Seniors Brett Von Ruden and Hayden Krein both concluded their Spartan careers with victories Saturday afternoon.  Von Ruden captured fifth place while Krein brought home third.  The victories cap two of the most storied careers in Spartan wrestling history.  Both four-time state qualifiers, Krein stands out among that select group by being the only one to medal all four years.  He never lost a placement match and finished third as a freshman, first as a sophomore and third as a junior and senior.  Krein finishes his career 163-21 while Von Ruden finishes 131-40.

Von Ruden opened up the action today with a tight 3-2 loss to Rhinelander’s Jacob DeMeyer (47-2).  It was the second time that DeMeyer had defeated Von Ruden by a 3-2 score.  DeMeyer also defeated Von Ruden 3-2 in the finals of the Battle on the Bay.  However, Brett bounced back in a big way with a pin in 2:47 over Burlington’s Jake Skrundz in the fifth place match.

At 170 pounds, Hayden Krein (43-7) held off the upper body strength and attempted throws by Kenosha Bradford/Reuther’s Jake Deates on his way to a 6-3 victory.  In the third place match, Krein dominated Marshfield’s Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann (41-5) via a pin in 2:06.

It was a strong tournament for the Spartans.  Krein gave the eventual state champion Parker Keckeisen of Nicolet his closest match of the tournament.  Krein’s 10-4 loss stands out compared to Kalyn Jahn’s 23-8 loss in the finals.  Keckeisen compiled two technical falls, a second period pin and a 10-4 victory on his way to a state title.

Von Ruden’s overtime loss in the quarterfinals while battling the flu to De Pere’s Max Bruss was notable because Bruss advanced to the finals and pushed eventual state champion Drew Scharenbrock of Sun Prairie (51-0) in an 8-6 loss.

Congrats to both Brett and Hayden on outstanding Spartan wrestling careers.  Below is the full summary of how the two did at the 2018 state tournament.

Brett Von Ruden (43-5) placed 5th and scored 11.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 43-5 won by decision over Nolan Hertel (Marshfield) 29-7 (Dec 8-6)
  • Quarterfinal – Max Bruss (De Pere) 43-5 won in sudden victory – 1 over Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 43-5 (SV-1 7-5)
  • Cons. Round 1 – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 43-5 won by decision over Connor Collins (Oshkosh West) 36-11 (Dec 9-3)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 43-5 won by decision over Jake Schulte (Mukwonago) 31-19 (Dec 10-4)
  • Cons. Semi – Jacob DeMeyer (Rhinelander) 47-2 won by decision over Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 43-5 (Dec 3-2)
  • 5th Place Match – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 43-5 won by fall over Jake Skrundz (Burlington) 37-7 (Fall 2:47)
Hayden Krein (43-7) placed 3rd and scored 15.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 43-7 won by fall over Sam Tourtilott (Shawano Com.) 21-16 (Fall 1:30)
  • Quarterfinal – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 43-7 won by major decision over Nolan Paar (Oak Creek) 45-4 (MD 10-2)
  • Semifinal – Parker Keckeisen (Nicolet) 31-0 won by decision over Hayden Krein (Sparta) 43-7 (Dec 10-4)
  • Cons. Semi – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 43-7 won by decision over Jake Deates (Kenosha Bradford/Reuther) 18-4 (Dec 6-3)
  • 3rd Place Match – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 43-7 won by fall over Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann (Marshfield) 41-5 (Fall 2:06)

Seniors Brett Von Ruden and Hayden Krein will end their Spartan careers on the podium, but where exactly they will be standing is yet to be determined.  Von Ruden survived two rounds of wrestlebacks and a bout with the flu to  reach the podium for the first time while Krein dropped a 10-4 decision in the semifinals to undefeated and top-ranked Parker Keckeisen.  Both will wrestle in the round beginning at 10am Saturday.

For each wrestler, a win in their first match will send them to the third place bout.  A loss will send them to the fifth place match.

Von Ruden opened the action today with a 9-3 victory against Oshkosh West’s Connor Collins before following it up with a 10-4 victory over Mukwonago’s Jake Schulte.  The victories were even more impressive considering Von Ruden was not only battling some of the best wrestlers in the state, but also a case of the flu.  He will face Rhinelander’s Jacob DeMeyer in his first wrestleback tomorrow.  Earlier this season, Von Ruden dropped a 3-2 decision to DeMeyer in the finals of the Battle on the Bay.

