Falcons top Ships in season opener
Falcons top Ships in season opener
By Nate Woelfel | Wisconsin Wrestling Online | Tuesday, December 1, 2o15
SHEBOYGAN FALLS – Six pins helped the Sheboygan Falls wrestling team to a 60-21 victory over visiting Manitowoc Lincoln in a non-conference dual meet on Tuesday.
Pins were the story of the evening as nine of the night’s 10 contested matches ended with a fall.
Chad Tessman put the visiting Ships on the board by pinning Vincent Hoderny in 44
seconds in the 220-pound bout.
“I knew what Chad was going to do,” Manitowoc head coach Nate Muckerheide said. “That’s just what Chad does. He’s a good wrestler that way.”
However, the Falcons, who entered the season as the No.15 team in Division 2, got those points right back as Brady Koller notched a pin of his own at 285 pounds. Koller, who is ranked second in Division 2 at 220 pounds, took care of business in just 42 seconds to record the fastest fall of the evening.
Jordan Mielke (106) followed suit for the Falcons, winning by fall in 5:12 in his first varsity match.
A forfeit at 113 put the Falcons up 18-6 before Falls received back-to-back pins from Parker Schamburek (120) and Kaleb Ison (126).
Ean Lagerstrom was able to stop the bleeding for Manitowoc as he earned a 10-7 decision over Yuepheng Xiong at 132 pounds.
“Ean did a good job fighting the whole match,” Muckerheide said. “He was wrestling up a weight class and it was good to see him fight.”
Following a Lincoln forfeit at 138, Noah Meissner (145) pinned Falls’ Ryan McGinnes in 5:02. McGinnes entered the season ranked as the No.3 wrestler in Division 2 at 126 pounds.
The Falcons received an answer from Josh Becker (152) who earned a pin in 1:09.
“Some of the guys worked really hard to get in a good position to start the season,” Sheboygan Falls head coach Brad Knecht said. “We saw that out of Parker and Becker. Even Yuepheng wrestled a tough match. He lost a close one.”
After a pair of Manitowoc forfeits, Max Post (182) won by fall in just 52 seconds.
The Ships took the final match of the evening courtesy of a pin by Hunter Saubert.
“They have fight in them,” Muckerheide said of his team’s effort. “We’ve only had three weeks of practice so we really haven’t gotten into much (technique) yet. The wanting to win is there and that’s something you can’t teach as a coach. They have to have that and if they have that, we can teach them the skills from there.
Knecht had similar feelings about where his team was at technically.
“You can only cover so much in a certain amount of time before you start the season,” Knecht said. “We have to expand our technique vocabulary and that will come in time. We have the basics done. But that will only take you so far.”
The Falcons held a 36-21 advantage in the contested matches.
Both squads were without some of their highly-touted wrestlers. Lincoln was without the services of Jose Acosta, who is ranked fifth in D1 at 126 and Isaac Pethan who is No.11 at 152.
“We’re going to keep chugging. We have a couple of guys out right now,” Muckerheide said. “It’s going to be good to have them back. They have that senior leadership.”
In the meantime, the Ships plan to continue progressing.
“We just have to keep that fire,” Muckerheide said. “We have to continue learning. You start at the bottom and you keep going up until the end of the year.”
Drew Setzer, the fifth-ranked wrestler in Division 2 at 182 pounds was out of the lineup for Sheboygan Falls.
“We’re down a few guys with injuries still,” Knecht said. “We have to stay healthy. That’s going to be a key for us to do what we need to do as a team.”
If it all comes together, Knecht believes his team can perform at a high level.
“I see great things involved for this team,” Knecht said. “We have a lot of good talent, a lot of guys returning with a lot of good accolades already who are hoping they can improve on those. Hopefully it all meshes and gels and we get the guys where we need them at the end of the year.”
Sheboygan Falls 60, Manitowoc Lincoln 21
220: Chad Tessman (ML) p. Vincent Hoderny, :44
285: Brady Koller (SF) p. Nathaniel Barry, :42
106: Jordan Mielke (SF) p. Jason Thao, 5:12
113: Hayden Karpinski (SF) won by forfeit
120: Parker Schamburek (SF) p. Ryan Clifton, 3:45
126: Kaleb Ison (SF) p. Caezar Casas, 3:50
132: Ean Lagerstrom (ML) dec. Yupheng Xiong, 10-7
138: Brandon Hill (SF) won by forfeit
145: Noah Meissner (ML) p. Ryan McGinnes, 5:02
152: Josh Becker (SF) p. Josh Estrada, 1:09
160: Sean Mattek (SF) won by forfeit
170: Isaiah Richards (SF) won by forfeit
182: Max Post (SF) p. Alex Lagerstrom, :54
195: Hunter Saubert (ML) p. Andrew Kue, 2:29
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