Coleman Wins D3 Regional; Advance 12 to Sectional
The Coleman Cougars are sending 12 wrestlers to sectionals following their home regional on Saturday, Feb. 10, while Gillett/Suring will be sending two.
Koltin Grzybowski (113), Caleb Gross (120), Sam Kuchta (132), Jake Baldwin (138), Bryce Karban (145), Shamus McLain (152), John Bieber (160) and Jacob Zeitler (220) all won their weight classes to advance, while Billy Ganter (126), Ty Blanchard (170), Blake Forner (182) and Brock Martinson (285) all placed second to move on to sectionals.
"I was very excited and very happy with how our guys performed. To get 12 of 13 to sectionals is awesome," Cougars Coach Kevin Casper said. "The attitude with everybody changed in the last couple weeks, so I was really pleased, as far as how everyone wrestled.
Five of Coleman's wrestlers will be going for the second year in a row. Grzybowski and Gross each won state last season. Grzybowski pinned his two opponents he faced in 17 second and 1:59, respectively, while Gross got his wins in 1:48 and 2:53.
"They did one heck of a job as always," Casper said of his two returning state champions. "They're wrestling like state champions right now, and hopefully they'll continue their journey to where they want to be."
Ganter and McLain did not place at state last season, but they'll get another shot at advancing to state this season. Ganter went 1-1 with a pin of Menominee Indian's Alfred Hernandez in 36 seconds, while McLain pinned both of his opponents in less than a minute. He beat Bonduel's Nathan Kelly in 10 seconds and Gillett/Suring's Sam Davis in 55 seconds.
Casper said McLain is getting better on his feet, an area he needed to improve on from the beginning of the season.
Baldwin took sixth at state in the 132-pound weight class last season, easily advancing to sectional competition with two byes and a 13-3 major decision win over Gillett/Suring's Sam Lemens.
"He did a super job," Casper said. "He wrestled an awesome match with a lot of takedowns."
Karban returned from injury to take first with two pin victories. He pinned Gillett/Suring's Brock Herzog in 1:08 and Bonduel's Moises Lagunes in 3:38, while Jacob Zeitler took down Gillett/Suring's Jacob Burt in 44 seconds and Bonduel's Colin Wussow in 3:17, his first two matches of the season.
"I'm so happy for him," Casper said of Karban, who failed to qualify for state last season after going as a freshman. "You felt bad for him last year, and then this year didn't look too promising, but it's so nice to see him back, and he had a great day."
Blanchard got two pins and lost one match by decision to take second at 170. He pinned his first opponent in 34 seconds, lost a tough 4-3 match to Bonduel's Isaac Banker in the first-place match and rebounded with a 3:33 pin over Menominee Indian's Leone Peters.
"He's giving up 15 or 16 pounds but he had a great day," Casper said. Blanchard, a freshman, started the season at 145, but was forced to move up as others moved down.
Kuchta pinned both of his opponents, one in 32 seconds and the other with 41 seconds remaining in the match.
"He keeps gaining confidence at the right time," Casper said of the sophomore 132-pound wrestler. "He's wrestling very well at this point."
John Bieber was another wrestler Casper said was gaining confidence heading into sectionals. He also pinned both of his opponents en route to a first-place finish.
Forner pinned Gillett's Ben Burt in 1:55, advancing to sectional competition despite taking an injury default loss in the first-place match. The win was just his first match of the season.
Martinson took second with a 1-1 record. He lost in the first-place match via pin, but a semifinal win over Oconto's Lucas Ruechel was enough to carry him to the sectional.
Spencer Karban was third at 195, with a loss to Menominee Indian's Darius Wayka ending his hopes at advancing.
"That was probably the toughest weight class, and unfortunately Spencer didn't get it," Casper said. "He's only a freshman, so the good news is that he's going to get his chances."
Sam Lemens (138) and Sam Davis (152) took second for Gillett/Suring, each moving on to sectionals.
Lemens pinned Bonduel's Chris Salerno in 1:25 but lost in the first-place match to Coleman's Baldwin, while Davis lost to Coleman's McLain in the first-place match. He advanced to sectionals with a 1:24 win over Bonduel's Nathan Kelly in the second-place match.
Andy Lemens (120), Reid Winkler (160), Ben Burt (182) and Jacob Burt (220) all took third with a live win each. Brock Herzog (145), Bo Krueger (195) and Brice Winkler (170) were fourth, while Colton Wolfe (126) came in fifth.
Lena/St. Thomas Aquinas Academy did not advance anyone to sectionals. Kevin Chang (113) and Brian Ermis (145) took third to be the top finisher for the team. Ermis went 1-1 in live matches with one pin victory, while Chang won by major decision in the quarterfinal but was defeated by 38-4 Jordan Boldt of Bonduel in the semifinal.
Noah Chang (126), Alex Decoursin (132), Eli Loftis (152), Kiko Cajigas (182) and Richard Feick (285) each came in fourth.
