By Paul Lecker
MADISON – Stratford had four wrestlers move on to the semifinals, and have three others are still alive in the consolation brackets after competition Friday morning and afternoon at the 2019 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center.
Marshfield had two move on to the consolation semifinals as well, and Spencer/Columbus senior Logan Zschernitz will also wrestle in the semifinals Friday night.
Zschernitz, the defending Division 2 285-pound champion, remained perfect this season at 44-0 by pinning Michael Douglas of Belmont/Platteville in just 45 seconds in a D-2 quarterfinal match.
Zschernitz will take on Daniel Enloe (33-11) of Belleville/Montello/New Glarus in a semifinal Friday night.
Stratford’s Manny Drexler, Max Schwabe and Dylan Schoenherr won Division 3 quarterfinals Friday afternoon to move on to semifinal matches.
Drexler, a two-time state runner-up, improved to 44-4 with a 5-2 win over Henry Amborn of Burlington Catholic Central. He will take on Tristen Mascarette (39-5) of Florence/Niagara in a 120-pound semifinal.
Schwabe (45-2) pinned Brant Cracraft (29-14) of Mishicot in 3:51 in a 132-pound quarterfinal. Schwabe will wrestle Aidan Nutter (38-7) of Fennimore in the semifinals.
Trevor Dennee, also a runner-up a year ago, moved to 45-1 this season by pinning Ausitn McCurdy of St. Croix Falls in a 170-pound quarterfinal in 1:02. Dennee will take on undefeated Ryan Neu (38-0) of Dodgeland in the semifinals.
Schoenherr (46-3) pinned Tanner Gaffey of St. Croix Falls in 2:39 in a 285-pound quarterfinal and will see a familiar face in the semifinals, going up against Marawood Conference foe Mitchell Gore (33-9) of Athens. Gore beat Bryce Friday of Markesan, 13-7, in the quarterfinals.
Mavrick Licciardi (145), Derek Marten (152), and Devin Dennee (160) also secured state medals by winning a consolation match after losing in the quarterfinals for Stratford. The three will wrestle in consolation semifinals on Saturday morning and can finish any where between third and sixth place.
Stratford sophomore Jacob Heiden (31-11) was eliminated from the state tournament after losing a consolation quarterfinal to Kolbe Ubersox of Darlington/Black Hawk, 9-3.
Marshfield seniors Nolan Hertel and Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann also stayed alive for medals in the Division 1 field after winning two consolation matches.
Hertel (43-3 at 152 pounds), a four-time state qualifier, will earn his first medal, while Schwanebeck-Ostermann (45-2 at 182) will secure his second to go along with a fourth-place medal he won last year.
Senior Tanner Kanable lost in the 138-pound consolation quarterfinals and finishes the season 40-9, while freshman Ryan Dolezal (29-9) was eliminated in the first consolation round, losing a 132-pound match to Josiah Lynden of Mukwonago.
Marshfield senior Sam Mitchell (44-1) will take on Charlie Hooyman (44-3) of De Pere in a Division 1 195-pound semifinal on Friday night.
Friday, Feb. 22
Division 2 quarterfinals
113: Blaze Thurber (40-6), jr., Nekoosa/Assumption/Port Edwards, def. Taedon Nichols (39-2), fr., Luck/Frederic/Grantsburg/Siren, 6-4, SV-1.
132: Matty Bianchi (48-2), so., Two Rivers, def. Dane Higgins (27-8), jr., Medford, 13-8.
138: Devan Alt (33-14), sr., River Valley, def. Andy Poetzl (40-11), sr., Medford, 7-4; Aidan Medora (31-0), jr., St. John’s Northwest Military Academy, won major dec. over Craig Elsen (42-4), sr., Nekoosa/Assumption/Port Edwards, 16-5.
145: Andrew Forsythe (43-5), jr., North Fond du Lac/St. Mary’s Springs, def. Zeke Sigmund (27-6), jr., Medford, 7-4.
195: Stephen Buchanan (46-0), sr., Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal, pinned Will Schaefer (41-4), jr., Belmont/Platteville, 3:32.
