The New Lisbon Rockets defeated the Royall Panthers 54-18, but fell short to the Melrose-Mindoro Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau Titans 63-15 Thursday evening.
New Lisbon Head Coach Brian Slater said the team “wrestled well,” especially against a “tough team” like Melrose.
“They (Melrose-Mindoro) just won their Christmas tournament — northern badger,” he said. “But I think our guys went out there and competed.
In the Rockets first matchup of the night, New Lisbon’s Gunnar Pedersen (152) defeated Luke Wohlrab by fall at 0:53 in the first period. New Lisbon’s Matt Brockman (170) defeated Panther’s Laredo Benson by fall at 1:27 in the first period. Trace Baumgart (106) defeated Harley Leverenz by fall at 0:46.
Royall’s only win against New Lisbon was in the 285 weight class when Matt Preuss won by fall against Jake Woggon, pinning him in the first period at 1:25.
In their second matchup of the night against Melrose, the Rockets struggled with Rockets Baumgart being defeated by Colton Sime (106) in a 30-10 major decision. Rocket’s Woggon falling to Josh Marciulionis (285) by fall at 28 seconds. Rockets Ethan Turner (120) was defeated by fall against Julian Purney in the second period at 3:48.
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New Lisbon’s Isaac LaBudda (132) was defeated by fall over Titans Jacob Summers by fall at 4:35. Sam Rogers (145) was defeated by Melrose-Mindoro’s Jaden Anderson by technical fall 60-15 and Pedersen was defeated by Titans Jake Maynard by major decision 63-15.
Brockman (160) being produced the only win against Melrose, winning by fall over William Johnson in the second period in the second period at 3:20.
Royall Head Coach Kevin Beiermier said coming off of last week’s Bi-State Classic they learned their conditioning needed to be improved.
“It’s hard with a few days with the school cancellations the last few days,” Beiermier said. “But our conditioning right now is really what we’re working on.”
“We’re growing as a team and we’re learning,” Slater said. “Right now we don’t have any seniors, so were growing as a team.”
Slater said moving forward the team plans to keep improving on fine tuning their technique, but also wants the athletes to focus on believe in the process that leads to success.
“It takes time, believing in the process that it will happen,” he said.
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