Thursday marked the beginning of the 71st annual WIAA Individual State Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison.
Eleven of the area’s 21 state qualifiers were in action, seven of them pushed through to Day 2.
The 10 wrestlers who earned first-round byes will see their first action today.
Manitowoc Lincoln’s Jose Acosta (126) and Zac Youngchild are both still alive after the first day of competition.
Youngchild (40-6) upended Ashwaubenon junior Zac Benton (34-13) by a count of 13-3 to advance to the quarterfinals.
The Lincoln senior then fell to sophomore Fritz Schierl (43-2) of Stevens Point by major decision 11-1. Youngchild will face Baraboo’s Andre Maylen (29-16) in the consolation round this morning.
Youngchild, a three-time state qualifier who placed fourth at 103 pounds in 2011, can assure himself a spot on the podium with two more wins and can still finish as high as third-place, but will be eliminated should he lose again.
Acosta (38-7) dropped a 7-0 decision to Collin Kraus (47-5) of Stoughton. Kraus placed third at 113 pounds last season.
Lincoln’s freshman standout earned a berth in the consolation bracket after Kraus won his quarterfinal match.
Like Youngchild, Acosta can still finish as high as third place, but another loss will mark the end of the road. He will tangle with senior Austin Quartullo (35-4) of Muskego in the opening round of consolations. Quartullo is a four-time sate qualifier and two-time place winner. He took fifth at 113 pounds last year.
In his first appearance at State, Kiel’s Tanner Woepse (120) went right to work. He picked up an 11-9 win over Ben Vosters (Wittenberg-Birnamwood) in a back-and-forth battle. With the match deadlocked at nine apiece late in the third period, Woepse scored a reversal to secure the win.
Vosters, a two-time qualifier, placed fourth at 113 a year ago.
Woepse will match up with Drew Wheeler (38-3) of St. Croix Falls in the quarterfinals.
Valders’ Luke Oltmanns (113) was tripped up in the prelims. He was pinned by Jason Clapper of Lodi in 5:20. Clapper took fourth place at 106 last year.
Oltmanns ends his freshman campaign with a mark of 32-10. His teammate Brandon Brennan (195) met a similar fate.
Brennan was ousted Clintonville’s Jake Reiter in the prelims 13-7. Brennan ends this year’s run with a record of 19-7.
Mishicot’s Weston Cracraft, kicked off his third trip to State in style. He scored an 11-0 win over Bryan Ozak (Oconto) in the prelims to advance to the quarterfinals. Cracraft will go toe-to-toe with Boyceville’s Micah Johnson (42-1).
Boone Young (145) followed suit with a 7-1 win over Trystin Adams (33-9) of Cumberland. Young advances to face freshman Devin Lemanski (36-1) of Edgar in the quarterfinals today.
Jon Brendemuehl (285) joined his teammates in the quarterfinals by pinning Calvin Marriott (Brookwood) in 1:05. He will face Reedsville’s Jordan Brandt in the quarters. Brendemuehl defeated Brandt 3-2 in the Olympian Conference 285-pound championship match on Feb. 8.
The Indians’ Kyle Hutterer (126) was pinned by Cumberland’s Trey Lundequam (38-5) in 3:35. Hutterer ends his season at 28-8.
Mason Matthias (152) also bowed out in the prelims. Matthias (39-10) fell to Scott Pittz of Mineral Point by virtue of a 7-2 decision.
Reedsville’s Tyler Schuh (182) downed Damion Blechinger (32-12) of Turtle Lake/Clayton 6-2 to advance to the quarterfinals.