At 170 pounds, Hayden Krein had trouble fending off Nicolet’s Parker Keckeisen who took Krein down five times en route to a 10-4 victory.  Krein will now face Kenosha Bradford/Reuther’s Jake Deates.  A win puts Krein in the third place match with a chance to finish in the top three all four years at state.

Below is the full summary for Brett and Hayden’s two days at state…

145  –  Brett Von Ruden (42-4) placed 6th and scored 7.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 42-4 won by decision over Nolan Hertel (Marshfield) 29-7 (Dec 8-6)
  • Quarterfinal – Max Bruss (De Pere) 43-4 won in sudden victory – 1 over Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 42-4 (SV-1 7-5)
  • Cons. Round 1 – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 42-4 won by decision over Connor Collins (Oshkosh West) 36-11 (Dec 9-3)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 42-4 won by decision over Jake Schulte (Mukwonago) 31-19 (Dec 10-4)
170  –  Hayden Krein (41-7) placed 6th and scored 6.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 41-7 won by fall over Sam Tourtilott (Shawano Com.) 21-16 (Fall 1:30)
  • Quarterfinal – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 41-7 won by major decision over Nolan Paar (Oak Creek) 45-4 (MD 10-2)
  • Semifinal – Parker Keckeisen (Nicolet) 30-0 won by decision over Hayden Krein (Sparta) 41-7 (Dec 10-4)

For the third time in four years, senior Hayden Krein will be competing in the state semifinals while fellow senior Brett Von Ruden still has a great shot at landing on the podium after he won his opening match, but then dropped a heartbreaking overtime match in the quarterfinals.

At 170 pounds, Hayden Krein breezed through his first two matches.  His opening round match was a pin in 1:10 over Shawano Community’s Sam Tourtilott (21-15).  That victory was followed by a 10-1 major decision win over Oak Creek’s Nolan Paar (44-3).  Tourtilott was an honorable mention while Paar entered the tournament ranked sixth.  Krein will now face undefeated Parker Keckeisen of Nicolet (30-0).  Keckeisen was a state runner-up a year ago and defeated La Crosse Logan/Central’s Connor Williams in the semis in the 2017 state tournament.

Teammate Brett Von Ruden’s day started off with an 8-6 victory over Marshfield’s Nolan Hertel (29-7).  In the quarterfinals, Von Ruden held the lead for much of the match against De Pere’s Max Bruss (42-4) before illness set in and sapped his energy.  Von Ruden lead 5-3 in the third period before falling 7-5 in overtime.  Hertel entered the tournament ranked sixth while Bruss is ranked third.  Von Ruden will need to win his next two matches to earn a spot on the podium.  His wrestleback will be against Oshkosh West’s Connor Collins (36-10).

Von Ruden will wrestle Friday morning in the round beginning at 10am while Krein will wrestle for a chance at his second state championship in the semifinal round beginning at 7pm Friday evening.

Around the MVC

Here is how MVC wrestlers did on the first day of the 2018 state tournament.  Eight of Holmen’s 10 qualifiers are still alive with three of them in the semifinals.  Tomah’s lone qualifier Dawson Lambert dropped his opening round match, but will have a wrestleback.

