Bulldogs advance five wrestlers to districts, earn regional dual berth

MFL MarMac junior Ethan Stubbs recorded a semifinal victory at 132 pounds and will wrestle in Saturday’s district meet in Denver. (John Jensen/The Outlook photo)

MFL MarMac senior Zach Trudo saw his hopes of advancing to the district tournament come up one win short in Saturday’s sectional meet. (John Jensen/The Outlook photo)

MONONA -- Five MFL MarMac wrestlers closed to within as little as one victory of a spot in the  state meet Saturday with top-two finishes at Saturday’s sectional tournament in Monona.

Seniors Michael Egan, Nathan Johanningmeier and Garret Keehner advanced as sectional champions while junior Ethan Stubbs and freshman Gabe McGeough advanced as sectional runners-up.

Keehner, ranked third in the state at 220 pounds, remained undefeated with a pair of first-period falls while Michael Egan, who has not lost to a wrestler from Iowa all year and is ranked sixth at 145, had a semifinal fall and won by injury default in the final. Johanningmeier, ranked No. 4 at 182, also recorded first-period falls in both his matches. Both Stubbs and Egan won their first-round matches before falling to top-two ranked wrestlers in their finals. Neither needed a wrestleback to advance, as opponents they faced in the semifinal round won their consolation matches.

The Bulldogs placed second in the team race, behind only second-place Denver, which advanced 11 of its 14 wrestlers to the district tournament. With their second-place sectional finish, the Bulldogs advance to Tuesday’s regional dual tournament at Lake Mills where they will face Nashua-Plainfield in the first round. A victory will advance the Bulldogs to the regional final, where they will face the winner of the Lake Mills vs. North Butler-Clarksville match.

Four other Bulldogs placed third, just missing a spot in the district tourney. Andrew Heins was third at 120, Max Havlicek was third at 152, Hunter Miller was third at 160 and Zach Trudo was third at 170. Zach Howe was fourth at 195, Caleb Nordheim was fifth at 113 and Kashton Mathis was sixth at 106.

 

For complete results see the Feb. 6 Outlook.