The season is still alive for several area high school wrestlers.
Twenty-six wrestlers – five from Waupaca, five from Weyauwega-Fremont, two from Amherst, four from Manawa, eight from New London and two from Clintonville – will compete Saturday, Feb. 22, in sectional meets in Seymour and Shawano. Wrestlers that advance out of their respective sectionals will then head to the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Meet, set for Thursday to Saturday, Feb. 27 to March 1, at the Kohl Center in Madison.
The postseason begin Feb. 15 at regional competitions across the state. Waupaca and New London competed in a Division 2 regional in Omro; Clintonville competed in a Division 2 regional in Oconto Falls; and Weyauwega-Fremont, Amherst and Manawa headed to a Division 3 regional in Shiocton. Waupaca, New London and Clintonville will head to the Division 2 Seymour Sectional, which gets under way at 10:30 a.m., while Weyauwega-Fremont, Amherst and Manawa will be at the Division 3 Bonduel Sectional, which will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Shawano High School.
OMRO – Logan Barnhardt (106 pounds), Austin Gonyou (113), Levi Petroske (160) and Blake Thoe (285) finished first for Waupaca, while Guy Tessen took second at 120.
Barnhardt improved to 43-0 on the season with a 5-0 win over Omro’s Cody Eckstein in the championship match, Gonyou handed Winneconne’s Mike Roycraft a 9-2 defeat to improve to 26-15, Petroske beat Wautoma/Wild Rose’s Marcus Kasuboski 11-1 to improve to 43-2, Thoe pinned Omro’s Alex Dailey in 3:40 to improve to 24-19 and Tessen fell to Little Chute’s Lars Schrader 14-2 and will take a 27-15 mark to Seymour.
New London went on to win the regional and qualified for a team sectional, held Feb. 18 in Freedom. Moving on to sectionals for the Bulldogs are Anna Malueg (113), Scott Cook (126), Skylar Moderson (132), Gabe Oswald (145), Austin Wyngaard (160), Tommy Thurber (170), Brett Handschke (182) and Andrew Clauss (195).
Charlie Poppe (170) and Jake Reiter (195) qualified for Clintonville out of the Oconto Falls Regional.
First-round pairings at Seymour for Waupaca are Barnhardt vs. Bennett Temple of Seymour (25-15), Gonyou vs. Zach Urquhardt of Wittenberg-Birnamwood (33-12), Tessen vs. Ty Pelot of Two Rivers (42-4) and Thoe vs. Cole Warzynski of Almond-Bancroft/Stevens Point Pacelli (43-3).
Matchups for New London are Malueg (8-19) vs. Clay Lieber of Nekoosa/Port Edwards (34-4), Cook (31-10) vs. Cody Walrath of Freedom (34-4), Moderson (23-17) vs. Keaton Kotek of Nekoosa/Port Edwards (28-7), Oswald (18-16) vs. Dewey Krueger of Oconto Falls (36-1), Wyngaard (24-7) vs. Brandon Buechler of Wrightstown (36-10), Thurber (31-9) vs. Ramsey Bloy of Freedom (33-9), Handschke (33-8) vs. Henry Helland of Tomahawk (34-9) and Clauss (16-13) vs. Scott Skornicka of Two Rivers (42-5).
Clintonville’s matchups are Poppe (34-9) vs. Hunter Messerschmidt of Winneconne (30-6) and Reiter (37-4) vs. D.J. Ostrowski of Wittenberg-Birnamwood (18-6).
SHIOCTON – Weyauwega-Fremont placed fourth at Shiocton behind Menominee Indian, Shiocton and Rosholt and ahead of Manawa, Plainfield Tri-County and Amherst.
Wrestlers had place first or second in order to advance to the sectional. Oliver Radtke, Brandon Loehrke and Andy Bork placed first for W-F at 132, 170 and 285, respectively, while Austin Baehnman (132) Andy Pribbernow (152) placed second.
Also competing for the Indians were Miranda Arndt (third, 106); Jaden Gruetzmacher (third, 113); David Johnson (fourth, 145); and Bailey Balistreire (fifth, 138).
“Elimination time is always tough for the kids who don’t advance on, but all the kids who got knocked out today are underclassmen who will get another shot next year,” coach Tim Potratz said. “Five kids going on to sectionals is great. We are excited to get there and compete for a chance to go to state.”
First-round matchups for the Indians in Shawano are Baehnman (13-7) vs. Shawn Paulson of Florence (30-7), Radtke (22-11) vs. Adam Sturgis of Pittsville (17-10), Pribbernow (17-10) vs. Wyatt Weiler of Auburndale (31-4), Loehrke (28-7) vs. Nicholas Chapman of Crivitz (26-8) and Bork (25-9) vs. Kaleb Bolder of Auburndale (26-10).
Amherst’s matchups are James Borgen (18-11) vs. Jackson Mangis of Coleman (37-2) at 138 and Jamie Docka (18-13) vs. Austin Stebane of Brillion (31-8) at 195.
Manawa’s matchups are Dominic Schuelke (18-10) vs. Anthony Marten of Stratford (23-4) at 132, Garret Griffin (21-5) vs. Mitch Sokolski of Bonduel (31-10) at 160 and Casey Johnson (40-1) vs. Matt Tomaszewski of Crivitz (22-13) at 220.