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PREVIEW: Spartan wrestlers host Hayward Thursday night

The Superior High School wrestling team opened its season with a 49-27 loss at Barron Thursday night.

The Spartans won five matches, including pins by Oscar Flaherty (220), Dylan Lowney (285), Austin Mills (126), and Caden Stone (145).

Logan Stone also won his match at 160 pounds with a 4-3 decision over Barron’s Chase Peltier.

“We lost, but it was a fun dual to be a part of,” SHS coach Bob Coleman said., “We enjoyed two hours of aggressive, hard-fought high school wrestling matches. We have a very young team that has been working hard and is very coachable. They were a joy to watch tonight.

“We had to move some guys around to give us a chance to win the dual and they were willing to do that. We have a very close team that understands the concept of love by making sacrifices for the benefit of others.”

The Spartans then competed in Saturday’s Eau Claire North Husky Invite.

Oscar Flaherty led Superior by pinning all four opponents on his way to a first-place finish at 220 pounds.

DJ Martin also finished in sixth place for Superior at 285 pounds. Martin went 2-2 with all four of his matches ending in pins.

“We had another nice team performance at a very tough tournament,” Coleman said. “Oscar had his best tournament in his career and DJ, in his first varsity outing, also had a great day. He is a very small 285 wrestler but battles with a lot of heart.

“Our varsity had a very good day with everyone winning at least one match and scoring points for the team. I’m really excited for these guys. They are fun to work with and are willing to work hard.  It makes our job as coaches much easier.”

The Spartans began the season with 42 wrestlers, including 12 seniors and seven wrestlers who were sectional qualifiers last season.

Leading the way are seniors Jack Androsky, conference champ and sectional qualifier; Logan Stone, sectional qualifier; Brandon McClure, sectional qualifier and all-conference; Joe Carter, sectional qualifier; Dylan Lowney, sectional qualifiers and all-conference; and Flaherty, two-time conference champ and sectional qualifier.

Also returning is sophomore Stone, a conference runner-up and sectional qualifier.

“All of our wrestlers are hard workers and very coachable,” said Coleman, who took over as coach of the Spartans last season and has coached for 36 years. “We have a nice time. Guys are working hard and we are ahead of where we were at last season.

“Again this year we have a number of first-year wrestlers, but because of our senior depth, leadership and their love for their teammates, they have made a big impact on getting everyone up to speed.”

The Spartans host Hayward at 7 p.m. Thursday then will compete in Northwestern’s Robert Mackey Duals Saturday.

“As a coaching staff we have been very pleased with the improvement we have made from last year,” Coleman said. “Our team’s climate is outstanding. Our seniors and captains are doing a great job with our inexperienced and young team with their encouragement and connecting with their teammates.

“Our first two weeks was spent on focusing on love, which is sacrificial act for the benefit of others and that has really allowed us to grow and get better.”

SPARTAN SPIN: The Spartans were 6-8 last season, including 3-6 in the Heart O’ North Conference. … Coleman’s assistant coaches are Cal Barr and Steve Plunkett, and the volunteer coaches include Brandon Olson, Nick Long and Carter Bahr. … The team’s managers are Katelin Olson and Rianna Fortin.

Superior High School

Boys Wrestling Roster

106 — Tucker Johnson, Fr.; Wyatt Johnson, Fr.

120 — Jack Androsky, Sr.; Brittany Phillips, Fr.; Henry Huber, Fr.; Raven Mickelson, Fr.; Austin Mills, Fr.

126 — Joseph Lehto, Fr.

132 — James Kirchoff, Sr.; Landon Lathrop, Jr.; Jackson Karren, Jr.; Devin Lowney, Jr.

138 — Caden Stone, So.; Carson Korkalo, So.

145 — Patrick Kerr, Fr.; Jason Samarziya, Fr.; Branden McClure, Sr.; Ethan Raye.

152 — Logan Stone, Sr.; Brady Herbst, So.; Riley Bass, So.; Gabe Anderson, Sr.; Alex Schlais, Jr.

160 — Nathan Anderson, Jr.; Tristian Savoye, Sr.

170 — Joe Carter, Sr.; Carter Fonger, Fr.; Donovan Lowney, Fr.

195 — Lars Root, So.; Sam Oosten, Sr.; Gunnar Gronski, Sr.

220 — Oscar Flaherty, Sr.; Tyler Moen, So.; Connor Walker, Jr.; Dylan Thorson, Jr.; Nathan Young, Jr.

285 — Nick Ward, Jr.; DJ Martin, Sr.; Jessie Torres, Jr.; Dylan Lowney, Sr.; Brahden Long, Jr.

Barron 49, Superior 27

170 — William Waldofski, B, pinned Rylie Bass, 0:25.

