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Stratford wrestling team wins voting for WDLB-WOSQ Radio & MarshfieldAreaSports. com March High School Athlete of the Month

Posted on 31 March 2017 by paul

The Stratford wrestling team, winners of the WIAA Division 3 state team title, won the vote for the WDLB-WOSQ Radio & MarshfieldAreaSports.com March High School Athlete of the Month award. (Photo by Katie Marten/For MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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The Stratford wrestling team has been voted as the WDLB-WOSQ Radio & MarshfieldAreaSports.com March High School Athlete of the Month.

The High School Athlete of the Month Award is sponsored by Marshfield Clinic, Cost Cutters Family Hair Care and Burt Trophy & Awards.

Varsity athletes from the following high schools are eligible to be nominated for the award: Abbotsford, Athens, Auburndale, Colby, Columbus Catholic, Edgar, Granton, Greenwood, Loyal, Marathon, Marshfield, Neillsville, Owen-Withee, Pittsville, Spencer, Stratford and Thorp.

Stratford wrestling garned 165 of the 360 votes cast.

Other nominees for the March award were the Loyal girls basketball team, winners of the WIAA Division 5 state title, and the Marshfield Columbus Catholic boys basketball team that reached the WIAA Division 5 state tournament semifinals.

Stratford won its first-ever state title by rolling past Random Lake 52-13 and Fennimore 49-13 at the WIAA State Team Wrestling Tournament on March 4 at the UW Fieldhouse in Madison. The Tigers won the Division 3 championship by taking 21 of the 28 matches they wrestled at state, including 10 by pin. Senior Mason Kauffman finished off an undefeated season with a pin and a technical fall in the two matches, ending his year with a 34-0 record.

The Stratford wrestling team joins Columbus Catholic volleyball player Kendra Baierl (September), Columbus Catholic soccer player Nadim Torbey (October), Abbotsford football player Ethan Kramas (November), Owen-Withee girls basketball player Jennifer Wendler (December), Marshfield boys basketball player Ethan Posteluk (January), and Columbus Catholic boys basketball player Tyler Fuerlinger (February) as winners of the award during the 2016-17 school year.

Nominate someone for the April Athlete of the Month award by emailing paul@marshfieldareasports.com. Voting will take place here from May 1-7.

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Stratford pounds Random Lake, Fennimore to win first WIAA State Team Wrestling Tournament title

Posted on 04 March 2017 by paul

Stratford’s Jeremy Schoenherr throws Hunter Wardell of Fennimore on his way to a pin in the 145-pound match of the Division 3 championship dual Saturday at the WIAA State Team Wrestling Tournament in Madison. Stratford won the title with a 49-13 victory. (Photo by Katie Marten/For MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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MADISON – A year after suffering the most heartbreaking loss possible at the state team tournament, the Stratford wrestling team left little doubt that it was the best Division 3 team in Wisconsin this year.

Stratford cruised to a 52-13 win over Random Lake and a 49-13 rout of Fennimore to capture the Division 3 championship at the 2017 WIAA State Team Wrestling Tournament at the University of Wisconsin Fieldhouse.

The title is Stratford’s first state title in six appearances at the team state meet.

Stratford lost to Fennimore 27-26 last season in the Division 3 state finals as the two teams tied, and Fennimore won via a tiebreaker by virtue of taking eight of the 14 individual matches.

Jeremy Schoenherr (145 pounds), David Marquardt (170), Kamren Bornbach (220), and Manny Drexler (106) won by pin for the Tigers, with Mason Kauffman earning a technical fall win at 152, and A.J. Schoenfuss (120) and Dylan Schoenherr (182) grabbing major decisions in the win over Fennimore for the Tigers.

Also earning victories for Stratford in the championship dual were Jake Drexler in overtime at 132, Kade Ehrike at 160, Aiden Hoffman at 195, and Tyson Kauffman at 285.

“I can’t say enough of how proud I am of these kids and my staff,” Stratford coach Joe Schwabe said. “Together everyone seemed well-prepared and very focused and determined. Somehow this group has risen to the occasion all year battling though various injuries and filling in for one another. Today was no different.

“We knew we had some tougher matchups early with Fennimore, so if we could keep our composure and let everyone do their jobs, things would work out. After falling a little behind, Jeremy Schoenherr got us a pin to keep us on track. Also, I believe our seniors went undefeated on the day, which is the leadership we love to see.”

The Tigers had six pins in the semifinal win over Random Lake, four coming in the first period. Manny Drexler (106) started the match with a pin in just 48 seconds at 106 to set the tone for the match.

After a Random Lake victory, Stratford ripped off four straight wins, to take a commanding 24-3 lead. Jake Drexler (132), Mason Kauffman (152), Marquardt (170), Hoffman (195) and Ethan Fabry (285) also had pins for the Tigers.

