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Hunter Luepke wins first state wrestling title for Spencer/Columbus

Posted on 25 February 2017 by paul

Spencer/Columbus’ Hunter Luepke controls Evansville/Albany’s Lucius Rinehart during the Division 2 195-pound championship match Saturday night at the 2017 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison. Luepke won 8-1 to become the first WIAA wrestling champion in the history of the Spencer program. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Spencer/Columbus’ Hunter Luepke salutes the Rockets’ faithful at the Kohl Center in Madison after his victory in the Division 2 195-pound championship match at the 2017 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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MADISON – Spencer/Columbus Catholic junior Hunter Luepke became the first athlete in the history of the Spencer program to win a WIAA state individual wrestling title as he dominated previously undefeated Lucius Rinehart of Evansville/Albany 8-1 in the Division 2 195-pound championship match at the 2017 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament on Saturday night at the Kohl Center.

Luepke, who earned a fifth-place medal last season, now has a gold medal to add to his collection.

“It’s amazing,” Luepke said. “I’ve been working for it all year, pretty much all of my life. It’s finally good to get on top of the podium.”

Luepke trailed 1-0 early in the second period before taking it into a different gear.

Luepke earned a takedown and three-point nearfall in the final 15 seconds of the second, and earned another takedown late in the third against Rinehart (38-1) to pull out the win.

Luepke finishes the season with a 39-2 record, winning his final 16 matches of the season, including three at the state tournament.

“I felt like my set-ups were good, I had him guessing the whole time and I was always going,” Luepke said.

Coach Jake Zschernitz said he saw this moment coming for Luepke as soon as he put on the Rockets’ singlet.

“He felt it out a little bit and once he got comfortable he just continued to dominate like he pretty much has been all year,” Zschernitz said. “He’s taken it to every opponent and really getting after it.

“He’s a gifted athlete and works incredibly hard. It was a given it was going to happen. We felt that it would happen and we’re real happy for him.”

2017 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament
Feb. 23-25, at Kohl Center, Madison
Saturday, Feb. 25
Local matches
Division 2 consolation bracket
Semifinals

285: Logan Zschernitz (39-4), Spencer/Columbus, def. Nick Rueth (40-8), Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal, 3-2.
Third place
285: Zschernitz (40-4), Spencer/Columbus, won by major dec. over Josh Frerk (37-6), Denmark, 14-5.
Division 3 consolation bracket
Semifinals

126: Derek Marten (38-5), Stratford, def. Dylan Bune (32-11), Spring Valley/Elmwood, 5-0.
132: Jake Drexler (42-3), Stratford, pinned Kolbe Ubersox (42-5), Darlington/Black Hawk, in 1:59.
160: David Marquardt (37-5), Stratford, pinned James LaPointe (27-3), Bayfield/Washburn, in 1:58.
195: Aiden Hoffman (37-10), Stratford, def. Noah Friedl (39-5), Royall, 7-3.
285: Tyson Kauffman (15-6), Stratford, def. Noah Novotney (38-10), Boyceville, 3-0.
Third place
126: Andrew Gunderson (33-7), Cadott, def. Marten (38-6), Stratford, 4-2.
132: J. Drexler (43-3), Stratford, def. Seth Schlegel (42-4), Spring Valley/Elmwood, 3-1, SV-1.
160: Michael Bertrand (45-4), Southern Door, def. Marquardt (37-6), Stratford, 4-1.
195: Bryce Holderman (45-3), Amherst, def. Hoffman (37-11), Stratford, 10-3.
285: Takoda Lee (41-4), Cornell/Gilman/Lake Holcombe, def. T. Kauffman (15-6), Stratford, by medical forfeit.
Division 2 finals
195: Hunter Luepke (39-2), Spencer/Columbus, def. Lucius Rinehart (36-1), Evansville/Albany, 8-1
Division 3 finals
106: Koltin Grzybowski (41-3), Coleman, pinned Manny Drexler (41-4), Stratford, in 1:00.
120: A.J. Schoenfuss (35-5), Stratford, def. Sawyer Sarbacker (45-2), Iowa-Grant/Highland, 4-3.
138: Jeremy Schoenherr (17-0), Stratford, def. Sammy VanStraten (40-4), Shiocton, 3-1.
152: Mason Kauffman (33-0), Stratford, won by major dec. over James Pfeiffer (39-5), Cadott, 18-7.
220: Kamren Bornbach (38-1), Stratford, def. Noah Wieczorek (41-4), Clear Lake, 9-4.

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SC’s Logan Zschernitz, Stratford’s Jake Drexler win third-place matches at 2017 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament

Posted on 25 February 2017 by paul

Stratford’s Derek Marten finished fourth at the 2017 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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MADISON – All six local wrestlers competing in the consolation round Saturday won their first matches at the 2017 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center.

Two ended up winning their third-place matches, while the other four had to settle for fourth-place medals.

In Division 2, Spencer/Columbus sophomore Logan Zschernitz beat Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal’s Nick Rueth in the 285-pound consolation semifinals, holding on for a 3-2 victory. Zschernitz went on to defeat Josh Frerk of Denmark by major decision, 14-5, in the third-place match.

Zschernitz beat Rueth for the fourth-straight weekend after defeating him at the Cloverbelt Conference Tournament, as well as at the Division 2 regional and sectional competition. Zschernitz had defeated Frerk in the quarterfinals on Friday and ends his season with a 39-4 record.

“For Logan, last night was tough, it was a tough night in the hotel,” SC coach Jake Zschernitz said. “We talked, we got his emotions in check, and we had to re-assess our goals. Our goal was a state championship for him, we didn’t get it, OK, now our is third place. He came into today, took care of business, and got that done.”

Stratford’s Derek Marten (126 pounds), Jake Drexler (132), David Marquardt (160), Aiden Hoffman (195), and Tyson Kauffman (285) each won their Division 3 consolation semifinals, with Drexler ending up winning his third-place match as well.

Drexler (42-3) pinned Kolbe Ubersox of Darlington/Black Hawk in 1:59 in the semifinals and needed overtime to defeat Seth Schlegel of Spring Valley/Elmwood 3-1 in the third-place match. Drexler had lost to Schlegel 8-5 in the quarterfinals on Friday.

Marten (38-5) beat Dylan Bune of Spring Valley/Elmwood 5-0 in the semifinals and lost his third-place match to Andrew Gunderson of Cadott 4-2.

Marquardt (37-5), pinned James LaPointe of Bayfield/Washburn in 1:58 before dropping the third-place match to Michael Bertrand of Southern Door, 4-1.

Hoffman (37-11) took care of Noah Friedl of Royall 7-3 in the semifinals and lost the third-place match to Bryce Holderman of Amherst 10-3.

