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Luepke wins title, remains undefeated for Spencer/Columbus wrestling at St. Croix Falls Classic

Posted on 20 January 2018 by paul

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ST. CROIX FALLS – Spencer/Columbus senior Hunter Luepke kept his undefeated record intact with three wins and the 220-pound title at the St. Croix Falls Wrestling Classic on Saturday at St. Croix Falls High School.

Luepke moved to 33-0 with an 18-7 major decision over Nate Schutz of Totino Grace (Minn.) in the 220-pound championship match for the Rockets’ lone individual title at the 20-team meet.

Spencer/Columbus, with just seven wrestlers competing, finished eighth with 101.5 points. Hudson won the team title with 181 points.

SC senior Bryce Shaw lost his bid for a title, falling 4-2 to Garrett Bergmann of St. Croix Falls in the 145-pound championship match.

The other five Rockets also earned top-eight finishes, including senior Dominick Wichlacz, who took third at 120 pounds to improve to 27-7 this season. Wichlacz earned his 100th career victory during the tournament.

Leo Rodriguez (113) and Carson Hildebrandt (170) each finished fourth, Caden Schillinger (152) took seventh, and Colten Schillinger (132) finished eighth for the Rockets.

Spencer/Columbus will wrap up its Cloverbelt Conference schedule Thursday at Osseo-Fairchild. With a win, the Rockets would win the conference dual meet title.

St. Croix Falls Wrestling Classic
Jan. 20, at St. Croix Falls High School
Team scores:
1. Hudson 181; 2. St. Croix Falls 164.5; 3. Cumberland 131.5; 4. Totino Grace (Minn.) 126; 5. River Falls 121; 6. Boyceville 118; 7. Glenwood City 103.5; 8. Spencer/Columbus 101.5; 9. Princeton 76; 10. Amery 64; 11. Ogilvie (Minn.) 60; 12. Chetek-Weyerhaeuser/Prairie-Farm 58; 13. Northwestern 53.5; 14. Luck/Frederic/Grantsburg/Siren 48; 15. North Branch (Minn.) 38; 16. Cornell/Gilman/Lake Holcombe 36.5; 17. Pine City (Minn.) 36; 18. Flambeau 34; 19. Cameron 13; 20. Turtle Lake 3.
Championship matches and Spencer/Columbus finishers
106: Championship – Landen Parent (PRI) def. Walker Ingham (AM), 9-3.
113: Championship – Zack Wells (PRI) won major dec. over Logan Steglich (CUM), 13-2; Third place – Leo Draveling (HUD) pinned Leo Rodriguez (SC), 3:40.
120: Championship – Jake Svihel (TG) won by technical fall over Braden Ryan (OG), 24-8; Third place – Dominick Wichlacz (SC) def. Jordan Penard (AM), 13-9.
126: Championship – Triston Zuniga (TG) def. Jacob Nadeau (GC), 4-2 (OT).
132: Championship – Reid Olson (CUMB) def. Carson Strong (GC), 12-5; Seventh place – Hunter Sellent (LFGS) won major dec. over Colten Schillinger (SC), 10-1.
138: Championship – Mitchell Anderson (HUD) def. Mike Smith (AM), 7-4.
145: Championship – Garrett Bergmann (SCF) def. Bryce Shaw (SC), 4-2.
152: Championship – Brock Schlough (BOY) def. Nathan Fuller (RF), 7-4; Seventh place – Caden Schillinger (SC) pinned Manny Torres (CUMB), 2:54.
160: Championship – Jacob Anderson (HUD) pinned Clay Carney (SCF), 0:59.
170: Championship – Luke Clark (SCF) def. Sam Peters (CWPF), 10-7; Third place – Glen Pendleton (RF) def. Carson Hildebrandt (SC), 12-5.
182: Championship – Trett Joles (BOY) won major dec. over Jake Kopacz (GC), 12-4.
195: Championship – Garrett Joles (BOY) won major dec. over Chance Kamrowski (RF), 15-3.
220: Championship – Hunter Luepke (SC) won major dec. over Nate Schutz (TG), 18-7.
285: Championship – Cole Godbout (HUD) def. Mitchell Williamson (RF), 7-1.

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Spencer/Columbus wrestling whips Abbotsford/Colby, clinches tie for Cloverbelt title

Posted on 18 January 2018 by paul

Spencer/Columbus’ Ashton Ackman rolled to a major decision at 106 pounds of the Rockets’ win over Abbotsford/Colby on Thursday at Spencer High School. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Spencer/Columbus’ Hunter Luepke works on a pin during the 220-pound match of Thursday’s Cloverbelt Conference dual meet against Abbotsford/Colby. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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SPENCER – The Spencer/Columbus Catholic wrestling team clinched a share of the Cloverbelt Conference title with a dominating 62-12 victory over second-place Abbotsford/Colby on Thursday night at Spencer High School.

