Stoughton's Hunter Lewis celebrates his WIAA Division 1 individual state wrestling championship

Stoughton’s Hunter Lewis celebrates with his coaches after taking the win against Arrowhead’s Dominic Dentino in a Division 1 120-pound championship match during the WIAA Individual Wrestling State Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis., Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. AMBER ARNOLD, STATE JOURNAL

THE BASICS

What: The 27th annual WIAA state team wrestling tournament.

When: Friday-Saturday.

Where: University of Wisconsin Field House.

Tickets: $13 for Friday session; $8 for Saturday sessions (no credit cards).

Parking: A limited amount of parking will be available for purchase at area lots.

Format: Dual-meet format (14 matches at weight classes from 106 to 285), with winning team advancing to next round.

Live streaming: All matches will be streamed live on the WIAA.tv portal of the NFHS Network on a subscription basis ($9.95/month), and will be available free on demand on Tuesday evening.

On the Web: Live results available at http://www.trackwrestling.com/tw/teamtournaments/WIAATeamSeries.jsp?year=2018. Schedules, tournament history available at https://www.wiaawi.org/Sports/Wrestling.aspx

Last year: Kaukauna won its fourth consecutive Division 1 team title, beating Stoughton, 35-27, in the final for the third consecutive year. Ellsworth won its second straight Division 2 title, beating Luxemburg-Casco, 27-26, in the final. Stratford won Division 3, beating Fennimore, 49-13.

SCHEDULE

Division 1

Friday’s quarterfinals

(Alll matches 5:30 p.m.)

Upper bracket: Holmen (18-0) vs. Hartland Arrowhead (6-1); Burlington (13-0) vs. Slinger (14-3).

Lower bracket: Stoughton (21-1) vs. Marshfield (17-2); Kaukauna (20-1) vs. Mukwonago (13-3).

Friday’s semifinals

7:30 p.m.: Upper bracket winners meet; lower bracket winners meet.

Saturday’s final

3 p.m.: Semifinal winners meet.

Divisions 2/3

Saturday’s semifinals

(All matches 10 a.m.)

Division 2: Ellsworth (15-6) vs. Chilton/Hilbert (16-6); Luxemburg-Casco (20-0) vs. Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau/Melrose-Mindoro (10-5)

Division 3: Stratford (20-0) vs. St. Croix Falls (18-0); Fennimore (16-2) vs. Random Lake (15-4).

Saturday’s finals

3 p.m.: Semifinal winners meet.

THE LOWDOWN

Individual state champions

Aric Bohn, Mukwonago: Won the Division 1 title at 220, improving to 43-5.

Bryce Bosman, Luxemburg-Casco: Won the Division 2 title at 126, improving to 48-2.

Hayden Halter, Burlington: Improved to 48-2 by winning the Division 1 state title at 106.

Keaton Kluever, Kaukauna: Won at Division 1 285 to improve to 48-2 on the year.

Hunter Lewis, Stoughton: Won the Division 1 title at 120 to improve to 50-4.

Keegan O’Toole, Hartland Arrowhead: Won Division 1 at 132 and is now 43-1 on the year.

Jeremy Schoenherr, Stratford: Became one of 15 four-time state champions in WIAA history, winning at Division 3 138 to improve to 36-0.

Sam Stuhl, Ellsworth: Became one of 15 four-time state champions in WIAA history, winning at Division 2 138 to improve to 41-1.

Individual state runners-up

Division 1 — Hartland Arrowhead’s Dominic Dentino (41-4 at 120); Stoughton’s Tyler Dow (52-2 at 160); Hartland Arrowhead’s Jack Ganos (36-8 at 113); Holmen’s Kalyn Jahn (44-7 at 170); Holmen’s Isaac Lahr (49-4 at 182); Kaukauna’s Zach Lee (48-3 at 152; Stoughton’s Braeden Whitehead (27-2 at 126); Slinger’s Caleb Ziebell (48-5 at 138).

Division 2 — Ellsworth’s Jared Lansing (41-6 at 145).

