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Girls basketball brackets announced

Posted on 28 February 2010 by paul

Auburndale's Kayla Nikolay throws a bounce pass during a recent game at Pittsville. The Apaches are a No. 1 seed in their Division 3 regional and host Stevens Point Pacelli in a quarterfinal on March 9. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

By Paul Lecker
MarshfieldAreaSports.com

The WIAA announced its girls basketball playoff brackets Sunday and Auburndale was rewarded with a No. 1 seed in its Division 3 regional for the upcoming playoffs that begin March 9.

Marshfield is a No. 2 seed in its Division 1 sectional, and Marshfield Columbus Catholic is a No. 2 seed in its Division 4 regional.

Stratford is the same regional as Auburndale and is the No. 7 seed, while Spencer is a No. 3 seed in its Division 3 regional.

Auburndale (15-6) will host Stevens Point Pacelli (3-17) in a Division 3 regional quarterfinal on Tuesday, March 9. The winner moves on to a regional semifinal against the winner of No. 5 Manawa (8-12) and No. 4 Marathon (11-10) on March 11. The regional final is at Wausau West at 1 p.m. March 13.

Auburndale wraps up its regular season Monday in a Marawood North-South crossover third-place game at home against Chequamegon.

Stratford (5-16) will play at No. 2 Edgar (14-7) in a regional quarterfinal March 9. The winner plays the winner of the No. 6 Iola-Scandinaiva (7-14) vs. No. 3 Amherst (14-7) game in a regional semifinal March 11. The Tigers play a nonconference game at home against Northland Lutheran on Monday to finish their regular-season schedule.

The sectional semifinal for the Auburndale and Stratford bracket is March 18 at Antigo and the sectional final is March 20 at De Pere.

Spencer (14-6) is in a different Division 3 bracket and will host No. 6 Chetek (5-13) in a regional quarterfinal March 9. The winner plays the winner of the No. 7 Stanley-Boyd (7-13) vs. No. 2 Neillsville (17-3) game in a regional semifinal on March 11. The regional final is at Eau Claire North on March 13, with the sectional semifinal on March 18 at Eau Claire Memorial and the sectional final at Altoona on March 20.

In Division 1, Marshfield (18-2) earns a bye with the No. 2 seed in the 14-team sectional. The Tigers will host the winner of the No. 7 Superior (12-8) vs. No. 10 Antigo (9-12) game in a regional semfinal at 3 p.m. March 13.

If the Tigers win, they would play in a sectional semifinal at Wausau West at 8 p.m. Friday, March 19. The sectional final is at West at 7 p.m. on March 20.

Menomonie (19-1) is the No. 1 seed in the sectional.

Columbus Catholic (12-7) hosts No. 7 Cornell (2-17) in a Division 4 regional quarterfinal on March 9. The winner takes on the winner of the No. 3 Greenwood (12-8) vs. No. 6 Northland Lutheran (4-17) game on March 11. The regional final is at 1 p.m. March 13 at Marathon, with the sectional semifinal and final at Spooner on March 19 and 20.

The Dons host Loyal on Monday in their final Cloverbelt Conference East Division game, then will play in a East-West crossover game on Friday to end their regular season.

The WIAA State Girls Basketball Championships will be held at the Kohl Center in Madison from March 25-27.

View the complete brackets at wiaawi.org.

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Marshfield eighth at gymnastics sectional

Posted on 28 February 2010 by paul

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RICE LAKE – The Marshfield gymnastics team’s season came to an end with an eighth-place finish Saturday at the WIAA Division 1 sectional at Rice Lake High School.

Eau Claire Memorial/North won the meet and Stevens Point finished second to reach the WIAA State Gymnastics Tournament, which will be held Friday and Saturday at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School.

Katie Golden had Marshfield’s top finish in the all-around, taking 18th place with a combined score of 30.975. Kami Oppman was 21st and Myranda Schmitt finished 22nd for the Tigers.

Golden had the top individual performances as well for Marshfield, placing 19th in the floor exercise (8.275) and 20th in the vault (8.375).

