Lopez leads Panthers in tough D-1 sectional


PABLO LOPEZ (top) of Plymouth tries to maneuver for position against Manitowoc Lincoln’s Evan Clark in the first round at 132 pounds in Saturday’s D-1 sectional wrestling meet. Lopez won, 3-1. – Submitted photo PABLO LOPEZ (top) of Plymouth tries to maneuver for position against Manitowoc Lincoln’s Evan Clark in the first round at 132 pounds in Saturday’s D-1 sectional wrestling meet. Lopez won, 3-1. – Submitted photo SLINGER – Junior Pablo Lopez placed fourth at 132 pounds to lead the Plymouth Panthers in the Division 1 sectional wrestling meet here Saturday.

Lopez was the only Panther who was a place-winner. He won his first-round match over Manitowoc Lincoln’s Evan Clark, 3-1. In the semifinals he lost to eventual champion Preston Makoutz of Port Washington by a 9-1 major decision.

In the third-place match, Lopez lost by a pin to Slinger’s Hudson Mountjoy in 5:44.

The other four PHS wrestlers were eliminated after first-round losses. At 126 Will Birkholz lost, 9-2, against Germantown’s Isaac Riddle. Josh Koll fell, 4-3, to Cedarburg’s Max Grudzinski, 4-3, at 138.


JOSH KOLL of Plymouth rides Cedarburg’s Max Grudzinski in a 138-pound, first-round match at Saturday’s D-1 sectional wrestling meet. Koll lost, 4-3. – Submitted photo JOSH KOLL of Plymouth rides Cedarburg’s Max Grudzinski in a 138-pound, first-round match at Saturday’s D-1 sectional wrestling meet. Koll lost, 4-3. – Submitted photo Erik Ohman was pinned by Cedarburg’s Colton Ryan in 1:01 in 152-pound action. At 195, Jesse Schwarten was pinned in 19 seconds by Tristan Griswold of Port Washington.

“It was a tough day for the Panthers. This is a very competitive sectional with some very talented individuals. We knew it was going to be a challenge but we were hoping to get at least one guy through to state,” said Panther head coach Ben Chapman.

“I’m proud of how our guys wrestled all season. It’s a very demanding sport and the guys embraced it.

“We are only losing two seniors [on the varsity], so most of the guys will have another shot at making it to state. Their success will depend on how they spend their off-season and what their mindset is coming into next year,” said Chapman.

Slinger won the 15-team meet with 171.5 points. The top-two finishers at each weight class advanced to the state tournament to be held Thursday through Saturday at UW-Madison’s Kohl Center.


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