Almost from the start, there was little question who would emerge victorious in Mauston’s dual meet against Brookwood.
The Golden Eagles dominated in a 54-18 victory Thursday, Dec. 7 at Mauston High School. Mauston conceded just two pinfalls and a forfeit loss throughout the duration of the meet.
“I knew we’d have a lot of matches; there wouldn’t be a whole lot of forfeits being passed around,” said Mauston head coach Colin Dolata. “I knew my guys would get tested tonight. We have a pretty young team and it was cool to see them come out with some wins to build their confidence a little bit. I hoped for the result that we had.”
In the first match of the night, Mauston’s Jarrett Dolata defeated Brookwood’s Ben DeWitt by a 9-4 decision in the 160 weight class to give the Golden Eagles the first three points of the night. Mauston got its first pinfall victory of the meet in the 170 weight class, when Sterling Wilke pinned Cameron Zimmerman at 3:47 in the second period. Dakota Barrix won by forfeit in the 182 weight class to give Mauston the 15-0 lead.
The Falcons finally got on the board in the 195 weight class thanks to Garett Atteln, who scored a pinfall victory over Josh Domenech at 5:24 in the third period.
Owen Lewis got Mauston back on track in the 220 weight class with a pinfall victory over Dylan DeWitt at 4:38 in the third period. Dom Meurett followed that up with another pinfall victory over Trey Kaiser in the 285 weight class at 5:26 in the third period to give the Golden Eagles a 27-6 lead in the meet.
Meurett’s performance in particular caught the eye of his coach.
“Dom Meurett’s performance really stood out to me,” Dolata said. “He was wrestling a real tough kid and I know this was a good test match for him so he could find out what level he’s really at.”
In the 106 weight class, Brookwood’s Jacob Green won via forfeit.
In the 113 weight class, Mauston freshman Tanner Wheeler picked up a win over Roberto Mendoza by a 15-11 decision in perhaps the most dramatic finish of the night.
With Wheeler leading on the scoreboard late in the third period, Mendoza brought him down to the mat and seemingly had him in position to score a pinfall. But Wheeler desperately fought to keep his shoulder off the mat for the final 20 seconds of the match to hang on for the win via decision.
“Not at all,” Wheeler said when asked if he was aware how much time was left on the clock. “I just wanted to pin the kid, but I wasn’t going to get that. So I wanted to go for the reverse and got the points. Just didn’t want to lose.”
In the following match, in the 120 weight class, Mauston’s Aydin Schroeder defeated Brookwood’s Jadin Atha via disqualification. In the 126 weight class, Anthony Thayer was awarded a victory due to forfeit.
In the 132 weight class, Austin Werner pinned Jimmy Barlow at 3:05 in the second period to push the Mauston lead to 48-12. The 138 weight class was a double forfeit and thus no points were awarded.
The Falcons recorded their second pinfall victory of the meet in the 145 weight class, where James Gjefle defeated Josiah Ziebell at 4:41 in the third period. And in the final match of the night, in the 152 weight class, Teagen Miller pinned Avery Arndt at 1:46 in the first period to finish off the Golden Eagles’ dominating performance in the meet.