“Our first meet with Random Lake was no pushover,” Schwabe said. “They had nine state qualifiers this year and several finalists. However, we seemed to match-up well and the kids wrestled hard. Early in the dual A.J. Schoenfuss beat a four-time medalist handily, which kind of set the tone for the rest of our guys.”

2017 WIAA State Team Wrestling Tournament
March 4, at UW Fieldhouse, Madison
Divison 3 Semifinals
Stratford 52, Random Lake 13

106: Manny Drexler (Stratford) over Dylan Weiss (Random Lake) pin, 0:48.
113: Anthony Rautmann (Random Lake) over Mavrick Licciardi (Stratford) Dec., 10-3.
120: A. J. Schoenfuss (Stratford) over Josh Depies (Random Lake) Dec., 7-6.
126: Derek Marten (Stratford) over Tristan Hammen (Random Lake) technical fall, 15-0.
132: Jake Drexler (Stratford) over Stone Goral (Random Lake) pin, 0:58.
138: Jeremy Schoenherr (Stratford) over Cesar Luis (Random Lake) major dec., 13-5.
145: Grayson Vandenbush (Random Lake) over Jordan Becker (Stratford) Dec., 5-3.
152: Mason Kauffman (Stratford) over Jake Sagal (Random Lake) pin, 1:19.
160: David Marquardt (Stratford) over Allan Arendt (Random Lake) pin, 1:29.
170: Levi Kohn (Random Lake) over Kade Ehrike (Stratford) Dec., 12-5.
182: Helton Vandenbush (Random Lake) over Dylan Schoenherr (Stratford) major dec., 17-6.
195: Aiden Hoffman (Stratford) over Deryk Labinski (Random Lake) pin, 2:48.
220: Kamren Bornbach (Stratford) over Hunter Huiras (Random Lake) major dec., 19-6.
285: Ethan Fabry (Stratford) over Ben Drenski (Random Lake) pin, 5:33.
Division 3 Championship
Stratford 49, Fennimore 13

113: Alex Birchman (Fennimore) over Mavrick Licciardi (Stratford) Maj., 11-2
120: A. J. Schoenfuss (Stratford) over Aidan Nutter (Fennimore) Maj., 13-0.
126: Trevor Wanek (Fennimore) over Derek Marten (Stratford) Dec., 5-1.
132: Jake Drexler (Stratford) over Maguire Fitzgerald (Fennimore) SV-1 10-8.
138: Justin Tollefson (Fennimore) over Dilan Dehlinger (Stratford) pin, 4:50.
145: Jeremy Schoenherr (Stratford) over Hunter Wardell (Fennimore) pin, 4:58.
152: Mason Kauffman (Stratford) over Tyler Klaas (Fennimore) technical fall, 17-2.
160: Kade Ehrike (Stratford) over Will Ahnen (Fennimore) Dec., 6-5.
170: David Marquardt (Stratford) over Conner Blaschke (Fennimore) pin, 3:36.
182: Dylan Schoenherr (Stratford) over Tavian Kaschub (Fennimore) Maj., 10-1.
195: Aiden Hoffman (Stratford) over Cody McCollough (Fennimore) Dec., 7-4.
220: Kamren Bornbach (Stratford) over Dylan Kehoe (Fennimore) pin, 1:40.
285: Tyson Kauffman (Stratford) over Deven O`Brien (Fennimore) Dec., 3-0.
106: Manny Drexler (Stratford) over Mason Lull (Fennimore) pin, 2:40.

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Stratford wins four Division 3 titles at 2017 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament

Posted on 25 February 2017 by paul

Stratford senior Kamren Bornbach raises three fingers to show for his third-straight state championship after he won the Division 3 220-pound title on Saturday night at the 2017 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament in Madison. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Stratford senior Mason Kauffman acknowledges the group of Tigers’ fans in the crowd after winning the Division 3 152-pound title match at the 2017 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament in Madison on Saturday night. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Stratford junior Jeremy Schoenherr tries to keep control of Sammy VanStraten of Shiocton during the Division 3 138-pound championship match Saturday at the 2017 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison. Schoenherr won 3-1. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Stratford junior A.J. Schoenfuss upends Sawyer Sarbacher of Iowa-Grant/Highland during the Division 3 120-pound championship match at the 2017 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison on Saturday night. Schoenfuss won 4-3 to capture his third-straight state title. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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MADISON – The Stratford wrestling program, as good as it has been over the years, has never had a three-time state champion.

On Saturday night, A.J. Schoenfuss became the first, winning the 120-pound Division 3 state title. About 30 minutes later, Jeremy Schoenherr joined him, and about two hours after that, Kamren Bornbach became the third to accomplish the feat.

The Stratford trio, along with senior Mason Kauffman, who won his second state title in three years, had quite a night at the 2017 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament.

