Stratford sending 11 to state wrestling tournament
By Paul Lecker
SHAWANO – Stratford had five champions and six others that finished in the top three as it will send 11 to next week’s WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament after action Saturday at the WIAA Division 3 sectional at Shawano High School.
The Tigers, who also qualified for the WIAA State Team Tournament after winning the team sectional last Tuesday over Coleman, will be well represented at the Kohl Center on Feb. 25-27 as 11 of the 12 wrestlers at the individual sectional finished in the top three.
Jake Drexler (45-2) defeated Matthew Grossman of Pittsville 8-6 to win the 113-pound championship for Stratford.
Also winning titles for Stratford were Jeremy Schoenherr (38-0) at 126, Mason Kauffman (48-0) at 152, Kamren Bornbach (45-2) at 182, and Tyson Kauffman (45-3) at 285.
Schoenherr, who won the state title last year at 113 as a freshman, defeated Garrett Kohls of Gillett/Suring by technical fall 18-3.
Mason Kauffman, who also won a state title at 126 last year, will go into this year’s state tournament unbeaten again after beating Kevin Lansin of Coleman 10-3 to capture the 152-pound title. Kauffman, a sophomore, is now 97-0 in his career.
Bornbach, a D-3 champ at 182 last year, will get a chance to repeat at the same weight after winning the sectional title match by tech fall over Hunter Stodola of Coleman 23-8.
Tyson Kauffman will be making a repeat appearance at state after winning the 285-pound title match over Tyson Sommer of Athens with a pin in 5:01.
Also moving on to the state tournament for Stratford are Macey Kilty (25-4) at 106, A.J. Schoenfuss (45-3) at 120, Derek Marten (41-9) at 132, Sam Wenzel (40-7) at 138, David Marquardt (35-11) at 145, and Jon Aguirre (25-9) at 220.
Kilty and Marquardt each finished second, while the others took third.
Schoenfuss is also a returning state champion, having won the 106-pound D-3 title last year.
Aiden Hoffman (12-8) finished fourth at 195 pounds for Stratford.
(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
2016 WIAA Division 3 Individual Wrestling Sectional
Feb. 20, at Shawano High School
Team scores: 1. Stratford 197; 2. Coleman 119.5; 3. Athens 108; 4. Shiocton 102; 5. Bonduel 80; 6. Edgar 46; 7. Gillett/Suring 34; 8. Amherst 33.5; 9. Weyauwega-Fremont 22; 11. Crivitz 19; 12. Pittsville 16; 13. Florence/Niagara 11; 14. Rosholt 9; 15. Wabeno/Laona 8; 16. Crandon 7; 17. Tri-County 5; 18. Menominee Indian 4; 19. Elcho, Marathon, Thorp, and Three Lakes/Phelps 0.
Top 3 qualify for WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament, Feb. 25-27 at Madison
106: Championship – Cian Fischer (WF) def. Macey Kilty (ST) 11-6; Third place – Koltin Grzybowski (COL) def. Derek Moravec (WL) 9-3.
113: Championship – Jake Drexler (ST) def. Matthew Grossman (PIT) 8-6; Third place – Aiden Wusterbarth (OC) def. Hampton Kedrowicz (ROS) 5-2.
120: Championship – Sawyer Theobald (SH) def. Jordan Boldt (BON) 4-2 (2 OT); Third place – A.J. Schoenfuss (ST) def. Caleb Gross (COL) 7-0.
126: Championship – Jeremy Schoenherr (ST) won by technical fall over Garrett Kohls (GS) 18-3; Third place – Jake Baldwin (COL) won by major dec. over Jonny Albrecht (ATH) 10-0; Second-place wrestleback – Baldwin (COL) won by major dec. over Garrett Kohls (GS) 11-3.
132: Championship – Garrett Siolka (BON) def. Elton Kelsey (OC) 5-4; Third place – Derek Marten (ST) won by injury default over Klay Ellenbecker (ATH); Second-place wrestleback – Kelsey (OC) def. Marten (ST) 7-5.
138: Championship – Sammy VanStraten (SH) def. Sam Wenzel (ST) 4-2; Third place – Bryce Karban (COL) won by major dec. over Jacob Giese (BON) 10-2; Second-place wrestleback – Karban (COL) def. Wenzel (ST) 7-1.
145: Championship – Austin Engel (ATH) def. David Marquardt (ST) 4-2; Third place – Jordan Blanchard (COL) won by major dec. over Brandon Peckham (TC) 9-0; Second-place wrestleback – Marquardt (ST) def. Blanchard (COL) 7-2.
152: Championship – Mason Kauffman (ST) def. Kevin Lansin (COL) 10-3; Third place – Billy Reif (SH) def. Ty Flannery (CR) 2-0; Second-place wrestleback – Lansin (COL) pinned Reif (SH) in 3:22.
160: Championship – Jacob Banker (BON) def. Alex Zeitler (GS) 2-1; Third place – Will Raatz (ED) def. Nathaniel Morse (ATH) 7-4; Second-place wrestleback – Zeitler (GS) def. Raatz (ED) by forfeit.
170: Championship – Alex Lemanski (ED) def. Marshall Westfall (ATH) 10-3; Third place – Bryce Holderman (AM) pinned Trent Moder (SH) in 0:27; Second-place wrestleback – Holderman (AM) won by technical fall over Westfall (ATH) 18-2.
182: Championship – Kamren Bornbach (ST) won by technical fall over Hunter Stodola (COL) 23-8; Third place – Mason Gomm (SH) pinned Tannor Frahm (ATH) in 4:23; Second-place wrestleback – Stodola (COL) def. Gomm (SH) by injury default.
195: Championship – Henry Fielding (SH) pinned Max Villnow (AM) in 5:34; Third place – Reece Heidmann (ED) pinned Aiden Hoffman (ST) in 5:54.
220: Championship – Dakota Venzke (ATH) def. Austin Ducaine (CR) 7-3; Third place – Jon Aguirre (ST) def. Samuel Humburger (FN) 3-1.
285: Championship – Tyson Kauffman (ST) pinned Tyson Sommer (ATH) in 5:01; Third place – Bennett Gunderson (BON) pinned Donovan Salewski (COL) in 4:57; Second-place wrestleback – Gunderson (BON) pinned Sommer (ATH) in 4:22.