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The third-ranked Stoughton wrestling team, last year’s WIAA Division 1 runner-up, stands one dual-meet victory away from a return trip to state.

The Vikings dominated the competition in Saturday’s Sun Prairie regional, earned championships in nine weight classes and advanced individuals to sectionals in all 14 classes.

The Vikings scored 313.5 points to finish far ahead of the rest of the eight-team field. The win gave Stoughton a spot in Tuesday’s sectional meet and a dual with 10th-ranked Elkhorn. The winner returns to state.

Winning individual titles for the Vikings were No. 1-ranked Hunter Lewis (42-4 record) at 120 pounds, No. 7 Braeden Whitehead (20-1) at 126, Luke Mechler (13-1) at 132, No. 1-ranked Tyler Dow (45-1) at 160, Luke Geister-Jones (36-12) at 170 and No. 8 Aodan Marshall (32-5) at 285.

Sun Prairie’s Drew Scharenbrock (44-0), ranked No. 1 at 145, won his regional. DeForest’s third-ranked Austin Rauls (39-6) won at 152. Watertown got individual titles from sixth-ranked Stephen Maule (27-1) at 195 and Luke Mechler (13-1) at 132.

Middleton regional

After edging out Badger North Conference regular-season champ Sauk Prairie in last week’s conference meet, Waunakee won out over the Eagles in the regional, scoring Sauk 278.5-214.

The Warriors will take on top-ranked Holmen at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Verona in a team sectional.

Waunakee wrestlers claimed seven weight classes, led by Sam Lorenz (40-4) at 106, Ty Miller (24-15) at 138, Ben Statz (35-10) at 160, Zachary Marek (36-9) at 170, Luke Hooker (26-10) at 182, seventh-ranked Reed Ryan (23-4) at 220 and fifth-ranked Alan Olkowski (37-6) at 285.

Sauk’s winners were second-ranked Zeke Smith (43-1) at 113 and sixth-ranked Dylan Herbrand (39-5) at 120.

Middleton 152-pounder Kevin Meicher (40-0), ranked No. 1, won an individual title, along with teammate Dion Huff (30-8) at 195.

Madison La Follette’s Kyle Smith won at 126, East’s Dakarai Clay won at 132 and Memorial’s Kaden Reetz (25-1) won at 145.

Baraboo regional

Top-ranked Holmen dominated the field with 282.5 points, with Baraboo in third. Winners for the Thunderbirds were John Gunderson (37-7) at 132, Pablo Ramirez (41-5) at 138 and Jacob Kimpfbeck (29-10) at 195.

Elkhorn regional

Milton’s Mason Dutcher (36-8) won at 113 and seventh-ranked Jerry Lipke (39-9) won at 195. Janesville Craig’s third-ranked Keeanu Benton (40-1) won at 285.

Division 2

Lodi regional

The host Blue Devils, a state semifinalist last year, scored 261 points to win a place in Tuesday’s Viroqua sectional.

Sixth-ranked Lodi will meet No. 4 Prairie du Chien at 6 p.m. Tuesday, with the winner meeting either No. 12 Evansville/Albany or the ninth-ranked Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau co-op at 8 p.m. for a state berth.

Lodi wrestlers earned five individual titles, led by third-ranked Garrett Moll (31-2) at 120 and second-ranked Jacob Heyroth (31-2) at 182.

Poynette’s Justin Taylor (28-14) won at 152, and Wisconsin Dells’ Chester Isaacson (17-7) won at 220.

Prairie du Chien regional

Fifth-ranked River Valley won four individual titles and took three second places, but fourth-ranked Prairie du Chien outscored River Valley 249.5-191 to earn a team sectional berth.

Top-ranked Shane Liegel (42-0) won at 170 pounds, and No. 2 Zach Licht (41-1) won at 126. River Valley’s other champs were Caleb Radtke (34-9) at 120 and Devan Alt (29-13) at 132).

Mount Horeb’s Ky Kalscheur (14-3) won at 182.

Belleville regional

No. 12 Evansville/Albany won the team title, followed by Edgerton and Monroe. The Blue Devils won four weight-class titles, including third-ranked Ben Barmore (26-7) at 145 and No. 4 Branden Lange (37-5) at 285.

Edgerton’s three winners included fourth-ranked Cole Bavery (38-2) at 132, Ryen Hazzard (33-9) at 106 and Carter Klein (33-5) at 138.

For Monroe, 12th-ranked Patrick Rielly (34-8) won at 160, No. 7 Sam Kind (37-5) won at 170 and No. 9 Dempzy Foley (39-4) won at 182.

Jefferson regional

Jefferson beat out Grafton for the team title and earned a spot in Tuesday’s East Troy sectional against Kewaskum.

The Eagles won eight weight classes, led by No. 1 Quintin Gehrmann (41-2) at 1-6. Lakeside Lutheran won two classes and Lake Mills one.

Division 3

Lancaster regional

Second-ranked Fennimore, last year’s state runner-up, qualified for the sectional by out-pointing fifth-ranked Lancaster in the team race. Mineral Point was fourth, led by champs Logan Schmitz (31-9) at 138 and No. 6 Riley Workman (35-6) at 170.

Orfordville Parkview regional

Darlington/Black Hawk beat out runner-up Marshall for the team sectional berth. The Cardinals crowned three individual champs: 11th-ranked Kale Grossman (36-9) at 126, Dylan Horstmeyer (36-9) at 152 and No. 5 Justin Chadwick (45-4) at 220.

Deerfield had two champs: No. 8 Zach Wilfong (32-8) at 103 and Ehren Ezzell (29-12) at 170.

Johnson Creek regional

Johnson Creek crowned five individual champs, but Kenosha Christian Life had seven winners and took the team title. Creek’s winners were No. 8 Seth Roberts (16-1) at 285, Tucker Roehl (15-5) at 132, Weston Wichman (3-0) at 145, Anthony Purpi (33-7) at 152 and Lucas Sullivan (32-10) at 195.


Wisconsin State Journal prep sports editor Art Kabelowsky has traversed the state to cover sports while working for daily papers in Fort Atkinson, Racine, La Crosse, Milwaukee and Baraboo.