Sun Prairie takes Big Eight wrestling title away from Parker
Parker finished with more individual champions (4), but the Cardinals’ depth and three champions held off the Vikings.
Both teams ended the dual meet season at 7-0, but Sun Prairie won the conference meet with 337 points. Parker finished second with 318½, while Janesville Craig was third with 293½.
“The better team won today,” Parker coach Ron Cramer said. “I’d like to take first, but we didn’t deserve to take first.
“It’s one of those things. It’s a wrestling meet. It’s not life.”
As expected, Parker dominated the lower weights in winning all four titles from 103 through 125 pounds. Freshman Austin Gonzalez started the run with a pin against Ben Hansen of Verona in 42 seconds.
“I wanted to get it over with quick,” Gonzalez said.
In the match of the day, Adam Cavey outlasted Janesville Craig’s Kyle Upmann, 5-4, in two overtimes for the 112 title. Upmann registered a takedown in the final seconds of the third period to force overtime.
After neither wrestler scored in the first overtime period, Cavey gained the top position since he scored first in the match, and he rode out the time to gain the one-point victory and repeat as champion.
“When we got to the second overtime, the coaches looked at me and said, ‘You have to have the heart,’ ” Cavey said. “Through our training and intense workouts, I knew I had more heart than he did.”
Brennan Casey-Schmidt won by forfeit at 119, Evan Cavey registered an 18-5 major decision over Jamie Kumlien of Craig at 125. Cavey jumped out to a 9-1, first-period lead before posting a near-fall in the second period to pull away.
The Parker run ended at 130, as Craig’s undefeated Siven Furseth also retained his title and won by pin in 1:20 over fourth-ranked Jared Kissinger of Verona. Kissinger won the 125 title last year.
“Siven impresses me more and more each week,” Craig coach Jeff Kaster said. “That was probably one of the best takedowns I have seen in a long time.”
Sun Prairie’s Chase Steiner also successfully defended his title with a win over Craig’s Jesse Davila at 135 by injury default in the third period.
The Cardinals also won titles at 152 (Collin Enstad) and at 189 (Cedric Hooser). Hooser fell behind 5-0 in the first period after Craig’s Drillon Grajcevci posted a near-fall. Grajcevci led 6-2 in the second period before Hooser registered the pin in 3:50.
Parker also picked up second-place finishes by Travis Rucinski and Cody Colson. Rucinski lost on a pin in the finals at 140 to defending champion Chris Schmid of Verona, while Colson was pinned by Cody Schwichtenberg of Madison East at 285.
Teammate Brandon Zellinger placed third at 130 for Parker.
Placing third for the Cougars were Colin Leu at 103 and Mike Spaulding at 215.
“If we would have wrestled really well and not having the two injuries, we have a shot at the title,” said Kaster of the Craig injuries suffered by Davila and Chris Pierce. “When that happens it hurts, especially when its two studs that get hurt.”
Cramer and Parker also walked away frustrated after giving up its stranglehold on the title.
“Life goes on,” he said. “I just want to thank the middle school and youth wrestling programs for giving us the opportunity to be competitive.”
At Madison La Follette
Sun Prairie 337, Janesville Parker 318.5, Janesville Craig 293.5, Verona 251.5, Middleton 238, Madison West 208, Beloit Memorial 175.5, Madison East 99, Madison La Follette 82, Madison Memorial 36.
103—Title: Austin Gonzalez (JP) pinned Ben Hansen (Ver), :42; Third: Colin Leu (JC) dec. D.J. Madison (BM), 10-3.
112—Title: Adam Cavey (JP) dec. Kyle Upmann (JC), 5-4 (2OT); Third: Alex Stanford (Ver) pinned Bo Raasch (Mid), 5:03.
119—Title: Brennan Casey-Schmidt (JP) won by forfeit over Dan Harper (Ver); Third: Brandon Jazdzewski (SP) dec. Pierce Andrews (BM), 11-6.
125—Title: Evan Cavey (JP) major dec. over Jamie Kumlien (JC), 18-5; Third: Nate Misenheimer (Mid) pinned Eddie Barrio Nuevo (SP), 1:04.
130—Title: Siven Furseth (JC) pinned Jared Kissinger (Ver), 1:20; Third: Brandon Zeilinger (JP) dec. Jason Bussler (SP), 5-2.
135—Title: Chase Stiener (SP) won injury default over Jesse Davila (JC); Third: Dylan Lindeman (Mid) pinned Colton Stetzer (Ver), 3:10.
140—Title: Chris Schmid (Ver) pinned Travis Rucinski (JP), 1:14; Third: Dusty Adamson (SP) major dec. over Nick Annin (MW), 11-2.
145—Title: Brian Woods (Ver) major dec. over Freddie Barrionuevo (SP), 11-2; Third: Brett Dresen (Mid) dec. Paul Frisch (ML), 8-4.
152—Title: Collin Enstad (SP) dec. Sam Schleif (MW), 5-4; Third: Josh Freber (Mid) dec. Dante Schiro (ML), 11-9.
160—Title: Jose De La Barrera (BM) dec. Abe Ali (MW), 7-2; Third: Mike McCarter (Ver) dec. Nathan Mather (JC), 8-3.
171—Title: Kurt Lindeman (Mid) dec. Doug Hickey (SP), 4-3; Third: Jeremy Singer (MW) dec. Anthony Cooper (JP), 4-3.
189—Title: Cedric Hooser (SP) pinned Drilon Grajcevci (JC), 3:50; Third: Dhondup Tsering (ME) pinned Julius Hill (MW), 3:17.
215—Title: Alex Polizzi (BM) pinned David Presser (SP), :23; Third: Mike Spaulding (JC) pinned Nick Ackerman (JP), 3:10.
285—Title: Cody Schwichtenberg (ME) pinned Cody Colson (JP), 3:10; Third: Eric Miller (ME) dec. Tim Holme Mid), 3-2.