Sparta finished fourth–just 5.5 points back of 2nd–at the Badger State Invite Saturday with 151 points. Host Stoughton won the invite with 208 points. Finishing just ahead of the Spartans were Iowa Grant with 152.5 points and Franklin with 156.5.
The Spartans had six wrestlers finish in the top five. Leading the way once again for Sparta was Matt Tourdot who managed to find 2:46 of wrestling on the day. Tourdot stormed through the tournament picking up pins in 43 seconds, 24 seconds and in the final he took undefeated Steve Sizer of West Bend West down in 1:39. Sparta’s other finalist, Morgan Leis, ran into a wall against Tyler Veling of Brookfield Central falling by pin in 1:52.
At 119 pounds, Brandon Rickert made his return from sickness and made it count. Rickert finished 4-1 on the day picking up two pins and beating Kody Azarian of Waterford twice with the second victory a double overtime one to lock up 5th place. At 130 pounds, Toby Mosley continued an outstanding season by finishing in third place defeating Brandon Frederick of Waterford by pin in 1:28.
For a full match-by-match rundown of how Sparta did, click here. Or if you just want the abbreviated version, check that out below…
103 — Bryce Nowaczyk, 8th Place, 2-3 with two pins
112 — Adam Wiedl, 6th Place, 3-2 with a pin and a major decision
119 — Brandon Rickert, 5th Place, 4-1 with two pins
125 — Nick Winchel, 7th Place, 3-2 with two pins
130 — Toby Mosley, 3rd Place, 3-1 with a pin
135 — Derek VonRuden, 8th Place, 2-3 with a pin
140 — Logan Denasha, Did Not Place, 0-2
145 — Nick Anderson, Did Not Place, 0-2
152 — Morgan Leis, 2nd Place, 3-1 with a pin
160 — Tom Tourdot, 6th Place, 3-1 with a pin and a major decision
171 — Brandon Brueggen, 5th Place, 4-1 with two pins
189 — Jordan Stanek, 5th Place, 4-1 with two pins and a major decision
215 — Matt Tourdot, 1st Place, 4-0 with three pins
285 — Steve Stevenson, Did Not Place, 1-2 with a pin
Team Scores: Stoughton 208, Franklin 156.5, Iowa Grant 152.5, Sparta 151, Oak Creek 148
The Spartans will now enter an extended break before returning to action January 9th at the Lancaster Tournament. In the meantime, the JV will wrestle at their own invitational on Tuesday, Dec. 29th at Sparta High School. There will be a photo gallery from that tournament.
Keep checking back here over the holidays as we plan on uploading some videos, new sections on the site and more.