At 285 pounds, defending D-3 state champion Tyson Kauffman (15-6) settled for fourth. Kauffman blanked Noah Novotney of Boyceville 3-0 in the semifinals before forfeiting the third-place match to Takoda Lee of Cornell/Gilman/Lake Holcombe because of ongoing shoulder and arm injuries.

Spencer/Columbus junior Hunter Luepke and Stratford’s Manny Drexler, A.J. Schoenfuss, Jeremy Schoenherr, Mason Kauffman, and Kamren Bornbach will wrestle in state championship matches Saturday night. The Parade of Champions begins at 5 p.m., with wrestling to follow in three divisions.

2017 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament
Feb. 23-25, at Kohl Center, Madison
Saturday, Feb. 25
Local matches
Division 2 consolation bracket
Semifinals

285: Logan Zschernitz (39-4), Spencer/Columbus, def. Nick Rueth (40-8), Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal, 3-2.
Third place
285: Zschernitz (40-4), Spencer/Columbus, won by major dec. over Josh Frerk (37-6), Denmark, 14-5.
Division 3 consolation bracket
Semifinals

126: Derek Marten (38-5), Stratford, def. Dylan Bune (32-11), Spring Valley/Elmwood, 5-0.
132: Jake Drexler (42-3), Stratford, pinned Kolbe Ubersox (42-5), Darlington/Black Hawk, in 1:59.
160: David Marquardt (37-5), Stratford, pinned James LaPointe (27-3), Bayfield/Washburn, in 1:58.
195: Aiden Hoffman (37-10), Stratford, def. Noah Friedl (39-5), Royall, 7-3.
285: Tyson Kauffman (15-6), Stratford, def. Noah Novotney (38-10), Boyceville, 3-0.
Third place
126: Andrew Gunderson (33-7), Cadott, def. Marten (38-6), Stratford, 4-2.
132: J. Drexler (43-3), Stratford, def. Seth Schlegel (42-4), Spring Valley/Elmwood, 3-1, SV-1.
160: Michael Bertrand (45-4), Southern Door, def. Marquardt (37-6), Stratford, 4-1.
195: Bryce Holderman (45-3), Amherst, def. Hoffman (37-11), Stratford, 10-3.
285: Takoda Lee (41-4), Cornell/Gilman/Lake Holcombe, def. T. Kauffman (15-6), Stratford, by medical forfeit.
Division 2 finals
195: Hunter Luepke (39-2), Spencer/Columbus, def. Lucius Rinehart (36-1), Evansville/Albany, 8-1
Division 3 finals
106: Koltin Grzybowski (41-3), Coleman, pinned Manny Drexler (41-4), Stratford, in 1:00.
120: A.J. Schoenfuss (35-5), Stratford, def. Sawyer Sarbacker (45-2), Iowa-Grant/Highland, 4-3.
138: Jeremy Schoenherr (17-0), Stratford, def. Sammy VanStraten (40-4), Shiocton, 3-1.
152: Mason Kauffman (33-0), Stratford, won by major dec. over James Pfeiffer (39-5), Cadott, 18-7.
220: Kamren Bornbach (38-1), Stratford, def. Noah Wieczorek (41-4), Clear Lake, 9-4.

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Spencer/Columbus’ Luepke reaches finals, Zschernitz loses semifinal at 2017 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament

Posted on 24 February 2017 by paul

Spencer/Columbus junior Hunter Luepke controls Matthew Van Eperen of Wrightstown on his way to a pin in a Division 2 195-pound semifinal Friday night at the 2017 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison. Luepke advances to the finals on Saturday night. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com).

Spencer/Columbus’ Logan Zschernitz tries to hold on to Cody Jacobson of Ripon during a Division 2 285-pound semifinal at the 2017 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament on Friday night at the Kohl Center in Madison. Zschernitz lost 3-1 and will wrestle in the consolation bracket Saturday morning. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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MADISON – Spencer/Columbus Catholic junior Hunter Luepke did not mess around in his third trip to the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament.

Luepke, who earned a fifth-place medal last season at 182 pounds, will be wrestling in his first state finals after a pair of dominating wins Friday at the Kohl Center.

Luepke (38-2) earned a major decision over Hayden Arneson of Monroe 12-3 in the quarterfinals and dominated Matthew Van Eperen of Wrightstown in the Division 2 195-pound semifinals with a pin 51 seconds into the second period.

Luepke will face undefeated Lucius Rinehart (36-0) of Evansville/Albany in the finals Saturday night.

“I knew he (Van Eperen) was going to be good because he made the semis,” Luepke said. “I was just trying to work the stuff that I usually do and I was getting it pretty well early, then I just rode him hard and looked for stuff on the top. I’ve been working hard this week to get to the championship and that has been my goal since Day 1 this season. It’s nice to get there.”

Luepke controlled the quarterfinal from the start, earning a takedown and nearfall in the first period, and escape, takedown and nearfall in the second, and another takedown in the third to build an 11-0 lead on the way to the 12-3 victory.

In the semifinals, Luepke was leading 2-0 in the second period when he flipped Van Eperen on his back and finished off the match with a pin.

“He’s just on fire right now, at a whole other level,” Spencer/Columbus coach Jake Zschernitz said. “Everything’s clicking, he’s going after it, and hopefully he can keep that up (Saturday) night.”

Spencer/Columbus’ Logan Zschernitz, who earned a spot in the D-2 285-pound quarterfinals by virtue of his sectional win last weekend, won his quarterfinal match with a pin of Josh Frerk of Denmark in 2:55.

In the semifinals, however, Zschernitz couldn’t budge Cody Jacobson (44-2) of Ripon and lost 3-1.

Zschernitz (38-4) will face an old foe, Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal’s Nick Rueth (40-7) in a consolation bracket semifinal Saturday morning. The winner wrestles for third place and the loser moves into the fifth-place match, both of which are set for Saturday afternoon.

Zschernitz has beat Rueth the past three weekends in the Cloverbelt Conference, WIAA regional, and WIAA sectional finals at 285 pounds.

“We get as many shots off as we’d like,” Jake Zschernitz said of Logan’s match. “(Jacobson) controlled his head pretty well. Logan’s young, we have some time left with him, but he wrestled well all year and hopefully we can come back and get third.”

