Getting pins is important in any dual wrestling match. At the state level, that importance is magnified a hundredfold.
That was the case in Chilton/Hilbert’s 34-25 loss to Mauston in a WIAA Division 2 team wrestling semifinal at the University of Wisconsin Fieldhouse on Saturday.
Mauston (13-1) recorded four pins in the win over Chilton (18-1).
Chilton/Hilbert coach Gerald Hoerth said that being on the wrong end of the four pins was critical, along with a tough loss at 170 pounds, where the Tigers’ Jordan Petrie fell 6-5 in a last-second take down to Eric LeBeau.
“We just gave up too many pins there,” Chilton coach Gerald Hoerth said. “They had the four pins and we had the one forfeit. And losing Petrie’s match was huge.
“We weren’t really prepared to wrestle today like we were capable of. But I thought the pins were the biggest ones. Other than that, the kids had a great year to get here and stuff.”
Petrie’s loss put the Tigers down 25-9, but Chilton/Hilbert put together three straight victories to pull to within 25-22 heading into the 285 match.
Marcus Wise (182) got a major decision win over Teague Fenwick 16-6, Austin Hephner (195) won by forfeit and Grant Maurer also won by decision at 220 over Lucas Casper 6-3 in that flurry of wins for the Tigers.
But Mauston’s final pin of the night was damaging, with Daryl Waukau pinning Josh Geiser in 1:41 to put the Golden Eagles up 31-22 and putting the onus on the Tigers’ 106 and 113 weights to rally for the win.
Chilton/Hilbert’s Dillon Koenigs decisioned Chris Ruf 6-2 at 106 but the Golden Eagles’ Ashton Dahlgren defeated Nick Ditter 5-2 to ice the match for Mauston.
Other winners for Chilton/Hilbert included Patrick Breckheimer at 120, who decisioned John Maki 6-4, as well as Austin Keuler at 145, who beat Jacob Schiller 4-1, as well as Mitchell Fucile at 152, who beat Cameron Dahlgren 9-3.
“We needed those pins later in the match and we didn’t get them,” Fucile said. “And it was kind of a domino effect.”
Breckheimer said the Tigers reaching the state team tournament was a “great accomplishment.”
“I knew it was going to be close and I figured that if we worked hard, we could make it down here,” he said. “It was something I was looking forward to.”
Mauston 34, Chilton/Hilbert 25
120: Patrick Breckheimer C/H dec. John Maki 6-4; 126: Jason Tomaloff M pinned Casey Lisowe 3:45; 132: Spencer Davies M maj. Nick Adkins 11-1; 138: Colin Dolata M pinned Jordan Propson 3:42; 145: Austin Keuler C/H dec. Jacob Schiller 4-1; 152: Mitchell Fucile C/H dec. Cameron Dahlgren 9-3; 160: Justin Dolata M pinned John Hannan 1:11; 170: Eric LeBeau M dec. Jordan Petrie 6-5; 182: Marcus Wise C/H maj. Teague Fenwick 16-6; 195: Austin Hephner C/H won by forfeit; 220: Grant Maurer C/H dec. Lucas Casper 6-3; 285: Daryl Waukau M pinned Josh Geiser 1:41; 106: Dillon Koenigs C/H dec. Chris Ruf 6-2; 113: Ashton Dahlgren M dec. Nick Ditter 5-2.
–Ricardo Arguello: 920-993-1000, ext. 558, or email@example.com; On Twitter @PCRicardo