Freshman Nicolar Rivera and seniors Hunter Lewis, Luke Mechler, Gavin Model and Tony Hohol all went undefeated Saturday to help the Stoughton wrestling team repeat as Pieper Dual champions.
The defending state team champion Vikings highlighted the victory with a win over Marshfield in the second round, which was a rematch of last season’s WIAA state quarterfinal.
“I have no doubt, on paper, that Marshfield is going to be back at the state team tournament,” co-head coach Dan Spilde said. “That’s a team we may have to run into later, but we’d love the challenge. We’ve got a lot in front of us to get to that point.”
The Vikings closed out the tournament with a pair of convincing wins against teams with a history at the state tournament, defeating Menomonee Falls 63-9 and Oak Creek 63-18.
“We couldn’t take anyone today lightly,” Spilde said. “Oak Creek and Menomonee Falls have both been to the state tournament a number of times in recent years, so we know they have good programs. That being said, we’d being lying if we didn’t say Marshfield was circled today.”
Stoughton 79, La Follette 0
Stoughton opened the Pieper Duals with a 79-0 drubbing of Madison La Follette, which included eight falls.
Dante Steinmetz (120), Trenton Dow (126), Cade Spilde (160), Brandt Spilde (182), Brooks Empey (220), Lewis (138), Mechler (145) and Hohol (285) recorded pins. Stoughton received forfeits at 106, 113, 170 and 195. Brandt Spilde’s pin came in 26 seconds against Lexus Browning.
Stoughton 41, Marshfield 28
The state tournament rematch lived up to the billing Saturday afternoon, as the Vikings outlasted Marshfield 41-28.
Deadlocked at 18-18 through the first seven weight classes, Stoughton closed out the victory with an injury default win by Freeman Detweiler at 132 pounds and falls by Lewis and Mechler at 138 and 145, respectively.
Rivera defeated Keagan Cliver 18-2 to earn a tech fall at 113 pounds to give Stoughton a 23-21 lead. The Vikings’ lead was short-lived, as Steinmetz had a shot at victory in his 120-pound match only to be taken down 10-8 in sudden victory by Shane Westerhausen.
That gave Marshfield a 24-23 lead, which it pushed to 28-23 with a major decision at 126 pounds.
Freeman Detweiler went right after Ryan Dolezal at 132 pounds. The match was stopped twice for an apparent knee injury, and Dolezal was unable to go on after the second.
That gave Stoughton a 29-28 advantage, and the Vikings added falls in 4:51 and 1:33 by Lewis and Mechler.
Gavin Model and Luke Geister Jones earned early pins at 152 and 160, as Stoughton jumped out to a 12-3 lead early. Marshfield rallied with pins at 182, 195 and a decision at 220 before Hohol drew the Vikings even with a pin of Kavin Beranek in 1:30.
“Credit to Marshfield, their good kids wrestled really well,” Dan Spilde said. “They’re a top-10 program for sure, maybe considerably higher than that. We had probably two of our strongest anchors in our last two matches, so we fell really felt comfortable as long as it wasn’t too much of a deficit.”
Still, Spilde said, the Vikings felt like they gave some points away in tight matches at 106 and 120. Rudy Detweiler was winning at 195, but he ended being pinned with 52 seconds left against Ben Gust.
“That’s why we wrestle this time of year, to improve upon the little things,” he said. “I think we have a lot of things we can look at there and improve for later.”
Stoughton 63, Menomonee Falls 9
The Vikings followed up a hard-fought win over Marshfield with a trio of lopsided scores, including a 63-9 victory over Menomonee Falls in the third round.
Steinmetz, Lewis and Rudy Detweiler once again had falls. Rivera won via tech fall and Cade Spilde scored a major decision. Ethan Peterson and Geister-Jones won by injury default at 106 and 170 pounds. Stoughton received forfeits at 145, 152, 220 and 285.
Stoughton stuck seven more opponents in the fourth round to secure a 62-9 win over Evansville.
Cade Spilde, Brandt Spilde, Rudy Detweiler, Rivera, Dow, Melcher and Empey each recorded a fall. Empey stuck Cutter Langer in 41 seconds and Dow pinned Nicholas Barmore in :21.
Oak Creek 18
Stoughton closed out its undefeated start to the season with a 63-18 win over Oak Creek. Every match, except 126 – where Dow won a 9-3 decision – was decided by a fall.
Freeman Detweiler and Empey had pins in 34 seconds and 35 seconds, respectively. Cade Spilde, Brandt Spilde, Rivera, Steinmetz, Lewis, Mechler, Model, Empey and Hohol also had falls in the win.