Falcons outlast Panthers in dual opener

Steve Ottman
Review Correspondent


KYLE SCHWIBINGER of Plymouth works on turning Sheboygan Falls’ Jacob Mielke over for an eventual pin in the 195-pound match at Tuesday’s wrestling meet. – Review photo by Steve Ottman KYLE SCHWIBINGER of Plymouth works on turning Sheboygan Falls’ Jacob Mielke over for an eventual pin in the 195-pound match at Tuesday’s wrestling meet. – Review photo by Steve Ottman SHEBOYGAN FALLS – The Sheboygan Falls Falcons edged the Plymouth Panthers, 37-33, in a nonconference wrestling meet here Tuesday night.

The dual was the season opener for Falls and PHS.

With two matches remaining, Falls led 31-30 going into the 285-pound match. Plymouth’s Gabe Haun took a 6-2 lead over Scott Klemme into the third period.

Klemme came back late in the round to score a reversal and then a pin to win the match at 5:59.

Klemme’s fall gave the Falcons an insurmountable 37-30 lead.

“We had a feeling that one of last matches could decide it all,” said Falcon head coach Brad Knecht.

“Klemme came through at the end with not much time to spare,” said Knecht. “We obviously have some work to be done but I saw some positives out there tonight.”


CADEN NICOLAUS of Plymouth rides Jon Mathieu of Sheboygan Falls in the 145-pound match at Tuesday’s wrestling meet. Nicolaus earned a pin. – Review photo by Steve Ottman CADEN NICOLAUS of Plymouth rides Jon Mathieu of Sheboygan Falls in the 145-pound match at Tuesday’s wrestling meet. Nicolaus earned a pin. – Review photo by Steve Ottman “Overall, I thought the kids did a good job,” said new Panther head coach Rick Gruber.

“We’ve got some work to do, however I thought we picked up so momentum tonight by Will Birkholz, Caden Nicolaus and Josh Koll to get us back into the match.

“This is a young team, with a few kids seeing their first action tonight,” commented Gruber.

The Falcons took an early 17-0 lead with a 17-2 technical fall from Parker Schamburek (120), a pin from Kaleb Ison (132) and a forfeit win by Evan Pierce (126).

The Panthers regained the lead at 18-17 with three straight pins from Birkholz (138), Nicolaus (145) and Koll (152).

Falls went ahead 31-18 afby ter Garrett Rau (160) earned a 17-2 technical fall, Matt Micoliczyk (170) won, 11-7 and Shaun Jens (182) won by pin.

Plymouth rallied once more with pins from Kyle Schwibinger (195) and Jesse Schwarten (220) to make the score 31-30.

Plymouth’s Jack Miller (106) won by 11-4 over Cole Mattek.

“The first meet of the season is always the toughest, especially for the newer wrestlers. The main thing is that we learn from our mistakes, put this loss behind us and start preparing for our next meet,” said Gruber.


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