Wrestling: Panthers advance 5 to sectionals

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Oconto Falls places 2nd as team

Times Herald Staff

Behind a first-place finish from Clayton Whiting, the Oconto Falls wrestling team placed second as a team at the Division 2 Marinette Regional at Marinette High School on Saturday.

Freedom won the regional with 283 points, earning a spot at team sectionals.

Whiting was one of five Panthers to punch their tickets to sectionals after placing in the top two. Collin Schindel, Tyler Budz, Aidan Stary and Elijah Zielinski all placed second for Oconto Falls.

After receiving a bye to open the day, Whiting eased to a 26-11 technical fall victory before pinning Freedom’s Jon Verhasselt in 1 minute, 9 seconds in the 152-pound weight class first-place match.

After a bye, Schindel opened his day in the 120 weight class with a pin of Marinette’s Brayden Zuraski in 4:57. Schindel dropped a match by technical fall next, but was awarded second by rule over Zuarski.

Budz finished the day with a 3-1 record in the 126 class to claim his spot at sectionals. He opened the day with a 6-4 decision win before dropping a 6-2 decision. He responded by pinning Marinette’s Owen Suennen in 57 seconds before claiming a 4-1 decision over Seymour’s Blake Linsmeyer.

Like Schindel, Stary wrestled just two opponents on the day after receiving a bye in the 170 class. He pinned Freedom’s Noah Schadrie in 2:26 before being pinned in his next match. Stary earned second by rule over Schadrie.

Zielinski went 2-1 after his bye in the 220 class. He earned an 11-0 decision win over Peshtigo’s Riley Plosczynski before being pinned in his second match. Zielinski picked up a 9-1 major decision win over New London’s Keaten Pues to advance to sectionals.

The five wrestlers will now prepare to compete in the Wrightstown Sectional this Saturday.

Graeson Pankratz (106), Bodee Woods (138), Trevor Pankratz (160), Jacob Kaminski (182) and Caleb Carlton (195) all placed third for the Panthers. Brendan Konitzer (113) and Joshua Czerwinski (285) each came in fourth, while Trevor Schindel (132) was fifth.

Marinette Regional

Team scores: 1. Freedom 283; 2. Oconto Falls 184; 3. Marinette 152; 4. New London 141.5; 5. Seymour 127.5; 6. Clintonville/Marion 36; 7. Peshtigo 35.