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Coach: Shawn Groshek

Last year: 6-5 in dual meets, third in SCC tournament

Returning state qualifiers: none

Key returners: Nate Rutherford (113 pounds), Trevor McManus (120), Kayla Jackson (126), Mitchell Dessart (132), Curtis Gregory (138), Jake Dolata (145), Nick Theisen (152), Cody Patten (180), Collin Faretta (180), Ethan Chaffee (195), Rodney Griffin (285).

Key newcomers: Trenton McManus (106), Cole Clark (113), Frank Murray (145), Rylan Burrows (152), Cole Morley (160).

Outlook: For the first time in a decade, the Green Devils do not return a state medalist. That, however, is not going to deter Shawn Groshe, A-F’s vetern coach.

“Our numbers have been good, but we’re lacking experience at the varsity level,” Groshek said. “Guys are looking to improve daily and so far, that is holding true.”



Coach: Matt Colemer

Last year: 11-10 dual meets, fifth in CWC.

Returning state qualifiers: Logan Hermsen (145, Sr.)

Key returners: Josh Powers (145), Garth Groshek (182), Nick Emery (285).

Outlook: “We are solid in the middle and upper weights and looking to improve on our finish in the conference last year,” Colemer said.



Coach: John Karl

Last year: 1-11 in dual meets

Returning state qualifiers: None.

Key returners: Wyatt Weiler (145/152), Bobby Wiskerchen (138/145), Paul Willfahrt (126/132), Trevin Oertel (170/182), Justin Lewis(160/170), Lane Schuld (120), Brandon Beggs (126/132), Abel Melgarejo (132/138).

Key newcomers: Corey Ellingson (182/195), Kaleb Boulder (220), Kurt Jankowski (160/170), Jalen Schwanebeck (160/170), Alex Kline (170/182).

Outlook: Developing depth with low numbers will be the trick for coach John Karl.

“I have a good core of individuals, but we are low on numbers overall,” Karl said. “I believe we can be a really good tournament team because of our strong individuals. I expect to have three to five state qualifiers in February.”

D.C. Everest

D.C. Everest

Coach: Eric Lehrke

Last year: 9-8 overall, 0-6 in WVC dual meets, sixth (tie) in WVC tournament.

Returning state qualifiers: None.

Key returners: Austin Helmer (138), Codie Hoffman (170), Sean Luedtke (152), Drew Stotmeister (220); Joe Ziolkowski (145), Don Veverka (126), Jack Freix (120), Kyle Schepp (195/220), Kodie Kocher (170/182).

Key newcomers: Tou Vang (132), Manning Denk (106), Nolan White (113), Josh Rieckhoff (160).

Outlook: The Evergreens return eight wrestlers from last year’s varsity lineup giving the team a solid core.

“The challenge for us will be to have our experienced wrestlers consistently do their job, while our new guys learn throughout the year,” coach Eric Lehrke said. “We have a good group of wrestlers who are working hard and seen to have good team chemistry.”



Coach: Kevin Koch

Last year: Marawood Conference and regional champions, team sectional runners-up

Returning state qualifiers: Luke Nowak (170, state champ), Matt Nowak (160, 3rd), Anthony Lemanski (152, 4th), Devin Lemanski (113 3rd).

Key returners: Connor Handrick (145), Zach Schneeberger (182), Wes Dittman (195), Kody Chase (1060, Mitch Myszka (152), Brad Graveen (285).

Outlook: The Wildcats won their eighth straight Marawood Conference title and that of course is goal No. 1. And their preseason No. 2 raking by the Crossface has them thinking of a state team appearance.

“It’s a new year and a different team, but we feel we have a chance to accomplish some big things,” coach Kevin Koch said. “We have some really talented individuals and great leadership, but we don’t have the numbers I’d like, so depth might be a concern.”



Coach: Don Lang

Last year: 9-10 overall, 1-5 Wisconsin Valley Conference dual meets, fourth in WVC tournament

Returning state qualifiers: Mitch Hertel (132, 34-12, Soph., qualifier, WVC champion).

Key returners: Devon Klement (120/126), Aaron Sternweis (126), Luke Mahoney (132), Tyler Manthe (138), Mitch Hertel (145), Carsten Lovstad (152), Brandon Baltus (152/160), Kane Seubert (182), Mitch Zillman (195), Brad Schroeder (220), Tristan Wilson (285).

Key newcomers: Ryan Wilsmann (160/170), Brett Hasbrouck (170).

Outlook: Numbers are good in the Tigers practice room with 40 wrestlers, including 11 returning letterwinners, and that will be one of Marshfield’s strengths as it looks to improve on last season’s results.

“Hopefully, the experience the guys got last year will show up on the mat this year,” Tigers coach Don Lang said. “They have a lot to prove to themselves and are hungry to get out onto the mat.”



Coach: Tran Brooks

Last year: 12-8, fourth in Great Northern Conference

Returning state qualifiers: Gunner Peterson (113, 37-11, sr., qualifier), Aric Spencer (145, 20-3, sr., quaifler).

