By Brady Ambrose
Led by championships from Justin Stemper and Drew Stemper, the Caledonia/Houston/Spring Grove wrestling team steamrolled their way to the the championship at the Tomah Scramble Saturday.
The Warriors amassed 434.52 team points to easily outdistance the rest of the 16-team field with the Lodi Blue Devils placing second with 361.53 points.
Justin Stemper won the title at 113 pounds. The junior went 5-0 with four straight pins to reach the finals where he beat Jacob Busser of Lodi 5-0, handing Busser his first loss of the season.
At 138 pounds, Drew Stemper improved to 5-1 and won the title by beating Willy Pierce of Baraboo in the finals. Stemper’s only loss came to Hunter Whitney of Richland Center as Whitney beat Stemper 5-3. Jacob Winjum, Alex Goergen and Blake Mauss all finished in second place each. Winjum finished the day 4-1 with his only loss coming to Lodi’s Jason Clapper, who beat Winjum 4-2 to remain undefeated. Goergen also placed second at 182 pounds and also finished the day 4-1, losing to Dalton Lunde of Royall 10-2. Lunde improved to 11-0 on the season, and Mauss also placed second at 285 with just one loss on the day.
Senior Dylan Lee finished in third place at 132 pounds, and Hunter Hauser-Caldwell (126) and Mitchell Schmitz (160 pounds) each placed fourth.
The Warriors opened up the season with a home meet Dec. 10, hosting Waukon, Iowa. The Warriors started the season with a bang and beat the Indians 56-17.
Assistant coach Roger Holland said, “Waukon has always been a strong program in wrestling, and we always expect a competitive match. Our wrestlers showed the coaches that they are ready to compete with anyone! From the first match, the wrestlers came out looking to dominate and they did by winning 11 of 14 weight classes with five pins and a tech fall!”
The Warriors got pins from seventh grader Kyle Cavanaugh at 106, Winjum, Hauser-Caldwell, Lee and Goergen to seal the win. Caledonia/Houston/Spring Grove will be off until Friday when they host Decorah.
Team Scores: 1. Caledonia 434.52. Lodi 361.53. Reedsburg 359.04. Baraboo 352.55. Cashton 325.06. Lancaster 302.07. Tomah 289.58. Neillsville 284.09. Mauston 283.510. Westby 268.511. Middleton 257.012. Richland Center 253.013. Viroqua 252.014. Royall 214.015. Wautoma 147.016. Mosinee 112.0.
Caledonia/Houston/Spring Grove 56.0
Waukon , Iowa 17.0
106: Kyle Cavanaugh, CHSG, pinned Miles Ramsey, Wau, 5:22.
113: Justin Stemper, CHSG, forf. 120: Jacob Winjum, CHSG, pinned Nathen Benzing, Wau, 1:04.
126: Hunter Hauser-Caldwell, CHSG, pinned Colin Cota, Wau, 1:04.
132: Dylan Lee, CHSG, pinned Carter Furman, Wau, 5:55.
138: Drew Stemper, CHSG, dec. Tyler Benzing, Wau, 3-0.
145: Adam Benzing, Wau, tech. fall Austin Werner, CHSG, 0:00 16-1.
152: Gunner Granngard, Wau, pinned Sam Stemper, CHSG, 1:49.
160: Mitchell Schmitz, CHSG, dec. Marshall Lyons, Wau, 6-2.
170: Eli Craig, CHSG, tech. fall Joe Frieden, Wau, 0:00 16-1.
182: Alex Goergen, CHSG, pinned Mike Mitchell, Wau, 1:27.
195: Case McCormick, CHSG, dec. Dawston Regan, Wau, 1-0.
220: Adam Drew, Wau, forf. .
285: Blake Mauss, CHSG, forf.