Tomahawk grapplers open season with 3-0 sweep in Cumberland
By Jed Buelow
Tomahawk Leader Co-Editor, Sports and Nature Editor
Tomahawk wrestling couldn’t have scripted a better start to the season after traveling to Cumberland over the weekend and getting the sweep to start the year a perfect 3-0.
In the first match against Osceola they got the win 41-30. The victory was part the result of four pins including at 106 pounds Addison Peissig got the fall in 1:41. Senior Tony Matti got a pin in 1:15 in the heavy weight division and the others came at 145 as Alex Bishop took down his opponent in 5:06 and Tom Rigney followed it up at 152 getting the fall in 3:53.
Two Hatchets had major decision wins against Osceola. Wrestling at 182, Kade Wenninger got one by a score 12-3 and Marcus Matti got the other by a 16-5 score wrestling at 170. Other wins for the Hatchets came from Erik Decker at 220 pounds with a 9-5 decision and Lance Knight got a forfeit win wrestling at 120.
Tomahawk would turn it up a notch against Boyceville finishing with five pins in the 47-26 win. Logan Bishop made quick work of his opponent getting the fall in just 37 seconds wrestling at 160 pounds. Tony “The Legend” Matti also needed only seconds to get the win as he took out his opponent in just 25 seconds. At 132 pounds, Mason Evans also made quick work of his Boyceville opposition as he got the fall in 56 seconds.
Wrestling at 126, Luke Knight scored a pin in 1:17. The Hatchets other pin came from K. Wenninger, as he got the three tap on his opponent at 5:43. Other wins came from A. Peissig in a 15-0 tech fall and Marcus Matti got the tough 1-0 win to help score points in his weight class. A. Bishop followed up his pin in the first match with a 10-6 win and T. Rigney scored a forfeit to help Tomahawk get the win.
To finish out the weekend undefeated Tomahawk would spoil Cumberland’s home meet getting the 42-30 victory. The Hatchets once again scored four falls including Luke Knight (43 seconds), Marcus Matti (3:53), Tony Matti (3:14) and Lance Knight (1:53)
Additional wins against Cumberland came from Mason Evans (12-6) decision and A. Peissig (9-2) decision plus Mitch Howley and Micah Arnott got forfeits to help Tomahawk finish the weekend with a perfect record.
After an impressive start in Cumberland, the Hatchet grapplers are back in action this Saturday, Dec. 14 as they travel to Laona- Wabeno to take part in the Rebel Invite starting at 10 a.m.
TMS wrestling results from Merrill
The middle school wrestlers opened the season in Merrill last week at a seven-team scramble. The teams involved were Crandon, DC Everest, Elcho, Horace Mann, Merrill, Three Lakes, and Tomahawk. No team scores were kept.
The following wrestlers came away with at least one victory: Kavon Cole, Jack Derleth, Presley Gutbrod, Mike Horabik, Sam Kurth, Bradyn Ristau, Davin Steltenpohl and Masen Towle.
The middle school Hatchet grapplers will be back in action on Thursday, Dec. 12 when they travel to Marathon. The meet at the high schools begins at 4:15 p.m.