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Casper Wins State Title; Whiting Is Repeat Champ

Issue Date: March 5, 2020

Coleman's McLain Claims Div 3 Silver, Bieber Bronze, Karban & Kuchta Medal

Over 30 years at the helm of Coleman wrestling, Kevin Casper has coached thousands of matches, but none were nearly as special as the Division III 138-pound championship on Saturday.

Karson Casper, his son, won his first state championship Saturday night in front of a packed house at the Kohl Center in Madison, a dramatic 4-2 sudden victory win over Dylan Baird of Auburndale.

"All of the kids I've coached over all the years, every one is always special, especially when they win state titles and you remember them for your lifetime, but this one is the ultimate. It was special," coach Casper said. "You always hope that you get to have that opportunity to experience it as a father and as a coach, and to have it happen is the greatest feeling ever."

The 138-pound Casper was tested throughout the weekend, winning his first match of the weekend Friday by 7-5 decision over Aidan Nutter of Fennimore, then beating 44-3 Gunnar Hamre of Poynette by 10-4 decision in the semifinal.

On Saturday night, Baird and Casper battled in the final for the second weekend in a row. Neither one seemed to want to give up a point, and the match remained 0-0 over halfway through.

"I feel like nobody wanted to make a mistake. We were going out there a little too tight," Karson Casper said. "Once we got into the third period, the nerves settled down a little bit and everybody loosened up in the match, which then included the points."

Casper beat Baird late in a sectional match with a takedown less than 10 seconds before the end of the match. He said he was thinking of that match when he took his shot and got the takedown for the state championship win on Saturday.

"It reminded me of the sectional when I wrestled him. I circled around with five seconds left to get the takedown, so I was thinking in my head, "is this going to end the same way?' and then I re-shot after that, got into a single and got my takedown," Casper said.

After getting his arm raised in the center of the circle, Casper ran right over to hug his dad. For members of the Casper family, that moment is one they'll remember for the rest of their lives. "Casper was the only Cougar to win an individual state title on Saturday, but he wasn't the only wrestler to taste success.

Senior Shamus McLain took second in the 195-pound weight class in his fourth trip to state. He pinned Mondovi's Raith Bauer (36-6 on the year) in the quarterfinal and beat Connor Westfall of Athens (34-8) in the semifinal by a 4-2 score. He ran into a buzzsaw in the first-place match, however, going head-to-head with fellow one-loss wrestler Trevor Dennee of Stratford.

McLain fell behind 5-0 early and wasn't able to make his way back, though he put up a good fight. At one point, it even looked like Dennee was saved by the bell, with McLain getting him on his back as the second period expired.

"He has nothing to be ashamed of. He lost to a two-time state champion. The guy's a two-time state champion for a reason: he's a dang good wrestler," coach Casper said. "Shamus battled back. I give him credit to come back like he did and the thing is, if there had been more time left in that second period, he had him going over and maybe even had a chance to pin him."

In the final two minutes, McLain had to take some shots late in the match trailing 7-4. The last one didn't pan out and Dennee got the two points to seal it. That loss doesn't define the four-time state qualifier's career, however.

"He's had a great career. To come here four times, there's something to be said for that," Casper said. "He has nothing to hang his head over. There's a lot of people out there that would've loved to wrestle down here one time."

Another Cougar who wrestled for the last time as an individual on Saturday was John Bieber, who took third in the 182-pound weight class.

He won his first match against Mineral Point's Mason Hughes, but he drew the unenviable task of wrestling two-time state champion Trett Joles of Boyceville in the semifinal, losing by pin in three minutes, 36 seconds.

Bieber called Joles "a stud," but he showed some of his own strength in the final two matches, as he beat Weyauwega-Fremont's Ben Strehlow by 10-1 major decision and topped Reese Anderson of Rosholt with a four-minute, 32-second pin in the third-place match. Strehlow and Anderson ended the year with 42-10 and 41-8 records on the season, respectively. Bieber finished 44-2.

"John is deceivingly strong," Casper said. "He's tall, he's lanky and he's one of those that you look at him and you don't think he's as physical as he is, but he's very, very physical and he had a great tournament."

After making state his sophomore year but watching from the stands as a junior, Bieber was happy with a third-place finish.

"I wrestled my butt off and that's what I came down here to do is place high and I did," Bieber said. "The best thing you can ever ask for is people down here cheering you on in the Kohl Center. It's packed with people and it's just awesome. It means a lot."

The two other Cougars to place were Spencer Karban and Sam Kuchta. Karban took fifth at 285 and Kuchta was sixth at 145.

Karban lost his first match of the weekend to Evan Grubbs of Kenosha Christian Life, a 12-8 decision. After a decision win in the first consolation round against Clay Berra of Aquinas and a loss to Amherst's John Farkas, he got another shot at Grubbs and he made the most of it, beating Grubbs by 6-3 decision to claim fifth place.