Oconto's lone wrestler was Lucas Ruechel. He was defeated in the semifinal by Coleman's Martinson, though he did pin Lena/STAA's Richard Fieck in 37 seconds in the third-place match.
Rauch, Hock and Holder Advance to D2 Sectional
Max Rauch cruised to sectionals for Peshtigo, winning the 145-pound weight class. He received a bye, pinned Marinette's Sam Drees in the semifinal in 1:21 and won by medical forfeit over Freedom's Grant Vosters in the first-place match.
"I felt really good on Saturday," Rauch said. "I felt like I was well-prepared. I've wrestled both of the guys I had to wrestle, so I knew what I had to do."
This will be the junior's first shot at sectionals. He says he's just going to try and wrestle his match.
"I'm just going to go out and wrestle my match, control him and set up my move," Rauch said. "I would say this is the best I've been wrestling all season."
Peshtigo Coach Warren Howard said Rauch, who he called the hardest worker on the team, is being worked even harder in practice this week.
"He's got to wrestle his best match," Howard said. "We're working him hard this week, and he is doing well in practice but we're pushing him harder than he's probably wrestled all year."
Rauch will face Tomahawk's Matt Turkiewicz in the first match Saturday in Oconto Falls. Rauch is 39-9 on the season, while his opponent is 33-9.
Rauch was the Bulldogs' only qualifier. Zack Wauters' season ended at 35-6. He pinned Oconto Falls' Tyler Budz in the semifinal, but lost a "heart-breaker," as Howard called it, in the first-place match, losing 8-7 to Seymour's Wyatt Kaczrowski, who is 34-5 on the season. Wauters was up three late in the match, but a reversal and near fall sent Kaczrowski to sectionals. In the second-place match, he was beaten by 11-3 major decision by Freedom's Colby McHugh,
"I just think he was off his game," Howard said. "He's been injured towards the end of the season. We just couldn't get it."
Nick Parrett (126) and Gavin Brissette (285) took third as well. Parrett went 1-1 with a pin loss to New London's Adam Armour preventing him from moving on. Brissette started with a pin loss to Travis Kuhnke of New London, who is 30-9 on the season.
John Schaut (132), Mitchell Peters (152), Riley Polsczynski (195) and Kody Klimek were each fourth-place finishers.
"We just had some heart-breakers," Howard said to describe the day.
For Marinette, Sean Holk (182) and Reese Holder (220) each won their respective weight classes. After two byes, Holk pinned Seymour's Brady Eick in 4:50 to take first at 182. Holder received one bye, before pinned Seymour's Zach Gerhardt in 1:45 and winning by 4-3 decision over Freedom's Grant Williamson in the first-place match.
Sam Gressel took third at 132. He lost in the semifinal to Julian Polanco of New London, but finished third after a pin of Peshtigo's John Schaut.
Owen Suennen (106), London Brown (120), Sam McLain (145) and Dillon Hill (170) each took fourth.
Devin Shedlock (138), Sam Drees (152) and Cory Siebers (285) took fifth, while Alec Queever (113) and Josh Goslyn (126) came in sixth.
Four Oconto Falls Panthers advanced to sectionals from the Seymour regional on Saturday, Feb. 10, while Marinette will send two and Peshtigo moved one wrestler to the sectional in Oconto Falls this weekend.
For Oconto Falls, Jager Eisch (106), Collin Schindel (120) and Noah Stary (152) each moved on with a second-place finish, while Dan Ausloos earned first at 285.
Ausloos, who did not place at state last season, has only lost twice this season. On Saturday, he pinned Freedom's Hayden VanCamp in 54 seconds and New London's Travis Kuhnke in 3:03.
Eisch (106) went 2-1 in live matches, winning by tech fall and 4-3 decision over Seymour's Blake Linsmeyer, though he lost the first-place match to Freedom's Carsten McHugh.
Schindel (120) lost in his first match, but a major decision over Marinette's London Brown and a 7-2 decision win over New London's Mason Kloehn moved him onto the next round.
Stary went 2-1 with a tech fall in the opening round over Clintonville/Marion's Zach Shaw and a decision win against Seymour's Flynn Schneider in the semifinal, 5-2. He lost in the first-place match, but it was enough to earn him a spot at the Panthers' home sectional.
Bodee Woods (138), Cliff Yuma (160) Caleb Carlton (170) and Keeshawn Katers (195) each took third, one spot off of qualification for sectionals. Woods and Carlton went 2-2 in live matches, while Katers and Yuma were 1-2 with a bye win each as well.
Trevor Schindel (126) took fifth and Trevor Pankratz (145) did not place.
Crivitz Advances Six Wrestlers to Sectionals
All six Crivitz wrestlers that competed at the Three Lakes/Phelps regional competition on Saturday, Feb. 10 advanced to sectional competition.
Tony Jopek (138), Michael Retza (145) and Joseph Tomaszewski (220) each won their respective weight classes, while Jaden Bemis (160), Ezekial Lawrence (170) and John Danielson (182) all placed second.
