Elcho wrestling team close to full strength, squad places second at regionals|
Saturday was a great day for the Hornet wrestling team. Although still down three wrestlers, the team took second place and scored two individual championships during regional competition at Three Lakes.
The individual qualifiers — Joey Johnson, Alec Smith, Donovan Houle and Trinton Menomin — will compete Saturday in the Division 3 sectional tournament at Shawano.
As a whole, Coach Bobby Stimac was proud of his crew.
“All in all it was a great day for us,” he said. “We did leave some matches there that we could of won and lost some opportunities, but how can you not be happy with four championships and two second place (finishes).”
Starting Saturday off, Elcho’s Brennen Livermore, at 106 pounds, came away with a fourth place finish. Livermore won his first match by pin to get the ball rolling.
At 113, Houle lost to Crandon’s Jared Roberts to take third. Senior Colton Dvorak also took home a fourth place finish.
“Dvorak showed flashes of great wrestling but found it hard to keep consistency for six minutes,” Coach Bobby Stimac said. “For only a year and a half of wrestling, he really excelled and will be missed next year.”
Junior Will Micke took second place after he made quick work of Andrew Lehman of Crandon in the wrestle-back match.
At 138, Houle put together a solid day and earned first place. Smith, at 145, also had a great day, working out of a pin in the finals of Florence’s Josh Siebold.
Eric Hurkmans took second place after coming out flat in the finals. Despite not wrestling to his best potential, he was faced with a wrestle back of Three Lakes’ Mitch Raatz.
“Eric rebounded nicely and took care of business quick with a first period pin. His efforts earned him a trip to sectionals,” Stimac said.
Joey Johnson, at 170, pounds was welcomed back into the lineup and wrestled well, earning his second regional title in a row. It also marked his 100th career win.
Menimon moved up to compete at 220 pounds and wrestled well, also coming away with a gold medal.
Heavyweight Mark Hanson lost a hard match in the semi-finals 7-2 to Crivitz’s Austin Ducaine.
“After pinning his next opponent, Hanson needed help from Ducaine to have a shot at a wrestle back. Due to injury, Ducaine suffered while wrestling Hanson. Unable to wrestle in the finals, Hanson’s day was completed with a third place finish,” Stimac said.
“The kids have went through a tough year as a team we haven't really came together as a full unit,” Stimac said. “They were at the fullest strength of the year today. With a week of practice we will head into an always tough sectional at host school Shawano.”
Division 3 Regional Tourney
at Three Lakes
Feb. 15, 2014
1. Crandon, 222; 2. Elcho, 180; 3. Crivitz, 162; 4. Three Lakes, 159; 5. Florence, 129; 6. Wabeno/Laona, 81.
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