A stellar start for MHS wrestlers

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By: 
Rob Reischel
Middleton senior Jake Cain (left) took first place at the Reedsburg Scramble last Saturday. Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Middleton’s wrestling team entered the year flying below the radar of most.

But that might have changed last week.

Middleton toppled perennial power Hartland Arrowhead, 44-26, last Thursday. The Cardinals then finished second at the eight-team Reedsburg Scramble last Saturday.

“I think we left some matches out there that we probably should have won,” Middleton coach Kent Weiler said. “But overall I’m really happy. It’s a good start for us … and we have plenty of time to improve on things.”

A year ago, Middleton was drilled by Arrowhead. But 12 months later, the Cardinals took the fight to the Warhawks.

Middleton got pins from Lon Yeary (220), Sean Benedict (heavyweight), Brett Cain (113), Nathan Dresen (182) and Wyatt Cory (195).

Middleton also got wins from Justin Swiersz (126), Jake Cain (138), Shay Haase (160) and Taggart Haase (171).

“Anytime you can beat Arrowhead at anything it’s a big achievement,” Weiler said. “They put their best lineup out there and we beat them.

“Last year, they whipped us over there. So we had this marked on our calendar as a great test for ourselves.”

The Cardinals passed another test with a stellar performance at the Reedsburg Scramble.

Jake Cain (138) and Shay Haase (160) shined for Middleton, taking first place in their respective weight classes.

Cain pinned all five of his opponents on his way to a title.

He opened by pinning Weston’s Nick Bennett in 1:37, then pinned Westby’s Austin Pasch in 2:18. After pinning Monroe’s Aaron Hesgard in just 42 seconds, Cain pinned Lancaster’s Daniel Rice in 1:39.

Then in the title match, Cain also pinned Nick Sieber of Reedsburg in 3:23.

“That just shows how good Jake is,” Weiler said. “And he’s only going to get better. He’s out with vengeance and that’s nice to see.”

Shay Haase had himself quite a day, as well.

Haase received a first round bye, then pinned Chris Jepson of Reedsburg in just 1:05. Haase then pinned Westby’s Jacob Rooney in 2:20 and Weston’s Morgan Seep in 51 seconds.

Then in the title match, Haase pinned Ryan Hughes of Monroe in 1:55.

“I was really pleased with him,” Weiler said of Haase. “He wrestled some good matches.”

Middleton got second place finishes from Brett Cain at 113 pounds and Grant Laurent at 152. It also got third place finishes from Cory at 195 and Benedict at heavyweight.

Cain went 3-1 on the day. Laurent pinned his first three foes before losing in the title match to Weston’s Cody Willis, 3-2.

Cory lost in the championship bracket, but rallied back to pin Oregon’s Matt Sampson in 54 seconds to capture third place.

Benedict went 3-2 on his way to a third place finish.

“It was a good start,” Weiler said. “We’re trying to keep the guys reigned back a little bit because we know the time to peak and that’s later in the year. But we’re going to continue to learn and continue to get better.” 

 

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