Top 10 Wisconsin Senior Class of ’16: WIWrestling Season Review (2015-2016)
No dramatic movement in these senior class rankings. As wrestlers have established themselves by their senior we are more likely to have a better gauge on where they will slot in. The class of 2016 has been especially impressive. Everyone on the Top 10 list has won multiple State titles, including a four-time champion and three 3X Champs.
Honorable Mention: Justin Folley D1 126lb (Wauwatosa), Brock Benitz D1 160 (Wisconsin Rapids), Brett Samson D1 220 (Oconomowoc), Seth Vosters D2 160 (Freedom), Nathan Smith D1 132 (Mukwonago)
10. Bennett Paulson D2 195 (Amery) Previously: UR (UnRanked) – College: West Point Military Academy
Paulson, the only wrestler to move onto this list post-season, won his second title defeating a formidable opponent in August Peplinski (Wittenberg-Birnamwood) 4-1. Paulson’s only defeat in a stellar season was to Jacob Raschka (Pewaukee) the class of 2017 2 ranked wrestler at Battle on the Bay.
9. Riley Lull D3 113 (Fennimore) Previously: 9 – College: University of Wisconsin La Crosse
Lull finishes a stellar career as a 4x State Finalist and 2x State Champion. He navigated his way through the D3 113lb bracket recording a 7-0 shutout of Josh Depies (Random Lake) in the final. Lull recently added a All-American finish at the USAW Folkstyle Nationals to his resume.
8. Josh Bird D1 138 (Burlington) Previously: 4 – College: Chadron State College, Nebraska
Bird’s high school career ended in controversy as he was disqualified from the Regional tournament during a match that became more combat than wrestling. Still there is no taking away his previous accomplishments which included 2 State titles and a runner-up finish.
7. Hunter Dischler D3 132 (Weston/Ithaca) Previously: 8 – College:
Dischler finished his high school career with a big win over the very tough Cal Hansen (Deerfield) to claim his 3rd State title! Hunter was also 49-1 on the season, the lone loss coming to the tough Bryce Younger (New Richmond) at Bi-State.
6. Mason Stokke D1 220 (Menomonie) Previously:7 – College: University of Wisconsin Madison (football) In an abbreviated season where Stokke only logged 31 matches due to going late in the football season he was dominant as ever. Stokke faced his toughest test in the State Quarterfinals meeting HM Brett Samson (Oconomowoc) and prevailed 8-3 on the way to his 2nd State title. Hopefully we can all enjoy watching him on Saturdays playing football for the Badgers in the future.
5. Wilder Wichman D3 145 (Johnson Creek) Previously: 6 – College: Air Force Academy
Wichman strings his 2nd straight undefeated season together finishing 47-0, including a dominant 19-8 win in the finals. Wichman has been extremely consistent over the past two years and we really enjoyed watching him turn on the offensive pressure at the WIAA State tournament.
4. Collin Kraus D1 145 (Stoughton) Previously: 5 – College: St. Cloud State University, Minnesota
Kraus had another great season wrapping up his second State title including a 13-4 win over longtime nemesis Jake Morgan (Wilmot). Collins only setbacks this year came at the Cheesehead where he finished 4th. He also added a USAW Folkstyle Nationals AA finish to his resume in early April.
3. Paul Bianchi D2 120 (Two Rivers) Previously: 3 – College: North Dakota State University
Bianchi pocketed his 3rd State title with an undefeated season where he dominated from start to finish! He won titles at the Badger State, Battle on the Bay, Mid States and Cheesehead!
2. Hunter Marko D2 138 (Amery) Previously: 2 – College: University of Minnesota
Marko excelled from wire to wire and took home his 4th State title finishing the season undefeated. Hunter also added a runner-up finish at the recent USAW Folkstyle Nationals to his resume. We expect to see big things from Marko at Minnesota.
1.Beau Breske D1 182 (Hartford) Previously: 1 College: University of Nebraska
Breske was on top of his game at the State tournament, crushing everyone in his path including a very game Dylan Anderson (Hudson). Perhaps the most impressive statistic: Breske did not allow a single offensive point in his last 175 matches!
Question is; Who would you select as Wisconsin’s top Senior? Breske or Marko?