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The Lakeland Muskies finished third in the 2006 Wisconsin Private College Tournament held on the Lakeland campus on Saturday. Placing second for Lakeland was junior Mark Vanden Hoogen (285), along with seniors Tim Vallier (174) and Lee Sparks (197). Finishing in third place for the Muskies was freshman Cody Klopp (165), while junior Matt Preimesberger finished in fourth.
Vallier opened the 174 bracket with a pin over Lucas McEmery of Millikin just 1:59 into the match. In the semi-finals Vallier pinned Rich Ryan of Concordia just 34 seconds into the match before dropping the championship, 5-0 to John Budi of Lawrence.
Also recording two pins in his first two rounds was Sparks before he fell in the championship match to Dustin Docter of North Central 5-2. Sparks pinned Torrie Ruffin of Concordia in 4:42 before pinning Scott Polewach of Lawrence just 1:19 into the semi-final match.
Vanden Hoogen started the 285 division with pin just 2:23 in over Allan Lick and pinned Kenny Hamm of Lawrence 3:54 into the semi-final match. The junior dropped his championship match to Bryan Morgan of Millikin via a pin at 2:14. Vanden Hoogen recorded two pins in the first two rounds as well.
Lakeland will close out the home portion of their wrestling schedule with a dual against Concordia on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7:00 p.m.