Sparta scored 232.5 points to nab third at Saturday’s MVC/Coulee Tournament in Arcadia. Tomah won the tournament with 343.5 points while Viroqua came in second with 256 points. Sparta edged out Westby by a single point to stay in the top three.
This year’s tournament had a screwy seeding method. All MVC wrestlers were placed on one side of the bracket and all Coulee wrestlers on the other side. Because the MVC had more teams, many of the Coulee wrestlers got first round byes into the quarterfinals. That was a lot of free points for teams like Viroqua and Westby. Many of the matches that should have been finals ended up being semifinal matches–the Hutson/Viner semifinal match is an example of that. So while Viroqua beat out Sparta and Westby was knocking on the Spartans’ door, remember that those two teams got a lot of free points and had fresher wrestlers later in the day.
On the day, Sparta was second in the tournament in number of pins grabbing 16 in all. To see who got those pins, check out the individual results below…
103 — Tom Tourdot, 7th Place, 2-2 with a major decision
112 — Derek McDonald, 3rd Place, 4-2 with two pins and a major decision
119 — Nick Winchel, 7th Place, 3-2 with two pins and a major decision
125 — Derick Johnson, 2nd Place, 3-1
130 — Cody Olson, 7th Place, 3-1 with two pins
135 — Morgan Leis, 5th Place, 3-2 with a major decision
140 — Matt Tourdot, 3rd Place, 4-1 with a pin and two major decisions
145 — Jordan Stanek, 6th Place, 2-3 with a pin
152 — Nick Anderson, Did Not Place, 0-2
160 — Mike Jacobsen, 3rd Place, 4-1 with two pins
171 — Seth Harelson, 7th Place, 2-2 with two pins
189 — Brandon Amundson, 7th Place, 3-2 with a pin
215 — Trevor Hutson, 1st Place, 4-0 with a pin and major decision
285 — Kevin Schmitz, 4th Place, 3-2 with two pins and a tech fall
Sparta’s Trevor Hutson sneaked by Logan’s Josh Viner for a 2-1 victory at the 215 weight class. As you can see, this was probably the real final in the weight class as Hutson went on to record a 10-0 major decision victory over Kyle Vesbach of Viroqua in the finals. This was a prime example of how this seeding mechanism kept the best wrestlers from facing off in the finals for a number of weight classes.
It’s officially the tournament season. Regionals kick off Saturday. I don’t have the current location for them but I’ll update it here when I find that out. However, I do know that team sectional dual will be at Sparta. The team champion of the upcoming regional will wrestle the team champion of the regional surrounding the Madison area and north. Winner of the team sectional dual will qualify for a spot in the state team tournament. It would be nice to have a home dual with that on the line.
Check back here later this week for more news and stats concerning the season and the upcoming regional.