WIAA Division 1 sectional at Rice Lake
Team scores:
1. Eau Claire Memorial/North 141.75; 2. Stevens Point 137; 3. Hudson 133.525; 4. Wisconsin Rapids 133.075; 5. Chippewa Falls 125.475; 6. Superior 122.475; 7. Rice Lake/Cumberland 121.275; 8. Marshfield 119.025; 9. D.C. Everest 117.85.
Top five qualify for state meet; Marshfield finishers
Balance beam:
1. Sara Axness (ECM/N) 9.5; 2. Megan Courtney (SP) 9.4; 3. Nicole Nohelty (ECM/N) 9.2; 4. Kendra Morgan (ECM/N) 9.0; 5. Hailee Mattmiller (SP) 8.85; 24. Katie Golden (MAR) 7.45; 31. Myranda Schmitt (MAR) 6.85; 34. Kami Oppman (MAR) 6.6; 35. Abby Brock (MAR) 6.45; 36. Kelly Hoffmann (MAR) 6.2.
Floor exercise: 1. Tabi Dorshorst (WR) 9.45; 2. Amanda Baker (HUD) 9.175; 3. Paige Kazak (HUD) and Axness (ECM/N) 9.1; 5. Julie Johnson (SP) and Toria Ferrell (HUD) 8.85; 19. Golden (MAR) 8.275; 22. Oppman (MAR) 8.15; 28. Schmitt (MAR) 8.05; 36. Brock (MAR) 7.5; 39. Hoffmann (MAR) 7.35.
Uneven bars: 1. Dorshorst (WR) 9.25; 2. Axness (ECM/N) 9.1; 3. Courtney (SP) 9.075; 4. Brooklyn Dresel (CF) 9.025; 5. Nohelty (ECM/N) 8.925; 21. Oppman (MAR) 7.625; 30. Golden (MAR) 6.875; 33. Alex Wagner (MAR) 6.525; 35. Schmitt (MAR) 6.425; 36. Brock (MAR) 6.175.
Vault: 1. Dani Waller (ECM/N) 9.3; 2. Dorshorst (WR) 9.175; 3. Dresel (CF) 9.15; 4. Axness (ECM/N) 9.075; 5. Grace Bruentte (RL/C) 9.025; 20. Golden (MAR) 8.375; 28. Schmitt (MAR) 8.2; 32. Oppman (MAR) 8.0; 41. Alexa Fritsch (MAR) 7.675; 44. Hoffmann (MAR) 7.325.
All-around: 1. Axness (ECM/N) 36.775; 2. Courtney (SP) 36.125; 3. Dorshorst (WR) 35.875; 4. Nohelty (ECM/N) 35.625; 5. Dresel (CF) 35.5; 18. Golden (MAR) 30.975; 21. Oppman (MAR) 30.375; 22. Schmitt (MAR) 29.525.

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Marshfield’s Brad Dolezal captures second state wrestling title

Posted on 27 February 2010 by paul

Marshfield's Brad Dolezal celebrates after beating Zak Benitz of Wisconsin Rapids in overtime to capture the Division 1 145-pound championship at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament on Saturday night in Madison. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Marshfield's Torin Boernke tries to escape the hold of Siven Furseth of Janesville Craig during Saturday's 130-pound championship match at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Marshfield's Brad Dolezal, far left, and Torin Boernke, far right, display their Tigers colors during ceremonies prior to the start of the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament championship matches Saturday at the Kohl Center in Madison. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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By Paul Lecker
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MADISON – Marshfield junior Brad Dolezal said he had a brief flashback of an overtime loss in last year’s finals at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament as this year’s 145-pound title match entered extra time.

Dolezal wanted to make sure the result was different this time around, and he did, garnering an escape in the opening seconds of the third overtime period Saturday night at the Kohl Center to beat Zak Benitz of Wisconsin Rapids 2-1 to capture his second career state championship.

Dolezal lost 3-2 in double overtime to Steven Monk of Wausau West in last year’s 140-pound finals, but this year he was able to find the strength to pull out the victory and finishes the season as an undefeated state champion at 48-0.

Dolezal won Marshfield’s 10th championship overall and is the first two-time champ in the program’s history.

