Giese takes 1st, Bears place 3rd at CWC Tournament

Witt-Birn’s Urquhart wins 145 title in style
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Leader photo by Morgan Rode Wittenberg-Birnamwood’s Will Urquhart, left, twists the arm of Weyauwega-Fremont’s Ean Marker during the 145-pound weight class championship match at the Central Wisconsin Conference Tournament Saturday at Menominee Indian High School. Urquhart pulled a reversal in the final seconds to win a 5-4 decision.

With regionals approaching rapidly, Saturday’s Central Wisconsin Tournament at Menominee Indian High School served as a final tuneup for most of the 11 teams competing.

Among the three local teams in action — Bonduel, Wittenberg-Birnamwood and Menominee Indian — several wrestlers turned in strong efforts that should build up confidence for this coming Saturday’s regionals.

Bonduel had four wrestlers reach first place matches in their respective weight classes, with senior Jacob Giese looking dominant on his way to a first-place finish in the 220-pound weight class.

After earning a bye, Giese pinned his two opponents in under two minutes. He earned the fall in 1 minute, 59 seconds against Menominee Indian’s Hunter Connahvichnah to advance to the final, where he pinned Manawa’s Andrew Elmhorst in just 56 seconds.

The win was an especially meaningful one to Giese, as it also served as his 100th career high school victory.

“It feels great that I came out here and did what I needed to do to win conference again,” Giese said. “I thought it was pretty awesome that my 100th win ended up in the championship at conference.”

Sophomores Jayson Toellner (120), Max Sokolski (126) and Isaac Banker (182) all appeared in first place matches for the Bears. Toellner dropped a 3-2 decision while Banker came up on the short end of a 10-8 decision. Sokolski was pinned in 4:37 by undefeated Weyauwega-Fremont wrestler Cian Fischer.

Bonduel freshman Gavin Bougie (106) and sophomore Luis Lagunes (113) each placed fourth, while sophomore Jakob Froemming (145) and juniors Moises Lagunes (152) and Alex Garside (195) took fifth.

Bonduel earned 142 points to place third as a team. Weyauwega-Fremont (281) won the tournament while Shiocton (145) placed second. Wittenberg-Birnamwood (123.5) came in fifth while Menominee Indian (57) took ninth.

“We would have liked to have placed second — we thought we had the team to place second today but came up a little bit short,” Bonduel coach Chris Rank said. “This was our big team event that we were working towards all year because it is going to be difficult to knock off Coleman next weekend (at regionals). This is really where we wanted to show ourselves as a team. We all have to participate and do our best. We had a couple letdowns but nonetheless, I’m very proud of our guys…”

Witt-Birn was led by junior Will Urquhart, who claimed one of the more exciting titles on the day in the 145 weight class.

Urquhart trailed Weyauwega-Fremont’s Ean Marker 4-2 with 25 seconds left in the third period of the title match when Marker was called for stalling, making it 4-3. In the final seconds, Urquhart was able to pull off a reversal for a stunning 5-4 decision win.

“I knew I had a lot of gas left, and I knew the other kid didn’t going into the third period,” Urquhart said. “I knew that if I just kept working him, he would get enough stalling so that I could go and get the escape. It turned out I did a Granby, flipped him over and got the reversal to win it.”

Urquhart pinned Rosholt’s Isaac Mlodik in 47 seconds in the opening round and Menominee Indian’s Morgun Fish in 5:35 in the semifinal.

Witt-Birn freshman Pierson Potrykus and senior Jeremy Landowski each finished second at 106 and 170 pounds, respectively. Potrykus dropped a 7-0 decision to Manawa’s Colten Klemm while Landowski was pinned in 3:07.

Junior teammates Alex Lorbecke (132) and Allen Uttecht (285) each placed third. Sophomore Bryce Zoromski came in fourth at 126 pounds. Sophomore Austin Worzalla ended his day with a 16-10 win to take fifth in the 113-pound class.

Senior Leone Peters (182) turned in Menominee Indian’s top individual performance, placing third. Peters pinned both of the opponents he topped.

Fish, a senior, and Connahvichnah, a junior, each finished the day 1-2, taking fourth in the 145 and 220 weight classes, respectively.

Senior Alfred Hernandez (132) and freshman Saswaen Shawanokasic (285) each won their final two matches to earn fifth-place finishes.

All three CWC teams will now prepare for regionals this coming Saturday. Bonduel and Menominee Indian will compete in the Division 3 Coleman Regional while Witt-Birn takes on CWC teams in the Division 3 Weyauwega-Fremont Regional.

CENTRAL WISCONSIN CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT

1. Weyauwega-Fremont 281; 2. Shiocton 145; 3. Bonduel 142; 4. Manawa 128; 5. Wittenberg-Birnamwood 123.5; 6. Pittsville 103; 7. Amherst 98; 8. Rosholt 65.5; 9. Menominee Indian 57; 10. Tri-County 42; 11. Almond-Bancroft/Pacelli 31.5.