Titan juniors find success at MSOE
Published: Thursday, December 6, 2012
Updated: Thursday, December 6, 2012 03:12
Two Titans, junior Nazar Kulchytskyy and junior Dan Schiferl, took first place in their respective weight classes as the UW Oshkosh wrestling team finished second Dec. 1 at the Milwaukee School Of Engineering Invitational.
Kulchytskyy, who wrestles in the 165-pound weight class, was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler.
The reigning national champion at the 157-pound weight class said he is adjusting just fine at his new weight but still has room to grow.
“I have some adjustments to make in my technique, things I can do to get better and improve,” Kulchytskyy said. “It is just a matter of getting into the best possible shape we can be in.”
Kulchtyskyy has a 9-1 record with his only loss coming from a Division I wrestler.
UW Madison’s Isaac Jordan defeated Kulchytskyy in the final at the Pointer Open in Stevens Point.
Schiferl, who has a 7-2 record this season, said he is optimistic about his performance as well as the team’s as a whole.
“I feel like we are starting to get into a good groove as a unit,” Schiferl said.
Junior Parker Peterson finished fifth at the 125-pound class and from Justin Shcienebeck at 141-pounds.
The Titans wrestled against nationally recognized wrestlers who provided solid competition for Oshkosh.
They faced teams such as Central College (Iowa), who won the tournament overall, St. Olaf (Minn.), UW-Plateville and Concordia University, who the Titans edged out by a half of a point for second place.
Junior Tyler Wetenkamp finished fourth at the 197-pound weight class.
Wetenkamp did not wrestle during the first two years of his college career and is now starting for the Titans in his first year back on the mats.
Wetenkamp faced the eighth-ranked wrestler nationally in his class twice, beating him in the earlier rounds then losing to him in the third place match.
Wetenkamp said he looks to continue to improve upon his strong start.
“I did not wrestle up to my potential and had to switch up my technique and strategy for some matches,” Wetenkamp said. “I hope to improve with more time on the mat and having more matches against college level competition.”
The Titans continue their season Saturday at the Kolf Sports Center for the Dan Gable Open.