Wrestlers earn spot in finals
Wittenberg-Birnamwood’s wrestling team rolled through the Central Wisconsin Conference dual meet schedule by defeating all nine of its opponents.
The Chargers also took charge at the CWC Meet Feb. 2 in Plainfield by finishing first.
W-F also wrapped up their dual schedule Jan. 29 with a 60-18 nonconference loss to Campbellsport.
PLAINFIELD -Weyauwega-Fremont placed three wrestlers in the finals, but didn’t have any conference championships.
W-B’s Ben Vosters picked up a 16-3 major decision over Oliver Radtke in the 120-pound championship match, Shiocton’s Austin Riehl pinned Tre Blohm in 5:40 at 132 and Trevor Potratz forfeited his match in the finals at 145 to Shiocton’s Jacob Dahlke to protect a nagging shoulder injury.
Radtke advanced to the finals with a win over Bonduel’s Tyler Cina in the semifinals and improved to 29-8 on the season; Blohm has a 19-14 record with a team-high 11 pins; and Potratz is 18-3 following pins in the tournament over wrestlers from Manawa and Rosholt.
Team scores were W-B, 226; Bonduel, 188; Shiocton, 161; Menominee Indian, 119; Amherst, 99; W-F, 97.5; Manawa, 87; Rosholt, 66.5; Almond-Bancroft/Stevens Point Pacelli, 64; and Plainfield Tri-County, 4.
“We wrestled well in the tournament,” coach Tim Potratz. “We placed six of our nine wrestlers in the top three at their weight and everybody won at least one match in the tournament. We are definitely wrestling better over the last two or three weeks of the season and we need to step up another level for regionals this week.”
Other W-F wrestlers placing at the tournament, are Brandon Loehrke, third at 160; Nick Thomas and Tyler Hart, fifth at 126 and 138, respectively; and Andy Bork and Isaac Danke, sixth at 113 and 285, respectively. The Indians also finished tied for fifth in the final standings.
Campbellsport 60, W-F 18
CAMPBELLSPORT – W-F’s wins came on Blohm’s pin of Jacob Hawley in 4:19 at 138, Hart’s pin of Kyle Galligan in 2:59 at 145 and Potratz’s pin of Cody Kollmansberger in 3:27 at 152.
Campbellsport’s wins came on five forfeits, four pins and two decisions.
The Indians will open state tournament competition Saturday, Feb. 9, at a Division 3 regional in Manawa that begins at 10 a.m. Other teams competing are Amherst, Menominee Indian, Plainfield Tri-County, Rosholt and Shiocton.