"It was nice to see him come back and beat the kid for fifth that beat him in the quarterfinals. That quarterfinal match, Spencer didn't wrestle what we call a "smart match.' He forced things and he gave away too many points in that first match," Casper said. "Obviously when he wrestled him for fifth, he wrestled a much smarter match and he dominated. You wish you could have reversed that one back, but you don't get do-overs."

Casper added that he was "proud" of Karban, who took sixth last year as a sophomore and fifth in his match on Saturday.

Kuchta missed all of last year with an injury, so it was nice for Casper to see him down at the Kohl Center this year.

The standout match for Kuchta might have been a loss. In the quarterfinal, he took 36-1, two-time state champion Kole Marko of Saint Croix Falls to overtime, losing by sudden victory, 7-5.

"To do that with a kid of that caliber, it says the caliber of wrestler Sam is," Casper said. "It was nice to see him get on the podium and take sixth."

Kuchta ended the year 40-11 after a 2-3 record at the tournament. He beat Monty Jennings of Ithaca/Weston by 16-11 decision and Random Lake's Joey Bock (35-8) by 10-4 decision before back-to-back losses in the consolation semifinals and fifth-place match.

The rest of the Coleman contingent did not get wins in their opening matches, but for many of them, it was a great learning experience as they look to get themselves on the podium in future years.

Freshman Ray Lemieux (106) got a bye into the quarterfinals, where he lost by 6-0 decision to Saint Croix Falls' Luke Thaemert (41-7). He lost his next match to Clear Lake's Mitch Anderson (40-8) by 3-2 decision.

Chance Gruber (113) lost to Stratford's Karter Stuttgen (25-8) by 3-0 decision, freshman Will Bieber (126) lost in sudden victory, 6-4, to Cochrane-Fountain City's Julian Spriggle (32-14) and freshman Cole Klimek was beaten 9-7 by Iowa-Grant/Highland's Cal Dorota (38-10).

"All of them wrestled really well. I'm just proud of the whole team," Casper said. Coleman's season isn't done, either, as the Cougars will head to team state at the UW Field House in Madison on Saturday at 10 a.m.

Casper's bunch earned the top seed in Division III and will face Random Lake in the first round. With a win, the Cougars take on the winner of Fennimore and Stratford at 3 p.m. for the state title.

The Cougars are excited for the additional opportunity after five years without making it to team state.

"We're thinking about that now," Bieber said as soon as his third-place match at individual state ended. "Right after that last match."

One wrestler who won't be part of that competition is junior Tyler Blanchard. A shoulder injury he sustained in the sectional championship forced him to take two forfeits in the 160-pound weight class at individual state.

"It's gut-wrenching that he wasn't able to wrestle down here this weekend. That it happened to a kid of this caliber is a shame," Casper said. "I guess the only positive is that he's a junior and he's got one more year. He was sitting on a great side of the bracket and I feel pretty confident that Tyler would have had a great opportunity down here to who knows, win a title or get to the championship, but I guess we never get to know, so we hope for next year he has that opportunity again. You feel for kids when they work so hard all year long and then that happens."

Even without Blanchard, the Cougars are confident they have the stuff to get it done this weekend if they wrestle like they've proven they can.

"We still think we've got a great chance of being state champions with this team," Karson Casper said. "We're going to work at it next week really hard to make that happen and hopefully come out on top next week also."

Lena, Crivitz and Laona/Wabeno each had one representative at the state tournament.

Lena's Luke Misco, a 106-pounder, lost his first match of the tournament, a three-minute, 57-second pin at the hands of Riverdale's Jonah Dennis (43-14).

Lena coach Chad Misco said Luke has a hard time with taller, longer wrestlers, but he did some good things, and he can learn from the loss.

Misco ended his freshman season 32-10.

"He's got to set his goals for next season starting now," coach Misco, who is Luke's father, said. "I told him, you've got to use this whole experience, the whole weekend, the whole process of getting here to drive you next year. You see kids build from year to year, get better each year."

Jaden Bemis of Crivitz (285) was pinned in his only match of the day, a loss to Wade Stanger of Ladysmith in 35 seconds. Stanger finished the year 44-5. Bemis finished the season 32-8.

Wabeno/Laona's Ryan Roy took fourth in the DIII 152-pound weight class. After a 7-5 win over Bennett Bergmann of Saint Croix Falls, he was beaten by undefeated state champion Aiden Vandenbush of Random Lake in a 1:48 pin.

He rebounded to win his next two matches by 9-5 decision over Lancaster's Logan Schneider and 11-10 decision over Mason Haas of Amherst, but he fell short against 40-3 Korben Brown of Parkview in the third-place match, losing by pin.

Roy finished the season 46-8.


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