Goslings start fast, finish Monroe late
The scripts usually play out the way Watertown co-wrestling coach Bob Logan draws them up.
This one was close, with a couple of variations.
Logan wasn’t expecting to give up pin at heavyweight. Monroe bumped up Bodie Minder to face senior Alex Nachtigall, and Minder scored the fall in the third period to start an 18-point run for the visiting Cheesemakers, which tied Tuesday’s Badger South dual at 28-28 with three matches remaining.
Then came the pleasant surprise.
Owen Zingler stuck Monroe’s Lukas Broitzman in the first period at 120 pounds to break the tie. Freshman Walker Wichman and junior Edward Wilkowski did the rest, scoring pins to close out Watertown’s 46-28 victory.
“We sure weren’t expecting a pin at 120,” Logan said. “That kind of off-set (the pin at heavyweight). I had it figured 36-24 plus a couple swing matches and its pretty much where we were … 120 and 285 switched on us.”
Watertown (2-1 in conference) won the first four matches to take a 16-0 lead.
Tyler Krakow led off with an 8-2 decision over Jace Amacher at 138 pounds. Krakow led 5-0 after one period with a takedown and three back points. He gave up a takedown in the second period, but earned the escape, then rode out Amacher in the third period while earning two more back points.
“We were hoping Krakow could get the pin,” Logan said. “He managed to hold on for the win. He ran out of time for the pin in the first period. He started gassing a little bit after that. He managed to get the two near fall in the third period. It was a loose cross wrist, kind of a turn. It wasn’t tight enough to be effective.”
Kolten Blome also rolled up a 5-0 first period lead at 145 against Liam Hermanson with a takedown and three near fall from a cradle. While riding in the second period, Blome loaded up the cradle again and this finished with the fall in 3:45.
“We were a cradle machine across the board,” Logan said. “Next year, they will train for the cradle before they wrestle us. We’re not normally that cradle dominant. They wrestled with their heads down and we took advantage of it.
“Kolton is wrestling crazy this year. He’s a little one dimensional, but it seems to be working for him. He is starting to make the corrections he needs to make.”
At 152, Nick Logan scored an 18-1 technical fall over Gabe Witt. He took Witt to his back for three-point near falls four times in the victory.
“Nick dominated,” coach Logan said. “Witt is the coach’s younger kid, but that went how we expected it to.”
At 160, Kasey Logan won a 9-2 decision over Patrick Reilly.
Logan scored a first period takedown and two back points just ahead of the buzzer. He scored two-point and three-point near falls in the second period, then gave up a third period reversal. He continues to be an unconventional rider who can get a little out of position at times.
“That’s where he likes to be (riding),” coach Logan said. “I don’t know what those legs are. Those are not my legs. He needs tighter hips, but he is deceptively strong. He’s a horse. Most kids can’t hang with him physically. He is as Gumby as they come. We have to shore up those legs if he’s going to ride with them.”
Alex Witt got Monroe on the board with a first period pin against Dylan Sippel at 170.
Tanner Nachtigall extended Watertown’s lead to 22-6 with a 23-7 technical fall over Logan Clark.
“Tanner has been really wrestling strong this year,” coach Logan said. “He’s gained a lot of confidence the last two weekends. His technique keeps building.”
Julian Gruber won a 12-2 major decision for Monroe over Carson Triplett at 195, but Triplett did well to save the Goslings a couple of team points.
“Carson was definitely outgunned,” coach Logan said. “The kid had 12 wins. He is a strong kid, very determined. He needs to work on his repertoire. He’s got to learn to get off the bottom. In the upper weights, you don’t want to be sitting there. We thought we might give up six.”
Matt Brewster received a forfeit at 220 to give the Goslings a 28-10 lead.
Minder scored the opening takedown in the first period of the heavyweight match, but Nachtigall tied the match with a escape and a penalty point in the second period when Minder was called for an illegal headlock.
Nachtigall gave up a reversal while riding to start the third period, but tied it at 4-4 with a reversal of his own. Minder got the final reversal and earned the stick at 5:19.
“We figured they would bump Minder up to wrestle Nachtigall,” coach Logan said. “We hoped we could pull it off and he made a couple mistakes. Minder ducked Matt.
“Matt beat him last year. We knew it was going to happen. Minder last year was ranked, one of their top kids. It’s not a surprise what happened. I would like to see them wrestle again. Alex has been doing really well. He just got caught on a couple mistakes.”
Monroe tied the dual when Brady Schuh pinned Emilio Hernandez in the first period at 106 and Kyle Haldiman pinned Mason Fritsche in the second period at 113.
Broitzman scored two takedowns early in the first period and led 4-3 when Zingler caught him for the fall at 1:41.
“Gotta love it,” coach Logan said. “At that point, a lot of freshmen go deer in the headlights and he didn’t let that happen. Owen has been with us since about second grade in the youth program and he’s got a lot of mat time. He just has to shore up his technique a little bit and get stronger. “It was a crazy reversal, just body position. The other kid was out of position. They were both younger kids. He got the half in. He’s good with the basics. He’s going to get better. I was really proud of the effort.”
Wichman pinned Dakota Wicksrum at 3:32 at 126 after building up a 10-2 lead. Wilkowski stuck Zack Roper in 44 seconds to close out the dual.
“If you’ve got to have a finishing weight, that’s not a bad one to have,” coach Logan said. “We figured we would get six form both of them and we did.
“There were some matches where we had them outclassed and a couple where they had us dead to rights. The swing matches went some for us, some against us. We were hoping we would pull out a win at 106 or 113.
Mason wrestled really tough. You never know what you are going to get from him, but he is always going 100 percent.”
Watertown travels to face Milton on Thursday in a dual which will likely decide who finishes second in the conference behind Stoughton this season.
“Milton is tough,” coach Logan said. “We were a little bit behind them in Waunakee. They have some studs we have to match up with.”
WATERTOWN 46, MONROE 28
106 — Schuh (M) pinned Hernandez (W) at 1:37
113 — Haldiman (M) pinned Fritsche (W) at 3:50
120 — Zingler (W) pinned Broitzman (M) at 1:41
126 — Wichman (W) pinned Wickstrum (M) at 3:32
132 — Wilkowski (W) pinned Roper (M) at 0:44
*138 — Krakow (W) dec. Amacher (M) 8-2
145 — Klome (W) pinned Hermanson (M) at 3:45
152 — N. Logan (W) tech. fall G. Witt (M) 18-1
160 — K. Logan (W) dec. Reilly (M) 9-2
170 — A. Witt (M) pinned Sippel (W) at 1:49
182 — T. Nachtigall (W) tech. fall Clark (M) 23-7
195 — Gruber (M) major dec. Triplett (W) 12-2
220 — Brewster (W) received forfeit
285 — Minder (M) pinned A. Nachtigall (W) at 5:19