Two Rivers hangs on to top Chilton/Hilbert
Two Rivers hangs on to top Chilton/Hilbert
By Nate Woelfel | Wisconsin Wrestling Online 12/3/2016
TWO RIVERS – In a dual that was marked by winning streaks, it was Two Rivers that was able to produce one final run to secure a 44-28 win over visiting Chilton/Hilbert in an Eastern Wisconsin Conference match on Thursday.
The dual featured two of the top teams in Division 2 as the Tigers entered the night ranked No.12, the Raiders No.11.
The lesson of the night was that things are not always as they appear.
As lineups were introduced, it looked as though Chilton/Hilbert was going to forfeit three weight classes which would, in theory, put the Tigers in an 18-0 hole before the dual even started.
To make things even more lopsided, Two Rivers got off to a scorching hot start. The Raiders won the first four matches, three by fall.
Paul Bianchi (126), Tommy Bianchi (132), and Laken Duerschmidt (138) each recorded pins for Two Rivers before Cody Yauch earned a 12-2 major decision over Nick Ditter at 145 pounds in a matchup of two ranked wrestlers. Yauch is ranked eight at 132, while Ditter is ranked sixth.
Chilton/Hilbert was staring down a 22-0 deficit just four matches into the dual, but that’s when the Tigers began to make up ground.
“It is tough,” Chilton/Hilbert head coach Gerald Hoerth said. “You’re just sitting there and it’s like, ‘one more match. One more match.’ It’s tough to sit back. You have to sit back and say, ‘now it’s time to turn the table and see what we can do.’”
PJ Ladd got things rolling for the visitors with a 9-3 win over Brandon Holmes at 152 pounds. That started a streak of six consecutive wins for Chilton/Hilbert, including pins from Jordan Propson (160), Jared Mueller (195), and Duncan Calnin (220).
As the meat of the Chilton/Hilbert lineup began to do its thing, the Raiders now had to weather the mental battles that come with riding out a dry spell.
“I imagine that it does weigh on some of them, especially the ones that have been around awhile and know that pressure might be there at the end for them,” Two Rivers head coach Paul Gehrke said. “We’ve been in that situation more than once where we win a bunch and then we lose a bunch and hopefully, at the end, we win more than we lose.”
By the time the dust settled, the Tigers had a 28-22 lead with just four matches to go.
And, thanks to what appeared to be a little lineup shuffling, Chilton/Hilbert did not give up a single forfeit. As it turned out, Hoerth had a plan all along. But he and his squad wanted to play some head games with the opposing bench.
“We pretty much had it all planned out before we got here,” Hoerth said. “I told the guys to just get warmed up. They (Two Rivers) don’t know what we’re doing. I said, ‘let them guess over there. Make them think a little.’”
However, the Raiders had one last run in them, winning the last four bouts to secure the victory.
Sam Skornicka (285), Cody Holmes (106), and Brody Kust (113) registered three straight pins to seal the deal for TR.
While Two Rivers was the beneficiary of six pins, a couple of the TR wrestlers who lost were able to avoid giving up bonus points. Both coaches felt that helped turn the tide in the Raiders’ favor.
“I think our boys performed very well,” Hoerth said. “I knew Two Rivers’ lightweights were going to be strong. I figured the score was going to be a little closer. I expected one more pin from our guys at the top there and it would have been better.”
Both Holmes and Marlon Rezash (182) were able to fight their way back from the brink of major decisions.
“When we give up three compared to six, a lot of times, that means matches that are won or lost,” Gehrke said. “Marlon, our 170-pounder, it’s his first year wrestling and he bumped up to 182 tonight. For a first-year wrestler to go six minutes, that’s pretty good.”
Overall, Hoerth was pleased with the effort his squad put forth and is looking forward to the next time the Tigers get to tangle with the Raiders, even if it isn’t until February.
“When we come around to the conference tournament, I hope we give them a little closer battle next time,” Hoerth said. “We won’t see them until then. We have some high hopes with this team.”
Gehrke believes Two Rivers has the framework to be a contender. But the Raiders must continue to develop and grow.
“They all wrestled pretty hard. We have a few guys who are pretty green and we’re looking for them to step up in our upper weights,” Gehrke said. “But I know our lightweights through our middle are pretty darn solid. If we can have some of those guys make progress in the upper weights, I think we have the caliber of team to win a state title, but we have work to do yet.”
Two Rivers 44, Chilton/Hilbert 28
126: Paul Bianchi (TR) p. Ben Delebreau, :41
132: Tommy Bianchi (TR) p. Rece Sweere, 1:19
138: Laken Duerschmidt (TR) p. Kody Keberlein, :34
145: Cody Yauch (TR) maj. dec. Nick Ditter, 12-2
152: P.J. Ladd (CH) dec. Brandon Holmes, 9-3
160: Jordan Propson (CH) p. Tanner Greenwood, 4:37
170: Casey Lisowe (CH), maj. dec. Dalton Becker, 12-1
182: Garrett Casper (CH) dec. Marlon Rezash, 9-2
195: Jared Mueller (CH) p. Darius Campanella, ;39
220: Duncan Calnin (CH) p. Shae Ruelle, 3:42
285: Sam Skornicka (TR) p. Sawyer Dye, 1:17
106: Cody Holmes (TR) p. Peyton Ladd, :43
113: Brody Kust (TR) p. Jax Pritchard, 3:47
120: Joey Bianchi (TR) maj. dec. Zach Boehnlein 14-0
Story and Picture by Nate Woelfel @Nate_Woelfel for Wisconsin Wrestling Online
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