Titans overpower Neilsville, 11th at Devils Duals

The middle weight classes proved to be the difference for the Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau/Melrose-Mindoro High School wrestling team in a dual meet against Neilsville/Greenwood/Loyal last Tuesday.

The dual was tied before the Titans took control and went on for a 48-30 win. G/M added three more wins as they finished 11th at the Devils Duals in Mauston on Saturday.

The Titans opened Coulee Conference play with a match against Black River Falls on Thursday before wrestling in a tournament in Richland Center on Saturday. They’ll host Tomah for a dual this coming Tuesday.

G/M 48 Neillsville 30

The teams were tied at 12 points apiece after G/M earned a pair of forfeit wins at 106 and 120 pounds and Neilsville tied things up with a pair of pins — Luke Dux bested G/M’s Scott Johnson in just over a minute in the 126-pound match and Ethan Buchanan pinned Isabelle Eichelt in the 113-pound match.

G/M won five straight matches after that, including a pair of forfeits at 138 and 145 pounds. 

Jackson Blaken pinned Neilsville’s Rogan Ashbeck in a minute at 132 pounds, Colin Niederkorn got a pin in three minutes against Neilsville’s Gavyn McFarlane at 152 pounds and Ben Peterson of G/M pinned Jayme Zvolena in a long six minute match against Jayme Zvolena at 160 pounds.

Alex Wieczorek was beaten at 170 pounds by a 4-3 decision, and Raeff Radcliffe was pinned in the 182-pound effort. Justice Vaaler of G-E-T earned a win over Damian Sampson with a pin at 195 pounds before Bradyn Lockington and Thomas Haney were bested at 220 and 285 pounds, respectively.

Lockington was pinned in 3:36 and Haney lost in an 11-5 decision.

Devils Duals

Tanner Andersen finished a perfect 5-0 and G/M wrestled to 11th place in a 16-team tournament in Mauston on Saturday.

Iowa Grant/Highland, Aquinas, Marshfield, Mineral Point, Milton, Stoughton, Prairie du Chien, Cadott, Kimberly and Slinger all finished ahead of G/M at the event. Random Lake, Portage, Northwestern, Reedsburg and Lomira finished behind them.

The Titans defeated Reesberg, 46-33; Random Lake, 39-32 and Shiocton, 45-33. They lost to Kimberly, 54-21 and Mineral Point, 44-30.

Andersen was the only wrestler to go five-for-five for his team on Saturday, while David Hiles, Bradyn Lockington and Brooks Johnson all finished 4-1.

Ben Peterson, Alex Wieczorek, Mitch Berg, Thomas Haney and Terek Fry went 2-3 at the event, and Skyler Wieczorek picked up a win in his only match.

Colin Niederkorn, Jackson Blaken, Raeff Radcliffe and A.J. Willette all finished 1-4 on the day, and Scott Johnson went 0-4.

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