Hawks drop third straight in Bay action

Leader Sports Editor

DEPERE The Shawano wrestling team lost five of the final six matches Thursday night to fall to DePere 42-24 in Bay Conference action. After taking a 21-16 lead midway through the competition the Hawks could only win one of the remaining six matches leading to their defeat.

Shawano opened the match with a loss in the 103 pound match as Josh Theis was pinned by Mike Thomas in 54 seconds. Trailing 6-0 the Hawks quickly tied the score when Ryan Duebler won his 112 pound match by forfeit.

Shawano fell behind 10-6 when Justin Hayes, wrestling in the 119 pound match, lost a 12-0 major decision to Luke Chevalier.

In the 125 pound match, Shawano's Rocky DeLorme moved one match closer to setting anew school record for career wins when he won a 17-0 technical fall over Mike Rogers. The win also put the Hawks up 11-10. DeLorme is now just two win away from matching Jerry Henn's record of 114 wins.

DePere regained the lead in the back-and-forth match when Bobby Stickney was pinned by Sean Skramand in 3:35 in the 130 pound match. Once again, the lead would change hands as Charlie Henn needed only 43 seconds to pin Ross Kutter in the 135 pound match. The pin gave the Hawks a 17-16 lead.

Shawano would improve on their lead taking a 21-16 lead when Luke Hoffman scored a big 20-8 major decision over Jason Hanke in the 140 pound match. The match would quickly turn for the Hawks the rest of the way as DePere won the next four individual matches to build an insurmountable 36-21 lead and clinch the match.

In the 145 pound match Eric Zoellner lost a 15-6 major decision to Jacob Heuston to put the score at 21-20 in favor of Shawano. In the 152 pound match, the Hawks lost the lead for good when Justin Dhein pinned Jared Beyer in 4:52 to put DePere up 26-21.

In the 160 pound match Matt Wudtke was pinned by Ric Scannell in 3:24, while Derek Stempa was beaten with an 18-5 major decision by Den DeGroot in the 171 pound match to clinch the win for DePere.

The Hawks would pick up one final win when Craig Wedde scored a 4-2 decision over Jason Bamman in the 189 pound match to cut the DePere lead to 36-24. The Hawks would fall 42-24 when Jed Meidam was pinned by Jacob Johnson in 1:07 in the heavyweight match.

The Hawks will travel to compete in a tournament this weekend in Sheboygan and will return to dual match action when they travel to face Bay Conference power Bay Port on Jan. 27.

By Michael Ray
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