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PHS' Filkins back in time for MBC title

BALDWIN - The match readiness is not there yet. There's still a little mat rust as well.

But for a Prescott High School wrestling team looking for any rays of success in such a cloudy season, no amount of nit-picking will erase the joy coming from Jake Filkins' 189-pound championship Saturday in the Middle Border Conference meet at Baldwin-Woodville High School.

In his first invitational meet since coming back from knee surgery last fall, Filkins brushed aside his opposition at 189 pounds with two pins and a technical fall. He won 18-3 over Somerset's Jeremy Kelly in the first round, stuck Ellsworth's Corey Deiss in the semifinals in 2:59 and pinned New Richmond's Blake Jacobson in 2:52.

Filkins' championship win ended any chances New Richmond could take the team title.

"There are a lot of things he still needs to get sharper at but that will come with more mat time," Prescott head coach Jeff Poliak said. "Given how much time he had to prepare, it was a solid performance all the way through."

Filkins showing helped the Cardinals stay out of last place in the league despite an 0-7 dual meet record. Filkins only participated in one dual meet this season.

Also, helping the Redbirds was a good first round showing that put four of their wrestlers in the championship bracket.

Finishing fourth were Kyle Koele at 140 and Jim Mutschler at 152, both with two wins on the day. Mike Feriancek placed sixth but had a big upset of Ellsworth's Joe Kornmann in the first round with a 4:50 pinfall at 130 that put him in the championship bracket. Kornmann later decisioned Feriancek 6-3 for fifth place.

Prescott also had disappointments as well. John Kariesch lost a tough overtime match to Osceola's Hans Johnson in the finals 3-2 in overtime. Kariesch had pinned Ellsworth's Charlie Hinck in 1:20 in the first round and beat New Richmond's Joel Neumann 2-1 in the semifinals.

"John needed two overtimes to beat Johnson in the dual meet so they're pretty even wrestlers," Poliak said. "He's disappointed not to come in first but that's made him hungry to get through regionals so they can meet again in sectionals."