220: Jake Rau (33-2), jr., Medford, def. T.J. Weidman (42-3), sr., Denmark, 6-1.
285: Logan Zschernitz (44-0), sr., Spencer/Columbus, won by injury default over Michael Douglas (36-13), so., Belmont/Platteville, 0:45.
Division 3 quarterfinals
120: Manny Drexler (44-4), sr., Stratford, def. Henry Amborn (7-3), fr., Burlington Catholic Central, 5-2.
132: Max Schwabe (45-2), jr., Stratford, pinned Brant Cracraft (29-14), fr., Mishicot, 3:51.
138: Beau Merritt (38-9), sr., Pittsville, won by injury default over Jacob Rogers (36-8), jr., New Lisbon, 5:57; Luke Pulvermacher (37-8), sr., Princeton, won by major dec. over Jacob Heiden (31-10), so., Stratford, 11-2.
145: Logan Schmitz (35-5), sr., Mineral Point, def. Mavrick Licciardi (41-7), sr., Stratford, 9-4.
152: Brock Schlough (48-0), sr., Boyceville, won major dec. over Derek Marten (21-4), sr., Stratford, 13-4.
160: Colton Clary (32-5), sr., Ithaca/Weston, def. Devin Dennee (38-13), jr., Stratford, 5-2.
170: Trevor Dennee (45-1), jr., Stratford, pinned Austin McCurdy (36-10), sr., St. Croix Falls, 1:02; Hunter Grimm (39-7), sr., Pittsville, def. Will Ahnen (40-10), jr., Fennimore, 8-7, UTB.
195: William Raatz (17-1), sr., Edgar, def. Evan Grubbs (44-2), jr., Kenosha Christian Life, 9-3.
220: Ethan Heil (33-0), jr., Edgar, pinned Brayden Leffler (31-12), sr., Fennimore, 1:58; Drew Hennessey (38-1), sr., Iowa-Grant/Highland, pinned Connor Westfall (31-7), jr., Athens, 3:27.
285: Dylan Schoenherr (46-3), sr., Stratford, pinned Tanner Gaffey (43-2), so., St. Croix Falls, 2:39; Mitchell Gore (33-9), jr., Athens, def. Bryce Friday (42-2), jr., Markesan. 13-7.
Division 1 consolations
113: Karter Stuttgen (32-6), so., Stevens Point, def. Dylan Ellefson (35-11), fr., La Crosse Logan/Central, 4-0.
132: Josiah Lynden (43-11), sr., Mukwonago, pinned Ryan Dolezal (29-9), fr., Marshfield, 3:42, (Dolezal eliminated); Jalin Conner (40-5), jr., Milwaukee Bradley/Arts/Juneau/Carmen, won major dec. over Max Schierl (22-11), jr., Stevens Point, 13-1, (Schierl eliminated).
138: Tanner Kanable (40-8), sr., Marshfield, def. John Diener (36-11), sr., Kaukauna, by forfeit.
145: Joseph Hoffman (26-13), sr., Middleton, def. Wyler Lubeck (43-6), jr., Wisconsin Rapids, medical forfeit (Lubeck eliminated).
152: Nolan Hertel (42-3), sr., Marshfield, def. Tyler Locke (30-4), sr., Appleton East, 4-2.
182: Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann (44-2), sr., Marshfield, pinned Larz Gough (23-11), sr., Wilmot Union, 1:27.
220: Keith Tourillott (34-7), jr., Shawano, def. Jaren Rohde (31-15), fr., Stevens Point, 4-3, (Rohde eliminated).
285: Jesse Fiers (42-11), sr., Holmen, pinned Mike Iverson (24-12), sr., Wisconsin Rapids, 3:46, (Iverson eliminated).
Division 1 consolation quarterfinals
113: Jake Hendricks (30-17), so., West De Pere, def. Karter Stuttgen (32-7), so., Stevens Point, 3-1, SV-1, (Stuttgen eliminated).
