Forfeits help Redbirds outlast Phantoms
BY MURRAY GLEFFE
DE PERE – The De Pere High School wrestling team defeated West De Pere, 50-27, Nov. 29 in non-conference action at West De Pere High School.
Four forfeit wins by the Redbirds helped with the final margin of victory.
“We have a very young team and I thought it showed in stretches tonight,” said De Pere head coach Matt Kincade. “The four forfeits and 24 points that came with it obviously helped in the middle and latter stages.”
The Phantoms took an early 12-6 lead behind wins by Jake Hendricks and Alec Ukkola at 120 and 126 pounds, respectively.
“I challenged Jake to go out and get an opening victory with an arm-bar,” said West De Pere head coach Nick Winch. “He did exactly that. Some guys were wrestling up a weight class and that obviously put us at a disadvantage. I’m proud of the way the guys fought, though. “
The Redbirds then started their charge behind the wrestling of Sam Bruss.
Bruss gathered two takedowns and a near fall in the first two periods before pinning Trent Francois with 21 seconds left in the period.
After the Redbirds forged ahead, Tyler Mudd and Preston Ehlinger took to the mat at 152. West De Pere’s Mudd controlled the action for much of the first four minutes before Ehlinger reeled off nine straight points to win, 12-4.
“Preston really stood out tonight for us,” added Kincade. “To get the major decision with just a couple of seconds on the clock shows how he wrestled the entire six minutes.”
Perhaps the most entertaining match of the evening took place at 170 between De Pere’s Hayden Kincade and West De Pere’s Chance Green.
The match featured nine takedowns, four reversals, two escapes and a total of 28 points. Kincade eventually won with an 18-10 major decision.
“We need to compete and continue to get better once we hit our conference matches,” Matt Kincade said. “It’s a good start for our program.”
De Pere 50, West De Pere 27
113: Shayn Quick (DP) over (WDP), forfeit
120: Jake Hendricks (WDP) over Jared Fietz (DP), fall, 1:11
126: Alec Ukkola (WDP) over Linus Smith (DP), injury time
132: Sam Bruss (DP) over Trent Francois (WDP), fall, 3:39
138: Andrew Lopez (DP) over (WDP), forfeit
145: Hunter Mashl (DP) over (WDP), forfeit
152: Preston Ehlinger (DP) over Tyler Mudd (WDP), major decision, 12-4
160: Lucas Milheiser (WDP) over Daniel Fernandez (DP), decision, 7-4
170: Hayden Kincade (DP) over Chance Green (WDP), major decision, 18-10
182: Quinton Schuyler Jr. (WDP) over Matt Brundidge (DP), fall, 0:59
195: Tommy Kratz (DP) over (WDP), forfeit
220: Charlie Hooyman (DP) over Zach Sallie (WDP), fall, 2:22
285: Bryce Graef (WDP) over Clayton Heideman (DP), fall, 0:28
106: Shane Corrigan (DP) over (WDP), forfeit