Schmidt top PHS finisher in Rocket Scramble


ERIK OHMAN of Plymouth pins Oostburg’s Brett Mullikin in a 152-pound, consolation-bracket match at Saturday’s Cedar Grove Rocket Scramble wrestling tournament. – Submitted photo ERIK OHMAN of Plymouth pins Oostburg’s Brett Mullikin in a 152-pound, consolation-bracket match at Saturday’s Cedar Grove Rocket Scramble wrestling tournament. – Submitted photo CEDAR GROVE – Sophomore Connor Schmidt placed fourth at 113 pounds to lead the Plymouth Panthers in Saturday’s Cedar Grove-Belgium Rocket Scramble wrestling tournament.

Schmidt finished 2-3 in the tourney, including a first-round bye and an 11-2 major decision in the second round of the championship bracket.

The Panthers took 15th in the 17-team field with 240 points. Lomira won the championship with 746. Host Cedar Grove placed fifth with 553.

For this scramble format, each competitor received five matches. Depending if a wrestler wins or loses in the first round sets him up for what place he can achieve. First-round winners advanced to the championship bracket and first-round losers moved into the consolation bracket.


JESUS GUZMAN of Plymouth rides Horicon’s Keegan Panetti during a 182-pound, consolation-bracket match at Saturday’s Cedar Grove Rocket Scramble wrestling tournament. Guzman won the match, 5-2. – Submitted photo JESUS GUZMAN of Plymouth rides Horicon’s Keegan Panetti during a 182-pound, consolation-bracket match at Saturday’s Cedar Grove Rocket Scramble wrestling tournament. Guzman won the match, 5-2. – Submitted photo Also competing for PHS, including their places, were Will Birkholz, 10th at 120; Caden Nicolaus, 14th, 126; Josh Koll, ninth, 132; Kai Gahagan, 12th, 138; Ben Meyer, 16th, 145; Erik Ohman, 10th, 152; Forrest Spring, 13th, 170; and Jesus Guzman, ninth at 182.

Posting the top records in the tourney for PHS were Koll and Guzman at 4-1, and Birkholz and Ohman at 3-2. Ohman had a teamhigh three pins, followed by Koll and Guzman with two each.

“This tournament is a great measuring stick to see where we are halfway through the season. It is a tournament with some very talented teams and individuals, so it’s great to see where our guys stack up against the competition,” said Panther head coach Ben Chapman.

“Jesus Guzman had a tough first match [losing by a pin] but finished the day strong with three victories [and a bye]. He is starting to open up on offense a little more and get to his moves.

As a senior he is leading by example and working hard in every match.

“Erik Ohman is another great leader on the team and always battles back from adversity. When Erik slows things down he is very tough to beat,” said Chapman.

“He stays in great position and is fundamentally very sound. He lost a few matches but stayed positive and finished the day on a positive note.

“Our younger guys had some tough matches but kept their heads up and wrestled hard the whole day,” added the coach.


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