EVANSVILLE — Carter Friend flipped the script to earn the only first-place finish for the Whitewater Whippets at the WIAA Division 2 Evansville/Albany regional on Saturday, Feb. 15.

Taking first place secured the 152-pounder a spot in the WIAA Division 2 sectional at Evansville on Saturday, Feb. 22, along with Whitewater 145-pounder David Cushman, who took second place.

Evansville/Albany scored 258.5 points to win first place in the team scoring. Edgerton finished with 228 points to take second and Whitewater took fourth with 153 points.

Friend defeated Tre’veon Bivens of Beloit Turner, 3-1, in an overtime match by sudden victory. Bivens earned a 4-3 decision against Friend in the 152-pound Rock Valley Conference title bout last Saturday.

Friend (33-8) received a bye in the first round, earned a 9-2 decision over Riley Long in the semifinals match before defeating Bivens for first place.

Cushman (33-10) received a forfeit from Clinton wrestler Ben Jacobs, earned an 11-6 decision over Jayson Starr of Brodhead/Juda before losing to Edgerton senior Cole Bavery (29-1) in the championship match. Bavery pinned Cushman in 51 seconds to win the title bout.

WIAA DIVISION 2

EVANSVILLE/ALBANY REGIONAL

Team scores — 1, Evansville/Albany, 258.5; 2, Edgerton, 228; 3, Beloit Turner, 202.5; 4, Whitewater, 153; 5, Brodhead/Juda, 125.5; 6, Clinton, 33.

106 pounds — 1, Katzenmeyer, E/A; 3, Tomomitsu, W. 113 — 1, Hazzard, Edg; 3, Hammond, W. 120 — 1, Harbison, BT. 126 — 1, Scofield, E/A; 3, C. Gamble, W. 132 — 1, Kostroun, E/A; 3, Porras, W. 138 — 1, Beltran, BT; 3, M. DePorter, W. 145 — 1, Bavery, Edg; 2, Cushman, W. 152 — 1, Friend, W. 160 — 1, Braunschweig, E/A. 170 — 1, Wilkinson, Edg; 4, Isbell, W. 182 — 1, Roberts, E/A; 3, Leibbrand, W. 195 — 1, Ries, BT; 4, Staebeler, W. 220 — 1, Griinke, BT. 285 — 1, Farrington, Edg.

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