The Stanley-Boyd/Owen-Withee Orioles wrestling team stayed busy this holiday season. December 20th, they hosted the Chippewa Falls Cardinals for a duel. The Orioles scored a forfeit at 220 and 285 lbs. The Cardinals scored a fall at both 106 and 113 lbs. before Blaine Brenner pinned opponent Jake Mason in a quick 31 seconds at 120 lbs. At 126 lbs., Gage Marten pinned opponent Gabe Mattson in just 2:26. At 132 lbs., the Orioles scored another pin when Trystan Christoph pinned opponent Dalton McGraw in 42 seconds. Dustin Bergman scored a fall at 138 pounds in 1:30 to make it the Orioles fourth in a row. Leading the Cardinals 36-12, Daniel Moucha of Chippewa Falls stopped the Orioles streak of pins, scoring a fall over Jack Wise.
Joseph McDermond was up next at 152 lbs. McDermond pinned opponent Jaykob Hamman in 2:19. Next up at 160 lbs., Preston Potaczek needed just 13 seconds to score a fall over opponent Ibrahim Velioski.
The Orioles went on to defeat the Cardinals, 48-36.
The wrestlers also attended the Bi-State Classic at the La Crosse Center the weekend after Christmas. Blaine Brenner entered the tournament ranked first at 120 pounds, securing himself two bye’s. In his first match, he pinned Carter Jonsgaard of Lewiston-Altura High School (MN) in 1:02. His next match was similar, scoring a fall in 56 seconds over Treyton Ackman of Spencer/Columbus. Brenner’s next opponent, Alex Pellowski of Holmen, came into the match ranked 5th in the state at 126 pounds amongst Division 1 wrestlers. Brenner won by way of decision, 9-3.
In the Championship match, Brenner squared up against Cale Bartels of Chatfield High School (MN). Brenner scored his fifth victory of the weekend by way of decision, 8-2, to become the 2019 Bi-State Classic Champion.
We caught up with Head Coach Greg Burzynski for some comments on how the season is going so far.
“We are 8-1 right now. Some guys have been moving around weight wise and we are just trying to find the best fit for them and the team. I am happy with the way we have competed so far, but we need to continue to improve. I really appreciate the effort I see at practice on a regular basis. Overall, it is much better than last season. We are more disciplined and focused. We have 9 nine of 14 varsity guys with winning records right now and most of the others are very close. That is helping us to be a successful team,” Coach Burzysnki said.
He continued, “Coming into this season, we knew we had some talented wrestlers. I think this team has met expectations so far. We have had a full team for the dual tournaments, but have yet to get all starters at an individual tournament. ” “We need to continue to improve on the mat; to get better every day. We will also need to have a full team at the conference tournament,” Burzynski said.
Coach Burzynski recently hit a significant milestone in his coaching career when his team helped him secure his 100th win. Burzynski’s first year coaching the team was in the 20082009 season.
Reflecting on his time leading the team, Burzynski said, “I am grateful to have had the opportunity to achieve this coaching milestone while coaching many talented athletes over the years. A huge thank you goes out to my family, especially my wife Katie, for being right there with me and putting up with all of the time I have been gone at practice, tournaments, summer camps and summer wrestling. Also, thank you to the coaches I have coached with over the years.”