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Wrestling Picks up Two Wins at Oshkosh Duals
By: Ashley Hofer, Sports Information Student
OSHKOSH, Wis. (UWECBlugolds.com) - The UW-Eau Claire wrestling team picked up its first victories of the season today, winning two if its three dual meets at the UW-Oshkosh Duals.
The Blugolds beat Maranatha Baptist Bible College (Wis.) 54-0, fell 24-18 to the Milwaukee School of Engineering (Wis.), and closed out the day with a 43-4 victory over Wheaton College (Ill.). Two Blugolds – Keith Dawson (Jr.-Neillsville, Wis.) and Joe Pitsch (Jr.-Oshkosh, Wis./North) – defeated their opponents in all three of the day’s meets.
In the shutout against Maranatha, six Blugolds pinned their opponents: Brandon Schreiber (Fr.-Mondovi, Wis.) (141 weight class), Joshua Baier (So.-Inver Grove Heights, Minn./Rosemount) (149 division), Levi Polus (Jr.-Winona, Minn.) (157 division), Matthew Rieckhoff (Fr.-Wausau, Wis./D.C. Everest) (184 division), Luke Ortscheid (Fr.-Wausau, Wis./West) (197 division) and Pitsch (285 division). Two other Blugolds – Dawson (174 division) and Ricky Gonzales (So.-Bluffton, S.C.) (165 division) – picked up decisions during the meet as well.
Though Eau Claire lost the meet to undefeated Milwaukee, the Blugolds earned wins in the four highest weight classes. Will Christ (Jr.-Shell Lake, Wis.) and Ortscheid pinned their respective 184 and 197 weight class opponents while Dawson and Pitsch earned decisions over the Milwaukee wrestlers. Christ’s pin in just 1:10 was the quickest of any Blugold on the day.
The Blugolds allowed just one Wheaton win in the final meet. Pitsch earned the lone pin in the meet, sinking his opponent in 1:49. Baier, Polus, Gonzales and Dawson all earned decisions. Four Eau Claire victories were awarded by virtue of forfeit.
Next up, the Blugolds will host UW-Platteville for Youth Night this Wednesday, Jan. 12 in the McPhee Physical Education Center. The meet is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.