MSOE tops Lakeland 31-22
By Nate Woelfel | For Wisconsin Wrestling Online | 1-20-2017
PLYMOUTH — The Milwaukee School of Engineering wrestling team won four of the night’s six contested matches en route to a 31-22 win over host Lakeland in a College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin dual on Friday night.
After three forfeits to open the match, Lakeland (0-3) held a 12-6 lead heading to the bout at 149 pounds. That’s when Ian Gioacchini extended the Muskies’ lead with a 16-4 major decision over Jack Rathburn.
A pin from Marcus McCauley at 157 made it 22-6 in favor of LU. From there, however, it was all Raiders.
Garret Gross responded with a pin of his own at 165. Next, Devon McCune came up with a pivotal 8-2 win over Lakeland’s Mitchell Fucile, who is ranked tenth in the nation at 165. McCune led wire-to-wire.
“Devon McCune is a very talented individual,” MSOE head coach Matt Zwaschka said. “When he wants to wrestle hard, he can wrestle hard. I knew that would be a tough match. I was a little surprised with the gap, but I know McCune is a very good athlete. He doesn’t always show it, but he’s got some quickness and he’s strong in good positions and I think he was able to hang on there and maybe frustrate Fucile a little bit.”
Muskies head coach Dillon Bera opted to move his star wrestler up a weight class to avoid taking a third forfeit.
“Kudos to him for going up for the team,” Bera said. “Maybe we could have put him in at 165 and he could have got a pin. Who knows? But we have to do what we can with what we’ve got. We battled out there.”
Josh Lang’s pin at 184 put MSOE within one. The Raiders received a forfeit at 197 to take their first lead of the night at 27-22, but the heavyweight match still had the potential to decide the dual.
The Raiders’ Devin Mahnke took care of business, racking up a 10-2 major decision over Lakeland’s Aaron Almedina to secure the victory, the first of the season for MSOE (1-4).
“I think we wrestled OK. I’d like to see us wrestle the whole seven minutes no matter what the match situation is,” Zwaschka said. “If you’re losing a match, you need to have some urgency, cut that gap to leave it in his head so the next time we wrestle, they remember that. We’re go to see some of these guys four times in the next six weeks. You’re either leaving an impression or they’re leaving an impression on us.”
Bera was impressed with his team’s effort but, like Zwaschka, hopes to see improvement from his squad as the latter portion of the season approaches.
“They wrestled well,” Bera said. “We still need to pick up the pace from certain positions, especially on our feet. Regionals are a month away still and this is a good tune up meet. We still have work to do and we have time to do it. We need to make it happen.”
Both teams resume action next Friday at the Pete Willson Invitational hosted by Wheaton College.
MSOE 31, Lakeland 22
MSOE 31, Lakeland 22
125: Zackary Jones (LU) won by forfeit
133: James Spencer (LU) won by forfeit
141: James Cushman (MSOE) won by forfeit
149: Ian Gioacchini (LU) major dec. Jack Rathburn, 16-4
157: Marcus McCauley (LU) p. Sam Rathburn, 1:57
165: Garret Gross (MSOE) p. Anthony Chiarello, 3:45
174: Devon McCune (MSOE) dec. Mitchell Fucile, 8-2
184: Josh Lang (MSOE) p. Mason Lind, 1:59
197: Miroslav Stojanovic (MSOE) won by forfeit
HWT: Devin Mahnke (MSOE) major dec. Aaron Almedina, 10-2