Lakeland over Concordia | Nate Woelfel

By TomM November 9, 2017 22:35

Lakeland over Concordia | Nate Woelfel

Lakeland University over Concordia University of Wisconsin | By Nate Woelfel

11-09-2017 | For Wisconsin Wrestling Online

PLYMOUTH — Bonus-point wins from Ian Gioacchini and P.J. Ladd lifted host Lakeland over Concordia (Wis.) 28-19 in a College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin dual on Thursday night.

Trailing 1-0 heading into the third period, Gioacchini maintained solid position in the middle of a scramble and scored a pin against CUW’s Miguel Betancourt in 5:31. This gave the Muskies their first lead of the night at 12-11. It was a lead they never relinquished.

“That’s one thing Ian does best. He understands how to scramble and put himself in a position to capitalize on a good opportunity,” Lakeland head coach Ben Chapman said. “When they were getting into that scramble, I felt good. He was able to come through and get that six with the fall and that was huge. It was a big momentum swing for us.”

After a Falcons forfeit at 165, Ladd blanked Alex Montbriand 9-0 at 174 to extend Lakeland’s advantage.

In total the Muskies were the beneficiaries of three Concordia forfeits which, combined with the efforts of Ladd and Gioacchini, were enough to snap Lakeland’s 12-dual losing streak that dates back to Jan. 2, 2016.

The Falcons outscored the Muskies 19-10 in the night’s six contested matches.

Concordia’s Matthew Saldana opened the night with a 21-5 technical fall over Jimmy Spencer.

One bout later, Ramiro Vasquez won by fall in 2:06 to put the Falcons up 11-0.

“We were a set back with some injuries. We’re low with numbers and we had some injuries come up, which is going to happen in wrestling,” CUW head coach Kevin Koch said. “We weren’t able to fill some weight classes, which prevented us from winning the dual. But the matches we did wrestle, I thought the guys wrestled well.”

Mitchell Slatton and Sam Olson capped the dual with a pair of wins for the Falcons.

Slatton scored a 17-1 technical fall over Taylor Gilardi at 197 pounds, while Olson picked up a 6-2 decision over Michal Grabe.

“At 197 and heavyweight, it was really cool to watch how they wrestled,” Koch said. “I thought they wrestled really well.”

The matchup featured a pair of head coaches making their college debuts. Each returned to their alma mater after spending time in the high school ranks.

Chapman came to Lakeland after several seasons coaching at Plymouth High School. Koch spent the last decade as the head man at Edgar High School.

After competing in NCAA Division III and coaching at the high school level, both coaches are well aware of the difference in competition levels.

“Every match is going to be a dog fight,” Chapman said. “The college style is more in your face, more physical. It’s just getting those guys to realize that and getting through to them so that they buy-in completely.”

Koch also noted the higher number of evenly matched competitors in the college setting.

“It is different. It’s exciting. Their matches are always very close,” Koch said. “In high school, you get pins and it can go real quick and real fast. Here, you know every match is going to be contested. Every match is going to be tough.”

With his first dual as a collegiate head coach out of the way, Koch is returning his focus to driving improvement.

“It’s early in the season,” Koch said. “We’re learning. We’re getting better each and every day and we are going to peak at the right time.”

As the crowd dispersed and the cleanup began, Chapman planned to take a moment to savor the victory with his athletes. But make no mistake, he plans to turn the page when the clock strikes midnight.

“We’ll enjoy it tonight. But tomorrow it’s back into the room and getting a little bit better,” Chapman said. “We have a tournament on Saturday and, again, we want to be better on Saturday than we are today. If we keep making those small improvements and little adjustments from the previous match, but the end of the year, we’re going to be 100 percent better than where we started.


Lakeland 28, Concordia (Wis.) 19

125: Matthew Saldana (CUW) tf. Jimmy Spencer, 21-5 (6:23)

133: Ramiro Vasquez (CUW) p. Nate Sleik-Vidma, 2:06

141: Kurtis DeGroot (LU) won by forfeit

149: Double forfeit

157: Ian Gioacchini (LU) p. Miguel Betancourt, 5:31

165: Mason Ksioszk (LU) won by forfeit

174: P.J. Ladd (LU) majdec. Alex Montbriand, 9-0

184: Mason Lind (LU) won by forfeit

197: Mitchell Slatton (CUW) tf. Taylor Gilardi, 17-1 (5:10)

HWT: Sam Olson (CUW) dec. Michael Grabe, 6-2

Nate Woelfel is a contributor to Wisconsin Wrestling Online. You can find him on Twitter at Nate_Woelfel.

By TomM November 9, 2017 22:35


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