OCONTO FALLS —The Coleman wrestling team erased a 19-point deficit en route to a 40-31 win at Oconto Falls on Tuesday.
The Cougars entered the contest as Wisconsin’s top-ranked Division 3 team, while the Panthers were rated ninth in Division 2.
The matchup of two highly rated programs did not disappoint as Oconto Falls powered out to a 31-12 lead before the Cougars got going.
“They have a really nice team this year,” Coleman coach Kevin Casper said. “I knew it would be a competitive match. Thankfully our guys at the backend were able to get the pins and bonus points we needed to come away with a quality team win.”
Through nine matches, the Cougars had only pins from Brady Zahn (285 lbs.) and Brady Gross (126 lbs.) to show for their effort.
However, from the 145 lb. weight class through 182 lbs., the Cougars dominated, reeling off 28 unanswered points including a pair of forfeits from the Panthers.
Karson Casper started the comeback with a 48-second pin of Weston Borkovec at 145 lbs.
The Panthers forfeited the 152 lb. match, and William Bieber needed only 44 seconds to pin Brayden Kozlowski in the 160 lb. match.
Still trailing 31-30, Owen Kinziger stepped up in weight to take on Cody Dellise at 170 lbs. The Cougars knew the Panthers would forfeit the final contest of the night at 182 lbs., but a loss in Kinziger’s contest could have spelled defeat.
Kinziger who is ranked ninth at 160 lbs. was up to the challenge, scoring a 17-4 major decision and securing the victory for the Cougars.
“That was a big match for Kinziger,” Casper said. “We needed him to pull it out for us and he did.
“Now we’ve got to keep getting better and get ready for the postseason,” Casper continued.
After travelling to second-ranked Luxemburg-Casco (Division 2) on Thursday, the Cougars will participate in the New London Invitational on Saturday.
COLEMAN 40—OCONTO FALLS 31
(195) OF Nick Terpanier def. C. Adam Fonder, 17-0 TF, 4:37; (220) OF Clayton Whiting def. C. Dameon Burke, pin 0:27; (285) C. Brody Zahn def. OF Luke Gilbertson, pin 1:12; (106) OF Garrett Ganter vs. C. Lexus Baars, pin 3:54; (113) OF Cole Bozile def. C. Raymond Lemiux, 4-0; (120) OF Graeson Pankratz def. C. John Nowak, MD 10-0; (126) C. Brady Gross def. OF Parker Peterson, pin 1:24; (132) OF Jaden Ganter def. C. Chance Gruber, 4-0 (138) OF Luke Trepanier def. C. Micha Kuchta, MD 13-2; (145) C. Karson Casper def. OF Weston Borkovec, pin, 0:48; (152) C. Lincoln Henry win by forfeit; (160) C. William Bieber def. OF Brayden Kozlowski, pin 0:44; (170) C. Owen Kinziger def. OF Cody Dellise, MD 17-4; (182) C. Cole Klimek win by forfeit.