Hawks win 1, drop 1 in double dual

Shawano wraps up regular season
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Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano Community High School junior Alexander Sumnicht went 2-0 during the Tuesday’s double dual, pinning New London’s Brent Peterson at 160 pounds and defeating Sturgeon Bay’s Bruce Anschutz by major decision at 152 pounds.

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano Community High School freshman Reef Anthony defeated New London’s Adam Armour in a 3-1 decision at 126 pounds during Tuesday’s Bay Conference dual at Shawano.

The Shawano wrestling team wrapped up its regular season duals with a loss to Bay Conference rival New London and nonconference victory over Sturgeon Bay on Tuesday at home.
The Hawks lost 49-21 to New London, but the long battles weren’t reflected in the final score. Still, Shawano head coach Mike Homan said it wasn’t the start to the double dual he was expecting.
“I was expecting a much closer battle,” he said. “We gave up some early pins along the way that really hurt us trying to come back.”
The Hawks dropped the first four matches to trail 19-0 before Reef Anthony picked up a 3-1 decision over Adam Armour at 126 pounds to get the Hawks on the board. Alex Sumnicht pinned New London’s Brent Peterson at 160 pounds (1 minute, 39 seconds) and Keith Tourtillott rounded out the Hawks victories with a pin over Montana Ernst at 220 pounds (4:40).
“It should have been a much closer match than what it was,” Homan said. “I told the kids after the match that we wrestled hard, you could see the energy was there, we just didn’t get the results that we needed.
“But I saw some good things, too. We continually stayed in battle when things weren’t going our way. The kids could have been really down when we were trailing in the beginning for a while, but they continued to fight, and that’s something we’ll be able to build off of going forward.”
Sophomore Keith Tourtillott, who defeated Ernst in the third period, said he has been utilizing the strategy this season of turning up the heat when he can tell his opponent is tired in the second or third periods. But the 220-pound matchup with Ernst was different, he said.
“The whole second period he rode me out, which I didn’t expect, and he was so close to pinning me,” Tourtillott said. “I’ll admit, in my mind I was already saying ‘He’s got me, he’s going to pin me,’ because he had me in such an uncomfortable position. It would have been so easy to just roll over and give up.
“But some part of me just decided that I needed to just stick with it, and it turned out to be very beneficial to me because then that third period came and I regrouped and was able to take him down.”
Tourtillott said the match was one of the hardest he’s experienced yet, but he embraced the challenge.
“Matches like those show me that there’s still so much work left to be done,” he said. “I know I’m capable of more and I want to keep getting better, so tough matches like that are the best way for me to learn where I need to work.”
Tourtillott dropped his second match to Sturgeon Bay’s Trevor Wilke in a close 11-10 decision, but the Hawks ended the night with a 40-18 victory over the Clippers.
Shawano recorded wins by Andrew Christian (11-6 decision), Colten Herm (fall 2:18), Ben Carroll (10-4 decision), Gage Timm (fall 2:52), Alex Sumnicht (11-1 major decision) and Nick Kohn (fall 1:13).
“It was good to get a win, and it was good to see that the kids were able to put the loss in the first dual behind them and refocus for the second match,” Homan said. “They were up against a pretty tough team in Sturgeon Bay and they had to earn those wins, and I really feel like they did that.”
Homan said the team’s final dual meets of the season were a good learning opportunity as they head into regionals on Feb. 10.
“We need to get back to the drawing board and get back to practices because what we really learned tonight is that the matches just need to be finished up the right way,” Homan said. “They’re wrestling hard but they just need to finish them. So we’ll work on that and make sure we’re ready to go heading into regionals.”
New London 49, Shawano 21
106: Damian Polanco over Wyatt Brandt (Shawano) (Dec 8-3); 113: Gavin Hutchison over Andrew Christian (Shawano) (MD 22-14); 120: Mason Kloehn over Colten Herm (Shawano) (Fall 3:42); 126: Reef Anthony (Shawano) over Adam Armour (Dec 3-1); 132: Lucas Gerrits over (Shawano) (For.); 138: Garrett Ruckdashel over Ben Carroll (Shawano) (Dec 6-2); 145: Julian Polanco over Carter Schmidt (Shawano) (Fall 3:30); 152: Logan Heimbruch over Gage Timm (Shawano) (Dec 5-4); 160: Alex Sumnicht (Shawano) over Brent Peterson (Fall 1:39); 170: Jacob Hoier over Sam Tourtilott (Shawano) (Fall 4:24); 182: Miguel Delgado over Aaron Pyawasay (Shawano) (Injury); 195: Dominick Blake (Shawano) over (For.); 220: Keith Tourtillott (Shawano) over Montana Ernst (Fall 4:40); 285: Travis Kuhnke over Nick Kohn (Shawano) (Fall 5:08).
Shawano 40, Sturgeon Bay 18
106: Wyatt Brandt (Shawano) over (For.); 113: Andrew Christian (Shawano) over Ben Denamur (Dec 11-6); 120: Colten Herm (Shawano) over Wyatt Coburn (Fall 2:18); 126: Peyton Hurth over Reef Anthony (Shawano) (Dec 5-2); 138: Ben Carroll (Shawano) over Ezra Haight (Dec 10-4); 138: 145: Gage Timm (Shawano) over Triston Beauchamp (Fall 2:52); 152: Alex Sumnicht (Shawano) over Bruce Anschutz (MD 11-1); 160: Elijah Heimbecher over Jerald Raeder (Shawano) (Dec 4-3); 170: Sam Tourtilott (Shawano) over (For.) 182: Jeremy Jorns over Crede Timm (Shawano) (Fall 4:51); 195: Luke Brinkman over Dominick Blake (Shawano) (SV-1 8-6); 220: Trevor Wilke over Keith Tourtillott (Shawano) (Dec 11-10); 285: Nick Kohn (Shawano) over Nicholas West (Fall 1:13).