Gehrmann named Outstanding Wrestler at Waunakee
WAUNAKEE — Area teams from Jefferson and Dodge counties sent several outstanding wrestlers to the Waunakee Warrior Invitational on Saturday.
For voting purposes, the Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament award went to Jefferson junior Quintin Gehrmann.
A two-time returning state medalist who wrestled the last two seasons at 106 pounds, Gehrmann made his season debut as a 113-pounder and shredded the field, going 5-0 with four pins on the day to lead the Eagles to a fifth place finish with 253.5 points.
Gehrmann pinned Milton’s Evan Schoen in 14 seconds, scored a 6-0 decision over Milton’s Hunter Kieliszewski, then pinned Monona Grove-McFarland’s Ignacio Gatica in 32 seconds, Riverdale’s Kacey Layton in 1:08 and Holmen’s Sam Smith at the 1-minute mark of the championship match.
“Quintin did what Quintin does,” Jefferson co-wrestling coach EJ Pilarski said. “He pinned everybody but one guy. He definitely took a little bit to break the rust loose with one kid. That was a little frustrating. But overall, it was good.”
Gehrmann missed the Warrior Invitational due to illness last season, and missed some training time due to an injury recently. He looked good on this day. He said he can no longer cut down to make weight at 106, but may bump up to wrestle 120 in duals if needed this season.
“I broke my hand a while ago, so I couldn’t really wrestle for six weeks,” Gehrmann said. “I finally got back about three weeks ago. (I was) a little out of shape, so I had to work hard to get back up there.
“It felt a little weird coming back, but it felt good after my first two matches. I got into it. My finals match, I wrestled really good. I was pumped up for that.”
Jefferson junior Dean Neff won his second straight tournament title of the season, going 4-1 at 160 to improve to 9-2 overall. Neff lost his opening match to Holmen’s Lucas Lazarescu by a 9-8 decision, then reeled off four consecutive wins. He stuck Boscobel’s Tanner Bassett in 1:24 and Lake Country Lutheran’s Steve Johnson to make the championship bracket. He scored a 5-2 decision over Milton’s Jordan Stivarius to reach the finals, where he avenged his earlier loss to Lazarescu with a fall in just 18 seconds.
“Dean came back against a kid who barely beat him in the first match,” Pilarski said. “He comes back and sticks him in the finals. Good match. Very technically sound. It goes to show you don’t need a ton of fancy moves. He knows a lot. But it was a double leg to a half nelson … pin.
“He’s off to a great start. He’s feeling good where he’s at. He took a couple lumps early in the season (but we expect him to) do good in the back half.”
Senior Weston Wright also saw his first action of the season for the Eagles and finished fourth at 120. Wright finished 2-3 with a pair of pins.
“Weston had a really tough bracket and did pretty well,” Pilarski said.
Sofia Brynman-Metcalf (126) and Ethan Dieckman (132) placed sixth. Logan Nguyen (138) and heavyweight Noah Schultz placed seventh. Aaron Heine (170), Brady Lehman (182) and Curtis Kincaid (195) each placed eighth. Jesse Heller (152) and Dominic Sadowski (220) both took ninth. Braeden Kalmon (145) finished 11th.
“I definitely like where we are going right now,” Pilarski said. “We’ve got a young team. Last year, we placed eighth at this tournament and then we graduated some pretty good wrestlers. This year, we have maybe three or four guys that were here today that even wrestled on the varsity side of this tournament last year. Four of our 13 wrestlers today were freshmen. Fifth place, that’s awesome.
“Nationwide wrestling has taken a little bit of a dive. We’re building in Jefferson. Our numbers are up even from last year. We’ve got kids in the wrestling room clamoring for those varsity spots. It is definitely becoming more competitive for us.”
Jefferson wrestles a Rock Valley dual at Clinton on Tuesday.
Goslings finish third
Watertown had the highest area finish, placing five wrestlers in the finals en route to a third place total of 341.5 points.