The four Stratford champions own 11 of the program’s 19 all-time state individual wrestling titles.

“It’s so special, growing up with these guys,” Bornbach said. “Since second grade, working with these guys, we push each other. Now we get to this level and how successful we’ve been, pushing each other in the wrestling room, it’s amazing. I’m so happy to be a part of it.”

Freshman Manny Drexler was the first of the five Stratford wrestlers to take the mat in the championship round in front a packed Kohl Center.

Drexler (41-4) was down 2-1 early in the first period before Koltin Grzybowski (41-3) of Coleman earned a takedown, turned him on his back, and pinned him at an even 1 minute into the match.

From there, the Tigers dominated.

Schoenfuss (35-5) was down 3-1 after two periods to Iowa-Grant/Highland’s Sawyer Sarbacher. He earned a point when Sarbacher was called for his second stalling penalty with about 20 seconds remaining, then flipped his fate with an improbable reverse just before the buzzer sounded to win 4-3.

Schoenfuss won D-3 titles at 103 in 2015 and 120 last season.

“I was just burnt out, didn’t think it would be right to the end like that, I just used everything I had,” Schoenfuss said. “I used all energy I had left to try to get that leg-ride out, fighting with everything I could, and eventually I slipped out, got that two, and it just felt right.”

Schoenherr, a 113-pound champion two years ago and a 126-pound champ last season, battled Sammy VanStraten of Shiocton (464) to a 3-1 victory in the 138-pound title match.

Schoenherr earned a takedown in the first period and an escape in the second, before VanStraten closed to within two on an escape with 33 seconds to go in the final period. Schoenherr was able to hold off numerous attempts for control from VanStraten to preserve the victory and finish the season a perfect 17-0. He was 41-0 last season and is now 101-3 in his career.

“It just means what I’m doing is working and if I keep it up I shouldn’t win a fourth and do bigger and better things after high school,” Schoenherr said of winning his third state title.

Kauffman racked up his 131st-straight win on the mat with a furiously-paced 18-7 major decision over James Pfeiffer (39-5) of Cadott in the 152-pound championship.

Kauffman (32-0) had eight takedowns and a two-point nearfall to roll to the victory. All of Pfeiffer’s points came on escapes that Kauffman allowed.

“He’s so slick on his feet and I just sit back and watch,” Stratford coach Joe Schwabe said. “He’s worked hard and he deserves what he gets. When he goes at that level and speed that he can, it’s a blast to watch.”

After winning the 126-pound title in 2015, Kauffman qualified for last year’s state finals at 152, but was forced to forfeit due to a heart condition that landed him in the hospital following his semifinal victory. The Eastern Michigan University recruit reflected on his long road back to health, and wrestling dominance, after the win.

“It’s been a long, emotional journey back,” Kauffman said. “A bunch of hardships and it definitely wasn’t easy. I had a great support system though. There were a lot of times where I felt I couldn’t do it.

“This one means a lot more (than the first), just a long journey back and everything. There were a lot of setbacks, but I had a great support system and they got me back on top.”

Bornbach (39-1) controlled Noah Wieczorek (41-5) of Clear Lake throughout the 220-pound championship.

Bornbach earned a takedown and a two-point nearfall in the first period, and had two more takedowns in the second to build an 8-1 lead. He won the match 9-4.

Bornbach, a senior, became the first four-time state medalist in Stratford history as he finished fifth as a freshman before winning 182-pound titles the past two seasons and the 220-pound championship this season. He is 172-14 in his career heading into the WIAA State Team Wrestling Tournament next weekend when the Tigers will head back to Madison.

“It’s amazing, it’s definitely how I wanted to go out,” Bornbach said. “For the last three years, it’s a great feeling knowing that I’m the best. It’s really hard as a defending champion, then you win two. Everyone brings their best every time you wrestle, so it’s the sweetest the third time.”

The thought of having four state champions for the third-straight season had Schwabe all smiles afterward.

“A.J. pulled one out of the hat right at the end and got a win for himself,” Schwabe said. “That was hard work and preparation and determination to not give up. Jeremy followed suit and did what he always does, and Kam got to finish his way out. It’s neat for all of those guys as teammates, and in between Mason got his second title…what a great night.”

Stratford will face Random Lake in a Division 3 semifinal at 10 a.m. next Saturday, March 4, at the University of Wisconsin Fieldhouse. The winner moves into the championship match against either Spring Valley/Elmwood or Fennimore at 3 p.m. Stratford beat Spring Valley/Elmwood in the semifinals before losing the D-3 championship match to Fennimore at last year’s state tournament via a tiebreaker after they battled to a 26-26 tie. Fennimore won the state title based on winning eight of the 14 total matches.

The semifinal, and if the Tigers win the finals, will be broadcast on WOSQ-FM 92.3 and wosqfm.com.

