Watertown wrestlers lose matchup for second place in Badger South
MILTON — In a battle for second place in the Badger South dual meet standings, Milton won eight of 14 matches to beat Watertown 42-33 on Thursday.
“Tonight’s match with Milton was a great dual to watch, but it was definitely a heartbreaker,” Watertown co-wrestling coach Bob Logan said. “Milton definitely brought their A game and pulled off some key matches to manufacture the win.”
“We just didn’t get the wins in the key swing matches we were looking for,” Watertown co-wrestling coach RJ Dilcher said. “They have strong lower weights and we knew that going into the dual meet. Some of our guys just got out worked by a tough team that was looking to avenge their loss from last year.”
Milton pinned out in the lower weights from 106 to 126 pounds.
Watertown got pins from Edward Wilkowski (132), Kolten Blome (145), Tanner Nachtigall (182) and heavyweight Alex Nachtigall.
“Tanner has really been stepping up for us,” Dilcher said. “He’s one of those guys that, four years ago, didn’t know if he wanted to go out and even wrestle. Now he expects to go out there and win the key matches. He’s come a long way since his freshman year. He’s a strong team captain for us.”
Nick Logan won a 15-0 technical fall over Jordan Stivarius at 160.
“Going into the 160 match, one of their best kids was there, so it made sense for us to bump up one of the best kids we have in the state at 152,” Dilchert said.
“Nick just stayed in good position and outworked the kid. He was an animal on top. His top game has really evolved in the past two years and now he is beating great kids handily. He breaks guys mentally with his turns on top. You can see in their eyes that they don’t know what hit them and it looks like they just quit on him. He is really winning the mental game out there.”
Matt Brewster won an 11-3 major decision at 220 for Watertown’s other victory.
Milton won a pair of decisions that decided the meet. At 152, Kade Desourmeau won a 12-8 decision over Kasey Logan. At 195, Josiah Richardson won an 11-6 decision in the first tiebreaker period.
“We had several opportunities to win this dual and fell short,” coach Logan said. “I feel that we were at a par with Milton. We had kids on their backs at weights that we got pinned. If we pin there instead of getting pinned, we win that dual.
“Several other times we gave up falls with short time left or in spots where we could have maybe dropped a major instead of the fall. We just need to keep fighting for every single point and giving our best effort in all that we do and we’ll be fine.
“We love these guys and have the utmost confidence that they will keep working hard. As I said, we had chances to win but we got beat by a team who wrestled a little better tonight. They made some lineup shifts that went their way, and we dropped some point we shouldn’t have. Lesson learned. Turn the page.”
Watertown (2-2 in conference) wrestles at the On The Water Tournament hosted by Lourdes Academy at UW-Oshkosh on Dec. 28-29.
MILTON 42, WATERTOWN 33
106 — Harms (M) pinned Hernandez (W) at 1:03
113 — Nilo (M) pinned Fritsche (W) at 1:10
120 — Kilieszewski (M) pinned Zingler (W) at 1:24
126 — Dutcher (M) pinned Wichman (W) at 3:49
132 — Wilkowski (W) pinned Scherdin (M) at :58
138 — Kersten (M) pinned Krakow (W) at :38
145 — Blome (W) pinned Trey Smith (M) at 1:34
152 — Desormeau (M) dec. K. Logan (W) 12-2
160 — N. Logan (W) tech. fall Stivarius (M) 15-0
170 — Miller (M) pinned Sippel (W) at 2:19
182 — T. Nachtigall (W) pinned Travis Smith (M) at 1:30
195 — Richardson (M) dec. Triplett (W) 11-6 in TB-1
220 — Brewster (W) major dec. Hergert (M) 11-3
285 — A. Nachtigall (W) pinned Peters (M) at 1:00