Prep wrestling capsule previews

Prep wrestling capsule previews


Prep wrestling capsule previews


Fox Valley Association


Coach: Scott Clough (12th season).

Coach’s record: 121-52.

Last season: 12-7 overall, 6-3 FVA.

Top prospects: Will Dougherty, Sr. (152, 160 pounds); Reed Ellenbacker, Sr. (145, 152); David Granatelli, Sr. (113); Luke Hoffmann, Sr. (220); Trey Lawson, Jr. (152, 160); Liam Peebles, Jr. (195); Torren Peebles, Sr. (170); Eric Rausch, Jr. (126, 132); Tony Riske, Sr. (182); Gabe Rohloff, Jr. (132, 138); Stephen Rovick, Jr. (132, 138).

Top newcomers: Cole Salm, Jr. (heavyweight); Cody Ruppel, Jr. (138, 145); Tyler Smith, Jr. (152); Noah Tingley, so. (120, 126); Dellas Vandenberg, So. (120).

Outlook: Appleton North has great numbers this year and returns a majority of its starters from last season. David Granatelli and Torren Peebles return after qualifying for the state tournament last year as juniors.

Coach’s comment: “This group is hard working, motivated and mentally strong. It will be interesting to see who steps up and claims each weight class, as there will be several battlesfor the varsity positions. Leadership should be a strength of the team.


Coach: Jeremiah Reffke

Last season: 1-8 FVA.

Top prospects: Gerardo Ayala, Fr. (106 pounds); Zachary Hollenback, Fr. (106); Alex Samphere, Fr. (106); Stone Verkuilen, So. (113); Deryk Smith, So. (113); Chris Heck, Sr. (120); Devin Wynveen, So. (126); Jeremy Jansen, Jr. (132); Gilberto Javacuaro, So. (132); Alex Long, So. (152); Gage Hartjes, So. (152); Brian Vargas, So. (152); Jackson Curtin, Sr. (160); Peter Ketter, Sr. (170); Jimmy Holschuh, Jr. (170); Adam Gusky, so. (182); Ty Hanssen, Jr. (182); Drew McBride, So. (195); Max Cabrera, So. (220); Eric Vargas, Sr. (285); Nick Schommer, Fr. (285); Nick Scanlan, So. (285).

Outlook: The Terrors have just four seniors on the roster and will be very young, with four freshmen, 11 sophomores and three juniors.


Coach: Jeff Matczak (21st).

Coach’s record: 315-48-2.

Last season: 18-2 overall, 9-0 FVA.

Top prospects: Robert Lee (126 pounds), Tres Leon (113), Bailey VanHandel (120), Evan Hietpas (138), Kolten Jansen (126), Chance Eiting (132), Nick Agen (170), Tanner VandenHeuvel (152), Vince Zornow (182), Nick Dercks (195), Tyler Nelson (220), Will Russum (285).

Top newcomers: Josh Barbara (138), Ian Gioacchini (106).

Outlook: Good balance throughout the lineup will have the Ghosts at or near the top of the conference race again this season. Kaukauna has depth in its lower weights, but are not so deep in the upper weights. The Ghosts will also be without standout Tres Leon to start the season after he suffered an offseason injury.


Coach: Tony Schaaf (fourth).

Coach’s record: 14-35.

Last season: 6-9 overall, 4-5 FVA.

Top prospects: Ian Maggay (120 pounds), Stahios Louvaris (126), Trevor Santkuyl (126), Kevin Coenen (145), Kordell Schmoll (152), Zach Minten (152, 160), Korey Clapps (170, 182), Drew Tomasovic (182, 195).

Top newcomers: Shane Christman (106), Jordan Weinzetl (106, 113), Jake Olson (138), Micah Doerfler (138), Blair Mulholland (160, 170), Max Borowski (160, 170), Josh Dugas (195).

Outlook: The Papermakers return nine wrestlers with varsity experience, but will still feature mostly underclassmen. Kimberly has more wrestlers taking part in its offseason program and is confident that will help push the level of competition on the team.

Coach’s comment: “We will not be as deep as we have been in the past,” Schaaf said. “We will not have backups in many of the weights, so injuries can hurt us greatly. We also have two open weight classes at the top of the lineup.”


Coach: Steven Rosencrans (four).

Last season: 3-6 FVA.

Top prospects: Zeek Hooyman, Jimmy Sell, Bailey Whipple, Justin Womble.

Outlook: “We have some great talent coming back this season,” Rosencrans said. “We also have some new faces in the wrestling room, which should help make us stronger as a team. We’re hoping to do well this season in the conference and continue to build as a team.”


Coach: Ryan Peterson (first).

Coach’s record: 0-0.

Last season: 13-6 overall, 6-3 FVA.

Top prospects: Josh Cowling, Sr. (126 pounds), Luke Nelessen, Jr. (182), Mitch Ledwith, Sr. (220).

Outlook: “We have a lot of depth in our middle weights that should lead to some great competition to earn varsity time,” Peterson said. “We are bringing back nine seniors with some experience at the varsity level. If we can fill out our lineup on the bottom end, we should be near the top of the FVA conference again.”