Holmen

  • 106  –  Alex Pellowski lost 9-0 to Badger’s Beau LaDu.  Pellowski will not have a wrestleback.
  • 132  –  Trevor Plomedeahl won his first match 9-0 against West Allis Nathan Hale’s Brandon Baltz before dropping a 5-0 decision to Janesville Craig’s Nate Ellis.  Plomedahl will be wrestling back.
  • 138  –  Tanner Schultz won his first match by pin in 5:04 against Burlington’s Max Ehlen before dropping a 7-1 decision to Eau Claire North’s Mason Phillips.  Schultz will be wrestling back.
  • 145  –  Zach Gordon lost 8-1 to Rhinelander’s Jacon DeMeyer and will be wrestling back.
  • 160  –  Reed Williams is onto the semifinals after winning his opening round match by technical fall over Marquette University’s Daniel Carter.  He followed that up with a 9-4 win over West De Pere’s Evan Frisque.
  • 170  –  Kalyn Jahn is also onto the semis after easily winning his first two matches.  His first round match was a technical fall victory over Hortonville’s Kirkland Hills while his quarterfinal match ended by pin in 1:31 over Kenosha Bradford/Reuther’s Jake Deates.
  • 182  –  Isaac Lahr is Holmen’s third and final state semifinalist.  He did so by winning his first match over Neenah’s Isaiah McCormick via technical fall and followed that up with a 6-3 win in the quarterfinals over Kaukauna’s Bryson Alsteen.
  • 195  –  Kyle Burkhardt lost his opening round match to Waterford’s Jack Trautman III.  He will have a wrestleback.
  • 220  –  Jack Westcott lost his first match to Oak Creek’s John Wright by a 5-2 score.  He will not have a wrestleback.
  • 285  –  Jesse Fiers was pinned in just 39 seconds by River Falls’ Mitchell Williamson.  He will have a wrestleback.

Tomah

  • 113  –  Dawson Lambert dropped a 5-2 decision to Arrowhead’s Jack Ganos.  Ganos won his second match so Lambert will be wrestling back

We get a lot of questions via email and Facebook about how to follow our Spartan wrestlers at the Kohl Center.  Here are some answers to the most common questions about the state tournament.

When will our guys wrestle?
Beyond Thursday afternoon, that is entirely dependent on how they do.  We do know that Brett and Hayden will compete in the opening session of the tournament beginning Thursday at 3pm.  If they win, they will wrestle again Thursday evening in the quarterfinals beginning at 515pm.  If they lose their first match, they will need the guy who defeated them to win their next match to stay in the tournament.  If that happens, they will compete Friday morning in the session beginning at 10am.  Full session details for division one are below…

Session 1 – Thursday, Feb. 22 – Six Mats
Division 1 Preliminaries – 3 p.m. (Doors open 2:00 p.m.)
Div 1 Quarterfinals – Approximately 5:15 p.m.

Session 2 – Friday, Feb. 23 – Six Mats
Div. 1 Consolations – 10 a.m. (all mats) (Doors open 9:00 a.m.)
Div. 1 Consolation Semifinals – Approximately 1:45 p.m. (all mats)

Session 3 – Friday, Feb. 23 – Six Mats
Div. 1, 2 & 3 Semifinals – 7:00 p.m.  (Doors open 6:00 p.m.)
(Div. 1 on mats 1 & 2; Div. 2 on mats 3 & 4; Div. 3 on mats 5 & 6)

Session 4 – Saturday, Feb. 25 – Six Mats
Div. 1, 2 & 3 Consolation Wrestlebacks – 10:00 a.m.  (Doors open 9:00 a.m.)
(Div. 1 on mats 1 & 2; Div. 2 on mats 3 & 4; Div. 3 on mats 5 & 6)
Div. 1, 2 & 3 Fifth Place*
(Div. 1 on mats 1 & 2; Div. 2 on mats 3 & 4; Div. 3 on mats 5 & 6)
Div. 1, 2 & 3 Third Place*
(Div. 1 on mats 1 & 2; Div. 2 on mats 3 & 4; Div. 3 on mats 5 & 6)
* Fifth-place and third-place matches will run concurrently by weight class following all consolation matches.

Session 5 – Saturday, Feb. 25 – Three Mats
March of Champions – 5:00 p.m. (Doors open 3:30 p.m.)
Div. 1, 2, & 3 Championships
(Div. 1 on mat 1; Div. 2 on mat 2; Div. 3 on mat 3)

How do I get the latest results?

Are the matches televised?  How can I watch them?

  • FS Wisconsin  –  Fox Sports Wisconsin will broadcast the finals live on Saturday, February 25th at 5pm.  You can also view the finals via Fox Sports Go.  You may need cable provider authentication for Fox Sports Go so be sure to have your cable login on hand and ready to go.
  • NFHS Network  –  The NFHS Network will broadcast all pre-final matches live.  This is not free.  It will cost you.  Right now, you can buy a monthly pass for $9.95 that should cover all the action before the finals.  NOTE:  If you purchase the monthly pass option, you will need to manually discontinue your subscription.  If you do not, it will automatically renew.From the WIAA website:  For the easiest and most detail on the matches, access the TrackWrestling.com dashboard and click on “Continue” option and then click on the video camera icon for each respective match’s stream.

