Bobby LeRoy's 100th win a rare highlight for Somerset wrestlers
Senior Bobby LeRoy joined the elite group of Somerset wrestlers who have won 100 matches during their Spartan career at last Thursday's dual match in New Richmond.
Unfortunately for the Spartans, that was one of the few Somerset highlights in a 57-21 loss to the Tigers.
LeRoy earned his 100th victory by getting an 8-3 win over New Richmond's Austin Anderson in the 145-pound class. It was a typical win for LeRoy, who used relentless pressure and impressive strength for a smaller wrestler to defeat a quality opponent.
Somerset coach Mitch Flandrick said LeRoy will be moving down to 138 pounds this week and he's expected to stay there the rest of the season. This could create quite a challenging weight class at the Middle Border Conference tournament, with Flandrick expecting New Richmond's Abe Anderson and Ellsworth's Dan Langer to be in that class at the conference meet.
The only other match won on the mat for the Spartans was the final match of the evening, when Spartan sophomore Tyler Lueck earned a pin with 18 seconds remaining in the 195-pound class.
Somerset also received forfeits at 285 pounds and 170 pounds. The forfeit to senior Gabe Flandrick was met with some disdain by the Spartans.
"It was New Richmond's choice," Coach Flandrick said. "It's the third forfeit this season where teams had wrestlers weighed in."
The biggest issue for the Spartans in this match was giving up a whopping seven losses on pins. Coach Flandrick said the Spartans drilled all week to be prepared for New Richmond's favorite move, but it didn't help as much as the coaches had hoped.
"New Richmond is notorious for their headlocks. Between the JV and varsity, I bet they tried 25 of them," he said.
One of the individual efforts that drew the most praise from the Spartan coaches was freshman Logan Peterson in his 8-3 loss to New Richmond's Shane Blackman in the 132-pound class.
"Logan has wrestled five state-ranked (opponents) or state qualifiers in his first seven matches," Flandrick said.
The MBC schedule deals the Spartans a home match this Thursday, against Amery. The Spartans will also be in action on Saturday, travelling across the state to compete in the Tomahawk Invitational.