Goslings rout Monona Grove-McFarland on Senior Night
It was a fitting way to end Senior Night.
Three Watertown seniors — Nick Logan, Matt Brewster and Alex Nachtigall — all won matches to lead the Gosling wrestlers to a 55-17 Badger South win over Monona Grove/McFarland on Friday at WHS. But when the dual was officially complete, one final exhibition match was held and it brought the fans to their feet.
Senior heavyweight Kollin Uttech, a dedicated member of the team who is vision impaired, made a special curtain call by pinning Monona Grove/McFarland senior Mitchell Roeder at 5 minutes, 40 seconds and earning a standing ovation.
“He’s wanted to be on the varsity lineup for so long and it’s just never worked out, being available when there’s an injury and we’ve got to put him in,” Watertown co-wrestling coach Bob Logan said.
“We asked Monona Grove if he’d be OK with an exhibition, so it didn’t distract from the actual varsity dual, but actually give Kollin a chance to experience that varsity setting … the run-out song, the crowd going crazy, supporting him, the teammates behind him. He just took a lot of pride. I’ve just never seen someone smile so much when I told him we were going to do it. It felt really good.”
After a scoreless first period, Uttech scored an escape five seconds into the second period. Roeder took him down midway through the period, but Uttech escaped again to tie the match at 2-2 heading into the third period.
Roeder chose neutral to start the third period. With time winding down, Roeder shot in. Uttech rode Roeder down with a front headlock and turned him for the pin.
“They’ve wrestled three or four times,” Logan said. “The other kid beat him the first two times. Kollin beat him once last year. The kid shot in and Kollin just kind of heavyweighted on him.”
Watertown (3-2 in conference) won the coin flip, allowing the Goslings to send sophomore Kasey Logan out to receive a forfeit at 152. Nick Logan bumped up to 160 and pinned MG-M senior Carlos Gatica at 1:57.
“We won the matches we should have won,” coach Logan said. “The kids were psyched for Senior Night. We won the coin toss. That allowed us to get Nick a match. We didn’t want them ducking our senior.”
Watertown sophomore Dylan Sippel lost a 20-9 major decision to MG-M senior Tyler White. Sippel made things interesting early. After giving up the first takedown, he sat out when White got out of position and earned a reversal and two near fall points for a 4-2 lead. After that, White ran takedowns to avoid further trouble on the mat.
Noah Othmer won a forfeit at 182 and Brewster pinned junior Connor Frasier in the second period at 195. At 220, sophomore Sait Hernandez stuck freshman Guenther Switze in the second period to put the Goslings up 30-3. Switze cost the visitors a team point for an untied shoe.
”Sait was back in the lineup,” coach Logan said. “He’s been injured the last several weeks. We were able to work it out in the lineup. Matt was at 195, so we were able to move some things around. That gave us a little bit of space to get him in. Right now, we’ve got some injuries at 195. Carson Triplett was sick. Miguel (Hernandez) just got his cast off. It’s good to have options.”
Alex Nachtigall won a 3-1 decision over sophomore Kristian Schlicht in the heavyweight match. Nachtigall earned a second period escape and rode Schlicht well enough to earn two stalling points before Schlicht earned a meaningless escape with two seconds left.
“This is the third time they have met this year,” coach Logan said. “It’s getting closer each time. Their kid does a good job staying in position. He’s a young heavyweight. He’s learning.
“We always tell (Alex) to chop the tree down from the side, not from the front. The more you can get a big guy stepping, the more tired he gets. The more steps, the more safe shots, the better.”
Monona Grove-McFarland won a technical fall and a pin fall at 106 and 113. At 120, Watertown freshman Walker Wichman scored a 15-2 major decision over freshman Cole Weaver. Wichman went beyond unconventional while riding, performing three different headstands while trying to turn Weaver.
“That was probably Walker improvising,” coach Logan said. “It’s kind of like a jazz musician riffing on a situation. I think he was trying to get momentum to pull the guy over, because he wasn’t able to muscle him over, so he was trying to get a little physics behind him.
“Let’s just say we don’t coach that, but it worked, so its hard to fault. He’s fun to have in the lineup, fun to have in the room.”
Freshman Owen Zingler (126) and junior Tyler Krakow (138) won by forfeit while junior Edward Wilkowski needed just 17 seconds to earn the pin at 132.
“Ed looked great,” coach Logan said.
In the last match of the night, MG-M sophomore Zach Gunderson won a 6-0 decision over Watertown sophomore Kolten Blome.
“Kolton wrestled a tough match against Gunderson,” coach Logan said. “He needs to be more multi-dimensional. He has one thing to go to and he doesn’t have a Plan B. That’s hard to go up against the No. 4 kid in the state with that kind of lack of repertoire.
“He’s getting closer, but I think he was wrestling more to not lose bad than to win. I want to see him wrestle to win. If he stumbles he stumbles. You’re going against one of the top kids in the state. You’ve got to lay it on the line. Kolton’s had a great season so far, but we want to take him to that next level. We want him going for wins.”
Other seniors recognized included Jose Rivera (138), Tanner Nachtigall (182), Danny Maule (170) and Miguel Hernandez (182).
“I was really happy for our seniors,” coach Logan said. “Senior Night is always a hard night. You know it’s the last time they are going to wrestle (at home), and when your kid is one of them … I’ve been coaching these kids since second grade in baseball and football and wrestling. This is going to be a tough class to lose.”
Watertown takes an extended break before wrestling a nonconference dual meet at Waukesha West on Thursday, Jan. 17.
MONONA GROVE/MCFARLAND 17
106 — Rettkowski (MGM) tech. fall Hernandez (W) 16-0
113 — I. Gatica (MGM) pinned Fritsche (W) at :56
120 — Wichman (W) major dec. Weaver (MGM) 15-2
126 — Zingler (W) received forfeit
132 — Wilkowski (W) pinned Schlaefer (MGM) at :17
138 — Krakow (W) received forfeit
145 — Gunderson (MGM) dec. Blome (W) 6-0
*152 — K. Logan (W) received forfeit
160 — N. Logan (W) pinned C. Gatica (MGM) at 1:57
170 — White (MGM) major dec. Sippel (W) 20-9
182 — Othmer (W) received forfeit
195 — Brewster (W) pinned Frasier (MGM) at 2:26
220 — S. Hernandez (W) pinned Switze (M) at 3:10
285 — A. Nachtigall (W) dec. Schlicht (MGM) 3-1
285 — Uttech (W) pinned Roeder (MGM) at 5:40