The Rockets improve to 6-0 in conference dual meets and can wrap up sole possession of the regular-season championship with a win at Osseo-Fairchild/Augusta/Fall Creek next Thursday.

Spencer/Columbus won five matches by pin and four more by forfeit to cruise to the victory over the Falcons.

SC sophomore Ashton Ackman started the onslaught with an 11-1 major decision at 106 pounds.

After a forfeit win, and a double forfeit, the Rockets went on to build an insurmountable 22-0 lead on a pin by Dominick Wichlacz at 126 and another forfeit from Abbotsford/Colby.

Bryce Shaw (145) and Caden Schillinger (152) added back-to-back pins, Carson Hildebrandt won a major decision at 170, and Cody Derks (182) and Hunter Luepke (220) finished off the win with two more pins and two forfeit victories.

“We’re rolling pretty good,” Spencer/Columbus coach Jake Zschernitz said. “We’re wrestling good right now, a few injuries, a little banged up. We’re looking at getting healthier and some guys possibly cutting some weight, I don’t know, that will play itself out. I think we’re wrestling really well at the right time and we’ll see what happens.”

With defending Division 2 individual state champion Luepke (30-0) and 285-pound junior Logan Zschernitz (28-2), a third-place finisher at state last year, anchoring the Rockets’ lineup, Spencer/Columbus looks to continue its strong season into the postseason.

The Cloverbelt Conference Tournament will be Feb. 3 at Osseo-Fairchild, with the WIAA Division 2 tournaments starting with regionals at Medford on Feb. 10.

“I knew coming into the season we had a really good team,” Jake Zschernitz said. “It was senior night tonight and the seniors (Wichlacz, Shaw, Caden Schillinger and Luepke) have really stepped up all year. The underclassmen have been winning matches when they need to be.

“It’s pretty fun to watch (Luepke and Zschernitz). We’re pretty fortunate to probably have the two best athletes to ever come through this gym at the same time, on the same team. It’s pretty awesome.”

Spencer/Columbus 62, Abbotsford/Colby 12
106: Ashton Ackman (SC) won major dec. over River Halopka, 11-1.
113: Leo Rodriguez (SC) won by forfeit.
120: Double forfeit.
126: Dominick Wichlacz (SC) pinned Juan Tzintzun, 1:18.
132: Colten Schillinger (SC) won by forfeit.
138: Logan Ruesch (AC) pinned Dylan Bohlinger, 3:14.
145: Bryce Shaw (SC) pinned Chance Clement, 2:38.
152: Caden Schillinger (SC) pinned Jed Becker, 1:51.
160: Joseph Aguilera (AC) pinned Tanner Kleinschmidt, 2:38.
170: Carson Hildebrandt (SC) won major dec. over Christian Raasch, 17-4.
182: Cody Derks (SC) pinned Alonso Torres, 1:12.
195: Daniel Richmond (SC) won by forfeit.
220: Hunter Luepke (SC) pinned Angelo Hutman, 1:02.
285: Logan Zschernitz (SC) won by forfeit.

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Stratford second, SC 10th at Freedom wrestling tournament

Posted on 14 January 2018 by paul

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FREEDOM – Ten Stratford wrestlers earned top-six finishes and won one title as the Tigers finished second at the 16-team Freedom Irish Invitational on Saturday at Freedom High School.

Jeremy Schoenherr improved to 19-0 this season with a 5-3 victory over Max Bruss of DePere in the 145-pound championship for Stratford, which finished with 179.5 points, 17.5 behind first-place Burlington.

Spencer/Columbus had five wrestlers finish in the top seven, including 220-pound champion Hunter Luepke, and ended up 10th in the team standings with 82.5 points.

Luepke (29-0) beat Brock Danielski of Appleton North 8-2 in the 220-pound final.

Max Schwabe (126), A.J. Schoenfuss (132) and Jake Drexler (152) finished second for Stratford, and Logan Zschernitz was second at 285 pounds for Spencer/Columbus.

Other medal winners for Stratford were Trevor Dennee (third at 170), Dylan Schoenherr (third at 220), Manny Drexler (fourth at 113), Jordan Becker (fifth at 160), Trevor Steiner (fifth at 170), and Karter Stuttgen (sixth at 106).

