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December 7, 2012
By Todd VanderLoop of Stevens Point Area Senior High

SPASH wrestling downs Everest


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SPASH's Tyler Engle grapples with Everest's Sean Luedtke 152 pounds at D.C. Everest in Weston, on Thursday. / Dan Young/Daily Herald Media
D.C. Everest's Manning Denk cruised to an 8-0 victory over SPASH's Nate Duffert at 106 pounds at D.C. Everest in Weston on Thursday. / Dan Young/Daily Herald Media
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WESTON — Strong performances at the top weights were enough to put Stevens Point Area Senior High over the top in its Wisconsin Valley Conference dual meet opener Thursday night at D.C. Everest.

Starting at 152 pounds, SPASH won six of the first seven matches, including back-to-back pins at 160 and 170 pounds, a major decision at 182 and a pair of forfeits at 195 and 285 that gave the Panthers all the points they would need en route to a 39-22 victory over the Evergreens.

“That’s obviously where our strength is,” SPASH coach Duane Groshek said of his upper weights. “Those guys are pretty solid and at 120 and 126 we’ve got some pretty tough wrestlers.”

Tyler Engle gave the Panthers an early lead with a 5-3 decision over Sean Luedtke at 152 in what would be the closest match of the night.

Nate Engle and Billy Duffert then followed with first-period pins at 160 and 170 pounds, respectively.

“They have a couple of pretty good kids there in Duffert and Engle,” Everest coach Eric Lehrke said. “We’re a little out-experienced and kind of new at the top. We were hoping to hang on a little bit and come through at the bottom.”

The Panthers made that difficult as Mitch Mallek picked up a major decision at 182 to go with a pair of forfeits at 195 and 285.

“It’s been awhile since we haven’t had at least one forfeit,” Groshek said. “So we’re happy to have a full lineup.”

The Evergreens were able to sandwich a 28-second pin from Drew Stotmeister at 220 and a major decision from Manning Denk around the forfeit at 285. Mitch Veverka also picked up a 7-3 decision at 113 for Everest, but a 9-4 decision by Kellen Pope at 120 and a technical fall by Fritz Schierl at 126 were enough to seal the deal for the Panthers.

The Evergreens did get decisions at 132 from Tou Vang, 138 from Austin Helmer and 145 from Joe Ziolkowski, but the big points the Panthers got early were too much to overcome.

“The pins were big,” Groshek said. “We have really improved the last few years in turning guys and pinning more guys, which has helped us win a lot more matches.

“All in all, we never take a Valley win for granted. It’s usually one of the toughest conferences, if not the toughest conference in the state.”

152: Tyler Engle (SP) def. Sean Luedtke, 5-3. 160: Nate Engle (SP) p. Josh Rieckoff, 1:43. 170: Billy Duffert (SP) p. Feng Meng Lo, 1:01. 182: Mitch Mallek (SP) maj. dec. Codie Hoffman, 12-2. 195: Joe Firkus (SP) won by forfeit. 220: Drew Stotmeister (DCE) p. Conner Stroik, :28. 285: Justin Pawlak (SP) won by forfeit. 106: Manning Denk (DCE) maj. dec. Nate Duffert, 8-0. 113: Mitch Veverka (DCE) def. Kolby Konopacky, 7-3. 120: Kolten Pope (SP) def. Jack Freis, 9-4. 126: Fritz Schierl (SP) tech. fall Dan Veverka, 17-2. 132: Tou Vang (DCE) def. Tyler Hall, 3-0. 138: Austin Helmer (DCE) def. Dakota Kelz, 5-0. 145: Joe Ziolkowski (DCE) def. Jerney Simkowski, 8-1.

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