Beloit wrestlers edge Parker in Big Eight showdown
That’s what is likely going to cost Janesville Parker’s wrestling team the Big Eight Conference dual meet title.
Beloit Memorial, behind pins at two crucial weight classes, edged Parker, 31-30, here Tuesday night.
With the win, the Purple Knights moved to 6-0 in the Big Eight and within striking distance of the school’s first dual title since 1999.
Beloit has only two conference matches left, and with wins over Parker, Middleton and Janesville Craig already in the books, it will take a monumental upset for the Purple Knights not to dethrone Parker.
The defending champion Vikings could not overcome the loss of two starters in falling to 5-1. With state-ranked Enio Perez out for the season with a shoulder injury, and Cameron Hanson attending his grandmother’s funeral, coach Ron Cramer was forced to shuffle his lineup.
Trailing 31-20 with two matches left, Cramer moved up state-ranked Brennan Casey-Schmidt and unbeaten Ryan Holden to 112 and 119 pounds, respectively, to try and get pins from both. The strategy appeared to work at 112 when Casey-Schmidt put Terrin Owens on his back early in the match, but the referee didn’t think Owens’ shoulders were on the mat long enough for a pin.
Owens wiggled out, and Casey-Schmidt eventually won, 22-10, to cut the lead to 31-24. Not even Holden’s pin of Curtis Hartley at 119 was enough for the Vikings.
“I thought Casey-Schmidt had the pin, but the referee wasn’t in position to make the call right away,” Cramer said. “We get those two extra points, and we win the match.
“But you also have to stay off your back in a match like this, and we didn’t do that at a couple of weight classes.”
Parker stormed out to a 13-4 lead, thanks to wins from Dustin Rucinski at 125, Cody St. Michael at 135 and Alex Folk at 140.
Beloit battled back and eventually took a 16-13 lead on Jesse Swedlund’s 5-0 win over David Arndt at 160. Parker’s Lewis Lobrano tied the match at 16-16 with an 8-6 win at 171, but the match turned at the next three weight classes.
Taylor Goodyear pinned Alex Fetting at 189 to give Beloit the lead for good at 22-16. Kenneth Millner pinned Matt Houchin at 215 to push the Knights’ lead to 28-16.
In the most anticipated match of the night at 285, Beloit’s unbeaten and fourth-ranked Alex Polizzi decisioned previously unbeaten and 10th-ranked Harold Lloyd, 7-3.
Polizzi normally wrestles at 215, but Beloit coach Jason Glodowski gambled by moving his super-sophomore up to face the much bigger Lloyd. The gamble worked as Polizzi was in control the last two periods.
“Alex winning over Lloyd was big, but I thought Goodyear’s pin at 189 was even bigger,” Glodowski said. “He was on junior varsity, and we moved him up tonight in hopes of maybe getting a pin from him.
“This was a great win by the whole team, though. We knew it was going to be close and it was. Parker’s got a great team.”
Parker’s Ryan Riley got the Vikings within 11 with a 10-1 win at 103, but the Purple Knights were able to hang on.
“All we can do now is to try and make something positive out of a negative,” Parker assistant coach Andy Tubbs said of the loss. “That starts at practice, and by getting back to working as hard as you can to try and get better.”
BELOIT 31, PARKER 30
103—Ryan Riley (P) major decision over Jade Wigley, 10-1; 112—Brennan Casey-Schmidt (P) major dec. over Terrin Owens, 22-10; 119—Ryan Holden (P) pinned Curtis Hartley, 4:11; 125—Dustin Rucinski (P) major dec. over Tyler Wilson, 15-6; 130—Kyle Berner (B) major dec. over Travis Rucinski, 12-2; 135—Cody St. Michael (P) tech. fall over Miguel Montez, 17-2; 140—Alex Folk (P) major dec. over Devin Smith, 19-6.
145—Jose De La Barrera (B) dec. Joe Ramirez, 10-5; 152—Brandon Dallmann (B) pinned Jacob Bailey, :46; 160—Jesse Swedlund (B) dec. David Arndt, 5-0; 171—Lewis Lobrano (P) dec. Levi Disch, 8-6; 189—Tayler Goodyear (B) pinned Alex Fetting, 3:30; 215—Kenneth Millner (B) pinned Matt Houchin, 2:42; 285—Alex Polizzi (B) dec. Harold Lloyd, 7-3.