By Paul Lecker
MADISON – The Stratford wrestling team suffered a heartbreaking, unexpected loss on Saturday as it fell to Fennimore 27-26 in the Division 3 championship match at the 2016 WIAA State Team Wrestling Tournament at the UW Fieldhouse.
The dual with Fennimore went down to the final two matches. Stratford led 26-19 and just needed to keep each match close in order to escape with its first-ever state team wrestling title.
Fennimore’s Riley Blair defeated Derek Marten 6-2 at 126 pounds to inch the Golden Eagles to within four.
Fennimore’s Alston Nutter then earned a 14-2 major decision over Anthony Gliniecki at 132 pounds to even the score at 26-26, but the Golden Eagles won the tiebreaker used at the state tournament of total matches won, which they did 8-6.
David Marquardt (152) and Tyson Kauffman (285) won decisions, Dylan Schoenherr (170) earned a major decision, Kamren Bornbach (182) and A.J. Schoenfuss (120) won by technical fall, and Kade Ehrike (160) won by pin for the Tigers.
Stratford reached the finals with a dominating 43-26 win over defending Division 3 state champion Spring Valley/Elmwood in the semifinals Saturday morning.
Gliniecki (132), Marquardt (160), Bornbach (182), Kauffman (285), Macey Kilty (106) and Jake Drexler (113) each won by pin for Stratford. Jeremy Schoenherr earned a major decision at 138 and Aiden Hoffman earned a decision at 195 for the Tigers.
(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
2016 WIAA State Team Wrestling Tournament
March 5, at UW Fieldhouse, Madison
Division 3 Semifinals
Stratford 43, Spring Valley/Elmwood 26
132: Anthony Gliniecki (ST) pinned Cooper Stevens in 1:54.
138: Jeremy Schoenherr (ST) won by major dec. over Logan Newton 14-6.
145: Carter Merth (SVE) pinned Jordan Becker in 3:49.
152: Cruze Hulburt (SVE) won major dec. over Sam Wenzel 12-1.
160: David Marquardt (ST) pinned Devon Johnson in 5:25.
170: Jed Schlegel (SVE) won major dec. over Kyle Giebel 19-6.
182: Kamren Bornbach (ST) pinned Quinton Elliott in 0:59.
195: Aiden Hoffman (ST) def. Ryan Asher 5-2.
220: Ethan Hofacker (SVE) def. Ethan Fabry 5-3.
285: Tyson Kauffman (ST) pinned Dakota Elsenpeter in 3:47.
106: Macey Kilty (ST) pinned Luke Deppa in 3:09.
113: Jake Drexler (ST) pinned Dyan Bune in 3:20.
120: Seth Schlegel (SVE) won major dec. over Mavrick Licciardi 15-4.
126: Ryan Berg (SVE) won by technical fall over Brittany Bredemann 16-0.
Division 3 Championship
Fennimore 27, Stratford 26 (won via tiebreaker, 8-6 in total matches won)
138: Justin Tollefson (FEN) def. Jeremy Schoenherr 8-5.
145: Hunter Wardell (FEN) def. Sam Wenzel 7-4.
152: David Marquardt (ST) def. Alex Cleven 15-12.
160: Kade Ehrike (ST) pinned Tyler Klaas in 3:13.
170: Dylan Schoenherr (ST) won by major dec. over Tavian Kaschub 12-2.
182: Kamren Bornbach (ST) won by technical fall over Weston Linneman 22-7.
195; Louis Heberlein (FEN) def. Aiden Hoffman 9-2.
220: Cody McCollough (FEN) won by major dec. over Ethan Fabry 15-7.
285: Tyson Kauffman (ST) def. Deven O’Brien 4-0.
106: Trevor Wanek (FEN) def. Macey Kilty 5-3.
113: Riley Lull (FEN) def. Jake Drexler 10-8 (OT).
120: A.J. Schoenfuss (ST) won by technical fall over Maguire Fitzgerald 16-1.
126: Riley Blair (FEN) def. Derek Marten 6-2.
132: Alston Nutter (FEN) won by major dec. over Anthony Gliniecki 14-2.