Zschernitz wins title for Spencer/Columbus at Freedom Wrestling Invite
Rockets finish fifth, Marshfield ninth at tournament
By Paul Lecker
FREEDOM — Logan Zschernitz won the 285-pound title to help the Spencer/Columbus Catholic wrestling team to a fifth-place finish at the 16-team Freedom Irish Invitational on Saturday at Freedom High School.
Zschernitz pinned Jacob Stein of tournament-champion Hortonville with 28 seconds remaining in the third period to earn the 285-pound title and improve to 22-5 this season.
Hortonville had five individual champions and rolled to the team crown with 236.5 points, Freedom was a distant second with 127, Spencer/Columbus was fifth with 104, and Marshfield took ninth with 90.
Anthony Kanable and Conner Peterson had Marshfield’s top finishes, each taking second.
Kanable lost in the 132-pound championship match to Curtis Diedrich of Hortonville 11-2, and Peterson was pinned by Wrightstown’s Stetson Burmeister in 1:21 of the 182-pound finals.
Nolan Hertel took third at 138 for the Tigers.
Spencer/Columbus’ Hunter Luepke lost just his third match of the season in a loaded 195-pound bracket. He lost in the semifinals before winning a major decision 12-4 over Denmark’s Matt VandenHuevel in the third-place match.
Both teams return to action next Thursday. Marshfield is at D.C. Everest, and Spencer/Columbus hosts Cadott.
(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
Freedom Irish Invitational
Jan. 16, at Freedom High School
Team scores: 1. Hortonville 236.5; 2. Freedom 127; 3. Bay Port 123.5; 4. De Pere 119.5; 5. Spencer/Columbus Catholic 104; 6. Wrightstown 101.5; 7. Denmark 100.5; 8. Appleton North 97.5; 9. Marshfield and Eau Claire North 90; 11. Shiocton 89; 12. Ashwaubenon 64.5; 13. Burlington 64; 14. Kiel 45; 15. West De Pere 39; 16. Mishicot 26.
Championship matches, and Spencer/Columbus and Marshfield finishes
106: Championship – Eric Barnett (HOR) won major dec. over George Lopez (DP) 13-0; Fifth place – Tanner Kanable (MAR) won major dec. over Jake Dick (SC) 9-1.
113: Championship – Mason Phillips (ECN) def. Garrison Murphy (FR) 4-0.
120: Championship – Brokc Bergelin (DEN) def. Max Bruss (DP) 3-0.
126: Championship – Jacob Barnett (HOR) def. Ian Laatsch (AN) 11-8; Third place – Mitch Garvey (FR) won major dec. over Bryce Shaw (SC) 10-0.
132: Championship – Curtis Diedrich (HOR) won major dec. over Anthony Kanable (MAR) 11-2; Third place – Keenan Graef (WDP) won major dec. over Austin Post (SC) 12-0.
138: Championship – Josh Bird (BUR) won major dec. over Brady Shulfer (BP) 14-5; Third place – Nolan Hertel (MAR) def. Nathan Lichtfuss (HOR) 5-3; Fifth place – Sammy VanStraten (SH) pinned Tim Bauer (SC) in 1:23.
145: Championship – Trevor Turiff (DP) won technical fall over Justin Peterson (ECN) 15-0; Fifth place – Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann (MAR) def. Ben Mannenbach (KIEL) 7-3.
152: Championship – Joe Cliver (HOR) pinned Ben Klinster (WR) in 1:13.
160: Championship – Elliott Luker (HOR) won major dec. over Seth Vosters (FR) 15-6.
170: Championship – Bret Collin (DEN) won major dec. over Bryce Herlache (WR) 14-2; Fifth place – Hunter Hildebrandt (SC) def. Brad Conger (HOR) 8-3.
182: Championship – Stetson Burmeister (WR) pinned Conner Peterson (MAR) in 1:21.
195: Championship – Ben Kitslaar (BP) def. Henry Fielding (SH) by injury default; Third place – Hunter Luepke (SC) won major dec. over Matt VandenHeuvel (DEN) 12-4.
220: Championship – Hegeman Tiedt (BUR) won major dec. over Daniel Cole (ASH) 8-0.
285: Championship – Logan Zschernitz (SC) pinned Jacob Stein (HOR) in 5:32.