How do I get tickets?
Tickets can be purchased here…

https://www.wiaawi.org/tickets

Buy tickets now.  The semifinals and finals typically sell out.  You will need a printer to print these at home.  You can also have them kept for you at will call.  If the sessions you want to purchase tickets for are sold out, you could always risk it and buy from scalpers outside the Kohl Center.  This is the least ideal method as you’ll probably pay more, but it is one option if online ordering won’t work for you.

Another good place to find out some basic information about schedules, tickets, results and more is the WIAA’s Wrestling page.

We are putting this page together for you because while we would like to instantly answer all questions, we are fans as well and it is a lot of work updating the page, website and more and sometimes we don’t notice or don’t have time to reply to all messages.  So please read this beforehand and get everything in order so you can be prepared to watch, stream, buy tickets or anything else to get yourselves ready to attend what is the greatest state tournament in Wisconsin.

5th-ranked Hayden Krein (160) defeated 2nd-ranked Kalyn Jahn (170) of Holmen 7-5 to become regional champion.

The Spartans will be sending nine wrestlers to sectionals in Waunakee this weekend and each will have to beat a ranked wrestler to advance to state.  There is at least one ranked wrestler in every weight class with 120, 126, 145 and 160 leading the way with three ranked wrestlers.  Holmen leads all teams with nine ranked wrestlers while Waunakee is second with five and Sparta third with four.

Spartans Hayden Krein and Brett Von Ruden will be looking to join John Roddick, Brock Polhamus and Jaden Winchel as Sparta’s only four-time state qualifiers.  Jon Bailey will be looking to make his third tournament and join the likes of current Spartan head coach Jared Rickert, assistant Kody Seekamp and middle school assistant Dylan Winchel as three-time qualifiers.

The top two finishers from this weekend’s tournament will advance to wrestle Thursday at the Kohl Center.

Here are the ranked wrestlers according to the most recent edition of the Wisconsin Wrestling Online rankings…

Baraboo

  • 126  –  John Gunderson, honorable mention
  • 138  –  Pablo Ramirez, ranked 12th
  • 182  –  Aiden Estes, ranked 9th

Holmen

  • 106  –  Alex Pellowski, ranked 9th
  • 120  –  Rylee Rensberry, honorable mention
  • 138  –  Tanner Schultz, ranked 3rd
  • 145  –  Zach Gordon, honorable mention
  • 160  –  Reed Williams, honorable mention
  • 170  –  Kalyn Jahn, ranked 2nd
  • 182  –  Isaac Lahr, ranked 2nd
  • 220  –  Jack Westcott, ranked 8th
  • 285  –  Jesse Fiers, ranked 11th

Madison LaFollette

  • 126  –  Kyle Smith, honorable mention

Madison Memorial

  • 145  –  Kaden Reetz, honorable mention

Middleton

  • 152  –  Kevin Meicher, ranked 1st
  • 195  –  Dion Huff, honorable mention

Reedsburg

  • 126  –  Mason McMillen, ranked 4th
  • 132  –  Caden Fry, ranked 11th

Sauk Prairie

  • 113  –  Zeke Smith, ranked 2nd
  • 120  –  Dylan Herbrand, ranked 6th
  • 152  –  Bryant Schaaf, honorable mention

Sparta

  • 120  –  Jon Bailey, ranked 2nd
  • 145  –  Brett Von Ruden, ranked 4th
  • 160  –  Hayden Krein, ranked 5th
  • 170  –  Mathias Krein, honorable mention

Tomah

  • 113  –  Dawson Lambert, ranked 12th

Waunakee

  • 106  –  Sam Lorenz, ranked 6th
  • 113  –  Berhett Statz, honorable mention
  • 160  –  Ben Statz, honorable mention
  • 220  –  Reed Ryan, ranked 7th
  • 285  –  Alan Olkowski, ranked 5th

Regional results

Jon Bailey, Brett Von Ruden and Hayden Krein lead the Spartans with first place finishes while David Hayes, Mathias Krein and Garet Pfaff all finished second as the Spartans finished second as a team–94 points behind team champions Holmen and 10.5 points head of third place Baraboo.