Key returners: Jon Prochnow (120), Aaron Hartwig (132), Sam Sawdey (152), Jacob Stamos (160), Aaron Harder (182), Nick Berger (220)

Key newcomers: Tucker Peterson (120), Brandon Bucki (195).

Outlook: A pair of state qualifiers will lead the Raiders in their quest to move up the ladder in the Great Nothern Confernece standings.



Coach: Scott Arneson

Last year: 17-1 overall, 5-1 Wisconsin Valley Conference duals; third in WVC tournament

Returning state qualifiers: Tyler Schmidt (220), Mason Reinhardt (145, fifth), David Pophal (160)

Key returners: Hunter Welch (113), Nathan Beyer (120), Scott Arneson (126), Garrett Schmelling (132), Eric Ball (145), Benji Hintze (182), Alex Klug (195)

Key newcomers: Justin Mondeik 106, Kassidy Block 113, Brady Schmelling 120, Tom Weinkauf 126, Kevin Schmidt 138, Lucas Lee 138, Jagger Scholz 138, Dyllan Zahn 145, Dylan Schielke 152, Wyatt Strombom 170, Riley Kurtz 220, and Gabe Nelles 285.

Outlook: Coming into the season ranked No. 2 in Division 1, the Bluejays are looking to improve on a strong season last year with a young team.

“We set up a tough schedule for this team and we wrestle in the toughest conference in the state,” coach Scott Arneson said. “We have three teams in the conference that are ranked in the preaseason and we could have more before the season ends. There will be no nights off in the Valley and we’re preparing our kids to be ready in late in the season.”



Coach: Kyle Olund

Last year: 4-1, second in Great Northern Conference

Returning state qualifiers: None

Key returners: Dalton Gorman (132), Riley Ivaska (126), Elliot Sparby (145), Bryan Kaiser (220), Kyle Dalske (285).

Key newcomers: Dillon Jacob (120), Alex Zebro (138), Jacob Sparby (170), Cole Ellis (106), Tanner Johnson (113), Kolton Owen (160).

Outlook: “We are looking forward to a great year and looking to improve on our runner-up conference finish from last year,” coach Kyle Olund said. “We didn’t fill a couple weights last year, and it cost us in the tournaments at the end of the year. Our underclassmen are working hard to make sure we fill our lineup.”



Coach: Scott Bryant

Returning state qualifiers: Phillip Opelt (113, 48-7, sr., fifth), Mitchell Pholman (160, 42-10, sr., qualifier)

Key returners: Morgan Malm, Jared Boon, Zach Friemoth, Mike Chadwick, Jake Rueth, Dan Rossow, Zach Swift.

Key newcomers: Bob Hogan (195), Anthony Peplinski (285), Kanyon Rachu (106), Ben Anding (145/152).

Outlook: “We lost a lot to graduation last year so we are going to have some young inexperienced kids wrestling at the varsity level,” NGL coach Scott Bryant said. “We hope we will continue to improve as the season goes on.”

Nekoosa/Port Edwards

Nekoosa/Port Edwards

Coach: Scott Thurber

Last year: 4-1, South Central Conference champion

Returning state qualifiers: None

Key returners: Clay Lieber (106), Sam Tuttle (113), Tony Lyp (120), Jamie Sarver (132), Josiah Kleist (132), Ben Ayres (138), Aaron Peckham (145), Jimmy Masonick (160), Luke Schraeder (182), Dylan Bauer (195), Justin Spice (195), Tristin Holden (285).

Key newcomers: Brooke Thurber (106), Austin Spang (113), Keaton Kotek (126), Canon Schauer (126), Darrin Kniprath (132), Jacob Kent (152), Julian Swift (170) Spencer Hall (220), Emmit Anderson (220).

Outlook: The Papermakers lost only two seniors from last year’s conference championship team, giving coach Scott Thurber plenty of optimism.

“Our veteran guys worked hard in the off season to improve their skills, by attending camps and tournaments,” Thurber said. “What is impressive about this group so far is their work ethic and experience.”



Coach: Dan Hahn

Last year: 19-9 overall.

Returning state qualifiers: Eric Hahn (152, 44-4 sr., sixth), Olie Voight (195, 46-3, sr., second).

Key returners: Scott Worlund (113), Anthony Marten (120), Jared Fox (126), Ed Kleinhenz (132), Kaleb Meyer (145), Adam Sturgis (138), Tim Zogleman (170).

Key newcomers: David Sojka (152), Dylan Grossbier (132), Florent Gad (285), Andy Fox (220)

Outlook: In Eric Hahn and Olie Voight, the Panthers have a pair of battle-tested, state medalists to lead them.



Coach: Jack Zschernitz

Last year: second in Cloverbelt

Returning state qualifiers: None

Key returners: Trevor Ackman (145), Kyle Andreae (285), Lance Neumann (182), Rudy Nieman (138), Dylan Schubert (126).

Key newcomers: Nate Neumann (132), Zach Schneider (170)

Outlook: “We lost three very good wrestlers to graduation and we have only one junior, so we will rely on on our underclassmen,” coach Jack Zschernitz said.



