Ohman, Hefter lead PHS to third in own invite


BRENNEN CAIN of Elkhart Lake works to turn Brookfield Central’s Alex Uy for an eventual pin in a 145-pound match at Saturday’s Plymouth Wrestling Invitational. – Photo by Mike McGill BRENNEN CAIN of Elkhart Lake works to turn Brookfield Central’s Alex Uy for an eventual pin in a 145-pound match at Saturday’s Plymouth Wrestling Invitational. – Photo by Mike McGill PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Panthers, led by junior Erik Ohman and sophomore Jake Hefter, earned third place in the championship bracket at the 25th Annual Plymouth Wrestling Duals Invitational Saturday.

PHS had a 3-2 overall dual record in the eight-team tournament. Ohman chalked up a 5-0 record, including four pins, at 152 pounds. Hefter finished 5-0 with all five victories via pins, competing at 220 and 285.

The Resorters captured fourth in the championship bracket with a 2-3 overall mark. EL-G/HG was led by sophomore Max Ward and freshman Regan Dippel who earned 5-0 records at 132 and 182, respectively. Ward recorded one pin and Dippel had four.

“I am extremely pleased with how our wrestlers performed today. For the first time in almost a decade we made it into the championship bracket,” said first-year Panther head coach Ben Chapman.


JAKE HEFTER of Plymouth pins Charlie Lewis of Weyauwega-Fremont in only 20 seconds in a 285-pound match at Saturday’s Plymouth Wrestling Invitational. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley JAKE HEFTER of Plymouth pins Charlie Lewis of Weyauwega-Fremont in only 20 seconds in a 285-pound match at Saturday’s Plymouth Wrestling Invitational. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley “We continue to set the pace of the match and outlast our opponents. For a young team it is great to see our guys buying into this and pushing a little harder everyday.”

PHS and Elkhart finished second in their respective pools with 2-1 records. The top-two teams in each of the two pools advanced to the championship bracket and the other teams moved into the consolation bracket.

Greenfield, which won Elkhart’s pool with a 3-0 record, clobbered Weyauwega-Fremont, 52-15, in the championship bracket finals and finished 5-0 on the day. Weyauwega- Fremont was 4-1 in the tourney and won the Panthers’ pool with a 3-0 mark.

Other Panthers with winning records in the tourney were Connor Schmidt, 3-1 at 113 with three pins; Caden Nicolaus, 2-1, 126; Pablo Lopez, 3-1, 132, two pins; Josh Koll, 3-2, 138, one pin; Kyle Schwibinger, 3-1, 160, two pins; and Jesus Guzman, 3-2, 170, two pins. Will Birkholz contributed two wins at 120, both on falls.

PHS and EL-G/HG squared off in the championship bracket’s third-place dual, with the Panthers winning, 36-28. PHS was led by five individuals who had pins – Hefter, Schmidt, Birkholz, Lopez and Ohman.

The Resorters had four wrestlers with 4-1 records – Trent Rebedew at 138 with one fall; Brennen Cain, 145, three pins; Troy Rebedew, 152, three falls; and Jon Roll, 285, two pins. Also posting a winning mark was Cole Entringer, 3-2 at 132 with two pins.

Earning two wins each for Elkhart were Cody Nelson at 106; Cody Behnke, 113; and Taylor Cain at 120, scoring a pin.

In the championship bracket semifinals, PHS lost to Greenfield, 43-18; and Elkhart was edged by Weyauwega-Fremont, 42-41.

The Resorters rallied from a 30-6 deficit against W-F and went ahead 35-30 following Troy Rebedew’s pin at 152. The Indians won the next two matches by forfeits to go up 42-35 and clinch the win.

W-F and Greenfield had a tourney high three wrestlers each with 5-0 records.

“I thought our kids were a little flat on Saturday, coming off a long holiday break,” said Resorter head coach Larry Ward.

Prior to Friday’s dual meet versus Ozaukee, Elkhart’s previous competition was the Kewaunee Invitational on Dec. 19.

“Max wrestled well, going 5-0, but I was really impressed with Regan Dippel who went 5-0 on the day and picked up four pins,” said coach Ward whose squad is 9-5 in duals this season.

“We got some other solid individual performances but we didn’t get the overall team performance that we had going before the break.”

Chapman was impressed with Ohman and Hefter.

“Two wrestlers really stepped up and had a great day. Erik Ohman and Jake Hefter both finished the day 5-0, with all of Jake’s wins coming by fall,” said Chapman whose team is 4-9 in dual action this season.

“Jake is only a second-year wrestler and you can tell he put in a lot of time in the off-season and it is paying off for him now. Jake is starting to understand hip pressure which only comes with mat time and experience, and you can tell his comfort level on the mat is sky rocketing.”


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