Bryce Shaw was fifth at 145, Dominick Wichlacz took sixth at 120, and Carson Hildebrandt finished seventh at 170 for the Rockets.

Both teams return to conference action this week. Stratford is at Auburndale on Tuesday and at home against Marathon Thursday in Marawood Conference duals, and Spencer/Columbus hosts Abbotsford/Colby on Thursday for a Cloverbelt dual.

Freedom Irish Invitational
Jan. 13, at Freedom High School
Team scores:
1. Burlington 197; 2. Stratford 179.5; 3. Freedom 158.5; 4. Two Rivers 142; 5. Appleton North and Ashwaubenon 109.5; 7. DePere 96; 8. Denmark 91; 9. Medford 89; 10. Spencer/Columbus 82.5; 11. Shiocton 79; 12. Wrightstown 78.5; 13. Bay Port 76; 14. Hortonville 71; 15. West DePere 69; 16. Mishicot 23.
Championship matches, and Stratford and Spencer/Columbus finishers
106: Championship – Cody Minor (ASH) won major dec. over Kaden Stanelle (WR), 12-1; Fifth place – Nolan Hansen (TR) pinned Karter Stuttgen (ST), 2:44.
113: Championship – Eric Barnett (HOR) won major dec. over Hayden Halter (BUR), 11-1; Third place – Matt Bianchi (TR) won major dec. over Manny Drexler (ST), 9-0.
120: Championship – Cody Holmes (TR) pinned Cody Welker (BUR), 5:25; Fifth place – Colby McHugh (FR) def. Dominick Wichlacz (SC), 3-1.
126: Championship – Fernando Coronado (ASH) def. Max Schwabe (ST), 8-1.
132: Championship – Joey Bianchi (TR) def. A.J. Schoenfuss (ST), 3-0.
138: Championship – Brytton Goymerac (AN) def. Max Ehlen (BUR), 8-6, SV-1.
145: Championship – Jeremy Schoenherr (ST) def. Max Bruss (DP), 5-3; Fifth place – Bryce Shaw (SC) won major dec. over Grant Vosters (FR), 12-4.
152: Championship – Sam Peters (FR) def. Jake Drexler (ST), 6-5.
160: Championship – Evan Vosters (FR) def. Kolten Hanson (MED), 4-2; Fifth place – Jordan Becker (ST) pinned Chandler Stordeur (BP), 2:48.
170: Championship – Dakota Brockman (FR) def. Billy Reif (SH), 5-3; Third place – Trevor Dennee (ST) def. Evan Frisque (WDP), 4-0; Seventh place – Carson Hildebrandt (SC) won major dec. over Zach Wallace (BUR), 10-0.
182: Championship – Nate Crayton (BUR) pinned Tommy Kratz (DP), 3:45.
195: Championship – Charlie Hooyman (DP) def. Matt Verhasselt (FR), 7-3; Fifth place – Trevor Steiner (ST) def. Riley Ullmer (DEN), 5-1.
220: Championship – Hunter Luepke (SC) def. Brock Danielski (AN), 8-2; Third place – Dylan Schoenherr (ST) def. Max Travis (BUR), 9-3.
285: Championship – Josh Frerk (DEN) won major dec. over Logan Zschernitz (SC), 16-7.

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Spencer/Columbus racks up nonconference win over Wautoma/Wild Rose

Posted on 10 January 2018 by paul

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MARSHFIELD – Spencer/Columbus won six matches by pin and two more by technical fall to blow past Wautoma/Wild Rose 49-22 in a nonconference wrestling dual Tuesday night at Columbus Catholic High School.

Caden Schillinger started off the match for the Rockets with a pin at 160 pounds, and after Wautoma/Wild Rose pulled ahead with three-straight victories, Spencer/Columbus won the next six matches to take control.

Hunter Luepke earned a pin at 220 in just 29 seconds and Logan Zschernitz followed that with a pin at 285.

Ashton Ackman and Dominick Wichlacz won by technical fall, Leo Rodriguez added a 3-0 win, and Jake Dick had a pin at 126 for the Rockets.

Andres Rodriguez (145) and Bryce Shaw (152) finished off the win with two more pins for the Rockets.

Spencer/Columbus will wrestle at the Freedom Invitational on Saturday.

