February 4, 2013

This Week in UW-Platteville Athletics

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – Below are a list of all the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Athletic events taking place for the week of Feb. 4-10.

Men’s Basketball (15-7, 8-5 WIAC)

This week: UW-Platteville men’s basketball team travels to UW-Whitewater on Wednesday and then hosts UW-La Crosse on Saturday for Senior Day at 3 p.m. UW-Whitewater is tied with UW-Stout for second in the WIAC. Luke Knoble leads the team with 11.7 points per game but the Warhawks offense would struggle without Quardell Young, who averages 11.5 points, 3.7 assists and 2.0 steals per game. UW-La Crosse is right on the Pioneers’ heals in the standings and is a half-game behind the Pioneers. The Eagles’ offense is ran through Jeff Heiden, who leads the team with 13.0 points and 2.6 assists per game.

Last week: The Pioneers upset fifth-ranked UW-Stevens Point, 54-46, before falling to UW-Stout, 53-50, on Saturday. Chas Cross and Jim Stocki led the Pioneers over the Pointers each recording a double-double. Cross tallied a game-high 16 points and 11 rebounds while Stocki added 11 points and 11 boards. Cross continued his success over conference opponents at UW-Stout on Saturday, and recorded his fifth double-double of the season. He registered a game-high 17 points and 12 rebounds. In conference games, Cross is averaging 17.8 points and 9.7 rebounds per game.

Women’s Basketball (5-17, 1-12 WIAC)

This week: UW-Platteville women’s basketball team welcomes UW-Whitewater on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and then UW-La Crosse on Saturday at 5 p.m. UW-Whitewater are on top of the WIAC with a 10-2 league record and a 16-5 overall record. Courtney Kumerow leads the Warhawks with 13.0 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. UW-La Crosse is on a three-game slide with a 3-9 conference record. Briana Radowicz leads the Eagles with 14.6 points 3.0 assists and 3.3 steals per game.

Last week: The Pioneers fell to 16th-ranked UW-Stevens Point, 79-60, last Wednesday and to UW-Stout, 71-57, on Saturday. Alyssa Krajco and McKenzie Forseth led the Pioneers with career-highs 16 points against the Pointers.  Krajco recorded a team-high 14 points and eight rebounds at UW-Stout.

Wrestling (5-7, 1-4 WIAC)

This week: UW-Platteville wrestling team welcomes Loras College for Senior Day on the Pioneers final home dual meet on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Williams Fieldhouse.

Last week: The Pioneers competed at the Duhawk Open on Saturday, hosted by Loras College. Seniors Peter Crocco and Abe Granziano and sophomore LaQuan Hightower all finished fifth in their respective weight classes.  

Crocco started his day by pinning Loras' Griffin Weihe at the 2:33 mark before falling to Wartburg's Brett Yonkovic in a 12-6 decision.  After the setback, the Harvard, Ill. native, beat Cornell's Dan Bell, 17-10, and then slipped past Dubuque's Josh Lewis, 3-2. Eventually third-place finisher Upper Iowa's Trevor Duke pinned Crocco in 52 seconds, but Crocco responded in dominating fashion by beating Cornell's Daniel Klema, by major decision, 19-11, earning fifth-place at 157-pound. 

Granziano opened is day by beating Coe's Troy Brown, 14-2 and then fell to UW-La Crosse's Tony Piechowski in a 7-3 decision.  The Slinger, Wis. native, was pinned by unattached Iowa State's Ben Perna before pinning Warburg's AJ Dobson in the 197-pound fifth-place match. 

Hightower fell to Justin Sternweis in a close 6-5 decision in his opening match and responded by beating fellow Pioneer Dylan DeShane, 8-3. Hightower dropped his next match due to injury and would take the 184-pound fifth-place title because Dubuque's Matt Leveille medically forfeited. 

Indoor Track & Field

This week: UW-Platteville track & field teams host the UW-Platteville Invitational on Saturday starting at 11 a.m.

Last week: The Pioneers competed at the Wartburg College Select on Saturday.

Senior Deidre Dillman, a senior from Prairie du Chien, Wis., currently ranked fourth in the nation in the 800 meter race, ran the 600 meter race in a time of 1:33.96, braking UW-Platteville's school record previously set by Ann Tank who ran a 1:36:36 in 2012. 

Senior Chas Spangenberg, from Appleton, Wis., captured first-place in the pole vault with a mark of 14 feet, 9-1/4 inches. 

Danielle Kunkel, a junior from Cuba City, Wis., crushed the competition as she twice lapped the field finishing first in a time of 17:33.43. 

Aaron Hrubes, a senior from Madison, Wis., ran a time of 6.90 in the 60-meter dash. Hrubes is currently ranked sixth in the nation in the 60-meter dash. 

Senior, Jordan Olp, from Reedsville, Wis., scored points for the Pioneers with his win in the 200 meter dash in a time of 22:42 seconds. 

The Pioneers came away with yet another win in the 4x 200 meter relay with a time of 1:29.58 with Casey Goffinet, a senior from Platteville, Wis., Valley, Olp and Matt Ziegler, a senior from Madison, Wis. 

In the men's triple jump, senior Preston Baker, from Verona, Wis., and Matt Brendenmihl a freshman from Greenfield, Wis., captured first and second place with marks of 43 feet 2-1/4 inches for Baker and 42 fee 9 3/4 for Brendemihl. 

Same in the fashion, in the men's 1,000-meter run, sophomore Matt Kocak, from Jackson, Minn., and sophomore Jason Henkins earned first and second place, with Kocak running a time of 2:31.15 and Henkins running a time of 2:33.06. 

Jake Wiederholt, a senior from Fennimore, Wis., finished second in the shot put, throwing 50 feet two inches behind Colt Feltes of Wartburg. 

Junior T.J. Valley, from Prairie du Chein, Wis., had a great race in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.31 seconds coming in second place to Larry Johnson of Wartburg with 8:29 seconds.