Marshfield, Stratford combine for five medals in consolation brackets at 2019 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament

Marshfield senior Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann placed third in the DIvision 1 182-pound bracket after winning a pair of consolation matches Saturday at the 2019 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament in Madison. (Photo by Megan Bremer/For

By Paul Lecker
For OnFocs

MADISON – Five local wrestlers secured medals with top-six finishes at the 2019 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament on Saturday at the Kohl Center during competition in the consolation rounds.

Marshfield senior Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann (47-2) won a pair of matches Saturday to finish third in Division 1 at 182 pounds.

Schwanebeck-Ostermann, who lost in the quarterfinals on Friday, won by major decision over Zachary Marek of Waunakee, 14-2, and slipped past Bryson Alsteen of Kaukauna, 9-6, in the third-place match to earn a state bronze medal. He placed fourth at last year’s state tournament.

Marshfield senior Nolan Hertel, a four-time state tournament qualifier, earned his first medal by placing fifth at 152 pounds in Division 1.

Hertel (43-4) lost a consolation semifinal to Alex Guardiola of Waterford, 12-7, before coming back to beat Keagan Lazar of Oconomowoc, 5-2, in the fifth-place match.

Stratford had three wrestlers place fourth in their respective Division 3 brackets.

Senior Mavrick Licciardi (43-7) won a consolation semi over Nelson Wahl of Cadott, 11-6, but lost his third-place match at 145 pounds to Logan Schmitz of Mineral Point, 6-3.

Derek Marten earned his second state fourth-place medal. Marten (23-4) beat Derek Moravec of Wabeno Area/Laona with a pin in 1:12, but fell in the 152-pound third-place match to Aiden Vandenbush of Random Lake, 3-2.

Junior Devin Dennee also ended up fourth for Stratford. He beat Tyler Blanchard of Coleman, 4-3, before losing to Josh TeStroete of Cedar Grove-Belgium, 6-0, in the third-place bout.

Marshfield’s Sam Mitchell, Spencer/Columbus Catholic’s Logan Zschernitz, and Stratford’s Manny Drexler, Max Schwabe, Trevor Dennee, and Dylan Schoenherr will wrestle in championship matches tonight.

Competition begins at 5:30 p.m. and it will be televised live on Fox Sports Wisconsin.

2019 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament
Feb. 21-23, at the Kohl Center, Madison
Saturday, Feb. 23
Division 1 consolation semifinals

103: Justin Groshek (44-1), jr., Stevens Point, won major dec. over Riley Nilo (40-7), fr., Milton, 13-2.
152: Alex Guardiola (43-3), sr., Waterford, def. Nolan Hertel (43-4), sr., Marshfield, 12-7.
182: Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann (46-2), sr., Marshfield, won major dec. over Zachary Marek (43-8), sr., Waunakee, 14-2.
Division 2 consolation semifinals
113: Blaze Thurber (41-7), jr., Nekoosa/Assumption/Port Edwards, pinned Markus Brown (36-5), so., Northwestern, 0:59.
132: Cole Bavery (39-4), jr., Edgerton, def. Dane Higgins (28-9), jr., Medford, 9-6.
Division 3 consolation semifinals
138: Kolbe Ubersox (38-5), so., Darlington/Black Hawk, won major dec. over Beau Merritt (38-11), sr., Pittsville, 12-2.
145: Mavrick Licciardi (43-7), sr., Stratford, def. Nelson Wahl (30-8), so., Cadott, 11-6.
152: Derek Marten (23-4), sr., Stratford, pinned Derek Moravec (40-7), sr., Wabeno Area/Laona, 1:12.
160: Devin Dennee (39-13), jr., Stratford, def. Tyler Blanchard (41-8), so. Coleman, 4-3.
195: William Raatz (18-2), sr., Edgar, pinned Aaron Ragels (37-12), jr., Fennimore, 0:38.
220: Cole Ebert (39-10), fr., Reedsville, pinned Connor Westfall (32-8), jr., Athens, 4:29.
285: Mitchell Gore (34-10), jr., Athens, pinned Ryan Jacobs (41-7), sr., Winnebago Lutheran Academy, 5:27.
Third-place matches
Division 1

106: Justin Groshek (45-1), jr., Stevens Point, def. Cooper Willis (47-4), fr., Union Grove, 5-0.
182: Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann (47-2), sr., Marshfield, def. Bryson Alsteen (48-6), sr., Kaukauna, 9-6.
Division 2
113: Blaze Thurber (42-7), jr., Nekoosa/Assumption/Port Edwards, pinned Quitin Gehrmann (37-5), sr., Jefferson, 2:11.
Division 3
145: Logan Schmitz (37-6), sr., Mineral Point, def. Mavrick Licciardi (43-7), sr., Stratford, 6-3.
152: Aiden Vandenbush (45-4), so., Random Lake, def. Derek Marten (23-5), sr., Stratford, 3-2.
160: Josh TeStroete (42-6), sr., Cedar Grove-Belgium, Devin Dennee (39-14), jr., Stratford, 6-0.
195: William Raatz (19-2), sr., Edgar, pinned Evan Grubbs (46-3), jr., Kenosha Christian Life, 2:44.
285: Brock Martinson (38-6), sr., Coleman, pinned Mitchell Gore (34-11), jr., Athens, 2:20.
Fifth-place matches
Division 1

152: Nolan Hertel (44-4), sr., Marshfield, def. Keagan Lazar (39-9), sr., Oconomowoc, 5-2.
Division 2
132: Garrett Moll (42-7), sr., Lomira, won by technical fall over Dane Higgins (28-10), jr., Medford, 17-2.
Division 3
138: Luke Pulvermacher (38-10), sr., Princeton, def. Beau Merritt (38-12), sr., Pittsville, 7-4.
220: Connor Westfall (33-8), jr., Athens, def. Spencer Karban (28-16), so., Coleman, 7-1.
Division 1 finals
195: Sam Mitchell (45-1), sr., Marshfield, vs. Brooks Empey (51-6), so., Stoughton.
Division 2 finals
195: Stephen Buchanan (47-0), sr., Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal, vs. Tyler Hannah (40-2), jr., Viroqua.
220: Jake Rau (34-2), jr., Medford, vs. Jackson Linsmeier (45-5), sr., Valders.
285: Logan Zschernitz (45-0), sr., Spencer/Columbus Catholic, vs. Dom Meurett (41-4), sr., Mauston.
Division 3 finals
120: Manny Drexler (45-4), sr., Stratford, vs. Cian Fischer (46-0), sr., Weyauwega-Fremont.
132: Max Schwabe (46-2), jr., Stratford, vs. Tristan Hammen (44-6), jr., Random Lake.
170: Hunter Grimm (40-7), sr., Pittsville, vs. Trevor Dennee (46-1), jr., Stratford.
220: Ethan Heil (34-0), jr., Edgar, vs. Drew Hennessey (39-1), sr., Iowa-Grant/Highland.
285: Dylan Schoenherr (47-3), sr., Stratford, vs. Leif Bredeson (37-5), jr., Darlington/Black Hawk.

Paul Lecker is publisher of, a contributor to OnFocus.

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