Craig wrestlers dominate crosstown rival Parker
The storied wrestling rivalry between Janesville Craig and Janesville Parker has lost some of its luster.
With the Big Eight Conference no longer crowning a dual-meet champion, and the two city teams meeting this early in the season, there wasn't as much drama Thursday night as in years past.
The Cougars, however, wasted little time in declaring supremacy and keeping the Kaster/Cramer Cup on the eastside.
Craig jumped out to a 21-0 lead and coasted to a 60-15 win. The win was the fourth straight for Craig in the series, which Parker leads 31-19.
“I was pleased with the way our kids wrestled, and I thought the Parker kids wrestled very aggressive, as well,” Craig coach Mark Mullen said. “There were no gimmes out there.
“The bottom line is that it's still Parker versus Craig. There were a lot of years of Parker whipping Craig's butt, so no matter what point of the season it is or what the expectations are for both teams, it's always good to beat Parker.”
Craig's Brock Bennett won by forfeit at 215 pounds to open the match, and Cougar heavyweight Owen Ross followed with a hard-fought 2-1 win at 285 to push the lead to 9-0. Craig's Stone Klingamon (106) and Airk Furseth (113) followed with first-period pins to extend the lead to 21-0.
Parker got back-to-back wins from Chandler Quade at 120 and Dylan Siener at 126 to cut the deficit to 12, but Craig responded with three straight pins from Kyle LeCaptain at 132, Anthony Skrede at 138 and Zack Mulrooney at 145 to make it 38-9.
Parker first-year coach Danny Jackson was pleased with the effort he got from his team that featured six freshmen in the varsity lineup.
“We fought hard every match and showed improvement from our tournament last Saturday,” Jackson said. “That's important when you're trying to build something.
“We weren't as concerned with wins and losses as we were about pushing the pace, and I thought we did that.”
Parker's Tyler Randles won by pin at 152, but Craig answered with a pin from Logan Baker at 160 and Arstride Serrano's 13-5 win by major decision at 170.
The Cougars capped off an impressive night with back-to-back pins from Aaron Maresch and Alex Meco at 182 and 195, respectively.
“We're just starting to get into the season and we're not quite at full strength yet,” Mullen said. “Tonight was a good win, but we've got a tournament coming up on Saturday in Whitewater that's going to have some good teams and some real good individual wrestlers. That will probably be a better indication of where we're at and what we need to work on.”
CRAIG 60, PARKER 15
106—Stone Klingamon (JC) pinned Destiny Johnson, :58; 113—Airk Furseth (JC) pinned Travis Thornton, :39; 120—Chandler Quade (JP) dec. Nate Farrell, 8-6; 126—Dylan Siener (JP) pinned Trevor Fraunfelder, 2:36; 132—Kyle LeCaptain (JC) pinned Gage Burdick, 5:41; 138—Anthony Skrede (JC) pinned Tyler Thornton, 2:32; 145—Zack Mulrooney (JC) pinned Brandon Gogolla, 2:27.
152—Tyler Randles (JP) pinned Brady Pickarts, 5:05; 160—Logan Baker (JC) pinned Lee Marshall, 3:08; 170—Arstride Serrano (JC) major dec. over Stephen Presti, 13-5; 182—Aaron Maresch (JC) pinned Alex Miller, :49; 195—Alex Meco (JC) pinned Franklin Deaton, 2:24; 220—Brock Bennett (JC) won by forfeit; 285—Owen Ross (JC) dec. Scott VanDerHagen, 2-1.
n Starting weight—215.
n One point was deducted from Craig's team total for unsportsmanlike conduct.