Weyauwega-Fremont’s wrestling team rebounded from a Central Wisconsin Conference loss to Rosholt with a third-place finish Jan. 17 at the Trucker Invitational in Clintonville.
CLINTONVILLE – W-F finished third at the 12-team tournament.
Stratford won the tournament, followed by Omro, W-F, Kewaunee, Nicolet, Antigo, Mayville, Rosholt, Menominee Indian, Wausau East, Clintonville and Plainfield Tri-County.
After losing to Rosholt Jan. 15, W-F beat Rosholt by almost 40 points at the tournament.
“The team wrestled much better today and hopefully this will light a fire for this team heading into the last month of the season,” coach Tim Potratz said. “Every wrestler on the team won at least one match to help contribute to our third-place finish.”
The Indians sent three wrestlers to the finals but, had to settle for silver medals in all three bouts. Oliver Radtke (17-4 record) continued his winning ways by pinning his way to the 145-pound finals before losing a 5-1 decision against a Mayville wrestler. Austin Marker (12-9) advanced to his first varsity tournament final, but dropped a 9-0 to a 160-pound wrestler from Omro. Andy Bork (17-3) lost a 3-0 decision to Omro in the 285-pound title match after pinning his way through the tournament.
Meanwhile, Austin Baehnman placed third at 126 and Kaleb Sciborski and Dylen Kicherer placed fifth at 132 and 220, respectively.
Jaden Gruetzmacher, Nathan Johnson, Brayden Marker, David Johnson, Eddie Wohlt and Kyle Loehrke also picked up at least one win on the day.
Rosholt 38, W-F 35
ROSHOLT – W-F got wins from Nathan Johnson (120), Bailey Balistreire (145) and Radtke (152), while Trevor Fletcher (126), Marker (160) and Bork (285) won by forfeit.
“We did not wrestle very well in this dual and we did not get pins when we had our chances,” Potratz said. “Rosholt won the close matches and got pins when they had their chances. It was just a bad night for our team.”
The Indians fell to 2-2 in CWC dual play and 4-6 overall.
W-F will host Markesan at 7 tonight (Thursday, Jan. 22) for Parents’ Night. The team will also head to Plainfield Saturday, Jan. 24, for a six-Team CWC multi-dual meet at Tri-County High School. Matches are slated to get under way at 10 a.m.