Two losses by forfeit and a tough opponent got the best of the Reedsburg wrestling team on Dec. 21 when the Beavers hosted Sauk Prairie and fell 49-10 in a Badger North Conference duel.
While the final score looks one-sided, Reedsburg only allowed three pins on the day. Coach Rob Bautch was pleased to see the majority of his team battle to long matches.
“I knew we would give up a couple of forfeits, and (Sauk Prairie) is always tough,” Bautch said. “The score might look like that, but the kids are wrestling better. Remember, we are very young. We have a lot of freshmen in there. For (wrestlers) like Reuterskiold to go in there against Bryant Schaaf losing only by a little, and he didn’t get pinned.”
Reedsburg’s Jake Rose kicked things off with a close contest against Carson Saladis in the 145-pound match, but struggled offensively as he fell in a 4-1 decision. Bryce Bierman tied things up in the 152, earning a 7-0 decision over Chase Bierstaker. Bierman recorded a takedown and a near fall in the first period and a reversal in the second to lead him to victory.
Both teams remained tied after the next two matches. Reedsburg’s Kaden Reuterskiold fell to Bryant Schaaf by a 9-3 decision in the 160, before Brady Fry earned a 7-2 decision over Simon Patterson in the 170. Neither wrestler grabbed any points in a scoreless first period, but Fry quickly found Patterson’s weakness and recorded a reversal and a near fall in the second period.
Sauk Prairie began to pull away in the ensuing two matches, as the Eagles won the 182 and the 195 pound matches by forfeit. This spurred an eight-match run for Sauk Prairie, taking a 45-6 lead. Reedsburg kept things close in nearly all eight of those matches however, starting with Bailey McGlynn in the 220. McGlynn only trailed 2-0 going into the second period against Reece Bierstaker. Bierstaker recorded an escape in the second period to go up 3-0, but McGlynn made it a one-point contest in the third after earning an escape to start the third while Bierstaker was penalized for pushing McGlynn repeatedly out of bounds to make it 3-2. McGlynn tried for a late takedown to potentially win the match, but Bierstaker turned sideways and wound up on top of McGlynn to win it 5-2.
In the 285, Sauk Prairie’s Derek Haas went up 2-0 with a takedown but was penalized for putting his arm across the neck of David Finkel to make it 2-1. It was the only point recorded for Finkel however, as he went on to fall 4-1. Kaiden Otton was pinned at the 37 second mark in the 106 by Dawson Enge, while Caylee Fry held her own in the 113 but fell by pin at the 2:50 mark by Hayden Caygill. Nicholas Rockweiler stepped in at the 120 spot and was pinned by Zeke Smith at the 2:09 mark, while Caden Fry fell by a 3-0 decision to Dylan Herbrand in the 126.
Mason McMillen found some light at the end of the tunnel with a 9-1 major decision win over Gavin Lankey in the 132, nearly pinning Lankey on multiple occasions before Angelo Willey fell 8-0 to Jesse Huerth in the 138.
Reedsburg will next travel to UW-Oshkosh on Dec. 29 for an invitational that for some will feel like a state meet, as over 70 teams will compete.
“Goals (for the invite) are to give kids the big atmosphere experience,” Bautch said. “We’re going to take some young kids, they’re going to go out there and may get beat up a little bit, they’re going to learn from it and they need that type of experience to start wrestling so if they make it to the big show that’s what it’s all about.”