Coach: Duane Groshek

Last year: 11-6 overall; 3-3 Wisconsin Valley Conference

Returning state qualifiers: None

Key returners: Kolton Pope (120) Tyler hall (132), Tyler Kiefer (132), Jeremy Simkowski (145), Tyler Engle (152), Billy Duffert (170), Mitch Mallek (182), Justin Pawlak (285).

Key newcomers: Quinton Peters (160), Tanner Zinda (113), Nate Duffert (106), Fritz Schierl (126), Nate Engle (160).

Outlook: “The attitude and work ethic in the practice room has been great so far,” coach Duane Groshek said. “We compete in one of the best wrestling conferences in the state and we are in a new regional this year with the rest of the conference teams, so there will be no easy way to get to state, but hopefully, we will be up for that challenge.”



Coaches: Joe Schwabe and Kane Krummel

Last year: 15-2

Returning state qualifiers: Alex Heiden (126, qualifier)

Key returners: Phil Sersch (120), Kellen Bornbach (170), Dondrick Tackes (182/195), Hunter Kauffman (195/220).

Key newcomers: Anthony Gliniecki (113/106).

Outlook: “We are fairly solid in the light and upper weights, but we will need our guys in the middle to step up,” co-coach Joe Schwabe said. “We have some injuries that have set us back, but we’ll battle in our conference dual meets. We have a tough conference this year. Most of the schools graduated maybe one or two guys.”



Coach: Bob Garrou

Last year: 16-1 dual record, Great Northern Conference champs.

Returning state qualifiers: Austin Bellile (195, 39-2 sr., qualifier)

Outlook: Tomahawk has 44 wrestlers out for the team and will have its eye on repeating as GNC champs.

Wausau East

Wausau East

Coach: Matt Anderson

Last year: Fifth in Wisconsin Valley Conference tournament

Returning state qualifier: Nick Diny (106, 41-4, sr., qualifier)

Key returners: Brook Whitehead, Patrick Witz, Terrance Simmons, Marcus Josinger, Jacob Viehweg, Alex Stine, Gage Borchardt, Isaac Stuhr, Brendon Kramer, Dylan Rivera, Destiny Hornick

Key newcomers: Brett Zastrow, Cory Courneya, Kao Khang, Chang Lor, Joey Abreu, Travis Sherfinski,

Outlook: The Lumberjacks are led by state qualifier Nick Diny and Brook Whitehead.

“We have a good mix of kids who will push each other for varsity spots,” coach Matt Anderson said. “The guys are looking forward to an exciting season and maybe have some state place winners.”

Wausau West

Wausau West

Coach: Troy Fabry

Last year: 19-4 dual record, second in Wisconsin Valley Conference tournament, state team semifinalist

Returning state qualifiers: Bee Lor (106, 47-9, sr., qualifier), Colin Baine (120, 48-6, sr., state champ), Joe Umlauf (126, 49-3, sr., second), Travis Hettinga (145, 48-8, jr., fourth).

Key returners: Hunter Kuehl (120), Ben Kostroski (145), Jared Mataczynski (160), Cody Grunenwald (170), David Lodahl (182), Ryan Fay (285), River Judd (220), Alex Burk (113), Brian Lenz (195), Josh Noll (138).

Key newcomers: Jake Whalen (195), Carldon Luedtke (113), Michael Phillips (138/145), Tanner Baine (138/145), John Cihlar (145/152), Brady Lenz (182), Cole Radloff (220/285).

Outlook: The Warriors return a solid core of state qualifiers, led by champion Colin Baine and return 11 wrestlers who were on last year’s state team semifinal squad.

“The guys have shown a strong work ethic and focus this early in the season,” coach Troy Fabry said. “We have a solid lineup from top to bottom and that will make us a very good dual meet team. We have a very competitive schedule that will that will test us every week to get us to where we need to be in February and March.”

Wisconsin Rapids

Wisconsin Rapids

Coach: Scott Benitz

Last year: 21-3, 6-0 Wisconsin Valley Conference duals, WVC tournament champions, Division 1 state champions.

Returning state qualifiers: Ben Campbell (132, 22-15, sr., qualifier).

Key returners: Ethan Mercer (132), Cody Lutz (126), Robert Moran (126), Killian Carter (126), Elijiah Jinsky (195), Cal Stoflet (138).

Key newcomers: Beau Thompson (195), Drew Thompson (160), Cody Abel (170), Tim Stoflet (152), Ross Nichols (182), Jordan Scalice (138), Dylan Hall (120), Matrix Jisko (106/113), Patrick Spray (106/113), Josh Biba (220), Darren Jackson (220).

Outlook: The Raiders won their 21st state crown last year, but graduated a powerful senior class. Ben Campbell is the lone returning individual state qualifier, but six other wrestlers return from last year’s state team.

“This is a new young group we have this year and we’re going to be a work in progress,” coach Scott Benitz said. “The guys are working hard and learning what we are teaching. It will be exciting to see how this team develops as the season progresses.”


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