In a multi-dual match hosted by Manawa last week the Three Lakes and Laona-Wabeno wrestling team was able to earn match wins over Valders, Manawa and Gillett-Suring, while falling in a closely contested match with State-ranked Wittenberg-Birnamwood.

Highlighting the evening was Three Lakes senior Piersson Czaplinski earning his 100th career win at the varsity level. He did so by getting to 99 career wins in pinning Luke Zutz of Valders in the first period, a win that helped his team to a 45-27 dual match win.

He followed it up in the second dual of the evening with Wittenberg-Birnamwood by pinning Braeden Groshek at 1:16 of the first period to reach the elusive number.

Czaplinski is the first Bluejays wrestler since Dalton Tietsort in 2011 to reach 100 career wins. A feat his coach said might not carry a lot of significance for Czaplinski, but shows a career of work and success that might be unmatched in program history had it not been for the pandemic.

“For Piersson to reach this goal, and having done it through a COVID-year where we only had 12 matches last year says something,” said coach Seth Senter. “And he’s still got a shot at reaching the all-time wins record of 119, but I know it’s not something he’s really focused on either. He really wants State this year.”

Teammate Ryan Roy also rests within earshot of 100 wins, needing just 12 more on the year to eclipse the mark.

Looking back to Thursday, other wrestlers collecting victories on the night for the Bluejays included Gus Fink at 220 pounds as he worked through the first period and earned a second period win by pin over Kayden Kish of Valders.

Also against Valders, Zeke Logalbo was winner by forfeit going onto the 195-pound bracket. Then at 182 pounds was Frank Shepard who got a very good match from Tim Yeager, defeating him by a close score of 3-1.

At 170 pounds was Ryan Roy who won by pin in the second period over Peyton Wallander. Both Evan Gleason at 152 pounds and Jackson Harris at 145 pounds won by forfeit. The Bluejays Paige Peterson would fall at 138 pounds as she got pinned near the end of the first round.

Kevin Sheldon won by forfeit while Noah Kincaid fell by pin at 126 pounds. Brady Shepard was also on the losing end of a close match, falling to Garrett Unless at 120 pounds in a 1-0 match.

In the match with Wittenberg-Birnamwood, Roy also won again, pinning Coye Brillowski in the second period. Frank Shepard also got his second win of the night, pinning Cain Schiller in the third period. At 120 pounds was Brady Shepard who recovered with a nice 9-0 major decision win over Easton Davis.

Kincaid and Sheldon each lost by pins in their matches while Zander Ginet lost a tough 11-7 decision at 138 pounds. Peterson took a forfeit win at 145. Harris fell at 152 by pin, Logalbo also fell at 195 by pin. Fink was nearly a double-winner on the night, but fell in a close battle with Dominic Weso, losing 9-8.

Individual results for the matches with Manawa and Gillett-Suring were not available.

After wresting at home Tuesday, the team will get a dual at Merrill Thursday before taking part in the Cutler Classic this Saturday at New London.

“We’re hoping to pick up some wins over there which will be good,” said Santer. “It’s a tough tournament, and with the State tournament being seeded now we really needed to show strength of schedule. We want to put ourselves in a good position to win, even if that means losing now in some tougher matches.”