2017 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament
Feb. 23-25, Kohl Center, Madison
Saturday, Feb. 25

Division 1, 2 & 3 consolation wrestlebacks, 10 a.m.
Division 1, 2 & 3 fifth-place and third-place matches, 11 a.m.
Division 1, 2 & 3 championship matches, 5 p.m.
Friday’s Local Matches
Division 1 consolation first round

145: Austin Thomas (22-6), Waterford, def. Nolan Hertel (32-11), Marshfield, 3-1.
170: Bryson Alsteen (42-8), Kaukauna, pinned Sam Mitchell (25-16), Marshfield, in 4:05.
Division 2 quarterfinals
195: Hunter Luepke (37-2), Spencer/Columbus, won by major dec. over Hayden Arneson (32-7), Monroe, 12-3.
285: Logan Zschernitz (38-3), Spencer/Columbus, pinned Josh Frerk (35-5), Denmark, in 2:55.
Division 3 quarterfinals
106: Manny Drexler (40-3), Stratford, pinned Logan Steglich (38-7), Cumberland, in 1:27.
120: A.J. Schoenfuss (33-5), Stratford, pinned Caden Calabrese (40-8), Kenosha Christian Life, in 3:03.
126: Max Dascher (34-3), Cochrane-Fountain City, def. Derek Marten (36-5), Stratford, 10-6, OT.
132: Seth Schlegel (41-2), Spring Valley/Elmwood, def. Jake Drexler (40-3), Stratford, 8-5.
138: Jeremy Schoenherr (15-0), Stratford, won by major dec. over Weston Wichman (40-6), Johnson Creek, 9-1.
152: Mason Kauffman (30-0), Stratford, won by major dec. over Levi Kohn (40-10), Random Lake, 16-4.
160: David Marquardt (36-4), Stratford, won by major dec. over Zach Coffeen (45-5), Laconia, 12-2.
195: Aiden Hoffman (36-9), Stratford, def. Caleb Johnson (36-8), Riverdale, 10-6.
220: Kamren Bornbach (37-1), Stratford, won by major dec. over Cody McCollough (43-6), Fennimore, 10-1.
285: Tyson Kauffman (14-5), Stratford, pinned Zenaido Capetillo (37-9), Reedsville, in 4:00.
Division 2 semifinals
195: Hunter Luepke (38-2), Spencer/Columbus, pinned Matthew Van Eperen (31-15), Wrightstown in 2:51.
285: Cody Jacobson (44-2), Ripon, def. Logan Zschernitz (38-4), Spencer/Columbus, 3-1.
Division 3 consolation first round
126: Derek Marten (37-5), Stratford, def. Cam Haanrahan (42-6), Kewaunee, 6-0.
132: Jake Drexler (41-3), Stratford, pinned River Pawelski (41-6), Southern Door, in 2:31.
Division 3 semifinals
106: Manny Drexler (41-3), Stratford, won major dec. over Javyn Freeman (32-8), Phillips, 15-4.
120: A.J. Schoenfuss (34-5), Stratford, pinned Andrew Rothering (29-9), Cochrane-Fountain City, in 0:51.
138: Jeremy Schoenherr (16-0), Stratford, def. Brady Spaeth (36-4), Cadott, 3-0.
152: Mason Kauffman (31-0), Stratford, def. Max Maylor (44-2), Iowa-Grant/Highland, 2-1.
160: Brock Schlough (42-1), Boyceville, def. David Marquardt (36-5), Stratford, 10-7.
195: Tory Jandrin (41-4), Southern Door, def. Aiden Hoffman (36-10), Stratford, 3-1, SV-1.
220: Kamren Bornbach (38-1), Stratford, won by major dec. over Matt Kostka (37-6), Cornell/Gilman/Lake Holcombe, 9-1.
285: Tyson Sommer (43-4), Athens, def. Tyson Kauffman (14-6), Stratford, 1-0.
Saturday’s Local Matches
Division 2 consolation semifinals, 10 a.m.

285: Logan Zschernitz (38-4), Spencer/Columbus, vs. Nick Rueth (40-7), Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal.
Division 3 consolation semifinals, 10 a.m.
126: Derek Marten (37-5), Stratford, vs. Dylan Bune (32-10), Spring Valley/Elmwood.
132: Jake Drexler (41-3), Stratford, vs. Kolbe Ubersox (42-4), Darlington/Black Hawk.
160: David Marquardt (36-5), Stratford, vs. James LaPointe (27-2), Bayfield/Washburn.
195: Aiden Hoffman (36-10), Stratford, vs. Noah Friedl (39-4), Royall.
285: Tyson Kauffman (14-6), Stratford, vs. Noah Novotney (38-10), Boyceville.
Division 2 finals, 5 p.m.
195: Hunter Luepke (38-2), Spencer/Columbus, vs. Lucius Rinehart (36-0), Evansville/Albany.
Division 3 finals, 5 p.m.
106: Manny Drexler (41-3), Stratford, vs. Koltin Grzybowski (40-3), Coleman.
120: A.J. Schoenfuss (34-5), Stratford, vs. Sawyer Sarbacker (45-1), Iowa-Grant/Highland.
138: Jeremy Schoenherr (16-0), Stratford, vs. Sammy VanStraten (40-3), Shiocton.
152: Mason Kauffman (32-0), Stratford, vs. James Pfeiffer (39-4), Cadott.
220: Kamren Bornbach (38-1), Stratford, vs. Noah Wieczorek (41-4), Clear Lake.

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Stratford’s Hoffman, Tyson Kauffman move on to quarterfinals at WIAA state wrestling meet

Posted on 23 February 2017 by paul

Stratford’s Aiden Hoffman, bottom, tries to hold off Reed Guenther of Blair-Taylor during a Division 3 195-pound preliminary match at the 2017 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament on Thursday at the Kohl Center in Madison. Hoffman won the match 12-4. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Stratford’s Tyson Kauffman, left, battles Brandon Klimek of Cashton during a Division 3 285-pound preliminary match at the 2017 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison on Thursday night. Kauffman won 1-0 to advance to the quarterfinals. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Stratford’s Kade Ehirke attempts to get out of the grasp of Reedsville’s Daniel Kocourek during a Division 3 170-pound preliminary match at the 2017 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison. Ehrike lost 8-4 and was eliminated from the tournament. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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MADISON – Two of the four local athletes wrestling in the Division 2 and 3 preliminary rounds won on Thursday at 2017 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center.

Stratford junior Aiden Hoffman (195 pounds) and senior Tyson Kauffman (285) moved on with first-round wins in Division 3 action on Thursday night.

Stratford sophomore Kade Ehrike (170) in Division 3, and Spencer/Columbus freshman Ashton Ackman (106) in Division 2, lost their prelims and were eliminated from the three-day tournament.

Hoffman (35-9) led the entire way against Reed Guenther (31-11) of Blair-Taylor, earning a takedown in the first minute and adding another in the final 6 seconds of the first period to take a 4-1 advantage.

Hoffman closed out the match with an escape and a takedown in the third period, to win by major decision, 12-4.

Hoffman will wrestling in a D-3 195-pound quarterfinal Friday afternoon against Caleb Johnson (36-7) of Riverdale.

Kauffman stayed alive as he tries to defend the Division 3 285-pound title that he won last year.

Kauffman (13-5) tipped Brandon Klimek (35-7) of Cashton 1-0, earning an escape midway through the second period for the match’s only point.

