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Wrestlers recognized as Antigo takes on tough Oconto Devils
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Antigo wrestling coach Dallas Moe marked pride in his seniors Tuesday as the Red Robin contingent gave the Oconto Blue Devils a fight in a match the head man described as more exciting than its 50-21 loss suggested.

“It was a great night of wrestling,” Moe said. “We wrestled much better than we have been and we are sharpening the tools for conference and regionals. We were aggressive, smart and fired up to wrestle. I’m happy with our performance and I look forward to a great conference tournament on Saturday.”

Mosinee will host the event beginning at 10 a.m.

The evening served as the home finale for seniors Dylan Hunter, Kirk Prince and Tony Meister who according to their coach led the team with their attitude and style.

“I’m so proud of the seniors,” he said. “They didn’t all get wins but man, they wrestled tough. Kirk and Tony had to wrestle Oconto’s best two wrestlers and they went out and battled.”

Hunter, at 132 pounds, got the lone win, pinning Peyton Boucher in the second period.

“I told Dylan that he needed to be patient and to look for the right opportunity and he did that just great,” Moe said. “He got us six points where we needed them.”

Prince, at 132, lost a 5-3 thriller to the state’s fifth-ranked Elton Kelsey.

“For Kirk that was a fantastic match,” said Moe. “If he keeps up that style of wrestling and scrambling, he’s going to have a great post season.”

Meister, at 152, also wrestled a ranked opponent, No. 7 Brandon Tousey. Although unable to fight off a technical fall in the end, he saved the team a point by not getting pinned.

“Tony wrestles tough all the time,” Moe said. “He’s one of the best team wrestlers around. He takes the challenges head on and refuses to give in.”

Along with the seniors, many of Antigo’s underclassmen also put in good efforts.

At 170, sophomore Jake Steenweg continued a hot streak and secured a 6-4 win for three team points. Juniors Garrett Becerra (182) and Mason Zanon (195) also scored pins.

“All three of these guys are putting things together at the right time. They are all seeing it click as we begin the post season which is the perfect time,” Moe said.

At 138 and 145, Mike Keyser and Will Dixon both lost close matches.

“Mike and Will wrestled hard all six minutes. They both fought off their backs a few times and only gave up the three point wins to Oconto which kept us in the dual at the time.”

Four Antigo wrestlers were pinned — Seth Doering at 120, Marcus Spencer at 160, Jose Garcia-Morales at 220 and Alex Jagala at heavyweight.

“All of them wrestled hard and gave it a great go but we still made some silly mistakes and that cost us. We’ve got to clean those up before Saturday,” Moe said.

Senior manager and middle school assistant coach Allan Meister was also recognized at the meet.

“Allan was unable to wrestle this season but he took that setback in stride and decided to assist at our Middle School program,” Moe said. “I’m really happy about that decision and my other Middle School coaches have nothing but good things to say about Allan’s help. The kids love having him there and he has a great knowledge and understanding of the sport. I see a great coaching future for Allan if he decides to pursue that avenue.”

In J.V. action, Antigo’s Noah Nicholson gave a great fight but lost the opening bout 10-3.


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