The matchups in Saturday’s Lodi Duals wrestling tournament looked stout on paper.
And they certainly played out that way on the mats, as well.
Lodi and Waunakee each went 4-1 to earn top billing, while Elkhorn was 3-2, Craig was 2-3 and Evansville/Albany and Viroqua were each 1-4. Craig coach Mark Mullen said nearly every dual came down to the final match or two, and more than one was tied and settled by criteria.
Lodi is the seventh-ranked team in the state in Division 2, while Waunakee is ninth in Division 1. Craig (D1), Evansville/Albany (D2) and Viroqua (D2) are all receiving votes.
Craig won close matches against Viroqua and Evansville/Albany and lost to Lodi and Waunakee. In the match that settled third and fourth place, Elkhorn and the Cougars tied 36-36 and the Elks won on the deepest of criteria.
“We were 2-3 for fourth place, which is not outstanding. But it really wasn’t too bad, because that was about as competitive a tournament as you can get,” Mullen said. “It was a meat grinder.”
Senior Keeanu Benton, ranked No. 3 in the state in Division 1 at 285 pounds, was Craig’s only undefeated wrestler on the day. He beat a couple ranked wrestlers to go unbeaten.
Four others went 4-1: sophomore Joe Bellomo (126 pounds), senior Nate Ellis (132), sophomore Mitchell Schumann (195) and freshman Brady Schenk (220).
“We had some nice surprises,” Mullen said. “But our guys aren’t satisfied. And they better come back ready for this week.”
Craig hosts rival Janesville Parker for the Kaster-Cramer Cup at 7 p.m. Friday.
4-1 Lodi (winner: head-to-head criteria); 4-1 Waunakee; 3-2 Elkhorn; 2-3 Janesville Craig; 1-4 Evansville/Albany; 1-4 Viroqua
106—Sam Lorenz (Waunakee); 113—Nick Schweitzer (Waunakee); 120—Berhett Statz (Waunakee); 126—Garrett Moll (Lodi); 132—Dan Stilling (Elkhorn); 145—Ryan Hannah (Viroqua); 152—Nolan Kicmol (Evansville); 160—Zach Marek (Waunakee); 170—Tyler Hannah (Viroqua); 182—Jacob Heyroth (Lodi); 195—Nathan Welsh (Elkhorn); 220—Dakota Biefeld (Elkhorn); 285—Keeanu Benton (Janesville Craig)
Round 1—Elkhorn 38, Evansville 37 (win by criteria ‘H’); Lodi 50, Janesville Craig 26; Waunakee 49, Viroqua 27
Round 2—Elkhorn 39, Lodi 27; Waunakee 44, Evansville 12; Janesville Craig 39, Viroqua 36
Round 3—Waunakee 41, Elkhorn 25; Lodi 42, Viroqua 30; Janesville Craig 38, Evansville 27
Round 4—Viroqua 34, Elkhorn 32; Waunakee 37, Janesville Craig 33; Lodi 43, Evansville 24
Round 5—Elkhorn 37, Janesville Craig 36 (win by criteria ‘H’); Evansville 37, Viroqua 31; Lodi 38, Waunakee 34
Parker eighth at DC Everest—Parker senior Brett Perkins finished second at 126 pounds to help the Vikings finish eighth out of 12 teams at the Fred Lehrke Invitational.
Stratford rolled to the team title with 477 points. Medford was second at 238. Parker finished with 154.
Perkins, ranked No. 11 in the state in Division 1, was pinned in the title match by Stratford’s A.J. Schoenfuss, the No. 1-ranked wrestler in Division 3.
Parker’s Damian Quaerna took fourth place at 152 pounds.
Parker wrestles at Madison East in Big Eight Conference action Wednesday.
Fred Lehrke Invitational
At DC Everest
Stratford 477, Medford 238, DC Everest 222, Denmark 209, Marquette 173, Stanley-Boyd 172, Rosholt 167, Janesville Parker 154, Kettle Moraine 122, Auburndale 100, Mosinee 96, Xavier 32
CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHES AND THIRD-PLACE PARKER MATCHES
106—Karter Stuttgen (Str) pinned Bo Niewiadomski (Ros), 1:26.
113—Manny Drexler (Str) pinned Dustin Bergman (SB), 1:17.
120—Dane Higgins (Med) maj. dec. Ryan Dineen (Mar), 16-5.
126—A.J. Schoenfuss (Str) pinned Brett Perkins (JP), 1:06.
132—Thomas Severson (DC) by medical forfeit over Max Schwabe (Str).
138—Andy Poetzl (Med) by medical forfeit over Derek Marten (Str).
145—Dilan Dehlinger (Str) pinned John Crawford (KM), 3:02
152—Jake Drexler (Str) pinned Adam Charnecke (Ros), 2:56. Third: Jasper Ingalls (D) pinned Damian Quaerna (JP), 3:59.
160—Kolten Hanson (Med) pinned Carson Trotzer (DC), 3:28.
170—Trevor Dennee (Str) dec. Keller Wolfe (Aub), 7-2.
182—Kaelen Schmitt (Str) dec. Ben Turner (SB), 14-8)
195—Josh Nowak (KM) by medical forfeit over Aiden Hoffman (Str).
220—Dylan Schoenherr (Str) pinned Andrew Salemme (Mar), 2:32.
285—Josh Frerk (Den) pinned Charlie Gehringer (Mar), 1:25.
Badger wins title at Verona Duals—Lake Geneva Badger went undefeated, beating Monroe 45-30 in the fifth and final round of the 15th Annual Verona Duals.
Undefeated Badger wrestlers were Josh Stritesky (106), Beau LaDu (113), Stevie Krauss (132 and 138), Michael Sanders (152) and Kyle Freund (285).
Craig sent a reserve squad to the meet for the first time, and it beat Madison Memorial to finish fifth.
Badger, Monroe, Watertown, Verona, Janesville Craig Varsity Reserves, Madison Memorial
Round 1—Badger 64, Memorial 7; Monroe 40, Watertown 36; Verona 39, Craig 27
Round 2—Badger 76, Craig 6; Monroe 57, Verona 15; Watertown 66, Memorial 3
Round 3—Badger 64, Verona 12; Monroe 54, Memorial 15; Watertown 57, Craig 15
Round 4—Badger 39, Watertown 24; Monroe 72, Craig 6; Verona 36, Memorial 21
Round 5—Badger 45, Monroe 30; Watertown 57, Verona 6; Craig 36, Memorial 30