Prep wrestling photo: Sun Prairie's Drew Scharenbrock takes on Middleton's Chris Rogers

Sun Prairie's Drew Scharenbrock (right) goes up against Middleton's Chris Rogers to win the 138-pound division during the Big Eight Conference Challenge wrestling tournament on Friday, January 20, 2017, at Middleton High School

GREG DIXON

THE BASICS

What: The 74th annual WIAA state individual wrestling tournament.

When: Thursday through Saturday.

Where: Kohl Center.

Tickets: Tickets are $8 and will be available at the Kohl Center. There is one session on Thursday (3 p.m.) and two on Friday (10 a.m. and 7 p.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m. and 5 p.m.).

Security: All attendees will be required to pass through metal detectors before entering the Kohl Center. Fans are advised to arrive early to avoid missing the start of a session. Gates will open 60 to 90 minutes in advance of each session.

Parking: Parking before 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday will be extremely limited. After 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and all day Saturday, parking will be sold in Lots 29, 46, 48, 87 and 91 at $8 per vehicle.

Alliant Energy Center shuttle: A shuttle will run every 20 minutes from the Alliant Energy Center at a cost of $7 for parking and $10 for a three-day shuttle pass, $5 per round trip or $3 one way.

On the air/online: Championship finals will be aired live on Fox Sports Wisconsin and streamed on FoxSportsGo.com. All pre-finals matches will be streamed live by the WIAA.tv portal of the NFHS Network on a subscription basis at www.wiaa.tv. Archived streams will be available on demand 72 hours after the tournament without a subscription fee.

THE SCHEDULE

THURSDAY

Division 1: Preliminaries, 3 p.m.; quarterfinals, 5:15 p.m.

Divisions 2/3: Preliminaries, 7 p.m.

FRIDAY

Division 1: Consolation first round, 10 a.m.; consolation semifinals, 1:45 p.m.; championship semifinals, 7 p.m.

Divisions 2/3: Quarterfinals, 11:15 a.m.; consolation semifinals, 2:45 p.m.; championship semifinals, 7 p.m.

SATURDAY

All divisions: Consolation wrestlebacks, 10 a.m.; followed by fifth-place matches, and then third-place matches; March of Champions, 5 p.m.; followed by championship matches.

THE NUMBERS

Format: Champions will be crowned in 14 weight classes in three enrollment-based divisions. The field consists of 224 wrestlers in Division 1 and 168 in both Divisions 2 and 3. A total of 220 schools are represented this year.

Most champions: Mineral Point has produced the most individual championships with 50. Stoughton has produced 46, followed by Wisconsin Rapids with 44.

Most qualifiers: In Division 1, Oak Creek, Pewaukee and Slinger have eight qualifiers each, and Kaukauna, Menomonee Falls and Waterford have seven each. In Division 2, Ellsworth and Luxemburg-Casco have nine qualifiers each, and River Valley and Lomira have seven apiece. In Division 3, Stratford has qualified 11 wrestlers (including five defending champions), followed by Fennimore and Random Lake with nine each.

Returning champions

Division 1: Brady Koontz, sr., Stevens Point, 113 this year (106 last year); Dylan Koontz, sr., Stevens Point, 120 (113 last year); Brandon Klein, sr., Stoughton, 132 (106 in 2015), Kevin Meicher, so., Middleton, 138 (126 last year); Jaden Van Maanen, sr., La Crosse Central, 145 (132 last year); Garrett Model, sr., Stoughton, 145 (138 last year); Jaden Winchel, sr., Sparta, 145 (Division 2 132 last year); Hayden Krein, jr., Sparta (160 (152 last year); Jackson Hemauer, sr., DeForest, 182 (160 last year); Billy Pitzner, sr., Milton, 182 (170 last year); Jacob Raschka, sr., Pewaukee, 195 (195); Blaze Beltran, sr., Pewaukee, 285 (285).

Division 2: Bryce Bosman, so., Luxemburg-Casco, 113 (106 last year); Brock Bergelin, sr., Denmark, 120 (113 last year, 106 in 2015); Sam Stuhl, jr., Prescott, 132 (126 last year, 120 in 2015); Ryan Hannah, jr., Viroqua, 138 (132 last year); Devin Bahr, West Salem/Bangor, 152 (152 last year, 132 in 2014); Nate Trepanier, sr., Oconto Falls, 160 (145 last year).

Division 3: Ryan Anderson, jr., Clear Lake, 106 (106 last year); A.J. Schoenfuss, jr., Stratford, 120 (120 last year, 106 in 2015); Jeremy Schoenherr, so., Stratford, 138 (126 last year, 113 in 2015); Mason Kauffman, sr., Stratford, 152 (152 last year); Brock Schlough, so., Boyceville, 160 (138 last year); Braden Roen, sr., Riverdale, 160 (152 last year); Helton Vandenbush, sr., Random Lake, 170 (170 last year); Kamren Bornbach, sr., Stratford, 220 (182 last year and 2015); Tyson Kauffman, sr., Stratford, 285 (285 last year).

