Sheboygan North wrestling coach Jake Frias was pleased Saturday by his grapplers’ energy in an early-season Milwaukee-area invitational.
“Today I was impressed overall with the team’s fight out there,” Frias said after the Nicolet Knight Scramble Invitational. “We were going against some tougher teams. … we had everybody out there fighting.
Sheboygan North senior Aaron Rothwell won three of his matches by pinfall and another by major decision to roll to the championship at 182 pounds at the invitational.
After a bye, Rothwell pinned Whitefish Bay’s George Dixon in 2:47, New Holstein’s Jordon Wagner in 2:18 and Deerfield’s Ben Hildebrandt in 1:13.
Facing South Milwaukee’s Tom Mitchell for the title, the two-time state qualifier won by major decision, 22-9.
Also winning a title was New Holstein’s Cole Fritsch at 145. He was dominant all day, winning by pins in 41 seconds, 2:46 and 3:58 along with a 14-2 major decision.
North’s Jovon Dixon went 4-1 with three pins to take second at 132 and Ian Gordziej finished fifth at 220.
Janesville Parker Invite
Random Lake’s wrestling team made short work Saturday of the Rams’ five opponents in the Janesville Parker Invitational.
Five wrestlers went undefeated, five more finished 4-1 and Random Lake swept past opponents Sauk Prairie (by a score of 40-27), Edgerton (49-16), Janesville Parker (57-15), Lake Mills (58-22) and Turner (61-6).
Trent Gottsacker (wrestling at the 126 and 132 weight classes); Brandon Depies (126/132); Brady Schmidt (145); Jake Schwan (195); and Joey Schanen (220) finished undefeated. (Schanen had four first-period pins and won another match by forfeit.)
Jon Mudlaff (113); Kohl Sanders (120); Jacob Behn (138); Kody Kohn (170); and Jesse Verbanac (182) all finished 4-1 for the Rams.
“Great day of wrestling,” Random Lake coach John Hatfield said in a statement Saturday. “A lot of our less experienced guys seem to have taken a big step forward since last year.”
Sheboygan South took seventh as a team, led by Sklyar Kroening and Andrew Wildman, who each took second place.
Kroening won by pin in the semifinals before falling to Campbellsport’s Alex Costello in the championship at 106 while Wildman also posted a pin at 182, in the first round against Marshfield’s Kane Seubert.
Gunnar Joosse finished third at 160.
Sheboygan Falls went 2-3, taking fourth at the six-team meet.
Drew Setzer at 195 and Mitchell Lambrecht at 152 each finished the day 4-1.
The Falcons beat Kewaskum 49-16 and Freedom 39-30, but lost to Port Washington 57-22, Luxemburg-Casco 61-9 and Bay Port 53-21.
The host Raiders beat Grafton 45-30 and Germantown 46-33 while falling to West Bend West 54-22, Reedsville 38-33 and Denmark 40-36 to finished 2-3 and take fourth.
Several Kiel grapplers had big days, as Tanner Woepse (113) and Jordan Ausloos (132) each went 5-0. Darick Landolt (138), Jay Wallace (145), Aaron Field (170) and Matt Halverson (285) all went 4-1.
Kevin Beckmann took first at 160, posting three pins to lead Ozaukee to a fifth-place finish at the 16-team Watertown Earlybird Scramble.
Ethan Brouillette was second at 152 and Colton Kraus, Cole Large, Logan Smith all finished third.
Cedar Grove-Belgium’s wrestling team started its season with a 3-2 finish Saturday in the Lomira duals.
The Rockets beat Oakfield 39-30; Horicon 33-30; and Lutheran Prep 54-24. Cedar Grove lost 56-18 to Lomira and 57-15 to Ripon.
Alex May went 5-0 in his 285-pound weight class. Isaac Brockman, Devon Villareal and Josh Winkleff claimed 4-1 records in their 113-, 132- and 195-pound classes, respectively.