Prescott wrestling: Four Cardinals move on to sectionals
Prescott's second-year head coach Jordan Poirier led his wrestling team to a third-place finish at the 2018 Division 2 Region 3 tournament, and will send four of his wrestlers to the upcoming sectional meet.
"I don't think any of our wrestlers wrestled poorly today," Poirier said. "We left everything out on the mat today."
Ethan Tulip (113), Joe Schulte (182) and Ty Sanford (195) all claimed first-place finishes at the regional meet in Baldwin-Woodville on Saturday, Feb. 10 and will advance to sectionals held on Saturday, Feb. 17 in Amery.
Cody Atherton (152) was defeated by Ellsworth's Cedric Kosnopfal in the 152-pound championship match, but will join Tulip, Schulte and Sanford at next week's meet.
The Cardinals have made a name for their wrestling team under Poirier's leadership and Atherton, Schulte, Sanford and Tulip will attempt to build on their program's legacy next week in Amery.
"When we come into a tournament or a dual, people expect us to compete," Poirier said. "We might not send 14 kids onto sectionals, but every match is going to be hard-fought. We're going to go out there and leave it all on the mat, and that's all we can ask for."
Prescott took third place at regionals with 129 points. Ellsworth claimed the regional title with 286 team points.
PRESCOTT INDIVIDUAL RESULTS:
113: First-place match: Ethan Tulip (Prescott) 31-5, Sr. over Carter Huppert (Ellsworth) 18-15, So. (Dec 5-2).
138: Third-place match: Mason Cable (Prescott) 15-21, Jr. over Cole Myers (Osseo-Fairchild/Augusta/Fall Creek) 19-17, So. (Dec 10-7).
145: Third-place match: Payton Kostka (Regis/Altoona) 18-6, Fr. over Isaiah Tulip (Prescott) 13-20, So. (TF-1.5 4:54 (16-1)).
152: First-place match: Cedric Kosnopfal (Ellsworth) 22-12, Jr. over Cody Atherton (Prescott) 23-13, Sr. (Fall 3:29).
160: Fifth-place match: Alex Ewing received a bye.
170: Third-place match: Thomas Anderson (Bloomer/Colfax) 15-7, Jr. over Ethan Luksich (Prescott) 16-21, Jr. (Fall 3:20).
182: First-place match: Joe Schulte (Prescott) 27-4, So. over Connor Ekholm (Ellsworth) 14-7, Sr. (Fall 3:17).
195: First-place match: Ty Sanford (Prescott) 31-3, Sr. over Logan Peterson (Ellsworth) 22-14, So. (Dec 7-0).