Senior captain Lucas Etchason works for the takedown against his Kenyon Wanamingo opponent. Lucas went on to win the match 7-1. Lucas won all 5 matches on Saturday and is on pace to hit 100 on Tuesday at home. Results were not available by press time. Photo by Chuck Rhodes
by Ruth Hanson
The Cobra wrestlers lost their first match of the season on the road at Kenyon-Wanamingo, falling 57-12, including five forfeits.
Three Triton wrestlers won - Lucas Etchason, a 195 pound senior, by a score of 7-1; Randy Henderson, a 220 pound tenth grader, by a score of 1-0; and Adam Vacura, a heavyweight tenth grader, who pinned his man.
"We have a very young team, but the future looks bright," Coach Shane Van Beek said.
The wrestlers traveled to Glenwood City, Wisconsin, for the John Timm Invite on Saturday and won four of their five matches.
They beat Spooner, Wisconsin, 51-27; Somerset, Wisconsin, 57-18; Neillsville 36-35; Glenwood City 54-16 before losing to Amery, Wisconsin, 47-23. Amery is ranked third in the state in Division Two.
The Neillsville match came down to the last match, when Patrick Ramirez pinned his man for the win.
"Overall the kids bounced back," Coach Van Beek said. "Lucas and Patrick were undefeated. Lucas is ranked fourth in the state at 195 pounds. Patrick is ranked ninth at 132 pounds."
He added that three wrestlers won their first varsity matches - Trey Theobold, a seventh grader weighing 113 pounds, Dalton Otterbein, an eighth grader weighing 126 pounds and Dane Jensen, a ninth grader weighing 106 pounds.
"Overall it was a team effort," Coach Van Beek said. "Everyone on the team won at least one match."
He added that his assistant coaches worked very hard all day. They are Mark Head, Cory Mergen, Dale Jensen ad Bob Bowman.