“It means a lot, especially after the first year not being able to finish the match with an injury default (by his opponent), especially this year with it going to the end … it’s pretty big,” Dolezal said.

After a scoreless first period, Dolezal escaped 8 seconds into the second period and neither wrestler could take the other down before the buzzer sounded.

The third period was much of the same as Benitz (49-3) escaped Dolezal’s hold early and neither budged the rest of the way.

Dolezal nearly gained takedowns on two occasions near the end of the first 1-minute extra period, but Benitz was able to slip out of bounds each time.

“I knew he’d keep that match close and there would be no easy takedowns,” Dolezal said. “A few times I got the edge and almost had him. I just had to go back to the center and keep attacking.”

After Benitz couldn’t escape in the 30-second second overtime, Dolezal was in the down position to start the third OT and escaped in the first few seconds. Neither wrestler gained a takedown before time expired.

“At the end of regulation I had a quick thing about how the match ended last year,” Dolezal said. “I made sure it pushed me into the overtime.”

Marshfield junior Torin Boernke was searching for his second championship as well on Saturday, but he met a formidable opponent in the 130-pound Division 1 title match.

Siven Furseth of Janesville Craig used his strength to keep Boernke at bay and win the championship match 4-0, denying Boernke of his second career title.

Boernke (34-3) was taken down twice – once in the first period and again in the third period – and could not escape either time. Furseth also rode Boernke the entire second period.

“He was pretty tough on top and felt pretty strong,” Boernke said. “In that first period I took a shot and couldn’t seem to finish it off. I expended a lot of energy and was pretty drained from that. He was really strong and I couldn’t seem to get any hand control.”

Boernke, the defending 112-pound state champ and a third-place finisher as a freshman, was proud of his second-place finish.

“I’m happy with how I did,” Boernke said. “It was unfortunate to lose in the final match, but it’s really good to come down here and take second. I look back and I can’t say I regret anything I did.”

Marshfield State Champions
Gene Johnson (128 pounds), 1957
Roger Larson (180), 1958
Jerry Holubets (138), 1958
Doug Sommer (145), 1963
Jon Clermont (145), 1986
Darwin Larson (145), 1989
Ross Needham (140), 2002
Torin Boernke (112), 2009
Brad Dolezal (140), 2008; (145), 2010
(Champions list from marshfieldwrestling.org).

Paul Lecker can be reached by e-mail at paul@marshfieldareasports.com.

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WIAA state wrestling tournament photo gallery, Feb. 25-27

Posted on 27 February 2010 by paul

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JPEG images may be purchased for $5 each by e-mailing Paul Lecker at paul@marshfieldareasports.com. Payment is required before images will be e-mailed. Marshfieldareasports.com holds all rights to photos, and photos from state tournament events are not to be used for school or advertising activities without prior consent from the WIAA.

