LANCASTER - Winning 10-of-14 matches last Tuesday night, the Lancaster varsity wrestling team easily defeated visiting Prairie du Chien, 48-20, in the season’s first Southwest Wisconsin Conference dual meet.
The Flying Arrows collected three pins, two technical falls, two major decisions, and two regular decisions, while also being given one forfeit.
Tuesday’s meet began at 120 pounds, where Prairie’s Clayton Beers collected a 5-3 decision over Lancaster’s Dustin Reynolds.
From there, Lancaster collected 36 straight points in the next eight weight classes.
Sophomore Cole Martin started things off with a first-period pin at 126 pounds, while junior Kyle Mezera also scored a pin at 138.
Joe Crosby (132) and Dan Rice (145) each won their matches by major decision, while Trenton Cornell scored an 18-3 technical fall at 160 pounds and Ethan Soderstrom a 16-1 tech. fall at 170.
Sophomore Alex Withey also won his match at 152 pounds by a score of 6-1, while fellow sophomore David Chadd won at 182 pounds, 4-0.
In the final five weight classes, Lancaster gave up pins at 195 and 285 pounds, while also giving up a technical fall at 113.
Picking up a first-period pin at 220 pounds was Lancaster senior John VanDeHey, while sophomore Tyson Wolf received a forfeit at 106 pounds.
This past Saturday, the Arrows competed at the Tomah Scramble, where they finished first as a team with 445 total points. Coming in second was Lodi with 392, while Middleton was third at 362.
The Arrows crowned five individual champions on Saturday, to go along with one runner-up finish, and one fourth-place finisher.
Among those taking individual crowns and going 5-0 in their bracket, were: 106-pound sophomore Tyson Wolf, 126-pound sophomore Cole Martin, 182-pound sophomore David Chadd, 145-pound junior Trenton Cornell and 170-pound junior Ethan Soderstrom.
According to coach Brad Sturmer, if a most valuable wrestler would have been named at Saturday’s tournament, his vote would have certainly gone to Cornell.
The 145-pound junior won three of Saturday’s matches by major decision, and the other two by pins.
In his championship match, Cornell dominated Mauston’s Colin Dolata, who was a state champion two years ago and did not compete at state last year due to an injury. Cornell defeated Dolata on Saturday by a score of 12-1.
Going 4-1 on Saturday and finishing second in the 132-pound weight class was junior Kyle Mezera, who lost his championship match, 3-2, to undefeated Dalton Gorman (12-0) of Mosinee.
Senior Joe Crosby finished fourth at 138 pounds, going 2-3 on the day, with his first loss coming in his third match of the day.
Freshman Dustin Reynolds placed sixth in the 120-pound weight class, while senior John VanDeHey was seventh at 220 pounds.
After two dual meets and two tournaments, three wrestlers from Lancaster remain unbeaten on the year with records of 12-0. They are Martin, Cornell and Chadd, while Soderstrom and Mezera are close behind, both at 11-1.
Tyson Wolf currently has a record of 10-2, while Dustin Reynolds is 7-5, Joe Crosby 4-3, VanDeHey 6-6, Lizzy Austin 5-6, Alex Withey 5-7, Brandon Richardson 4-2, Dan Rice 3-3, Connor Flynn 3-9 and Troy Deiter 0-1.
This Friday and Saturday, the Flying Arrows will participate in the 26th Annual Minnesota Christmas Tournament held at the University Center in Rochester, MN. A total of 36 schools will be competing in the two-day tourney.
They will then take on host Platteville/Belmont on Tuesday, Dec. 18.
Prairie du Chien 20
(from Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Lancaster)
120 - Clayton Beers (PdC) def. Dustin Reynolds, 5-3. 126 - Cole Martin (L) pinned Tyler Rieck, 1:49. 132 - Joe Crosby (L) won by major dec. over Drew Yeomans, 15-7. 138 - Kyle Mezera (L) pinned Ronnie Hebel, 3:23. 145 - Dan Rice (L) won by major dec. over Tim Yager, 10-2. 152 - Alex Withey (L) def. Alex Chandler, 6-1. 160 - Trenton Cornell (L) won by tech. fall over Chris Wilkinson, 18-3. 170 - Ethan Soderstrom (L) won by tech. fall over Peyton Hall, 16-1. 182 - David Chadd (L) def. Justin Panka, 4-0. 195 - Alex Wasechek (PdC) pinned Connor Flynn, 2:34. 220 - John VanDeHey (L) pinned Brian Hanger, 1:58. 285 - Brogan Riter (PdC) pinned Brandon Richardson, 1:01. 106 - Tyson Wolf (L) won by forfeit. 113 - Taylor Elliott (PdC) won by tech. fall over Lizzy Austin, 16-1.
(from Saturday, Dec. 8)
Team scores - 1. Lancaster 445; 2. Lodi 392; 3. Middleton 362; 4. Caledonia 360; 5. Neillsville 342.5; 6. Cashton 291; 7. Mauston 289; 8. Baraboo 276.5; 9. Reedsburg 362; 10. Mosinee 251.5; 11. Richland Center 241.5; 12. Tomah 229; 13. Royall 226; 14. Viroqua 205.5; 15. Westby 201; 16. Wautoma 147.
106 - Tyson Wolf’s place is 1st and has scored 49.00 team points.
113 - Lizzy Austin’s place is 7th and has scored 25.00 team points.
120 - Dustin Reynolds’s place is 6th and has scored 26.00 team points.
126 - Cole Martin’s place is 1st and has scored 51.00 team points.
132 - Kyle Mezera’s place is 2nd and has scored 46.00 team points.
138 - Joe Crosby’s place is 4th and has scored 33.00 team points.
145 - Trenton Cornell’s place is 1st and has scored 51.00 team points.
152 - Alex Withey’s place is 11th and has scored 13.00 team points.
170 - Ethan Soderstrom’s place is 1st and has scored 53.00 team points.
182 - David Chadd’s place is 1st and has scored 52.00 team points.
195 - Connor Flynn’s place is 8th and has scored 18.00 team points.
220 - John VanDeHey’s place is 7th and has scored 22.00 team points.
285B - Brandon Richardson’s place is 1st and has scored 6.00 team points.