Using 13 place-winning performances, including a championship from Keagan Lazar at 149 pounds, UW-Oshkosh captured the team title at the Milwaukee School of Engineering Wrestling Invitational held Saturday (Dec. 7) in Milwaukee.
UW-Oshkosh won the 11-team meet with 128.5 points. The Titans finished fourth at last year's event with 93 points and placed seventh in 2017 with 47.
Central College (Iowa), ranked 19th in the NCAA Division III by the National Wrestling Coaches Association, finished second to the Titans in Saturday's meet with 122.5 points.
Also finishing among the top five teams were third-place UW-Eau Claire with 118 points, fourth-place UW-Platteville with 115 and fifth-place University of Chicago (Ill.) with 110.5.
Lazar claimed the 149-pound title with a 3-1 sudden-victory over UW-Oshkosh teammate Brandon Lenczner in the championship bout. Lazar advanced to the final with a 10-1 victory over Milwaukee School of Engineering's Jimmy Cushman and an 8-4 win over UW-Platteville's Garrett Ruckdashel.
Lenczner qualified for his match with Lazar by posting wins of 9-4 over St. Olaf College's (Minn.) Jack Ridgway and 5-1 over Concordia University Wisconsin's Ramiro Vasquez.
Other second-place finishers for the Titans were Denis Murphy at 125 pounds and AJ Schoenfuss at 133. Murphy lost a 10-9 decision to Concordia University Wisconsin's Marco Padilla in his championship bout while Schoenfuss lost a 14-5 result to Central College's Shandon Akeo in his title match.
Murphy advanced to his final with a 9-5 victory over UW-Platteville's Isaac Wiegel and a medical forfeit win over UW-Oshkosh teammate Justin Mitchell.
Schoenfuss moved to his final with a 7-6 triumph over UW-Platteville's Luke Pradel, a 10-8 victory over University of Chicago's Griffin Seyfried and a 4-2 win over Hannibal-LaGrange University's (Mo.) Joe Lupton.
UW-Oshkosh's lone third-place finish belonged to Colten Cashmore at 197 pounds. Cashmore compiled a 5-1 record during the tournament, including a 5-3 victory over University of Chicago's Nick Carola in their third-place bout. Cashmore also opened the tournament with a 2-0 win over Carola.
Following his first win over Carola, Cashmore lost a 5-3 sudden-victory to UW-Eau Claire's Mason Hawkins. Cashmore then marked a 3-2 victory over Elmhurst College's Victor Vargas and a 5-1 decision over Hannibal-LaGrange University's Drew McCollum before receiving a medical forfeit triumph over Wheaton College's (Ill.) Jackson Punzel.
The Titans had five wrestlers finish fourth – Eli Mondrella (2-2 record, 1 pin) at 141 pounds, Muzi Sitshela (4-2) at 157, Jordan Blanchard (4-2, 3) at 174 pounds, John DePersia (4-2, 1) at 184 and Guyon Cyprian (3-2) at 285. Blanchard pinned Central College's Chance Benadum in 28 seconds for the Titans' fastest pin during the tournament.
UW-Oshkosh's only fifth-place finish was earned by Bryce Herlache (4-2 record, 2 pins) at 184 pounds.
Completing the Titans' list of place winners were Mitchell at 125 pounds (1-0 record, 1 pin) and Oscar Ramos (3-2, 1) at 165.
UW-Oshkosh wrestlers won 49 of their 92 contests on Saturday while recording 14 pins.
The Titans travel to Naperville, Ill., on Thursday (Dec. 12) for a dual meet at North Central College.
Photo courtesy of Taya Nett