Marshfield's Brad Dolezal celebrates after beating Zak Benitz of Wisconsin Rapids in overtime to capture the Division 1 145-pound championship at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament on Saturday night in Madison. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Marshfield's Torin Boernke tries to escape the hold of Siven Furseth of Janesville Craig during Saturday's 130-pound championship match at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Marshfield's Brad Dolezal, far left, and Torin Boernke, far right, display their Tigers colors during ceremonies prior to the start of the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament championship matches Saturday at the Kohl Center in Madison. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Stratford co-coach Joe Schwabe hugs senior Indy Spindler after Spindler won his 285-pound Division 3 fifth-place match Saturday at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Marshfield's Trenton Larson, left, hangs on to Mitch Hanson of DeForest during a 160-pound fifth-place match Saturday at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Marshfield senior Jordan Koranda gains a nearfall against Wisconsin Rapids' Vaughn Grube during the third-place match Saturday at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Marshfield 215-pound wrestler Jordan Koranda pulls down Steve Sizer of West Bend West during a Division 1 consolation match Saturday at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament in Madison. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Marshfield's Trenton Larson tries to get out of the hold of Al Yde of Hartland Arrowhead during a 160-pound Division 1 consolation match Saturday at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament in Madison. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Stratford's Indy Spindler tries to escape the hold of Coleman's Jordan Zeitler during a 285-pound Division 3 consolation match Saturday the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament in Madison. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Marshfield's Brad Dolezal eyes the large group of Marshfield fans in the upper deck of the Kohl Center after winning his 145-pound semifinal at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament on Friday in Madison. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Marshfield's Torin Boernke celebrates his victory in a 130-pound semifinal over Jared Kissinger of Verona on Friday night at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament in Madison. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Marshfield's Brad Dolezal battles Joey Woppert of Brookfield East during a 145-pound semifinal match Friday night at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Spencer/Columbus Catholic senior Tye Ackman stares up at Waterloo's Buddy Lincks during a Division 3 160-pound quarterfinal match Friday afternoon at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament in Madison. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Stratford's Indy Spindler celebrates his consolation bracket victory Friday afternoon at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Stratford's Indy Spindler tries to take down Rance Nofsinger of Brookwood during a Division 3 285-pound quarterfinal match Friday at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Marshfield coaches Don Lang, from left, Paul Needham and Steve Blaskowski celebrate Trenton Larson's come-from-behind victory in a 160-pound consolation match Friday afternoon at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Marshfield's Trenton Larson closes in on a pin of Wisconsin Lutheran's Darvel Winfey during a 160-pound consolation match Friday morning at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament in Madison. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Spencer/Columbus senior Tye Ackman, right, grabs the leg of Zac Pernat of Johnson Creek during a 160-pound Division 3 preliminary match Thursday at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Marshfield's Torin Boernke takes control of Pulaski's Jonathan Enderby during a 130-pound Division 1 quarterfinal match Thursday at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison. Boernke won 8-6 to move into Friday's semifinals. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Marshfield's Trenton Larson, left, controls Justin McFarland of Watertown during his 160-pound preliminary round match at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament on Thursday at the Kohl Center in Madison. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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Koranda dominates again to take third at state wrestling

Posted on 27 February 2010 by paul

Stratford co-coach Joe Schwabe hugs senior Indy Spindler after Spindler won his 285-pound Division 3 fifth-place match Saturday at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Marshfield's Trenton Larson, left, hangs on to Mitch Hanson of DeForest during a 160-pound fifth-place match Saturday at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Marshfield senior Jordan Koranda gains a nearfall against Wisconsin Rapids' Vaughn Grube during the third-place match Saturday at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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By Paul Lecker
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MADISON – Marshfield senior Jordan Koranda said nerves did him in on the first day of the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament. Once he calmed those nerves, the rest of the Division 1 215-pound field stood no chance.

Koranda breezed through the consolation bracket by winning three matches by pin and then defeating Wisconsin Rapids’ Vaughan Grube 11-2 to finish third in his weight class Saturday at the Kohl Center.

Koranda (48-2) earned his school-record 28th pin by taking down Steve Sizer (42-7) of West Bend West at the 2:20 mark of his first consolation match on Saturday.

Ending his high school career with a win was important to Koranda.

“That’s what I was thinking the whole time … ‘If I’m fourth instead of third, I’m going to look at that the rest of my life that I could have won that match,'” Koranda said.

Koranda said he had never won against Grube, also a senior, through youth wrestling but finally beat him 7-6 in a dual meet earlier this season and again on Saturday when it mattered most.

“Jordan just unloaded there in the third period with a flurry of nearfalls using his leg ride,” Marshfield coach Don Lang said. “He got the major decision against a very tough Wisconsin Rapids wrestler and there’s no sweeter way to ending your season and your career than beating a guy in red.”

Koranda dominated the second period against Sizer, earning a nearfall and a takedown to build a 5-1 lead before he was able to pin Sizer.

“I got back on track and tuned it out like I was at any old tournament,” Koranda said. “I didn’t even put it in my head of how big it was. I just wrestled the way I have the whole year.”

The two other area wrestlers competing in the consolation bracket also ended their senior seasons with victories.

Marshfield’s Trenton Larson lost his 160-pound match to Al Yde (46-7) of Hartland Arrowhead. Larson trailed the entire match and was pinned at the 1:12 mark.

Larosn (38-8) came back to beat Mitch Hanson of DeForest (38-17) 1-0 to finish in fifth place and end his career on a positive note.