“I thought our guys bounced back from a pretty poor Friday night performance (in a dual against Oregon),” Watertown co-wrestling coach RJ Dilcher said. “They came out firing right away. That was something we harped on when they were warming up and they just brought it today.
Senior Nick Logan (152) and junior Edward Wilkowski (132) won weight class titles. Junior Kolten Blome (145), senior Matt Brewster (220) and senior heavyweight Alex Nachtigall each took second.
Logan (11-1) pinned Fenton’s Gio Mendoza at 1:28, Jefferson’s Jesse Heller at :41, Westfield’s Paiton Freeze at :43, scored a 10-0 major decision over Fenton’s Daniel Ramirez and beat Holmen’s Wyatt McCutchen by a 7-3 decision in the finals. McCutchen (9-1) took his first loss.
“Nick continues to improve on the little things every single time,” Dilcher said. “He didn’t really have a match until the semifinals and then threw that kid. In the finals, he was tested by a pretty good wrestler from Holmen, a solid team ranked second in the state. He made some awesome choices in that match and rode the kid out on top and on his feet looked really sharp.”
Logan won his 100th and 101st career matches in the first two rounds. He is only the 15th wrestler in school history to earn this honor.
“Nick brought in some new techniques today and he was very controlled and methodical,” Watertown co-wrestling coach Bob Logan said. “His finals match against Holmen’s Wyatt McCutchen was solid. He didn’t take many risks, but he controlled the pace. He hit a great duck under in the first period, and rode tough throughout to earn his 7-4 victory. Nick is wrestling very well right now.
Wilkowski (11-1) bounced back from his first loss of the season the previous night with three pins and one technical fall. He pinned Jefferson’s Ethan Dieckman at 1:33, won a 16-0 technical fall over Holmen’s Tyler Jahn, pinned Dodgeland’s Drake Felderat :58 and then stuck Milton’s Tyler Kersten in the finals with a second period cradle at 2:46.
“It’s actually a far side cradle from the near side,” coach Logan said. “It’s like it would be a far side, because he goes crossface with it, but he’s on the opposite side. He loads up the legs. He just folds him in half. I haven’t seen too many kids use that exact flavor of it over the years.”
The match was tied at 2-2 after one period when Kersten chose down.
“We like when our opponents choose down, because we are good on top as a team,” Dilcher said. “You could see him smile after the kid was slamming his hand on the mat. I thought Edward looked a heck of a lot better than he did Friday.”
Blome (7-5) pinned Jefferson’s Braeden Kalmon in 1:28, Boscobel’s Dakota Fraizer at 5:05, Riverdale’s Jordan Keegan at :51 and Dodgeland’s Hayden Kurth at 1:52 to reach the finals, where he lost an 8-1 decision to Monona Grove-McFarland’s Zachary Gunderson (10-1).
“Kolten continues to improve and had an amazing tournament today, upgrading his No. 9 seed to a second place finish,” coach Logan said. “Not only did he place second, but he pinned four kids to do it. He wrestled well in the finals, but lost to Gunderson, who is currently honorable mention at 152.”
Brewster (5-1) pinned Holmen’s Guenther Horman in the second round and Cambridge’s Nolan Adsit at 2:45 of the third round, then won by match disqualification when Riverdale’s Terry Hrubes bit him while being ridden.
In the finals, Brewster used a duck double against Waunakee’s Reed Ryan, but elected not to ride him. When the two tied up again, Ryan took Brewster to his back for the fall at 1:50.
“Matt was a beast on top all day,” Dilcher said. “He ran into a pretty tough guy in the finals. He’s real quick on his feet and it shocks some of those bigger guys.”
“Matt wrestled a very strong inaugural tournament in his first matches back from a broken hand,” coach Logan said. “Ryan is solid, and didn’t panic when he got taken down. This was a huge upgrade from Matt’s performance against him last year. No doubt he has improved. It’s great to have Matt back. He looked outstanding today.”
