Elkhorn wrestling remains unbeaten
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ELKHORN--How hard could it be to coach an undefeated wrestling team?
According to Elkhorn High wrestling coach Ken Reynolds, it’s not as easy as you think.
The veteran coach is doing all he can to ensure his talented team avoids complacency that could ruin a memorable season.
The Elks, however, didn’t show any signs of settling Thursday night, winning five of their final six matches on the way to an impressive 51-16 Southern Lakes Conference dual-meet victory at Lake Geneva Badger.
“Last night I got on my team in practice and said we are not wrestling well, and then they go out wrestle like this tonight and then they’ll respond with yes we are,” Reynolds said. “I don’t want them to get complacent, which makes my job that much tougher.”
Seventh-ranked Grant Truesdale ignited the Elks with a technical fall victory, 19-4, over David Dublin at 120.
Freshman Coleman Karl, Benji Peak, and Daniel Stilling then racked up three straight pins to give the Elks a commanding 48-13 lead.
“We are pretty tough right through there from 120 to 160, and they are doing a great job,” Reynolds said. “Coleman is wrestling like a senior and doing a great job for us and is a big reason why we are 15-0.”
Jose Garcia got things rolling briefly for Badger with a hard-fought decision over Hunter Hummel, 4-2, at 285. Third-ranked Beau Ladu of Badger also pinned Quentin Woyak at 106, and then sixth-ranked Jake Stritesky earned an 8-0 decision over Ted Woyak of Elkhorn at 113.
“Those guys have been wrestling well and compete well on the mat,” Lake Geneva Badger coach Mike Reuss said. “Our lightweights get to their offense and get their attacks in and have had a lot of success.”
But the short-handed Badgers, who are battling some nagging injuries, couldn’t keep up with Elkhorn’s superior depth.
Eighth-ranked Bryce Jacobson and Braeden Mohr also won by decision at 160 and 170 pounds, respectively, for the Elks.
“This is a very smart and mature group of guys,” Reynolds said. “I’ve had some pretty good teams the last four or five years and even 10 years, and this team is mature and focused and expects me to raise the bar for expectations, so I’m going to give it to them.”
The Elks have proven to this point they aren’t afraid of Reynolds’ lofty expectations.
ELKHORN 51, BADGER 16
106—Beau LaDu (L) pinned Quentin Woyak, 0:52. 113—Jake Stritesky (L) maj. dec. Teddy Woyak, 8-0. 120—Grant Truesdale (E) maj dec. David Dublin, 19-4. 126—Coleman Karl pinned Trace LaDu, 4:00. 132—Benji Peak (E) pinned Stevie Kraus, 1:31. 138—Daniel Stilling (E) pinned Brandon Martinez, 3:24. 145—James Welsh (E) dec. Michael Sanders, 6-4.
152—Douglas Reuss (L) dec. Kevin Pauley, 7-3. 160—Bryce Jacobson (E) maj. dec. Steven Dublin, 11-2. 170—Braeden Mohr (E) dec. Freddy Urias, 6-1. 182—Riley Remington (E) by forfeit. 195—Myles Schumaker (E) by forfeit. 220—Richard Heidemann (E) by forfeit. 285—Jose Garcia (L) dec. Hunter Hummel.
Last updated: 11:22 pm Thursday, January 12, 2017