Excitement, strategy and controversy.
They were all present in last week Tuesday's Eastern Wisconsin Conference wrestling showdown between Chilton/Hilbert and Two Rivers before a Parents Night audience at Chilton High School.
In a see-saw affair, Two Rivers came out on top, 44-29.
There were plenty of exciting match ups and the coaches studied their line ups seeing if any changes would give their team the upper hand. It was one of those lineup changes that caused the controversy.
With the Tigers leading 24-19, Two Rivers was about to receive a forfeit win at 113 pounds. This was where things got heated.
TR sent an incorrect wrestler to report in for the forfeit win. Noticing the error, Two Rivers coaches attempted to call that wrestler back to the bench. Chilton/Hilbert coach Gerald Hoerth quickly charged the scorers table to notify the official of the error. But Hoerth did not like the ruling of the referee.
"He allowed TR to change wrestlers, even though the first guy officially reported in. I brought out the rule book to show the ref that it should be a disqualification, but the ref gave his own interpretation and gave us a misconduct warning instead."
Hoerth went onto say that it was only a six-point change, but at the time, the ruling could have been a match changer.
TR pulls away
The forfeit win gave Two Rivers a 25-24 lead and a win by the Raiders at 120 pounds made it 28-24.
Joe Boehnlein gave the Tigers lead back at 29-28 when he scored a 20-5 technical fall win over Gabriel Ragsdale. TR won the final three matches to score the team win and send C/H to a 1-2 dual record in EWC action.
The highlight match of the night came at 160 pounds where C/H's Gaven Lisowe, a state qualifier last year, took on Joey Bianchi, a state runner up a year ago. Bianchi won on a 12-3 major decision. Matt Bianchi of TR, the reigning state champ at 113 pounds, won on a forfeit.
Trent Breckheimer gave the Tigers their first win pinning Connor Reed in just 51 seconds at 170 pounds. Kaiden Mikalowsky pinned Tyler Pasek at 182, Mathias Beyer pinned Pedro Morales in 54 seconds and 195 and Reed Breckheimer's 1:27 fall at 220 over Anderson Kopidlansky gave Chilton/Hilbert a commanding 24-7 lead.