WIAA State Wrestling Finals | Finals Notes
WIAA State Wrestling Finals | Finals Notes
Abigail Ruckdashel | Wisconsin Wrestling Online | Saturday, February 25, 2017
(Madison, WI) The Kohl Center was at capacity for the WIAA Wrestling Individual State Championship Finals Saturday night. There were 42 match ups, featuring some of the most feared wrestlers in the state. Though every match was exciting, some held more prominence than others.
In D1 at 106 lbs, sophomore Eric Barnett from Hortonville concluded his season undefeated. Barnett squared off against a tough Hunter Lewis (So) from Stoughton in the finals. Barnett came away victorious. With both of these athletes being just sophomores, they may meet up again in the future.
At 113 lbs in D1, the defending state champion went down in sudden death overtime. Brady Koontz (Sr) from Steven’s Point took home the title last season at 106 lb, and was looking to add a second to his resume. However, Dalton Shea (Sr) from Milton rode out Koontz in the sudden death overtime period.
D2 also had a notable match at 113 when Bryce Bosman (So) claimed his second state title in as many years. Bosman was able to overcome Joey Bianchi (So) of Two Rivers to stand on top of the podium for a second time. Again, maybe this is a match up we could see again.
The 120 lb weigh class boasted two three time champions. In D2, Brock Berglin (Sr) from Denmark was able to subdue Purney from Melrose G.E.T to claim his third title. In D3, AJ Schoenfuss (Jr) of Stratford took home his third state title in as many years. Maybe next year he will join the prestigious 4x club.
Dustin Hatfield (Sr) of River Valley was one of sixteen wrestlers to enter the tournament undefeated. The 126 lb D3 Blackhawk managed to keep his record clear, narrowly defeating Aiden Medora (Fr) from St John’s 5-3 in overtime. Hatfield finished with a 41-0 record on the season
Stoughton’s Brandon Klein (Sr) claimed his second state title at 132 lb in D1 after he was victorious over Oak Creek’s Veliko Kochiu (Jr). In D2 at the same weight, the defending state champion from Ellsworth, Sam Stuhl (Jr) picked up his third consecutive state title in a shocking last second victory over Zach Licht (Jr) from River Valley. Both wrestlers entered the finals with undefeated records.
New London picked up their first ever state champion when Scott Cook (Sr) knocked off the defending state champion in Ryan Hannah (Sr) from Viroqua in the D2 138 lb match.
In the D3 matchup at the same weight, undefeated Jeremy Schoenherr (Jr) from Stratford picked up his third state title. Schoenherr knocked off Shiocton’s Sammy VanStraten (Jr) to claim his third title in as many years.
The 145 lb D1 class featured a battle of defending champions. Stoughton’s Garrett Model (Sr) and La Crosse Central’s Jaden Van Maanen (Sr) both entered the finals looking to pick up a second state title. In the end, it was Van Maanen who was victorious, ending his final season unblemished with a 49-0 record.
Devin Bahr (Sr) of West Salem/Bangor picked up his third state title after beating Rice Lake’s Chase Schmidt (Sr) at 152 lbs in D2. Bahr also finished undefeated for his second straight season.
At 160 lbs in D2, the defending state champion was taken down. Nate Trepanier (Sr) from Oconto Falls was looking to add a second state title to his resume. However, in a controversial call he was dethroned by Shane Liegel (So) from River Valley.
Back in D1 at 182 lbs, Jackson Hemauer (Sr) of Deforest picked up his second state title after he took down another defending state champion in Billy Pitzner (Sr) from Milton. Hemauer will bring two state titles to the Badger wrestling room next season.
Jacob Raschka (Sr) took home another state title at 195 lb in D1 for Pewaukee. Raschka was able to finish off Reedsburg Dalton Hahn (Sr).
In D2 at 195 lb, undefeated Lucius Rinehart from Evansville/Albany (Sr) was handed his first loss of the season from Hunter Luepke from Columbus Catholic in a 3-1 stunning finish.
The 220 lb weight class in D3 also crowned another multi-year champion. Kamren Bornbach (Sr) from Stratford picked up his third state title against Clear Lake’s Noah Wieczorek (Jr).
At heavyweight in D1 Blaze Beltran (Sr) from Pewaukee was on the hunt for his second state title. He had tough competition in Kaukauna’s Keaton Kluever (Jr). In a buzzer beating throw that fired up the crowd, Kluever dethroned Beltran 5-3 in the final seconds of the match.
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