Esky takes down Marines
Full teams highlight dual meet
ESCANABA — Marinette finished the 2016-17 season with only three wrestlers. Escanaba ended with 10.
What a difference a year makes.
With greater numbers this season, filling all 14 weight classes wasn’t a problem for either team in a Tuesday night in a dual meet at Escanaba High School.
Esky recorded pins in the final two bouts as it see-sawed to a 41-34 victory over the Marines.
“This was an exciting match,” said Esky coach Jeff Wright. “Our two freshman really came through for us in the end. It looks like their program is really coming along. We’re looking forward to having more dual meets with them.”
Brodey Bevins secured the decision by pinning Marinette freshman Owen Suennen 85 seconds into the 112-pound bout.
Esky trailed 34-29 going into the final two matches before Colin Arnt (103) pinned freshmen Chase Weishaar in 62 seconds to send Esky ahead 35-34.
“This is kind of what we expected,” said Marinette coach Jason Champagne. “Although, they surprised me. They have some tough kids and we gave up some pins. Their kids at 103 and 112 are tough.”
Esky gained a 29-10 advantage when senior Scout Wunder (160) pinned sophomore Sam Drees in 1:29.
“Scout is coming through for us,” Wright said, noting Wunder placed third in the Marquette Challenge Dec. 16. “He’s off to a nice, solid start this year.”
The Marines answered with four consecutive pins, surging to its 34-29 lead after junior Cory Seiber (285) pinned Isiah Olsen in 48 seconds and setting the stage for a nail-biting finish.
In the two closest matches, Esky freshman Tyler Lawson (130) recorded a takedown with 37 seconds remaining and held on for a 5-4 victory over junior Sam Gressel. Two bouts later, Esky senior Courage Krueger (145) got a near fall with 54 seconds left and hung on for a 6-4 decision over junior Sam McClain.
“Those were momentum changers,” said Champagn. “Hats off to Escanaba. They have a great team. This was an exciting match in a great atmosphere. We’re taking one year at a time and building a foundation. We’re heading in the right direction.”
The Eskymos started with a bang as sophomore Justin Mathieson (119) needed just 29 seconds to pin freshman Alec Queever.
“That was huge,” said Wright. “II’s always great to get six points on the board right away in a dual meet. Justin is focused. I think he’s going to have a real good season.”
Marinette evened the score at six when freshman London Brown (125) pinned Brayden Lundquist at 2:51.
After Tyler Lawson’s victory, the Marines took their first lead (10-9) on Dominic Paradiso’s 23-11 victory over senior Cassandra Krenek at 135.
The Eskymos then regained the lead (14-10) at 140 when sophomore Hunter Larson won by technical fall (19-4) over freshman Devin Shedlock.
Esky hosts the Elks Invitational Saturday. Marinette is going to the Green Bay East Invitational Saturday.
119 — Mathieson, E, pinned Queever, :29
125 — London, M, pinned Lundquist, 2:51
130 — T. Larson, E, dec. Gressel, 5-4
135 — Paradiso, M, dec. Krenek, 23-11
140 — H. Larson, E, tech fall over Shedlock, 19-4
145 — Krueger, E, dec. McClain, 6-4
152 — Miron, E, pinned Drees, 2:36
160 — Wunder, E, pinned McVane, 1:29
171 — Holk, M, pinned Cook, 1:45
189 — Hill, M, pinned Haslow, 1:08
215 — Holder, M, pinned Barnhard, :42
285 — Seibers, M, pinned Olsen, :48
103 — Arnt, E, pinned Weishaar, 1:02
112 — Bevins, E, pinned Suennen, 1:25.