What: The 75th annual WIAA state individual wrestling tournament.
Where: Kohl Center.
Tickets: Available at the Kohl Center at $8 per session.
Parking: Before 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, parking will be extremely limited. After 5 p.m. and all day Saturday, parking will be sold for $8 on an as-available basis in Lots 29, 46, 48 and 91.
Alliant Energy Center shuttle: Fans may park at the Alliant Energy Center (1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, off John Nolen Drive) for $7 per day and ride a shuttle to the Kohl Center for $3 per round trip, $5 for a one-day pass or $10 for a three-day pass. Buses leave every 20 minutes.
Security: Every individual entering the Kohl Center will be subject to pass through metal detectors; fans are encouraged to arrive early. Doors will open 60 minutes prior to each session (90 minutes for the finals).
On the air/streaming: All pre-championship matches will be streamed live on the NFHS Network portal of www.wiaawi.tv on a subscription basis. Championship matches will be carried live on Fox Sports Wisconsin and streamed on FoxSportsGo.com.
On the Web: Brackets and results are available in real time at http://www.trackwrestling.com/tw/predefinedtournaments/WIAAIndSeries.jsp?year=2018. For more details, sectional results, meet history and more, visit https://www.wiaawi.org/Sports/Wrestling.aspx
Format: All 14 weight classes in all three enrollment divisions will be wrestled in consecutive order on a “next available mat” basis within the mat assignments.
Thursday — Division 1 preliminaries, 3 p.m.; Division 1 quarterfinals, 5:15 p.m.; Division 2/3 preliminaries, 7:15 p.m.
Friday — Division 1 consolation, 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.; semifinals in all divisions, 7 p.m.
Saturday — Consolation wrestlebacks in all divisions, 10 a.m.; followed by fifth-place and third-place matches; championships in all divisions, 5 p.m.
BY THE NUMBERS
Tournament field: There are 560 wrestlers in the field (224 in Division 1, 168 each in Divisions 2 and 3), representing 221 wrestling programs (89 in Division 1, 70 in Division 2, 62 in Division 3).
Most qualifiers: Division 1 — Burlington 11, Holmen 10. Division 2 — Luxemburg-Casco eight, Freedom seven. Division 3 — Stratford nine, Fennimore eight.
There are 22 former state champions in the field, including 18 who are defending their 2017 titles:
Division 1 — Eric Barnett, jr., Hortonville, 113 pounds this year (won at 106 in 2017); Drew Scharenbrock, sr., Sun Prairie, 145 (138 in 2017); Kevin Meicher, jr., Middleton, 152 (126 in 2016); Tyler Dow, sr., Stoughton, 160 (160 in 2017); Peyton Mocco, sr., West Allis Hale, 160 (152 in 2017); Hayden Krein, sr., Sparta, 170 (152 in 2016); Aric Bohn, sr., Mukwonago, 220 (220 in 2017); Keaton Kluever, sr., Kaukauna, 285 (285 in 2017).
Division 2 — Sam Stuhl, sr., Ellsworth, 138 (132 in 2017, 126 in 2016, 120 in 2015); Bryce Bosman, jr., Luxemburg-Casco, 126 (113 in 2017, 106 in 2016); Cody Holmes, jr., Two Rivers, 120 (106 in 2017); Ryan Hannah, sr., Viroqua, 138 (132 in 2016); Shane Liegel, River Valley, 170 (160 in 2017); Hunter Luepke, sr., Spencer/Marshfield Columbus, 220 (195 in 2017).
Division 3 — A.J. Schoenfuss, sr., Stratford (120 in 2017 and 2016, 106 in 2015); Jeremy Schoenherr, sr., Stratford, 126 (120 in 2017 and 2016, 106 in 2015); Brock Schlough, jr., Ellsworth, 152 (160 in 2017, 138 in 2016); Ryan Anderson, sr., Clear Lake, 106 (106 in 2016); Koltin Grzybowski, jr., Coleman, 113 (106 in 2017); Caleb Gross, jr., Coleman, 120 (113 in 2017); Trevor Wanek, jr., Fennimore, 132 (126 in 2017); Garrett Joles, sr., Boyceville, 195 (195 in 2017).
Division 1 — 106: Cody Minor, so., Ashwaubenon. 113: Eric Barnett, jr., Hortonville. 120: Hunter Lewis, jr., Stoughton. 126: Aaron Schulist, sr., Mukwonago. 132: Keegan O’Toole, so., Hartland Arrowhead. 138: Mason Phillips, sr., Eau Claire North. 145: Drew Scharenbrock, sr., Sun Prairie. 152: Kevin Meicher, jr., Middleton. 160: Tyler Dow, sr., Stoughton. 170: Parker Keckeisen, jr., Glendale Nicolet. 182: Jared Krattiger, sr., Waterford. 195: Beau Yineman, sr., Neenah. 220: Aric Bohn, sr., Mukwonago. 285: Keaton Kluever, sr., Kaukauna.