Spencer/Columbus 49, Wautoma/Wild Rose 22
160: Caden Schillinger (SC) pinned Thomas Dopp, 5:36.
170: Timothy Szymasnski (WWR) pinned Tanner Kleinschmidt, 4:39.
182: Andrew Henschel (WWR) def. Cody Derks, injury time.
195: Ross Ehurfurth (WWR) def. Daniel Richmond, 13-8.
220: Hunter Luepke (SC) pinned Damean Netzler, 0:29.
285: Logan Zschernitz (SC) pinned Lucas Hackney, 2:35.
106: Ashton Ackman (SC) won by technical fall over Gabe Storms, 15-0.
113: Leo Rodriguez (SC) def. Dylan Hughes, 3-0.
120: Dominick Wichlacz (SC) won by technical fall over Creedon Abraham, 18-3.
126: Jake Dick (SC) pinned Ethan Kubasta, 1:41.
132: Jacob Gaboury-Gorges (WWR) def. Colton Schillinger, 10-6.
138: Tanner Deist (WWR) won by major dec. over Taylor Bach, 11-0.
145: Andres Rodriguez (SC) pinned Jon Clark, 4:48.
152: Bryce Shaw (SC) pinned Zach Nelson, 3:44.

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Stratford wins D-3 title, Marshfield, SC earn runner-up finishes at Bi-State Wrestling Classic

Posted on 30 December 2017 by paul

Stratford’s Aiden Hoffman, left, won the 195-pound championship at the Bi-State Wrestling Classic on Saturday at La Crosse. (Photo by Katie Marten/For MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Marshfield’s Caden Pearce works on Stratford’s Max Schwabe during the seventh-place match at 138 pounds at the Bi-State Wrestling Classic on Saturday at La Crosse. (Photo by Katie Marten/For MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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LA CROSSE – Make it five in a row for Stratford.

The Stratford wrestling team won three individual titles and had two other top-three finishes to roll to its fifth-straight Division 3 title at the Bi-State Wrestling Classic on Dec. 29-30 at the La Crosse Center.

Manny Drexler (106 pounds), Jake Drexler (145) and Aiden Hoffman (195) won individual titles for Stratford. A.J. Schoenfuss finished second at 126 pounds and Dylan Schoenherr was third at 220 as the Tigers racked up a whopping 319.5 points to beat second-place Goodhue (Minn.) by 148 points in the Division 3 standings.

Auburndale finished ninth in D-3 with 69 points.

Marshfield was second in Division 1 with 229 points, trailing only Holmen (342), and Spencer/Columbus Catholic also earned a runner-up spot by taking second in Division 2 with 199 points as Luxemburg-Casco won the team title with 263 points.

Drexler beat Lucas Joniaux of Luxemburg-Casco 5-1, Drexler topped Teagan Miller of Mauston in overtime 5-3, and Hoffman edged Riverdale’s Caleb Johnson 3-2 to claim titles for Stratford.

Spencer/Columbus senior Hunter Luepke (24-0), a defending WIAA Division 2 state champion, continued his torrid streak this season by pinning undefeated Drew Hennessey of Iowa-Grant/Highland in 1:39 to win the 220-pound title. Luepke pinned all six of his opponents in a total time of 13:29 at the two-day tournament, earning an award for Most Pins in Shortest Amount of Time.

The Rockets also got a second-place finish from junior Logan Zschernitz (23-1), who was pinned in the 285-pound championship match by Cole Godbout of Hudson in 1:10.

“As a whole we wrestled very well at one of the best tournaments in the state,” Spencer/Columbus coach Jake Zschernitz said. “Hunter dominated the competition. Logan wrestled very well, but fell a little short of where he wanted to be. Ash, Dom, and Bryce all had really good tournaments and a bunch of the other guys picked up much needed team points. I’m extremely proud of the guys effort this weekend and it definatly showed in the
team scores. We held our own and beat some of the top teams in our division.”

Marshfield had three third-place finishers.

Freshman Gabe Pugh took third at 113 pounds, beating Carter Jonsgaard of Lewiston-Altura/Rushford-Peterson (Minn.) 3-0; Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann defeated Kaleb O’Reilly of Goodhue 6-3 at 170; and Sam Mitchell beat Noah Friedl of Royall in an ultimate tiebreaker at 220 to all finish third for the Tigers.

“All wrestlers that competed scored points for the Tigers, and made big improvements throughout the tournament,” Marshfield coach Jackson Hein said. “Getting the opportunity to wrestle some of the best teams in the state of Wisconsin and Minnesota served as solid measurement for where we stand as a team and at each individual weight class. The second day of the tournament is a true test for each competitor. That is when hard work, dedication, and heart takes over to help win big matches. To have three guys win in that last round to take home third place at their weight classes was huge.”

Auburndale’s only wrestler to finish in the top 12 in their respective weight class was Keller Wolfe, who took sixth at 170 pounds after losing a fifth-place match to Tyler Hannah of Viroqua 3-1.