Undefeated qualifiers

Division 1: Eric Barnett, so., Hortonville (41-0 at 106); Brady Koontz, sr., Stevens Point (33-0 at 113); Francesco Schiro, sr., Madison La Follette (42-0 at 120); Jacob DeMeyer, jr., Rhinelander (40-0 at 145); Jaden Van Maanen, sr., La Crosse Central (45-0 at 145); Jared Krattiger, jr., Waterford (46-0 at 182); Ben Kitslaar, sr., Bayport (41-0 at 220); Wyatt Wells, sr., Beaver Dam (46-0 at 220).

Division 2: Dustin Hatfield, sr., River Valley (38-0 at 126); Sam Stuhl, jr., Ellsworth (43-0 at 132); Eric Bauer, so., Kewaskum (36-0 at 132); Devin Bahr, sr., West Salem/Bangor (35-0 at 152); Lucius Rinehart, sr., Evansville/Albany (34-0 at 195).

Division 3: Ryan Anderson, jr., Clear Lake (42-0 at 106); Jeremy Schoenherr, jr., Stratford (14-0 at 138); Mason Kauffman, sr., Stratford (29-0 at 152).

AREA WRESTLERS TO WATCH

Division 1

The “Stoughton Six:” The Vikings have the state’s top-ranked team, led by five individuals who each hold the No. 2 individual ranking in Division 1 at WiWrestling.com. The wrestlers, who have provided thrills all season long, individually and as a group, are sophomore Hunter Lewis (47-3 at 106), senior Tristan Jenny (38-8 at 120), senior Brandon Klein (49-3 at 132), senior Garrett Model (43-5 at 145) and junior Tyler Dow (48-2 at 160). All five competed at state last year, with Model winning at 138 and Dow earning runner-up honors at 152. Also for Stoughton, Cade Spilde enters with a 40-11 record at 138.

Drew Scharenbrock, jr., Sun Prairie: Scharenbrock takes a 44-2 record and the No. 1 state ranking into the competition at 138. He finished fourth at 120 last year.

Drew Fjoser, sr., and Zeke Smith, jr., Sauk Prairie: Fjoser has built a 33-4 record at 138 and is ranked second in the state after taking third at 138 last year. Smith is 42-3 at 106 and is ranked third.

Francesco Schiro, sr., Madison La Follette: With a 42-0 record at 120, Schiro is ranked third and hopes to improve on last year’s fifth-place finish at 106.

Jackson Hemauer, sr., DeForest: The University of Wisconsin recruit has built a 45-1 record and the No. 2 ranking at 182. He won the state championship at 160 last year, going 52-2.

Dalton Hahn, sr., Reedsburg: Hahn has put together a 45-1 season record and holds the No. 2 state ranking at 195. Hahn finished second at 195 last year, losing to Jacob Raschka of Pewaukee, who returns as a senior this year and is 48-2.

Kevin Meicher, so., Middleton: Meicher won the state title at 126 as a freshman, and will take a 43-4 record and the No. 3 state ranking into the competition at 138 this year.

Billy Pitzner, sr., and Jerry Lipke, jr., Milton: Both Red Hawks wrestlers enter the state field ranked No. 3 in the state. Pitzner (44-4) won the championship at 170 last year and will compete at 182 this year. Lipke, who wasn’t at state last year, is 34-10 at 195 this season.

Division 2

Dustin Hatfield, sr., River Valley: Hatfield, the state runner-up at 126 last year, is 38-0 and ranked first at 126 this season.

Elijah Alt, sr., River Valley: After taking third at 160 last year, Alt has built a 41-1 record and is ranked No. 1 at 170 this year.

Lucius Rinehart, sr., Evansville/Albany: Rinehart holds a 34-0 record and the No. 1 state ranking at 195 after taking third at 195 last year.

Shane Liegel, so., River Valley: The young Blackhawk is 39-4 and ranked No. 2 at 160 this year. He took third at 152 last season.

Nolan Kicmol, jr., and Chase Katzenmeyer, sr., Evansville/Albany: Kicmol is 31-2 and ranked second at 145 after taking second at 132 last year. The wrestler he beat in the final, Viroqua’s Ryan Hannah, is at 138 this year. Katzenmeyer is 33-3 and ranked second at 126 pounds. He took third at 126 last season.

Hayden Arneson, sr., Monroe: Arneson is 31-6 and ranked fourth at 195. He was ousted in the first round at state last year.

Zach Licht, jr., River Valley: After a 40-3 season, Licht enters state ranked fourth at 132.

Division 3

Cal Hansen, sr., Deerfield: Hansen finished second at 132 pounds last year, falling to the now-graduated Hunter Dischler of Ithaca/Weston. This year, he is 44-1 and ranked No. 1 at 132, cutting down to his previous weight late in the season after spending most of the year at 138.

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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.