Watertown wrestlers fall to defending state champion Stoughton in opener
Watertown faced the Badger South’s perennial power and defending Division 1 state champion Stoughton and won three out of 14 matches in a 58-11 dual meet loss to open the season on Friday at WHS.
Seniors Tanner Nachtigall (182 pounds) and Alex Nachtigall (285) scored decisions for the Goslings, while junior Ed Wilkowski (126) scored 15-0 technical fall in the second period.
“The three wins we got were against really solid kids,” Watertown co-wrestling coach Bob Logan said.
Wilkowski earned his technical fall over freshman Trenton Dow at 4 minutes, 43 seconds in the final match of the night.
“He also made weight twice today,” Logan said. “He had to do skin-folding and had to run to make weight. I thought he was going to be gassed a little bit, but he wasn’t. He’s been sick, but he looked pretty solid.”
Tanner Nachtigall pulled out a 6-5 decision over Brandon Spilde.
Nachtigall scored the opening points on a single leg takedown. He gave up an escape, gave up a counter takedown after missing a shot and tied the match at 3-3 after one period with an escape.
He scored another escape with 52 seconds left in the second period to take a 4-3 lead, but Spilde reversed him 11 seconds into the third period. Nachtigall couldn’t quite get the escape in several attempts, but pulled out the victory with a reversal just seconds ahead of the buzzer.
“When he was on his offense, he looked really good,” Logan said. “He wrestled to the end. We tell the guys every night in practice that the third period is our period. Nobody is going to out-condition us. Stoughton is obviously well conditioned, but we came out when we needed to and it was because he didn’t quit.”
Alex Nachtigall scored a 3-1 decision over junior Tony Hohol. After a scoreless first period, Nachtigall chose down and scored a reversal in 37 seconds. He was awarded a stall point at the 3:30 mark. Hohol chose down to start the third and scored an escape with 33 seconds left but never really threatened in his attempts at a match-tying takedown.
“He’s worked hard,” Logan said. “He’s got good position. His underhook was really strong tonight.”
Senior Nick Logan lost a 9-2 decision to junior Gavin Model. Logan lost a one-point decision to Model in last year’s conference tournament finals, then won a decision in a regional rematch. This time around, Logan was battling illness and wasn’t sharp with his offense. Model hit a fireman’s carry for a first period takedown and added a second period escape to lead 3-0. Logan hit one takedown from there, but Model answered with a reversal and two near fall points. He scored one more takedown with 10 seconds left in the third period.
“Nick wasn’t on his offense,” coach Logan said. “He was obviously off tonight. He won’t make excuses.”
Freshman Walker Wichman made his varsity debut and lost a 12-8 decision to junior Dante Steinmetz at 120.
Wichman gave up an early takedown and three-point near fall to trail 5-0, then caught fire with three takedowns and two escapes.
He was cutting Steinmetz in the final minute and trailed 10-8 when he missed on a game-tying attempt with 10 seconds go to. Steinmetz countered and scored to win by four.
“He beat that kid mentally,” coach Logan said. “He just made about three or four mistakes and it cost him. They are freshman errors. We haven’t gone over the leg defense of the type of legs he was riding. Once he learns that, that’s never going to be an issue again.”
Stoughton dominated the remaining matches, posting six pins, two technical falls and one win by forfeit.
Watertown hosts the Tom McGarvie Earlybird Scramble today.
STOUGHTON 58, WATERTOWN 11
106 — Peterson (S) pinned E. Hernandez (W) at 2:40
113 — Rivera (S) received forfeit
120 — Steinmetz (S) dec. Wichman (W) 12-8
126 — Wilkowski (W) tech. fall Dow (S) 15-0
*132 — F. Detweiler (S) tech. fall Krakow (W) 15-0
138 — Lewis (S) pinned Rivera (W) at :31
145 — Mechler (S) pinned Kronquist (W) at 1:00
152 — Model (S) dec. Logan (W) 9-2
160 — C. Spilde (S) tech. fall Blome (W) 22-6
170 — Geister-Jones (S) pinned Maule (W) at 3:40
182 — T. Nachtigall (W) dec. B. Spilde (S) 6-5
195 — R. Detweiler (S) pinned M. Hernandez (W) at 4:38
220 — Empey (S) pinned S. Hernandez (W) at 1:47
285 — A. Nachtigall (W) dec. Hohol (S) 3-1