Wrestlers advance to sectionals
W-F crowns three champions
By Greg Seubert
Shiocton has had the Weyauwega-Fremont wrestling team’s number all season long.
The Chiefs outscored the Indians by four points Feb. 10 to win a WIAA Division 3 regional at Amherst High School.
On the other hand, nine W-F wrestlers, three from Manawa and two from Amherst have advanced to the Bonduel Sectional, set for Saturday, Feb. 17, at Shawano High School.
Meanwhile, the season will continue for two Waupaca wrestlers that advanced out of a Division 2 regional at Almond-Bancroft High School. They will compete Feb. 17 at the Oconto Falls Sectional.
Carter Greening (106 pounds), Cian Fischer (120) and Justin Kempf (132) won championships for Weyauwega-Fremont. Also moving on for the Indians after placing second at Easton Groskreutz (113), Logan Kicherer (138), Tyler Wetzel (170), Kyle Loehrke (182), Austin Bartel (195) and Dylon Runge (220).
Manawa’s Tyler Pynenberg (126), Bryan Griffin (132) and Garrett Bristol (145) will also wrestle in Shawano after placing second, while Amherst’s Bryce Holderman and Max Villnow are moving on after winning individual titles at 220 and 285, respectively.
Shiocton won the regional championship with 225 points, followed by Weyauwega-Fremont (221), Wittenberg-Birnamwood (145), Manawa (143), Amherst (111), Rosholt (108) and Tri-County (62).
“It has been a great battle with us and Shiocton this season,” W-F coach Tim Potratz said. “They have a really good team. They beat us in a close dual and at the conference and regional tournaments by two and four points. All three contests were very close and exciting to be a part of, but each time the sixth-ranked team in the state in Division 3 beat the ninth-ranked team.”
Fischer and Kempf will take 39-2 records into the sectional round after winning their third regional championship.
“Nine sectional qualifiers is awesome,” Potratz said. “This was a tough tournament with three real good teams. To have nine of our kids place in the top two at their weight class shows how tough our kids wrestled in this tournament.”
Loehrke came back through the wrestleback round after falling in the semifinals. He pinned Amherst’s Josh Rieck in the wrestleback to place second.
“Kyle wrestled a great tournament, beating two kids who had beaten him earlier in the year,” Potratz said. “He didn’t just beat three guys, he pinned all three opponents.”
Waupaca’s Colby Bernhardt (132) and Mark Kilcoyne (195) advanced after placing first and second, respectively.
Bernhardt won his championship by pinning Nekoosa/Assumption/Port Edwards’ Klayton Havlovic in 1:15 and Lakeland’s Tate Olson in 1:09. Kilcoyne pinned Lakeland’s Henry Evenhouse in 59 seconds before getting pinned by Tomahawk’s Tony Matti in 1:21 in the finals.
Lakeland won the meet with 238 points, followed by Tomahawk (212), Nekoosa/Assumption/Port Edwards (168.5), 4. Mosinee (163), Waupaca (136.5) and Almond-Bancroft/Pacelli (47).
First-round sectional matchups involving area wrestlers are:
Bonduel Sectional (at Shawano)
106: Carter Greening, Weyauwega-Fremont (39-3), vs. Darius Hawkins, Menominee Indian (18-16).
113: Easton Groskreutz, Weyauwega-Fremont (37-7), vs. Tristen Mascarette, Florence/Niagara (33-2).
120: Cian Fischer, Weyauwega-Fremont (39-2), vs. Dylan Baird, Auburndale (26-13).
126: Tyler Pynenberg, Manawa (12-23), vs. Jordan Boldt, Bonduel (38-4).
132: Bryan Griffin, Manawa (29-12), vs. Brenden Dorner, Wabeno/Laona (35-7); Justin Kempf, Weyauwega-Fremont (39-2), vs. Lucas Wanty, Three Lakes/Phelps (15-18).
138: Logan Kicherer, Weyauwega-Fremont (30-12), vs. Jeremy Schoenherr, Stratford (28-0).
145: Garrett Bristol, Manawa (23-5), vs. Bryce Karban, Coleman (20-4).
170: Tyler Wetzel, Weyauwega-Fremont (32-5), vs. Isaac Banker, Bonduel (37-5).
182: Kyle Loehrke, Weyauwega-Fremont (20-19), vs. John Doane, Crandon (36-2).
195: Austin Bartel, Weyauwega-Fremont (25-9), vs. Colton Heil, Edgar (30-6).
220: Dylon Runge, Weyauwega-Fremont (7-5), vs. Jacob Zeitler, Coleman (3-0); Bryce Holderman, Amherst (39-1), vs. Colin Wussow, Bonduel (24-16).
285: Max Villnow, Amherst (39-1), vs. Nick Adamski, Crandon (9-10).
Oconto Falls Sectional
132: Colby Bernhardt, Waupaca (30-11), vs. Nathan Ronsman, Luxemburg-Casco (35-8).
195: Mark Kilcoyne, Waupaca (24-12), vs. C.J, Kurczek, Berlin (33-7).