A young and improving Southern Door wrestling team turned in a solid performance Saturday at the Kewaunee Invitational.
Grant Englebert finished second in the 152-pound division with a 4-1 mark. After receiving a bye in the first round, Englebert recorded three straight falls to earn a spot in the final. Wabeno/Laona’s Derek Moravec, the ninth ranked wrestler in Division III, pinned a hobbled Englebert in the final.
“Grant looked very solid in his early matches, dominating the competition,” Southern Door coach Jerry Englebert said. “Unfortunately, he got a little banged up in the finals, but he will be ready to go again next week.”
Austin Farley finished 3-2 and placed third at 106. Farley pinned Karissa Entringer from Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah/Howards Grove in the third-place match.
“Austin typically gives up about 20 pounds, weighing in at 85 pounds,” Coach Englebert said. “His technique is getting better, giving him opportunities to use some offense. Austin has improved greatly from the beginning of the season.”
Austin Falish finished 3-2 and place third at 113. Falish made it to the title match but lost to Mishicot’s Jacob Hibbard.
“It’s great to see his hard work is finally paying off,” Englebert said. “In today’s first three matches, he used a nice variety of techniques, including some he hasn’t tried before.”
Griffin Slezewski (weighing in at 132), Bradley Skippon (160) and Riley Phillips (195) each turned in fifth-place performances. Kyle Conard (126) and Drew DeFere (138) placed sixth; Drew Price (145) placed seventh; and Brodie Overbeck placed ninth at 220.
“As a team, we looked much better than last week,” Englebert said. “We’re still a young team and making plenty of mistakes, but we were staying in better position and using more technique. This was a good tournament for us to build from.”
Despite improving to 15-0 — with a 5-0 record at 182 at the Willard Schmidt Scramble at Green Bay Preble — Jeremy Jorns was his own worst critic.
“I didn’t have my best day,” said Jorns, who qualified for the Division II state tournament last year. “I have not reached where I want to be yet. There is a lot of work to be done on my feet and on the mat.”
After winning his first four matches via bye, earning a score of 15-5 and a technical fall and a pin, Jorns defeated Quinton Schuyler of West DePere 2-0 in overtime in the final.
Nick West placed third at 285; Peyton Jurth was fourth at 138; Wyatt Coburn was sixth at 120; David Condra was 10th at 132; and Sam Abel was 14th at 138.
“Nick West is really starting to get some confidence, and it is showing on the mat,” SBS coach Trevor Hasenjab said. “It’s tough for a sophomore at 285, and he is really coming around.”
The team returns to action Dec. 28 and 29 at Oshkosh on the Water, a two-day, 64-team tournament held at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
Jorns Ranked Second
WIWRESTLING.com has Jorns ranked second in Division II at 182. Slezewski in rated fifth at 126 in Division III, and Englebert is eleventh at 152, also in Division III.