Hornets battle large field to finish fifth at Tomahawk|
Taking fifth place among a field of 17 teams Saturday at the Tomahawk Wrestling Invitational, Elcho coach Bobby Stimac deemed the day “another good week for the Elcho wrestling team.”
Host team Tomahawk took top honors with 158 points, Norway followed in second with 154. Finishing third was Crandon at 118 while Ladysmith was fourth at 111.5.
Falling below Elcho at 103.5 was Somerset, 99.5; Spencer, 85; Hayward, 84; Phillips, 71.5; Cadott, 66.5; Rosholt, 65; Chequamegon, 61; Amherst, 41; Three Lakes, 39; Turtle Lake, 28, Marathon, 25 and Bark River with 22 points.
Leading the way for the Hornets was Joey Johnson at 195 pounds.
“He wrestled great and put another dominating performance going undefeated to win first,” Stimac explained.
In his first match, Johnson won by pin fall over George Borchart of Phillips in 1:24. Facing Dane Borchardt of Tomahawk, the Elcho grappler handed out a hard fought 5-0 decision before getting a 9-1 major decision against Jamie Docka of Amherst.
Taking second in the 160 bracket, Alec Smith gave a solid performance after missing a week of practice.
“Its hard missing that much mat time and to win some good matches to get to that point was great,” the coach added.
Smith began the day with a 2-1 decision versus Deven Groff of Crandon. Advancing to the semifinal match, he won by pin in facing Gage Kreucher of Somerset in 1:29. The first place contest ended with Matt Ollonger of Ladysmith getting the pin in 1:30.
Mark Hanson at heavyweight, had another good day for the team pulling in a third place finish.
“Mark wrestled well all day, just making a little mistake in the semifinals which cost him a shot in the finals,” Stimac said. “Now we just learn from it and be ready next time to wrestle smarter.”
Hanson started off with a pin at 48 seconds as he battled Ryan Schauer of Spencer. His downfall came against Charlie Wilson of Crandon with a pin after 3:50 of action. He closed out the day by defeating Cody Tokarski with a pin fall at 1:48.
Earning a fourth place at 138, Donovan Houle had been missing recently from the lineup.
“I was glad to see Donovan back. He had a tough bracket and looked a little rusty,” the coach said. “Although he finished fourth, its just good to see him back on the mat.”
Houle’s only win of the day was his first match against Frank Luschen of Hayward with a pin at 4:26.
At 126 and 220, Will Micke and Trinton Menomin each earned fifth place in their respective weight class.
“Trinton is wrestling better and better. He looked good and won some very good matches,” the coach noted. “Will looked the best he has all season and really wrestled aggressive and worked hard to come away with fifth.”
Others wrestling but not earning a placement were Robert Houle at 120, Colton Dvorak at 126 and Roman Noel at 132.
”Overall the team was still short from being full strength and we still continue to place respectable at these meets,” Stimac explained. “The kids are working very hard and they continue to improve.”
With a practice filled holiday break, Elcho looks forward to a tall task of heading to the Merrill Bluejay Challenge Tournament Jan. 4.
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