Janesville schools each send six to sectional wrestling
By Craig Henquinet
Special to the Gazette
Austin Gonzalez is learning as he goes and ended up even surprising himself.
The Janesville Parker High School freshman was caught off-guard heading into his 103-pound title match against Devon McCune of Stoughton here Saturday.
However, Gonzalez quickly adjusted to earn a 5-3 decision and will move into the WIAA Division 1 individual sectional at Wilmot next weekend as a regional wrestling champion.
“I wasn’t really ready, because I wasn’t really warmed up,” Gonzalez said of his final match. “I did some moves I haven’t done in a long time. They were ones I do in practice but don’t use very much, and I’m surprised I pulled it out.”
Gonzalez (33-4) was one of two Parker regional champions. Brennan Casey-Schmidt (33-3) won the 119-pound title with a pin against Dan Harper of Verona in 4:47.
They will be joined in the sectional by all the top four regional finishers in each weight class.
“Both Brennan and Austin controlled their matches,” Parker coach Ron Cramer said. “I’m happy for them, but I’m just not happy overall.
“At this level, you have to have your best performances, and you’ve got to be healthy. We weren’t healthy, and we didn’t have our best performance.”
Stoughton won the regional title with 264 points and will host Milton, the Beloit Memorial regional champion, in Tuesday’s team sectional dual.
The Vikings were followed in the Verona regional team scoring by Mount Horeb/Barneveld at 174. Janesville Craig finished fourth with 145, and Parker was sixth with 124.
Craig claimed one regional champion, as undefeated Siven Furseth (33-0) won the 130-title. Furseth, however, won by injury default in the finals after Nick Hite of Stoughton suffered a concussion in his semifinal match against Jared Kissinger of Verona.
“I’ve had two tough matches the past two weeks, so it’s kind of nice to get a little rest,” Furseth said. “I was expecting today to be pretty tough.”
Parker and Craig each had six wrestlers advance to the sectional.
Craig’s Kyle Upmann (19-12) reached the finals at 112, but he lost a 5-1 decision to Nick Urso of Stoughton. Teammate Jamie Kumlien (27-9) dropped a 7-2 decision to Ben Hite of Stoughton in 112 finals, and Chris Pierce (31-7) was pinned in 1:00 by Jackson Urso of Stoughton in 135 championship match.
Parker’s Nick Ackerman (19-12) was pinned by Trent Zander of Mount Horeb/Barneveld in :54 in the 215-pound finals.
Placing third for Craig was Mike Spaulding (26-12) at 189. Parker’s Travis Rucinski (24-10) advanced as third-place finisher for Parker at 140, while Adam Cavey (31-7) at 112 and Cody Colson (25-13) of the Vikings qualified as fourth-place finishers.
Parker’s Evan Cavey, a Big Eight Conference champion at 125, missed a chance to advance after suffering a knee injury.
“Evan Cavey is kind of the spirit of our team, and for two years in a row he gets hurt and can’t wrestle,” Cramer said.
Drillion Grajcevci (28-12) took fourth at 171 for the Cougars to complete Janesville’s qualifying list.
“The kids wrestled well,” Craig coach Jeff Kaster said.