Grapplers place sixth at MSOE
Athletics - posted on 12/4/2010
The Lakeland College wrestling team took sixth place in an 11-team tournament at the Milwaukee School of Engineering Invite Saturday afternoon in Milwaukee, Wis.
Senior Issac Roberson (Chicago, Ill.) led the Muskies and was the 157 champion. Roberson, who competed against two NCAA national qualifiers, had an outstanding showing.
The No. 4 seeded grappler had the 14-4 major decision over Jerry Wanty of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Roberson then got the 5-4 decision over Fernando Morales of MSOE. In the semi-finals, Roberson faced No. 1 seed and 2010 NCAA national qualifier, Justin Skillings of St. Olaf and earned the 13-8 decision. The finals match was against Virgil Pope of MSOE, also a NCAA qualifier, who Roberson got the 11-6 decision over.
Head coach Mike DeRoehn was impressed with Roberson's dominance.
"Isaac, in my opinion, was clearly the outstanding wrestler of the tournament," said DeRoehn. "He was the only guy in the event that had to beat two national qualifiers to win the tournament. Isaac has been doing all the right things, on and off the mats, and it has paid off in allowing him to realize his potential."
Brandon Garcia, a sophomore from Adell, Wis., placed fifth in the 157 division. Garcia pinned Shaun Oestreich of UW-Oshkosh in 5:24 then earned a default over No. 2 seeded Bryce Alexander. Garcia lost on a 6-3 decision to MSOE's Virgil Pope. In the bottom bracket, he pinned Josh Atwell of Central College in 1:39 before losing the 3-1 decision to No. 1 seeded Justin Skillings of St. Olaf in the third-place match.
Also leading the Muskies were junior Robby Frias (Oak Lawn, Ill.) and Sophomore Ryan Renon (Wrightstown, Wis.) who both placed second in 141 and 165, respectively.
After a first round bye, Frias had the 14-2 major decision over Carlos Hernandez of Central College. The grappler then faced UW- Oshkosh's Mason McMullen who Frias pinned in 1:02. Heading into the semi-finals, Frias faced Nick Santana of Concordia, Wis., who he pinned in 6:08 to advance to the finals. Frias dropped the final decision in a 4:21 pin to Ryan Zimmerman of St. Olaf.
Renon registered a 15-0 technical fall over Josiah Brendemuehl of Maranatha Baptist Bible College. Renon then earned the 10-8 decision over Aaron Konitzer of UW-Oshkosh in the semi-finals. He lost in the finals on a 4-3 decision to Sam Bramstedt of MSOE.
Zach Wetzel, a freshman from Campbellsport, Wis., placed fifth at 197. The No. 3 seeded Wetzel, lost twice to eventual third-place champion Joseph Schlueter of St. Olaf. Wetzel pinned Devin Johnson of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 5:31. The grappler then earned the 15-6 decision over Kyle McKearn of UW-Oshkosh. He then faced Lakeland's own junior Rob Forgette (Menominee, Mich.) in which Wetzel got the upper hand in a 6-3 decision.
In the fifth-place match, Wetzel faced Ryan Heath of UW-Oshkosh and earned the 11-6 decision.
Overall, DeRoehn was pleased with the team's efforts.
"From a team standpoint, we did the best we could with the guys we had competing," said DeRoehn. "We were without a handful of team members to start, then lost two wrestlers early to injury and it made a difference in our team's ability to compete to our potential."
The grapplers return to action on Wednesday, Dec. 8, in a dual meet against Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Ill. The dual begins at 7 p.m.
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