WIAA wrestling roundup: Area represented by 7 in state title matches

WIAA wrestling roundup: Area represented by 7 in state title matches

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WIAA wrestling roundup: Area represented by 7 in state title matches

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Seven of the area’s eight semifinalists punched their tickets to the finals of the WIAA Individual State Wrestling Tournament on Friday night at the Kohl Center in Madison.

Two Rivers’ Paul Bianchi pulled out a 4-3 win over Trevor McManus of Adams-Friendship to earn a berth in the Division 2 106-pound championship match.

The Raiders’ sophomore pinned Pewaukee’s Rajiv Geffert in 1:02 in the quarterfinals. In the semis, Bianchi trailed 3-1 entering the third period. He picked up a quick escape to draw within one. A short time later, he took the lead with a takedown and then rode out McManus to secure the win.

Bianchi (51-2) faces Wrightstown’s Michael Bannach (44-8) in the state championship match. Bianchi topped Bannach 8-3 in the first-place match at sectionals last Saturday.

After scoring a 6-2 win over Edgerton’s Sonny Schieldt in the 120-pound quarterfinals, the Raiders’ Ty Pelot (47-5) was tripped up by Tepra Wright (43-2) of Wisconsin Lutheran in the semis. Pelot held a 2-1 lead going into the third period. Wright scored an escape and then a takedown followed by back points to pull of the win.

Pelot takes on JJ McClelland (42-6) of Viroqua in the consolation semifinals this morning.

Two Rivers’ Chris Yauch (138) earned a berth in the finals with an 8-3 over Andy Strey (47-5) of East Troy. Yauch (46-9) will go toe-to-toe with Brock Polhamus (42-7) of Sparta in the championship match.

In earlier action, Yauch topped Mike Chadwick (Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal) 9-7 in the quarters.

Bobby Geiger (182) followed his teammates’ lead. After pinning Cuba City/Southwest’s Brett Wilson (31-14) in 1:34 in the quarters, he scored a 4-2 win over Max Praschak (37-4) of Somerset in the semifinals. Geiger (46-7) tangles with Dennis Schultz (25-3) of Ellsworth in the state championship match.

Scott Skornicka made it four Raiders in the finals after he won by technical fall over Brock Steldt (41-14) of Ellsworth 18-3. Skornicka will match up against St. Croix Falls’ Joe Rademacher (42-1) in the finals.

Earlier in the day, Scott Skornicka (195) recorded a 6-3 win over Silas Coleman (36-15) of Richland Center in the quarters.

Kiel’s Matt Halverson (285) pinned Logan Maurer (46-2) of Bordhead/Juda in 3:36 to book his trip to the finals, where he will run into Cole LaLiberty (40-1) of Chetek/Weyerhaeuser/Prairie Farm.

Halverson (43-2) made quick work of Peshtigo’s Andrew Johnston in the quarterfinals, pinning him in 20 seconds.

In Division 3 action, Grant Wedepohl (42-1) of Reedsville downed Ethan Soderstrom (21-4) of Lancaster to reach the 170-pound final. Soderstrom was a state champion at 160 pounds a year ago.

Wedepohl took a 1-0 lead after an escape in the second period. He sealed the deal with a takedown midway through the third.

He advanced to the semis after topping Isaac Tuttle (32-12) of Glenwood City 4-2 in quarterfinal action.

The Reedsville junior will meet Jacob Wudtke (41-6) of Bonduel in the state finals. Wedepohl pinned Wudtke in 2:54 in the sectional finals last week.

Mishicot’s Jon Brendemuehl (285) recorded a thrilling 3-2 win over Donny Ralston (38-4) of Bruce by virtue of an ultimate tiebreaker.

Brendemuehl (45-5) will meet a familiar face in the championship match: Random Lake’s Reed Anklam (44-4). The pair have battled it out in both the regional and sectional finals. Brendemuehl won by ultimate tiebreaker at regionals, while Anklam won in sudden victory last week at sectionals.

In addition to the seven finalists, five other wrestlers also remain in the hunt for third place, each one of them is guaranteed a spot on the podium.

Division 1

Manitowoc Lincoln’s Zac Youngchild (138 pounds) kept his tournament run alive with a 4-2 win over Baraboo’s Andre Mayllen in the first round of consolation action.

Youngchild (42-6) then knocked off Milton’s Evan Whitehead (30-9) in the consolation quarters. This morning, he will cross paths with Waterford’s Max Fisher (50-2) in the consolation semis.

The Ships’ Jose Acosta (126) saw his season come to a close after a 3-2 loss to Austin Quartullo of Muskego. Acosta finishes his freshman season with a record of 38-8.

Division 2

Kiel’s Tanner Woepse (120) fell to Drew Wheeler (39-3) of St. Croix Falls in the quarters.

Woepse (36-11) then dropped a match to McClelland in the opening round of consolations by major decision 14-2, ending his season.

The Raiders’ Aaron Field (182) was pinned by Wittenberg-Birnamwood’s August Peplinkski (47-6) in 3:09 in their quarterfinal match.

Gavin Baade (40-2) of Brodhead/Juda pinned Field in 3:22 in consolation action. Field ends the year with a record of 37-9.

Trevor Wittmus (152) of Valders dropped his quarterfinal match to Mosinee’s Elliot Sparby (26-4) by major decision 19-5.

Wittmus bounced back with a 12-6 win over Mitchell Hasey (34-2) of Columbus in the consolation bracket. With the win, Wittmus (36-10) assures himself of a podium spot. He can finish as high as third and no lower than sixth.

The Vikings’ sophomore faces Jonny Chamberlin (40-1) of Chetek/Weyerhaeuser/Prairie Farm in the consolation semifinals.

Division 3

Reedsville’s Tyler Schuh (182) was upended in the quarters by Royall’s Dalton Lunde (43-1), who pinned him in 2:55.

Schuh (37-8) fell to Greg Wenzel (35-6) of Cedar Grove-Belgium by a count of 7-4 in the consolations, eliminating him from the tournament.

Mishicot’s Jon Brendemuehl (285) edged Jordan Brandt of Reedsville 3-2 by virtue of ultimate tiebreaker to claim his spot in the semifinals.

The win marked the second time this month Brendemuehl has edged his Olympian Conference cohort by a single point. He topped Brandt 3-2 in the OC championship match back on Feb. 8.

Brandt (36-7) kept his run alive by topping Noah Brown (35-7) of North Crawford/Seneca by major decision 9-1 in the consolations. He faces T.J. Fischer (37-6) of Boscobel in the consolation semis.

The Indians’ Weston Cracraft (138) dropped his quarterfinal bout to Micah Johnson (43-1) of Boyceville. Cracraft (46-4) fell to Austin Riehl (31-4) of Shiocton 6-1 in consolation action.

Devin Lemanksi (37-1) of Edgar pinned Mishicot’s Boone Young (39-6) in the 145-pound quarters. Young bounced back with a 5-3 win over Zach Coffeen (44-8) of Laconia in the consolations. He is slated to face Newton (39-7) of Spring Valley/Elmwood this morning.

Wrestling resumes this morning at 11 a.m. with consolation matches for all three divisions. The state finals begin at 6 p.m.

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