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By: 
Rob Reischel
Middleton wrestling coach Kent Weiler guided his team to a third place finish at the Tomah Scramble last Saturday. Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Middleton’s wrestling team finished third at the 16-team Tomah Scramble last Saturday.

Lancaster won the event with 445 points, while Lodi (392), Middleton (362) Caledonia (360) and Neillsville (342.5) rounded out the top five.

Cardinals senior Jake Cain finished first at 138 points, pinning three foes along the way.

Cain received a bye in his first match, then pinned Lodi’s Adam Phillips in 45 seconds. Cain followed with pins of Baraboo’s William Pierce in 1:40 and Lancaster’s Joe Crosby in 1:01, then won by injury default over Caledonia’s Luke Werner.

Taggart Haase also enjoyed a big day, finishing second at 170 pounds.

Haase opened with a pin of Mosinee’s Jacob Sparby in 3:07, then captured a 6-2 decision over Viroqua’s Clay Fitzpatrick. Haase followed with an 8-3 win over Mitchell Pohlman of Neillsville, lost an 11-1 decision to Lancaster’s Ethan Soderstrom and toppled Cashton’s Brandon Schmitz, 7-3.

The Cardinals also had four fourth-place finishes on the day. Those came from Brett Cain at 113 pounds, Shay Haase (160), Nathan Dresen (182) and Sean Benedict (heavyweight).

Brett Cain received a first round bye, then pinned Cashton’s Henry Whitehead in 1:30. Brett Cain lost his next two matches, then won by technical fall over J.J. McClelland of Viroqua, 18-3.

Shay Haase opened with pins over Sam Eagan of Wautoma in 42 seconds and Joe Conklin of Lodi in 5:02. Haase won his third match by injury default, then dropped his next two matches.

Dresen received two byes and was pinned by three foes.

Benedict received a first round bye, then pinned Tomah’s Ryan Sutherland in 1:42. Benedict was then pinned in three consecutive matches.

Middleton’s Jacob Laurent also earned a fifth place finish. Laurent began with a pin of Royall’s Donnie Robson in 1:14, then lost a major decision to Michael Chadwick of Neillsville, 17-6.

Laurent then bested Lodi’s Kyle Clapper, 7-5, pinned Caledonia’s Dylan Stemper in 2:07 and toppled Mosinee’s Riley Ivaska, 10-4.

• On deck: Middleton was at Janesville Craig Tuesday, then travels to the Appleton West Invitational Saturday. That tournament begins at 9 a.m.

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