Kauffman has been battling an arm injury, limiting him to just a few matches all season, and Stratford coach Joe Schwabe said he is just taking it match-by-match. Three more wins, and he’s a double state champion.

“We knew Aiden would be in a good position to win,” Schwabe said. “Aiden came out and wrestled smart, wrestled hard and came out with a major decision.

“Tyson’s been pretty beat up all season, just to get here was a plus. He had a pretty tough opponent, so to get a win right off the bat and continue in this tournament, we’re pretty proud of him. It’s one match at a time for him and we’re going to try to keep him healthy and enjoy this last tournament of his.”

Kauffman will wrestle against Zenaido Capetillo (37-8) of Reedsville in a quarterfinal match Friday.

Ehrike (23-7) got off to a great start against Daniel Kocourek (41-5) of Reedsville before losing the 170-pound prelim 8-4.

Ehrike had a takedown and a two-point nearfall early in the first period to take a 4-0 lead, however that would be all he could muster against the Reedsville senior.

Kocourek earned a reversal and a nearfall prior to the end of the first period, then had a pair of nearfalls in the second period to jump out to the 8-4 lead that he held on to the rest of the way.

“Kade wrestled a tough senior,” Schwabe said. “(Kocourek) was really good on top and was able to tilt I us. He was able to do what he does well, and that’s how he got here. I think it was a nice taste for Kade to get to experience what the Kohl Center and getting down to state is all about. Hopefully, he can keep building from that.”

Ackman got his first taste of the state tournament, but was eliminated after losing his Division 2 106-pound bout to Quintin Gehrmann of Jefferson (34-5) by major decision, 8-0.

Ackman finishes his season with a 35-8 record.

SC’s Hunter Luepke (195 pounds) and Logan Zschernitz (285) will compete in D-2 quarterfinal matches early Friday afternoon. They earned first-round byes are winning sectional titles last Saturday at Amery.

A total of 10 Stratford wrestlers will compete in D-3 quarterfinals, which take place simultaneous with the D-2 quarterfinals beginning at approximately 11:15 a.m.

Quarterfinal losers will wrestle in consolation matches beginning at 2:45 p.m. Winners move on to the semifinals, which start at 7 p.m.

2017 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament
Feb. 23-25, Kohl Center, Madison
Friday, Feb. 24

Division 1 consolations, 10 a.m.
Division 2 & 3 quarterfinals, 11:15 a.m.
Division 1 consolation semifinals, 1:45 p.m.
Division 2 & 3 consolation semifinals, 2:45 p.m.
Division 1, 2 & 3 semifinals, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 25
Division 1, 2 & 3 consolation wrestlebacks, 10 a.m.
Division 1, 2 & 3 fifth-place and third-place matches, 11 a.m.
Division 1, 2 & 3 championship matches, 5 p.m.
Upcoming Local Matches
Division 1 consolation first round, Friday, 10 a.m.

145: Nolan Hertel (32-10), Marshfield, vs. Austin Thomas (21-6), Waterford.
170: Sam Mitchell (25-15), Marshfield, vs. Bryson Alsteen (41-8), Kaukauna.
Division 2 quarterfinals, Friday, 11:15 a.m.
195: Hunter Luepke (36-2), Spencer/Columbus, vs. Hayden Arneson (32-6), Monroe.
285: Logan Zschernitz (37-3), Spencer/Columbus, vs. Josh Frerk (35-4), Denmark.
Division 3 quarterfinals, Friday, 11:15 a.m.
106: Manny Drexler (39-3), Stratford, vs. Logan Steglich (38-6), Cumberland.
120: A.J. Schoenfuss (32-5), Stratford, vs. Caden Calabrese (40-7), Kenosha Christian Life.
126: Derek Marten (36-4), Stratford, vs. Max Dascher (33-3), Cochrane-Fountain City.
132: Jake Drexler (40-2), Stratford, vs. Seth Schlegel (40-2), Spring Valley/Elmwood.
138: Jeremy Schoenherr (14-0), Stratford, vs. Weston Wichman (40-5), Johnson Creek.
152: Mason Kauffman (29-0), Stratford, vs. Levi Kohn (40-9), Random Lake.
160: David Marquardt (35-4), Stratford, vs. Zach Coffeen (45-4), Laconia.
195: Aiden Hoffman (35-9), Stratford, vs. Caleb Johnson (36-7), Riverdale.
220: Kamren Bornbach (36-1), Stratford, vs. Cody McCollough (43-5), Fennimore.
285: Tyson Kauffman (13-5), Stratford, vs. Zenaido Capetillo (37-8), Reedsville.

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Stratford, Marshfield, Spencer/Columbus sending 16 to 2017 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament

Posted on 22 February 2017 by paul

Stratford senior Mason Kauffman is one of five former state champions for the Tigers that will be back at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament, which will be Thursday through Saturday at the Kohl Center in Madison. (Photo by Katie Marten/For MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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A total of 16 local wrestlers will hit the mats this week at the 2017 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison.

Wrestling begins with preliminary matches in all three divisions, and Division 1 quarterfinals on Thursday. Division 2 and 3 quarterfinals, consolation matches and semifinals in all three divisions are set for Friday. The finals are scheduled for Saturday at 5 p.m.

A pair of sophomores qualified for Marshfield and will face tough opponents in the Division 1 prelims on Thursday afternoon.

Nolan Hertel is making a return trip to Madison after going 0-2 last year as a freshman. Hertel (32-9) will face Joshua Otto (35-4) of Hartland Arrowhead in a first-round match at 145 pounds.

Sam Mitchell (25-14) will face Connor Williams (44-1) of La Crosse Central in a 170-pound match for the Tigers.

“At this point in the season, it’s about doing all the little things right,” Marshfield coach Jackson Hein said. “It comes down to making the time worth it and believing in our training. Attitude is everything.”

In Division 2, Spencer/Columbus Catholic has three wrestlers that will compete at the state meet, including three-time qualifier Hunter Luepke.

Luepke, a junior, did not place as a freshman, before earning a fifth-place medal at 182 pounds last year. As a sectional champion, Luepke (36-2) earned a first-round bye and will take on the winner of Hayden Arneson (31-6) of Monroe and Matt Buechel (30-7) of New Holstein in a 195-pound quarterfinal early Friday afternoon.

Making their first state appearances will be sophomore Logan Zschernitz at 285 pounds and freshman Ashton Ackman on 106.

Zschernitz (37-3), also a sectional champ, will face the winner of Josh Frerk (34-4) of Denmark and Tennesse Hatfield (29-14) of River Valley in a 285-pound quarterfinal Friday afternoon.

“Hunter and Logan are both wrestling on another level right now,” SC coach Jake Zschernitz said. “Hunter has been dominate all year long, but he is continuing to get better every match. The same for Logan. He’s the most athletic 285 I’ve seen and improves daily as the season has progressed. They both push each other in practice and have the same goal in mind – they expect to be state champions.”

