All but one area school will be represented at the 70th annual WIAA Individual Wrestling Championships at the Kohl Center in Madison.
That number — 10 — is up from a year ago when nine schools sent wrestlers to Madison.
Random Lake leads the area and the state with nine individuals, followed by Ozaukee with five, Sheboygan Falls at four and Kiel with three.
Random and Ozaukee each boast three sectional champions, while Sheboygan North and Oostburg each have one.
A night off
On the strength of sectional championships in Division 2 and Division 3, six area wrestlers earned a bye in their bracket and won’t hit the mat until Session 2 on Friday.
Oostburg’s Clint Hoftiezer (145); Ozaukee’s Colton Kraus (113), Ethan Brouillette (152) and Kevin Beckmann (160); and Random Lake’s Jon Mudlaff (106), Brandon Depies (120) and Brady Schmidt (138) will all get to relax and support their teammates and others from the area Thursday night.
Four schools are sending more competitors to State this year than in 2012.
Ozaukee and Kiel both improved by two, jumping from three to five and one to three, respectively. Random Lake went from eight to nine and Sheboygan South went from zero to one.
Sheboygan Falls (four), Cedar Grove-Belgium (two), Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah (one) and Sheboygan North (one) are all sending the same amount.
Making a debut
Sixteen of the 28 state-bound wrestlers will be making their first appearance at State.
Six wrestlers are back for their second go-round, and five veterans will be hitting the mats in the Kohl Center for the third time.
Ozaukee’s Ethan Brouillette is the lone four-time qualifier at 152 in Division 3.