By Paul Lecker
MARSHFIELD – Marshfield had two champions and qualified half of its team to next week’s sectional on Saturday at the WIAA Division 1 wrestling regional at Marshfield High School.
Marshfield senior Mitch Hertel and junior Josh Lang dominated their opponents to capture regional titles.
Hertel remained unbeaten this season by winning his three matches Saturday and improved to 23-0 with an impressive 17-5 major decision over Joey Roth of Stevens Point in the 160-pound championship match.
Lang (26-4) was equally impressive for the Tigers, winning a 10-2 major decision over Alex Stine of Wausau East in the 195-pound title match.
Sophomore Anthony Kanable (38-6) was the only other Tiger to make it to the championship match, but he lost 9-0 to Jacob DeMeyer of Rhinelander to finish second at 126 pounds.
Also moving on to next Saturday’s individual sectional at Eau Claire North by placing in the top four for Marshfield are Jeremy Brost, Brandon Cramer, Nic Humphrey and Devon Klement.
Brost, a junior, improved to 23-19 by taking third place at 152 pounds. He defeated Will Dixon of Antigo 7-4 in the third-place match before losing a second-place wrestleback to Michael Phillips of Wausau West 10-2.
Humphrey (20-13) won the third-place match at 285, pinning Antigo’s Devon Brisby in 33 seconds.
Cramer had to come back through a wrestleback to take fourth at 220 pounds. Cramer (16-18) defeated Josafat Garcia-Morales of Antigo with a pin in 1:37.
Klement (19-9) finished fourth at 145 pounds, losing in the semifinals and in the third-place match.
The top two individual finishes in the sectional will qualify for the 2015 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at Madison on Feb. 26-28.
Marshfield finished fourth in the team standings with 159 points. Stevens Point won the team regional title with 216.5 points, 49 more than second-place D.C. Everest. Stevens Point will compete at the Division 1 team sectional Tuesday at Menomonie with a berth at the 2015 WIAA State Team Wrestling Tournament in Madison on March 6-7 on the line.
(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
2015 WIAA Division 1 Regional
Feb. 14, at Marshfield High School
Team scores: 1. Stevens Point 216.5; 2. D.C. Everest 167.5; 3. Merrill 163.5; 4. Marshfield 159; 5. Wausau West 151.5; 6. Rhinelander 147; 7. Antigo 65.5; 8. Wausau East 63. (Stevens Point qualifies for team sectional Feb. 17 at Menomonie)
Individual Results (top four qualify for Division 1 sectional, Feb. 21, at Eau Claire North)
Championship: Brady Koontz (SP) won major dec. over Tyler Olson (RH) 15-5.
Third place: Brandon Lucht (ANT) won by technical fall over Ben Diny (WE) 20-3.
Championship: Dylan Koontz (SP) def. Manning Denk (DC) 3-0.
Third place: Frank Lor (WW) def. Aidan Ball (MER) 4-0.
Championship: Don Veverka (DC) def. Chance Bailey (SP) 8-5.
Third place: Devon Schultz (MER) won major dec. over Alec Modrow (RH) 13-4.
Fourth-place wrestleback: Modrow (RH) pinned Travis Altman (MAR) in 0:37.
Championship: Jacob DeMeyer (RH) won major dec. over Anthony Kanable (MAR) 9-0.
Third place: Tom Severson (DC) def. Ryan Waldron (WW) 2-0.
Second-place wrestleback: Kanable (MAR) def. Severson (DC) 7-2.
Fourth-place wrestleback: Waldron (WW) pinned Garrett Kvatek (SP) in 2:55.
Championship: Scott Arneson (MER) pinned Jon Fox (RH) in 3:09.
Third place: Nolan White (DC) pinned Dylan Rivera (WE) in 1:21.
Championship: Hunter Welch (MER) def. Tyler Hall (SP) 9-7.
Third place: Mitch Veverka (DC) def. Brendon Kramer (WE) 7-1.
Fourth-place wrestleback: Payton Duberstein (WW) def. Kramer (WE) 12-10.
Championship: Joe Ziolkowski (DC) def. Dakota Kelz (SP) 5-0.
Third place: Alex Reas (RH) won major dec. over Devon Klement (MAR) 18-5.
Championship: Fritz Schierl (SP) won major dec. over Michael Phillips (WW) 15-2.
Third place: Jeremy Brost (MAR) def. Will Dixon (ANT) 7-4.
Second-place wrestleback: Phillips (WW) won major dec. over Brost (MAR) 10-2.
Fourth-place wrestleback: Dixon (ANT) def. Brandon McCarthy (MER) 5-4.
Championship: Mitch Hertel (MAR) won by major dec. over Joey Roth (SP) 17-5.
Third place: Tanner Baine (WW) def. Nate White (DC) 7-5, OT.
Second-place wrestleback: Baine (WW) pinned Roth (SP) in 1:31.
Fourth-place wrestleback: White (DC) pinned Jordan Lundt (RH) in 4:50.
Championship: Mason Reinhardt (MER) pinned Alec Kurtz (RH) in 1:50.
Third place: Sam Stroik (DC) def. Jake Harlow (SP) 6-0.
Second-place wrestleback: Kurtz (RH) won major dec. over Stroik (DC) 11-5.
Fourth-place wrestleback: Harlow (SP) pinned Conner Peterson (MAR) in 3:26.
Championship: Paul Zalewski (SP) def. Cory Courneya (WE) 4-3.
Third place: Colton Krueger (RH) pinned Garrett Becerra (ANT) in 0:31.
Fourth-place wrestleback: Becerra (ANT) def. Jared Bonke (WW) 8-3.
Championship: Josh Lang (MAR) won major dec. over Alex Stine (WE) 10-2.
Third place: Seth Collins (MER) pinned Brett Labrasca (RH) in 3:45.
Fourth-place wrestleback: Brady Lenz (WW) pinned Labrasca (RH) in 1:24.
Championship: Noel Winch (SP) pinned Berkley Corvino (DC) in 2:44.
Third place: Timothy Mineau (WW) pinned Josafat Garcia-Morales (ANT) in 5:06.
Second-place wrestleback: Corvino (DC) won by technical fall over Mineau (WW) 17-1.
Fourth-place wrestleback: Brandon Cramer (MAR) pinned Garcia-Morales (ANT) in 1:37.
Championship: Nathan Tessmer (WW) pinned Christian Kleinschmidt (MER) in 1:40.
Third place: Nic Humphrey (MAR) pinned Devon Brisby (ANT) in 0:33.
Fourth-place wrestleback: Chris Geurink (DC) pinned Brisby (ANT) in 3:10.