44 Central Wisconsin wrestlers set to compete at 2019 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament

Spencer/Columbus senior Logan Zschernitz, top, will be looking for his second-straight Division 2 285-pound championship at this week’s 2019 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament in Madison. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

By Paul Lecker
For OnFocus

MADISON – The 76th annual WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament will be held Thursday, Feb. 21, through Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Kohl Center in Madison.

A total of 44 wrestlers from 15 Central Wisconsin schools will be among the field competing for 42 state championships.

Marshfield will have a school-record nine athletes competing in Division 1, Spencer/Columbus Catholic will have three wrestlers taking part in the Division 2 field, and Stratford, for the second year in a row, will have nine athletes in the Division 3 brackets.

Wrestling begins with Division 1 preliminaries at 3 p.m. Thursday. Division 1 quarterfinals will follow at approximately 5:15 p.m., and Division 2 and 3 preliminaries will begin at approximately 7 p.m.

Division 1 consolation matches start at 10 a.m. Friday and will be followed by Division 2 and 3 quarterfinals, and more consolation matches in all three divisions. Semifinals will begin at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, consolation matches continue through the fifth- and third-place matches beginning at 10 a.m. The championship matches start with the March of Champions at 5:30 p.m.

Seniors Nolan Hertel (152 pounds), Sam Mitchell (195), Tanner Kanable (138) and Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann (182), and sophomore Gabe Pugh (126) all return to the state tournament for Marshfield. Joining them will be three first-time qualifiers – junior Shane Westerhausen (120), senior Caden Pearce (145), and freshmen Keagan Cliver (113) and Ryan Dolezal (132).

Marshfield senior Nolan Hertel, top, is one of nine Tigers to qualify for this week’s 2019 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournnament, which will be held Feb. 21-23 at the Kohl Center in Madison. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Hertel is making is fourth-straight trip to state and searching for his first victory. Mitchell is going back for the third year in a row and coming off a fifth-place finish, while Schwanebeck-Ostermann is returning for a second consecutive time after placing fourth last year. Pugh (36-4) is also making his second-straight state appearance after no placing in 2018.

Spencer/Columbus senior Logan Zschernitz has put together an undefeated season in defense of his Division 2 285-pound championship that he won last year. Zschernitz (43-0) returns to state for the third year in a row – he placed third in 2017 – and earned a bye into the quarterfinals by virtue of his second championship.

Zschernitz will be joined by teammates Treyton Ackman (113 pounds) and Ashton Ackman (120).

Treyton Ackman (39-7), a freshman, and Ashton Ackman (40-7), a junior, will wrestle in Division 2 preliminaries on Thursday night. Ashton Ackman is back for the second time as he also made it to state as a freshman.

Stratford, the two-time defending Division 3 team state champions, will again have nine at the individual state meet, including four that earned medals last year.

Senior Manny Drexler (42-4 at 120) and junior Trevor Dennee (44-1 at 170) return to the state field after finished second a year ago.

Senior Dylan Schoenherr (44-3 at 285) and junior Max Schwabe (44-2 at 132) are also going back to Madison after each earned third-place finishes at last year’s state meet.

Senior Derek Marten (20-3 at 152) is back to state for the third year in a row and looks to earn a second state medal after taking fourth in 2017. Also moving on to state for the Tigers are sophomore Jacob Heiden (30-9 at 138), junior Devin Dennee (37-12 at 160), and seniors Mavrick Licciardi (40-6 at 145) and Trevor Steiner (32-13 at 195).

Schwabe and Trevor Dennee both won sectional titles and earned byes into Friday afternoon’s quarterfinals. The other seven Tigers will wrestle in Division 3 preliminary matches on Thursday night.

Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal senior Stephen Buchanan (45-0 at 195) will be looking for his second-straight Division 2 state title as well. He won the 182-pound title last year.

Medford will have four participate in the Division 2 brackets, including sectional champions Andy Poetzl (40-10 at 138) and Zeke Sigmund (27-5 at 145).

Tickets are $8 per session and will be available at the Kohl Center ticket office, or online at wiaawi.org. Online tickets will include a $2 service fee and must be printed by the purchaser.

All matches in the tournament will be streamed live and can be viewed with a subscription to the NFHS Network, which is available at nfhsnetwork.com and costs $9.95 per month. The championship matches on Saturday night will be televised live on Fox Sports Wisconsin and on the Fox Sports App.

2019 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament
Feb. 21-23, At Kohl Center, Madison
Thursday, Feb. 21

Division 1 preliminaries, 3 p.m.
Division 1 quarterfinals, 5:15 p.m.
Division 2 & 3 preliminaries, 7 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 22
Division 1 consolations, 10 a.m.
Division 2 & 3 quarterfinals, approx.. 11:15 a.m.
Division 1 consolation quarterfinals, approx.. 1 p.m.
Division 2 & 3 consolation quarterfinals, approx. 2:30 p.m.
Division 1, 2 & 3 semifinals, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 23
Consolation semifinals, fifth- and third-place matches, 10 a.m.
Finals, 5:30 p.m.

