Clinton wins Rock Valley wrestling title
Clinton High’s defending champions made sure it wasn’t.
The Cougars, with two champions and three runners-up, cruised to their second straight title. Clinton finished with 323.5 points to win the 11-team competition at Turner, while Whitewater was a distant second with 286. Evansville/Albany was third with 265.5 and Brodhead/Juda was fourth with 243.5.
Clinton previously had won the Rock Valley South championship with a 5-0 record, and Whitewater won the North with a 4-0 mark.
Clinton got individual titles from defending champion Daniel Banh at 112 and Salvador Carranza at 140. Banh was a WIAA Division 2 state runner-up last year and is rated second in the state this season.
“It really came down to getting wins when we needed them,” Clinton coach Dan Wallace said. “Jose Amador really stepped up for us. He was the seventh-seed at 215 and finished second. And Jason Rosales came through despite being a low seed.
“My hat’s off to the kids. We had a wake-up call last week after losing to Whitewater in a (nonconference) dual meet, and the kids really responded today.”
Banh defeated Alex Hauri of Orfordville Parkview, 17-7, in a battle of defending champions in the title bout at 112.
Whitewater had individual champions in Luis Valadez at 130 and Nick Romani at 189, but couldn’t match Clinton’s depth throughout the lineup.
“We wrestled well as a team, but Clinton was just a little bit better,” Whitewater coach John Schimming said. “We got a lot of big points early on but ran into a buzzsaw in the semifinal round.
“The tournament turned out about like I expected as far no team really dominating. Clinton was just better than everybody else today.”
East Troy had the most individual champions with three, while Brodhead/Juda had two champs in Hunter Colden (152) and Kramer Lewis (160).
Parkview’s Billy Engen won at 171, and Evansville/Albany’s J.J. Boley was the champion at 119. Walworth Big Foot/Williams Bay senior Garrett Cary was the 285-pound champion.
Clinton 323.5, Whitewater 286, Evansville/Albany 265.5, Brodhead/Juda 243.5, Orfordville Parkview 221, Jefferson 213, East Troy 204, Turner 202.5, Palmyra-Eagle 129, Edgerton 117, Big Foot/Williams Bay 109.
Whitewater, 4-0; Evansville, 3-1; Jefferson, 2-2; East Troy, 1-3; Edgerton, 0-4;
Clinton, 5-0; Brodhead/Juda, 4-1; Orfordville Parkview, 3-2; Turner, 2-3; Palmyra-Eagle, 1-4; Big Foot/Williams Bay, 0-5.
103—Title: Jake Mudlaff (ET) pinned Jordan Kraak (BJ), 1:10. Third: Austin Duhigg (BF/WB) major dec. over Jesse Cothard (EA), 9-0.
112—Title: Daniel Banh (Cl) major dec. over Alex Hauri (OP), 17-7. Third: Max Andrews (T) dec. Jake Kanack (Whi), 11-9.
119—Title: J.J. Boley (EA) dec. Zach Lamb (ET), 4-0. Third: Nathan Wright (Whi) tech. fall over Tyler Graff (J), 15-0.
125—Title: Tim Pendleton (J) pinned Alex Murn (PE), 1:12. Third: Jose Ramirez (Whi) major dec. over Jason Rosales (Cl), 12-3.
130—Title: Luis Valadez (Whi) dec. Tim Clothier (Cl), 9-7. Third: Zach Sherrod (T) dec. Hayden Milz (EA), 8-7.
135—Title: Steve Edwards (ET) dec. Ryan McDermott (J), 7-2.; Third: Nate McConnell (Cl) pinned Thomas Hernandez (Whi), 1:04.
140—Title: Salvador Carranza (Cl) dec. Brendan Neal (OP), 6-0. Third: Kalib Price (ET) major dec. over Tim Boyer (Whi), 13-1.
145—Title: Adam Kehl (ET) dec. Austin Andrews (T), 6-2. Third: Tom Bjugstad (EA) dec. Caleb Lucht (PE), 3-1.
152—Title: Hunter Colden (BJ) dec. Kyle Allen (T), 5-3. Third: Nate Thomas (J) pinned Bryan Edwards (Whi), 2:35.
160—Title: Kramer Lewis (BJ) dec. Dane Brandl (Cli), 5-4. Third: Ryan Triplett (OP) dec. Dalton Rittenhouse (Edg), 4-0.
171—Title: Billy Engen (OP) pinned Devin Wild (J), 1:49. Third: Alex Beechler (Edg) dec. Mason Dixon (BF/WB), 6-2.
189—Title: Nick Romani (Whi) major dec. over Alex Yoerger (EA), 15-2. Third: Tanner Bell (Cl) pinned Justin Graham (OP), 1:13.
215—Title: Adam Carlson (Edg) dec. Jose Amador (Cl), 5-1. Third: Ben Reed (EA) pinned Ryan Rapacz (PE), 1:34.
285—Title: Garret Cary (BF/WB) pinned Dylan Severson (BJ), 3:40. Third: Jacob Bobolz (Cl) pinned Garrett Miles (Whi), 3:57.
took second place Joe Amadour; jason rosalez at 125 seemed like winning when we needed to; hats off to the kids and it’s good; wake-up call and tournament and a dual are two different memory; ton of fun ;
Schimm-was what ZI though it would be whitewater clinton wrestled a little bit better; a lot of big points; third and fourht s