Ackman (35-7) will face Quintin Gehrmann (33-5) of Jefferson in a 106-pound prelim late Thursday afternoon.

“All three wrestlers are really peaking at the right time,” Jake Zschernitz said. “Ashton has a little bit tougher road coming into state as a (second-place finisher). He’s been doing a very good job staying on the offense and scoring points. At sectionals, he tech-falled three of his opponents. We think he can continue that production going forward.”

For the second year in a row, Stratford will have 11 of its 14 wrestlers in the Division 3 state field.

Among those are four returning D-3 state champions. Senior Kamren Bornbach (220 pounds) and juniors A.J. Schoenfuss (120) and Jeremy Schoenherr (138) are shooting for their third-straight state titles. Senior Tyson Kauffman (285) is back to defend his title won last year.

Junior Mason Kauffman, a champion two years ago, was forced to medical forfeit the 152-pound championship last year after suffering a heart ailment that was diagnosed after a semifinal victory. Because it was a medical forfeit, it did not count as a loss on his career record and he will take a perfect 128-0 mark (29-0) this year, into a 152-pound quarterfinal on Friday.

Jake Drexler (132), Derek Marten (126), and David Marquardt (160) are also back at state for the Tigers. Drexler took fifth at 113 and Marquardt was sixth at 145, earning medals last year.

Manny Drexler (106), Kade Ehrike (170) and Aiden Hoffman (195) will be making their first state appearances.

Ehrike, Hoffman and Tyson Kauffman will wrestle in preliminary matches Thursday. The other eight are sectional champions and earned byes into the quarterfinals on Friday afternoon.

“Getting 11 kids to qualify for state again this year is very exciting,” Stratford coach Joe Schwabe said. “We lost a couple kids at regionals, so I didn’t know if this was going to happen. However, the kids wrestled very physical and aggressive all day and won some key matches early to advance 10 into the finals, with another coming ‘back door’. This group kind of feeds off of each other. They are definitely believing in the ‘team’ philosophy and pick each other up and keep each other motivated.

“This is a very positive group that is wrestling with a lot of confidence right now. I want them all to believe they can win, wrestle to win, and then go win!”

2017 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament
Feb. 23-25, Kohl Center, Madison
Thursday, Feb. 23

Division 1 preliminaries, 3 p.m.
Division 1 quarterfinals, approximately 5:15 p.m.
Division 2 & 3 preliminaries, 7 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 24
Division 1 consolations, 10 a.m.
Division 2 & 3 quarterfinals, 11:15 a.m.
Division 1 consolation semifinals, 1:45 p.m.
Division 2 & 3 consolation semifinals, 2:45 p.m.
Division 1, 2 & 3 semifinals, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 25
Division 1, 2 & 3 consolation wrestlebacks, 10 a.m.
Division 1, 2 & 3 fifth-place and third-place matches, 11 a.m.
Division 1, 2 & 3 championship matches, 5 p.m.
Local Matches
Division 1 preliminaries, Thursday, 3 p.m.

145: Nolan Hertel (32-9), Marshfield, vs. Joshua Otto (35-4), Hartland Arrowhead.
170: Sam Mitchell (25-14), Marshfield, vs. Connor Williams (44-1), La Crosse Central.
Division 2 preliminaries, Thursday, 7 p.m.
106: Ashton Ackman (35-7), Spencer/Columbus, vs. Quintin Gehrmann (33-5), Jefferson.
Division 3 preliminaries, Thursday, 7 p.m.
170: Kade Ehrike (23-6), Stratford, vs. Daniel Kocourek (40-5), Reedsville.
195: Aiden Hoffman (34-9), Stratford, vs. Reed Guenther (31-10), Blair-Taylor.
285: Tyson Kauffman (12-5), Stratford, vs. Brandon Klimek (35-6), Crandon.
Division 2 quarterfinals, Friday, 11:15 a.m.
195: Hunter Luepke (36-2), Spencer/Columbus, vs. winner of Hayden Arneson (31-6), Monroe, and Matt Buechel (30-7), New Holstein.
285: Logan Zschernitz (37-3), Spencer/Columbus, vs. winner of Josh Frerk (34-4), Denmark, and Tennessee Hatfield (29-14), River Valley.
Division 3 quarterfinals, Friday, 11:15 a.m.
106: Manny Drexler (39-3), Stratford, vs. winner of Danny Pritz (30-3), Mineral Point, and Logan Steglich (37-6), Cumberland.
120: A.J. Schoenfuss (32-5), Stratford, vs. winner of Caden Calabrese (39-7), Kenosha Christian Life, and Jacob Rogers (32-6), New Lisbon.
126: Derek Marten (36-4), Stratford, vs. winner of Brian Matthews (34-12), Riverdale, and Max Dascher (32-3), Cochrane-Fountain City.
132: Jake Drexler (40-2), Stratford, vs. winner of Seth Schlegel (39-2), Spring Valley/Elmwood, and Jacob Luckow (30-17), Mishicot.
138: Jeremy Schoenherr (14-0), Stratford, vs. winner of Weston Wichman (39-5), Johnson Creek, and Collin Lull (28-17), Lancaster.
152: Mason Kauffman (29-0), Stratford, vs. winner of Josh Conrad (29-5), Independence/Gilmanton, and Levi Kohn (39-9), Random Lake.
160: David Marquardt (35-4), Stratford, vs. winner of Zach Coffeen (45-4), Laconia, and Gavon Brown (19-15), Parkview.
220: Kamren Bornbach (36-1), Stratford, vs. winner of Cody McCollough (42-5), Fennimore, and Austin Knoops (15-3), Whitehall.

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Spencer/Columbus qualifies three for state at WIAA Division 2 Amery sectional

Posted on 18 February 2017 by paul

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AMERY – The Spencer/Columbus Catholic wrestling team will have three athletes compete at next week’s state tournament after top-two finishes at the WIAA Division 2 individual wrestling sectional Saturday at Amery High School.

Spencer/Columbus junior Hunter Luepke won the 195-pound sectional title to qualify for the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament for the third-straight season.

Luepke (36-2) pinned Ty Sanford of Prescott with 1 second remaining in the first period to win the championship match.

Sophomore Logan Zschneritz and freshman Ashton Ackman will be making their first appearances at the state meet, which will be held Feb. 23-25 at the Kohl Center in Madison.

Zschernitz (37-3) won the 285-pound title match, beating Nick Rueth of Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal 5-1.

Ackman (35-7) ended up second at 106 pounds. He won the third place match by technical fall over Andrew Olson of Osceola 17-2 and won the second-place wrestleback by injury default.

Spencer/Columbus’ fourth sectional qualifier, Bryce Shaw, came up just short of a state bid. Shaw (19-10) lost a third-place match to Dalton Smith of Stanley-Boyd/Owen-Withee 6-4.