“We’ve got to turn the page tomorrow,” Bornbach said. “We’ll enjoy this tonight. Fennimore had a great individual tournament too, plenty of champs, and so it’s going to be a battle next week. We have to refocus and get ready for next week.”

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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Five Stratford athletes reach finals at 2017 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament

Posted on 25 February 2017 by paul

Stratford junior Jeremy Schoenherr unends Cadott’s Brady Spaeth during a Division 3 138-pound semifinal on Friday night at the 2017 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison. Schoenherr won 3-0 to advance to Saturday’s finals. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Stratford’s Mason Kauffman reacts with relief after holding off Max Maylor of Iowa-Grant/Highland for a 2-1 win in a Division 3 152-pound semifinal Friday night at the 2017 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison. Kauffman will wrestle in the state finals Saturday night. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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MADISON – Stratford had 11 athletes qualify for the 2017 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament. Ten made it to the quarterfinals, eight into the semifinals, and on Saturday the Tigers will have five in the Division 3 finals after a busy day of wrestling Friday at the Kohl Center.

A.J. Schoenfuss (120 pounds), Jeremy Schoenherr (138), and Kamren Bornbach (220) will be going for their third-straight D-3 state titles after dominating wins in the semifinals Friday night.

Mason Kauffman (152), a champion in 2015, also reached Saturday’s finals, as did freshman Manny Drexler at 106 pounds.

The five Tigers will look to add to Stratford’s all-time total of 15 state titles on Saturday night. The Parade of Champions begins at 5 p.m., with 14 weight class title matches in three divisions beginning soon after.

Stratford came awfully close to getting all eight of its semifinalists into the finals.

David Marquardt lost a tight 10-7 decision to Brock Schlough (42-1) of Boyceville at 160 pounds, Aiden Hoffman took Tory Jandrin (41-4) of Southern Door to overtime before losing 3-1 at 195, and defending 285-pound state champion Tyson Kauffman lost a narrow 1-0 decision to Marawood Conference-rival Tyson Sommer (43-4) of Athens.

Marquardt (36-5), Hoffman (36-10), and Tyson Kauffman (14-6) will wrestle in consolation semifinals Saturday morning. The winners will wrestle for third place and the losers for fifth.

“You’re excited and ecstatic for the guys that make it,” Stratford coach Joe Schwabe said. “But I guess I always wear my heart on my sleeve for the guys who don’t make it. We lost an overtime match, a one-point match, had some close matches. All of the kids wrestled their hardest, wrestled their hearts out, and that’s wrestling, that’s sports.”

Drexler dominated Javyn Freeman (32-8) of Phillips in a 106-pound semifinal with a 15-4 major decision.

Schoenfuss (34-5) took the mat soon after that and wasted little time in dispatching of Andrew Rothering (29-9) of Cochrane-Fountain City, earning a pin in just 51 seconds.

Schoenherr (16-0) beat Brady Spaeth (36-4) of Cadott 3-0, although he was never threatened. After a scoreless first period, Schoenherr started the second in the down position and earned an escape and takedown for the match’s only points.

Mason Kauffman (31-0) won his 129th-straight match over the past three seasons with a tight 2-1 win over Max Maylor (44-2) of Iowa-Grant/Highland.

Kauffman earned an escape 13 seconds into the third period to break a 1-1 tie and nearly gave up a takedown only to be saved by the boundary. Kauffman was able to hold off Maylor’s attempts in the final seconds to preserve the win.

Bornbach, winner of the past two D-3 182-pound titles, crushed Matt Kostka of Cornell/Gilman/Lake Holcombe, earning four takedowns on his way to a 9-1 major decision at 220 pounds.

“We’re pretty ecstatic that 10 of our guys are going to medal,” Schwabe said. “State champions get beat every year. How many got beat already this year? As a (past) state champion, you aren’t guaranteed to get anywhere. We know that, the kids know that.

“We don’t talk about state title, we just talk about doing your best and wrestling hard. But you get nervous for these young guys. Losing those close ones are hard, and makes me not sleep very well and my hair goes grayer. You are just happy for those guys that do make it and we’ll keep it going and see what happens Saturday.”

Stratford’s Derek Marten (126) and Jake Drexler (138) lost quarterfinal matches, but came back with consolation round matches later Friday and will earn a medal.

Marten (37-5) beat Kewaunee’s Cam Haanrahan 6-0, and Drexler (41-3) pinned River Pawelski of Southern Door in 2:31 to stay alive in the tournament’s consolation bracket. The two will join the Tigers’ three semifinal losers in consolation semifinals Saturday morning.