Larson rode Hanson the entire third period to preserve the narrow victory.

“I talked to Trenton and Jordan before the last match and told them, ‘Let’s end this on a good note,’ and they did,” Lang said. “Trenton wrestled an outstanding match. He rode him out in the entire third period and got the win.”

Stratford 285-pounder Indy Spindler also lost his first Division 3 consolation round match on Saturday, losing 4-2 to Jordan Zeitler of Coleman.

Spindler suffered a takedown near the end of the second period to fall behind 4-0 and could do nothing from the bottom position in the third period.

Spindler (43-6) came back strong, pinning Dylan Lange (31-10) of Milwaukee Heritage Christian in just 38 seconds for fifth place.

“I was nervous (against Zeitler), that didn’t help,” Spindler said. “After losing I was down, wanted to take a nap, then (Andy) Borchardt of Edgar came up and kicked me. The Nowaks from Edgar came back and started kicking at me. I guess the season is over and everyone’s joking around. I was like, ‘I’m going to go out there and have fun.’

“I don’t care, 10 years from now if I take fifth or sixth, it’s not going to matter, so I just wanted to have fun.”

Marshfield’s Torin Boernke and Brad Dolezal will compete in Division 1 finals tonight beginning at 6 p.m.

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Spencer girls fall at Greenwood

Posted on 26 February 2010 by paul

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GREENWOOD – The Spencer girls basketball team fell into a tie for third place in the Cloverbelt Conference East Division with a 51-39 loss to Greenwood on Friday night at Greenwood High School.

The loss drops the Rockets to 14-7 overall and 10-5 in the Cloverbelt East. Spencer is tied for third place with Columbus Catholic after the Dons beat Loyal 38-37 on Friday. Spencer wraps up the Cloverbelt East season Monday at home against first-place Neillsville, while Columbus hosts Augusta.

Greenwood improves to 12-8, 9-7 in conference play.

Game statistics were not provided to MarshfieldAreaSports.com

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Columbus girls hold off Loyal

Posted on 26 February 2010 by paul

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LOYAL – Paige Albrecht continued her hot scoring streak, tallying 16 points in Marshfield Columbus Catholic’s 38-37 victory Friday in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division girls basketball game at Loyal High School.

Albrecht hit 7 of 16 shots from the field and also added five steals in the win for the Dons, who improve to 12-7 overall and 10-5 in the Cloverbelt East. With the win and Spencer’s loss to Greenwood, the Dons have climbed into a third-place tie in the conference standings with one game remaining.

Columbus hosts Augusta and Spencer is at home against Neillsville on Monday. The Dons will play on the road in an East-West crossover game next Friday to close out the regular season.

Columbus held on despit making just 7 of 18 free throws and shooting just 25.4 percent (15 of 59) from the field.

Loyal (8-12, 6-9 Cloverbelt East) didn’t shoot much better, making 31.3 percent of its shots (15 of 48), but outrebounded Columbus 49-38.

Columbus forced 23 turnovers and had 12 steals, led by Albrecht’s five.

Karissa Rueth led Loyal with 11 points and Breanna Lavene had 13 rebounds.

Dons 38, Greyhounds 37
Columbus 9 8 8 13 – 38
Loyal 3 14 10 10 – 37
COLUMBUS (38):
Deanna Kaiser 2-7 1-2 5, Abby Studinger 0-0 0-0 0, Elizabeth Manlick 0-4 0-2 0, Paige Albrecht 7-16 2-5 16, Olivia Larson 0-2 0-0 0, Lindsey Brandt 0-0 0-0 0, Nikki Karl 3-12 0-0 7, Taylor Weister 0-4 0-0 0, Megan Arneson 2-5 0-0 4, Kayla Fleischmann 1-9 4-9 6. FG: 15-59. FT: 7-18. 3-pointers: 1-5 (Karl 1-3, Albrecht 0-1, Kaiser 0-1). Rebounds: 38 (Kaiser, Weister 5). Turnovers: 14. Total fouls: 14. Fouled out: none. Record: 12-7, 10-5 Cloverbelt East.
LOYAL (37): Breanna Lavene 1-6 0-0 2, Alli Johnston 1-9 3-5 5, Kahri Rueth 2-8 0-0 5, Karissa Rueth 5-11 0-1 11, Jennah Fulwiller 2-2 0-0 4, Britney Weyhmiller 3-6 0-0 6, Sarah Weyer 1-5 0-0 3, Caitlyn Weinfurtner 0-1 1-2 1. FG: 15-48. FT: 4-8. 3-pointers: 3-10 (Kahri Rueth 1-4, Karissa Rueth 1-2, Weyer 1-3, Johnston 0-1). Rebounds: 49 (Lavene 13). Turnovers: 23. Total fouls: 18. Fouled out: Kahri Rueth. Record: 8-12, 6-9 Cloverbelt East.