In all, the Spartans will be sending nine wrestlers to sectionals.  Veterans of the state tournament, Von Ruden and Hayden Krein will be looking to make their fourth trip to the Kohl Center while Jon Bailey will be looking for his third trip.  Brothers Hayden and Mathias Krein could become the first brothers wrestling together at the state tournament since Don and Jason Semann both qualified in 1996.

As a team, Sparta finished comfortably in second despite not having a wrestler at 106 or 285.  At 170, Hayden Krein bounced back in a big way with a 7-5 victory over the 2nd-ranked wrestler in the state at 170.  In the final action of the regular season, Krein had dropped a 9-8 decision to Vikings’ 160-pounder Reed Williams.

Significant wins on the day included…

  • Jon Bailey’s 4-3 TB-1 victory over 5th-ranked Mason McMillen of Reedsburg
  • Brett Von Ruden’s 7-2 victory over Holmen’s Zach Gordon (honorable mention)
  • David Hayes pin in 47 seconds over Reedsburg’s Bryce Bierman (honorable mention)
  • Hayden Krein’s 7-5 victory over 2nd-ranked Kalyn Jahn of Holmen

Summarized results are below…

113  –  Vince Polhamus, 3rd Place, 2-1 with two pins
120  –  Esteban Rodriguez, 5th Place, 2-2 with a pin
126  –  Jon Bailey, 1st Place, 2-0 with a pin
132  –  Thomas Treu, 5th Place, 2-2 with two pins
138  –  Kyle Erickson, 4th Place, 2-2 with a pin
145  –  Brett Von Ruden, 1st Place, 3-0 with a pin and major decision
152  –  David Hayes, 2nd Place, 3-1 with two pins
160  –  Mathias Krein, 2nd Place, 2-1 with a pin and technical fall
170  –  Hayden Krein, 1st Place, 2-0 with a pin
182  –  Kelten Pfaff, 6th Place, 1-2
195  –  Madden Connelly, 4th Place, 1-2 with a pin
220  –  Garet Pfaff, 2nd Place, 3-1 with three pins

Team scores…

  1. Holmen 282.5
  2. Sparta 188.5
  3. Baraboo 178
  4. Tomah 166
  5. Reedsburg 107.5
  6. La Crosse Central/Logan 88
  7. Portage 74
  8. Onalaska/Luther 51.5

Full results below…

113  –  Vince Polhamus (25-16) placed 3rd and scored 16.00 team points.

  • Quarterfinal – Vince Polhamus (Sparta) 25-16 won by fall over Spencer Andrews (Portage) 11-22 (Fall 3:24)
  • Semifinal – Kody Klonecki (Holmen) 27-12 won by decision over Vince Polhamus (Sparta) 25-16 (Dec 8-2)
  • 3rd Place Match – Vince Polhamus (Sparta) 25-16 won by fall over Caylee Fry (Reedsburg Area) 20-18 (Fall 1:34)
  • 2nd Place Match – Kody Klonecki (Holmen) 27-12 won by rule over Vince Polhamus (Sparta) 25-16 (RULE)
120  –  Esteban Rodriguez (5-13) placed 5th and scored 7.00 team points.

  • Quarterfinal – Brandon Jesse (Baraboo) 26-13 won by major decision over Esteban Rodriguez (Sparta) 5-13 (MD 16-3)
  • Cons. Semi – Esteban Rodriguez (Sparta) 5-13 won by fall over Avian Urbanek (Onalaska/Luther) 2-11 (Fall 0:49)
  • 5th Place Match – Esteban Rodriguez (Sparta) 5-13 won by decision over Brayden Judd (Reedsburg Area) 10-9 (Dec 6-2)
  • 4th Place Match – Cody Zimmerman (Tomah) 26-5 won by fall over Esteban Rodriguez (Sparta) 5-13 (Fall 1:50)
126  –  Jon Bailey (28-1) placed 1st and scored 24.00 team points.

