The Spartans will try to move to 5-0 in the MVC and clinch a share of the conference championship Thursday evening when they travel to La Crosse Central. Central enters the dual with a 1-3 conference record having registered the following conference scores during the 2010-11 season…
- Aquinas 49 – Central 27
- Central 65 – Onalaska 18
- Tomah 51 – Central 28
- Holmen 48 – Central 23
The Raiders have some outstanding individuals, but suffer from a lack of numbers. This past week against Holmen, Central forfeited six times, but won six of eight matches wrestled. Against Tomah, Central forfeited four times, but split the 10 matches wrestled.
Central is led by super-freshman Ben Thornton who will enter the dual with a 32-0 record at 103 pounds. Thornton is ranked 2nd in both the Wisconsin Wrestling Online and Crossface individual polls.
At 112 pounds, Central has Blade Spindler coming in with a 29-4 record and 12th place ranking according to Wisconsin Wrestling Online. They take a step back at 119 pounds with Peyton Fellenz and his 3-11 record. At 130 pounds, Central brings Dylan Weigel and his 21-7 record. Up one weight class at 135 pounds, Cal Thornton enters the dual with a 29-3 record and 5th place ranking according to the Wisconsin Wrestling Online poll. At 14o pounds, it doesn’t get any easier with Michael Keilen bringing his 29-4 record and 7th place ranking according to Wisconsin Wrestling Online.
At 16o pounds, Central brings another solid wrestler in Addison Lucey with a 24-7 record. At 215 pounds, Tom Tourdot will match up against Peter Medinger and his 6-12 record. Finally, at 285 pounds, Central brings the wrath of Thor Kolkind and his 8-11 record.
Imagine what this team could do if they could find someone, anyone decent to fill those empty weight classes. But reality says Central is going to forfeit anywhere from four to six matches Thursday evening based on what they have showed at duals and tournaments throughout the season.
Sparta should win this dual, but when the wrestling happens, it’s not going to be easy for the Spartans. In matches wrestled, it could very well be a draw similar to what happened against Tomah.
Action starts at 6:15 for the JV and 7:30 for the varsity. Results will be posted here later tomorrow night. Go Spartans!