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Jaguars fall to Cougars in non-conference wrestling dual

By Murray Gleffe

ASHWAUBENON — Facing a top-ranked team in any division is never easy.

Throw in injury and illness and it can be even more difficult.

The Ashwaubenon wrestling team lost to Coleman, the No. 1-ranked Division 3 team in the state, 58-15 in a non-conference dual at Ashwaubenon High School Jan. 21.

“Coleman has some studs,” said Jody VanLaanen, Ashwaubenon head coach. “They are strong kids and have a number of state-ranked classifications in their lineup.”

Connor Ramage won a hard-earned decision in the second match of the night, and it was followed a little later with Ashwaubenon’s Nathan Moynihan getting a fall against the Cougars’ Brody Zahn.

With Coleman in command, Ashwaubenon sent Noah Leisgang in the penultimate match with Sam Kuchta.

Leisgang quickly got a takedown in the first period and extended his lead to five with an escape and near fall in the final period.

He eventually won a 6-1 decision.

“It didn’t go our way tonight,” said Leisgang. “Individually, I knew it would be a tough match and would probably go the full six minutes. I had wrestled him earlier this season with a similar outcome. We have to get back and face a Manitowoc team Thursday. We want to come out on top as a group.”

In the final match of the night, Marty Kiernan won a decision after nearly falling his Coleman opponent three times in the bout.

“We picked up some good wins today,” VanLaanen added. “Nathan, Connor, Marty and Noah battled hard. I’m proud of the fight at the back end of the lineup. Cody [Minor] didn’t wrestle and Dawson [Dembroski] got banged up. Credit to Coleman, though – they are a good program.”

Coleman 58, Ashwaubenon 15

160: Tyler Blanchard (Col) over Dawson Dembroski (Ash) (Inj.-Def.).

170: Connor Ramage (Ash) over Cole Klimek (Col) (Dec 3-1).

182: John Bieber (Col) over Jordan Vandehei (Ash) (MD 12-0).

195: Shamus McLain (Col) over (Ash) (For.).

220: Nathan Moynihan (Ash) over Brody Zahn (Col) (Fall).

285: Spencer Karban (Col) over (Ash) (For.).

106: Lexus Baars (Col) over (Ash) (For.).

113: Ray LeMieux III (Col) over Owen Bowers (Ash) (Fall).

120: John Nowak (Col) over (Ash) (For.).

126: Chance Gurber (Col) over Logan Solecki (Ash) (Fall).

132: Will Bieber (Col) over Trevor Secor (Ash) (Fall).

138: Karson Casper (Col) over Micky Kiernan (Ash) (Fall).

145: Noah Leisgang (Ash) over Sam Kuchta (Col) (Dec 6-1)

152: Marty Kiernan (Ash) over Jakob Horton (Col) (Dec 6-0).

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