Ackman will face Quintin Gehrmann (33-5) of Jefferson in a Division 2 preliminary round match Thursday night.

By virtue of their sectional titles, Luepke and Zschernitz earn byes into the quarterfinals on Friday afternoon.

2017 WIAA Division 2 Individual Wrestling Sectional
Feb. 18, at Amery High School
Team scores:
1. Ellsworth 204; 2. Melrose-Mindoro/Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau 93.5; 3. Spencer/Columbus Catholic 71; 4. Prescott 49; 5. Medford 44; 6. Amery 42; 7. Bloomer/Colfax and Rice Lake 38; 9. Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal 37; 10. Stanley-Boyd/Owen-Withee 34; 11. St. Croix Central 29; 12. Baldwin-Woodville 28; 13. Spooner 27; 14. Chetek-Weyerhaeuser/Prairie Farm 24; 15. Barron 23.5; 16. Hayward/Northwood 18; 17. Northwestern 15; 18. Luck/Frederic/Grantsburg/Siren, Osceola and Somerset 11; 21. Abbotsford/Colby and Ashland 0.
*Top three finishers in each weight class qualify for WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament, Feb. 23-25 at Kohl Center, Madison
106 pounds

Championship: Charlie Stuhl (ELL) def. Ethan Tulip (PRES) by injury default.
Third place: Ashton Ackman (SC) won by technical fall over Andrew Olson (OSC) 17-2.
Second-place wrestleback: Ackman (SC) def. Tulip (PRES) by injury default.
113 pounds
Championship: Dane Higgins (MED) def. Jack Marley (MMGET) 7-3.
Third place: Jacek Nickowski (BW) def. Matthew Peterson (ELL) 3-0.
120 pounds
Championship: Sawyer Storm (ELL) def. Julian Purney (MMGET) 6-2.
Third place: Mike Smith (AM) def. Alex McCray (BW) 13-11.
Second-place wrestleback: Purney (MMGET) pinned Smith (AM) in 2:47.
126 pounds
Championship: Owen Matzek (ELL) pinned Steven Moncada (SOM) in 0:57.
Third place: Les Lakey (MMGET) def. Jordan Bonte (BW) 6-3.
Second-place wrestleback: Lakey (MMGET) def. Moncada (SOM) 6-5.
132 pounds
Championship: Sam Stuhl (ELL) pinned Mitchel Harmon (BC) in 1:16.
Third place: Calen Kirkpatrick (NW) pinned Jacob Summers (MMGET) in 0:44.
Second-place wrestleback: Harmon (BC) def. Kirkpatrick (NW) 10-5.
138 pounds
Championship: Jared Lansing (ELL) def. Tim Coyne (HN) 6-4.
Third place: Dalton Smith (SBOW) def. Bryce Shaw (SC) 6-4.
145 pounds
Championship: Cole Skelton (ELL) def. Shawn Waalen (AM) 7-5, SV-1.
Third place: Noah Massie (BAR) def. Preston Carlson (MED) 6-0.
152 pounds
Championship: Chase Schmidt (RL) def. Sam Burzynski (SBOW) 9-6.
Third place: Jeff Maynard (MMGET) won by technical fall over Chase Melton (SPO) 17-2.
Second-place wrestleback: Burzynski (SBOW) def. Maynard (MMGET) 11-4.
160 pounds
Championship: Anders Lantz (ELL) def. Kolten Hanson (MED) 3-2, TB-1.
Third place: William Waldofski (BAR) def. Eric Hoofstatter (SBOW) 8-6.
170 pounds
Championship: Stephen Buchanon (NGL) def. Sam Newell (CWPF) 12-7.
Third place: Carl Oman (AM) def. Matthew McNurlin (PRES) 2-0, SV-1.
Second-place wrestleback: Newell (CWPF) def. Oman (AM) 7-6.
182 pounds
Championship: Jacob Singer (ELL) pinned Cole Olson (BC) in 4:00.
Third place: Dakota Schultz (LFGS) def. Daniel Chuchwar (CWPF) 7-6.
195 pounds
Championship: Hunter Luepke (SC) pinned Ty Sanford (PRES) in 1:59.
Third place: Ryan Larson (SCC) def. Cole Toenjes (ELL) 5-2.
220 pounds
Championship: Dakotah Daffinson (MMGET) pinned Joshua Carroll (SPO) in 0:49.
Third place: Jacob Bugella (RL) pinned Dillon Kimmen (PRES) in 3:09.
Second-place wrestleback: Carroll (SPO) pinned Bugella (RL) in 3:47.
285 pounds
Championship: Logan Zschernitz (SC) def. Nick Rueth (NGL) 5-1.
Third place: Mike Freund (ELL) pinned Hunter Schmidt (SCC) in 1:43.

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Spencer/Columbus wrestling sends four to sectionals at WIAA Division 2 regional

Posted on 12 February 2017 by paul

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ABBOTSFORD – The Spencer/Columbus Catholic wrestling team will be sending to four to next week’s sectional after it had three champions and a runner-up at the 2017 WIAA Division 2 regional on Saturday at Abbotsford High School.

The Rockets finished fourth in team standings with 158 points. Melrose-Mindoro/Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau won the team title with 260 pounds and will move on to the Division 2 team sectional Tuesday at St. Croix Falls.

The individual sectional is next Saturday, Feb. 18, at Amery High School. The top three finishers in each weight class qualify for the 2017 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison on Feb. 23-25.

Freshman Ashton Ackman (106 pounds), junior Hunter Luepke (195) and sophomore Logan Zschneritz (285) each won regional titles for Spencer/Columbus. Bryce Shaw, a junior, finished second at 138.

Ackman (31-6) beat Colton Sime of MMGET 2-0 to capture the 106-pound title and move on to sectionals in his first varsity season.

Shaw, Luepke and Zschernitz will be making return trips to the sectional.

Shaw (18-8) did not make sectionals last year, but was a state qualifier as a freshman in 2015. He will be back at sectionals after losing the championship match in sudden-victory (double overtime) to Dalton Smith of Stanley-Boyd/Owen-Withee 6-4.

Luepke (33-2) will be looking for his third-straight trip to the state tournament after rolling to the title at 195 pounds. Luepke pinned Jake Rau of Medford in 3:21 to win the championship match.

Zschernitz (34-3) will be back at sectionals for the second-straight season after edging Nick Rueth of Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal 4-2 in overtime of the 285-pound title match.

