By Paul Lecker
MADISON — Five of the seven Stratford wrestlers in the quarterfinals won their matches Friday afternoon to advance to the Division 3 semifinals at the 2015 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center.
Stratford’s A.J. Schoenfuss improved to 44-2 with a pin of Andrew Webb of Spring Valley/Elmwood in 1:48 of their 106-pound quarterfinal match. Schoenfuss will battle Zach Anglin (32-10) of Bayfield/Washburn in a semifinal tonight.
Jeremy Schoenherr of Stratford won his 113-pound quarterfinal by a 16-1 technical fall over Andrew Gunderson of Cadott. Schoenherr (40-2) will face Riley Lully (45-2) of Fennimore in the semifinals.
Stratford sophomore Mason Kauffman continued his undefeated campaign by winning a 15-1 major decision over Max Maylor of Iowa-Grant/Highland in a 126-pound quarterfinal. Kauffman will take on Austin Najbrt (40-4) of Cadott in the semifinals.
Kamren Bornbach improved to 39-3 after pinning Austin Stebane of Brillion in a 182-pound quarterfinal in just 1:21. Bornbach will face Rowdy Kochevar (41-6) of Flambeau in the semifinals.
Hunter Kauffman also won his quarterfinal match for Stratford, pinning Derek Medearis of New Lisbon in 5:40. Kauffman (40-1) will take on Ethan Hofacker (39-5) of Spring Valley/Elmwood in a 220-pound semifinal.
Stratford’s Sam Wenzel and Tyson Kauffman were knocked into the consolation bracket after losing their quarterfinal matches Friday afternoon.
Wenzel (31-12) was pinned by Cruze Hurlburt (38-3) of Spring Valley/Elmwood in 29 seconds. Wenzel will take on Frank Baker (41-7) of Mineral Point in a consolation match later Friday afternoon.
Tyson Kauffman lost his 285-pound quarterfinal to Jordan Brandt (42-1) of Reedsville by pin in 3:56. Kauffman (32-13) will take on Andy Bork (33-7) of Weyauwega-Fremont in a consolation match later today.
Spencer’s Bryce Shaw lost in his quarterfinal at 113 pounds to Cumberland’s Lucas Graf (36-3) 9-8. Shaw (27-19), the last Rocket still alive in the tournament after Tim Bauer and Hunter Luepke were eliminated Thursday, will take on Daniel Watry (17-5) of Ozaukee in a consolation match this afternoon.
One of Auburndale’s two state tournament qualifiers advanced to the semifinals.
Wyatt Weiler (43-7) edged Helton Vandenbush (38-12) of Random Lake 6-5 in a 160-pound quarterfinal. Weiler will take on Jeremiah Moody (43-1) of Cambridge in a semifinal tonight.
Paul Willfahrt (42-6) lost his 160-pound quarterfinal by a 17-2 technical fall to Cole Martin (43-1) of Lancaster. Willfahrt will wrestle in a consolation match this afternoon against Alex Colbeth (35-6) of Coleman.
The Division 3 consolation round begins at 2:45 p.m. today. The semifinals in all three divisions start tonight at 7 p.m.
(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)