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De Pere uses depth to turn back Pirates

By Rich Palzewic
Sports Editor

DE PERE – The De Pere wrestling team’s depth from top to bottom was key in defeating Bay Port in a Fox River Classic Conference dual at De Pere High School Jan. 16.

After jumping out to an early lead in the lower-weight classifications, the Redbirds won several contested matches in the middle portion of the night to post a 40-27 victory over the Pirates in front of a large crowd.

“I’m proud of these kids,” said De Pere head coach Matt Kincade. “Our success has come from six years of hard work and buying into a philosophy of getting better every day. We didn’t win anything else tonight but a conference dual against a good team in Bay Port. We’ve been knocking on the door, but now we control our own destiny.”

The Redbirds stayed atop of the FRCC with Pulaski, with both teams 4-0 in conference-dual action.

Bay Port dropped to 3-1.

“Up and down the lineup, we have more depth on the team than we’ve ever had,” Kincade said. “We take one day at a time. It takes 14 guys, but I thought Andrew Lopez, Sam Bruss and Hunter Mashl wrestled well.”

De Pere will travel to Pulaski Feb. 6 for the final FRCC dual of the season, but before that match, the Pirates will also travel to Pulaski Jan. 23.

The Redbirds bolted out to a 10-0 advantage after Shane Corrigan pinned Owen Noel in 81 seconds, and Collin Hansen recorded a 9-1 major-decision victory over Wyatt Wilson.

With De Pere up 19-3, Lopez won an exciting 5-3 match in overtime over Jacob Ward in the 138-pound class.

Bruss won a 3-2 decision over Chandler Stordeur at 152, before Mashl was victorious over Matt Grzybowski at 170 with a 4-2 decision.

Those three matches swung the pendulum in the Redbirds’ favor.

“De Pere’s lineup is solid,” said Bay Port head coach Brad Shefchik. “They are strong on the bottom end, and I thought we’d get points back in the heavier classes. The key to the night was in the middle weights where De Pere wrestled hard and won all the tight matches. We had three matches within two points, but there are 14 guys out there wrestling.”

Brennan Kincade (132) and Kyjuan Vengrowski (220) also recorded pins for the Redbirds, while Bay Port’s Trevor Nys (182) and Drake Anderson (195) did the same.

There were only two forfeits on the night, both in favor of the Pirates.

De Pere 40, Bay Port 27

106: Shane Corrigan (DP) def. Owen Noel (BP) (fall, 1:21).

113: Collin Hansen (DP) def. Wyatt Wilson (BP) (major decision, 9-1).

120: Tristan Warzynski (BP) def. Shayn Quick (DP) (decision, 6-1).

126: Jared Fietz (DP) def. Eli Krohn (BP) (decision, 7-4).

132: Brennan Kincade (DP) def. Chris Vanniewhenhoven (BP) (fall, 0:59).

138: Andrew Lopez (DP) def. Jacob Ward (BP) (overtime, 5-3).

145: Austin Heim (BP) (forfeit).

152: Sam Bruss (DP) def. Chandler Stordeur (BP) (decision, 3-2).

160: Michael Alexander (DP) def. Marcus Delfosse (BP) (fall, 0:47).

170: Hunter Mashl (DP) def. Matt Grzybowski (BP) (decision, 4-2).

182: Trevor Nys (BP) def. Daniel Fernandez (DP) (fall, 3:45).

195: Drake Anderson (BP) def. Zane Selner (DP) (fall, 1:07).

220: Kyjuan Vengrowsky (DP) def. Max Hostetler (BP) (fall, 5:36).

285: Max Meeuwsen (BP) (forfeit).

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