A victory by 285-pound junior Keeanu Benton in the final match of the day gave the Janesville Craig wrestling team the championship of Saturday’s Big Eight Conference tournament at Madison La Follette.
Benton, ranked third in the state, improved to 36-1 after pinning Middleton junior Ortez Lockett in 1:27 in the championship match.
The Cougars had 228 points, just seven more than runner-up Sun Prairie — which had a two-year streak of conference meet titles halted.
Craig’s other champions were sophomore Mayson MacLennan (113), senior Nate Ellis (132) and senior Ethan Smith (138).
Sun Prairie crowned three individual champions, led by senior Drew Scharenbrock (41-0), the state’s top-ranked 145-pounder, who handed Madison Memorial sophomore Kaden Reetz (22-1) his first loss of the year with a pin in 2:49.
Also winning titles for Sun Prairie were sophomores Brendan Shannon at 182 and Mason Smith at 220.
Middleton finished a close third with 220 points, one less than Sun Prairie. The Cardinals were led by junior Kevin Meicher (37-0), ranked No. 1 in the state at 152, who pinned Sun Prairie’s Karson Sutton in 1:21 in the final.
Lodi won its 26th consecutive Capitol Conference championship, crowning individual champions in nine of the 14 weight classes and totaling 327.5 points. Marshall was a distant second with 163 points.
Among Lodi’s winners were Lodi senior Jacob Heyroth (28-2), ranked second in Division 2 at 182, and junior Garrett Moll (28-2), who entered the meet ranked third at 120 but won at 126 on Saturday.
Lodi’s ninth-ranked senior Max Barreau (30-8) won at 170.
Lodi’s other winners were freshman Brady Ziegler at 113, senior Brandon Errthum at 132, sophomore Colton Nicolay at 138, sophomore Sawyer Helmbrecht at 160, junior Gabe Pickarts at 195 and senior Gabe Mabin at 285.
Marshall’s champs were sophomore Dylan Horstmeyer at 152 and senior Justin Chadwick (42-4) at 220. The Belleville/Monticello/New Glarus co-op crowned champs Joe Quaglia at 106 and Robert Chenoweth at 120.
Rock Valley Conference
Evansville/Albany crowned four individual champs and scored 238.5 points to top East Troy’s 231.5 in the nine-team standings at Jefferson.
The Blue Devils’ winners were freshman Austin Scofield (126), senior Ben Barmore (145), senior Nolan Kicmol (152) and junior Branden Lange (285).
Jefferson junior Quintin Gehrmann (38-2), who entered ranked No. 1 at 106 pounds, won the title at 113. Sophomore Dean Neff won at 138 for the Eagles. Edgerton sophomore Cole Bavery won at 132.
Fennimore scored 249 points to top Lancaster’s 214 and Prairie du Chien’s 212 atop the 13-team field. River Valley was fourth, Mineral Point seventh and Dodgeville ninth.
River Valley senior Zach Licht (37-1), ranked No. 1 in Division 2 at 132, dropped to 126 and beat Mineral Point’s Danny Pittz in the final. Blackhawks junior Shane Liegel (38-0), ranked No. 1 at 170, beat Mineral Point’s Riley Workman in the final.
Dodgeville senior Shelby Jones (33-5), ranked No. 7, won the title at 285.
Johnson Creek totaled 223.5 points to comfortably win the 13-team tournament, with Princeton second (146.5). Deerfield finished sixth.
Winning for the Bluejays were sophomore Isaiah Wollett at 126, junior Anthony Purpi at 152, junior Kaleb Hartwig at 160 and junior Lucas Sullivan at 195.
Deerfield freshman Jack McDonough earned the title at 113.