Other local wrestlers to place in the top 12 were: Spencer/Columbus Ashton Ackman (sixth, 106), Dominick Wichlacz (eighth 120) and Bryce Shaw (eighth 145); Stratford’s Derek Marten (sixth 132), Jordan Becker (sixth 152) and Max Schwabe (eighth 138); and Marshfield’s Tanner Kanable (sixth 126), Nolan Hertel (sixth 145), Caden Pearce (seventh 138) and Alex Brost (eighth 220).

Peace pinned Schwabe in 2:59 of the seventh-place match at 138.

Auburndale and Stratford return to action with Marawood Conference matches Jan. 4. Auburndale is at Marathon and Stratford is at Athens.

Marshfield hosts Merrill in a Wisconsin Valley Conference dual Jan. 5, while Spencer/Columbus is off until Jan. 9 when it takes on Wautoma at Columbus Catholic High School.

2017 Bi-State Classic
Dec. 29-30, at La Crosse Center
Team Standings
Division 1:
1. Holmen 342; 2. Marshfield 229; 3. Hudson 224.5; 4. Waunakee 203.5; 5. Stillwater (Minn.) 175; 6. Pulaski 159; 7. Sparta 137.5; 8. South St. Paul (Minn.) 130; 9. D.C. Everest 121.5; 10. Lakeville South (Minn.) 113.5; 11. Tomah 111.5; 12. Muskego 109.5; 13. Baraboo 100.5; 14. Bloomington Kennedy/Jefferson (Minn.) 85; 15. Middleton 84.5; 16. Eastview (Minn.) 84; 17. Eau Claire North 69.5; 19. New Richmond 44; 20. Portage 34.5; 21. Verona 33.5.
Division 2: 1. Luxemburg-Casco 263; 2. Spencer/Columbus Catholic 199; 3. River Valley 188; 4. Prairie du Chien 172.5; 5. Lodi 159.5; 6. Viroqua 132.5; 7. Gale-Ettrick-Trempeleau/Melrose-Mindoro 126; 8. Lewiston-Altura/Rushford-Peterson (Minn.) 117; 9. Medford 114; 10. Dodgeville 108; 11. West Salem/Bangor 106; 12. Monroe 96; 13. Mauston 93; 14. Sheboygan Falls 79; 15. Nekoosa/Assumption/Port Edwards 76.5; 16. Belmont/Platteville 73; 17. Westby 42; 18. Cuba City/Southwestern and Mount Horeb 37; 20. La Crescent-Hokah (Minn.) 27; 21. Richland Center 21; 22. Adams-Friendship 13.
Division 3: 1. Stratford 319.5; 2. Goodhue (Minn.) 171.5; 3. Iowa-Grant/Highland 154.5; 4. Athens 142.5; 5. Kenyon-Wanamingo (Minn.) 136.5; 6. Lancaster 124.5; 7. Caledonia/Houston 123; 8. Riverdale 93; 9. Auburndale 69; 10. Ithaca/Weston 61.5; 11. Royall 57; 12. Hillsboro 48; 13. New Lisbon 42; 14. Boscobel 23; 15. Cashton 13; 16. North Crawford/Seneca 11; 17. Kickapoo/La Farge 6; 18. De Soto 2.
Championship matches and other local finishers
106 pounds
Championship:
Manny Drexler (STR) def. Lucas Joniaux (LC) 5-1.
Fifth place: Ross Herber (LARP) def. Ashton Ackman (SC) 3-1.
113 pounds
Championship:
Dawson Lambert (TOM) def. Javon Taschuk (STIL) 6-1.
Third place: Gabe Pugh (MAR) def. Carter Jonsgaard (LARP) 3-0.
120 pounds
Championship:
Reid Ballantyne (STIL) won major dec. over Jeron Matson (KW) 13-3.
Seventh place: Owen Heinz (PUL) pinned Dominick Wichlacz (SC) 2:51.
126 pounds
Championship:
Bryce Bosman (LC) def. A.J. Schoenfuss (STR) 6-5.
Fifth place: Cole Gille (PUL) def. Tanner Kanable (MAR) 7-2.
132 pounds
Championship:
Zach Licht (RV) def. Thomas Severson (DCE) 8-5.
Fifth place: Dalton Schams (WSB) def. Derek Marten (STR) SV-1 5-3.
138 pounds
Championship:
Tanner Schultz (HOL) def. Mason Phillips (ECN), injury default, 4:06.
Seventh place: Caden Pearce (MAR) pinned Max Schwabe (STR), 2:59.
145 pounds
Championship:
Jake Drexler (STR) def. Teagen Miller (MAU) SV-1 5-3.
Fifth place: Kyle Cavanaugh (CH) def. Nolan Hertel (MAR) 3-2.
Seventh place: Seth Brossard (KW) def. Bryce Shaw (SC) 7-3.
152 pounds
Championship:
Kevin Meicher (MID) def. Jarrett Dolata (MAU) 2-1.
Fifth place: Willie Bastyr (LS) pinned Jordan Becker, 4:23.
160 pounds
Championship:
Max Maylor (IGH) won major dec. over Jacob Anderson (HUD) 16-4.
170 pounds
Championship:
Shane Liegel (RV) def. Kalyn Jahn (HOL) 3-1.
Third place: Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann (MAR) def. Kaleb O’Reilly (GOOD) 6-3.
Fifth place: Tyler Hannah (VIR) def. Keller Wolfe (AUB) 3-1.
182 pounds
Championship:
Isaac Lahr (HOL) def. Brady Peat (IGH) 5-3.
195 pounds
Championship:
Aiden Hoffman (STR) def. Caleb Johnson (RIV) 3-2.
Third place: Sam Mitchell (MAR) def. Noah Friedl (ROY) UTB 4-4.
220 pounds
Championship:
Hunter Luepke (SC) pinned Drew Hennessey (IGH), 1:39.
Third place: Dylan Schoenherr (STR) def. Jared Stewart (LS) 9-2.
Seventh place: Ryan Schoenfelder (GOOD) pinned Alex Brost (MAR), 4:44.
285 pounds
Championship:
Cole Godbout (HUD) pinned Logan Zschnernitz (SC), 1:10.