Alex Nachtigall (9-3) pinned Dodgeland’s Mason Huelsman at 2:50, Riverdale’s Dawson Wilmot at 1:00 and Monona Grove-McFarland’s Kristian Schlicht at 5:16 to reach the championship bracket, where he beat Monona Grove-McFarland’s 7-0. In the finals, he lost to Holmen’s Jesse Fiers by a 3-1 decision.
“Alex turned in another amazing performance this week placing second behind 10th-ranked Jesse Fiers from Holmen,” coach Logan said. “Alex dropped a 3-1 match to one of the top heavyweights this weekend, and narrowly lost 2-1 to the seventh-ranked heavyweight last week at the Early Bird.
“He is demonstrating that he is ready to move to that upper echelon of competition in the state. I think this boost to his confidence will only benefit him moving into the Ed Stech invitational next week. That is a very strong tournament and many top ranked kids will be there. It will be a great measuring stick for not only Alex, but the rest of the team.”
“He’s just got to outwork those bigger heavyweights,” Dilcher added. “That’s going to be the mentality throughout the season. He’s focused. He has goals of trying to make the state tournament. We’re going to try to make those happen.”
At 126, freshman Walker Wichman placed third.
Wichman (8-4) won a 14-6 major decision over Holmen’s Dawson Reed and pinned Jefferson’s Sofia Brynman-Metcalf at 3:01, then lost a 10-4 decision to Waunakee’s Berhett Statz and lost a 13-2 major decision to Milton’s Mason Dutcher (10-1). In the third place match, Wichman pinned Boscobel’s Blake Sander at 1:54.
“Walker continues to get better as the weeks go on,” Dilcher said. “I see what his struggles are, so we are going to fix them before February rolls around. He will wrestle that Milton kid again. He was frustrated after it, but that’s going to be our goal. We’ll remind him about that.”
Emilio Hernandez (106) placed sixth, going 2-3 with one decision. Tyler Krakow (132) placed fifth, going 3-2 with one pin and one decision. Osiel Urbina-Cruz (138) placed ninth. Kasey Logan (160) placed fifth, going 3-2 with three pins. Danny Maule (170) finished 11th. Tanner Nachtigall (182) placed fourth, finishing 3-2 with one pin and one decision. Miguel Hernandez (195) placed fourth. He had two pins through three rounds before having to forfeit due to injury.
“We were proud of the kids top to bottom today,” coach Logan said. “Our JV wrestled tough. Our varsity consolation wrestlers pulled down some great wins for us. Walker placed third in a tough bracket. Kasey finished the day with three pins to bring in some big points. Tanner pulled off a tough win from behind to pin for points, Miguel finished his third match with a broken hand when he could have easily quit.
Emilio Hernandez, Maule, and Urbina-Cruz all brought in team points to boost our score, and Krakow knocked off a couple of other kids as an unattached wrestler to keep their point totals down. It was a great team effort. Everyone contributed. I’m very proud of the effort.
“We managed to finish third as a team behind Holmen (ranked second in the state) and Milton (11.5 points behind them. If Miguel Hernandez did not have to medical default the rest of the tournament, we would have easily earned the additional 11.5 points necessary to move up into second. We placed ahead of Waunakee by 43 points and they are ranked ninth in the state. As a staff, we were very proud of the team effort.”
Neu leads Trojans
Dodgeland senior Ryan Neu survived a scare in the finals to win the 182-pound title, leading Dodgeland’s wrestles to a sixth place score of 191.5 points at the Warrior Invitational.
Neu, the defending Division 3 state champion at this weight class, saw his first action of the season after breaking a bone in his hand during football season. He pinned his way to the finals with sticks over Westfield’s Keaton Wasson at 1:56, Madison East’s Armon Myadze in 1:40, Boscobel’s Jacob Bray in :17 and Riverdale’s Tyler Hach at :44. In the finals, Neu scored an 8-7 decision over Waunakee’s Zachary Marek.
Neu controlled the match for two periods. He snapped Marek down and circled behind for a first period takedown and scored a second period reversal. But in the third period, Marek caught him and put him on his back to take a 6-4 lead with a little over a minute remaining.
