Top 10 Wisconsin Senior Class of ’16 Season Preview (2015-2016)
This senior class is one of the best in recent memory. Not only does it have the stars at the top but it also has great depth. It will be a fun year watching many of these men finish off strong careers and see where the next level takes them.
Justin Foley (Wauwatosa)
Aidan Yde (Arrowhead)
Brock Benitz (Wisconsin Rapids)
Brett Samson (Oconomowoc)
Seth Vosters (Freedom)
Who would you put as the top senior in Wisconsin? Breske or Marko?
Beau Breske- Hartford- Nebraska- Breske tops the list on the strength of his incredible SIX USAW National Titles! Beau has been one of USAWs top age group wrestlers at any weight. While Breske did come up a bit short to stud Mason Reinhardt last February he redeemed himself with another National Title this summer at the USAW Freestyle Nationals tech falling Illinois recruit Xavier Montalvo in the finals. Can’t go wrong with Marko or Breske both of these guys are amazing.
Hunter Marko- Amery- Minnesota- The only one on the list that has a chance to win his 4th State Title this year! Marko has been dang near perfect in his HS career, going into his Senior season with only 4 losses. We know the matches still have to be wrestled, but there don’t appear to be any major roadblocks to keep Marko from winning State Title number 4. In addition to his in State success Marko has numerous All-American finishes to his credit, including a Cadet FS and GR National Title.
Paul Bianchi- Two Rivers- North Dakota State- Bianchi has 2 State Titles like Bird, but moves ahead of him on this list due to his sustained success at the national level. With many All-American finishes to his name Bianchi won his first big National Title this spring at UWW Cadets where he actually pinned 1 Sophomore Alston Nutter twice to make the World Team.
Josh Bird- Burlington- Chadron State- Beginning with Bird, the top 4 on our list have had a tremendous amount of success on the National level as well at the State championships. Bird has 2 State Titles to his credit with his only loss coming to the aforementioned 3x State champ Robert Lee in the finals as a Sophomore. Bird actually defeated Lee as a Freshman in the finals to stop Lee from being a 4x State Champion. As mentioned previously, Bird also brings a Cadet National Title to his impressive list of accolades.
Collin Kraus- Stoughton- St. Cloud State- Kraus has competed with the best of the best in Wisconsin which includes a win over 1 Junior Devin Bahr and multiple matches against 3x State champ Robert Lee who is now at Pittsburgh. Kraus broke through and won a State Title as a Sophomore, but came up short as a Junior losing to Lee in the semis finishing 3rd. We will be very interested to see if Kraus can finish up his career with a State Title and possibly lead the Vikings to their first State Title in a long time.
Wilder Wichman- Johnson Creek- Air Force Academy- The first one in our top 10 who has already committed to a college wrestling program, Wichman will be taking his talents west next year and compete for Air Force Academy. Wichman took third as a Freshman, second as a Sophomore only losing to the very tough Cole Martin in the finals. Wilder completed his Junior year undefeated with a State Title on his resume. Wichman’s one breakthrough on the national level was a 3rd place finish at the USAW Preseason Nationals.
Mason Stokke- Menomonie- UW Madison (for football)- It will be interesting to see how much effort Stokke puts into his Senior year of wrestling as his ticket to play football for the Badgers has already been punched. Stokke will be the first one on our list to have real sustained national level success as he has multiple All-American finishes to his name and won the prestigious Cheesehead tournament. We hope Stokke comes back firing on all cylinders his senior year to follow up his undefeated State Title as a Junior.
Hunter Dischler- Weston Ithaca- Uncommitted- There is a lot of similarity between Dischler and 9 Lull. Dischler defeated Lull to win a State Title when they were both Freshman. Lull had won the matchup at Bi State, Regionals and Sectionals. Dischler followed up that State Title with another as a Sophomore and looked poised to make a run at 4 State Titles. His plans hit a road block in 2015 when he ran into 1 Sophomore Alston Nutter. It should be interesting to see how Dischler fairs this year as Division 3 lightweights will pose a meat grinder.
Riley Lull- Fennimore- Uncommitted- Lull followed up a State Runner Up performance with an undefeated Sophomore campaign which included a major decision in the finals! He came up a little short as a Junior running into buzz saw and 2 Sophomore Jeremy Schoenherr. Like Smith, Lull still has not put together the type of national level performances that would move him higher on this list.
Nathan Smith- Mukwonago-Uncommitted (college choice) – Smith started off his high school career quietly, failing to qualify for State as a frosh, but has been on fire since. Smith had a heart breaking loss in the State semifinals as a Sophomore and wound up finishing 3rd. His Junior year he made it to the top of the podium beating very tough challengers in State Champ Nolan Shea and 3 Junior Jaden Van Maanen. Smith has had decent success at national level events, but has yet to have the real breakout performance that would move him higher up this list.