Indians have four champions
By Greg Seubert
A 13-year drought is over for the Weyauwega-Fremont wrestling team.
The Indians won the Akey Duals for the first time since 2004 Dec. 9 by posting a 5-0 record at the six-team meet that the team has hosted since 1989.
Those five wins include 57-24 over Ripon, 54-30 over North Fond du Lac/St. Mary’s Springs, 64-16 over Waupaca, 50-28 over Seymour and 51-27 over Chilton/Hilbert.
The Indians also had four champions in Carter Greening (106 pounds), Easton Groskreutz (120), Cian Fischer (126) and Justin Kempf (138).
“Our team wrestled fantastic all day,” coach Tim Potratz said. “We scored 50 points in every dual by keeping the pressure on our opponents and racking up 29 pins.
“Seven of our wrestlers placed first or second, but it was the other guys on the team that won close matches, got an important pin when we needed it or wouldn’t give up a pin when we were losing that carried the team to the title,” he said. “What a great team effort.”
W-F had six wrestlers go undefeated, one with a 4-1 record and three more that finished 3-2.
Greening, Groskreutz, Fischer, Kempf, Tyler Wetzel (195) and Austin Bartel (220 and 285) had 5-0 records; Logan Kicherer placed second with a 4-1 record at 152; and Devin Kuenzi, Ean Marker and Kyle Loehrke finished 3-2. Meanwhile, Jacob Kuckkahn moved up to 160 pounds and won two matches, including a 10-7 decision over Devin Aull in the championship match against Chilton/Hilbert.
Waupaca tied for fourth with Ripon and North Fond du Lac/St. Mary’s Springs with a 1-4 record.
Waupaca defeated Ripon 42-40, but fell to Seymour 48-30, Chilton/Hilbert 73-6 and North Fond du Lac/St. Mary’s Springs 42-31.
Colby Bernhardt won the 132-pound championship with a 4-1 record, while Tanner Johnson placed second at 126 with a 4-1 mark.
W-F and Waupaca also picked up conference dual wins Dec. 7. W-F beat Manawa 64-16 in the Central Wisconsin Conference, while Waupaca defeated Clintonville/Marion 51-16 in a matchup of North Eastern Conference teams.
Greening (106), Kempf (138), Ben Strehlow (170), Kyle Loehrke (182) and Wetzel (195) won their matches for W-F, while Manawa got wins from Kevin Klemm (113), Garrett Bristol (145) and Andrew Elmhorst (285).
The Indians also marked the 25-year anniversary of W-F’s 1992-93 team that posted a 16-1 dual meet record and a CWC championship.
Waupaca’s winners against Clintonville/Marion included Jesse Frisk (145), Garret Miller (145), Kyle Hamm (160), Brock Sanger (182) and Kai Badgley (220).