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Boernke, Dolezal reach WIAA state wrestling finals

Posted on 26 February 2010 by paul

Marshfield's Brad Dolezal eyes the large group of Marshfield fans in the upper deck of the Kohl Center after winning his 145-pound semifinal at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament on Friday in Madison. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Marshfield's Torin Boernke celebrates his victory in a 130-pound semifinal over Jared Kissinger of Verona on Friday night at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament in Madison. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Marshfield's Brad Dolezal battles Joey Woppert of Brookfield East during a 145-pound semifinal match Friday night at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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By Paul Lecker
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MADISON – The stage is set for what could be a magical day in Marshfield High School wrestling history.

Marshfield juniors Torin Boernke and Brad Dolezal won their semifinal matches on Friday night at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament and will both battle for their second career state championships on Saturday night at the Kohl Center.

Boernke and Dolezal have a chance to push the program’s total number of state championships to 11 – four of which would be tallied by the duo.

The two join teammates Trenton Larson and Jordan Koranda as guaranteed medalists at the state tournament, the first time in Marshfield history four team members have medaled at state.

“It’s pretty cool seeing all four of us get up on the podium,” Dolezal said. “It’s pretty sweet that Torin is in the finals with me too. A lot of parents were excited to see if me and Torin could win it in the same year. Hopefully we can get that done.”

Boernke, the 112-pound champion last year and a third-place finisher at 103 as a freshman, downed Jared Kissinger of Verona 5-2 in a 130-pound semifinal to improve to 34-2 on the season. He will wrestle undefeated Siven Furseth (39-0) of Janesville Craig for the title.

Boernke trailed 2-1 after the first period but quickly turned around his fortunes, taking down Kissinger and turning him on his back for four total points. Boernke rode out the match on the bottom in the third period and pointed enthusiastically to the Marshfield crowd in the upper deck of the Kohl Center.

“Our community is really devoted to wrestling,” Boernke said. “The people that are in it are very committed to our program. We have it set up nice with a bus, it’s really great to have a big cheering section. It really motivates you to do the best you can and really keeps you in it.”

Dolezal whipped Joey Woppert of Brookfield East 9-2 to advance to the 145-pound championship match. Dolezal will be making his third state finals appearance, having won the 140-pound title as a freshman and he placed second at that weight last season.

Dolezal (47-0) was tactical as usual, using a takedown with 10 seconds to go in the first period to take the lead. He had an escape and a takedown in the second period, and added a pair of takedowns in the third to control the match.

“I had wrestled him before, knowing what to watch for, what to look for,” Dolezal said. “I just stayed aggressive. That’s what I did and it helped me rack up the points.”

Dolezal will face Wisconsin Rapids’ Zak Benitz (49-2) in the final. Dolezal didn’t wrestle against Benitz this year, but beat him last year at the state meet on his way to the championship match.

“He’s a tough kid,” Dolezal said. “It will be a good match.”

With Dolezal and Boernke fighting for titles, and Larson and Koranda with a chance to finish as high as third, this year’s state tournament will go down as the best in school history. By the end of the night Saturday, it could be something extremely special.

“This is the first time we’ve gotten four medals down here in one year, all four guys that qualified are getting medals, we have two in the finals,” Marshfield coach Don Lang said. “Brad and Torin wrestled great matches in the semifinals. Both of them wrestled very controlled matches, and Larson and Koranda today, winning two matches and getting into the medal round … you really couldn’t ask for a better day from our four wrestlers.”

