The snow storm that is predicted to hit central Wisconsin this weekend came a little early.
Oshkosh West’s Dakota Snow stormed his way to a 30-second pin of Menasha’s Tino Quinonez in the first bout of Thursday’s Fox Valley Association dual meet and the Wildcats never trailed, posting a 46-30 win over the Bluejays.
“It’s great getting out there and not messing around,” West coach J.R. Zemke said. “We wanted to come out and set the tone and what’s better than getting out there and pinning in 30 seconds.”
Snow was one of six pins for the Wildcats on the night and one of three that came in the first period.
In fact, it was the slowest of the trio as Samuel Merrill needed just 24 seconds to stop Jordan Duwe at 138 pounds and Nick Osowski earned his win with a 17-second pin of Alex Padilla.
Still it was Snow’s win that got everything going.
“It felt pretty good. It went exactly how I planned it in my head. I just went out there with a gameplan and stuck to it,” Snow said. “I tried a double right away, he sprawled and I went on top and I got a ball and chain and put a half in I just sunk it.
“You really have to focus getting chest-to-chest, staying on your toes and putting all your weight on his chest.”
Senna Sieber followed with a forfeit win at 120 pounds before Menasha posted back-to-back victories to cut the Wildcats’ lead to 12-9.
Samuel Merrill then scored his win to start a string of three straight pins for West as Isaiah Merrill stopped Will Valle in 4:27 and Tim Schumann rallied from a 7-4 deficit entering the third period to stick Bailey Whipple in 5:33.
“That (win) was important in a lot of ways,” Zemke said of Schumann’s win. “He’s one of our captains, one of our seniors and one of the guys everyone looks up to. So seeing him hang in there, going into the third period down and finding a way to pin the kid, shows our guys that we need to wrestle six minutes.”
The teams traded victories after that with Mason Ramage collecting a major decision win at 170 pounds and Osowski making quick work of Padilla at 195.
“He threw the underhook in so I committed to the overhook and I just threw it. I didn’t really think about it,” said Osowski, the WIAA Division 1 state runner-up at 195 pounds last year. “He threw the underhook in and that was my reaction I guess.
“It feels good. I missed (being) under the lights and the atmosphere. It was our last first dual meet so we were all pumped up as seniors. We were ready.”
Jacob Heath scored the final points of the night for West with a forfeit win at 220 pounds before Menasha took the final two bouts by pins.
Still, it wasn’t near enough as West opened the FVA dual meet season with the win.
“It’s awesome to get a win in the FVA,” Zemke said. “This was a team that beat us last year so we wanted to come out and get that back from last year. It went pretty well, the guys wrestle pretty hard, so I’m happy.”
106: Noah Baehnman (M) won by pin, 1:52. 113: Dakota Snow (OW) pinned Tino Quinonez, :30. 120: Senna Sieber (OW) won by forfeit. 126: Austin Priestly (M) dec. Chase Firnstahl, 8-1. 132: Justin Womble (M) pinned Reed Yoder, 4:21. 138: Samuel Merrill (OW) pinned Jordan Duwe, :24. 145: Isaiah Merrill (OW) pinned Will Valle, 4:27. 152: Tim Schumann (OW) pinned Bailey Whipple, 5:33. 160: Jared Conlon dec. Hunter Berholtz, 12-8. 170: Mason Ramage (OW) major dec. Saul Calderon, 12-3. 182: Josh Conlon (M) pinned Jack Taylor, 4:58. 195: Nick Osowski (OW) pinned Alex Padilla, :17. 220: Jacob Heath (OW) won by forfeit. 285: Mohammed Elazazy (M) pinned Zach Collins, 3:09.