WIAA wrestling roundup: 21 area wrestlers punch tickets to Madison

WIAA wrestling roundup: 21 area wrestlers punch tickets to Madison


WIAA wrestling roundup: 21 area wrestlers punch tickets to Madison


For the second time in a week, Manitowoc Lincoln’s Zac Youngchild squared off with Evan Hietpas of Kaukauna in a first-place match.

And for the second time in a week, it was Youngchild who emerged victorious, downing Hietpas 3-1 in sudden victory to earn a WIAA Division 1 sectional championship at 138 pounds Saturday at Sheboygan South.

With the win, Youngchild, a senior, earned his third trip to the WIAA Individual State Wrestling Tournament in Madison, which begins Thursday. Youngchild took fourth at 103 pounds his freshman season and did not place as a sophomore.

Accompanying Youngchild on his trip to the Kohl Center will be freshman Jose Acosta, who qualified for State after finishing second at 126 pounds.

Acosta fell to Kaukauna’s Kolton Jansen in the first-place match. Jansen handed Acosta his only loss at regionals last week. The Lincoln standout claimed the second-place match, by rule, over Josh Adams of Fond du Lac since Acosta topped Adams in sudden victory earlier in the tournament.

Division 2 Seymour sectional

Five Two Rivers wrestlers won sectional titles and clinched their spots at the state tournament.

Paul Bianchi topped Michael Bannach (Wrightstown) 8-3 in the 106-pound first-place match, while Ty Pelot recorded a major decision over Ben Vosters (Wittenberg-Birnamwood) to win the title at 120.

Chris Yauch upended Luxemburg-Casco’s Mason Berceau in the first-place match at 138 pounds and teammate Bobby Geiger defeated Brett Handschke of New London in the 182-pound final.

In the 195-pound first-place match, Scott Skornicka edged Dan Dorner (Luxemburg-Casco) 5-4. Dorner downed Skornicka 12-8 in the regional championship match a week ago.

Waupun sectional

Kiel and Valders each qualified three wrestlers for State.

Aaron Field (182) and Matt Halverson (285) each won sectional titles for the Raiders.

Field topped Eric Klemme (Sheboygan Falls) 12-8 in the first-place match to earn the crown at 182 pounds. Meanwhile, Halverson pinned Sam Gromacki of Catholic Memorial in 2:30 to claim the top spot at 285.

Tanner Woepse rounded out the Raiders’ state qualifiers after taking second at 120 pounds. Woepse lost to Tepra Wright (Wisconsin Lutheran) 6-0 in the first-place match, but defeated Max Riederer of Milwaukee Lutheran by rule to earn second place. Woepse beat Riederer 8-4 in the semifinals.

Trevor Wittmus (152) pinned Ben Pulvermacher (Ripon) in 1:55 in the first-place match to give the Vikings their sectional champion.

At 195 pounds, Brandon Brennan punched his ticket to State with a second-place finish. Brennan was pinned by Berlin’s David Meza in 2:53 in the first-place match. However, Brennan claimed second place by rule since he pinned third-place finisher Brady Jacobson (Ripon) earlier in the day.

Luke Oltmanns also earned a trip to Madison after finishing third at 113 pounds.

Manitowoc Lutheran/Roncalli’s sectional qualifier, Christian Bradley (113), did not advance after dropping both of his matches.

Division 3 Cedar Grove sectional

Last week, Mishicot qualified five wrestlers for sectionals and each one of them found their way to the state tournament.

The Indians had a trio of second-place finishers.

Weston Cracraft was edged by Trent Gottsacker (Random Lake) 4-2 in overtime in the 138-pound final. Cracraft took second place by rule by virtue of his 7-2 win over third-place finisher Mitch Garriety (Lomira) in the semifinals.

After dropping the 152-pound first-place match to Cole Fritsch of New Holstein, Mason Matthias captured second place by rule, thanks to his semifinal win over Adam Krause (Oshkosh Lourdes). Matthias pinned Krause in 5:12.

Jon Brendemuehl (285) fell to Reed Anklam (Random Lake) in sudden victory in the first-place match. Brendemuehl edged Anklam by ultimate tie-breaker in the first-place match at regionals last week.

Brendemuehl took second by rule. He defeated third-place finisher Nick Zimmerman (Laconia) in a semifinal match 3-1 in overtime.

Kyle Hutterer (126) and Boone Young (145) each placed third for Mishicot.

Hutterer dropped his semifinal match, but earned his way to State with a strong showing in the consolation bracket. Hutterer pinned Lucas Nelson (Westfield Area) in 1:40 in the consolation semifinals. He then topped Princeton’s Payton Hall 4-2 in the third-place match.

Young followed a similar path to Madison. He fell in the semifinals before recording back-to-back wins. Young beat Chase Brouillette of Ozaukee 6-0 in the consolation semis and then knocked off Jason Behm (Random Lake) 6-0 in the third-place match.

Bonduel sectional

Grant Wedepohl, Tyler Schuh, and Jordan Brandt advanced to State for Reedsville.

Wedepohl (170) won by fall over Bonduel’s Jacob Wudtke in the first-place match to earn the sectional title.

Jordan Brandt followed suit at 285, scoring a 3-2 win over Grant Murray (Crandon) in the first-place match.

Schuh (182) had to battle his way to a State berth after falling in the semifinals by a count of 4-0 at the hands of Stratford’s Kamren Bombach. Schuh edged Tommy Kontney (Rosholt) 2-0 in the consolation semifinals.

He then secured his trip to Madison with a 5-1 win over Kurt Jankowski of Auburndale in the third-place match.

Though he qualified for the second-place match, the senior was forced to settle for third as Bombach took second, by rule.


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