  • Quarterfinal – Jon Bailey (Sparta) 28-1 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Semifinal – Jon Bailey (Sparta) 28-1 won by fall over Nate Boulton (Tomah) 32-11 (Fall 3:00)
  • 1st Place Match – Jon Bailey (Sparta) 28-1 won in tie breaker – 1 over Mason McMillen (Reedsburg Area) 41-3 (TB-1 4-3)
132  –  Thomas Treu (14-22) placed 5th and scored 9.00 team points.

  • Quarterfinal – Caden Fry (Reedsburg Area) 36-9 won by decision over Thomas Treu (Sparta) 14-22 (Dec 3-2)
  • Cons. Semi – Thomas Treu (Sparta) 14-22 won by fall over Nathan Poches (Portage) 14-21 (Fall 5:38)
  • 5th Place Match – Thomas Treu (Sparta) 14-22 won by fall over Garrett Harper (Onalaska/Luther) 6-8 (Fall 2:56)
  • 4th Place Match – Owen Walters (Tomah) 21-16 won by decision over Thomas Treu (Sparta) 14-22 (Dec 10-3)
138  –  Kyle Erickson (26-11) placed 4th and scored 11.00 team points.

  • Quarterfinal – Kyle Erickson (Sparta) 26-11 won by fall over Braden Bemis (Tomah) 18-21 (Fall 3:24)
  • Semifinal – Pablo Ramirez (Baraboo) 41-5 won by decision over Kyle Erickson (Sparta) 26-11 (Dec 6-2)
  • 3rd Place Match – Dylan Casey (Portage) 29-13 won by decision over Kyle Erickson (Sparta) 26-11 (Dec 12-8)
  • 4th Place Match – Kyle Erickson (Sparta) 26-11 won by decision over Nick Coplien (Reedsburg Area) 11-8 (Dec 13-11)
145  –  Brett Von Ruden (36-3) placed 1st and scored 23.00 team points.

  • Quarterfinal – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 36-3 won by fall over Parker Lavinge (Portage) 2-21 (Fall 1:10)
  • Semifinal – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 36-3 won by major decision over Travis Von Haden (Tomah) 30-14 (MD 13-0)
  • 1st Place Match – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 36-3 won by decision over Zach Gordon (Holmen) 32-9 (Dec 7-2)
152  –  David Hayes (33-9) placed 2nd and scored 19.00 team points.

  • Quarterfinal – David Hayes (Sparta) 33-9 won by fall over Greyson Thogmartin (Onalaska/Luther) 5-14 (Fall 1:05)
  • Semifinal – Christian Kapanke (La Crosse Central/Logan) 37-2 won by decision over David Hayes (Sparta) 33-9 (Dec 6-0)
  • 3rd Place Match – David Hayes (Sparta) 33-9 won by decision over Wyatt McCutchen (Holmen) 19-13 (Dec 3-2)
  • 2nd Place Match – David Hayes (Sparta) 33-9 won by fall over Bryce Bierman (Reedsburg Area) 36-8 (Fall 0:47)
160  –  Mathias Krein (32-11) placed 2nd and scored 19.50 team points.

  • Quarterfinal – Mathias Krein (Sparta) 32-11 won by fall over Braydon Scarborough (Baraboo) 16-25 (Fall 1:18)
  • Semifinal – Mathias Krein (Sparta) 32-11 won by tech fall over Marques Fritsche (Tomah) 32-11 (TF-1.5 3:57 (17-2))
  • 1st Place Match – Reed Williams (Holmen) 38-8 won by decision over Mathias Krein (Sparta) 32-11 (Dec 11-5)
  • 2nd Place Match – Mathias Krein (Sparta) 32-11 won by rule over Marques Fritsche (Tomah) 32-11 (RULE)
170  –  Hayden Krein (38-5) placed 1st and scored 24.00 team points.

  • Quarterfinal – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 38-5 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Semifinal – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 38-5 won by fall over Jairon Pierce (Tomah) 8-10 (Fall 0:42)
  • 1st Place Match – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 38-5 won by decision over Kalyn Jahn (Holmen) 37-6 (Dec 7-5)
182  –  Kelten Pfaff (17-22) placed 6th and scored 3.00 team points.

