Luepke, Zschernitz win sectional titles, Ackman also moves on to state
By Paul Lecker
AMERY — The Spencer/Columbus Catholic wrestling team will have three athletes compete at next week’s state tournament after their performance at the WIAA Division 2 individual wrestling sectional Saturday at Amery High School.
Spencer/Columbus junior Hunter Luepke won the 195-pound sectional title to qualify for the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament for the third-straight season.
Luepke (36-2) pinned Ty Sanford of Prescott with one second remaining in the first period to win the championship match.
Sophomore Logan Zschernitz and freshman Ashton Ackman will be making their first appearances at the state meet, which will be held Feb. 23-25 at the Kohl Center in Madison.
Zschernitz (37-3) won the 285-pound title match, beating Nick Rueth of Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal 5-1.
Ackman (35-7) ended up second at 106 pounds. He won the third place match by technical fall over Andrew Olson of Osceola 17-2 and won the second-place wrestleback by injury default.
Spencer/Columbus’ fourth sectional qualifier, Bryce Shaw, came up just short of a state bid. Shaw (19-10) lost a third-place match to Dalton Smith of Stanley-Boyd/Owen-Withee 6-4.
Ackman will face Quintin Gehrmann (33-5) of Jefferson in a Division 2 preliminary round match Thursday night. By virtue of their sectional titles, Luepke and Zschernitz earned byes into the quarterfinals on Friday afternoon.
(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
2017 WIAA Division 2 Individual Wrestling Sectional
Feb. 18, at Amery High School
Team scores: 1. Ellsworth 204; 2. Melrose-Mindoro/Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau 93.5; 3. Spencer/Columbus Catholic 71; 4. Prescott 49; 5. Medford 44; 6. Amery 42; 7. Bloomer/Colfax and Rice Lake 38; 9. Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal 37; 10. Stanley-Boyd/Owen-Withee 34; 11. St. Croix Central 29; 12. Baldwin-Woodville 28; 13. Spooner 27; 14. Chetek-Weyerhaeuser/Prairie Farm 24; 15. Barron 23.5; 16. Hayward/Northwood 18; 17. Northwestern 15; 18. Luck/Frederic/Grantsburg/Siren, Osceola and Somerset 11; 21. Abbotsford/Colby and Ashland 0.
*Top three finishers in each weight class qualify for WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament, Feb. 23-25 at Kohl Center, Madison
Championship: Charlie Stuhl (ELL) def. Ethan Tulip (PRES) by injury default.
Third place: Ashton Ackman (SC) won by technical fall over Andrew Olson (OSC) 17-2.
Second-place wrestleback: Ackman (SC) def. Tulip (PRES) by injury default.
Championship: Dane Higgins (MED) def. Jack Marley (MMGET) 7-3.
Third place: Jacek Nickowski (BW) def. Matthew Peterson (ELL) 3-0.
Championship: Sawyer Storm (ELL) def. Julian Purney (MMGET) 6-2.
Third place: Mike Smith (AM) def. Alex McCray (BW) 13-11.
Second-place wrestleback: Purney (MMGET) pinned Smith (AM) in 2:47.
Championship: Owen Matzek (ELL) pinned Steven Moncada (SOM) in 0:57.
Third place: Les Lakey (MMGET) def. Jordan Bonte (BW) 6-3.
Second-place wrestleback: Lakey (MMGET) def. Moncada (SOM) 6-5.
Championship: Sam Stuhl (ELL) pinned Mitchel Harmon (BC) in 1:16.
Third place: Calen Kirkpatrick (NW) pinned Jacob Summers (MMGET) in 0:44.
Second-place wrestleback: Harmon (BC) def. Kirkpatrick (NW) 10-5.
Championship: Jared Lansing (ELL) def. Tim Coyne (HN) 6-4.
Third place: Dalton Smith (SBOW) def. Bryce Shaw (SC) 6-4.
Championship: Cole Skelton (ELL) def. Shawn Waalen (AM) 7-5, SV-1.
Third place: Noah Massie (BAR) def. Preston Carlson (MED) 6-0.
Championship: Chase Schmidt (RL) def. Sam Burzynski (SBOW) 9-6.
Third place: Jeff Maynard (MMGET) won by technical fall over Chase Melton (SPO) 17-2.
Second-place wrestleback: Burzynski (SBOW) def. Maynard (MMGET) 11-4.
Championship: Anders Lantz (ELL) def. Kolten Hanson (MED) 3-2, TB-1.
Third place: William Waldofski (BAR) def. Eric Hoofstatter (SBOW) 8-6.
Championship: Stephen Buchanon (NGL) def. Sam Newell (CWPF) 12-7.
Third place: Carl Oman (AM) def. Matthew McNurlin (PRES) 2-0, SV-1.
Second-place wrestleback: Newell (CWPF) def. Oman (AM) 7-6.
Championship: Jacob Singer (ELL) pinned Cole Olson (BC) in 4:00.
Third place: Dakota Schultz (LFGS) def. Daniel Chuchwar (CWPF) 7-6.
Championship: Hunter Luepke (SC) pinned Ty Sanford (PRES) in 1:59.
Third place: Ryan Larson (SCC) def. Cole Toenjes (ELL) 5-2.
Championship: Dakotah Daffinson (MMGET) pinned Joshua Carroll (SPO) in 0:49.
Third place: Jacob Bugella (RL) pinned Dillon Kimmen (PRES) in 3:09.
Second-place wrestleback: Carroll (SPO) pinned Bugella (RL) in 3:47.
Championship: Logan Zschernitz (SC) def. Nick Rueth (NGL) 5-1.
Third place: Mike Freund (ELL) pinned Hunter Schmidt (SCC) in 1:43.