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Prince and Doering lead Robin wrestlers at Trucker Invite
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Nine Antigo high school wrestlers traveled to Clintonville Saturday for the second annual Trucker Invite. This was a new tournament for the Robins, so the wrestlers and head coach Dallas Moe didn’t really know what to expect, but were hoping to find some success in its last regular season tournament of the year.

“We came to Clintonville because we thought that the skill level was more appropriate than some of our past tournaments,” Moe said. “We were hoping to compete at a high level and find success for each wrestler. We came in here wrestling well and we continued that today as well. Everyone got at least one win and our wrestling was just better than in the past. Overall we had a really good day.”

Getting one win each were Alex Jagala, heavyweight, finishing 1-4, Jake Steenweg, 170 pounds, 1-3, and Dylan Hunter, 132, 1-4.

“Dylan had some rough ones today. He is wrestling up a weight class now so he will have to figure out how to adjust his style,” according to Moe. “And Alex had a great day. He was doing much better than some first year wrestlers would in his first tournament. He’s really exciting to watch because he not only gets better from match to match, but he improves in the match itself. He is a very smart wrestler and I’m really excited for his future.”

“Jake also had a good day. He lost his first match by one point but his wrestling is so much better than it has been. He picked up a pin at the end of the day and he is going in the right direction,” Moe added.

Picking up two wins on the day were, Marcus Spencer, 160, 2-3, Garrett Becerra, 182, 2-3, and Tony Meister, 152, 2-3. All three found success and lost some close ones.

“Garrett wrestled tough and learned some things about a few guys that he is going to see in the future at regionals. He is really putting it together. Marcus very easily could have been 3-2 because he also lost a one point match in the first round. But despite the set-back, he came back strong and picked up two pins on the day. Tony had a really tough bracket but he wrestled up to the challenge today. He got a tech fall and a pin and he barely lost to the number one seed in his bracket. That was a great match,” said Moe. “I was really happy with how hard he wrestled the one seed and man that would have been an awesome win.”

Providing their best performance on the day were Kirk Prince, 126, 3-2 for third place, Seth Doering, 120, 3-2 for fourth place and Will Dixon, 145, 3-2.

“Kirk and Seth both won their first three matches putting them in the placement matches. Unfortunately, despite both of them wrestling extremely well and aggressive, they both dropped the last two and ended up in third and fourth respectively. Kirk had two pins on the day and Seth had three. Both of them are right on the bubble and I’m hoping that we can pop through it here as we roll into the post season,” Moe expressed. “For Will it was a different kind of day. He wrestled extremely well but his lack of wrestling experience was a factor as he lost two matches today in the last 30 seconds or so. His first one was a heartbreaker. He didn’t know how little time was left after a great battle back and gave up one point with two seconds left. But he’s learning and getting better every day. He finished with one pin, and two major decisions and only lost by a combined four points. I’m really excited for the post season and the next couple of years with him.”

As a team Antigo finished 91.5 points for 11th place. Omro took the team title with 321.5, second went to Kenosha Christian Life with 290.0 and in third was Menominee Indian at 252.5.

“Like I said, overall it was a really good day. We lost a lot more than we got pinned and that right there is an improvement. We are getting there and peaking at the right time of the year,” said Moe. “Bring on the last couple duals and the conference tournament.”

Antigo wrestles Rhinelander at home Thursday for youth night. Matches will start with middle school and junior varsity bouts at 6:15 p.m. followed by varsity at 7 p.m.


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