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It was a difficult start to the season for the Wisconsin Dells wrestling team, as the Chiefs dropped their season-opening dual meet against Weyauwega-Fremont on Thursday, Nov. 29.

Wisconsin Dells lost three of the final five matches to suffer a 45-25 loss to the Indians at Weyauwega-Fremont High School. The Chiefs got off to a rough start, losing the first three weight classes to fall behind 17-0 early on.

Wisconsin Dells answered however, winning four of the next five weight classes to cut the deficit to 21-19. Junior Gavin Kingsley got the Chiefs on the board with a 14-4 major decision over Adam Batten at 145 pounds before junior Marty Koenig earned a 5-0 decision over Ean Marker to make it 17-7.

After the Indians won major decision at 160, juniors Billy Dethloff and Langston Brown recorded back-to-back pins at 170 and 182 to pull the Chiefs within two points. Weyauwega-Fremont didn’t take long to extend its lead back as it picked up pins at 195 and 220 to go up 33-19.

Senior Kevin Coughlin gave the Chiefs life as he pinned Austin Bartel in 1 minute, 31 seconds at 285 to cut the lead to 33-25, but Weyauwega-Fremont again earned back-to-back pins at 113 and 120 to close things out.

Wisconsin Dells returns to action this weekend when it competes in the 11th annual Devils Duals at the Wisconsin Dells Center on Saturday.

WEYAUWEGA-FREMONT 45, WISCONSIN DELLS 25

113: Greening, WeF, pinned Van Dinter, 5:04. 120: Gorskreutz, WeF, pinned D. Kosterman, 1:11. 126: Fischer, WeF, pinned Leonard, 0:37. 132: Marquette, WeF, tfall, J. Kosterman, 16-1. 145: Kingsley, WD, mdec. Batten, 14-4. 152: Koenig, WD, dec. Marker, 5-0. 160: Kicherer, WeF, mdec. Platt, 15-2. 170: Dethloff, WD, pinned Meyerhofer, 3:41. 182: Brown, WD, pinned Strehlow, 4:34. 195: Wetzel, WeF, pinned Galloway, 3:00. 220: Maynard, WeF, pinned Huff, 1:02. 285: Coughlin, WD, pinned Bartel, 1:31. 138: Weyauwega-Fremont received forfeit. 106: Double forfeit. Matches start at 126.