Wildcat grapplers best Bosse, CentralNovember 25, 2020
By COREY STOLZENBACH
EVANSVILLE - Jasper got at it early Wednesday morning to begin the 2020-21 wrestling season at Evansville Central's Bear Den. The Wildcats took on Southern Indiana Athletic Conference rivals Evansville Bosse and Evansville Central, scoring wins against both opponents. Jasper prevailed, 77-0, against Bosse, and 42-32 against Central.
"We're just really grateful to have the opportunity to come out and wrestle, especially with everything going on," Wildcats coach Jace Brescher said. "I know that at the beginning of the season, we didn't even know if we'd have a season. So, we take every opportunity and appreciate that. It's great."
The Wildcats had to shuffle some pieces around against the Bulldogs. Junior Ashton Schuetter moved up from the 195-pound class to the 220-pound class against Bosse, while junior Jacob Potts ascended from the 220-pound class to the heavyweight division, but this proved to be no problem for either one as they both scored victories.
Jasper prevailed in spite of not having some of their more prolific wrestlers in seniors Jainier Milanes, Will Collon and Quade Popp. Brescher told the Herald on Wednesday that they still have some wrestlers out due to practice reasons.
"It went really well, and it gave some other guys another opportunity to get some mat time," Brescher said.
The Wildcats ran into some tough competition against some of the wrestlers the Bears trotted out. Some who were victorious in their matches against Bosse, such as senior Reece Fromme in the 152-pound class, sophomore Victor Peter in the 160-pound class and senior Luke Ruckriegel in the 182-pound class, couldn't quite secure victories in their matches with Central.
In Fromme's case, he didn't muster any points through the first two periods, and though he lost his match to sophomore Luke Robards of the Bears, he persevered to get a few points in the final period.
"The other guy had a lot of good cradles on him, opportunities that he could've given up a pin very easily, and he fought - didn't give up and tried to fight off the takedown at the end," Brescher said. "Victor Peter also did a nice job of battling to not give up a pin in a match we ended up losing."
Senior Cameron Weisheit enjoyed a banner day in the 170-pound class. Weisheit secured a win against junior Jaryn Wallerstedt of the Bulldogs, and enjoyed the same outcome against sophomore Jon Cardona of the Bears.
"He kept going," Brescher said. "Even in the first period (against Cardona), it was 0-0 all the way up 'till three seconds left. He didn't give up on a move or just give up and let the other guy get a takedown. So, he continued to defend and finished that first takedown.
"And I think when you get that first takedown, it just gives you the confidence going into that second period that you got the ability to beat the other guy," he continued. "He used that confidence and managed to get his pin."
Schuetter joined fellow junior Ian Giesler and sophomore Jeb Prechtel as Jasper's semi-state qualifiers from last year who were in action on Wednesday. Prechtel and Giesler both received forfeit wins against Bosse, but Prechtel triumphed against Central freshman Kyren Chester, while Giesler rolled off a win against sophomore Jace Ashby of the Bears in the 145-pound class.
Schuetter's first victory came against Bosse junior Cody Rahm in the 220, and he relegated back to his regular spot in the 195 against Central sophomore Jaime Bustos.
Brescher is looking for Jasper to improve on its top and bottom work - putting more pressure on the opponents from the top, while the Wildcats will try to work on protecting themselves as they look for an escape or reversal on the bottom.
Jasper is scheduled to be back Dec. 3 at Floyd Central, who narrowly bested the Wildcats for the sectional championship last year.
"They're definitely beatable, but it's going to be a battle either way," Brescher said. "If a couple matches go our way, those tight matches, I think we'll come out on top. And I think if the matches go their way, they'll come out on top.
"But really, in the beginning of the season, we're just trying to get a feel for our opponents and things that they're doing, and things we need to improve for postseason," he added.
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