Sheboygan South downs Ashwaubenon in FRCC dual By Nate Woelfel
Sheboygan South downs Ashwaubenon in FRCC dual
By Nate Woelfel | Wisconsin Wrestling Online
SHEBOYGAN – With the help of four Ashwaubenon forfeits, the Sheboygan South wrestling team cruised to a 43-30 win in a Fox River Classic Conference dual meet on Thursday night.
The hosting Redwings held a narrow 19-18 edge in the night’s seven contested matches.
Alonzo Backhaus (120 pounds) set the tone for South with a 7-3 win in the first match of the evening.
Reece Detienne followed suit with a major decision at 126.
The Redwings received pins from James Thone at 152 and Matthew Kittleson at 170 to put the dual out of reach.
Ashwaubenon’s first contested win of the night came at 182 pounds as Tyler McVane tallied a pin in just 55 seconds.
Robert Clary won by fall for the Jaguars at 285, while Fernando Coronado did likewise at 106.
“We have a pretty young lineup. Some freshmen who are really not ready to be in there yet. But we have to fill spots,” Ashwaubenon head coach Jody VanLaanen said. “With giving up that many forfeits, I knew it was going to be a tough one to win, but we were trying to give it a shot.”
Ultimately, the forfeits proved to be too much to overcome.
“We had a couple guys out of the lineup,” VanLaanen said. “Going in, we knew we were going to have wrestle perfect match in order to come out on top.”
South head coach Andy Kundinger was appreciative of the chance to face a team with a similar roster structure.
“It’s nice to face another team that’s similar. I know they are young and rebuilding, too,” Kundinger said. “It gives our kids a nice boost when they can come against a team and have a chance of winning (the dual) and not be beat before they get out there.”
Just as the Jaguars, the Redwings are a relatively inexperienced squad simply looking to fill as many weight classes as possible.
“They are learning on the fly this year,” Kundinger said. “There are a lot of guys wrestling varsity who should really be wrestling JV matches. They are taking it well and they’re learning and not getting discouraged. It’s awesome.”
Kundinger believes his younger wrestlers may reap the benefits of early varsity exposure if they continue to put in the work.
“We’re a young group of guys. A lot of freshmen, so they have taken their lumps throughout the year,” Kundinger said. “They are learning things from week-to-week, so I am seeing improvement. With some experience, they are going to have a lot of success in their careers.”
VanLaanen and his team are beginning to eye up the postseason, with the hope of advancing a handful of individuals deep into the state tournament series.
“Our conditioning is good,” VanLaanen said. “We just have to clean up the technique a little bit and have that playoff mentality. Everyone will be 0-0 going in.”
Sheboygan South 43, Ashwaubenon 30
120: Alonzo Backhaus (SS) dec. Tai Crowell, 7-3
126: Reece Detienne (SS) maj. dec. Kaiden Conrad, 11-1
132: Tanner Klessig (SS) won by forfeit
138: Double forfeit
145: Montana Richardson (A) won by forfeit
152: James Thone (SS) p. Ben McVane, 2:31
160: Koreyz Scales (SS) won by forfeit
170: Matthew Kittleson (SS) p. Bryce Whitefield, 1:45
182: Tyler McVane (A) p. Nathan Elliot-Brown, 0:55
195: Frankie Corrothers (SS) won by forfeit
220: Daniel Cole (A) won by forfeit
285: Robert Clary (A) p. Jonathan Zapata, 3:04
106: Fernando Coronado (A) p. Trey Klessig, 1:54
113: Jack Heesacker (SS) won by forfeit
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