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The Lakeland Muskies improved their record to 2-2 with a decisive 30-10 victory over UW-Oshkosh on Wednesday, Nov. 16. The win marks the second straight victory over a state school for the Muskies and head coach Pete Rogers' second victory over a state school in his five seasons at Lakeland.
"It is real exciting to see the guys coming around like they are," said head coach Pete Rogers. "They got all the preseason jitters out and they have just taken off the way I hoped they would. I am proud of each and everyone one of the guys for how they pulled through tonight."
In the 184 weight class sophomore Paul Hartt recorded a pin over Alex Sell in just 33 seconds.
"The kid was stronger than me," said Hartt. "I took him down and got on top of him and turned him."
Freshman Jonas Flok, wrestling at 157, recorded a pin against Matt Kehone in 1:18 in his first varsity match for the Muskies.
"Flok, as a freshman just went out and pinned a senior in his weight class," said Rogers. "He just came out ready to wrestle. It was amazing to see."
Freshman David Copp got things started on the evening for the Muskies as he defeated Chris Truemper 11-4 in the 125 division to open the dual. Other winners for the Muskies was freshman Casey Klister (133) via a forfeit; sophomore Calvin O'Neal (174) defeated Adam Dorner 7-5; senior Tim Vallier beat Pat Detmar 8-4 at the 197 division and junior Mark Vanden Hoogen won the heavy weight division with a 6-5 decision.
The Muskies came into the season with high expectations and while it has only been four duals so far, the Muskies are extremely proud of the way they have been wrestling.
"We owe it to Pete, for getting this recruiting class," said Hartt. "They all came here for him. He pushes us and gets us to win. Overcoming these two state school's really helps our confidence and helps prepare us for the conference tournament. Overall, these past four duals will help us for the weeks to come."
The Muskies will be taking to the road for their next three meets. Their next dual will be at UW-Whitewater on November, 22. The Muskies will not return home until Dec. 6 when they host Maranatha Baptist for the second LMC dual of the season.
"Going on the road is a change," said Rogers. "I think we need to go out on the road and wrestle the exact same way we would here. I mean it is a different situation, but it is still a wrestling mat. I think we have some diehard fans here that will follow us around so hopefully the home court advantage won't be too much of a difference."