Janesville Craig fell behind early but stormed back to defeat Verona in Big Eight wrestling Thursday night.

The Cougars received forfeits at five straight weight classes and pulled away for a 58-18 win.

Nate Ellis, Ethan Smith and Davon Serrano won by pin for Craig, which improved to 4-0 in Big Eight duals. Smith improved to 13-1 on the season, while Ellis is 12-2.

“We didn’t start out as strong as we normally do, but we wrestled pretty well after that,” Craig coach Mark Mullen said. “Guys that were supposed to win went out and did their job.”

Marshall Getchell, Joey Bellomo and Dennis Nguyen won by decision for Craig.


106, 113, 120, 220 and 285 Craig won by forfeit.

126—Jon Herbst (V) pinned Dylan Nichols, 3:46; 132—Joey Bellomo (C) dec. Ben Grandau, 7-4; 138—Nate Ellis (C) pinned Nick Heinzen, :37; 145—Dennis Nguyen (C) dec. Nathan Feller, 9-7; 152—Ethan Smith (C) pinned Zach Kalifatidi, 3:23; 160—Devon Serrano (C) pinned Caden Page, 3:17; 170—Marshall Getchell (C) major dec. over Jeremy Grim, 9-1; 182—Lance Randall (V) pinned Mitchell Schumann, 5:40; 195—Wyatt Breitnauer (V) pinned Magnus Jenson, 3:57.

Starting weight—182.

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