Concordia (Wis.) bests Lakeland
By Nate Woelfel | Wisconsin Wrestling Online | Wed., Dec. 16, 2015
SHEBOYGAN – Concordia (Wis.) University scored its second win over Lakeland College in as many years with a 32-10 victory over the Muskies on Wednesday night at Woltzen Gymnasium.
The win marked the Falcons’ fourth triumph over Lakeland in their last four meetings.
Ian Gioacchini put Lakeland up 3-0 with a 9-6 win over Josh Curcio at 141 pounds.
“I think it was kind of a breakthrough match for him. He wrestled tough,” Lakeland head coach Dillon Bera said, “He hit a good throw, looked aggressive, was definitely better on his feet. I’m happy with that performance.”
After forfeiting at 149, Lakeland got a win at 157 courtesy of Marcus McCauley who topped Tristan Zubinski 7-1.
The Muskies (0-4) kept rolling at 165 thanks to a major decision from Mitchell Fucile. Fucile tallied an 11-3 win over Quentin Lueck.
Concordia’s Mason Mergener was able to stop the bleeding by pinning Zavier Gonzalez in 2:01. It was Mergener’s fastest fall of the season.
Mitchell Slatton sealed the match for the Falcons with a 4-3 win over Wesley Colton at 184 pounds.
Mason Baumgartner (197) put the cherry on top for CUW, winning by technical fall over Lakeland’s Eddie Terres.
The Falcons also won by forfeit at 285 as well as 125.
Neither team had a wrestler at 133.
Concordia (4-2) held a 14-10 advantage in the night’s six contested matches.
“Overall, a good performance,” Concordia head coach Corey VanGroll said. “Six matches, plus two exhibition matches. We went out there and wrestled eight good matches.”
Bera was also encourage by what he saw from his squad.
“I feel really good. I just told them to wrestle hard,” Bera said. “We’re not going to win the dual meet. We know that. We’re giving up four forfeits. We would need to pin our way through, pretty much. All I wanted was for our guys to have fun and wrestle hard and they definitely wrestled hard tonight.”
The first-year head coach and his team are back in action Jan.2 when they take part in the University of Chicago Duals. Bera believes that his team build upon Wednesday’s performance in the meantime.
“They can get takedowns and they can win matches,” Bera said. “They’re not out of any match. They looked good. We had takedowns that I haven’t seen all season long. They just have to open it up, create the opportunity to get those takedowns. They are definitely opening it up now.”
The Falcons are off until Jan.8 when they host Elmhurst in their lone home dual of the season. VanGroll believes his athletes have yet to tap their full potential.
“We’re far from where we want to be,” VanGroll said. “We have a good group of guys. We’re young. We have to get a lot better yet, but we’re on the right track.”
VanGroll envisions big things for his wrestlers, if they continue to work hard.
“At the end of the year, we hang our hat on a national tournament (appearance),” VanGroll said. “That was one thing we struggled with when I got here four years ago.
Nationals was almost something that couldn’t happen.
“Now we have guys who are buying in, 10, 11, 12 guys that think they actually can make it. That’s exciting. Guys train and work hard because that is where they want to be. I truly think we can get four, five, six, maybe even seven guys down there.”
Concordia (Wis). 32, Lakeland 10
125: Kameron Bourgeois (CUW) won by forfeit
133: Double forfeit
141: Ian Gioacchini (LC) dec. Josh Curcio, 9-6
149: Ben Reagan (CUW) won by forfeit
157: Marcus McCauley (LC) dec. Tristan Zubinski 7-1
165: Mitchell Fucile (LC) maj. dec. Quentin Lueck, 11-3
174: Mason Mergener (CUW) p. Zavier Gonzalez, 2:01
184: Mitchell Slatton (CUW) dec. Wesley Colton, 4-3
197: Mason Baumgartner (CUW) tf. Eddie Terres, 16-0
285: Isiah Schultz (CUW) won by forfeit