The Superior High School wrestling team opened its season with a 45-36 loss to the Ashland Oredockers Thursday, Dec. 12, in the SHS auxiliary gym.
“Despite the loss, we are off to a great start,” SHS coach Bob Coleman said. “This team has really raised the bar with their drilling and pushing each other in the room. Anytime a dual comes down to the last match to decide the final results is always exciting.”
The Spartans won six matches.
Caden Stone (170 pounds), Seth Smetak (195) and Darrin Lowney (220) won by pins and Konnor Kreuger (106), Wyatt Johnson (113) and Caden Ostman (126) won by forfeits.
Stone pinned Ashland’s Eli Schue in 5:42; Smetak pinned Amari Cadotte in 58 seconds; and Lowney pinned Jace Wiggins in 13 seconds.
“It was an exciting night. We had a nice crowd that was really behind us the entire dual,” Coleman said. “Ashland has a very solid team with some high quality wrestlers, but I was very proud of our guys. They never backed down and stayed on the attack every match.
“Our focus was to control what we can control and not worry about those things that we can not. The team did a great job with that.”
The Spartans’ roster for the 2019-20 season includes 41 wrestlers, including eight seniors: Noah Barlass, Riley Bass, Austin Lahr, Blake Mercill, Tyler Moen, Brittany Phillips, Smetak and Stone.
“Yes, we had some nervous guys, but they went out there and did what they could,” Coleman said. “They are beginning to understand its a growth process. If we focus on the process we will continue to improve and by the end of the season we will be where we want to be surprising other teams. I’m very proud of each and everyone of our wrestlers.”
The Spartans will compete in the Eau Claire North Invitational at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, then wrestle at Cameron on Friday, Dec. 20.
SPARTAN SPIN: Coleman’s assistant coach is Nick Long.
Superior High School
2019-20 Wrestling Roster
Seniors (8) — Noah Barlass, Riley Bass, Austin Lahr, Blake Mercill, Tyler Moen, Brittany Phillips, Seth Smetak, Caden Stone.
Juniors (9) — Henry Huber, Alexander Hughes, Tucker Johnson, Wyatt Johnson, Patrick Kerr, Donovin Lowney, Raven Mickelson, Austin Mills, Archer Siers.
Sophomores (9) — Ethan Geegan, Jordan Goldfine, Benjamin Hubbard, Jakob Johnson, Darrin Lowney, Lucy Root, Aisan Rusk; Samantha Wicklund, Lance Young.
Freshmen (15) — Wyat Culwell, Trevor Derick, Logan Jennings, Joshua Johnson, Connor Krueger, Joshua Lambert, Will Lampton, Caden Ostman, Riley Reid, Grayce Reinke, Trevon Stubblefield, Jason Thomas, Bo Waletzko, Eric Winterscheidt, Caleb Zimpel.
Ashland 45, Superior 36
106 — Connor Kreuger, SHS, won by forfeit; 113 — Wyatt Johnson, SHS, won by forfeit; 120 — Anna Danielson, A, pinned Tucker Johnson, 2:54; 126 — Caden Ostman, SHS, won by forfeit; 132 — Corey Hagstrom, A maj. dec. Jason Thomas, 11-2; 138 — Isaak Livingston, A, def. Henry Huber TF 17-1 (4:15); 145 — Jared Stricker, A, pinned Eric Winterscheidt, 1:29; 152 — Willy Bearskin, A, pinned Austin Mills, 1:25; 160 — Aaron Diamond, A, pinned Austin Lahr, 3:08; 170 — Caden Stone, SHS, pinned Eli Schue, 5:42; 182 — Isaac Pearce, A, pinned Alex Hughes, 3:08; 195 — Seth Smetak, SHS, pinned Amari Cadotte, 0:58; 220 — Darrin Lowney, SHS, pinned Jace Wiggins, 0:13; 285 — Justin Weiss, A, pinned Joshua Lambert, 0:49.
The Spartans finished in 14th place in Eau Claire North’s 26-team Husky Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 14.
Ellsworth won the team title with 407 points. The Spartans finished with 147 points.
“We finished in the middle of the pack as a team, which isn’t bad considering how tough the tournament is,” Coleman said. “I really didn’t know what to expect except we were going to battle every match.”
The Spartans were led by Wyatt Johnson (113 pounds), Jason Thomas (132), Caden Stone (170), who won consolation championships with 4-1 records.
Also earning his way onto the podium was Connor Kruger, who finished third at 106 pounds with three pins and a major decision win.
Kruger’s only loss was 6-0 to St. Croix Falls’ Luke Thaemer, who finished first and is currently ranked No. 1 in the state at 106.
“I’m very proud of what our team did,” Coleman said. “Things didn’t always go our way, but they never stopped trying to get better. Our wrestlers just focused on the process and kept working hard on getting better and coming together as a team.
“Both the varsity and JV team had a great day. The team set a goal to focus on the process, to keep learning and growing as wrestlers and young men. That’s exactly what they did. It’s fun watching them grow like that.”
Up next for Superior is a meet a Cameron at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20.