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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Stratford has eight champions, 11 total state qualifiers at WIAA Division 3 wrestling sectional

Posted on 18 February 2017 by paul

Stratford’s Jake Drexler controls Sawyer Theobald of Shiocton during the 132-pound championship match at the WIAA Division 3 individual wrestling sectional Saturday at Shawano High School. Drexler won the match and was one of 11 Tigers to qualify for the state tournament. (Photo by Katie Marten/For MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Stratford’s David Marquardt, right, tries to escape the grasp of Athens’ Nathaniel Morse during the 160-pound championship match at the WIAA Division 3 individual wrestling sectional at Shawano High School on Saturday. Marquardt won the match 5-0 and was one of eight Tigers to win sectional titles. (Photo by Katie Marten/For MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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SHAWANO – The dominance of the Stratford wrestling team continued Saturday with another impressive performance at the WIAA Division 3 individual sectional at Shawano High School.

The Tigers, who secured a spot in the WIAA State Team Wrestling Tournament with a team sectional victory on Tuesday, will have 11 at the individual state meet for the second year in a row as eight athletes won sectional titles and three others placed third.

The top three finishers in each of the 14 weight classes qualify for the 2017 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison on Feb. 23-25.

Senior Kamren Bornbach will be back at state as he shoots for his third-straight Division 3 title. He won the 182-pound title the past two seasons and will take a 36-1 record into the 220-pound division after beating Max Villnow of Amherst 13-7 to capture the sectional crown.

Juniors A.J. Schoenfuss and Jeremy Schoenherr also will be back to shoot for their third-straight state titles.

Schoenfuss (32-5) pinned Matthew Grossman of Pittsville in 1:46 to win the 120-pound sectional title. He won state at 120 last year and 103 as a freshman in 2015.

Schoenherr, who was limited due to injuries throughout the season, improves to 14-0 after whipping Sammy VanStraten of Shiocton 7-2 to take the 138-pound sectional title. He will be looking to win a state title at his third different weight, taking the D-3 crown at 113 as a freshman and 126 last year.

Tyson Kauffman, a state champion as well last year for Stratford, also returns to Madison. Battling injuries himself throughout the season, Kauffman (12-5) finished third at 285-pounds. He lost in the championship match to Donovan Salewski of Coleman at the first-period buzzer, then forfeited a second-place wrestleback.

Senior Mason Kauffman, who won a 126-pound title two years ago and was forced to settle for a runner-up finish at 152 last year after suffering a heart ailment that sidelined him for the championship match at state, will take his 128-0 career record into this year’s state meet at 152. Kauffman won a major decision over Stetson Potrykus of Wittenberg-Birnamwood 10-1 to win the sectional title.

Also winning sectional titles to qualify for state for the Tigers were sophomore Manny Drexler at 106 pounds, sophomore Derek Marten at 126, junior Jake Drexler at 132, and senior David Marquardt at 160. Marten, Marquardt and Drexler also reached the state tournament last year.

Drexler (39-3) edged Cian Fischer of Weyauwega-Fremont 4-3, Marten (36-4) topped Aiden Wusterbarth of Oconto 8-5, Drexler (40-2) got by Sawyer Theobald of Shiocton 8-2, and Marquardt (35-4) blanked Nathaniel Morse of Athens 5-0, in their respective weight class championship matches.

Kade Ehrike (170) and Aiden Hoffman (195) both finished third to also qualify for state.

Auburndale had four sectional qualifiers, but none advanced to the state meet.

Dylan Baird (113), Dylan Altmann (152), and Kellar Wolfe (170) all finished fourth for the Apaches.

