Weyauwega-Fremont’s wrestling team opened the 2014-15 season Dec. 4 with a 48-33 Central Wisconsin Conference win over Menominee Indian.
“We lost to Menominee Indian last year for the first time in 24 years,” coach Tim Potratz said. “This time, we outwrestled the visitors in a well-wrestled dual. The team wrestled aggressively and kept the pressure on. The coaches are really excited about the team. They really work hard and get after it.”
Jaden Gruetzmacher, Nathan Johnson, Austin Baehnman, Oliver Radtke, Austin Marker, Kyle Loehrke, Dylen Kicherer and Andy Bork won matches for the Indians, with Baehnman, Radtke, Marker, Loehrke and Bork picking up pins.
The Indians sent nine wrestlers to the Little Chute Invitational Dec. 6 and seven wrestlers to a junior varsity tournament at Appleton East.
W-F placed fourth out of 10 teams in Little Chute. Wrightstown won the tournament, followed by De Pere, West De Pere, W-F, New Holstein, Gillett/Suring, Brillion, Appleton West, Little Chute and Lena.
Bork won the 285-pound championship with two pins and a 3-2 sudden death overtime victory in the finals over a De Pere wrestler who beat him last year in the tournament semifinals.
Marker (160) and Kicherer (220) came up short in their championship matches to finish second, while Radtke placed third at 145, Bailey Balistreire took fourth at 152 and Eddie Wohlt finished fourth at 182.
Freshmen Phillip Romero (126) and Loehrke (182) placed first at Appleton East with three wins by pin. Johnson, Brayden Marker and Michael Hickey also won matches.
The Indians will host defending CWC champion Wittenberg-Birnamwood at 7 tonight (Thursday, Dec. 11) before hosting the 24th annual Akey Dual Team Invitational Saturday, Dec. 13. Waupaca, Ripon, Fox Valley Lutheran, Stratford and Chilton will also compete at the meet, which gets under way at 9:30 a.m.