Hornet wrestlers reach podium five times at Rebel Invitational Saturday|
At Waubeno High School
Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013
Cedar Grove/Belgium 104.5
Wausau East 69.0
Three Lakes 61.0
Coleman Reserve 49.0
Bark River 27.0
St. John’s Northwestern 22.0
The Elcho wrestling team has found success early in its season, this time attending the Rebel Invitational Saturday in Wabeno.
Taking fifth overall as a team with 111.0 points, the Hornets fell behind Reedsville with 212.0, Tomahawk at 196.0, Norway with 179.5 and Crandon at 126.0.
“As a team we still were a little short handed so to come away with a 5th place finish as a team was very nice,” Elcho coach Bobby Stimac said.
Sending nine wrestlers to the mats, Elcho came home with a first, Joey Johnson at 195 pounds, a second by Eric Hurkmans at 152, a third by Alec Smith at 160, a fifth by Robert Houle at 120 and a sixth by Colton Dvorak at 132.
Johnson, 11-0 pinned Wausau East’s Gage Borchardt at the 3:08 mark in the quarterfinals. Johnson then earned a 9-2 decision against Coleman Reserve wrestler Abe Nowak before finishing off the first place match with a pin against Henry Helland of Tomahawk at 1:06.
“Joey wrestled smart and aggressive all day and continues to get closer to the state caliber wrestler he can be,” Stimac noted.
Taking second in his bracket, Hurkmans (9-2) made four trips to the mats beginning with a fast 31 second pin against Brett Breitenfeldt of Wausau East.
An 8-6 decision while battling John Houts of Wabeno/Laona led to a 51 second pin against Riley Kasper of Reedsville. In his final match of the day, Hurkmans lost to bracket winner Chase Tupper of Crandon on a 10-0 major decision.
“He wrestled strong all day and never gave up in any matches working his way to the finals,” the coach said. ”In the finals we just were out wrestled and need to work to improve in areas to be able to win in that spot.”
Smith, 8-3, earned an 11-0 major decision over Joe Abreu of Wausau East to start off the day. His one loss of the day came in the semifinal match against Elliott Ebert of Reedsville on an 8-0 major decision.
“Alec’s only lose was to the eventual champion. Alec has ran into tough kids to start this year we just need to work harder to start knocking that level of wrestler off,” Stimac added.
Coming down to the third place match, Smith sent Quinton Wallenfang of Tomahawk home with a 9-6 major decision loss.
Houle, 7-4, received a bye in his first and third round. Although finishing fifth for the Hornets, he was defeated by pin from Eric Hamilton of Three Lakes at 1:14. In the consolation semifinal, Houle advanced by pinning Cody Lyons of Kewaunee at 2:40. His good fortune continued as he pinned Jarod Roberts of Crandon in 2:22 to end the day.
Dvorak, 6-6, had a difficult day beginning with his first match against Bryce Bishop of Tomahawk after being pinned at 5:22. Battling back in the consolation round, he defeated Lonnie Baskinski of Coleman Reserve with a 2:08 pin. In the consolation semifinal, Dvorak advance by pinning Eva Senter of Three Lakes in 2:09.
Finishing off the event with the fifth place match, Bryce Bishop of Tomahawk took the high placement with a 7-2 decision over Dvorak.
Also competing for Elcho was Brennan Livermore, 3-6 at 106 pound. He was pinned in both of his matches. At 126, Will Micke, 4-5, defeated Brennan Harris of St. John’s Northwestern with a pin at 2:36.
Roman Noel, 3-7 at 138 defeated Tripp Bonack in consolation round one by pinning him in 2:26. At 220 Trinton Menomin, 7-4 pinned Pat Guffey of Norway in 4:22. Being pinned in the next round, Menomin earned a 4-2 major decision against Nicholas Lies of St. John’s Northwestern in the consolation round two.
Taking to the mat one last time, Menomin lost his final contest to Grant Murray of Crandon after being pinned in 2:18.
The rest of the team really wrestled well and we are seeing good strides being made. Comparing our first dual to now, I can see many improvements,” Stimac said. “The kids really were having fun today and we look forward to a long week of practice and then we will head to the Tomahawk invite.”
Elcho returns to the mats Saturday at the Tomahawk Invitational. Wrestling gets underway at 10 a.m.
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