Wisconsin Sophomore Class of ’19 Top Ten Preview (2016-2017)
Much movement has taken place in the Top Ten since since last fall as we have watched these athletes on a somewhat standardized high school schedule. We’ve seen them compete in the Cadet age group in the off season. All that has provided insight as to where each stands in the big picture. All available results have been considered in choosing this pre-season Top Ten.
Josh Otto (Arrowhead)
Jake Deates (Kenosha Bradford)
Cian Fischer (Weyauwega Fremont)
Shane Liegel (River Valley)
Name-School-Previous Rank Following 15-16 Season
10. Parker Keckeisen (Nicolet) Unranked last season.
Keckeisen made a splash his freshman season placing 5th at the WIAA State Tournament (160 lbs.) which is tough to do in the upper weights. He followed up a strong frosh campaign making All-American at USAW Folkstyle Nationals, winning the Central Regional FS and advancing to the round of 12 at Fargo. We won’t be surprised to see Keckeisen challenge for a state title this year.
9. Bryce Bosman (Luxemburg-Casco) Unranked
Bosman put the state on notice winning a state title as a freshman. Bryce was fairly inactive in the ‘off season’ and doesn’t move higher on this list as a result. We would have liked to see how he fared against competition at the national level.
8. Eric Bauer (Kewaskum) Unranked
Bauer made a statement cruising to the state finals before running up against super stud Paul Bianchi. Although he fell short of a state title he did a lot to impress us. Additionally, Bauer won a freestyle state title in the spring. We will likely see Bauer challenge for the top step on the podium in Madison this year.
7. Joey Bianchi (Two Rivers) Unranked
Bianchi ends up higher than his foil in the state finals (9 Bryce Bosman) due to a significantly more active spring and summer. It’s notable Bianchi defeated Bosman at WIAA regionals and sectionals. Joey also captured a Dominate in the Dells title shortly after state.
6. Jon Bailey (Sparta) 2
Bailey recorded a successful freshman season including a 4th place finish at the WIAA State Tournament. Jon also defeated 7 Joey Bianchi to win both the Freestyle and Greco state titles.
5. Kevin Meicher (Middleton) Unranked
Meicher shocked everyone and won a very tough 126lb Division 1 bracket defeating returning State Champion Justin Folley. In a bracket heavy with upperclassmen Meicher grinded his way through and came out on top of the podium. Meicher had a rough off season going 0-4 at USAW Folk and Freestyle nationals combined.
4. Macey Kilty (Stratford) 7
Kilty came up just shy of making history and being the first female to win a WIAA State Title having locked Ryan Anderson in a cradle for a good portion of the first period. Then she had a HUGE spring and summer winning the Cadet and Junior women’s folkstyle nationals and the UWW and USAW Cadet Freestyle nationals and culminating with a Bronze Medal at the UWW Women’s World Championships.
3. Brock Schlough (Boyceville) 3
Schlough comes in again at No. 3 and was successful as a freshman being only 1 of 3 freshmen to win a state title. Brock also won a Greco state title and made a deep run at Fargo in Greco. We will see if Brock can make it 2 for 2 this year.
2. Drew Hennessey (Iowa Grant) 7
Although Hennessey started the year slow, taking 11 losses, he came through in the end and made the D3 170lb state finals as a freshman, a very impressive feat. He followed that up with a strong 6th place at Fargo which included 5 pins!
1. Eric Barnett (Hortonville) 1
Barnett maintains his 1 rank recording a solid freshman season with a 3rd place finish at WIAA State and a very active and successful off season. Eric won state titles and Northern Plains titles in both Freestyle and Greco. He was an All-American at USAW Folkstyle Nationals (5th), UWW Freestyle Nationals (3rd) and Fargo (6th). The rest of this sophomore list has a lot of work to do to catch up to Barnett if any of them want to unseat him.