Local Matchups
Thursday, Feb. 21
Division 1 preliminaries

106: Justin Groshek (41-0), jr., Stevens Point, vs. Dawson Enge (36-11), Sauk Prairie; Preston Spray (41-6), fr., Wisconsin Rapids.
113: Keagan Cliver (30-11), fr., Marshfield, vs. Michael Parker (36-9), so., Slinger; Karter Stuttgen (30-5), so., Stevens Point, vs. D’evin Gore (39-2), Plymouth.
120: Shane Westerhausen (26-12), jr., Marshfield, vs. Jake Stritesky (39-1), jr., Lake Geneva Badger.
126: Gabe Pugh (36-4), so., Marshfield, vs. Joshua Cherba (41-11), so., Waterford; Cale Benitz (37-9), sr., Wisconsin Rapids.
132: Ryan Dolezal (28-7), fr., Marshfield, vs. Ryan Kuesel (31-15), sr., Glendale Nicolet; Max Schierl (22-9), jr., Stevens Point.
138: Tanner Kanable (38-7), sr., Marshfield, vs. Ben Kumprey (33-4), jr., Burlington.
145: Caden Pearce (39-6), sr., Marshfield, vs. Tucker Smith (28-14), so., Kimberly; Wyler Lubeck (42-4), jr., Wisconsin Rapids.
152: Nolan Hertel (41-2), sr., Marshfield, vs. Kevin Meicher (31-0), sr., Middleton.
182: Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann (42-1), sr., Marshfield, vs. Joe Sidenar (38-13), jr., Pewaukee.
195: Sam Mitchell (42-1), sr., Marshfield, vs. Azarion Waits (39-4), jr., Milwaukee Morse Marshall/Carmen Northwest.
220: Layne Kalata (29-11), sr., Wisconsin Rapids, vs. Kyle Bowens (24-4), sr., Kenosha Bradford/Reuther; Jaren Rohde (30-13), fr., Stevens Point.
285: Mike Iverson (24-10), sr., Wisconsin Rapids, vs. Isac Klarkowski (29-5), sr., Green Bay West/East/Southwest.
Division 2 preliminaries
106: River Halopka (35-7), so., Abbotsford/Colby, vs. Parker Heintz (31-9), fr., Lodi.
113: Treyton Ackman (39-7), fr., Spencer/Columbus, vs. Quintin Gehrmann (34-3), sr., Jefferson; Blaze Thurber (38-6), jr., Nekoosa/Assumption/Port Edwards, vs. Matt Rogge (30-5), so., Prairie du Chien.
120: Ashton Ackman (40-7), jr., Spencer/Columbus, vs. Colby McHugh (24-6), jr., Freedom.
132: Dane Higgins (26-7), jr., Medford, vs. Cole Hanson (35-13), fr., Delavan-Darien.
138: Craig Elsen (41-4), sr., Nekoosa/Assumption/Port Edwards, vs. Carter Huppert (28-12), jr., Ellsworth.
160: Aden Elsen (35-6), sr., Nekoosa/Assumption/Port Edwards, vs. Kale Hopke (34-8), fr., Amery.
220: Jake Rau (31-2), jr., Medford, vs. Trevor Daffinson (27-7), so., Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau/Melrose-Mindoro.
Division 3 preliminaries
120: Manny Drexler (42-4), sr., Stratford, vs. Kaleb Sonnentag (26-19), fr., Cadott.
126: Carter Brunke (30-8), jr., Athens, vs. Kolton Tesarik (40-7), so., Mishicot.
138: Jacob Heiden (30-9), so., Stratford, vs. Nick Goodell (32-16), sr., Boyceville.
145: Mavrick Licciardi (40-6), sr., Stratford, vs. Hayden Kurth (35-8), jr., Dodgeland.
152: Derek Marten (20-3), sr., Stratford, vs. Korben Brown (30-6), so., Parkview.
160: Devin Dennee (37-12), jr., Stratford, vs. Spencer Kraus (36-6), jr., Cornell/Gilman.
170: Hunter Grimm (37-7), sr., Pittsville, vs. Terry Myadze (35-9), sr., Princeton.
182: Jordan Decker (28-10), sr., Athens, vs. Chase Beinbom (43-6), sr., Boscobel.
195: Trevor Steiner (32-13), sr., Stratford, vs. Bryce Best (32-12), so., Flambeau; William Raatz (15-1), sr., Edgar, vs. Gavin Tegels (34-11), fr., Cadott.
220: Connor Westfall (30-6), jr., Athens, vs. Brett Feind (32-12), sr., Cedar Grove-Belgium.
285: Dylan Schoenherr (44-3), sr., Stratford, vs. Clay Berra (11-17), jr., La Crosse Aquinas; Mitchell Gore (31-9), jr., Athens, vs. Garrett Ward (24-15), sr., Mineral Point.
Friday, Feb. 22
Division 2 quarterfinals

138: Andy Poetzl (40-10), sr., Medford, vs. Devan Alt (31-14), sr., River Valley, or Adam Sauer (37-9), so., Lomira.
145: Zeke Sigmund (27-5), jr., Medford, vs. Andrew Forsythe (41-5), jr., North Fond du Lac/St. Mary’s Springs, or Adam Kilgas (26-4), jr., Little Chute.
195: Stephen Buchanan (45-0), sr., Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal, vs. Will Schaefer (40-4), jr., Belmont/Platteville, or Alec Davis (34-8), sr., Grafton.
285: Logan Zschernitz (43-0), sr., Spencer/Columbus, vs. Ethan Witcpalek (36-11), sr., Wrightstown, or Michael Douglas (35-13), so., Belmont/Platteville.
Division 3 quarterfinals
132: Max Schwabe (44-2), jr., Stratford, vs. Hunter Bruhn (36-8), jr., Phillips, or Brant Cracraft (28-13), fr., Mishicot.
138: Beau Merritt (37-9), sr., Pittsville, vs. Tyler Kowalkowisi (16-6), jr., Cedar Grove-Belgium, or Jacob Rogers (35-7), jr., New Lisbon.
170: Trevor Dennee (44-1), jr., Stratford, vs. Kaden Grieser (24-15), sr., Cambridge, or Austin McCurdy (35-9), sr., St. Croix Falls.
220: Ethan Heil (32-0), jr., Edgar, vs. Brayden Leffler (30-11), sr., Fennimore, or Kyle Zehm (37-10), jr., St. Croix Falls.

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