The incredible seasons for Mauston seniors Jarret Dolata and Teagen Miller rolled right along Saturday, Jan. 6 at the Sauk Prairie Invitational.
Dolata (152 pounds) and Miller (145) placed first in their respective weight classes at the tournament, and Mauston placed eighth overall among the 19 teams competing. With their wins, Dolata retained his No. 1 ranking in the state among Division 2 wrestlers at his weight class, while Miller jumped from No. 4 to No. 1 in Wisconsin among Division 2 wrestlers at 145 pounds.
In the quarterfinals, Dolata pinned Dodgeville’s Noah Durst 56 seconds into the first round; in the semifinals, he defeated Holmen’s Zach Gordon by a 9-2 decision; and in the championship match, he beat Sauk Prairie’s Bryant Schaaf by a 10-1 major decision.
Meanwhile, Miller kicked things off in the quarterfinals by pinning Madison La Follette’s Dylan Lawinger 1:25 into the first round and followed it up with a semifinal win over Ithaca/Weston’s Gavin Burch via an 8-2 decision. In the championship match, he squared off against De Pere’s Max Bruss, the No. 2 Division 1 wrestler in the state at 145 pounds. Ultimately, Miller emerged victorious by a 7-4 decision.
Dolata and Miller earned Mauston 36 and 35 team points, respectively.
Junior Dom Meurett (285) also performed well at the invite, placing fourth and earning 20 points for the Golden Eagles. In the quarterfinals, Meurett pinned Belleville co-op’s Daniel Enloe with 22 seconds remaining in the third round. He lost by a 3-1 decision to Holmen’s Jesse Fiers, the No. 11-ranked Division 1 wrestler at 285 in the state, in the semifinals and was pinned by Cedarburg’s Jason Miller 18 seconds into the second round in the third-place match.
Sophomore Owen Lewis (220) placed sixth overall in his weight class and picked up Mauston 15 team points. After falling to Madison La Follette’s Michael Wolfe in his first match, Lewis tallied a pair of pinfall victories over Wisconsin Dells’s Chester Isaacson and Columbus’s Tayvon Hayes in the consolation bracket to advance to the fifth-place match. In the match, Reece Bierstaker bested Lewis via a sudden victory in overtime.
Junior Austin Werner (132) finished eighth in his weight class and notched four team points. Werner defeated Cedarburg’s David Zietlow by a 4-3 decision in his first match, before being pinned by River Valley’s Zach Licht, the No. 1 Division 2 wrestler at 132 in the state, 57 seconds into the first round of their quarterfinal match. Werner proceeded to win his first consolation match, lose in the consolation semifinals and then was pinned by Greenfield’s Maxsim Andrade 22 seconds into the third round of the seventh-place match.
Freshman Anthony Thayer (126), junior Rayn Vang (160), freshman Sterling Wilke (170) and junior Dakota Barrix (182) all also competed at the invite for the Golden Eagles.
Next up for Mauston: A pivotal dual meet against the Wisconsin Dells Chiefs at home Thursday, Jan. 11 at 7:00 p.m. Both teams are currently undefeated against South Central Conference competition and the winner will gain the inside track in the race for the conference title.
SAUK PRAIRIE EAGLE INVITAIONAL
Team scores: Holmen 336, Sauk Prairie 248, De Pere 237.5, River Valley 185, Cedarburg 163.5, Seymour 132, Dodgeville 120, Mauston 118, Wisconsin Dells 94, Greenfield 87, Belleville co-op 86, Beloit Memorial 77.5, Madison La Follette 65.5, Ithaca/Weston 61, Columbus 57.5, Mount Horeb 41, Pecatonica/Argyle 25, Poynette 18, Cambria-Friesland co-op 1.