2017 WIAA Division 2 Wrestling Regional
Feb. 11, at Abbotsford High School
Team scores:
*1. Melrose-Mindoro/Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau 260; 2. Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal 182.5; 3. Medford 182; 4. Spencer/Columbus Catholic 158; 5. Stanley-Boyd/Owen-Withee 128.5; 6. Black River Falls/Lincoln 66; 7. Abbotsford/Colby 48.
*Melrose-Mindoro/Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau qualifies for WIAA Division 2 team sectional Feb. 14 at St. Croix Falls.
Top two wrestlers in each weight class qualify for WIAA Division 2 individual sectional Feb. 18 at Amery.
106 pounds

Championship: Ashton Ackman (SC) def. Colton Sime (MMGET) 2-0.
Third place: Dustin Bergman (SBOW).
113 pounds
Championship: Dane Higgins (MED) def. Skylar Barth (NGL) 8-3.
Third place: Jack Marley (MMGET) won major dec. over Chance Clement (AC) 11-0.
Second-place wrestleback: Marley (MMGET) def. Barth (NGL) 8-2.
120 pounds
Championship: Julian Purney (MMGET) won major dec. over Josh Brooks (MED) 15-2.
Third place: Dominick Wichlacz (SC) won major dec. over Logan Ruesch (AC) 13-1.
126 pounds
Championship: Les Lakey (MMGET) def. Zeke Sigmund (MED) 7-2.
Third place: Kyle Gurney (NGL) won major dec. over Jake Dick (SC) 15-6.
132 pounds
Championship: Jacob Summers (MMGET) def. Dylan Nielsen (NGL) 3-0.
Third place: Cody Church (MED) pinned Josh Goldsmith (BRFL) in 4:48.
Second-place wrestleback: Nielsen (NGL) def. Church (MED) 9-2.
138 pounds
Championship: Dalton Smith (SBOW) def. Bryce Shaw (SC) 6-4, SV.
Third place: Andy Poetzl (MED) pinned Benett Bucek (BRFL) in 1:06.
145 pounds
Championship: Preston Carlson (MED) def. Jaden Anderson (MMGET) 11-9, SV.
Third place: Zach Smith (NGL) won major dec. over Caden Schillinger (SC) 12-4.
152 pounds
Championship: Sam Burzynski (SBOW) def. Jeff Maynard (MMGET) 9-4.
Third place: Stetson Rueth (NGL) pinned Alex Davis (MED) in 3:35.
160 pounds
Championship: Kolten Hanson (MED) pinned Eric Hoffstatter (SBOW) in 0:52.
Third place: Carson Hildebrandt (SC) def. Jesse Buchanan (NGL) 4-2.
170 pounds
Championship: Stephen Buchanan (NGL) pinned Brock Halopka (AC) in 2:55.
Third place: Bryce Burns (MMGET) pinned Nathan Scheidler (SBOW) in 3:19.
182 pounds
Championship: Landon Lockington (MMGET) pinned Ben Turner (SBOW) in 3:53.
Third place: Tanner Zschernitz (NGL) pinned Tanner Peterson (MED) in 1:24.
Second-place wrestleback: Turner (SBOW) pinned Zschernitz (NGL) in 0:20.
195 pounds
Championship: Hunter Luepke (SC) pinned Jake Rau (MED) in 3:21.
Third place: Sam Jansen (MMGET) def. Lucas Ingold (NGL) 2-1.
Second-place wrestleback: Jansen (MMGET) def. Rau (MED) 10-4.
220 pounds
Championship: Dakotah Daffinson (MMGET) pinned Sam Baumgartner (NGL) in 0:33.
Third place: Robert Rave (BRFL) pinned Jake Merrill (MED) in 1:37.
Second-place wrestleback: Baumgartner (NGL) pinned Rave (BRFL) in 2:28.
285 pounds
Championship: Logan Zschernitz (SC) def. Nick Rueth (NGL) 4-2, OT.
Third place: Josh Marciulionis (MMGET) def. Eric Bentler (OW) medical forfeit.

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Spencer/Columbus has five champions at 2017 Cloverbelt Conference Wrestling Meet

Posted on 04 February 2017 by paul

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NEILLSVILLE – Spencer/Columbus Catholic junior Hunter Luepke captured his third-straight title and was one of five individual champions for the Rockets as they finished tied for second at the 2017 Cloverbelt Conference Wrestling Tournament on Saturday at Neillsville High School.

Luepke won the 195-pound championship, beating Lucas Ingold of Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal with a pin in 1:53. The win marks Luepke’s third straight conference title after having taking the 195-pound title in 2014 and winning at 220 last year.

SC sophomore Logan Zschernitz avenged a loss in last year’s 285-pound final, beating Nick Rueth of Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal in an ultimate tiebreaker to earn his first conference championship. Zschernitz lost to Rueth in overtime at last year’s conference meet.

Also winning individual titles for the Rockets were Ashton Ackman at 106, Dominick Wichlacz at 120, and Carson Hildebrandt at 160.

Ackman beat Dustin Bergman of Stanley-Boyd/Owen-Withee 6-2; Wichlacz won a major decision over Nathan Buchanan of NGL 10-0; and Hildebrandt topped Eric Hoffstatter of Stanley-Boyd/Owen-Withee 7-3.

Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal won the team title with 256 points, with Spencer/Columbus and Cadott tying for second with 176.5 points. It is the third-straight year the Rockets have finished second at the conference tournament.

Leo Rodriguez (113) and Caden Schillinger (145) each finished third for Spencer/Columbus.

Spencer/Columbus will compete at the WIAA Division 2 regional on Feb. 11 at Abbotsford High School.