Division 3 — St. Croix Falls’ Clay Carney (40-8 at 160); Stratford’s Trevor Dennee (40-6 at 170); Stratford’s Manny Drexler (42-4 at 106); Stratford’s A.J. Schoenfuss (45-5 at 126; three-time state champion).

TEAM CAPSULES

Division 1

Stoughton, the state runner-up to Kaukauna each of the last three seasons, could meet the Galloping Ghosts again this year — but this time in a Friday night semifinal if both win their quarterfinal matches. Stoughton is making its fifth straight state trip and 12th overall. The Vikings, coached by Dan Spilde and Bob Empey, had six individual state qualifiers and five who placed in the top six.

Marshfield is back at team state for the first time since 2003. Coach Jackson Hein’s Tigers had only one individual state qualifier, Justin Chadwick (52-7, fourth at 220).

Kaukauna is the four-time defending state team champion, and is at state for the sixth consecutive year, ninth time in 11 years and 16th time overall. Coach Jeff Matczak’s Galloping Ghosts had six individual state qualifiers, and three earned top-three finishes.

Mukwonago, coached by Jon Wierzbicki, is at state for the eighth time and first since a semifinal loss in 2016. The Classic 8 Conference champions sent seven to individual state, but only one made the podium: Aric Bohn (43-5), the champ at 220.

Holmen, unbeaten in duals and winner of four of its five tournaments, qualified 10 for individual state and had three top-three finishers. Coach Jason Lulloff’s Vikings are making its second straight state visit and eighth overall.

Hartland Arrowhead is at state for the eighth time overall and first since 2012. Coach Jeremy Miller’s Warhawks, runner-up in the Classic 8 after an early 46-25 loss to Mukwonago, qualified eight for individual state, with one champ and two runners-up.

Unbeaten Burlington, coached by Jade Gribble, has won all six of its regular-season tournaments and all its dual meets. The Demons sent 11 to state and had two make the podium, and are making their fifth state trip.

Slinger won the North Shore Conference title, losing only to state qualifiers Stoughton, Stratford and Luxemburg-Casco, and is at state for the second straight year. Coach Chris Graziano’s Owls had four individual state qualifiers and two placewinners.

Division 2

Ellsworth, the two-time defending state champion (with eight titles overall), are making their 13th consecutive state trip and 17th overall. Coach Mark Matzek’s team has lost six duals, each to an out-of-state opponent. The Panthers had six individual state qualifiers, led by four-time state champ Sam Stuhl and three other placewinners.

Chilton/Hilbert, led by Gerald Hoerth, is making its second state trip. Coach Gerald Hoerth’s Tigers had only one individual state qualifier and no placewinners.

Luxemburg-Casco is making its 17th state appearance and is seeking its 12th championship. Coach Chas Treml’s Spartans went undefeated in duals and won four of its six tournaments, and sent eight to individual state with seven placewinners.

Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau/Melrose-Mindoro, coached by Ernie Brodsky and Pete Peterson, is making its team state debut. The Red Hawks sent four to individual state, with two placewinners.

Division 3

Stratford, the defending Division 3 champ, is making its seventh state team appearance. Coach Joe Schwabe’s Tigers had nine individual state qualifiers, with eight finishing in the top four including four-time champ Jeremy Schoenherr at 138.

St. Croix Falls, coached by Dan Clark, has earned its state tournament debut. The Saints had five state qualifiers and two top-three finishers.

Fennimore is making its fourth consecutive state appearance after taking second last year and winning the title in 2016. Coach Chad Steldt’s Golden Eagles lost regular-season duals to state qualifiers Marshfield and Stoughton, along with Division 1 Sparta, to go 16-3. Fennimore sent eight to individual state, and six finished in the top five.

Random Lake is at state for the seventh straight year and ninth time overall, but placed no higher than a runner-up finish in 2009. Coach John Hatfield’s Rams sent seven to individual state, coming out with one sixth-place finisher.​

0
0
0
0
0

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.