  • Quarterfinal – Zach Udermann (Onalaska/Luther) 30-11 won by tech fall over Kelten Pfaff (Sparta) 17-22 (TF-1.5 4:39 (16-1))
  • Cons. Semi – Kelten Pfaff (Sparta) 17-22 won by decision over Brandon Andrews (Portage) 8-18 (Dec 8-3)
  • 5th Place Match – Connor Von Haden (Tomah) 25-15 won by fall over Kelten Pfaff (Sparta) 17-22 (Fall 3:36)
195  –  Madden Connelly (8-10) placed 4th and scored 11.00 team points.

  • Quarterfinal – Madden Connelly (Sparta) 8-10 won by fall over Jake Blum (Onalaska/Luther) 24-16 (Fall 1:03)
  • Semifinal – Jacob Kimpfbeck (Baraboo) 29-10 won by fall over Madden Connelly (Sparta) 8-10 (Fall 0:42)
  • 3rd Place Match – Kaden Hericks (Tomah) 27-12 won by fall over Madden Connelly (Sparta) 8-10 (Fall 3:42)
  • 4th Place Match – Madden Connelly (Sparta) 8-10 won by rule over Jake Blum (Onalaska/Luther) 24-16 (RULE)
220  –  Garet Pfaff (26-15) placed 2nd and scored 22.00 team points.

  • Quarterfinal – Garet Pfaff (Sparta) 26-15 won by fall over Shane Steines (Portage) 3-22 (Fall 0:44)
  • Semifinal – Garet Pfaff (Sparta) 26-15 won by fall over Tyson Fry (Baraboo) 28-15 (Fall 3:21)
  • 1st Place Match – Jack Westcott (Holmen) 43-5 won by fall over Garet Pfaff (Sparta) 26-15 (Fall 0:55)
  • 2nd Place Match – Garet Pfaff (Sparta) 26-15 won by fall over Angel Burkhalter (Tomah) 26-18 (Fall 5:35)

 

The road back to the Kohl Center begins Saturday in Baraboo.

Tournament season is here and the Spartans now have eyes set on the regional tournament in Baraboo this weekend.  The Spartans will be joined by hosts Baraboo, Holmen, La Crosse Central/Logan, Onalaska/Luther, Portage, Reedsburg and Tomah.  Holmen is the heavy favorite to leave Baraboo as team champions with Baraboo, Sparta and Tomah expected to be in a fierce battle for second.  Holmen leads all teams with nine ranked wrestlers while the rest of the regional field has 10 ranked wrestlers combined.

Weight classes 120, 126, 138, 145, 160, 170 and 182 all feature two ranked wrestlers while 106, 113, 132, 220 and 285 all feature one ranked wrestlers.  There are no ranked wrestlers at 152 or 195.  The top four finishes at each weight class will advance to sectionals next Saturday in Waunakee.

Action begins 10am Saturday at Baraboo High School.

Here are all the ranked wrestlers at this Saturday’s regional according to Wisconsin Wrestling Online…

Baraboo

  • 126 pounds  –  John Gunderson, honorable mention
  • 138 pounds  –  Pablo Ramirez, ranked 8th
  • 182 pounds  –  Aiden Estes, ranked 10th

Holmen

  • 106 pounds  –  Alex Pellowski, ranked 9th
  • 120 pounds  –  Rylee Rensberry, honorable mention
  • 138 pounds  –  Tanner Schultz, ranked 3rd
  • 145 pounds  –  Zach Gordon, honorable mention
  • 160 pounds  –  Reed Williams, honorable mention
  • 170 pounds  –  Kalyn Jahn, ranked 2nd
  • 182 pounds  –  Isaac Lahr, ranked 2nd
  • 220 pounds  –  Jack Westcott, ranked 8th
  • 285 pounds  –  Jesse Fiers, ranked 11th

Reedsburg

  • 126 pounds  –  Mason McMillen, ranked 4th
  • 132 pounds  –  Caden Fry, ranked 11th

Sparta

  • 120 pounds  –  Jon Bailey, ranked 2nd
  • 145 pounds  –  Brett Von Ruden, ranked 4th
  • 160 pounds  –  Hayden Krein, ranked 5th
  • 170 pounds  –  Mathias Krein, honorable mention

Tomah

  • 113 pounds  –  Dawson Lambert, ranked 12th

Matchups with regional opponents have been limited this year to conference matches, the Sparta Invite and Bi-State.  Below are a few of the matches against regional competition from the 2017-18 season…

Bi-State
Sparta finished 37.5 points ahead of Baraboo and 103 points ahead of Portage in the team standings at Bi-State.  They were 204.5 points behind Holmen in the team standings.

