Panthers second in regional, advance nine


WILL BIRKHOLZ (top) of Plymouth tries to gain position against West Bend East’s Damian Zapata in the 138-pound semifinal match at Saturday’s regional wrestling meet. Birkholz won, 9-3. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke WILL BIRKHOLZ (top) of Plymouth tries to gain position against West Bend East’s Damian Zapata in the 138-pound semifinal match at Saturday’s regional wrestling meet. Birkholz won, 9-3. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke CEDARBURG – The Plymouth Panthers qualified nine wrestlers for sectional competition en route to a runner-up finish in the Division 1 regional tournament here Saturday.

Leading the charge for the Panthers are freshman Devin Gore and senior Jake Hefter who won titles at 113 and 195 pounds, respectfully. Gore, 26- 4, decisioned Cedarburg’s Bryce Jankowski, 4-3, in the finals. Gore scored pins in the quarterfinals and semifinals.

“We are hoping Devin can continue this momentum into the sectional this weekend at Sheboy- gan South and get his first bid in the the WIAA state tournament,” said Panther head coach Rick Gruber.

Hefter, 31-4, needed only 14 seconds to pin Germantown’s Andrew Seramur in the title match. After receiving a bye in the quarterfinals, Hefter earned a pin in the semifinals.


ANDREW STEINHARDT of Plymouth pins Germantown’s Colton Birkigt in the fifth-place match at 120 pounds in Saturday’s regional wrestling meet. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke ANDREW STEINHARDT of Plymouth pins Germantown’s Colton Birkigt in the fifth-place match at 120 pounds in Saturday’s regional wrestling meet. – Photo by Tyler Luedtke “Jake Hefter had another great tournament. I’m looking forward to Jake continuing to carry this momentum into the sectional,” said Gruber.

Port Washington won the regional crown with 193.5 points, followed by PHS at 181.

The top-four finishers in each weight class advance to the sectional meet Saturday at Sheboygan South, starting at 10 a.m.

“We had a couple of matches that we wish we could’ve won but overall it was a good meet. As a team we spent part of the day in first place but ended the day in second to Port Washington which far exceeded our expectations,” said Gruber.

PHS has three regional runners up in Will Birkholz at 138, Josh Koll, 152 and Gabe Haun at 285.

The Panthers’ other regional qualifiers include Andrew Steinhardt, fourth at 120; Ben Meyer, fourth, 160; Kyle Schwibinger, third, 182; and Jesse Schwarten, third at 220.

Plymouth’s other place-winners were Jack Miller, fifth at 106; Cameron Fohr, sixth, 126; Caden Nicolaus, fifth, 145; and Joe Mertes, sixth at 170.


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