Five Panthers advance to sectional meet


JESSE SCHWARTEN of Plymouth pins Oshkosh West’s Kevin Loos in the 195-pound semifinals at Saturday’s regional wrestling meet. – Submitted photo JESSE SCHWARTEN of Plymouth pins Oshkosh West’s Kevin Loos in the 195-pound semifinals at Saturday’s regional wrestling meet. – Submitted photo HARTFORD – The Plymouth Panthers qualified five wrestlers for sectional competition, led by Josh Koll who placed first at 138 pounds in the Division 1 regional meet here Saturday.

Koll, a sophomore, defeated Beaver Dam’s Ian Wendt-Utrie in the championship match, 9-3. Koll finished 3-0 in the tournament.

The top-four finishers at each weight class advance to the sectional Saturday at Slinger, starting at 10:30 a.m.

Plymouth’s other sectional qualifiers include Will Birkholz who placed fourth at 126; Pablo Lopez, second, 132; Erik Ohman, fourth, 152; and Jesse Schwarten, third at 195.

The Panthers’ other placewinners were Jack Miller, fifth at 106; Kyle Schwibinger, sixth, 182; and Gabe Haun, sixth at 285. PHS placed seventh in the eight-team meet with 89 points. Slinger was the champion with 250.

“I am very proud of how hard our wrestlers battled today. There are some very tough teams in our regional and some exceptional individuals,” said Panther head coach Ben Chapman.

“Our wrestlers, like they have been doing all year, embraced the challenge and fought hard for six minutes.

“Josh Koll had an outstanding day, going 3-0 and upsetting the No. 1 seed in the finals. He has been working hard and putting in extra time all season, and it paid off today.

“Pablo Lopez also made it to the finals by winning an overtime match in the semifinals. He wrestled a flawless match to put him in great position to walk away with the win,” said Chapman.

Chapman said Birkholz, Ohman and Schwarten continued to compete at a high level even after a loss.


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