Schmidt leads Panthers in Rocket Scramble

WRESTLING


GABE HAUN of Plymouth (above) uses a headlock for a pin against Brookfield East’s Max MacGillis in a 285-pound match at Saturday’s Rocket Scramble in Cedar Grove. GABE HAUN of Plymouth (above) uses a headlock for a pin against Brookfield East’s Max MacGillis in a 285-pound match at Saturday’s Rocket Scramble in Cedar Grove. CEDAR GROVE – Freshman Connor Schmidt placed fourth at 106 pounds to lead the Plymouth Panthers in Saturday’s Cedar Grove-Belgium Rocket Scramble wrestling tournament.

Schmidt received a bye in the first round of the championship bracket and earned a pin in the second round over Marshall’s Kale Grossman in 3:20. Schmidt lost his next three matches.

PHS finished 15th in the 18-team tourney with 281 points. Lomira won the championship with 748 and Oostburg was the runner-up with 572.

The Panthers’ next-best finishers were sophomore Erik Ohman and freshman Gabe Haun at 152 and 285, respectively. Ohman and Haun were 2-3 with two pins each.

Plymouth’s other competitors included: Chase Ritt, 14th at 120; Keagan Gustin, ninth, 126; Nathan Francis, 12th, 132; Joe Harvey, 16th, 138; Dennis Macheel, 13th, 145; Jesse Schwarten, 11th, 195; and Cole Bruggink, 10th at 220. Gustin had a team-best four wins (4-1 record) and three pins in the tourney.


COLE BRUGGINK of Plymouth (below) rides Shiocton’s Ben Gunderson in a 220-pound match at Saturday’s Rocket Scramble in Cedar Grove. Bruggink won, 8-4. – Submitted photos COLE BRUGGINK of Plymouth (below) rides Shiocton’s Ben Gunderson in a 220-pound match at Saturday’s Rocket Scramble in Cedar Grove. Bruggink won, 8-4. – Submitted photos “This tournament was a great mid-season test for our young ath- letes. They have been putting in the time and work in the practice room and it is starting to pay off,” said Panther head coach Ben Chapman.

“Nathan Francis is starting to look like a new wrestler and it is great to see. He is being much more aggressive and dictating the pace of the match.

Francis earned both of his victories on the day with falls.

“Keagan Gustin also had a great tournament, going 4-1 and dominating in his four wins. He can do some great things this year if he continues to wrestle that way,” said Chapman.

PHS was originally scheduled to compete in the Northern Exposure Tournament Dec. 29-30 at Merrill before switching to the Rocket Scramble.


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