posted a 5-0 record Dec. 14 at the six-team tournament at Weyauwega-Fremont High School.
Waupaca placed fourth overall with a 2-3 record, while Weyauwega-Fremont placed fifth with a 1-4 mark.
W-F also dropped a 69-3 Central Wisconsin Conference decision Dec. 12 to Wittenberg Birnamwood.
WEYAUWEGA – W-F defeated Fox Valley Lutheran 51-17, but dropped matches to Chilton/Hilbert (66-0), Stratford (69-6) and Ripon (60-21). The Indians also wrestled to a 36-36 tie with Waupaca, but the Comets picked up the win on a tiebreaker.
Waupaca also defeated Fox Valley Lutheran 45-16, but fell to Ripon (48-30), Chilton/Hilbert (46-17) and Stratford (60-22).
The Comets’ Levi Petroske was named the meet’s most valuable wrestler after posting a 5-0 record and tying for first place at 160 pounds with Chilton/Hilbert’s Josh Hannan. Waupaca’s Logan Bernhardt and Mitchell Rotta also went 5-0 on the day and placed first at 113 and 152, respectively.
Other individual champions included Dillion Koenings, Chilton/Hilbert (106); Anthony Gliniecki, Stratford (120); Phil Sersch, Stratford (126); Alex Heiden, Stratford (132); Patrick Breckheimer, Chilton/Hilbert (138); Austin Keuler, Chilton/Hilbert (145); Marcus Wise, Chilton/Hilbert (170); Kam Bornbach, Stratford (182); Brady Jacobson, Ripon (195); Hunter Kauffmann, Stratford (220); and Brice Murray, Stratford (285).
Andy Bork placed second for W-F at 285.
“It is the second weekend in a row the junior heavyweight has placed in the top three of a tournament,” coach Tim Potratz said.
Oliver Radtke and Brandon Loehrke each posted 3-2 records to place third, while Levi Greening (106), Bailey Balistreire (145), Andy Pribbernow (152) and Dylen Kicherer (182) won two matches each. Kicherer, a freshman, picked up his first two varsity wins at the meet.
“Our numbers are down this season and several of our wrestlers showed great team-first attitudes, as they were willing to wrestle out of their weight classes or go up against more experienced opponents in every dual we wrestled today to allow our team to compete,” Potratz said. “Our team really came together, even though we were losing matches and getting pinned. Those kids sacrificed themselves for the good of the team and their teammates, coaches and families know it.”
W-B 69, W-F 3
WITTENBERG – Bork scored the Indians’ only points of the match with a decision at 285 over a wrestler that had beaten him twice before.
The Indians will return to CWC dual match play at 7 tonight (Thursday, Dec. 19), by hosting Almond-Bancroft/Stevens Point Pacelli. W-F will also compete Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Willard Schmidt Scramble at Green Bay Preble.