2017 WIAA Division 3 Individual Wrestling Sectional
Feb. 18, at Shawano High School
Team scores:
1. Stratford 219; 2. Coleman 122; 3. Athens 96; 3. Shiocton 65; 5. Weyauwega-Fremont 55; 6. Wittenberg-Birnamwood 49; 7. Amherst 41; 8. Edgar 39; 9. Oconto 27; 10. Bonduel 24.5; 11. Pittsville 24; 12. Menominee Indian 23; 13. Auburndale 22; 14. Florence/Niagara 20.5; 15. Rosholt 14; 16. Tri-County 10; 17. Wabeno/Laona 9; 18. Crandon 4; 19. Manawa 3; 20. Crivitz, Elcho, Gillett/Suring, Marathon and Three Lakes 0.
*Top three in each weight class qualify for WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament on Feb. 23-25 at Kohl Center, Madison.
106 pounds
Championship: Manny Drexler (ST) def. Cian Fischer (WF) 4-3.
Third place: Koltin Grzybowski (COL) pinned Chad Moegenburg (WB) in 2:31.
113 pounds
Championship: Caleb Gross (COL) pinned Carter Brunke (ATH) in 1:24.
Third place: Easton Groskreutz (WF) def. Dylan Baird (AUB) 12-11.
120 pounds
Championship: A.J. Schoenfuss (ST) pinned Matthew Grossman (PIT) in 1:46.
Third place: Justin Kempf (WF) def. Jordan Boldt (BON) 3-0.
Second-place wrestleback: Kempf (WF) def. Grossman (PIT) 5-0.
126 pounds
Championship: Derek Marten (ST) def. Aiden Wusterbarth (OC) 8-5.
Third place: Billy Ganter (COL) def. Hampton Kedrowicz (ROH) 6-4, SV-1.
Second-place wrestleback: Wusterbarth (OC) def. Ganter (COL) by medical forfeit.
132 pounds
Championship: Jake Drexler (ST) def. Sawyer Theobald (SHI) 8-2.
Third place: Jake Baldwin (COL) won by major dec. over Brenden Dorner (WL) 9-1.
Second-place wrestleback: Baldwin (COL) def. Theoblad (SHI) 6-2.
138 pounds
Championship: Jeremy Schoenherr (ST) def. Sammy VanStraten (SHI) 7-2.
Third place: Tyler Dammann (PIT) def. Tyler Wusterbarth (OC) 8-6, SV-1.
145 pounds
Championship: Austin Engel (ATH) pinned Levi Snortum (SHI) in 1:30.
Third place: Shamus McLain (FN) pinned Jordan Becker in 1:39.
Second-place wrestleback: McLain (FN) def. Snortum (SHI) by medical forfeit.
152 pounds
Championship: Mason Kauffman (ST) won by major dec. over Stetson Potrykus (WB) 10-1.
Third place: Brandon Peckham (TC) def. Dylan Altmann (AUB) 12-5.
Second-place wrestleback: Potrykus (WB) def. Peckham (TC) 5-0.
160 pounds
Championship: David Marquardt (ST) def. Nathaniel Morse (ATH) 5-0.
Third place: Antonio Mahkimetas (MI) def. Billy Reif (SHI) 9-5.
170 pounds
Championship: Jordan Blanchard (COL) def. Jacob Banker (BON) 3-1, SV-1.
Third place: Kade Ehrike (ST) won by major dec. over Kellar Wolfe (AUB) 8-0.
182 pounds
Championship: Alex Peplinski (WB) won by major dec. over Will Raatz (ED) 13-0.
Third place: Marshall Westfall (ATH) pinned Blake Johnson (SHI) in 1:07.
Second-place wrestleback: Raatz (ED) def. Westfall (ATH) by medical forfeit.
195 pounds
Championship: Bryce Holderman (AM) pinned Aiden Hoffman (ST) in 1:06.
Third place: Alex Lemanski (ED) pinned Jacob Zeitler (COL) in 3:26.
Second-place wrestleback: Lemanski (ED) def. Hoffman (ST) 6-2.
220 pounds
Championship: Kamren Bornbach (ST) def. Max Villnow (AM) 13-7.
Third place: Dylen Kircherer (WF) def. Dakota Venzke (ATH) 1-0.
Second-place wrestleback: Villnow (AM) won major dec. over Kicherer (WR) 9-1.
285 pounds
Championship: Donovan Salewski (COL) pinned Tyson Kauffman (ST) in 2:00.
Third place: Tyson Sommer (ATH) pinned Alenex Warrington (MI) in 3:26.
Second-place wrestleback: Sommer (ATH) def. Kauffman (ST) by medical forfeit.

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Stratford heading back to WIAA State Team Wrestling tournament after sectional sweep

Posted on 14 February 2017 by paul

Stratford’s Noah Knetter, right, battles Weyauwega-Fremont’s Patrick Kepler during the WIAA Division 3 team sectional semifinal match Tuesday at Amherst High School. (Photo by Katie Marten/For MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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AMHERST – For the second year in a row, the Stratford wrestling team is heading to state.

Stratford downed Coleman 45-22 and crushed Weyauwega-Fremont 80-0 to capture a Division 3 team wrestling sectional Tuesday night at Amherst High School.

The Tigers will face Random Lake in a Division 3 semifinal at 10 a.m. on March 4 at the 2017 WIAA State Team Wrestling Tournament at the University of Wisconsin Fieldhouse in Madison. Spring Valley/Elmwood will face Fennimore in the other Division 3 semifinal. The two winners will face off in the championship dual match at 3 p.m.

Fennimore beat Stratford in last year’s D-3 state title match on a tiebreaker after the two teams battled to a tie.

Stratford showed its dominance right from the start, earning pins in the first four matches of the semifinal against Coleman.

Derek Marten (126 pounds), Jake Drexler (132), Dilan Dehlinger (138) and Jordan Becker (145) all won by pin, Jeremy Schoenherr followed with a major decision at 152, and Mason Kauffmann had a pin at 160 to give the Tigers a commanding 34-0 lead.

After a narrow loss at 170, Stratford won the next three matches. A technical fall victory by Kamren Bornbach at 220 clinched the victory.

