Shawano wrestling hosts Shawano Holiday Classic

Bonduel places 3rd, Shawano 5th in tournament

Dennis Wilson Leader Correspondent

Photo by Dennis Wilson Shawano Community High School’s Alex Sumnicht defeated Bonduel High School’s Kaden Bergsbaken by decision at 160 pounds during the Shawano Holiday Classic wrestling tournament on Saturday.

Shawano, Bonduel and Clintonville were among 13 wrestling teams that competed at the Shawano Holiday Classic on Saturday.

Host Shawano placed fifth Bonduel finished third in the tournament. Marshfield took the team title, Spencer (second) and Antigo (fourth) rounded out the top five.

Shawano had eight wrestlers finish in the top-five in their respective weight classes. Ben Carroll, with a major decision over Dylan Dykstra, of Antigo, finished in third place at 138 pounds. Keith Tourtillott also placed third at 220 pounds with a decision over Jackson Linsmeier, of Valders.

Top finishers for the Hawks include Wyatt Brandt (106 pounds) in fourth place; Reef Anthony (128 pounds) fifth; Gage Timm (145 pounds) fourth; Alex Sumnicht (160 pounds) fourth; Sam Tourtillott (182 pounds) fourth; and Crede Timm (195 pounds) fourth.

“We came out aggressive and we really battled in every match we had, so I was very happy about that it,” Shawano head coach Mike Holmen said. “It is good to see the kids staying aggressive and staying in matches. I think we battled really well and we finished some matches off. We got better every single round and continued to fight.”

Bonduel had four wrestlers in the finals, including one champion. Jacob Banker took the top spot at 182 pounds, with a pinfall over Collinn Eldridge, of Antigo. The victory improved Banker to an undefeated 15-0 on the season.

The Bears started well with their 106-pounder, Luis Lagunes, taking second place. Lagunes’ lone loss was to Chase Kmosena, of Mosinee.

Jayson Toellner also earned a second-place finish, with his only loss being Dominick Wichlacz, of Spencer.

Lagunes sits at 11-4 while Toellner checks in at 11-3.

Jordan Boldt, who posts a 13-2 record so far, also placed second for the Bears. Boldt was dropped in the first-place match by Benjamin Stimac, of Antigo.

“We had some kids wrestle really well, like Toellner at 120, Jacob Banker at 182 and Jordan Boldt at 132,” Bonduel head coach Chris Rank said. “Some of our younger guys, I had hoped they would have wrestled a little better.

“We were aiming for a trophy, which means we would have to have finished in the top two. We came up a little short of that.”

Other top finishers for Bonduel were Max Sokolski (113 pounds) in fourth place; Isaac Banker (170 pounds) fourth; Jacob Giese (195 pounds) third; and Colin Wussow (220 pounds) fifth.

Clintonville struggled at the tournament with only three wrestlers competing. Lacey Jung scored the lone point for the Truckers when she received a bye in the final round.