Three Tigers wrestle way to sectional meet
Northwestern High School's Travis Brannan, Jay Karich and Jacob Miniot all finished second at Saturday's WIAA regional wrestling tournament in Rice Lake.
The three will now compete in the Division 2 sectional meet at 10 a.m. this Saturday at Osceola.
"We had a great regional," NHS coach Bob Coleman said. "This team has really grown because of our leadership from our captains Travis Brannan, Sam Schafter and Jake Moniot. Our goal was to have our teams best outing of the season and that we did do."
Brannan opened at 145 pounds with a pins over Hunter Huth of Spooner and Joel Sinclari of Barron. After a 10-0 major decision loss to Rice Lake's Tyler Fleming, Brannon won by rule over Sinclair to improve to 6-5.
Karich, now 12-22 at 182 pounds, received a bye, pinned Austin Bones of Spooner, lost by injury default to Wyatt Butkiewicz and won by rule over Bones in the second place match.
At 285 pounds Miniot pinned Josh Tyler of Rice Lake and Zach Shutt of Spooner before being pinned by Roy Quagon of Hayward in the first-place match. Miniot rebounded, and improved to 25-15, by winning by rule over Shutt in the second-place match.
"Jake had a great tournament," Coleman said. "He pinned his way to the finals then he was trailing to the defending conference camp from last week 1-0 in the third period before getting caught in a scramble and then pinned."
Also for Northwestern, Luke Jarman (113 pounds) and Jackson Doller (138) finished third; Mike Maki (120) and Samanthan Schafter (126) finished fifth; and Josiah Vik (132), Mike Bessler (152), Brandon Erickson (195) and Dylan Shift (220) all finished sixth.
"Mike Maki came back from a tough lose in the first round with a big pin in the wrestle back to take fifth place," Coleman said. "Jakson, who had a rough meet last week at conference, came back strong to pin the third place finisher in the conference last week to take a third place. It's great to see that rebound from a young wrestler.
"Luke, whose nickname is the "Beast" because he never quits and Saturday was more of the same. He lost close matches in the semifinals and in the wrestle backs for second, but battled all day. Jay also had a great tournament. He really wrestled well and very aggressive. In the finals he was battling but ended up getting injured and had to injury default to take second place."
Division 2, Regional 1
At Rice Lake
1. Rice Lake, 220; 2. Spooner, 192; 3. Hayward, 186.5; 4. Ashland, 164; 5. Barron, 156; 6. Northwestern, 114
The Tigers finished in ninth place at Saturday's Heart O' North Conference meet at Hayward. Ladysmith won the team title.
"Overall I was pleased with our team's performance," Coleman said. "We had some guys really step up and a couple of others that made mistakes but rebounded very good.
Jarman (106) lost in the first round to a wrestler he pinned at the Merrill Invite then pinned the same wrestler to take fifth place.
Vik (132) was seeded No. 6 and finished sixth.
Brannan (145) pinned the No. 2 seed, lost in the semifinals then wrestled back to place fourth.
Karich (182) and Moniot (220) both wrestled back to place sixth in their classes.
"Jake has been a solid leader for us all season and Saturday he did the same," Coleman said. "He has done a great job with this young team and Saturday he lost a heart heartbreaker in the last round. He took a chance on a one move but got caught and pinned.
"Overall I'm very proud of our kids and how far they have come this year."
Heart O' North Conference Meet
Saturday's Late Results
1. Ladysmith, 198; 2.Chetek-Weyerhauser-Prairie Farm, 169; 3.Cumberland, 163; 4. Bloomer/Colfax, 151.5; 5. Hayward, 145.5; 6. Spooner, 136; 7. Barron, 110.5; 8. Superior, 93; 9. Northwestern, 49.5.