Wisconsin Junior Class of ’19 Top Ten Preview (2017-2018)

By TomM November 15, 2017 22:50

Wisconsin Junior Class of ’19 Top Ten Preview (2017-2018)

Wisconsin Junior Class of ’19 Top Ten Preview (2017-2018)

10. (Tie) Eric Bauer (Kewaskum)  Last ranked 10
Bauer continued his success in his Sophomore year with a 4th Place finish at WIAA D2 Individual State. Bauer took home a State title as a Cadet at WWF Freestyle state.   He kicked off his Junior season going 6-2 at USAW Preseason Nationals and falling one match short of the podium.


10. (Tie) Kevin Meicher (Middleton)  Last ranked 5
For the second consecutive season, Meicher found himself in the WIAA D1 State Finals, but unlike his freshman year, Meicher fell just short, losing to Drew Scharenbrock. His off-season was fairly quiet, highlighted by a runner-up finish at WWF Junior Freestyle State.



9. Joey Bianchi (Two Rivers) Last ranked 7
Bianchi ended his Sophomore year with another 2nd place WIAA D2 State finish at the hands of Bryce Bosman at 113lbs.   In the off-season, Bianchi finished as the Runner up in both styles at WWF Cadet GR/FS State.  Bianchi jump started his Junior campaign with a 3rd place finish at the Grappler Fall Classic.



8. Jon Bailey (Sparta) Last ranked 6
Bailey recorded a successful Sophomore season as he sat in the 3rd spot at 113lbs at the WIAA Individual State Tournament.  Bailey roped in a USA Wrestling Dominate in the Dells Championship in March and finished his podium tour with a WWF State Cadet Freestyle Championship at 126lbs.


7. Brock Schlough (Boyceville) Last ranked 3
Schlough wrapped his Sophomore high school season with his second state championship in a row at 160lbs.   He was quiet on the off-season scene this year with a 3rd Place finish at WWF Greco State.



6. Bryce Bosman (Luxemburg-Casco) Last ranked 9
Bosman secured his 2nd straight WIAA D2 State title by winning the 113lb bracket.  He followed that up by taking his talents to the USAW Postseason Folkstyle Nationals where he finished on the podium with a 5th place medal.  Bosman moved up to 132lbs for the WWF Cadet Freestyle Championships and brought home another 5th place finish.


5. Parker Keckeisen (Nicolet) Last ranked 10
Keckeisen turned some heads with a strong Freshman campaign, but those same people were not surprised by the success that followed during his Sophomore season.  Keckeisen battled his way to the WIAA D1 State finals, only to lose a barnburner to Joe Acosta at 170lbs.   He improved that position one higher by winning a USA Wrestling Dominate in the Dells Championship on the Junior level.  Keckeisen did well right after that, taking 2nd at WWF Greco State and 3rd at WWF Freestyle State.  What better way to kick off his Junior season with a 170lb NATIONAL title at the USAW Preseason Championships in Iowa.


4. Logan Zschernitz (Spencer/Columbus Cath) Unranked
Wow, what a finish to the Sophomore season for this young lad.  He finished 3rd at the WIAA D2 Championships at 285lbs and then went on a tear starting with winning a double crown at the WWF State FS/GR Championships in May.  At Fargo, placing in one style is a lifetime highlight for many.  Well, Zschernitz accomplished a rare feat when he placed in both Cadet Greco and Freestyle, pulling in a 5th in FS and 2nd in GR.   Gonna be a fun year watching Logan continue to climb.


3. Josh Otto (Hartland Arrowhead) Last ranked HM
Otto is another wrestler who saw his success spike his Sophomore year and beyond.  He ended his year with a 3rd place finished at WIAA D1 State at 145lbs.  From, there, Otto raked in podium finishes like a kid out in the yard in the fall stockpiling leaves. Otto started off his off-season with a Cadet title at USA Wrestling’s Dominate in the Dells.  Next up came double gold at the WWF Cadet FS/GR State Championships.  At Fargo, Otto showed his grit and ended up as an All-American with his 4th place Cadet Freestyle finish at 152lbs.  Kicking off his Junior year, Otto is already rolling at 152lbs with a title at the tough JJ Intermat Classic and an impressive 8th place finish at Super 32.


2. Hunter Lewis (Stoughton) Unranked
Lewis came up just short at the end of his high school season, losing to Barnett in the WIAA D1 State finals at 106lbs.   Well, it appears that lit a fire inside him as he racked up award after award this off-season.  A known world traveler, Lewis’ out of the country success is second to none in the State.  On the State level, Lewis doubled up at the WWF Cadet FS/GR Championships at 113lbs.  At the UWW Cadet World Team Trials, Lewis again double medaled with a 3rd place finish in Greco and 7th place finish in Freestyle.  Lewis traveled to Panama and finished as the runner up in both styles at the Pan-American Cadet Championships.   Back in the states at Fargo, Lewis brought home a gold for Wisconsin, winning a Cadet Greco Championship at 113lbs.


1. Eric Barnett (Hortonville) 
Ranked #3 in the Nation by Flowrestling and #5 by Intermat, Barnett maintains his number 1 ranking from the past two years based on his stellar past 12 months.   He capped off his Sophomore high school season undefeated, winning a WIAA D1 State Championship at 106lbs.  His off-season was filled with success, starting with a USA Wrestling Dominate in the Dells Championship.   In April, Barnett landed on the podium at USAW Postseason Folkstyle Nationals with a 4th place finish.  He was a Double Champ at the WWF State Tourney in FS/GR as a Junior at 113.   After a 5-2 finish in Fargo for JR Freestyle Nationals, Barnett stepped on the podium once again, finishing in 4th place at JR Greco Nationals.   His Junior season is off to a blistering start as Barnett knocked off a plethora of nationally ranked wrestlers on his way to a Runner-Up finish at Super 32.

Top banner Barnett photo Waupaca County Post

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By TomM November 15, 2017 22:50