SOUTH WAYNE – Sophomore Kolbe Ubersox wrestled away with the title in the 138-pound weight class to help the Darlington/Black Hawk wrestling team to a second-place team finish, while Belmont junior Isaac Wiegel won the 113-pound weight class and Platteville senior Lucas Fugate added the 182-pound title to lead the Belmont/Platteville co-op to a sixth-place team finish at the 2016 Black Hawk Wrestling Invitational held at BHHS on Saturday, Dec. 3.
The WarBirds placed 13 of their 17 competitors among the top seven in their respective weight classes to take second at the 15-team event with 184 team points.
“We wrestled some good matches. We won some close matches, but also lost a few that we think later in the year we will win. Overall, we did well placing all of our starters. We will eventually get everyone down to their proper weight class and fill all of our line-up,” said Darlington/Black Hawk assistant coach Jim Wolf.
The Braves placed 10 of their 12 wrestlers among the top eight to finish sixth with 109 points. Beloit Turner crowned five champions on their way to the team title for the second year in a row with 256 points.
“I am very happy with our sixth place finish,” said Braves’ head coach Andrew Campbell. “One of our team goals coming into the weekend was to score more team points than we did last year at Black Hawk and we more than doubled that. It just goes to show how much we have improved as a team since last year.”
Ubersox posted a 4-0 record with three pins to earn the title at 138 for the host WarBirds.
Wiegel finished first in a round-robin competition at 113 after going 4-0 in the class with four consecutive pins, spending less than seven minutes total on the mats for the day.
Following the tournament, Wiegel was selected as the MVP of the lower weight classes. Dodgeville’s Joey Recob was named the MVP of the upper weights after winning the title at 170-pounds
Fugate also won a round-robin tournament at 182 with a 5-0 finish- three by pin and two by decision.
Brothers Cayden and Brody Milz each went 3-1 on the day at 120- and 195-pounds, respectively, to finish second for the WarBirds. Cayden, a freshman, posted a pin and a major decision en route to the finals at 120, but lost an 11-5 decision to Turner’s Trey Bevins to settle for second. Brody, a junior, registered two first-period pins on his way to the finals at 195 and then was pinned by Turner’s Cody Krueger in 3:45 to take second in the class for the second year in a row at the meet.
Junior Paul King at 126 and sophomore Hunter Bredeson at 132 each went 3-1 to finish third for the WarBirds. Junior Connor McGowan went 2-2 to take fourth at 220, while freshman Cody Blosch finished 4-1 at 120 and fellow frosh Carson Lobdell went 3-1 at 160 with two pins to each place fifth for the hosts.
Junior Grady Rielly, 2-2 at 145, sophomore Connor Novak, 2-2 at 152, junior Lance Ubersox, 2-2 at 170, and sophomore Cody Nielsen, 3-2 at 285, all placed sixth for the WarBirds. Rielly, Ubersox and Nielsen each recorded two pins, and Novak posted a pin and a major decision during the meet.
Junior Tyler Mosley added a seventh-place finish at 195 with a 2-2 performance.
“Kolbe had a good tournament, winning convincingly, and we also had good individual efforts by both Milz boys and Paul King,” noted Wolf.
Senior Grey Genzoli placed fourth for the Braves at 170 with a 2-2 record.
Freshmen Tristian Gilbertson at 106 and William Schaefer at 195 posted fifths for the Braves. Gilbertson went 3-1 with two pins at 106, and Schaefer registered three pins on the way to a 4-1 finish at 195.
Freshman Aiden Sarget was seventh at 120 with a 1-2 finish. Adding eighths for the Braves were sophomores Trevor Heim, 1-3 at 126, and Alex Sonsalla, 2-3 at 170, and freshmen Christopher Spoor, 0-3 at 220, and Connor Serkies, 2-3 at 285.
“I am happy with our young guys, who won some matches to get into the placement matches. Luke and Isaac both wrestled very well on their way to first-place finishes. Grey also looked good on his way to a fourth-place finish. He was very close to making the finals, I feel if he had a few more seconds he would have gotten a near-fall and won his semifinal match. I was also happy with the way Tristian and Will bounced back from early losses to take fifth-place,” Andrews commented.
Darlington/Black Hawk has a non-conference dual meet against Dodgeville at Darlington High School on Tuesday, Dec. 13, beginning at 7 p.m.
Next up for Belmont/Platteville is a tournament at Sun Prairie on Saturday, Dec. 12, starting at 9:30 a.m.
BLACK HAWK INVITATIONAL
Team Standings: Beloit Turner 256, Darlington/Black Hawk 184, Richland Center 172.5, Brodhead/Juda 148, Dodgeville 136, Belmont/Platteville 109, Mount Horeb 95, Sugar River 92.5, Cuba City/Southwestern/Benton 70, Durand/Pec Ill. 58, Pecatonica/Argyle 44, River Ridge/Cassville 40, Madison Memorial 36.5, Parkview 35, Waterloo 34.
Darlington/Black Hawk Individual Results: 106-pounds- NW; 113- NW; 120- 2- Cayden Milz, 3-1; 5- Cody Blosch, 4-1; 126- 3- Paul King, 3-1; 132- 3- Hunter Bredeson, 3-1; 138- 1- Kolbe Ubersox, 4-0; 145- 6- Grady Reilly, 2-2; 152- 6- Connor Novak, 2-2; Thomas Wessel, 0-2; 160- 5- Carson Lobdell, 3-1; 170- 6- Lance Ubersox, 2-2; Bailey Schilling, 0-2; 182- NW; 195- 2- Brody Milz, 3-1; 7- Tyler Mosley, 2-2; 220- 4- Connor McGowan, 2-2; Josh Schuetz, 0-2; 285- 6- Cody Nielsen, 3-2; Mario Trujillo, 0-2.
Belmont/Platteville Individual Results: 106-pounds- 5- Tristian Gilbertson, 3-1; 113- 1- Isaac Wiegel, 4-0; 120- 7- Aiden Sarget, 1-2; Christopher Gillen, 0-2; 126- 8- Trevor Heim, 1-3; 132- NW; 138- NW; 145- NW; 152- Joshua Taber, 0-2; 160- NW; 170- 4- Grey Grenzoli, 2-2; 8- Alex Sonsalla, 2-3; 182- 1- Lucas Fugate, 5-0; 195- 5- William Schaefer, 4-1; 220- 8- Christopher Spoor, 0-3; 285- 8- Connor Serkies, 2-3.