Currey wins championship in 182-pound weight class
By LARRY LEEDS, Sports Editor
Madison's wrestling team placed second in the last Big 8 Conference tournament at West Central on Saturday. The Bulldogs rolled up 162 points.|
Winning the tournament was West Central with 210 points. Following the Trojans were the Bulldogs 162, Vermillion 132.5, Harrisburg 128.5 and Lennox 90.
"It was a day of ups and downs for us," said Madison Coach Chris Waba. "We need to find more consistency in our wrestling."
Tyler Currey was the only Bulldog to bring home a first-place medal. The Madison junior won the 182-pound class. He pinned Seth Heine of Vermillion in 3:16 to claim the championship. Currey had a bye and a forfeit win to advance to the championship match.
Madison had eight wrestlers place second in their weight class: Kaiden Dorris, Wyatt Fender, Tyler Guthmiller, Michael McComish, Tyler Heeren, Corey Welbon, Blake Gusso and Ayson Jones.
Dorris had two technical falls, over Riley Hollander of West Central 15-0 and Logan Warzecha of Harrisburg 16-0, to advance to the championship match in the 132-pound class. Jonah Rechtenbaugh of West Central slipped past Dorris 7-5 in the championship match.
Fender moved into the championship match of the 145-pound match with a 1:20 pin against Sam Kilgore of Harrisburg and a major decision win over Hunter Kjose of Lennox, 8-0. Regan Bye of Vermillion pinned Fender in 5:53 in the championship match.
Guthmiller opened the day with a pin against James May of Vermillion in 5:02 in the 152-pound class. Guthmiller followed that up with a 5-0 decision win over Josh Goeman of Lennox. In the championship, Brett Bye of Vermillion pinned Guthmiller in 1:12.
McComish wrestled his way into the championship of the 160-pound class with a bye and a 5:30 pin over Brandon Hertz of Vermillion. Harrisburg's Lane Warzecha earned a major decision, 9-0 over McComish in the finals.
Heeren placed second in the 170-pound class. He had an opening-round bye and beat Alex Osborne of Vermillion 5-3 in the semifinal match. Brandon Pennock pinned Heeren in 1:29 to claim the championship.
Welbon opened the tournament with a bye and then faced Dexter Nowstrup (unattached from Madison) in the semifinals. Welbon pinned Nowstrup in 3:38 to advance to the championship match. Matt Schirado pinned Welbon in 2:27 in the championship match.
Gusso pinned his first two opponents, Hunter Hanley of West Central in 3:57 and John Blue of West Central in 3:15, to reach the finals of the 220-pound class. Kyle Hanson of Harrisburg earned a 7-2 decision against Gusso in the championship match.
Layne Krier of West Central earned a 3-1 decision against Jones in the 285-pound division.
"We did very well in sending nine wrestlers to the finals, but we need to be more focused and determined when we get there," Waba said. "It is important that our kids refocus now and start to really work on the little things that will get them to the state tournament."
Placing third for Madison were Nate Guthmiller (152) and Luke Palmquist (182). Placing fourth in their respective weight classes were Derek Bierschbach (113), Brendon Waldner (138), Brandon VanRosendale (152) and Nowstrup (195).
Madison will swing back into action on Tuesday when the Bulldogs go to Milbank for a triangular with Milbank and Sisseton. Action will begin at 5:30 p.m.
©Madison Daily Leader 2013
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