182 — Tony Candler, B, pinned Joe Carter, 5:06.

195 — Zach Miller, B, pinned Lars Root, 0:50.

220 — Oscar Flaherty, SHS, pinned Kiunte Sigurdson, 0:54.

285 — Dylan Lowney, SHS, pinned McCade Miller, 0:56.

106 — Alex Cox, B, pinned Wyatt Johnson, 0:56.

113 — Lorenzo Meza, B, pinned Tucker Johnson, 1:18.

120 — Shauna Thompson, B, pinned Brittany Phillips, 0:43.

126 — Austin Mills, SHS, pinned Isaiah Tallman, 1:19.

132 — Jackson Massie, B, def. Jack Androsky, MD 11-2.

138 — Justin Bartlett, B, pinned Landon Lathrop, 3:07.

145 — Caden Stone, SHS, pinned McKinley Verhulst, 1:47.

152 — Tristan Massie, B, def. Brandon McClure, 10-8.

160 — Logan Stone, SHS, def. Chase Peltier, 4-3.

Eau Claire North Husky Invite

Superior’s Results

138 — Landon Lathrop, 15th place with four points: pinned Chase Schultz (Cadott), 5:54; pinned by Jacob Guibord (ECM), 1:22; lost to Michael Poulos (Whitehall), 5-4; pinned by Sam Crowley (B-W), 3:54; pinned Paul Mikolon (Cameron), 2:14.

145 — Brandon McClure, ninth place with 24 points: pinned Cody Atherton (Prescott), 4:18; lost to Nathan Roach (Ladysmith), 5-1; pinned Preston Potaczek (Stanley-Boyd/Owen Withee), 1:29; won by tech fall over Joe Powers (New Richmond), 15-0; won by tech fall over Dresden Lambert (Cochrane-Fountain City), 15-0.

145 — Caden Stone, 13th place: lost by tech fall to Jared Lansing (Ellsworth), 16-0; lost to Dresden Lambert (Cochrane-Fountain City), 4-2; pinned Preston Guttenberg (Blair-Taylor), 4:25; pinned Preston Potaczek (Stanley-Boyd/Owen Withee), 3:00.

152 — Logan Stone, 10th place with 19 points: lost to Sawyer Hamilton (Ellsworth), 3-1; pinned Sawyer Kniprath (Nekoosa/Assumption/Port Edwards), 1:44; pinned Noah Shepherd (Blair-Taylor), 1:50; lost to Dylan Wachter (NR), 5-2.

182 — Joe Carter, 10th place with 17 points: pinned by Jake LaVenture (NR), 3:14; received a bye; pinned Josh Jenness (Ladysmith), 2:47; pinned by Ethan Tegels (Cadott), 1:50.

195 — Sam Oosten, 11th place with 12 points: pinned by Reed Guenther (Blair-Taylor), 1:10; received a bye; pinned by Jake Heimer (B-W), 2:42; pinned Simon Flick (Nekoosa/Assumption/Port Edwards), 0:27.

220 — Oscar Flaherty, first place with 52 points: pinned Jakota Todd (Stanley-Boyd/Owen Withee), 0:50; pinned Reis Stricker (Eagan), 0:39; pinned Samuel Hasenohrl (Auburndale), 1:26; pinned Riley Wingert (Plainview-Elgin-Millville), 1:30.

285 — DJ Martin, sixth place with 31 points: pinned Shawn Thomason (Prescott), 2:34; pinned by Allen Uttecht (Wittenberg-Birnamwood), 1:28; pinned Adam Malstrom (B-W), 2:05; pinned by Logan Wingert (Plainview-Elgin-Millville).

Superior High School

2017-18 Wrestling Schedule

Thur., Dec 7.................................................................... at Barron (L, 49-27)

Sat., Dec 9...................................................................... at ECN Invite, 10 a.m.

Thur., Dec 14.................................................................. vs. Hayward, 7 p.m.

Sat., Dec 16.................................................................... at Northwestern Invite, 9:30 a.m.

Friday, Dec 22................................................................ at Stanley-Boys, 4:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec 29................................................................ at ECM Invite

Thursday, Jan 4.............................................................. vs. Ashland, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan 6.............................................................. Spartan Invite, 10:30 a.m.

Saturday, Jan 13............................................................ at Ashland Invite, 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Jan 16............................................................. at Spooner, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan 18............................................................ vs. Ladysmith, 7 p.m.

Friday, Jan 26................................................................. at Cumberland, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan 30............................................................. at Cloquet, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb 3............................................................. HON at Bloomer

Saturday, Feb 10........................................................... WIAA Regional at NR

Wednesday, Feb 14....................................................... WIAA Sectional at Wausau West

Feb. 23-24....................................................................... State at Kohl Center, Madison

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