By Paul Lecker
ABBOTSFORD — Spencer had eight wrestlers reach the finals and four walk away with titles, but the Rockets came up just short of the team title as they finished second at the 2015 Cloverbelt Conference Wrestling Tournament on Saturday at Abbotsford High School.
The Rockets went 6-0 to win the dual-meet conference championship and were searching for their first conference tournament title since winning the Marawood Conference Tournament in 1999.
Spencer grabbed four individual titles but came up 17 points short of Stanley-Boyd/Thorp/Owen-Withee (SBTOW) for the team title. SBTOW won with 241.5 points, and Spencer took second with 224.5 points.
Daniel Wilke, Nathan Neumann, Hunter Hildebrandt, and Hunter Luepke won championships for the Rockets.
Wilke (34-6) won a major decision over Tony Borowski of SBTOW (18-6) to win the 138-pound title.
Neumann (27-13) edged Derek Nielsen of Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal 4-3 to take the 145-pound championship.
Hildebrandt (24-13) rolled to the 152-pound title for the Rockets, winning a major decision over Brandon Nitz (11-2) of SBTOW.
The freshman Luepke (35-4) won the final title for Spencer with a major decision over Jeffrey Breaker (12-1) of Osseo-Fairchild/Augusta/Altoona/Fall Creek.
Dominick Wichlacz (106 pounds), Bryce Shaw (113), Austin Post (126), and Zach Schneider (182) each finished second for the Rockets.
Tim Bauer (132) and Caden Schillinger (120) both finished third for Spencer.
Spencer will compete in the WIAA Division 3 regional next Saturday, Feb. 14, at Auburndale. The top two finishers in each weight class move on to the WIAA Division 3 individual sectional at Shawano on Feb. 21. The top team will wrestle in the WIAA Division 3 team sectional at Amherst on Feb. 17.
(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
2015 Cloverbelt Conference Wrestling Tournament
Team scores: 1. Stanley-Boyd/Thorp/Owen-Withee 241.5; 2. Spencer 224.5; 3. Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal 182.5; 4. Cadott 165; 5. Eau Claire Regis/Chippewa Falls McDonell 95; 6. Osseo-Fairchild/Augusta/Altoona/Fall Creek 80; 7. Abbotsford/Colby 60.
Championship: Skylar Barth (NGL) pinned Dominick Wichlacz (SP) in 3:52.
Third place: Alex Licht (CAD) def. Quade Webster (SBTOW) 5-4.
Fifth place: Zach Yengo (RM) won major dec. over Rodrigo Cruz (AC) 12-4.
Championship: Andrew Gunderson (CAD) pinned Bryce Shaw (SP) in 3:08.
Third place: Kyle Gurney (NGL) def. Jacob Sonnentag (SBTOW).
Fifth place: Paul Alexander (RM).
Championship: Dalton Smith (SBTOW) def. Dylan Nielsen (NGL) 3-1.
Third place: Caden Schillinger (SP) pinned Bennet Bowe (CAD) in 0:49.
Fifth place: Andrew Fenner (OF).
Championship: Austin Najbrt (CAD) won by technical fall over Austin Post (SP) 16-1.
Third place: Elliott Morning (RM) pinned Kanyon Rachu (NGL) in 4:53.
Fifth place: Austin Williams (SBTOW) won by major dec. over Kyle Gjerseth (OF) 11-2.
Championship: Sam Burzynski (SBTOW) def. Stetson Rueth (NGL) 3-2.
Third place: Tim Bauer (SP) def. Tyler Gillett (CAD) 7-5, OT.
Fifth place: Joe Larsen (RM) def. Joe Zamora (OF) by forfeit.
Championship: Daniel Wilke (SP) won major dec. over Tony Borowski (SBTOW) 18-6.
Third place: Tom Carlson (AC) def. Brandon Pederson (CAD) 4-0.
Fifth place: Brandon Lewis (RM) pinned Jesse Buchanan (NGL) in 4:00.
Championship: Nathan Neumann (SP) def. Derek Nielsen (NGL) 4-3.
Third place: Eric Hoffstatter (SBTOW) pinned Isaiah Pecha (CAD) in 0:36.
Fifth place: Trevor Fischer (OF).
Championship: Hunter Hildebrandt (SP) won by major dec. over Brandon Nitz (SBTOW) 11-2.
Third place: Hayden Thompson (CAD) pinned Cody Rodman (AC) in 1:50.
Fifth place: Andrew Haselwander (RM).
Championship: Ronny Ponick (SBTOW) pinned Dakota Steinke (OF) in 4:58.
Third place: Colin Stuttgen (AC) won major dec. over Deitrik Ellis (SP) 9-0.
Fifth place: Seth Jordan (RM).
Championship: Jake Rueth (NGL) won by technical fall over Brad Ritger (OF) 16-1.
Third place: Ben Turner (SBTOW) pinned Brock Halopka (AC) in 1:09.
Fifth place: Ethan Haider (CAD).
Championship: Austin Burzynski (SBTOW) def. Zach Schneider (SP) 7-2.
Third place: Andrew Buchanan (NGL) pinned Blake Bortrager (CAD) in 1:39.
Fifth place: Jered Olson (RM) pinned Dylan Leffel (AC) in 0:57.
Championship: Hunter Luepke (SP) won major dec. over Jeffrey Breaker (OF) 12-1.
Third place: Nate Scheidler (SBTOW) def. Jake Gilbertson (RM) 12-8.
Fifth place: Sam Baumgartner (NGL).
Championship: Nick Rueth (NGL) pinned Hunter Hood (RM) in 3:24.
Third place: Quentin Melville (SBTOW) def. Travis Stelson (SP) 5-3 OT.
Championship: Jesse Cwikla (SBTOW) def. Cole Hanson (CAD) 10-5.