Gehrmann, Neff lead Eagles at Mid-States; Neff gets 100th win
WHITEWATER — Senior Quintin Gehrmann and junior Dean Neff each took second place for Jefferson at the Mid-State Wrestling Classic on Saturday hosted by Whitewater at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Warren, Illinois, had three wrestlers in the championship match which led to the top team score, 285 points. Jefferson earned 20th place with 124 points and Whitewater finished in 26th place with 68 points.
Neff picked up his 100th win at the tournament. He is the fourth Jefferson wrestler in the last two years to reach the milestone, but he is the first junior to do so.
Neff earned three victories by decision to qualify for the championship bout. He earned a 9-7 victory over West Bend East 160-pounder Cooper Schlosser and an 8-6 victory over Reedsville senior Brandon Stetzler before he was defeated by Kewaskum senior Eric Bauer, 11-2, by major decision.
“Dean had a really good bracket. He wrestled as good as he’s wrestled in his career,” Jefferson co-head coach Devin Weber said. “He picked up his 100th win of the year, so that was great.”
Schlosser was 41-8 last season and a WIAA Division 1 state qualifier and Bauer took fourth place at the WIAA Division 2 state tournament in the 138-pound weight class.
“Those were two big wins for him. I would say this tournament, the biggest thing was he was bringing his shot up and finishing it,” Weber said.
“He’s always had a really good single leg, but it’s always been a matter of what he did with it when he got it. When he’s wrestling and attacking on his feet, he’s tough to beat.”
Gehrmann dominated his way to the title match. The 113-pounder picked up a pair of pins and a 17-6 victory by major decision in the quarterfinals. He was defeated by Warren, Illinois, senior Austin Nash, 5-3.
“In the finals, he ran into a tough kid,” Weber said. “He took all the shots and just got out-scrambled a little bit.”
Senior 126-pounder Weston Wright finished in 11th place. He lost a pair of matches to open the second day of the tournament and then won a 10-5 decision against Lake Geneva Badger sophomore Robert Zilskie.
“It was good to see him bounce back because it’s really tough to come back out after those two losses, but he did,” Weber said. “Weston had a tough tournament. He grew a couple of inches in the off-season, so he’s still kind of trying to figure out where he’s at. I really expect him to pick up steam here for the final stretch of the season.”
Sophomore Aaron Heine took sixth place in the 170-pound weight class and fellow sophomore Obryon Lee took 12th place in the 220-pound weight class.
Weber said it was the most complete performance by Heine yet this season. Throughout the season, Weber has returned to mention about the steady growth of Heine. After the performance on Saturday, Weber said Heine has taken a major step forward raising his potential for the end of the year.
“Any time you’re wrestling in the second day of a Christmas tournament, you’re looking at a kid who could make a run to get to the state tournament,” Weber said.
“I would say he’s solidified himself on top. He has his moves where he can be a hammer on top. On his feet and on the bottom, he’s still figuring things out. He’s being a sponge and the nice thing is that he’s a sophomore and he has time to continue to get better.”
Jefferson continues its season on the road against Poynette on Thursday beginning at 7 p.m.
Team scores — Warren, Illinois, 285, Wrightstown, 271, Weyauwega-Fremont, 226, Union Grove, 216, Appleton North, 201.5, Cedar Grove-Belgium, 200, West Bend East, 197.5, Janesville Craig, 183, Oconomowoc, 180, Kewaskum, 177.5, Dundee Crown, Illinois, 159, Edgerton, 158, Nicolet, 149, Lake Geneva Badger, 147.5, Elkhorn and Wauconda, 146, Kiel, 141, Vernon Hills, 137, Reedsville, 130, Jefferson, 124, Harvard, Illinois, 109, Kenosha Tremper, 97.5, Waukesha West, 97, Johnsburg, 84, Oregon 72.5, Whitewater, 68, Pecatonica-Argyle, Milwaukee Lutheran, 60, Janesville Parker, 59.5, Beloit Turner, 54.