The Bay Port wrestling team won its fourth regional title in five years by edging Pulaski 256.5-253 at the WIAA Division 1 Preble/East regional Saturday.
The Pirates will have the opportunity to advance to state for a third straight year when they face Wisconsin Rapids in a team sectional Tuesday at Pulaski.
“I think that we can pull it out,” said sophomore Brady Shulfer, who won a regional title at 132 pounds with a pin over Green Bay Preble/East’s Shannon Exferd.
Shulfer was one of five Bay Port wrestlers to win individual regional titles Saturday.
That group also includes senior Alec Ingold, who by recording a pair of pins at 220 pounds became a four-time regional champion.
Overall, the the Pirates had 13 wrestlers advance to sectionals.
Bay Port wrestler Brady Shulfer, top, controls Green Bay Preble-East’s Shannon Exford to win the 132 pound class of the wrestling regionals at Preble High School February 14, 2015.
Prentice keeps titles in order
Bradley Prentice said he didn’t map things out this way.
But the Pulaski senior is happy with the results.
Prentice became a four-time regional champion Saturday by defeating Green Bay West/Southwest junior Thomas Degeneffe with a second-period pin in the 126-pound finals.
The latest title comes after he won his previous titles at 106, 113 and 120.
Prentice was one of six Pulaski wrestlers to win a regional title this year.
He was joined by fellow seniors Sequoya Rasmussen (152), Levi Van Lanen (195) and Hunter Micolichek (285).
Van Lanen won his third regional title, while Rasmussen and Micolichek became three-time sectional qualifiers.
Six of the 14 first-place matches at the Preble/East regional were decided by pins.
Preble/East senior Casey Nelson recorded one with 4 seconds remaining in the first period over Bay Port’s Ben Kitslaar in his last home match to win his first regional title at 182 pounds.
Meanwhile, West/Southwest senior Richy Sommers notched a second-period pin over Bay Port’s Jack Rathburn to win his first regional title at 160.
Benton back to sectionals
Ashwaubenon senior Zac Benton was one of three wrestlers from the regional to become a four-time sectional qualifier.
Benton placed second at 138 pounds. He won a wrestleback match for the place after dropping a 3-1 decision against Pulaski sophomore Jake Gille in the first-place match.