Some of the parents of the Wrightstown Tigers wrestlers aren’t too happy with the tournament schedule that co-head coaches Matt and Bill Verbeten set for their team every year. Some parents feel that some of the tournaments are a bit tough and would much rather see them not wrestle such demanding tourneys.
The Tigers themselves don’t seem to mind so much.
One week after a strong 8th place finish in the 25-team Battle of the Bay, Wrightstown took another step up and earned a 4th place finish in the 25-team Marty Loy Classic in Fond du Lac. Hudson took the team title with 230. 5 points, with Sauk Prairie, Sheboygan Falls and Stevens Point rounding out the top 5.
“We wrestled better than last week,” said co-head coach Matt Verbeten. “Some of the young guys are coming around and it was nice to see the older guys working with them and cheering them on.”
The Tigers place six wrestlers in the top six in their respective weight classes, and 13 of the 14 Tiger wrestlers won at least one match. The Tigers have finished in the top ten in every tournament they have wrestled in this season, a good indication of what kind of season this could turn out to be for Verbeten’s charges. The fourth place finish at the Marty Loy Classic is the best finish ever at the tourney for Wrightstown.
“We had a good day, and our best finish yet,” Verbeten said. “If we had a few matches go a different way, we were pretty close to moving up some more. It’s nice to place ahead of some of the elite programs in the state, like Stevens Point and Wausau West. We aren’t that far away from winning this thing.”
Ben Klister continues his outstanding season with a first place victory. He dominated the 152 pound weight class, and finished off the day with an exciting ultimate tie breaker victory over Josh Becker of Sheboygan Falls. Stetson Burmeister wrestled a great match, but ultimately came up on the short end in the finals, dropping a 10-7 decision to Dylan Anderson of Hudson.
“Ben was in a good match for the finals and came out on top,” Verbeten said. “Even the referee complimented Stetson after his match. That kid from Hudson (Anderson) was better today, but with some easy corrections I think Stetson could beat him.”
Walker VandeHey earned a third place finish at 106 pounds, while Brady Maes (145) and Josh Verbeten finished in fourth place. Matt Van Eperen wrestled to a sixth place finish at 195 pounds.
Wrightstown will travel to Chilton to face former Olympian Conference foe Chilton Tigers on December 22nd, before traveling to Brusly, LA to participate in the Deep South Bayou Duals on December 28 & 29.
FINAL TEAM SCORES
1. Hudson 230.5
2. Sauk Prairie 212.5
3. Sheboygan Falls 177.0
4. Wrightstown 151.5
5. Stevens Point 148.0
6. Oak Creek 146.0
7. Mukwonago 143.0
8. Denmark 124.0
9. Burlington 123.0
10. Bay Port 102.0
11. Lodi 96.5
12. Random Lake 92.0
13. Menomonee Falls 85.5
14. Oconomowoc 76.5
15. Fond du Lac 76.0
16. Wausau West 73.5
17. Kewaskum 25.0
18. Winnebago Lutheran Academy 24.0
19. Port Washington 23.0
20. Menomonie 21.0
21. Mosinee 20.0
22. Manitowoc Lincoln 16.0
23. North Fond du Lac 13.0
24. Westby 5.0
24. Westfield Area 5.0
106 pounds – Zeke Smith – Sauk Prairie
113 pounds – Brady Koontz – Stevens Point
120 pounds – Dylan Koontz – Stevens Point
126 pounds – Matt Berlin – Oak Creek
132 pounds – Drew Fjoser – Sauk Prairie
138 pounds – Josh Bird – Burlington
145 pounds – Josh Adams – Fond du Lac
152 pounds – Ben Klister – Wrightstown
160 pounds – Fritz Schierl – Stevens Point
170 pounds – Sawyer Massie – Hudson
182 pounds – Dylan Anderson – Hudson
195 pounds – Ross Agg – Oak Creek
220 pounds – Brett Samson – Oconomowoc
285 pounds – Brady Koller – Sheboygan Falls