Check back at MarshfieldAreaSports.com throughout the day Saturday for updates on the Marshfield wrestlers from the WIAA state tournament.

Paul Lecker can be reached by e-mail at paul@marshfieldareasports.com.

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Ackman ousted from WIAA state wrestling

Posted on 26 February 2010 by paul

Spencer/Columbus Catholic senior Tye Ackman stares up at Waterloo's Buddy Lincks during a Division 3 160-pound quarterfinal match Friday afternoon at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament in Madison. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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MADISON – Spencer/Columbus senior Tye Ackman ran into defending Division 3 state champion Buddy Lincks of Waterloo in a 160-pound quarterfinal match Friday afternoon, and the result wasn’t good for the Rockets senior.

Lincks controlled Ackman throughout the match on his way to a 12-0 win at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center.

Ackman fell into the consolation bracket and for the third time in the last four weeks he lost to Cadott’s Gage Burish, dropping a 9-3 decision and was eliminated from competition.

In the quarterfinal, each period started with the wrestlers in neutral position and with Lincks earning an early two-point takedown. A pair of nearfalls in the first period and another in the third period helped Lincks pad his lead as Ackman (32-9) couldn’t find a way out of his grip.

Ackman’s fortunes didn’t change against Burish. Burish beat Ackman in the Cloverbelt Conference Tournament championship match and in a second-place wrestleback at last week’s Division 3 sectional, while Ackman beat Burish for the regional championship on Feb. 13.

Burish earned a takedown near the end of the first period and had an escape and another takedown in the second period to take control of the match. Ackman earned an escape in the third period but was unable to gain control of Burish and gave up another takedown to effectively end the match.

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Stratford’s Spindler still alive in consolation bracket

Posted on 26 February 2010 by paul

Stratford's Indy Spindler celebrates his consolation bracket victory Friday afternoon at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Stratford's Indy Spindler tries to take down Rance Nofsinger of Brookwood during a Division 3 285-pound quarterfinal match Friday at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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By Paul Lecker
MarshfieldAreaSports.com

MADISON – Indy Spindler came very close to being ousted from competition at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament on Friday, but the Stratford senior didn’t want his career to end quite yet.

Spindler was nearly pinned by Sam VanTatenhove of Oostburg in his consolation bracket semifinal match midway through the first period before turning the tables and earning a pin to guarantee himself a medal in the Division 3 285-pound competition at the Kohl Center.

“After the first match I felt down,” Spindler said. “(Coach Joe) Schwabe said, ‘This is going to be your last match of the day no matter what, either you are going to be wrestling tomorrow or you’re not, what do you want to do?’ He said, ‘If you want to go out there and you don’t care and want to leave early, then don’t go out. It’s up to you, I don’t care.’

“I wanted to do it.”

VanTatenhove took down Spindler 18 seconds into the first period and almost pinned him, but Spindler kicked his way off his back and in the closing seconds of the 1-minute period he flipped VanTatenhove on his back and earned the pin just before the buzzer sounded.

Spindler (42-5) is guaranteed at least a sixth-place medal and has a chance to finish third. He will wrestle Jordan Zeitler (41-3) of Coleman at approximately 12:30 p.m. Saturday, with a third- or fifth-place match to follow later in the afternoon.

Spindler fell behind early in his quarterfinal match on Friday morning and never recovered, losing to Rance Nofsinger of Brookwood 10-3.

Spindler, who reached the quarterfinals with a first-round pin on Thursday, was taken down by Nofsinger and thrown on his back, falling behing 4-0 after a nearfall was called with 1:15 to go in the first period.

All three of Spindler’s points came on escapes, but he never could take Nofsinger (44-1) down. Nofsinger won his semifinal match and will face Matt Wyss of Boyceville (22-0) in the title match Saturday night. Wyss beat Spindler at last week’s Division 3 sectional.

Follow Spindler’s progress Saturday at MarshfieldAreaSports.com.

Paul Lecker can be reached by e-mail at paul@marshfieldareasports.com.

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