Now is a good time as any for the Weyauwega-Fremont wrestling team to be peaking.
The Indians posted a 5-2 record in seven dual meets. W-F posted a 4-1 mark Jan. 25 at a Central Wisconsin Conference multi-team meet in Manawa after splitting nonconference meets at Markesan Jan. 23 and Berlin Jan. 21.
MANAWA – W-F opened the meet with a 45-25 win over Shiocton.
“Shiocton had some wrestlers out with injuries and kids sick with the flu, which opened the door for us to steal the win,” coach Tim Potratz said. “Back-to-back pins by Austin Baehnman (126 pounds) and Bailey Balistreire (132) and a 6-3 decision by Brandon Loehrke over a state-ranked wrestler at 170 highlighted the dual.”
W-F then defeated Marathon 46-24 in the second round. Dylen Kicherer picked up a pin for W-F at 182.
The Indians picked up a 37-33 win over Manawa in the next round.
“Both teams are young and inexperienced, which made for a wild dual meet to watch, as matches went back and forth,” Potratz said.
Baehnman (126), Oliver Radtke (145) and Andy Bork (285) picked up wins for the Indians.
Bonduel stopped the Weyauwega-Fremont run with a 56-12 thumping in the fourth round.
“Bonduel is the seventh-ranked team in the state and they showed why,” Potratz said. “We only won three matches in the dual, but they were three big wins.”
Radtke beat the defending conference champion 5-1 at 138, Loehrke beat returning state qualifier Jacob Wudtke at 170 and Bork pinned his man at 285.
The Indians wrapped up the meet with a 60-15 win over Plainfield Tri-County.
The Penguins’ 15 points came on one win and a pair of W-F forfeits. David Johnson, Andy Pribbernow and Kicherer picked up pins.
Markesan 46, W-F 30
MARKESAN – Markesan get the individual matchups it wanted, which allowed the Hornets to avoid W-F’s best wrestlers.
Pribbernow recorded the season’s fasted pin in 20 seconds at 170. The Indians’ other 24 points came on forfeits to Jon Morgan (120), Baehnman (126), Radtke (138) and Loehrke (182).
W-F 55, Berlin 15
BERLIN – W-F lost only one match and gave away two forfeits to account for Berlin’s fifteen points. The Indians won the other 11 matches, including five by pin.
Levi Greening moved up a weight class to 113 and won a 7-2 decision over Elliot Chier and Baily Volpel handed Devan Buckholt a 14-2 loss at 152 to highlight the win.
Morgan (120), Bailey Balistreire (132), Radtke (138), Johnson (145), Pribbernow (160) and Bork (285) picked up pins for the Indians, while Loehrke won his 170-pound match over Mitchell Kramer 3-1.
“This was the best we have wrestled all season,” Potratz said. “We are starting to execute our techniques and we are showing some toughness that wasn’t there a month ago. The kids should be very proud of their effort and their performance on the mat.”
The Indians improved to 8-8 in dual meets and will wrap up the regular season at 7 tonight (Thursday, Jan. 30) by hosting Amherst.
W-F will also host 20 area teams for the annual Weyauwega-Fremont JV Invitational, which gets under way at 10 a.m. at Weyauwega-Fremont High School.