Antigo wrestlers bounce back at Manawa Invitational, have a champion|
After a rough stretch over the holiday break, the Red Robin wrestlers needed to find some success to get the season back on track. The Manawa invite was their first chance to do that and according to coach Dallas Moe, they did just that.
“We wrestled great all day as a team. We placed five out of nine wrestlers, had our first champion in over five years, and we were aggressive all day long. It was an awesome day, and our seniors led the charge and set the tone,” he stated.
Wrestling hard all day, but not placing in their bracket were freshman Mike Keyser at 132 going 0-2; sophomore Seth Doering at 120 going 2-2; sophomore Marcus Spencer at 160 going 2-2 with two pins and senior Tony Meister at 152 going 2-2 with a pin and a major decision.
“Like I said, we all saw success today even if these guys didn’t place or even get a win,” said Moe. “The improvement is there. You can see it in the way that they wrestled and the way that they composed themselves.”
Placing for Antigo in their brackets were sophomore Jake Steenweg taking sixth at 170 going 3-2 with a pin; junior Garrett Becerra taking fourth at 182 going 2-2; freshman Will Dixon taking fourth at 145 going 2-2 with a pin and senior Dylan Hunter taking third at 126 going 3-1 with two pins.
“For all the guys that placed, this was a huge boost to their confidence. They all had to win some early and they found a way to stay alive into the placement rounds. Unfortunately, we lost most of the medal matches, the last one of the day, but for now, we are there at least. Now it’s time to get to the medal round and finish with a win and an odd placement,” the coach added.
The biggest story of the day was at 132 where senior Kirk Prince dominated his way through the bracket and came out on top as tournament champion.
Prince went 4-0 with two pins and a major decision in the finals match. He is Antigo’s first individual champion in the coach’s five year tenure.
“It’s been a struggle as a coach, because we’ve had the talent to bring home some championship brackets since I started here but it never happened. I told Kirk that I had a great feeling about his bracket and the way that he had been wrestling lately. I kind of just knew that today was the day. He was so impressive and dominate. It was awesome,” Moe exclaimed.
Antigo finished seventh as a team out of 16, also one of its best finishes in the coach tenure as well.
The Robins hit the road on Thursday with a trip to Tomahawk for a dual before traveling to D.C. Everest Saturday for the Fred Lehrke Evergreen Invitational.