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December 18, 2012 | 05:00 PMBURLINGTON — The Badger wrestling team's conference title hopes took a major hit Dec. 11 at Burlington.
Facing the defending conference champion Demons, the Badgers fell, 34-29, and dropped to 2-1 in Southern Lakes Conference duals.
Badger coach Shane Koehl said it was a frustrating loss.
"Our goal is to win a conference championship," Koehl said. "We just put ourselves behind the 8-ball. Even with kids out of our lineup, we still should have won. It's unacceptable."
Down 31-25 with two matches to go, Badger's Tayler Hildebrandt came up big with a major decision victory at 220 to cut the lead to 31-29. Then, in the decisive match at heavyweight, Badger senior Carlos Garcia couldn't get any offense going in a 10-4 defeat.
"Our lightweights did what they had to, and our upper weights didn't," Koehl said. "Our seniors did not come through for us. We can't give up five pins and expect to win a dual meet."
Badger's Michael Peter had a pin at 106, and Tyler Otero added a pin at 182. Edgar Ortiz (120), Adan Ortiz (132), Randy Shine (138), Robert Johnson (195) and Hildebrandt (220) all picked up decisions.
"Their kids stayed off their backs versus our better kids," Koehl said.
At 2-1, Koehl said the only way for Badger to win its first conference title in 20 years is to beat Elkhorn in the regular season and win the SLC meet. He said there is no margin for error.
"We're capable of winning still, but we didn't help ourselves tonight," Koehl said. "We have to get kids more mat time, and we must correct things we drill in the room every day. It's frustrating as a coach."
Badger returns to Southern Lakes action Thursday at Waterford.
Badgers third in Fond du Lac
The Badgers took third at the 26-team Marty Loy Classic Saturday.
Andrew Cychner (170) grabbed second place with three victories. Also, Hildebrandt (195) took second thanks to two pins. In the championship against Menomonie's Eric Peissig, Hildebrandt fell in a 6-3 decision.
Third-place finishers included Alex Martinez at 113 and Johnson at 220.
At 106, Peter was fourth.