Three local wrestlers reached the semifinals of their respective weight classes in Reedsville’s Grant Wedepohl, Two Rivers’ Scott Skornicka and Valders’ Stetson McCulley of the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament on Friday.
Skornicka (39-9) and McCulley (44-2) each received byes in Division 2 at 195- and 138-pounds, respectively, while Wedepohl (41-7) earned his trip by winning his first match on Thursday at 152 in Division 3.
Wedepohl started the day by pinning his quarterfinal opponent, Cashton’s Dominic Flock (41-6), in 5:27. He then faced Josh Cormican of Boyceville (47-1) in the semifinal, losing via and 8-3 decision. He’ll take on Ozaukee’s Ethan Brouillette (18-3) tomorrow at 11 a.m. in consolation bracket.
In the D2 quarterfinals, Skornicka pinned Ellsworth’s Jacob Murphy (28-14) in 2:28 while McCulley won via a narrow 2-1 decision over Kevin Klopfenstein (44-6) of Monroe. In the semifinals, Skornicka was beaten by Austin Hephner (45-1) of Chilton-Hilbert by a slim 7-5 decision and McCulley took down Sparta’s Tristan Zurfluh (25-9) via a 5-2 decision.
Skornicka will face Jake Reiter (40-8) of Clintonville tomorrow in the consolation bracket at 11 a.m. while McCulley squares off with Mitchell Friedman (43-0) of Oconto Falls today at 6 p.m. in the final.
Also reaching the D2 quarterfinals for the Raiders but failing to reach the semifinals were Paul Bianchi (106) and Ty Pelot (113).
Bianchi (48-3) lost his quarterfinal match to Saint Lawrence Seminary’s Joseph Nguyen (35-0) by decision (8-5) before defeating Drew Wheeler (40-5) of Saint Croix Falls via a 5-2 decision in the consolation round one. He’ll face Lodi’s Jason Clapper (40-8) in the consolation wrestlebacks today at 11 a.m.
Entering the quarterfinal Pelot (43-1), who had received a bye, was undefeated but fell to JJ McClelland (46-2) of Viroqua by decision (8-4) before rebounding to pin Wisconsin Lutheran’s Tepra Wright in 1:44 to earn a spot in the consolation wrestlebacks. He’ll take on Gunnar Leisner (33-5) of Oconto Falls today at 11 a.m.
The final area team to take part in D2 was Kiel, which had Jay Wallace (145) and Matt Halverson (285) reach the tournaments final day in the wrestleback bracket.
Wallace (37-8) lost a narrow 9-7 decision to Southern Door’s Colin Schubert (45-5) in the quarterfinal but defeated Devin Weber (46-5) of Marshall by a major decision (13-0) to advance. He’ll face of with Mosinee’s Elliott Sparby (45-11) today at 11 a.m.
Halverson (32-8) lost a 12-1 major decision to Medford’s Nick Berger (46-2) before advancing by pinning Brodhead/Juda’s Logan Maurer in 4:42. He’ll face Garett Cary (12-1) of Big Foot/Wms. Bay tomorrow at 11 a.m. in the consolations bracket.
Colby Kasten (44-3) also reached the D3 quarterfinals for the Panthers at 138 but fell to Erik Ulrich (46-2) of Clear Lake by decision (7-2) before winning the consolation match over Arcadia’s Spencer Bisek (35-17), also by decision, 8-3. Kasten will face Adam Holmquist (40-2) of Glenwood City at 11 a.m. today.
Mishicot’s Luke Finnel (47-6) rounds out D3 as he lost both of his matches on Friday at 126, being pinned in the quarterfinal by Kyle Mezera (47-4) of Lancaster in 1:46 and again in the consolation round one by Coleman’s Jackson Margis (36-12) in 4:10.
Manitowoc Lincoln senior Jonah Mrozinsky (41-10), the areas only Division 1 representative, won his first match of the day in the first consolation round over Levi Van Lanen (33-9) of Pulaski via a 6-0 decision. Mrozinsky’s Ships career came to a close in his next match however, falling to Hudson’s Derek Schindler (43-2) by an 8-2 decision in the second round of the consolation bracket.