Jopek pinned both of his opponents, taking down Florence/Niagara's Dakota Wicke and Elcho's Pete McCabe.
Retza received two byes and pinned Wabeno/Laona's Tanner Dorner in 4:25, while Tomaszewski won by 2-0 decision over Elcho's Everett Wagner and beat Crandon's Dylan Bukovic by disqualification.
Jaden Bemis took second with a pin win in the semifinal over Elcho's Miguel Castillo and a pin loss to Crandon's Breed Shepard, while Lawrence and Danielson both lost their only live matches, but still took second.
Lawrence lost his only match via pin to Crandon's Ty Flannery, while Danielson was beaten by Crandon's John Doane, who holds a 36-2 record this year.
For Florence/Niagara, Tristen Mascarette advanced to sectionals with a win in the 113-pound weight class. After two byes, he beat Three Lakes/Phelps' Lucas Bean in a 17-2 tech fall.
For the rest of the team, Jamie Blozinski took third at 285, while Josh Broullire (132) and Dakota Wicke (138) were each fourth with 0-2 records in live matches.
Four Wabeno/Laona wrestlers moved on to the next round of competition. Brendon Dorner (132), Derek Moravec (152) and Dylan Houts (195) all took first at their respective weight classes, while Tanner Dorner (145) was second in his class.
After a bye, Dorner got two pins in 2:30 and 3:30 over Florence/Niagara's Josh Broullire and Three Lakes/Phelps Lucas Wanty, respectively.
Moravec received two byes and beat Crandon's Riley Anderson in a 7-1 decision. Houts got two byes and a pin of Three Lakes/Phelps Connor Kincaid.
Dorner went 1-1 in two live matches to take second. He pinned Three Lakes/Phelps' Jesse DuPuis in 1:13, but was beaten in the first-place match by Crivitz's Michael Retza.
Jackson Smith went 1-1, but took third with a semifinal loss to Elcho's Pete McCabe and a decision win.
Coleman Ousted by Top Ranked Stratford in Team Sectional
The Coleman Cougars hosted the Division III Team Semifinal on Tuesday, Feb. 13, beating Crandon before they were eliminated by Stratford in the first-place match.
The Cougars defeated Crandon 39-34. Coleman started the match off by winning two of three matches by pin in under a minute. Spencer Karban pinned Corey Montgomery at 195 and Brock Martinson beat Nick Adamski at 285, with a forfeit loss sandwiched in at 220.
Crandon tied things up at 12 with a forfeit win by Hutson Kane at 106, but Coleman's state qualifiers rattled off four straight wins to take control.
Koltin Grzybowski (113) pinned Trevor Schunk in 40 seconds to start things off, while Caleb Gross moved up to 126 to beat Jakob Hoyt by 5-0 decision.
Billy Ganter (132) pinned Bradley Shepherd in 1:21 after also moving up a class and both Jake Baldwin and Sam Kuchta won by forfeit.
Crandon would win the next four matches, but it wasn't enough to catch Coleman. Riley Anderson (152) won by forfeit and Breed Shepard (160) won by major decision over Coby Den Ruyter, while Ty Flannery (170) and John Doane (182) pinned Blake Forner and Jaydon Scott, respectively.
Coleman was out-matched by Stratford, however, falling 54-13.
"I was very proud of our kids and how they wrestled tonight against probably the best team in the state of Wisconsin as well as being nationally ranked," siad Coleman head coach Kevin Casper. "We gave them some good battles."
Grzybowski pinned Manny Drexler at 113 and Gross beat Max Schwabe by 7-5 decision, with Bryce Karban beating Dilan Dehlinger by 9-1 major decision.
"Caleb came back from a five to nothing deficit to win his match, Koltin destroyed his opponent at 1:13, Bryce Karban wrestled an awesome match winning by major decision," said Casper.
Those were the Cougars' only three wins of the night, but that's not to say many of the matches were not close. The Cougars lost three decisions by two points or less.
"There were three one point matches that we lost that could've very easily went out way," siad Casper. "Unfortunately Jacob Zeitler had the flu and things could've been much different as well."
Karter Stuttgen (106), Trevor Dennee (170), Kaelen Schmitt (182) and Kade Ehrike (195) all won by forfeit for Stratford, while A.J. Schoenfuss pinned Jaydon Zeitler at 126, Derek Marten pinned Ganter at 132, Jeremy Schoenherr (138) pinned Sam Kuchta, Jake Drexler (145) beat Jake Baldwin by 6-5 decision, Jordan Becker (160) took an 8-6 decision against Ty Blanchard, Aiden Hoffman (220) won 6-1 against Spencer Karban and Dylan Schoenherr (285) won 4-3 in a decision over Brock Martinson.
At the end we probably could've won a couple more matches but once we knew we couldn't match them we just forfeited out," siad Casper. "I can't say enough about our team and how hard they wrestled, they have all made Coleman proud."
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