Milton wrestlers overpower Stoughton
The Red Hawks treated their hometown fans to another dominating performance against Stoughton.
Thanks to wins in the final six matches, Milton rolled to a 43-22 Badger South Conference dual meet win.
Milton trailed after eight matches, 22-14, but unloaded on the Vikings at the lower weights. Starting with Devin Decker’s 12-2 major decision win at 112, the defending conference champion Red Hawks proved worthy of their No. 2 state ranking.
“Once they get going, it is hard to stop that group,” Milton coach Pat Jauch said of his standouts at the lower weights. “I’m pretty happy with the outcome, because I know Stoughton is going to be a very good team by the end of the year.
“And the good thing about wrestling them this early in the season is that little things get exposed because they have such good wrestlers. We were able to see that tonight in some matches, and that gives us some things to work on.”
John Wells, the defending Division 1 state champion at 103 pounds, gave Milton the lead for good at 24-22 with a first-period pin at 119 pounds. Milton’s Landon Shea pushed the lead to 27-22 with a hardfought 6-4 win over Nick Urso. Shea’s reversal with one second left secured the win.
Milton junior Garrett Whitehead won by pin at 130, and Kyle Hinners followed with a 12-3 win at 135. Kodah Long capped off the party with a pin of Tom Flock at 5:43 as Milton scored 29 straight points. Stoughton mixed up its lineup to try and keep pace with the Red Hawks. The move backfired as every wrestler that switched weight classes for the Vikings lost.
Milton’s only lineup change was at 189, where Ian Johnson moved up from 171 and promptly manhandled Dillon Dewey, winning by technical fall, 15-0. Johnson was the state runner-up a year ago at 160.
“I don’t like to move my lineup around,” Jauch said. “My coaching philosophy has always been, you have 14 and I have 14, so let’s just go out and see what happens.”
After Stoughton won by pin at 145 to start the match, Milton’s Joel Addie rallied for an 8-3 overtime win at 152. Addie sat out last season with an injury, and Jauch said his win was pivotal early on in the match.
Craig Jensen picked up Milton’s other victory as he won by a first-period pin at 171 pounds.