The city’s wrestling teams honored 50 years of crosstown rivalry action Friday night, with many former coaches and wrestlers in attendance at Janesville Craig.
The Cougars then celebrated by making a little history of their own.
Janesville Craig wrestlers piled up 10 pins in 14 matches, posting the highest team score and largest margin of victory in series history. Despite missing four wrestlers from the starting lineup, they won 69-11 for their 10th straight win against Parker.
“Another record,” said Nate Ellis, who won by fall at 138 pounds and was the only senior wrestler in Craig’s lineup. “I’m pretty shocked. We had a couple kids move in (to the lineup), and they just took care of business.
“Everyone pinned everyone. It was crazy.”
Craig led 12-11 after the first four matches, which began at 106 pounds.
The Cougars won the final 10 bouts from that point forward, including nine of them by pin.
“We had a lot of backups tonight that didn’t just step in, they stepped up,” Craig coach Mark Mullen said. “Some of those tossup matches didn’t just go our direction, but we got pins. A lot of young guys stepped up tonight.”
Sophomore Mayson Maclennan gave Craig its first pin of the night at 120 to give the team a 12-5 lead. Both Maclennan and Ellis moved up to a heavier weight class to help fill some of the gaps in the Cougars lineup.
Kadin Bobber later started the 10-match winning streak with a pin at 132.
It was 27-11 when Cougars freshman Joe Smith got the nod at 152 and earned a pin in his first-ever varsity match.
Five more pins followed from sophomore Marshall Getchell (170), sophomore Mitch Schumann (182), sophomore Magnus Jenson (195), freshman Brady Schenk (220) and junior Keeanu Benton (285).
“We just kept rolling,” Ellis said.
Sophomore Aiden Romack also won for Craig with a decision at 145 pounds.
Parker got a technical fall to open the night from Tristan Buol at 106 pounds and a pin from senior Brett Perkins at 126.
“There were some matches I thought we might do better at, but that’s part of the sport—they can go either way any time, any day,” Parker coach Danny Jackson said. “It was a tough loss. But we’re proud of the guys that went out and wrestled hard.”
Craig hopes the momentum from the win will carry over to next week’s match against Sun Prairie at the Big Eight Conference Showcase. The winner will claim the regular-season dual-meet title.
“This will give our team a lot of confidence,” Ellis said. “We’ll be ready for that match.”
CRAIG 69, PARKER 11
106—Tristan Buol (JP) tech. fall Joey Coulter 18-3. 113—Ivan Ayala (JC) by forf. 120—Mayson Maclennan pinned Nicolas Lux, 1:47. 126—Brett Perkins (JP) pinned Dylan Nichols, 1:59. 132—Kadin Bobber (JC) pinned Cory Jordan, 1:54. 138—Nate Ellis (JC) pinned Palmer Goodwick, 1:47. 145—Aiden Romack dec. AJ Miller, 15-14.
152—Joe Smith (JC) pinned Colin Michaels, 3:24. 160—Marshall Getchell (JC) pinned Jakob Barlass, 2:35. 170—Armani Bates (JC) pinned Bryce Heerey, 4:44. 182—Mitch Schumann pinned George Krueger, 3:04. 195—Magnus Jenson (JC) pinned Salvador Acosta, 3:42. 220—Brady Schenk (JC) pinned Tre Smith, 1:11. 285—Keeanu Benton (JC) pinned Trent Barlass, 2:29.