Wrestling: Craig second at its invitational
JANESVILLE—Not even a loss in the dual meet title match to 10th-ranked Cedarburg could spoil Mark Mullen’s day Saturday.
The Janesville Craig wrestling coach saw his team finish second at the Craig Invitational and build some much-needed momentum heading into the second half of the Big Eight Conference season.
Cedarburg won the eight-team title by going 4-0 in dual meets, including a convincing 47-21 win over Craig in the finals. Craig finished 3-0 in its bracket, but saw Cedarburg win the last seven matches to erase a 21-16 deficit.
“First place would’ve been nice, but I’ll take second place,” Mullen said. “Cedarburg’s got a real nice team, and we beat a couple of teams that weren’t too bad, including Oregon.
“Our freshmen really stepped up today. Nate Farrell wrestled really well, and Stone Klingamon moved up two weight classes and did a nice job. Alex McNall, for a freshman, also had a good day at 195.”
Craig rolled past Waukesha North, 70-8, in its first match and followed that up with a 48-27 win over Oregon. The Cougars clinched the B Bracket title with a 66-18 win over Appleton West.
Farrell (106), Kyle LeCaptain (132) and Anthony Skrede (138) went 4-0 for the Cougars.
Craig returns to Big Eight action Tuesday against Verona and follows that up with a pivotal match at Middleton on Friday.
“We’ve still got a goal of winning the Big Eight dual-meet title, and that hasn’t changed,” Mullen said. “We did some good things today and got contributions from some kids that hadn’t had a lot of varsity experience.”
Craig will start the second half without Airk Furseth. The junior, who is ranked second in the state at 106, is out with a knee injury.
Cedarburg, 4-0; Janesville Craig, 3-1; Oregon, 3-1; Beaver Dam, 2-2; Madison La Follette, 2-2; Appleton West, 1-3; Waukesha North, 1-3; Rockford Auburn, 0-4.
• Parker goes 1-4 at Delavan-Darien Invitational—Dylan Siener and Stephen Presti went 4-1 to lead Parker wrestlers Saturday.
The Vikings finished 1-4 in the tournament, with the lone victory a 39-36 win over Milwaukee Lutheran. Parker lost to Milton, Delavan-Darien, Oconomowoc and Beloit Memorial.
“I was very pleased with how our kids wrestled today,” Parker first-year coach Danny Jackson said. “They courageously fought with all they had every single match. They continue to get better each week. We can’t ask for much more than that.”
Parker hosts Sun Prairie in a Big Eight Conference dual meet Friday night.