Eastern Valley Conference


Coach: Justin Mc Auly (third).

Coach’s record: 10-21.

Last season: 3-12 overall, 2-5 Eastern Valley.

Top prospects: Kelvyn Van Laarhoven, Jr. (126 pounds); Dustin Zarnoth, Jr. (138); Charlie Poppe, Jr. (170); and Jake Reiter, Jr. (195).

Top newcomers: Chase Poppe, Fr. (138); Sam Kroening, So. (132); Matt Hill, Jr. (220).

Outlook: The Truckers are low in numbers this season but, according to Mc Auly, are high on talent.


Coach: Scott Mumford (fourth).

Last season: 4-10 overall, 1-8 EVC.

Top prospects: Nick Mathison (145 pounds), Chase Maxwell (138), Jake Coulthurst (160), Ross Schultz (152).

Top newcomers: Hayden Thern (132, 138), Dan Brink (126), Luke Witt (132).

Outlook: “This year we will be looking to our upperclassmen to give us leadership and to help offset our lack of experience,” Mumford said. “We look for big things from our returners. This is a very talented group of young men and are setting their sights high this year.”


Coach: Justin Lancaster (second).

Coach’s record: 18-0.

Last season: 18-0 overall and 7-0 in the EVC.

Top prospects: Cody Walrath (126 pounds), Andrew Philibeck (160), Alex VanBoxtel (170), Mason Manteuffel (113), Reed Ambrosius (220), Riley Schuh (heavyweight), Erik Rude (heavyweight), Chad Verhasselt (145), Dustin Jensen (138), Austin Jensen (132), Mason Sturm (195).

Outlook: The Irish return several prospects from last season’s Eastern Valley Conference championship team and are again taking aim at the top of the conference.

Coach’s comment: “We have a group of hard workers willing to put in the time to succeed.”


Coach: John Pashouwer (third).

Top prospects: Trent Saunders (113 pounds), Mike Lancour (106), Lars Schrader (113), Ben Verbruggen (120), Bryce Zdanovec (132), Matt Vandenberg (138), Mike Lyons (145), Lucas VanDeurzen (152), Shane Schwaller (160), Lucas Earle (160), Eric Epping (170), Quinn Schultz (182), Max Keyzers (195), Brandon Hietpas (220), Brandon Christie (220), Brandon Elrick (285).


Coach: Tom Reif (first).

Coach’s record: 0-0

Top prospects: Levi Petroske (138 pounds), Mitchell Molder (160, 170), Miguel Barazza (152), Eric Bolwork (106), Caleb Hobson (220).

Top newcomers: Anthony Friese (145), Jordan Grenlie (160, 170).

Outlook: “We are a very young team, but we have a group of extremely hard workers,” Reif said. “We currently have several freshmen starting on our varsity team, which will continue to improve throughout the year.”


Coach: Ben Selsing (first).

Top prospects: Boone Roycraft, Sr. (126); Cal Cottrell, Jr. (132), Brett Wenzel, Sr. (138); Ethan Miller, Jr. (145); Mike McGinnis, Sr. (152); Hunter Messerschmidt, Jr. (160).

Top newcomers: Alex Ford, Jr. (170).

Outlook: Winneconne’s middle weights appear to be stacked with talent as six wrestlers who have qualified in the past return, including Roycraft, Cottrell, Wenzel, Miller, McGinnis and Messerschmidt.


Coach: Thom Burke (fourth).

Last season: Did not wrestle dual meets or in conference in 2011-2012.

Top prospects: Michael Marshall (132, 138), Juho Lee (152, 160), Vincent Hurula (285).

Top newcomer: Tanner Le Noble (160, 171).

Outlook: Xavier has 20 wrestlers out this season, but the hawks lack experience.

Bay Conference


Coach: Chris Gennrich.

Top prospects: Corbin Young (106 pounds), Curtis Diedrich (113), Carson Thern (120), Cameron Luker (126), Joe Cliver (132), Cameron Martzahl (138), Caleb Smith (138), Bradley Conger (145), Nate Rynish (152), Jared Luker (160), Cody Laabs (170), Justin Sullivan (182), J.D. Forsling (195), Keegan Hooyman (220), Cole Schuh (285).


Coach: Bryon Prey (first).

Coach’s record: 0-0.

Last season: 10-10 overall, 3-5 Bay.

Top prospects: Jake Close (120, 126 pounds), Anna Malueg (106, 113), Austin Wyngaard (145, 152), Austin Postel (182), Andrew Moser (152, 160), Tommy Thurber (160), Zach Duenas (145), Justin Behnke (195), Mark Locy (220), Bret Handshcke (170).

Top newcomers: Skylar Moderson (106, 113), Andrew Postel (126), Texas Herter (132), Will Haddix (138)

Outlook: “We have great team unity and the senior leadership is great,” Prey said. “This is an extremely hard working group who has high expectations. We are a little short on numbers. However, where we lack in numbers, we are experienced.”


Coach: Keith Swett (40th) and Mark Schmoll (eighth).

Last season: 10-9 overall.

