Watertown wrestlers defeat Waukesha West
WAUKESHA — Gather round, kids.
Watertown co-wrestling coach Bob Logan’s got a dated, old-time 1970s movie reference to impart.
“As we showed up tonight, I felt like Walter Matthau leading the Bad News Bears,” Logan said.
“We had kids overweight, kids who forgot their shoes, we had kids goofing off on the bus instead of focusing on the match to come. The power cord for the scale we brought to weigh-ins to replace West’s broken scale got damaged on the trip from Watertown to Waukesha.
“It was frustrating to say the least. I started really worrying that we were not going to perform. Sometimes when you get 13 days off between matches, the kids come in flat — not ready to wrestle. Fortunately, that didn’t turn out to be the case.”
Watertown won eight of the 13 matches wrestled including six pins as part of a 49-27 nonconference road win over Waukesha West on Thursday.
Sophomore Kasey Logan lost an 8-4 decision in the opening match at 160 pounds, but the Goslings dominated the upper weight with four pins and one forfeit and led the rest of the way.
Dylan Sippel (170), Matt Brewsters (195), Alex Nachtigall (220) and heavyweight Sait Hernandez all won by fall, while Tanner Nachtigall received the only forfeit of the night at 182.
“I thought, as a whole, coming off of a week where we didn’t have any competition we were ready to go and we had the right attitude coming in,” Watertown co-wrestling coach RJ Dilcher said. “You could tell that we were the better conditioned team. We fought for every point at the end of the periods. The score tonight clearly reflected that.”
At 120, Owen Zingler scored a 7-6 decision over Collin Seibel.
“The highlight of the evening was probably freshman Owen Zingler’s match at 120,” coach Logan said. “He is really coming on strong of late and he is stepping up when asked to do so. He’s showing up at the optional practices, working constantly to improve position, and he is really putting the team first, and his attitude is leading him to huge strides.”
Dilcher was also impressed.
“He was not trying to do anything flashy and it was clearly working,” Dilcher said. “Owen just outworked a more experienced varsity wrestler.”
Walker Wichman (120) and Nick Logan (152) each won by fall, while Kolten Blome earned an 11-0 major decision at 145.
“Good job in a couple of close matches, where we had chances to win, but we will work with those guys to fix the little things,” Dilcher said. “Coming into these final weeks before the tournament stretch, the basics have been covered, and now it is just about honing in on what guys need individually to take it to the next level in their wrestling.”
Watertown competes at the 55th annual Tom Janssen Invitational in Wauwatosa on Saturday.
“I like where we are at,” coach Logan said. “Our staff is doing a great job of preparing the kids. Our senior leadership continues to be outstanding. It is a privilege and a joy to coach this team.
“This was a great opportunity to kick off the rust after an extended break in preparation for Saturday’s dual tournament. This is our first time at the event, and we hope to test ourselves against some great competition.”
WAUKESHA WEST 27
106 — Kuokkanen (WW) pinned Hernandez (W) at 1:18
113 — Fredrick (WW) pinned Fritsche (W) at 3:35
120 — Zingler (W) dec. Seibel (WW) 7-6
126 — Wichman (W) pinned Dawd (WW) at 4:40
132 — Hensley (WW) pinned Krakow (W) at 3:41
138 — Grisar (WW) pinned Urbina-Cruz (W) at 1:37
145 — Blome (W) major dec. Peters (WW) 11-0
152 — N. Logan (W) pinned Berg (WW) at 2:38
*160 — Townsend (WW) dec. K. Logan (W) 8-4
170 — Sippel (W) pinned Anderson (WW) at 1:06
182 — T. Nachtigall (W) received forfeit
195 — Brewster (W) pinned Hanke (WW) at 2:00
220 — A. Nachtigall (W) pinned Black (WW) at 2:42
285 — S. Hernandez (W) pinned Redding (WW) at 1:18