2017 WIAC Wrestling Championship Preview

TomM
February 9, 2017 11:22

2017 WIAC Wrestling Championship Preview

2017 WIAC Wrestling Championship Preview

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater will try for a sixth consecutive title at the 2017 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Wrestling Championship. The 62nd gathering of league teams will be hosted by UW-Platteville at Williams Fieldhouse on Feb. 10.

The Warhawks earned the 17th first-place trophy in program archives a season ago with 161.50 points to exceed the second-place total of 156 points by UW-La Crosse. UW-Stevens Point finished third with 119.50 points, while UW-Platteville was fourth with 76, UW-Eau Claire fifth with 53.50 and UW-Oshkosh sixth with 49.50.

This year’s championship will crown 10 individual first-place finishers, along with a team champion. Each institution will be permitted to enter two wrestlers per weight class.

UW-La Crosse enters the event ranked fifth nationally in the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) NCAA Division III rankings distributed on Jan. 25, while UW-Whitewater is 10th and UW-Platteville 20th.

UW-Whitewater welcomes back a pair of WIAC champions from a season ago, including sophomore Brandon Arteaga, who claimed the 157-pound title, and sophomore Nicholas Bonomo, who was victorious at 184 pounds. The Warhawks received second-place finishes from seniors Joe Brodman (133 pounds) and Zac Denny (125 pounds). Junior Jordan Newman collected runner-up honors at 174 pounds at the 2015 championship.

Bonomo is ranked sixth nationally by the NWCA at 174 pounds this season, while Denny is second at 125 pounds and Newman third at 184 pounds.

UW-La Crosse sophomore Clay Broze captured the 285-pound title at the 2016 championship and senior Alex Freidman was the runner-up at 184 pounds. In 2015, senior Ryan Weinmann claimed the 125-pound crown, while senior Dustin Weinmann posted a runner-up finish at 133 pounds and senior Richard Carlson was second at 184 pounds. Freidman is ranked ninth at 184 pounds, while Dustin Weinmann is first at 141 pounds, Ryan Weinmann 10th at 133 pounds and Carlson fourth at 174 pounds.

UW-Platteville sophomore Scott Arneson was named the John Peterson Wrestler of the Meet from the league championship a season ago after winning the 133-pound title. Sophomore D’Andre Johnson posted a runner-up finish at 285 pounds.

UW-Stevens Point senior Logan Hermsen was selected the WIAC Wrestler of the Year in 2016 and finished second at 165 pounds. He enters this year’s championship ranked first nationally at 165 pounds.
Pointers junior Ben Vosters will aim for a second straight title at 125 pounds.

Other conference wrestlers securing a spot in the NWCA rankings on Jan. 25 include: UW-La Crosse senior Mason Geary (eighth-149 pounds); UW-Platteville sophomores Jon Goetz (eighth-174 pounds) and Grant Wedepohl (eighth-184 pounds); and UW-Whitewater senior Joe Brodman (sixth-133 pounds) and freshman Devin Tortorice (ninth-141 pounds).

UW-Eau Claire’s lineup has been led by junior Carter Focht (149 pounds), along with seniors Justin Karkula (285 pounds) and Zackary Sirny (125 pounds). UW-Oshkosh has received strong performances this season from sophomores Mark Choinski (157 pounds) and Anthony Senthavisouk (125 pounds), along with senior Joe Pelkey (149 pounds).

Qualification for the NCAA Division III Championship will be based on super regional competition held on Feb. 25. UW-La Crosse, UW-Stevens Point and UW-Whitewater will participate in a regional hosted by Manchester University (Ind.), while UW-Eau Claire, UW-Oshkosh and UW-Platteville will compete in a regional hosted by Concordia College-Moorhead (Minn.). The national championship will be hosted by UW-La Crosse at the La Crosse Center March 10-11.

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TomM
February 9, 2017 11:22