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Lakeland wrestling falls, but grows stronger

January 28, 2020 by Brett LaBore

The Lakeland wrestling team continued its conference dual meet schedule hosting Medford on Thursday, Jan. 23. 

The Raiders won 60-9.

“Overall we had a tough go, but even in that we were never dominated to the point where we didn’t feel like we belonged on the mat with them,” coach Adam Bremer said. “Medford’s an incredibly talented team. There were no easy wins. I’m very proud of the way we competed.”

The Thunderbirds found it hard to get points Thursday night, but did win two matches thanks to the Nemceks.

Ben Nemcek of the 113 class defeated Matthew Gebert in a 10-3 decision to earn the team three points. 

“Ben Nemcek wrestled in control the whole time, gained confidence in the match. As soon as he started scoring I saw confidence,” Bremer said.

Harry Nemcek followed that up with a pin in the 120 class. He pinned Blake Schilling in 36 seconds to give the Thunderbirds six points. 

“Harry Nemcek had a dominant performance,” Bremer said. “He wrestled very well, proud of that.”

To start the night in the 132 class, Carson Church defeated Zane Grams by 10-3 decision. Medford took a 3-0 lead.

“Zane Grams, a freshman, tough wrestler, is really starting to turn around and is really impressive,” Bremer said. “Last night was one of his best performances.”

In the 138 class, Dane Higgins pinned Jose Retana in 5:33.

Jason Hilgart looked to continue his winning streak. He fell to an 8-2 decision to Zeke Sigmund in the 145 class, but made a couple of nice moves to get in good position throughout his match.

“Really proud of the effort Jason put forward,” Bremer said. “We have to win the match on your feet and work towards that goal and Jason will put himself in great position to succeed.”

In the 152 class, Emett Grunwald pinned Jerry Goselin in 1:30.

Jake Brunner pinned Nick Rybicki in 5:13 in the 160 class. The Raiders led 24-0.

In the 170 class, Hayden Johnson pinned Brady Edwards in 4:37.

Henry Evenhouse went back and forth with Clay Bowe. Bowe pinned Evenhouse in the 182 class with 2:26.

In the 195 class, Dalton Krug pinned Joe Martell in 1:09.

Landon Saglin battled Jake Rau tough in the 220 class, but Rau pinned him in 3:21.

“Landon Saglin wrestled the state champion, took him deep in the match,” Bremer said.

Another Thunderbird seeking another win was Sawyer Duir in the 106 class. Ty Sova pinned Duir in 3:32.

Brady Abb ended up in the 126 class to face off with Eric Rehbein. Both Abb and Harry Nemcek were at 120 for weight, but Abb ended up going to the 126 class. Rehbein pinned him in 2:35.

“Brady Abb went up a weight class and competed well, proud of that effort he brought,” Bremer said. 

Up next, the Thunderbirds travel to Hayward High School for an invitational starting tonight at 5 p.m.

Then they resume conference dual meets with a road match at Mosinee on Thursday, Jan. 30 starting at 7 p.m.

“That’s top level competition we faced last night and a good reminder we have work to do with a good portion of the season next,” Bremer said.

Brett LaBore may be reached at [email protected] or [email protected].

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