An Oconto wrestler tries to complete a pin against his Menominee opponent. He won by decision.
Saturday, Jan. 12 Bluejay Challenge
MERRILL - Oconto finished in the middle of the pack at the 24-team Blue Jay Challenge.
The team recorded 12 pins, three of them by Elton Kelsey (106) to get into the semifinal match where he decisioned Cole Ellis of Mosinee 4-0.
In the championship match, Kelsey lost 17-5 in a major decision to Trenton McManus who went into the match with 29-2 record.
Bryce Ozak (145) scored two pins and then a win to get into the semi-final, then fell in the next two matches to finish fourth.
Adam Schultz (220) finished seventh, recording two pins.
Ben Giesler (126) finished eighth, recording pins in his first two matches.
Merrill won the tourney with 511.5 points. Crandon was third with 367.5. Oconto was 16th with 163. Gillett was 20th with 96. The only Gillett wrestler to finish better than 10th was Jeremy Cibulka at 132, who recorded a bye and a loss before a trio of wins.
44th annual Peshtigo Bulldog Invitational
PESHTIGO - Oconto Falls had nine individual champions and won the title of the Peshtigo Bulldog Invitational wrestling tournament on Saturday.
Team scores: Oconto Falls 278.5, Bonduel 204.5, Escanaba 179, Crivitz 142, Peshtigo 121, Laona/Wabeno 87, Marinette 67, Menominee 66.5.
Undefeated wrestlers: 106: Austin Siolka, BON; 113: Gunnar Leisner, OF; 126: Brett Ash, OF; 170: Jacob Morrissey, OF; 182: John Kamps, OF.
Championship matches: 120: Samuel Konitzer, OF, pin Travis Wollenberg, BON, 1:30; 132: Dewey Krueger, OF, dec Chris Briar, MEN, 9-3; 138: Rahoi Kaleb, ESC, dec Robert Rocole, LW, 7-0; 145: Mitchell Friedman, OF, pin Dan Tauchen, BON, 1:38; 152: Travis Heller, ESC, maj dec Devin Ault, OF, 8-0; 160: Jaden Boivin, MAR, pin Justin Brilinski, MEN, 1:46; 195: Michael Zeitler, OF, pin Kyle Merschdorf, LW, 1:08; 220: Joe Rodriguez, CRI, pin Joey Tauchen, BON, 4:52; 285: Keith Styczynski, OF, dec Andrew Johnston, PESH, 3-1.
106: Jake Diedrich, Hortonville dec. Ben Stoinski, 8-2; 113: Gunnar Leisner, O. Falls won by forfeit. 120: Sam Konitzer, O. Falls won by forfeit. 126: , Joe Cliver, Hortonville, Maj. Decision Jacob Stoinski, O Falls 10-0 132: Cameron Luker, Hortonville, dec. Mike Friedman, 6-3 138: Dewey Krueger, O. Falls. tech. fall. C. Smith. 15-0. 145: Mitch Friedman, O Falls. pin. Cam Mertzahl 0:33 152: Nate Rynish Hortonville, dec. Dylan Ault 9-3. 160: Jared Luker, Hortonville dec. Brick Cole 6-0. 170. Josh Samsa, O. Falls pin. Justin Sulliven 1:42. 180: Jacob Morrisssey O. Falls pin. Cody Laabs 0:46. 195: Josh Kamps O. Falls pin. J.D Forsling 3:01; 220: Nick Zeitler, O. Falls won by forfeit. 285: Keith Styczynski, O. Falls. pin. Cole Schuh 5:32.
106: Derick Teteak, COL, won by forfeit; 113: Dustin McNamer, CR, dec Brandon Champagne, 2-0; 120: Jensyn Schaal, COL, pin Amanda LaFave; 126: Jackson Margis, COL, pin Tim Sottka; 132: Marc Lansin, COL, dec Nick Timidin, 8-2; 138: Kevin Lansin, COL, maj dec Parker DeLosSantos, 9-0; 145: Trevor Seewald, COL, pin Jed Nelson; 152: Mason Mergener, COL, tech fall Jake Dobesh, 19-4; 160: Dexter Karban, COL, tech fall Roberto Santos; 170: George Beatte, CRI, maj dec Hunter Stadole, 12-0; 182: Danny Tomaszewski, CRI, pin Jordan Micheels; 195: Isaac Nowak, COL, dec Cole Martz, 2-1; 220: Joe Rodriguez, CRI, dec C.J. Porath, 12-5; 285: Zach Tiroblin, CRI, won by forfeit. Match started at 126
106: Daman VanSleet, P, won by forfeit; 113: Double forfeit; 120: Bryan Shevy, P, won by forfeit; 126: Hunter Madden, P, won by forfeit; 132: Jake Veness, P, won by forfeit; 138: Steve Stroiny, P, won by forfeit; 145: Shane Marquardt, P, won by forfeit; 152: Dominique Ramirez, L, pin Tyler Schaetz, 1:51; 160: Derrick Maye, P, won by forfeit; 170: Dylan Garngan, L, pin Colton Lindbom, 1:24; 182: Blaik Fischer, L, dec. Michael Gable, 8-5; 195: Josh Jansen, P, won by forfeit; 220: Samuel Beschta, L, pin Maverick Williquette, 1:00; 285: Michael Kallies, L, dec. Andy Johnston, 6-4.
The Oconto Wrestling Team opened its conference schedule at Southern Door, falling 42-36.
Oconto entered tha contest short handed, losing their Johnathan Ensing (113) to a broken arm before Christmas and Brandon Tousey (152) to a neck strain.