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Stratford, Marshfield, Spencer/Columbus all in title contention at Bi-State Wrestling Classic

Posted on 30 December 2017 by paul

Marshfield’s Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann pinned Auburndale’s Keller Wolfe in a 170-pound quarterfinal at the Bi-State Wrestling Classic on Friday at the La Crosse Center. (Photo by Katie Marten/For MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Marshfield’s Gabe Pugh reached the semifinals with three wins Friday at the Bi-State Wrestling Classic in La Crosse. (Photo by Katie Marten/For MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Stratford’s Max Schwabe works on a pin during a match Friday at the Bi-State Wrestling Classic in La Crosse. (Photo by Katie Marten/For MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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LA CROSSE – Three local teams are in title contention after the first day of competition at the Bi-State Wrestling Classic at the La Crosse Center.

Stratford leads the Division 3 team standings after Day 1 on Friday with 202.5 points and owns a solid 80-point lead over second-place Goodhue (Minn.), as the Tigers look for their fifth-straight D-3 title at the event. Auburndale is ninth with 51 points.

Marshfield is second in the Division 1 standings with 155 points, trailing only Holmen (194).

In Division 2, Spencer/Columbus Catholic is tied with River Valley for second place with 129 points. Luxemburg-Casco tops the standings with 162 points.

Ten wrestlers from the area advanced through the semifinals in their respective weight classes.

Spencer/Columbus senior Hunter Luepke (22-0) won four matches, all by pin, to reach the 220-pound semifinals where he will face Dylan Schoenherr (19-0) of Stratford on Saturday. Schoenherr knocked off Marshfield’s Alex Brost 9-4 in the quarterfinals.

At 285 pounds, Logan Zschernitz of Spencer/Columbus improved to 22-0 this season with three wins, including two by pin, to reach the semifinals. He will go against Tyson Sommer of Athens (17-0) in a semifinal match Saturday.

Marshfield had three wrestlers move into the semifinal round. Freshman Gabe Pugh won three matches – by pin, major decision and technical fall – at 113 pounds; Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann earned a pin over Auburndale’s Keller Wolfe in 2:00 of a 170-pound quarterfinal match; and Sam Mitchell went 3-0 to reach the 195-pound semifinals.

In addition to Schoenherr, Stratford had four others move into the semifinals.

Aiden Hoffman won three matches by decision at 195 pounds and will face Marshfield’s Mitchell in a semifinal match. Manny Drexler had three pins to advance in the 106-pound semifinals; A.J. Schoenfuss went 4-0 with two pins to qualify for the semifinals at 126; and Jake Drexler defeated Marshfield’s Nolan Hertel in a 145-pound quarterfinal 3-2 to also stay alive for an individual title.

Stratford’s Derek Marten (132) and Max Schwabe (138), SC’s Ashton Ackman (106) and Dominick Wichlacz (120), and Marshfield’s Tanner Kanable (126) and Caden Pearce (138) also lost quarterfinal matches.