2017 Cloverbelt Conference Wrestling Tournament
Feb. 4, at Neillsville High School
Team scores:
1. Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal 256; 2. Cadott and Spencer/Columbus Catholic 176.5; 4. Stanley-Boyd/Owen-Withee 137; 5. Abbotsford/Colby 109; 6. Osseo-Fairchild/Augusta/Fall Creek 88; 7. Thorp 37.5; 8. Eau Claire Regis 36.
106 pounds
Championship: Ashton Ackman (SC) def. Dustin Bergman (SBOW) 6-2.
Third place: Shane Chady (CAD) pinned Elodie Dickenson (OFAFC) in 3:06.
113 pounds
Championship: Skylar Barth (NGL) won major dec. over Chance Clement (AC) 12-4.
Third place: Leo Rodriguez (SC) def. Kevin Kitchen (OFAFC) 11-4.
120 pounds
Championship: Dominick Wichlacz (SC) won major dec. over Nathan Buchanan (NGL) 10-0.
Third place: Chase Schultz (CAD) pinned Ruben Sanchez (SBOW) in 5:07.
126 pounds
Championship: Andrew Gunderson (CAD) pinned Kyle Gurney (NGL) in 1:34.
Third place: Logan Ruesch (AC) pinned Cole Myers (OFAFC) in 1:53.
132 pounds
Championship: Dylan Nielsen (NGL) pinned Zak Schofield (CAD) in 2:26.
Third place: Quade Webster (TH) pinned Andres Rodriguez (SC) in 2:54.
138 pounds
Championship: Brady Spaeth (CAD) won major dec. over Dalton Smith (SBOW) 12-1.
Third place; Mason Malm (NGL) pinned Xavier Digman (AC) in 1:18.
145 pounds
Championship: Tony Borowski (TH) def. Stetson Rueth (NGL) 5-1.
Third place: Caden Schillinger (SC) pinned Ethan Tegels (CAD) in 1:43.
152 pounds
Championship: James Pfeiffer (CAD) def. Sam Burzyski (SBOW) 11-6.
Third place: Zach Smith (NGL) won major dec. over Cody Rodman (AC) 15-2.
160 pounds
Championship: Carson Hildebrandt (SC) def. Eric Hoffstatter (SBOW) 7-3.
Third place: Dominick Grimm (CAD) pinned Jesse Buchanan (NGL) in 0:45.
170 pounds
Championship: Stephen Buchanan (NGL) pinned Brock Halopka (AC) in 4:38.
Third place: Nathan Scheidler (SBOW) pinned Jesse Zamora (OFAFC) in 2:30.
182 pounds
Championship: Jeffrey Breaker (OFAFC) pinned Tanner Zschernitz (NGL) in 3:29.
Third place: Ben Turner (SBOW) pinned Josh Briggs (CAD) in 1:49.
195 pounds
Championship: Hunter Luepke (SC) pinned Lucas Ingold (NGL) in 1:53.
Third place: Dalton Swett (OFAFC) def. Jake Gilbertson (ECR) 9-3.
220 pounds
Championship: Hunter Hood (ECR) def. Sam Baumgartner (NGL) 9-3.
Third place: Angelo Hutman (AC) pinned C.J. Spath (CAD) in 3:47.
285 pounds
Championship: Logan Zschernitz (SC) def. Nick Rueth (NGL), 2-2 UTB.
Third place: Eric Bentler (SBOW) pinned Daniel Menjivar (AC) in 1:02.

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Cadott edges Spencer/Columbus wrestling in final dual meet of season

Posted on 26 January 2017 by paul

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CADOTT – Cadott won three matches by forfeit and three more by pin to edge Spencer/Columbus Catholic 39-35 in the Rockets’ Cloverbelt Conference dual meet finale Thursday at Cadott High School.

The Rockets finish the conference dual meet season with a 5-2 record.

Spencer/Columbus earned three wins by pin and another by technical fall.

Carson Hildebrandt (170 pounds), Hunter Luepke (220) and Ashton Ackman (106) won by pin, and Dominick Wichlacz (120) earned a 16-1 technical fall victory for Spencer/Columbus.

Leo Rodriguez (113) and Caden Schillinger (145) also won by decision for the Rockets.

Spencer/Columbus is off until the Cloverbelt Conference Tournament on Feb. 4 at Neillsville.

Cadott 39, Spencer/Columbus 35
152: James Pfeiffer (CAD) won by forfeit.
160: Dominick Grimm (CAD) pinned Cody Derks in 0:33.
170: Carson Hildebrandt (SC) pinned Bennett Bowe in 1:33.
182: Josh Briggs (CAD) won by forfeit.
195: Ethan Haider (CAD) won by forfeit.
220: Hunter Luepke (SC) pinned C.J. Spath in 0:39.
285: Logan Zschneritz (SC) won by forfeit.
106: Ashton Ackman (SC) pinned Shane Chady in 4:39.
113: Leo Rodriguez (SC) def. Levi Winchell 16-9.
120: Dominick Wichlacz (SC) won by technical fall over Chase Schultz 16-1.
126: Bailey Gillett (CAD) def. Jake Dick 4-0.
132: Andrew Gunderson (CAD) pinned Andres Rodriguez in 1:36.
138: Brady Spaeth (CAD) pinned Bryce Shaw in 3:34.
145: Caden Schillinger (SC) def. Ethan Tegels 11-5.

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Spencer/Columbus wrestling wins three Cloverbelt Conference duals

Posted on 24 January 2017 by paul

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SPENCER – The Spencer/Columbus Catholic wrestling team won three Cloverbelt Conference dual meets on Tuesday night at Spencer High School.

The Rockets used 10 forfeits in each match to top undermanned Thorp 60-10 and Eau Claire Regis/Altoona 72-0, and also beat Osseo-Fairchild 52-24.

Carson Hildebrandt (160 pounds) and Hunter Luepke (195) each earned pins in the only two matches wrestled against Eau Claire Regis/Altoona.

The Rockets had six pins against Osseo-Fairchild. Caden Schillinger (145), Hildebrandt (160), Luepke (195), Logan Zschernitz (285), Dominick Wichlacz (120), and Andres Rodriguez (132) won by pin, and Ashton Ackman (106) won by technical fall for the Spencer/Columbus.

Spencer/Columbus is off until the Cloverbelt Conference Tournament, which will be held at Neillsville on Feb. 4.

Spencer/Columbus 60, Thorp 10
145: Tony Borowski (T) won by major dec. over Caden Schillinger 16-6.
Spencer/Columbus forfeit victories: Ashton Ackman, Leo Rodriguez, Dominick Wichlacz, Jake Dick, Bryce Shaw, Carson Hildebrandt, Tanner Kleinschmidt, Daniel Richmond, Hunter Luepke, and Logan Zschernitz.

Spencer/Columbus 72, Eau Claire Regis/Altoona 0
160: Carson Hildebrandt (SC) pinned Garrett Steffan in 1:17.
195: Hunter Luepke (SC) pinned Jake Gilbert in 2:16.
Spencer/Columbus forfeit victories: Ashton Ackman, Leo Rodriguez, Dominick Wichlacz, Jake Dick, Andres Rodriguez, Bryce Shaw, Caden Schillinger, Tanner Kleinschmidt, Daniel Richmond, and Logan Zschernitz.

Spencer/Columbus 52, Osseo-Fairchild 24
145: Caden Schillinger (SC) pinned Evan Stetson in 1:30.
152: Cody Breaker (OF) won by forfeit.
160: Carson Hildebrandt (SC) pinned Jordan Videka in 1:41.
170: Jesse Zamora (OF) pinned Tanner Kleinschmidt in 1:21.
182: Jeffrey Breaker (OF) pinned Daniel Richmond in 0:58.
195: Hunter Luepke (SC) pinned Dalton Swett in 0:28.
220: Double forfeit.
285: Logan Zschernitz (SC) pinned Josh Lane in 0:26.
106: Ashton Ackman (SC) won by technical fall over Elodie Dickenson 17-2.
113: Leo Rodriguez (SC) won by forfeit.
120: Domnick Wichlacz (SC) pinned Kevin Kitchen in 4:43.
126: Cole Myers (OF) pinned Jake Dick in 1:16.
132: Andres Rodriguez (SC) pinned Cole Myers in 3:52.
138: Bryce Shaw (SC) won by forfeit.

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