Wisconsin Dells finishes strong to knock off Portage 38-31 in season opener | wiscnews.com
Wisconsin Dells finishes strong to knock off Portage 38-31 in season opener
WISCONSIN DELLS 38, PORTAGE 31
Sean Davis email@example.com, 608-745-3512 Dec 2, 2015
PORTAGE — While the Wisconsin Dells wrestling team may not have a lot of numbers, the Chiefs came through when it counted most.
Despite forfeiting three weight classes, the Chiefs won three matches by pin fall and also picked up a technical fall victory to beat Portage 38-31 in their season opening non-conference dual meet Tuesday night at Portage High School.
“This will give us a lot of confidence,” said Wisconsin Dells coach Jim McFaul, who predicted his team might struggle in dual meets because of the lack of wrestlers.
“It’s always big for us against Portage. We want to get a rivalry going between us again after having one previously over many years.”
The Chiefs jumped out to an early lead with a pin at the opening weight class of 195 pounds by sophomore Travis Hudack.
Hudack, who had an impressive 28-win season as a freshman, dominated Portage sophomore Pierson White and picked up the win with a second to go in the first period to give Wisconsin Dells and early 6-0 lead.
Hudack’s pin and being able to start at the 195-pound weight class was important for the under-manned Chiefs according to McFaul.
“We expect big things from Travis (Hudack) and it was big for us to start with that weight class,” McFaul said.
The Chiefs then jumped to a 12-0 lead after a Portage forfeit at 220, but it didn’t last. Following a Chiefs forfeit at 285 and double forfeit at 106, Portage freshman Nathan Poches earned a major decision win at 113 pounds over Dells sophomore Gabe Kingsley.
After a takedown and three near-fall points, Poches led 5-0 after the first period and added to his lead with three near-fall points in the second before a scoreless third for the 8-0 victory.
However, the Chiefs responded in a nail-biting match at 120 pounds. Two seniors squared off as Portage’s
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