Hawk wrestlers grounded by Truckers

Leader Sports Editor

CLINTONVILLE Old Bay Conference rivals returned to the mat Tuesday night in a non-conference wrestling match when Clintonville handed Shawano a 39-33 loss. After taking a 33-24 lead with three matches left, the Hawks found themselves on the losing end of all three matches on their way to the loss.

The Hawks jumped out to the early lead when Josh Theis, wrestling in the 103 pound match, won a 17-0 technical fall over Clintonville's Mitch Thiel to put the Hawks up 5-0.

Clintonville quickly struck for the lead in the 112 pound match when Rusty Meeks needed only 1:56 to pin Shawano's Robert Zaddock to put the Truckers ahead 6-5. Derrick Smith added to Clintonville's lead when he pinned Shawano's Justin Hayes in 1:19 in the 119 pound match.

Trailing 12-5 the Hawks turned to their sure-thing in Rocky DeLorme, wrestling in the 125 pound division. DeLorme has won 23 straight matches this season to remain perfect on the year heading into his match with Clintonville's Harold Marks. DeLorme was just too strong taking a 16-2 major decision and cutting the Truckers' lead to 12-9.

More importantly for DeLorme he moved one win closer to breaking the Shawano record for career wins. With the win at Clintonville DeLorme has won 111 careers matches, just three shy of Jerry Henn's record of 114 wins.

Clintonville struck again in the 130 pound match when Jason Ortel pinned Bobby Stickney in 1:58 to put the truckers up 18-9.

The Hawk would claw their way back into the match winning the next three matches and building a 27-18 lead. In the 135 pound match Charlie Henn pinned Casey Ebert in 3:00, while Luke Hoffman pinned Mike Peeters in 2:43 in the 140 pound match to give the Hawks a 21-18 lead.

Shawano's Eric Zoellner increased the Shawano lead to 27-18 with a pin of Nate Lawson in 1:52 in the 145 pound match.

Clintonville stayed within striking distance when Justin McAualy pinned Shawano's Jared Beyer in the 152 pound match in 2:48 to cut the Hawks' lead to 27-24.

But the Hawks would strike back just a quickly as Matt Wudtke pinned Brandt Lundt in 1:32 to give Shawano a 33-24 lead.

But it would be Clintonville that did what it needed to win the match. The Truckers closed out the night with two big pins and a win by decision to beat the Hawks. In the 171 pound match Tom Booth pinned Derek Stempa in 1:47, while Jeremy Bricco pinned Craig Wedde in 4:50 in the 189 pound match to give the Truckers a 36-33 lead heading into the heavyweight match.

In the final match of the night Clintonville's Spencer Pringhits defeated James Rotramel to give the Truckers the 39-33 win.

The Hawks will look to rebound from the loss when they return to Bay Conference action on Thursday with a road match against DePere.

By Michael Ray
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