Officials stopped the match because Neu was bleeding from a small cut on his face. With the chance to re-set from the circle, Neu tied the match with a reversal and elected to cut Marek loose with 36 seconds remaining. Needing a takedown to win, Neu got in on a deep single near the edge of the mat and finished with 16 seconds to go to earn a one-point decision and maintain an unbeaten streak dating back to the state tournament his sophomore season.
“I thought he had it relatively under control the majority of the match,” Dodgeland wrestling coach Josh Engel said. “He stayed in good position, until he didn’t. The Waunakee wrestler showed a lot of poise and executed a good head throw. We were … lucky to receive injury time isn’t the right (way to put it), but they got the points right. Ryan regained composure and fought back to tie the match and then — not part of the script — but he fought hard.
“It was nice to see him get pushed. Up to that point, I think he spent two minutes on the mat all day. He pinned his way to the final. To get pushed like that, it was a good workout. He was very proud of the way he got in. He brought it to our attention that we should be proud of how deep he got in on that final single leg to gain the advantage in the match.”
Hayden Kurth, a transfer from Minnesota, placed third at 145 pounds.
Kurth (8-3) went 3-1 with a pin, a major decision and one decision, a 3-2 win over Holmen’s Carter Vetsch in the third place match.
“We’ve got some things to work on, but he’s already worked on cleaning up some things,” Engel said. “He puts in a great effort every day. On the practice mat, he has been a great teammate and a great partner. He showed up and wrestled well today.”
Drake Felder (126) placed fourth, going 2-3 with a pin and a major decision. Tye Bader (170), Louis White (195) and heavyweight Mason Huelsman each finished sixth. Bader scored two pins while Whtie and Huelsman had one each.
Braxton Kohn (106) and Julian Thull (152) each finished seventh. Thull had one pin.
Dodgeland hosts Horicon in a Trailways Conference dual on Tuesday.
Bluejays finish 11th
Johnson Creek sent just four wrestlers to the tournament but still finished 11th with 102 points.
Senior Lucas Sullivan and junior Lukas David led the Bluejays with third place finishes at 195 and 220, respectively. Sullivan (11-2) went 4-1 including a pair of pins. David (10-3) went 4-1 with three pins and a decision.
Senior Anthony Pupri (152) placed fifth at 170. Purpi went 3-2 on the day and is currently 11-2 on the season. Junior Isaiah Wollet placed sixth at 138.
“It’s a tough tournament,” Johnson Creek co-wrestling coach Marcus Novak said. “Purpi had two tough losses to Waunakee kids by (one-point and two-point decisions). Wollet wrestled a couple studs, too. Our other guys faced big and strong kids. It’s big boy wrestling. Sullivan lost (a 10-7 decision) to a kid he beat 4-0 last year, and that guy walked through the tournament, so he feels like he should have won it. Lukas David wrestled some tough kids, but he is getting better every day. He is winning the close matches.”
Several Bluejays were held out or competed in the Waunakee JV tournament.
“A lot of our inexperienced kids would have gained nothing by going in to the (varsity tournament) and getting five losses,” Novak said. “We sent seven or eight to JV, and they got a lot of seconds and thirds.
That benefitted the girls of the program instead of getting another 10 or 12 points and finishing seventh with the varsity.
“We gave (junior 113 pound wrestler) Mateah Roehl the day off so she can wrestle in a female only tournament later this season. There are a maximum number of tournaments you can wrestle in a season and this gives her more exposure (in girls wrestling).”
Johnson Creek travels to Harvard, Illinois, for a tournament on Friday and Saturday.
Team scores: Holmen 475, Milton 353, Watertown 341.5, Waunakee 298.5, Jefferson 253.5, Dodgeland 191.5, Riverdale 142, Fenton 138, Monona Grove-McFarland 135.5, Boscobel 115.5, Johnson Creek 102, Cambridge 74, Madison East 69.5, Westfield 51, Lake Country Lutheran 46.5.