ROSENDALE – Another regional tournament, another championship for the Laconia wrestling team.
The Spartans advanced eight to the individual sectional tournament en route to a close finish over Markesan. Laconia finished with 236 points, edging Markesan (215). Princeton was third with 129 points, Winnebago Lutheran was fourth (125), Lourdes was fifth (56) and Montello was last (16).
Winnebago Lutheran advanced four individuals to sectionals as Luke Meihack (132), Adam Rohde (182), Tanner Haase (220) and Isaiah LaVanway (138) all finished runner-up. In Division 2 and 3, the top two individuals advance to sectionals.
Laconia will host team sectionals Tuesday with individual sectionals to follow next Saturday.
“I thought we wrestled well, I thought we could have got one, if not two more through,” Laconia coach Patrick Coffeen said. “Some of the kids wrestled tough. Markesan has a nice team, we just won a couple of more matches than they did. We did good and it was good to see a lot of kids get to the finals.”
The Spartans dominated the lightweight brackets, getting first-place finishers from the first four weight classes. Dylan Jacob (106-pounds), Zach Foth (113), Alec Potter (120) and Jared Greiten (126) won consecutive titles while Zach Coffeen (152), Dustin Hobbs (160), Cowan Mulder (170) and Eli Moses (195) added more first-place finishes for Laconia, which got no second-place finishers.
“Just going out there as a team, we did what we had to do to get to the championship,” Mulder said.
There was no lack of excitement Saturday afternoon. Just ask Mulder.
Mulder had arguably the most exhilarating finish of the day as he saw himself trailing 10-6 with just 20 seconds left. But the senior made a move and was able to pin Hunter Brooks of Markesan to give the Spartans some big points as the day was coming to a close.
“It was a really long day for me, I got a bye going into the finals and I knew if I wanted to get those points for the team I had to win that match,” he said. “I was down and I knew I had to stick the kid.”
It was déjà vu for Mulder, who had to come back to beat Brooks for the second time this season.
“He had a nice pin from behind, same thing with his opponent earlier this year,” coach Coffeen said. “He came back and beat him. Cowan always wrestles nice, but he wrestles from behind. He always gets in a hole but did a nice job.”
Foth was the other Spartan to record in a pin in the championship match, pinning Princeton’s Connor Richter in 1 minute, 47 seconds.
There were other close decisions as well, as Jacob won 6-4, Greiten 5-4, Hobbs 5-2 and Moses 6-1.
Potter and Zach Coffeen added wins by major decision in the title matches, Potter winning 8-0 while Zach Coffeen won 13-2.
“It was a long day, it’s slow in the morning waiting for the first round to get through but it picks up and it gets going,” Zach Coffeen said. “Once it gets to the final round that’s when everything starts going and you have to wrestle at your best.”
While Laconia took advantage of its championship matches – going 8-for-8 – the same couldn’t be said for WLA.
Haase was pinned in just 30 seconds in the championship match while Rohde was pinned in 3:21. For Meihack and LaVanway, both had the pressure of a wrestleback. Fortunately for them, both won those finish second.
Meihack won his wrestleback with a pin in 1:13 after falling 1-0 in the first-place match.
“It’s not exactly how I would have liked to end it, but it is what it is,” Meihack said of his day. “I will do my best next week and hopefully can get back to state.”
LaVanway won his wrestleback with a close 12-9 decision in overtime over Laconia’s Trevin Henker.
“Regionals didn’t go exactly as I wanted to but I walked away with a second place and get to go to sectionals,” LaVanway said. “In overtime it gets pretty hard to breathe when your mouth is full of cotton.”
For Haase – who’s in his first year of wrestling – he’s just happy to make it to sectionals.
“I started my first year and all I can say is that I’m happy to get to sectionals,” he said. “My last match didn’t go as planned but he was a pretty good wrestler.”
Henker, Brandon Wiese (182) and Taylor Stafford (220) just missed out by finishing third for Laconia, but will have the chance to compete at team sectionals on Tuesday.
Richie Thiesfeldt (113), Zach Olson (120), Noah Poss (145) and Grant Manke (195) all added third-place finishes for the Vikings.
Team scores: Laconia 236, Markesan 215, Princeton 129, Winnebago Lutheran 125, Lourdes Academy 56, Montello 16.
106: Championship: Dylan Jacob (LAC) decision over Carson Kraus (LA) 6-4.
113: Championship: Zach Foth (LAC) pinned Connor Richter (P), 1:47. Third: Richie Thiesfeldt (WLA) by forfeit.
120: Championship: Alec Potter (LAC) major dedcision over Cameron Walker-Croft (MAR), 8-0. Third: Zach Olson (WLA).
126: Championship: Jared Greiten (LAC) decision over Carter Hunter (MAR), 5-4 Third: Cooper Richter (P) pinned Lucas Achterberg (MON), 1:52.
132: Championship: Payton Hall (P) decision over Luke Meihack (WLA), 1-0. Third: Joe Krombos (MAR) by forfeit. Wrestleback: Meihack (WLA) pinned Krombos (MAR), 1:13.
138: Championship: Seth Eager (MAR) major decision over Trevin Henker (LAC), 14-2. Third: Isaiah LaVanway (WLA) over Hunter Pelland (P), INJ. Wrestleback: LaVanway (WLA) decision over Henker (12-9).
145: Championship: Brian Dowling (LA) decision over Ivan Hebbe (P), 9-4. Third: Noah Poss (WLA) over Matt Hansen (MAR), INJ. Wrestleback: Hebbe (P) over Poss (WLA), DQ.
152: Championship: Zach Coffeen (LAC) major decision over Taran Holland (P), 11-2. Third: Hunter Newton (MAR) by forfeit.
160: Championship: Dustin Hobbs (LAC) decision over Jared Leahy (MAR), 5-2. Third: Jake Anderson (P) tech. fall Jonah Hinds (WLA), 16-0. Wrestleback: Anderson (P) pinned Leahy (MAR), :47.
170: Championship: Cowan Mulder (LAC) pinned Hunter Brooks (MAR), 5:49.
182: Championship: Cody Kuphal (MAR) pinned Adam Rohde (WLA), 3:21 Third: Brandon Wiese (LAC) by forfeit.
195: Championship: Eli Moses (LAC) decision over Tanner Weber (MAR), 6-1. Third: Grant Manke (WLA) pinned Brenden Seeliger (P), 1:10.
220: Championship: Jake Straks (MAR) pinned Tanner Haase (WLA), :30. Third: Taylor Stafford (LAC) by forfeit.
285: Championship: Matt Stensrud (MAR) over Jordan James (LA), INJ. Third: Jonah Williams (MON) by forfeit.
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