Crone, Jordan and Christensen Claim Gold at Wolfpack Open
Abbie Ruckdashel | 11-21-2016 |
On Sunday, the Badgers extended their stay in North Carolina heading to Raleigh for North Carolina State’s Wolfpack Open. Following a dual win against Duke Friday night, the Badgers captured three individual golds, helping propel them to a third place team finish
Jens Lantz (R-So) and Michael Cullen (R-Fr) were entered at 125 lb. Lantz reached the semi-final and dropped a 3-2 decision, sending him to the third place match. Jens brought home a bronze, as he defeated NC State’s Tommy Cox with a 6-2 decision. Cullen wound up eighth, recording two wins, one a 1:08 fall over Louie Hayes of Virginia.
Eli Stickley (R-Fr) finished went 4-2 on the day at 133 lbs. Stickley dropped a heartbreaker quarterfinal 5-7 in sudden victory (SV-1) to NC State’s Jamal Morris. Eli went 2-1 in consolation earning sixth place. Stickley dropped a narrow 2-3 decision to American University’s Esteban Gomez-Rivera in the final consolation round.
The Badgers entered Luke Rowh (R-So) and Cole Martin (R-Fr) at 141 lbs. Rowh went 2-2 on the day, losing in back to back rounds, eliminating him early. Martin finished third, losing 3-2 in the semifinal to American University’s Jack Mutchnik. Martin finished strong in the final round pinning AC Headlee of North Carolina at the bell in 9:00.
At 149 lbs. UW was represented by Gabe Grahek (R-Jr) and Andrew Crone (R-Jr). Grahek went 2-2, losing a tie breaker (TB-2 2-1) on the back side of the bracket to eliminate him. Crone was one of the three Badgers bringing home a gold. Andrew went 6-0, winning the championship match over Gerald McGinty (Air Force) by decision 5-0.
Izaec Quintanilla (R-Fr) and Jared Scharenbrock (R-So) both hoped to capture gold at 157 lbs. Quintanilla was 2-2 on the day, losing in back to back rounds, unfortunately leaving him eliminated early. Scharenbrock went 2-2, leaving him out of contention for a place as well.
No. 2 ranked Isaac Jordan (R-Sr) was the sole Badger at 165. Jordan brought home gold as he easily went 6-0. Jordan recorded three falls and two major decisions including a 14-5 major in the final over Tyler Marinelli of Gardner-Webb. His closest match came in the semifinal round when he beat Brian Hamann of NC State 12-2. His closest match was an 8-1 decision in the quarterfinal over Alex Lopouchanscki (Air Force).
Ryan Christensen (174 lb., R-So) captured the third championship gold in North Carolina. Ryan went 5-0, winning the championship on a tie breaker (TB-1 1-0) over Connor Bass of Duke. Christensen defeated Bass in the dual Friday night as well. He had a major and a tech fall on his way to the final.
Jacob Stilling (R-Jr) was also entered at 174 lbs. Stilling went 1-2 with a fall. Jacob pinned Nick Clark of Campbell University in 2:39.
Hunter Ritter (R-Fr) nabbed fifth place for the Badgers at 184 lbs. Ritter went 5-1, with three majors and a fall. His loss came in the quarterfinal round to Hunter Gamble of Gardner-Webb by fall late in the match. Ritter battled his way through the back side of the bracket, winning out. In the place match, he pinned Chris Weiler of Lehigh at 1:44.
Ricky Robertson (R-Fr) was one of four Badgers reaching the championship bout, bringing home a silver for the Badgers at 197 lbs. Robertson went 3-1, with a major and a fall. His lone loss came on a 2-3 decision in the final to NC State’s Peter Renda.
Eric Peissig (R-Jr) wrestled tough at 197 lbs. as well, reaching the quarterfinal round. Peissig dropped a 3-5 decision in the quarters going 3-2 for the day. Peissig finished one match short of placing.
Ben Stone (R-Fr) held down the heavyweight position for the Badgers. Stone went 3-2, with a fall over Devin Washington of St. Andrews in 1:53.
Overall, the Badgers had a strong showing, as ten Badgers were place winners. They ended up bringing home three gold, one silver, two bronze, a fifth, and a sixth.
In lieu of his recent stellar performance, Andrew Crone has made his way into the WIN Magazine rankings, sliding in at 14th, joining Robertson, Jordan and Medbery.
Photo: Pam Ruschell