By Tim Ash
After the first day of wrestling at the 2017 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament in Madison, WI, I have mixed results for our Door & Kewaunee County wrestlers. In tonight action wrestlers who finished 2nd at their regional wrestled a 3rd place finisher from another regional with regional champions receiving a bye into Fridays matches.
The only wrestler to take the mat tonight for Southern Door was River Pawelski (40-4) at 132 pounds in Division 3, wrestling Chad Waldera (29-8) from Blair-Taylor. River controlled this match from the start and was never in trouble winning with a major decision with a score of14-3, improving his record to 41-4.
Wrestling for Kewaunee at 120 pounds in Division 3 was Cam Konop (34-7) against Aiden Nutler (36-11) from Fennimore. Cam keep it a close match but, just couldn’t seem to get anything going his way losing a close match 5-0, Cam ends the year with a record of 34-8.
In Division 2 for Luxemburg-Casco four wrestlers took the mat this evening. Starting out at 106 pounds Lucas Joniaux (33-12) took on Bradley Gabrielski (24-16) from Ripon. Lucas took control early in his match and ended up winning a very hard fought match 7-0, to improve to 34-12 on the year.
Wrestling at 120 pounds was Reece Worachek (30-14) against Mike Smith (30-1) from Amery, who is the #4 ranked wrestler in the State as of the last rankings published. Reece was defeated in a fall in 1:12 and ended the year with a record of 30-15.
In a match at 138 pounds Cameron Lemmens (28-10) took on Tim Coyne (30-2) from Hayward/Northwoods. Cameron just couldn’t score in this match only getting 1 point on an escape losing 4-1. Cameron ends the season with a record of 28-11. Finishing the day for our local wrestlers was Nate Lloyd (37-13) at 220 pounds wrestling Tucker Bender (35-11) from Ripon. After a scoreless first period Nate gave up an escape in the second period but, evened it up with an escape of his own in the third period. In overtime it didn’t take long for the victory with a take down in :12 for Nate improving to 38-13.
Fridays wrestling will start at 11:15 with winners from tonight’s matches joining all the other Door & Kewaunee County wrestlers who received a bye. Reporting from the Kohl Center in Madison, WI for Door County Daily News is Tim Ash.