The Fennimore wrestling team had a strong showing at the Hillsboro Tiger Invite Saturday, finishing second overall. The Eagles concluded the invite with 155 team points, second only to De Soto, who won the nine-team invite with 215 points.
Everett Schwer, in his first action on the mat this season due to injury, claimed the only individual title for the Eagles, winning the 195-pound bracket.
“It didn’t surprise me at all to see Everett do so well,” Coach Greg Jentz said. “We wanted to get him back on the mat and Saturday looked like a good opportunity for him to get a few matches in.”
On his way to the title, Schwer earned pins over De Soto’s Vlad Scoville (1:28) and Hillsboro’s Jake Stockwell. He won two matches, including the championship match, by injury default.
Also earning trips to the championship match and finishing in second place were Logan Chappell at 182 pounds and Elias Cox at 220.
Chappell pinned his way to the title match, with wins over De Soto’s Mitch Boardman (0:47), Wautoma’s Matt Paeth (1:32), and Hillsboro’s Nick Jadoul (1:26). In the first-place match, he fell to Parkview’s Justin Graham, who won with a 10-9 decision.
Cox won by a 17-6 decision over Sawyer Peterson of Kickapoo/LaFarge before receiving a second round bye. He then fell to De Soto’s Daniel Finney with a 13-11 decision in the championship match.
At 132 pounds, Justin Mulrooney was one of three Eagles to earn a third place finish. After a first round pin over Katie Blaha of Hillsboro (1:35), Mulrooney was then pinned by Onalaska Luther’s Marcus Larson (1:09) and Cody Trezek of Parkview (0:49). After a round four bye, Mulrooney won by tech fall over Gavin McCauley of Kickapoo/La Farge, 15-0, to secure the third place finish.
Cody Hall also took home third place honor at 160 pounds. After a first round loss, Hall earned pins over Morten Reser of Kickapoo/LaFarge (3:43), Kyle Loest of Monticello (1:39), and Clayton Chapman of Hillsboro (3:40).
At 170 pounds, Logan Sheckles also suffered a first match loss before bouncing back to the finals. He earned a pin over Tim Heller of Parkview (4:25) before winning a 13-12 decision in the third place match over Austin Harris of Kickapoo/LaFarge.
Earning fourth place finishes for the Eagles were Tyree Edge at 126 pounds, and Dillin Aide at 138, while Blake Bender (120), Dylan Behrens (145), Brandon Ashmore (152), Ryan Ashmore (285) took fifth and Jason Wolf finished sixth.
“We took 13 wrestlers and had all of them place in the top six,” Jentz said. “It was a great team effort.”
On Friday, the wrestlers traveled to Darlington where they came home 34-20 winners.
Earning pins for the Eagles were Chappell at 195 pounds (1:35) and Ryan Ashmore at 285 (3:58).
Other winners included Cody Hall with an 8-6 win over Alex Schulte at 160 pounds, Logan Sheckles with a 16-4 major decision over Tyler Brunkow at 170 pounds, Cox with a 6-0 decision over Zach Wolf at 220 pounds, Bender with a 13-9 decision over Kyrin Halvorson at 120 pounds, and Brandon Ashmore with a 9-6 decision over Scott McDaniel at 152 pounds.
The Eagles host Cuba City/Southwestern Friday, Jan. 20.