Rapids wrestlers down Everest

By Michael Kommer
For Central Wisconsin Sports.net

January 17, 2019

Wisconsin Rapids– For the first time since 2016, the Wisconsin Rapids wrestling team is on top of the Wisconsin Valley Conference.

The eighth- ranked Raiders won nine matches on the night as they knocked off D.C. Everest Thursday night by a 40-27 margin.

By winning, the Raiders moved to 5-0 in conference duals and march closer to acheiving the goal of capturing a league title.

“We came in knowing some match ups would be in their favor, or be toss ups in quite a few,” Rapids coach Scott Benitz said. “I don’t think we won too many of those, but we picked up bonus points where they were available and won where we were favored in.”

Rapids won five of the first seven to take a quick 27-7 lead. Layne Kalata at 220 pounds got things rolling with an 8-3 decision over Carl Guerink with Mike Iverson (285) and Preston Spray (113) each earning falls and John Beggs (106) and Cale Benitz (126) receiving forfeits.

Everest got a major decision by Corbin Trotzer (120) and Freddy Lehrke (132) held on for a decision. But Rapids just proved to be too strong for the Evergreens.

In what was arguably the match of the night, Rapids junior Zac Hamel (138) rallied from a 7-3 deficit to Demitrio Covarrubias heading into the third period and in the final thirty seconds of the frame earned a take down and a penalty point via stalling to rally for the 9-8 victory.

“I normally have a good motor; I ran cross country, and my goal was to beat him in the third,” Hamel said. “I knew my shot was there and I just took it in the third.”

Payton Vaughn (145) needed just 38 seconds to earn a fall over JJ Corral to cut the Rapids lead to 30-13, but after Rapids junior Wyler Lubeck (152) earned a 13-4 major decision, senior Roger Fuller (160) clinched the dual with a 10-8 decision.

Isaac Diaz (170) closed out the scoring for the Raiders with a 5-3 decision, but Everest got wins in the final two weight classes- Carson Trotzer (182) via forfeit and Orion Bowe (195) with a fall to end the dual.

“Zac ran him out of gas,” Benitz said. “All I know is we had a guy with a gas tank, and he ran the other guy out of gas. We need to continue that kind of wrestling that we can wear them out in four minutes and start pouring on the points in the last two.”

Raiders 40 Evergreens 25

220: Layne Kalata (WR) dec. Carl Guerink 8-3. 285: Mike Iverson (WR) p. David Bell (WR) 3:05. 106: John Beggs (WR) Forfeit. 113: Preston Spray (WR) p. Dallas Pagel 1:46. 120: Corbin Trotzer (DCE) maj.Damien Bennett 12-4. 126: Cale Benitz (WR) Forfeit. 132: Freddy Lehrke dec. Ryan Sering 7-5. 138: Zac Hamel (WR) dec. Demitrio Covarrubias 9-8. 145: Peyton Vaughn (DCE) p. JJ Corral :38. 152: Wyler Lubeck (WR) Maj. Wyatt Esker 13-4. 160: Roger Fuller (WR) dec. Nick Klug 10-8. 170: Isaac Diaz (WR) dec. Gabe Carter 5-3. 182: Carson Trotzer (DCE) Forfeit. 195: Orien Bowe (DCE) p. Peter Rucker 3:24.

One thought on “Rapids wrestlers down Everest

  1. crash133

    Wisconsin Valley Conference rules:

    “For each dual meet, the winning team will receive two points and the losing team none.

    Award 12 points to the winner of the conference meet, 10 points to second place team”


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