Top prospects: Walker Christensen, So. (106, 113); Noah Scott, Jr. (113, 120); Marcus Cornelius, So. (152); Dalton Thomas, Jr. (182); Gunnar Roberge, So. (220, 285); Samanda Powell, Sr. (106); Jake Arndt, Jr. (145); Matthew Dessart, Sr. (152, 160); Alex Everard, So. (182); David Leisgang, Sr. (113, 120); Brandon Dable, So. (145); James Hebb, Sr. (170); Kevin VandenLangenberg, So. (182).

Top newcomers: Bennett Temple, Fr. (106); Matt Eisch, Fr. (132); Clayton VanLanen, Fr. (138); Clayton Skogman, Jr. (145); Cody Plaster, Sr. (170); Cody Keleske, Jr. (195, 220).

Outlook: The Thunder will be relatively young and inexperienced. Matthew Dessart and David Leisgang are the only two seniors with a lot of varsity experience. Seymour’s strongest overall class appears to be the sophomore class, which contains five wrestlers that has had quite a bit of varsity experience: Walker Christensen, Brandon Dable, Marcus Cornelius, Kevin VandenLangenberg and Gunnar Roberge. The Thunder should finish in the top half of the extremely competitive Bay conference. Defending state champion Luxemburg-Casco will again defend for the title.

Olympian Conference


Coach: Dale Baeten (first).

Coach’s record: 0-0.

Last season: 2-6 overall, 2-5 Olympian Conference.

Top prospects: Jake Broehm, Sr. (126 pounds); Elliot Piepenburg, Jr. (152); William Browning, Sr. (195); Silas Petrie, Sr. (220).

Top newcomers: Chad Sharar, So. (106); Jordon Roth, Fr. (126); Alex Behnke, Fr. (138); Nathan Campshure, So. (145); Philip Geiger, So. (160); Bob Berghuis, Sr. (170); Jesse Beshada, Sr. (170); Austin Stebane, Jr. (182).

Outlook: The upper weights will be Brillion’s strength this season, especially if the Lions can find a true heavyweight to fill that void. Brillion, however, will need a lot of pins if it is to win its dual meets this season. The Lions’ lighter weights are lacking varsity experience with the exception of Jake Broehm at 126 pounds. Brillion also must replace two very successful wrestlers from last year in Jackson Brice and Brock Kasten at the 132 and 138 weight classes.

Central Wisconsin Conference


Coach: Scott Hahn (sixth, but first since 2007).

Coach’s record: 66-32.

Last season: 1-13 overall, 0-9 CWC.

Top prospects: Garrett Griffin (152, 160), Casey Johnson (195, 220), Joe Vande Vrede (182), Jacob French (126).

Top newcomers: Dominic Schuelke (132, 138), Darryn Claussen (115).

Outlook: Hahn returns after a four-year absence and will have an inexperienced group. “We are young and inexperienced, but this is a very coachable group of athletes,” Hahn said.


Coach: Eric Clausen (eighth).

Coach’s record: 52-35.

Last season: 10-2 overall, 8-2 CWC.

Top prospects: Jacob Dahlke, Sr.; Josue Gonzalez, Sr.; Zech Riehl, Sr.; Dominic Gunderson, Jr.; Garrett Beyer, So.; Jordan Collar, So.; Derrek Davis, So.; Harley Finder, So.; Garrett Gunderson, So.; Cody Mielke, So.; Jesus Padilla, So.; Austin Riehl, So.; Nate Thein, So.; Mason Gomm, Fr.; Henry Fielding, Fr.; Austin Merryfield, Fr.; Adam Miller, Fr.

Outlook: Shiocton adds a few talented freshmen to its lineup as the Chiefs look to be a wild-card in the CWC race, behind favorites Wittenberg-Birnamwood and Bonduel.

Coach’s comment: “As a team, we definitely hope to make a push for top two, but numbers could unfortunately plague us again this year,” Clausen said. “We have some outstanding individuals, but will be short of a full lineup. A lot of the season will depend on keeping our lineup as healthy as possible and wrestling with as much consistency as possible.”


Coach: Tim Potratz (23rd).

Coach’s record: 314-93.

Last season: 10-7 overall, 5-4 CWC.

Top prospects: Isaac Danke, Sr., (113 pounds); Oliver Radtke, So. (120); Nick Thomas, Sr. (126); Tre Blohm, Sr. (132); state qualifier Trevor Potratz, Sr. (152); Brandon Loehrke, Jr. (160); Andy Bork, So. (285).

Top newcomers: Jon Morgan, Fr. (106); Tyler Hart, Sr. (138); Andy Pribbernow, Jr. (145); Dan Tews, Jr. (170); Nathan Stelzner, Sr. (220).

Outlook: The Indians have a solid core of seniors, but lack depth. They will be looking for several wrestlers to step up and fill the void at three or four weak weight classes.

— Compiled by Post-Crescent staff writer Dan Kohn: 920-993-1000, ext. 305, or; On Twitter @PCDanKohn. Appleton East, Chilton and Wrightstown did not return surveys and are not included.


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