Division 2 — 106: Quintin Gehrmann, jr., Jefferson. 113: Matt Bianchi, fr., Two Rivers. 120: Cody Holmes, jr., Two Rivers. 126: Bryce Bosman, jr., Luxemburg-Casco. 132: Aidan Medora, so., Delafield St. John’s NW. 138: Sam Stuhl, sr., Ellsworth. 145: Teagen Miller, sr., Mauston. 152: Jackson Hauri, jr., Brodhead/Juda. 160: Evan Vosters, sr., Freedom. 170: Shane Liegel, jr., River Valley. 182: Stephen Buchanan, jr., Neillsville co-op. 195: Ryan Larson, jr., Hammond St. Croix Central. 220: Hunter Luepke, sr., Spencer/Marshfield Columbus. 285: Josh Frerk, sr., Denmark.
Division 3 — 106: Ryan Anderson, sr., Clear Lake. 113: Koltin Grzybowski, jr., Coleman. 120: Caleb Gross, jr., Coleman. 126: Jordan Boldt, sr., Bonduel. 132: Tate Murty, sr., Cochrane-Fountain City. 138: Jeremy Schoenherr, sr., Stratford. 145: Jake Drexler, sr., Stratford. 152: Brock Schlough, jr., Boyceville. 160: Max Maylor, sr., Iowa-Grant/Highland. 170: Ryan Neu, jr., Dodgeland. 182: Brady Peat, sr., Iowa-Grant/Highland. 195: Garrett Joles, sr., Boyceville. 220: Noah Wieczorek, sr., Clear Lake. 285: Max Villnow, sr., Amherst.
Division 1 — Eric Barnett, jr., Hortonville (42-0 at 113); Aaron Schulist, sr., Mukwonago (8-0 at 126); Drew Scharenbrock, sr., Sun Prairie (47-0 at 145); Kevin Meicher, jr., Middleton (43-0 at 152); Parker Keckeisen, jr., Glendale Nicolet (28-0 at 170); Beau Yineman, sr., Neenah (41-0 at 195).
Division 2 — Jared Stricker, fr., Ashland (42-0 at 106); Lucas Schevikhoven, sr., Somers Shoreland Lutheran (40-0 at 120); Aidan Medora, so., Delafield St. John’s NW (31-0 at 132); Shane Liegel, jr., River Valley (45-0 at 170); Hunter Luepke, sr., Spencer/Marshfield Columbus (46-0 at 220).
Division 3 — Ryan Anderson, sr., Clear Lake (40-0 at 106); Jeremy Schoenherr, sr., Stratford (33-0 at 138); Weston Wichman, sr., Johnson Creek (6-0 at 145); Brock Schlough, jr., Boyceville (44-0 at 152); Ryan Neu, jr., Dodgeville (41-0 at 170); Garrett Joles, sr., Boyceville (39-0 at 195); Tanner Weber, sr., Markesan (41-0 at 285).
FIVE THINGS TO WATCH
Three trying for four: Three seniors, two of them from Stratford, are out to become the 15th, 16th and 17th wrestlers in WIAA history to win four state championships. Sam Stuhl of Division 2 Ellsworth, now at 138 pounds, won at 132 last year, 126 as a sophomore and 120 as a freshman (at Prescott). In Division 3, Stratford’s A.J. Schoenfuss won at 106 in 2015 and 120 in 2016 and 2017. He is at 126 this year. Teammate Jeremy Schoenherr is back at 138 after winning at that weight last year, at 126 in 2016 and at 113 on 2015.
Showdown possible at 160: Stoughton senior Tyler Dow, a University of Wisconsin recruit, is 49-1, is ranked No. 1 in Division 1 and returns to defend his championship. Standing in his path on the other side of the bracket, though, is West Allis Hale senior Peyton Mocco (50-1), who moves up a weight class this year after winning the Division 1 title at 152 last year. It’s possible that the two could meet in the championship match.
Five area favorites: Five area wrestlers enter with the No. 1 seeding from WiWrestling.com, and a combined record of 230-5. In Division 1, Stoughton has two favorites in junior Hunter Lewis (46-4 at 120) and senior Tyler Dow (49-1 at 160); Sun Prairie senior Drew Scharenbrock is 47-0 at 145 and Middleton junior Kevin Meicher is 43-0 at 152. In Division 2, junior Shane Liegel of River Valley is 45-0 and ranked No. 1 at 170. Dow, Scharenbrock, Meicher and Liegel are former state champs, and Lewis was runner-up at 106 last year.
Heyroth carries the ball: Lodi senior Jacob Heyroth, won state Player of the Year honors in football from The Associated Press last fall, rushing for 2,909 yards and 36 touchdowns for the Division 3 state champs. This week, he’s the highest-ranked of four Blue Devils to earn a Division 2 state wrestling berth. Heyroth (36-2) is ranked second at 182 and could meet top-ranked Neillsville co-op junior Stephen Buchanan (43-2) in the final. The only other AP first-team all-state football player to make it to state in wrestling is Wauwatosa West junior 285-pounder Austin Ertl. A check of the rosters of the 14 teams that compete for WIAA state football championships last fall shows that 11 participating athletes also qualified for state in wrestling. Lodi leads the field with three (Heyroth, Max Barreau and Colton Nicolay).
All-time leaders: Mineral Point has the most overall individual state championships, with 50. The Pointers have four qualifiers this year. Stoughton ranks second on the all-time list with 48 champs, and could challenge Point for the lead as early as this year. The Vikings qualified six for state this year, including two with No. 1 rankings. Wisconsin Rapids is third all-time with 44 champs.