With a 37-7 record entering the WIAA Division 3 State Wrestling Championships, Ozaukee junior Colton Kraus wasn’t going to elicit much fear into opponents on paper compared to others with gaudier marks.
But Kraus proved Friday he belongs among the very elite.
The 113-pounder won both of his matches on Friday at the Kohl Center to advance to today’s championship match.
Kraus (39-7) beat Cody Shafer (39-10) of Clear Lake 10-8, then rolled Sean Sonnentag (40-6) of Cadott 10-1 to advance to the finale. He will face unbeaten sophomore Karl Gerber of Cameron (46-0).
Kraus was the lone area qualifier to advance to the title round.
Random Lake junior Brandon Depies (41-11) won 9-5 over De Soto’s Joe Obert in the quarterfinals earlier Friday, then lost 10-0 to Glenwood City senior Riley Knops (41-1). Next up for him is a familiar foe, Ozaukee junior Cole Large.
Large (38-10) advanced to today’s consolation semifinals after a 16-6 major decision over Clear Lake’s Tim Anderson. Large dropped his first match Friday to Lancaster’s Cole Martin.
Random Lake junior Trent Gottsacker (126) beat Aquinas’ Jordan Corcoran 5-3 to advance to the semifinals, where he lost to Edgar sophomore Devin Lemanski (44-0) 17-0. Gottsacker (43-9) returns to action today.
Rams sophomore Jon Mudlaff — who entered State as the top ranked wrestler at 106 — dropped his quarterfinal match to Stratford’s Anthony Gliniecki 5-2. Mudlaff (45-5) responded with a 9-2 win over Cadott’s Austin Najbrt in the consolation first round.
Also for Random, 113-pound senior Kohl Sanders (24-10) fell to Deerfield’s Jared Gilbertson before beating Bonduel’s Garrett Siolka.
Ozaukee’s Ethan Brouillette (152) lost his state opener to Weston/Ithaca’s Cody Willis before winning his afternoon match over Arcadia’s Jerry Hotelling to improve to 18-3.
The Warriors’ Kevin Beckmann earned a spot in the consolation semis at 160 after a 10-4 win over Hillsboro’s Spencer Treu. Beckmann (41-7) fell to Florence’s Cole Dollar earlier in the day.
And at 170, Random’s Adam Risse (33-7) lost to Edgar’s Matt Novak before downing Cameron’s Kyle Heinsohn 3-2 in the consolation first round.
Oostburg’s lone state qualifier, Clint Hoftiezer (145), saw his season end at 30-13 after a pair of losses Friday.
Random’s Brady Schmidt (138) and Jesse Verbanac (182) concluded their seasons at 32-11 and 38-14, respectively, after Friday’s action.