Panthers earn second at Oostburg Invite


JOSH KOLL of Plymouth controls Princeton’s Cooper Richter in a 138-pound quarterfinal match at the Oostburg Wrestling Invitational Dec. 19. Koll won the match, 9-1. – Submitted photo JOSH KOLL of Plymouth controls Princeton’s Cooper Richter in a 138-pound quarterfinal match at the Oostburg Wrestling Invitational Dec. 19. Koll won the match, 9-1. – Submitted photo OOSTBURG – Sophomores Connor Schmidt and Jake Hefter won titles at 113 and 220 pounds, respectively, to spark the Plymouth Panthers to a runner-up finish in the Oostburg Wrestling Invitational Dec. 19.

The Panthers tallied 136.5 points, with Oostburg winning the championship at 191.

Schmidt and Hefter were 3-0 in the 10-team tournament and all of their wins were via pins. Schmidt, 11-2 this season, pinned Waterloo’s Brandon Springer in the finals in 1:29.

Hefter, 9-4, flattened Waterloo’s Nathaniel Friese in the championship match in 1:33.

The Panthers had four second place finishers – Will Birkholz at 120; Josh Koll, 138; Erik Ohman, 160 and Jesus Guzman at 182. Birkholz and Ohman recorded two falls each.

Plymouth’s other place-winners were Pablo Lopez who took third at 132 and Caden Nicolaus, fourth at 126. Also competing for PHS was Ben Meyer at 152.

“It’s always nice to bring home hardware [second-place trophy]. For the second year in a row we brought home the second place trophy from the Oostburg tournament,” said Panther head coach Ben Chapman.

“Connor continues to expand his arsenal of attacks. He is really starting to become an allaround, experienced wrestler. He has tons of potential to accomplish big things.

“Jake upset the No. 1 seed in the finals. Jake took it to a new level that we have not seen it off him yet. He is another guy that works his tail off day in and day out,” said Chapman.

“It was a great team effort to finish the tournament in second place. Our wrestlers worked had to get bonus team points with pins and major decisions, and that was what separated us from the other teams.”


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