Wrestling team does well at Knox Invite

Danny Spatchek, Sports Editor

The Lakeland wrestling team rebounded from their previous duel loss to UW-Stevens Point at the Knox Invite in Galesburg, Ill. on Nov. 14 where four Muskie wrestlers placed.

“It was a good day all around,” wrestling coach Pete Rogers said. “Our guys won a lot of matches. Even though we’re not where we want to be right now, things are finally heading in the right direction.”

Senior All-American returner Adam Sutter finished first in the heavyweight division in his debut after being injured for the first part of the season. Sutter’s win came via forfeit in the final match.

“Adam was disappointed he didn’t get to actually wrestle in the finals, but at least he won the tournament,” Rogers said. “He had two first period pins and manhandled people today.”

After barely losing his first match of the season at Stevens Point, freshman Ryan Renon continued his winning ways by finishing second in the 157 pound division. Renon’s sole loss came at the hands of UW Platteville’s Jesse Milks in the finals. Milks is a two-time All-American and a three-time conference champion.

Senior 165-pounder Jake Frias joined Renon as a tournament runner up, dropping his only contest to UW Platteville’s Vinny Alber in the final.

Sophomore Rob Frias, previously sidelined with an injury, debuted at 133-pounds and placed fourth.

“Robby beat a national qualifier from Luther, so that was kind of exciting,” Rogers said. “He wrestled a ton of matches and was pretty worn down at the end, but I know I can expect a lot from him for the rest of the season.”

Lakeland’s next contest is at the MSOE Invite this Saturday, Dec. 5, at 9:30 a.m.

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