Five central Wisconsin wrestlers left the Kohl Center in Madison over the weekend as state champions.
More could earn championship medals this weekend during the team competition at the UW Fieldhouse.
But before then, here’s a look back at the area’s best from the WIAA individual state wrestling championships over the weekend.
Twice as nice
Colin Baine of Wauwau West and Luke Nowak of Edgar became two-time state champions. Baine is the first West wrestler to win multiple titles. Nowak was one of three Edgar wrestlers to win a championship match Saturday — the others being twin brother Matt Nowak, and teammate Devin Lemanski. Luke Nowak is Edgar’s fifth two-time champ.
In addition to Matt Nowak and Lemanski, Merrill’s Tyler Schmidt also won a state championship for the first time. Nowak and Schmidt are seniors. Lemanski is a sophomore, leaving him with more chances to win at state.
Wisconsin Rapids wrestlers went home without a medal for the first time since 1969, snapping a run that included 37 individual championships for the school. Freshman Patrick Spray missed the podium with a consolation match loss but will enter next season with valued state experience.
Like Spray, Marshfield sophomore Mitch Hertel and SPASH junior Mitch Mallek reached the state tournament with at least one more high school season still in front of them. Hertel reached the Division 1 semifinals and finished fourth. Freshman Trenton McManus of Adams-Friendship, and freshman Anthony Gliniecki and junior Dondrick Tackes, both of Stratford, also had strong showings.
Baine could win another championship next weekend when Wausau West competes in the state team tournament. West opens the tournament 7 p.m. Friday against Burlington. The semifinals are 9 a.m. Saturday. The championship is 6 p.m. Saturday.