Hornet wrestlers are riding high after Crivitz event|
On Saturday, the Elcho wrestling team attended the Crivitz Multi-Dual, finishing the day 3-2 for third place.
Continuing on the success from Thursday's win over Antigo, the Hornets came out strong against a young Marinette squad, securing seven pins while giving up only one loss in the eight contested matches.
“With the holes we had in our lineup, this dual really came down to Colton Dvorak and Ryan McFadden second and first year wrestlers, respectively,” assistant coach Corey Smith said. “We needed one of them just to come through with a decision or even just to ward off a pin by Marinette. They both came through in a huge way and each collected pins.”
The next dual was easily won by the Hornets with the help of a slim Amherst roster. Elcho was led by Eric Hurkmans, Alec Smith and Joey Johnson, who each earned their second pins of the day.
Against Florence, inexperience showed.
“Although we won the dual over the outnumbered Florence team, we didn't match up very well. Three of the four wrestlers they brought to Crivitz are probably top three in our conference and they matched up with some of our most inexperienced wrestlers,” Smith explained.
Hurkmans collected his third pin of the day, with Roman Noel losing a 6-1 decision to Danny Jones.
“Roman fought hard against a very good wrestler and almost pulled the victory out. We are looking forward to watching him develop as the season goes on. I think he is going to help us out a lot as our dual season kicks off,” the coach said.
In the fourth dual of the day, the Hornets faced a very tough Southern Door squad, a team that is very solid throughout its entire lineup.
Mark Hanson came up with a big move to put a decent wrestler down with a pin.
“I was very excited to see Mark come up with a big win like that,” Smith added.
The Hornets also received pins from Johnson and Hurkmans, who collected his fourth of the day.
In the final dual, Elcho faced host team Crivitz.
Hanson faced Crivitz Zach Timblin to begin the dual. He ended up being pinned by the Crivitz wrestler to finish 4-1.
“He made a mistake against Timblin from Crivitz that I feel he can overcome to beat him later this season,” Smith added.
Brennan Livermore was also pinned, giving Crivitz an early 12-0 lead.
The Hornets and Wolverines traded forfeits at 113 and 120 pounds, with Robert Houle collecting the win for Elcho.
“Robert really worked hard for us all day and has improved quite a bit from last year,” Smith said.
Noel was then pinned by Tim Sotka, giving Crivitz a 24-6 lead.
At 132, things got interesting. A rare mistake of sending the wrong wrestler to the mat led to the Wolverines forfeiting the next two weight classes to Will Micke and Colton Dvorak, making the score 24-18.
Crivitz earned another pin at 145 over Ryan McFadden to extend the lead to 30-18.
“Ryan really wrestled well today, considering his lack of experience and the fact that he wrestled up a weight class most of the day,” Smith said. Consecutive pins by Hurkmans and Smith led to a 30-30 tie after 152 and 160.
Johnson also collected a pin to finish 5-0 on the day. Trinton Menomin came up big for the Hornets against Crivitz, but unfortunately the team came up short. Needing a pin just to tie the dual, Menomin tried throughout the entire match to come up with a big pin, settling for an overtime victory.
Elcho travels to Oconto Thursday for its next matchup.
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