Consolation rounds, wrestlebacks, semifinals and championship matches will be held throughout the day Saturday.

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Spencer/Columbus wrestling slips past Cadott, remain unbeaten in Cloverbelt

Posted on 23 December 2017 by paul

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SPENCER – The Spencer/Columbus wrestling team took firm control of first place in the Cloverbelt Conference with a narrow 36-35 win over Cadott on Friday night at Spencer High School.

Spencer/Columbus is now 5-0 in conference action and sent Cadott (3-1) to their first conference defeat.

Logan Zschernitz earned a first-period pin at 285 pounds, Dominick Wichlacz had a pin at 120, Carson Hildebrandt (170) won by technical fall, and Leo Rodgriguez had a major decision at 113 for the Rockets.

Ashton Ackman (106) and Hunter Luepke (220) each won key forfeits for Spencer/Columbus. Bryce Shaw had the other win for the Rockets at 145.

“It was a great dual in a great atmosphere,” Spencer/Columbus coach Jake Zschernitz said. “Everyone did their job and we got a big conference win. We knew it would come down to bonus points and the guys did a great job getting wins where we needed them.”

Spencer/Columbus will compete at the Bi-State Classic in La Crosse on Dec. 29-30.

Spencer/Columbus 36, Cadott 35
106: Ashton Ackman (SC) won by forfeit.
113: Leo Rodriguez (SC) won major dec. over Shane Chady, 10-2.
120: Dominick Wichlacz (SC) pinned Mitchell Hazard, 4:27.
126: Nelson Wahl (CAD) def. Jack Dick, 6-2.
132: Bailey Gillett (CAD) won major dec. over Colten Schillinger, 13-2.
138: Andrew Gunderson (CAD) pinned Josh Guyer, 2:35.
145: Bryce Shaw (SC) def. Steven Pfeifer, 9-3.
152: Michael Pecha (CAD) pinned Andres Rodriguez, 4:51.
160: Brady Spaeth (CAD) won major dec. over Caden Schillinger, 9-1.
170: Carson Hildebrandt (SC) won by technical fall over Bennett Bowe, 24-9.
182: James Pfeiffer (CAD) pinned Tanner Kleinschmidt, 1:02.
195: Ethan Tegels (CAD) pinned Daniel Richmond, 0:23.
220: Hunter Luepke (SC) won by forfeit.
285: Logan Zschernitz (SC) pinned Josh Briggs, 1:11.

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Marshfield first, Spencer/Columbus second at Shawano Wrestling Invitational

Posted on 17 December 2017 by paul

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SHAWANO – Marshfield won four individual titles and Spencer/Columbus nabbed three as the teams placed first and second at the Shawano Wrestling Invitational on Saturday at Shawano High School.

Caden Pearce (145 pounds), Nolan Hertel (152), Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann (170) and Sam Mitchell (195) won titles for Marshfield, which won the team championship with 265 points.

Spencer/Columbus was second with 173 points thanks in part to individual titles won by Dominick Wichlacz (120), Hunter Luepke (220) and Logan Zschernitz (285).

For Marshfield, Pearce (16-2) topped Brandon Lucht of Antigo 11-9 in overtime.

Hertel won the 152-pound title with a medical forfeit victory in the championship match. He is now 12-1 this season.

Schwanebeck-Ostermann improved to 16-1 with a 19-3 technical fall victory and a pin in the 170-pound championship round.

Mitchell is also 16-1 this season after earning a pin over Isaac Diaz (10-1) of Oconto in the 195-pound title match.

Wichlacz (16-1) won a major decision 18-6 over Jasyon Toellner of Bonduel in the 120-pound championship for the Rockets’ first individual title.

Luepke and Zschernitz both remain undefeated at 17-0 after earning pins in their respective championship matches.

Marshfield is at Wisconsin Rapids on Thursday and Spencer/Columbus hosts Cadott on Friday.

