Gruetzmacher wins second title
W-F also fell to state-ranked Campbellsport 49-24 Thursday, Dec. 15, in a nonconference dual meet.
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GREEN BAY - The Indians placed fifth as a team with 341 points behind Stevens Point, Lomira, Preble and Chilton and ahead of Green Bay West, Ozaukee, Eau Claire Memorial, Luxemburg-Casco, Sturgeon Bay, Milton, Manawa, Lakeside Lutheran, Wabeno, Oconto, Lena and Lakeland.
Gruetzmacher posted a 5-0 record on the day that included a pin of Wabeno's Robert Rocole in 1:55 in the championship match.
Jackson Stearns continued his breakout senior season at 195 by placing third. His wins included a pin in 3:07 over Manawa's Casey Johnson, who had beaten Stearns last season.
Trevor Potratz placed fourth at 145 before dropping out of the tournament due to an injury. Allen Bentle placed fifth at 220 and pinned three opponents. Brandon Loehrke (160) and Jordan Haase at (171) placed sixth. Also contributing wins to the team effort were Oliver Radtke (113), Nick Thomas (126) and Tre Blohm (132).
"We have been short-handed in every dual meet and every tournament we have wrestled this season, but this team continues to perform well together as a team and produce results that they can be proud of," coach Tim Potratz said.
Meanwhile, the W-F junior varsity team wrestled Dec. 17 at the Stratford JV Tournament. Norberto Leyva placed second at 106, Tyler Hart won a match at 126, Jared Radtke won a match at 132 and Andy Bork placed third at 220.
Campbellsport 49, W-F 24
WEYAUWEGA - The sixth-ranked Cougars winning nine of the 14 weight classes.
"We wrestled well against a team that was superior physically and had more depth in numbers," Potratz said. "We won five tough matches and had a chance to win a couple more, but came up short."
Match winners included Blohm (132), Casey Lenz (152), Stearns (195) and Bentle (285).
"The coaches challenged the team to step up their intensity and compete at their best against a very good opponent," Potratz said. "The team responded with a gritty performance that our team can build on as we go forward with our season."
The Indians head into the Christmas break with a 5-3 mark in dual meets.
Individual records are Isaac Danke, 6-9 at 106; Radtke, 10-7 at 113; Kaleb Sciborski, 7-6 at 120; Thomas, 6-9 at 126; Blohm, 10-5 at 132; Gruetzmacher, 14-3 at 138; Potratz, 10-2 at 145; Lenz, 5-9 at 152; Loehrke, 9-7 at 160; Haase, 4-5 at 182; Stearns, 13-4 at 195; Mike Howe, 1-7 at 220; and Bentle, 11-5 at 285.
The Indians are off until they host Southern Door for a nonconference dual meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5. They will then head to the Oconto Falls Invitational Saturday, Jan. 7.
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