Good sports in a close defeat
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 6:00 PM
COLEMAN - The final outcome - Bay Port 36, Coleman 30 - was no surprise.
Coleman’s Hunter Stodola looks over to the Cougar bench during the final seconds of his 4-2 victory over Bay Port’s Andrew Wojkiewicz in the 182-pound match Tuesday night. EagleHerald/Jody Korch
How Tuesday's nonconference dual wrestling match got to that point was one surprise after another.
As anticipated, the Cougars - ranked No. 2 in Division 3, gave the Pirates - ranked No. 3 in Division 1, all they could handle.
The Cougars lost with the same class that they exhibited in their state championship match loss to Lancaster last March. The WIAA took notice at state last year. As a result, WIAA Director of Communications was on hand Tuesday night to present Coleman with the Sportsmanship Trophy.
Here's how close the Cougars (enrollment 215) came to knocking off the Pirates (enrollment 1,739): with Coleman trailing 30-24, 145-pounder Kevin Lansin was coming on strong against Chad Osmanski. Tied at 3-3 in the final minute, Lansin was close to getting an escape. Instead, he got his legs tangled up and Osmanski pinned him at the 5:24 mark.
Instead of a 33-30 Cougar win, Bay Port got the win.
"I think he kind of got his feet tangled up a little bit and we bull-rushed him," Bay Port coach Brad Shefcik said.
Cougar 152-pounder Trevor Seewald finished the night with a 3:41 pin. Before then, there were plenty of twists and turns along the way.
"The match, when you put it on paper, it didn't turn out near what you thought," Coleman coach Kevin Casper said.
It started with Jacon Jossart's 17-11 win over Coleman's Dexter Karban, who is ranked No. 1 in the state in Division 3. Jossart placed sixth at state last year.
"He knew what Dexter's good at, and he countered him," Casper said. "So you've got to give the kid credit."
Brothers Alex and Hunter Stodola earned 3-0 and 4-2 decisions, respectively, at 170 and 182. Alex scored a last-second reversal in the second period. Hunter scored a reversal and two-point near fall in the third period.
"The Stodola boys wrestled awesome," Casper said, "and I'm extremely happy and proud of them."
Bay Port got pins at 195, 220 and 285. Cole VanEnkenvort - ranked 14th in the state - beat Coleman's C.J. Pillath, who is ranked fourth.
In 106-pound barnburner, Coleman's Derick Teteak beat Jarod Maes 10-8 with an overtime takedown.
Bay Port forfeited at 113 but got a pin from Brady Shulfer at 120. The 126 bout matched No. 1-ranked Chase Farr with Coleman's No. 2-ranked Jensyn Schaal, and Farr won 11-6.
At 132, Coleman's Marc Lansin pinned Derek Sundin in 1:55.
Cougar 138-pounder Jackson Margis earned a 4-0 decision.
There's much mutual respect between two of the state's better wrestling programs.
"Ever since I was a little kid Coleman's had a great program," Shefcik said. "So we enjoy the competition."
"Bay Port's a great program," Casper said. "They've got a great team. So we have nothing to hang our heads over. What we do know is we've obviously got to get better and correct mistakes."
160 - Jacob Jossart (BP) dec. Dexter Karban 17-11; 170 - Alex Stodola (C) dec. Andrew Wojkiewicz 3-0; 182 - Hunter Stodola (C) dec. Christian Andres 4-2; 195 - Alec Ingold (BP) pinned Nowak Abraham 2:24; 220 - Cole Van Enkenvort (BP) pinned Christian Pillath 5:54; 285 - Ryan VanDeWalle (BP) pinned Donovan Salewski 1:50; 106 - Derick Teteak (C) dec. OT Jarod Maes 10-8; 113 - Jordan Blanchard (C) won by forfeit; 120 - Brady Shulfer (BP) pinned Brandon Champagne 2:34; 126 - Chase Farr (BP) dec. Jensyn Schaal 11-6; 132 - Marc Lansin (C) pinned Derek Sundin 1:55; 138 - Jackson Margis (C) dec. Dylan Sundin 4-0; 145 - Chad Osmanski (BP) pinned Kevin Lansin 5:24; 152 - Trevor Seewald (C) pinned Jack Rathburn 2:41.