Shawano Invitational
Team scores:
1. Marshfield 265; 2. Spencer/Columbus 173; 3. Bonduel 166.5; 4. Antigo 160.5; 5. Shawano 113.5; 6. New London 99.5; 7. Peshtigo 82; 8. Mosinee 80; 9. Valders 72; 10. Marinette 55; 11. Wausau East 48; 12. Oconto 26; 13. Clintonville 1.
Individual Results
(106 and 113 pounds were round robins; other weights bracket format)
106:
1. Chase Kmosena (MOS); 2. Luis Lagunes (BON); 3. Damian Polanco (NL); 4. Wyatt Brandt (SHA); 5. Ben Brown (ANT); 6. Kellen Delaney (SC).
113: 1. Zack Wauters (PES); 2. Gabe Pugh (MAR); 3. Ashton Ackman (SC); 4. Max Sokolski (BON); 5. Conner Dettman (ANT).
120: Championship – Dominick Wichlacz (SC) won major dec. over Jayson Toellner (BON), 18-6; Third place – Simon Baity (MAR) pinned Bailey Webb (PES), 1:16.
126: Championship – Ben Diny (WE) def. Caden Dennee (MAR), 9-4; Third place – Jake Dick (SC) pinned Garrett Rohn (VAL), 4:56.
132: Championship – Benjamin Stimac (ANT) def. Jordan Boldt (BON), 4-3; Third place – Tanner Kanable (MAR) won major dec. over Colten Schillinger (SC), 10-2.
138: Championship – Garrett Ruckdashel (NL) def. William Hull (ANT), 3-0; Fifth place – Joshua Heuss (ANT) pinned Dustin Altman (MAR), 1:40.
145: Championship – Caden Pearce (MAR) def. Brandon Lucht (ANT), 11-9, SV-1; Fifth place – Brayden Richardson (MAR) pinned Moises Lagunes (BON), 3:13; Seventh place – Andres Rodriguez (SC) pinned Shayne Walters (PES), 1:19.
152: Championship – Nolan Hertel (MAR) def. Gage Coppock (MOS), medical forfeit.
160: Championship – Korbin Krueger (ANT) def. Caden Schillinger (SC), 7-6; Third place – Payton Young (MAR) pinned Alex Sumnicht (SH), 5:59.
170: Championship – Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann (MAR) won by technical fall over Sean Holk (MAR), 19-3; Seventh place – Carson Hildebrandt (SC) def. Travis Altman (MAR) 11-5.
182: Championship – Jacob Banker (BON) pinned Collinn Eldridge (ANT), 3:28; Fifth place – Isaac Slark (MAR) pinned Tanner Kleinschmidt (SC), 1:57.
195: Championship – Sam Mitchell (MAR) pinned Isaac Diaz (OC), 1:41; Seventh place: Daniel Richmond (SC).
220: Championship – Hunter Luepke (SC) pinned Alex Brost (MAR), 1:06; Sam Haessly (MAR) def. Reese Holder (MAR), 10-8.
285: Championship – Logan Zschernitz (SC) pinned Gavin Brissette (PES), 0:43; Third place – Travis Kuhnke (NL) def. Conner Berry (MAR), 10-6; Fifth place – A.J. Leonhardt (MAR) def. Jose Mohr (MOS), 5-1.

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Spencer/Columbus wrestling wins two Cloverbelt duals at Regis

Posted on 15 December 2017 by paul

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EAU CLAIRE – The Spencer/Columbus Catholic wrestling team pulled out two Cloverbelt Conference dual meet victories on Thursday night, beating Thorp 58-4 and Eau Claire Regis 52-15, at Regis High School.

Spencer/Columbus (4-0 Cloverbelt Conference) won seven of the 14 matches against Thorp by forfeit.

Danny Richmond, Colten Schillinger and Caden Schillinger each won by pin, and Carson Hildebrandt added a major decision for SC in the victory over Thorp.

Against Regis, the Rockets won four matches by forfeit and Caden Schillinger, Hunter Luepke and Logan Zschernitz won by pin. Colten Schillinger added a major decision.

Spencer/Columbus will compete at the Shawano Invitational on Saturday.

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Spencer/Columbus wrestling wins all four matches at home multi-dual

Posted on 09 December 2017 by paul

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SPENCER – The Spencer/Columbus Catholic wrestling team was a perfect 4-0 to win its home SC Duals on Friday night at Spencer High School.

The Rockets defeated Chetek-Weyerhaeuser/Prairie Farm 51-27, Almond-Bancroft/Pacelli 66-6, Phillips 39-36, and Edgar 52-21.

Seniors Dominick Wichlacz (120/126 pounds), Bryce Shaw (145/152), Caden Schillinger (160) and Hunter Luepke (220), junior Logan Zschernitz (285), and sophomore Ashton Ackman (113) all went 4-0 for Spencer/Columbus.

Leo Rodriguez (120), Jacob Dick (126/132), Andres Rodriguez (145/152), and Carson Hildebrandt (170) each went 3-1, and Kelley Delaney (106) and Tanner Kleinschmidt (182) also picked up wins for the Rockets.

Spencer/Columbus wrestles at Eau Claire Regis on Thursday.

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