Driven by an earlier loss this season to Wisconsin Little Ten Conference rival Slinger, the Oconomowoc wrestling team took care of state-ranked Wisconsin Lutheran on Jan. 5, 45-24. Oconomowoc's lighter weights came through with critical pins early in the match to help OHS take a healthy 24-4 advantage after six matches.
In the second match of the night at 106 pounds, Ben Joworski trailed 5-2 in the second period but used a takedown and a 3-point nearfall to gain a 7-5 lead. Jowowski secured the pin 5 minutes, 1 second into the match.
At 113, Coby Ganser got a pin at 4:47 to give the Raccoons momentum.
"We lost at Slinger, and that was a tough one," Oconomowoc coach Steve Olson said. "They had studs at (the lighter) weights, and the answer wasn't there for us. They felt bad about it, but this was a good one. They had kids their own competition."
One of the biggest wins for OHS came at 126 when Jackson Pratt took to the mat against Wisco's Lucas Roecker, who was ranked 11th in Division 2 by Wisconsin Wrestling Online at the time.
Pratt got off to a hot start with a 7-3 lead in the first but Roecker came back with a reversal in the second to cut Pratt's lead to 7-4. In the third, Pratt held a 9-7 lead and worked his way to a 14-7 decision victory.
"I went into it pretty scared because he's ranked and all," Pratt said. "I went in there and forgot about it. Honestly, I kind of laid off a little bit and I was a little lazy. I stayed there and didn't want to do anything too fast."
Luke Hyland earned a pin at 132 in 2:38.
"I was a little bit tired, so I like to push the pace a little bit," Hyland said. "I ended how I like to, got a few takedowns, so I was happy with my match."
Also getting pins were Nick Fiorita (170) and Theo Ringgold (182). Fiorita dominated the entire match and led 11-0 in the third before securing the pin at 5:13. Ringgold's pin came in 45 seconds.
"Theo is turning into one of our studs," Olson said. "He's nice and aggressive."
Christian Gurule won by technical fall at 145, and Keegan Lazar was victorious by an 11-2 majority decision at 152.
Chris Aschenbrenner opened the dual meet with a 9-5 win at 285. Aschenbrenner held a tight 7-5 advantage with 20 seconds remaining but earned a takedown at the buzzer to secure the victory.
"Ash was in a good match," Olson said. "We weren't expecting that one, but he just kept going and by the end, he just took it to him. He's in much better shape than most of those heavyweights. He's solid. He's starting to come into his own and wrestling well. At the beginning of the year, he wasn't firing on all cylinders. He's starting too now."
The win came at a time Wisconsin Lutheran was ranked 10th in D2.
"Obviously Wisco is always strong and they were ranked," Hyland said. "We didn't take this one lightly. To be able to win by more than 20, it's a good feeling. I think it's a good win."
Raccoons go unbeaten
Oconomowoc kept its momentum going at the Verona Area Duals on Jan. 7 by winning all five of its matches. OHS picked up wins over Watertown, Verona, Monroe, Waukesha South and Badger.
The Raccoons won close dual meets against Monroe (34-32), South (36-35) and Badger (31-29). Hyland, Lazar and Ringgold went 5-0 on the day.