Weyauwega-Fremont reached the finals with a 54-20 victory over Crandon in another semifinal.

Stratford won the eight matches against Weyauwega-Fremont, six by pin, and W-F forfeited the next five matches before Max Schwabe finished off the shutout with a pin at 126 pounds.

Drexler (132), Dehlinger (138), Schoenherr (145), David Marquardt (160), Trevor Dennee (170), and Noah Knetter (182) also won by pin for the Tigers.

Division 3 Team Wrestling Sectional
Feb. 14, at Amherst High School
Semifinals
Stratford 45, Coleman 22

126: Derek Marten (ST) pinned Sam Kuchta in 2:33.
132: Jake Drexler (ST) pinned Jake Baldwin in 1:01.
138: Dilan Dehlinger (ST) pinned Billy Ganter in 2:34.
145: Jordan Becker (ST) pinned John Bieber in 2:57.
152: Jeremy Schoenherr (ST) won by major dec. over Bryce Karban 13-5.
160: Mason Kauffman (ST) pinned Brandon Engels in 0:55.
170: Jordan Blanchard (CO) def. David Marquardt 4-1.
182: Dylan Schoenherr (ST) def. Josh Pillath 2-1.
195; Aiden Hoffman (ST) def. Jacob Zeitler 5-3.
220: Kamren Bornbach (ST) won by technical fall over Cade Klimek 20-5.
285: Donovan Salewski (CO) def. Ethan Fabry 3-0.
106: Koltin Grzybowski (CO) won by major dec. over Manny Drexler 16-7.
113: Caleb Gross (CO) won by forfeit.
120: Kasey Casper (CO) won by forfeit.
Championship
Stratford 80, Weyauwega-Fremont 0

132: Jake Drexler (ST) pinned Adam Batten in 0:31.
138: Dilan Dehlinger (ST) pinned Ean Marker in 1:38.
145: Jeremy Schoenherr (ST) pinned Kaleb Schoenick in 0:35.
152: Mason Kauffman (ST) won by technical fall over Brayden Marker 18-3.
160: David Marquardt (ST) pinned Tyler Wetzel in 1:07.
170: Trevor Dennee (ST) pinned Kyle Loehrke in 0:43.
182: Noah Knetter (ST) pinned Patrick Kepler in 1:25.
195: Dakota Singer (ST) def. Austin Bartel 14-8.
220: Kamren Bornbach (ST) won by forfeit.
285: Jon Aguirre (ST) won by forfeit.
106: Manny Drexler (ST) won by forfeit.
113: Mavrick Licciardi (ST) won by forfeit.
120: A.J. Schoenfuss (ST) won by forfeit.
126: Max Schwabe (ST) pinned Logan Kicherer in 1:31.

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Stratford wrestling wins fourth-straight WIAA Division 3 regional title

Posted on 12 February 2017 by paul

Stratford’s Jake Drexler takes control of Beau Merritt of Pittsville during the 132-pound championship match at the WIAA Division 3 wrestling regional Saturday at Athens High School. Drexler won the match 10-6. (Photo by Katie Marten/For MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Stratford’s Kade Ehrike battles Auburndale’s Kellar Wolfe in the 170-pound championship match at the WIAA Division 3 wrestling regional Saturday at Athens High School. Ehrike squeaked out an 8-7 victory. (Photo by Katie Marten/For MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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ATHENS – Stratford had 12 individual sectional qualifiers and cruised to the team title at the WIAA Division 3 wrestling regional on Saturday at Athens High School.

The Tigers piled up nine individual regional titles and 282.5 points to easily outpace second-place Athens (158) and third-place Edgar (152).

Auburndale placed fifth in the team standings with 132 points and had four wrestlers qualify for the individual sectional.

Stratford moves on to the WIAA Division 3 team sectional for the fourth year in a row. The Tigers will face a familiar foe, Coleman, in a sectional semifinal. Crandon and Weyauwega-Fremont will battle in the other semifinal, with both going simultaneously starting at 6 p.m. The championship dual will follow with the winner advancing to the 2017 WIAA State Team Wrestling Tournament at the University of Wisconsin Fieldhouse on March 3-4 in Madison.

Stratford beat Coleman at the sectional last year to advance to state after losing to them in both 2014 and 2015.

The top two finishers at the regional qualified for the Division 3 individual sectional next Saturday, Feb. 18, at Shawano High School. The top three finishers there move on to the 2017 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison on Feb. 23-25.

“I was extremely pleased on the performance of our kids,” Stratford coach Joe Schwabe said. “They tried to capitalize on nearly every chance they had. A few even ‘out-performed,’ which is always nice. We got a little beat up on the day, but we hope our team depth will be able to bail us out come Tuesday for the team sectional against No.2-ranked Coleman.

