WIAA wrestling: Two Rivers eyes trip to Team State

WIAA wrestling: Two Rivers eyes trip to Team State

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WIAA wrestling: Two Rivers eyes trip to Team State

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After capturing an elusive regional title on Saturday, the Two Rivers wrestling team is two wins away from a berth in the WIAA Division 2 Team State Wrestling Tournament.

The Raiders, the fourth-ranked team in D2 according to Wisconsin Wrestling Online, go toe-to-toe with No. 2 Wittenberg-Birnamwood in the sectional semifinals in Freedom tonight.

The winner faces the victor of a dual between No. 7 Freedom and New London immediately following the semifinals, with a trip to Madison on the line.

Two Rivers boasts seven wrestlers who are ranked individually. Paul Bianchi is No. 1 at 106, while Ty Pelot is ranked third at 120. Chris Yauch (138) is No. 2, Chandler Donati (145) No. 9, Bobby Geiger (182) is ranked third, Scott Skornicka (195) is No. 2 and Kyle Behrandt (285) is No. 7.

The Chargers counter with eight ranked wrestlers of their own. Stetson Potrykus is No. 10 at 106, Ben Vosters (120) is No. 5, Gavin Czerwonka is honorable mention at 126, while Bobby Uttecht is No. 5 at 132. Braxton Potrykus (152) is No. 2, Hunter Kreger is honorable mention at 182, August Peplinski (195) is No. 4, and John White Wing (285) is honorable mention.

Neither team has ever appeared at the Team State Tournament.

Freedom has four ranked wrestlers, while New London has two.

The Irish have been to State three times, most recently in 2000. Freedom won their lone state title in 1997. The Bulldogs’ only state tournament appearance came in 1992.

Sectional champions advance to the Team State Tournament, Saturday, March 8 in Madison. Individual sectionals are this Saturday, with individual State Feb. 27-March 1 in Madison.

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