138: Carmeron Tonsor-Heesen (38-8), sr., Slinger, def. Tanner Kanable (40-9), sr., Marshfield, 6-5, (Kanable eliminated).
152: Nolan Hertel (43-3), sr., Marshfield, won major dec. over Adam Polczynski (31-17), jr. Hartland Arrowhead, 12-0.
182: Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann (45-2), sr., Marshfield, def. Drake Schams (39-12), jr., Holmen, 6-2.
Division 2 consolation quarterfinals
132: Dane Higgins (28-8), jr., Medford, def. Alex Gundrum (38-13), jr., Lomira, 9-7.
138: Ethan Schwartz (33-7), so., Denmark, def. Andy Poetzl (40-12), sr., Medford, 3-2 (Poetzl eliminated).
145: Austin Mowerty (41-10), jr., Westby, def. Zeke Sigmund (27-7), jr., Medford, 2-1 (Sigmund eliminated).
Division 3 consolation quarterfinals
138: Kolbe Ubersox (37-5), sr., Darlington/Black Hawk, def. Jacob Heiden (31-11), so., Stratford, 9-3 (Heiden eliminated).
145: Mavrick Licciardi (42-7), sr., Stratford, def. Joey Bock (32-13), jr., Random Lake, 4-1.
152: Derek Marten (22-4), sr., Stratford, def. Bryce Karban (41-10), sr., Coleman, 3-1, SV-1.
160: Devin Dennee (38-13), jr., Stratford, def. Billy Reif (45-5), sr., Shiocton, 4-1.
220: Connor Westfall (32-7), jr., Athens, pinned Milan Monchilovich (38-8), so., Cumberland, 0:48.
Division 1 semifinals
106: Justin Groshek (43-0), jr., Stevens Point, vs. Nicholar Rivera (53-0), fr., Stoughton.
195: Sam Mitchell (44-1), sr., Marshfield, vs. Charlie Hooyman (44-3), sr., De Pere.
Division 2 semifinals
113: Blaze Thurber (40-6), jr., Nekoosa/Assumption/Port Edwards, vs. Tommy Larson (43-3), jr., East Troy.
195: Stephen Buchanan (46-0), sr., Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal, vs. Marcus Orlandoni (42-3), jr., North Fond du Lac/St. Mary’s Springs.
220: Jake Rau (33-2), jr., Medford, vs. Ryan Larson (20-3), sr., St. Croix Central.
285: Logan Zschernitz (44-0), sr., Spencer/Columbus Catholic, vs. Daniel Enloe (33-11), sr., Belleville/Montello/New Glarus.
Division 3 semifinals
120: Manny Drexler (44-4), sr., Stratford, vs. Tristen Mascarette (39-5), sr., Florence/Niagara.
132: Max Schwabe (45-2), jr., Stratford, vs. Aidan Nutter (38-7), jr., Fennimore.
138: Beau Merritt (38-9), sr., Pittsville, vs. Kole Marko (44-3), fr., St. Croix Falls.
170: Hunter Grimm (39-7), sr., Pittsville, vs. Logan Shramek (41-4), jr., Blair-Taylor; Trevor Dennee (45-1), jr., Stratford, vs. Ryan Neu (38-0), sr., Dodgeland.
195: William Raatz (17-1), sr., Edgar, vs. Caden Straka (40-6), jr., Lancaster.
285: Dylan Schoenherr (46-3), sr., Stratford, vs. Mitchell Gore (33-9), jr., Athens.
Saturday, Feb. 23
Division 1 consolation semifinals
152: Nolan Hertel (43-3), sr., Marshfield, vs. TBA.
182: Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann (45-2), sr., Marshfield, vs. TBA.
Division 2 consolation semifinals
132: Dane Higgins (28-8), jr., Medford, vs. TBA.
Division 3 consolation semifinals
145: Mavrick Licciardi (42-7), sr., Stratford, vs. TBA.
152: Derek Marten (22-4), sr., Stratford, vs. TBA.
160: Devin Dennee (38-13), jr., Stratford, vs. TBA.
220: Connor Westfall (32-7), jr., Athens, vs. TBA.