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State power Coleman drops Bay Port

By Rich Palzewic
Sports Editor

SUAMICO – When Bay Port High School head wrestling coach Brad Shefchik says this year’s Coleman team could be one of the best-ever in its storied history, that’s a powerful statement.

The Cougars thoroughly dominated the Pirates in a non-conference dual at Bay Port High School Dec. 20, 61-9.

Coleman has won five WIAA Division 3 team state championships and 34 individual titles all time in its history.

“It’s already mid-season and we have to decide what kind of team we want to be,” said Shefchik. “Are we going to improve and get better or are we going to be so-so? We have a solid lineup this year and we have the potential to finish strong in the second half of the year, but this is why we schedule these types of matches. Coleman has a great team this year – maybe one of their best ever. They are definitely better than us now.”

Bay Port’s Austin Heim won the only contested match of the night for the Pirates with a 3-1 decision in the 138-pound weight class.

Bay Port also won by forfeit at 126 for its only other points of the night.

“Austin wrestled a freshman (Karson Casper) that is up-and-coming,” said Shefchik, who watched Coleman record six pins on the evening. “I knew that would be a good test for Austin to see where he was at. He wrestled well.”

Another hotly contested match took place in the heavyweight division, where Bay Port’s Max Meeuwsen lost a 14-10 decision to Brock Martinson.

It was the first loss of the season for Meeuwsen, but it didn’t come without some controversy.

“Max was only down by two and going in for a double and their guy extended (Max’s) singlet,” Shefchik added. “Technically, you can’t extend the singlet to avoid a score. Max kind of backed up out of it, and suddenly we give up four points. It was like a five-point swing.”

Despite the lopsided loss, the Pirates have the biggest part of their Fox River Classic Conference season ahead of them, with upcoming home matches against Ashwaubenon (Jan. 10), De Pere (Jan. 17) and Pulaski (Jan. 24).

“We have to get focused here after the Christmas break,” Shefchik noted. “We have some big matches against some good teams that will decide the conference championship.”

Bay Port won the FRCC title last year for the seventh time in eight years.

Results: Coleman 61, Bay Port 9

220: Spencer Karban (C) over Matt Doherty (BP) (fall, 2:57).

285: Brock Martinson (C) over Max Meeuwsen (BP) (decision, 14-10).

106: Chance Gruber (C) over Braedan Halverson (BP) (fall, 1:07).

113: Koltin Grzybowski (C) over Hunger Bertrand (BP) (fall, 0:39)

120: Kasey Casper (C) over unknown (BP) (forfeit).

132: Caleb Gross (C) over Drake Sundin (BP) (fall, 0:40)

138: Austin Heim (BP) over Karson Casper (C) (decision, 3-1).

145: Jacob Horton (C) over Connor Halverson (BP) (decision, 7-2).

152: Jake Baldwin (C) over Colton Berna (BP) (fall, 1:07).

160: Bryce Karban (C) over Chandler Stordeur (BP) (major decision, 9-1).

170: Tyler Blanchard (C) over Matt Grzybowski (BP) (fall, 1:58).

182: Shamus McLain (C) over Alex Urban (BP) (technical fall, 16-0, 4:25).

195: Jonathon Bieber (C) over Drake Anderson (BP) (major decision, 10-0).

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