“We have had the injury bug all season which has given others a chance to show what they have and makes everyone continue to work hard because you never know when you may get called up.”

Regional champions that will move on to the sectional for the Tigers are: Manny Drexler (106 pounds), A.J. Schoenfuss (120), Derek Marten (126), Jake Drexler (132), Jeremy Schoenherr (138), Mason Kauffman (152), David Marquardt (160), Kade Ehrike (170), and Kamren Bornbach (220).

Jordan Becker (145), Aiden Hoffman (195), and Tyson Kauffman (285) each lost their respective championship matches for Stratford, but will move on to the sectional.

Stratford freshman Max Schwabe, a Marawood Conference champion who had piled up a 29-1 record this season, was forced to miss the tournament due to the flu. Coach Joe Schwabe said he hopes to be ready for the team sectional Tuesday, and/or the state team tournament should the Tigers advance.

Dylan Baird won the 113-pound title for Auburndale, edging Carter Brunke of Athens 10-8 in the championship match.

Also qualifying for the sectional for the Apaches were Isaiah Hasenohrl at 126, Dylan Altmann at 152, and Kellar Wolfe at 170. Altmann and Wolfe both had to survive second-place wrestlebacks to move on.

2017 WIAA Division 3 Wrestling Regional
Feb. 11 at Athens High School
Team scores:
*1. Stratford 282.5; 2. Athens 158; 3. Edgar 152; 4. Pittsville 137.5; 5. Auburndale 132; 6. Marathon 61; 7. Thorp 26.
*Stratford qualifies for Division 3 team sectional Feb. 14 at Amherst
Top two wrestlers in each weight class qualify for Division 3 individual sectional Feb. 18 at Shawano
106 pounds

Championship: Manny Drexler (ST) def. Dane Klinger (MAR) 4-2.
Third place: Hunter Godard (AUB) pinned Chase Ellenbecker (ATH) in 1:42.
113 pounds
Championship: Dylan Baird (AUB) def. Carter Brunke (ATH) 10-8.
Third place: Evan Dammann (PIT).
120 pounds
Championship: A.J. Schoenfuss (ST) def. Matthew Grossman (PIT) 4-0.
Third place: Jakob Lipinski (ED) pinned Brent Lau (AUB) in 1:33.
126 pounds
Championship: Derek Marten (ST) pinned Isaiah Hasenohrl (AUB) in 0:34.
Third place: Nathan Franke (MAR) pinned Josh Kania (ED) in 3:16.
132 pounds
Championship: Jake Drexler (ST) def. Beau Merritt (PIT) 10-6.
Third place: Quade Webster (TH) pinned Fernando Zavaleta (MAR) in 1:36.
138 pounds
Championship: Jeremy Schoenherr (ST) won by technical fall over Tyler Dammann (PIT) 22-7.
Third place: Ty Guden (ED) pinned Eann Shepro (MAR) in 1:44.
145 pounds
Championship: Austin Engel (ATH) pinned Jordan Becker (ST) in 3:16.
Third place: Tony Borowski (TH) def. Ethan Heil (ED) 9-3.
152 pounds
Championship: Mason Kauffman (ST) pinned Dylan Altmann (AUB) in 1:51.
Third place: Brock Handrick (ED) def. Kody Kauth (PIT) 7-6.
Second-place wrestleback: Altmann (AUB) def. Handrick (ED) 9-5.
160 pounds
Championship: David Marquardt (ST) def. Nathaniel Morse (ATH) 10-6.
Third place: Scott Schooley (PIT) pinned Dawson Lemmer (ED) in 0:54.
170 pounds
Championship: Kade Ehrike (ST) def. Kellar Wolfe (AUB) 8-7.
Third place: Colton Heil (ED) def. Connor Westfall (ATH) 7-3.
Second-place wrestleback: Wolfe (AUB) def. Heil (ED) 7-4.
182 pounds
Championship: Will Raatz (ED) def. Marshall Westfall (ATH) 7-5.
Third place: Henry Myers (PIT) def. Dylan Schoenherr (ST) injury default.
Second-place wrestleback: Westfall (ATH) pinned Myers (PIT) in 0:24.
195 pounds
Championship: Alex Lemanski (ED) pinned Aiden Hoffman (ST) in 2:47.
Third place: Todd Parker (PIT) won by technical fall over John Birkholz (ATH) 16-1.
220 pounds
Championship: Kamren Bornbach (ST) won by technical fall over Dakota Venzke (ATH) 18-3.
Third place: Bryce Imhoff (ED) pinned Kyle Masanz (PIT) in 1:05.
285 pounds
Championship: Tyson Sommer (ATH) def. Tyson Kauffman (ST) injury default.
Third place: James Wolfe (AUB) pinned Ryan McKibben (ED) in 0:37.

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