By Paul Lecker
Stratford second, SC 10th at Freedom
Ten Stratford wrestlers earned top-six finishes and won one title as the Tigers finished second at the 16-team Freedom Irish Invitational on Jan. 13 at Freedom High School.
Jeremy Schoenherr improved to 19-0 this season with a 5-3 victory over Max Bruss of DePere in the 145-pound championship for Stratford, which finished with 179.5 points, 17.5 behind first-place Burlington.
Spencer/Columbus had five wrestlers finish in the top seven, including 220-pound champion Hunter Luepke, and ended up 10th in the team standings with 82.5 points.
Luepke (29-0) beat Brock Danielski of Appleton North 8-2 in the 220-pound final.
Max Schwabe (126), A.J. Schoenfuss (132), and Jake Drexler (152) finished second for Stratford, and Logan Zschernitz was second at 285 pounds for Spencer/Columbus.
Other medal winners for Stratford were Trevor Dennee (third at 170), Dylan Schoenherr (third at 220), Manny Drexler (fourth at 113), Jordan Becker (fifth at 160), Trevor Steiner (fifth at 170), and Karter Stuttgen (sixth at 106).
Bryce Shaw was fifth at 145, Dominick Wichlacz took sixth at 120, and Carson Hildebrandt finished seventh at 170 for the Rockets.
Spencer/Columbus won a nonconference dual meet, held at Columbus on Jan. 9, beating Wautoma/Wild Rose 49-22. Caden Schillinger, Luepke, Zschernitz, Andres Rodriguez, and Shaw had pins for the Rockets.
Marshfield wins at Everest
Marshfield won the final seven matches to coast past D.C. Everest 46-15 in a Wisconsin Valley Conference dual meet Jan. 12 at D.C. Everest Middle School.
Ben Gust won 10-4 at 170 pounds to start the run that included pins by Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann (182), Sam Mitchell (220), and Conner Berry (285), a 12-6 win by Isaac Slark (195), and a forfeit victory by Gabe Pugh (113).
Tanner Kanable (126), Caden Pearce (138), and Payton Young (152) added victories by decision for Marshfield, which is now 4-0 in WVC action.
Marshfield drops road dual
Emma Haugen won the floor exercise and vault for Marshfield, which lost a Great Northern Conference dual meet to Ashland 136.35-130.75 on Jan. 8 at Ashland High School.
Haugen won the floor with a score of 9.35 and the vault with a score of 8.65 on her way to a third-place finish in the all-around (33.575). She also tied for third in the uneven bars (8.15).
Brooke McGrath tied for third in the floor (9.05) and Melanie Hafenbredl was third in the vault (8.45) as well for the Tigers.
Marshfield splits two games
Marshfield lost a Wisconsin Valley Conference game at first-place Wausau West 7-0 on Jan. 9, but came back strong with a 7-3 nonconference win at Chequamegon on Jan. 12, improving to 9-8 this season.
In the win over Chequamegon, Marshfield led 3-2 after two goals by Nick Urban and another from Ryan Krueger in the first period then turned it on in the second to take a five-goal advantage.
Krueger scored twice, and Justin Stanek and Dominic Lange also had goals in the second for the Tigers.
A.J. Trierweiler finished with 13 saves in goal for the Tigers.