ANTIGO, Wis. — With help from Tony Jopek, the Crivitz wrestling team avoided a last-place finish in Saturday’s John Roberts Scramble.

Jopek won all five of his matches in the 145 division, earning 30 of the Wolverines’ 59 team points in their 11th-place finish in the standings. Antigo (252.5), which hosted the event, finished a single point ahead of Ashland (251.5) to win the event. Lakeland-Mercer (204), Athens (167) and Waupaca (158.5) completed the top 5.

Jopek went through the first three rounds with ease, earning a major decision in his opening round match against Jesse DuPuis (Three Lakes-Phelps) before earning back-to-back pins. He defeated mason Rusch (Elcho) in 3 minutes, 4 seconds and then Cameron’s Caleb Gillett in 1:53.

The wins were more difficult to secure in his following two matches, starting with an 11-9 decision over Dylan Warax (Antigo) to give Jopek a spot in the 1st-place match. There he faced Lakeland-Mercer’s Jason Hilgart and went the distance to earn a 5-4 win.

Of the five wrestlers to earn at least one match win for Crivitz, four of them scored team points. Josh Danielson (195) and Joseph Tomaszewski (220) combined for 15 points; Danielson won two of his five matches to earn 10 points with a 6th-place finish while Tomaszewski was eighth in his division and earned five team points.

Evander Lawrence (132) went 1-3 in his four matches, but his pin in 54 seconds to win the 11th-place match gave the Wolverines 14 more points.

The Wolverines host Three Lakes-Phelps on Thursday.