Four pins give Pioneers win in regular season finale

Rinehart secured a pin at heavyweight to give UW-Platteville a 27-21 win
Rinehart secured a pin at heavyweight to give UW-Platteville a 27-21 win

Lucius Rinehart secured a pin in the final match Thursday night to give UW-Platteville a 27-22 win over UW-Oshkosh, and sent the Pioneers to 3-2 in WIAC dual meets this season. The Titans finish their WIAC schedule at 0-5.

UW-Platteville jumped out to a 6-0 lead on a second period pin by Beau Harrier over Damien McCray at 125 pounds. Scott Arneson followed at 133 pounds defeating Anthony Senthavisouk with a second period pin of his own to push the lead to 12-0.

The Titans took control of the meet over the next four matches, putting up 18 points on the Pioneers. Losses included a major decision at 141 pounds, tech fall at 149, and decision plus riding time at 157.

Isaac Brosinski took a two point lead on UW-Oshkosh's Nathan Arguinego late in the third period of the 165 pound match, but a reversal by Arguinego led to a pin and the Pioneers were down 19-12.

Jon Goetz responded for the Pioneers, earning a pin over Zach Frassetto at the 3:56 mark of the 174 pound matchup. UW-Oshkosh moved back on top 22-18 with a 7-1 decision by Colten Cashmore over Kevin Gschwendtner.

Wrestling at 197 pounds for the night, Grant Wedepohl earned a 5-0 decision over Juwon Anderson to pull the Pioneers within a point at 21-22, setting up Rinehart for a deciding match. Coming off a tournament win at the Duhawk Open on Jan. 27, Rinehart was able to get the upper hand on the Titans' Ben Kitslaar several times, and eventually got the pin at 4:52.

Direct from DeRoehn
-Like every WIAC dual meet, this was another hard fought win. With four pins on the night, it proved just how crucial it is for our guys to go out aggressive and work for the fall. Pins are good!
-We had to shift the line up around a bit and I was proud of the fight shown by the guys who stepped up for the team in various ways. It was a great environment with the fans getting into it, and the pin by Lucius to seal the victory was a memorable way to finish our dual meet season. 

With the regular season over, the Pioneers travel to UW-Whitewater next weekend for the WIAC Championships. Two weekends later they will travel to Minneapolis for NCAA Regionals.