CUBA CITY – Senior Aaron McCarthy went 4-0 on the day to claim the 285-pound title and lead the Cuba City/Southwestern/Benton wrestling team at the 2017 Lancaster Wrestling Invitational held at LHS on Saturday, Jan. 7.
McCarthy improved his record to 15-1 on the season after edging Cashton heavyweight Brandon Klimek by a score of 3-0 in the championship match to successfully defend his 285-pound title at the loaded 14-team event.
Klimek (18-3) came into the tournament ranked #4 in Division 3 by Wisconsin Wrestling Online.
McCarthy opened his day with quick pins against Belmont/Platteville’s Venkat Reddy (:43) and Boscobel’s Kenny Foster (:24), and then advanced to the finals at the meet for the third year in a row after posting an 8-1 decision over Darlington/Black Hawk’s Jacob Tuescher in the semifinal round.
The Cubans, who had just four wrestlers competing at Saturday’s meet, finished 12th overall with 36 points. Sparta rolled to the team title with 201.5 points after sending seven wresters to the finals and capturing three titles.
SWAL rivals Iowa-Grant/Highland (152.5) and Darlington/Black Hawk (118.5) placed second and third, respectively, in the team standings.
Junior Francisco Garcia (5-6) went 2-2 on the day to place fourth for the Cubans at 220-pounds. Garcia pinned River Ridge/Cassville’s Ethan Esser in 1:58 to open his tournament, but got pinned by Cashton’s Dylan Campton in 1:10 of their semifinal match to drop into the consolation bracket. A 3-0 decision over Sparta’s Garet Pfaff put Garcia in the third-place match, however Brodhead’s Trent Davis eked out a 5-3 decision over Garcia in that contest to place him fourth in the class.
Jake Neis (6-10) at 195 and Nick Leahy (2-4) at 285 each went 0-2 at the meet for the Cubans.
At Cuba City, on Friday, Jan. 6, the Cubans fell on the short end of a 56-6 decision to the visiting Darlington/Black Hawk co-op in a SWAL dual match. The WarBirds (2-0 overall, 1-0 SWAL) garnered two pins, two major decisions, two decisions and five forfeit wins en route to the victory.
Neis posted an 8-4 decision over Karl Seffrood at 195 and McCarthy edged Tuescher by a score of 1-0 at 285 to account for the lone wins for the hosts. Troy Leibfried (two pins) and Logan Murphy (pin and a major decision) each went 2-0 for the Cubans in exhibition matches against the WarBirds, while Leahy went 1-1 with a pin for the tri-op.
The Cubans will participate at the 2017 Weston/Ithaca Invitational at Weston High School on Saturday, Jan. 14, starting at 8 a.m.
DARLINGTON/BLACK HAWK 56, CUBA CITY/SOUTHWESTERN/BENTON 6
Individual Results: 106-pounds- Double forfeit; 113- Cody Blosch, D/BH, won by forfeit; 120- Cayden Milz, D/BH, won by forfeit; 126- Paul King, D/BH, pinned Corwin Emery, CCSWB, 1:41; 132- Kolbe Ubersox, D/BH, won by forfeit; 138- Hunter Bredeson, D/BH, pinned Wylie Niles, CCSWB, 3:03; 145- Grady Rielly, D/BH, major dec. Tyler Reuter, CCSWB, 13-2; 152- Connor Novak, D/BH, dec. Brad Goffinet, CCSWB, 5-1; 160- Curtis Blosch, D/BH, dec. Abe Meier, CCSWB, 4-2; 170- Lance Ubersox, D/BH, won by forfeit; 182- Tyler Mosley, D/BH, won by forfeit; 195- Jake Neis, CCSWB, dec. Karl Seffrood, D/BH, 8-4; 220- Brody Milz, D/BH, major dec. Francisco Garcia, CCSWB, 12-4; 285- Aaron McCarthy, CCSWB, dec. Jacob Tuescher, D/BH, 1-0.
At Cuba City, on Friday, Jan. 6
Team Standings: Sparta 201.5, Iowa-Grant/Highland 152.5, Darlington/Black Hawk 118.5, Cashton 101, Dubuque Wahlert 101, Brodhead 92.5, Lancaster 92, Dubuque Senior 87.5, Belmont/Platteville 51, Boscobel 46.5, Madison West 45, Cuba City/Benton/Southwestern 36, Parkview 22, River Ridge/Cassville 22.
CC/SW/B Individual Results: 195- Jake Neis, 0-2; 220- 4- Francisco Garcia, 2-2; 285- 1- Aaron McCarthy, 3-0; Nick Leahy, 0-2.
At LHS, on Saturday, Jan. 7