Wrestlers cruise past Verona

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Rob Reischel
Caleb Cymbalak and Middleton’s wrestlers defeated Verona last Thursday./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Three state qualifiers have graduated.

There is youth and inexperience across the roster.

But there’s also an immense amount of talent.

Middleton’s wrestlers proved just that last Thursday, posting an impressive 43-33 win over Verona.

“It was a good win,” Middleton coach Kent Weiler said. “They should have never beaten us last year. 

“This just means that we put a better team together last Thursday. We have a long way to go.”

But the Cardinals showed they're certainly on the right track.

The meet started at 152 pounds, and after losing there, Middleton’s Maxwell Mayhew pinned Ryan Weiss in 1:16.

Verona earned a pin at 170, then Middleton’s Caleb Cymbalak pinned Reagan Stauffer in 1:16.

Middleton’s Gavin Adler notched a pin in 1:08 at 195 pounds, then Verona won at both 220 and heavyweight.

Middleton got hot at the lower weights, though.

Gage Gilbertson earned a hard fought, 15-13, win at 106, then Joseph Hoffman had a pin in just 27 seconds at 113.

Middleton received forfeits at 120 and 126. Then the Cardinals’ Kevin Meicher notched a 16-0 win at 132.

Verona won at 138 and 145, but by that point, the Cardinals had an insurmountable lead.

“We can’t give up so many pins or bonus points,” Weiler said. “We need to wrestle as a team. We still need to beat Parker and West to win our side of the league. We have a lot of young wrestlers that need to come a long way.”

Still, the Cardinals made an early-season statement against a team they lost to a year ago. And that bodes well for the rest of their conference season.

“I believe there are some pretty tough teams on the other side of the league,” Weiler said. “Winning our side of the league will put us in the Big Eight Showcase against the winner of the other side of the league. This just means that we are on the right track, but need to get better.”


Middleton 44 Verona 33  

106: Gage Gilbertson (MIDD) over Jonathan Herbst (VER) (Dec 15-13)

113: Joseph Hoffman (MIDD) over Zakh Kalifatadi (VER) (Fall 0:27)

120: Joseph Sperger (MIDD) over (VER) (For.)

126: Colton Best (MIDD) over (VER) (For.)

132: Kevin Meicher (MIDD) over Austin Powers (VER) (TF 16-0 0:00)

138: Brandon Daniels (VER) over Christopher Rogers (MIDD) (Dec 7-0)

145: Egill Hegge (VER) over Hossam Said (MIDD) (Fall 1:04)

152: Matthew Maier (VER) over Remington Lockwood (MIDD) (Fall 3:30)

160: Maxwell Mayhew (MIDD) over Ryan Weiss (VER) (Fall 1:16)

170: Dom Murray (VER) over Dion Huff (MIDD) (Fall 2:30)

182: Caleb Cymbalak (MIDD) over Reagan Stauffer (VER) (Fall 1:16)

195: Gavin Adler (MIDD) over Jeremy Grim (VER) (Fall 1:08)

220: Garrison Stauffer (VER) over Saul Carranza (MIDD) (Fall 0:57)

285: Jordan Recob (VER) over Matthew Davey (MIDD) (Fall 5:26)


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