W-F wrestlers shake off holiday rust
Weyauwega-Fremont’s wrestling team opened the second half of the season Jan. 5 with a fourth-place finish at the eight-team Plymouth Duals.
“The long layoff over the holidays showed, as we looked out of rhythm early in the day, but kept wrestling hard and improved as the day wore on,” coach Tim Potratz said.
W-F defeated Elkhart Lake 36-34 in the opening round, as Andy Pribbernow pinned his opponent in the final match. Trevor Potratz started the dual with a pin and wins by Brandon Loehrke, Andy Bork, Oliver Radtke, Nick Thomas and Tre Blohm set the stage for Pribbernow’s pin.
The Indians then defeated Brookfield Central 35-31 in another nailbiter that came down to the second to last match. Tyler Hart pinned his man at 145 pounds to give W-F the winning margin. Potratz started the dual with a pin to get the team going, while Loehrke, Bork, Jon Morgan, Isaac Danke and Radtke added wins.
Milwaukee Bradley Tech handed the Indians a 49-30 defeat in the third round, as Morgan, Danke, Radtke, Blohm and Sheriden Haase picked up wins.
Lomira routed W-F team 63-18 in the semifinals, as injuries and fatigue set in against the eventual champions. Morgan, Radtke and Loehrke picked up wins.
W-F took on Sheboygan North in the third-place match and could have won the dual with a couple breaks, but fell 47-29 in a dual where the Indians had several chances to pull out wins but came up short.
Radtke earned a gold medal by going 5-0 at 120 pounds and Loehrke placed second at 170 with a 4-1 record. Potratz was 2-1 at 152 and Morgan (106) and Isaac Danke (113) posted a 3-2 record.The Indians will head to Rosholt at 7 tonight (Thursday, Jan. 10) for a Central Wisconsin Conference matchup with the Hornets; travel to New London Saturday, Jan. 12, for the Bulldog Cutler Classic; and return to CWC action at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, by hosting Plainfield Tri-County.
“This was a good tournament for us to get back on the mat after a three-week layoff,” Potratz said. “The competition was good and we needed lots of mat time to shake off the rust and get battle-tested again. We will definitely keep going back to this tournament.”