  • 113  –  Dawson Lambert (Tomah) 20-2 won by decision over Vince Polhamus (Sparta) 14-8 (Dec 2-0)
  • 145  –  David Hayes (Sparta) 19-7 won by fall over Wyatt McCutchen (Holmen) 12-7 (Fall 1:31)
  • 285  –  Joseph Schick (Baraboo) 14-9 won by decision over Noah Benish (Sparta) 8-6 (Dec 3-1)
  • 285  –  Isiah Miller (Portage) 7-9 won by decision over Noah Benish (Sparta) 8-6 (Dec 2-1)

Sparta Invitational
The Spartans finished second at their own invite–75.5 points ahead of Reedsburg, but 92.5 points behind Holmen.

  • 106 pounds  –  Alex Pellowski (Holmen) 26-4 won by fall over Luis Cruz-Cane (Sparta) 3-4 (Fall 0:32)
  • 120 pounds  –  Brayden Judd (Reedsburg) 6-5 won by decision over Sam Matias-Escalante (Sparta) 1-3 (Dec 10-8)
  • 132  pounds  –  Trevor Plomedahl (Holmen) 24-7 won by decision over Thomas Treu (Sparta) 12-19 (Dec 3-0)
  • 152 pounds  –  Zach Gordon (Holmen) 24-8 won by decision over David Hayes (Sparta) 29-8 (Dec 4-2)
  • 160 pounds  –  Hayden Krein (Sparta) 35-4 won by decision over Reed Williams (Holmen) 27-8 (Dec 4-2)
  • 170 pounds  –  Kalyn Jahn (Holmen) 26-5 won by major decision over Mathias Krein (Sparta) 30-9 (MD 11-0)
  • 220 pounds  –  Jack Westcott (Holmen) 31-5 won by fall over Garet Pfaff (Sparta) 23-13 (Fall 0:25)
  • 285 pounds  –  Jesse Fiers (Holmen) 24-8 won by fall over Noah Benish (Sparta) 16-11 (Fall 1:38)

Sparta vs. Onalaska/Luther

160  –  Hayden Krein wins by forfeit
170  –  Mathias Krein won by technical fall over Kaden Cordry (Onalaska/Luther) 16-0 in 4:45
182  –  Zach Udermann (Onalaska/Luther) pinned Kelten Pfaff in 3:36
195  –  Marcus Cox defeated Nom Yang (Onalaska/Luther) 7-3
220  –  Garet Pfaff pinned Nick Blum (Onalaska/Luther) in 4:29
285  –  Adam Buege (Onalaska/Luther) defeated Noah Benish 1-0
106  –  Jacob Oyen (Onalaska/Luther) pinned Luis Cruz-Cane in 2:10
113  –  Vince Polhamus won by forfeit
120  –  DOUBLE FORFEIT
126  –  Jon Bailey won by forfeit
132  –  Thomas Treu won by forfeit
138  –  Kyle Erickson won by forfeit
145  –  David Hayes pinned Micah LeFebre (Onalaska/Luther) in 0:37
152  –  Brett Von Ruden won by technical fall over Brian Stewart (Onalaska/Luther) 18-3 in 3:00

Sparta at La Crosse Logan/Central

160  –  Hayden Krein won by forfeit
170  –  Mathias Krein defeated Jeremiah Nagel (Logan/Central) 10-1
182  –  Kelten Pfaff defeated Alex Gavrilos (Logan/Central) 8-2
195  –  Marcus Cox defeaed Ethan Coleman (Logan/Central) 7-5
220  –  Garet Pfaff pinned Justin Lund (Logan/Central) in 1:10
285  –  Robert Snodgrass (Logan/Central) pinned Gabe Dearman in 2:29
106  –  Kailix Roe (Logan/Central) pinned Luis Cruz-Cane in 0:47
113  –  Vince Polhamus pinned Dakota Gruen (Logan/Central) in 1:32
120  –  Samuel Matias-Escalante pinned Isaac Thompson (Logan/Central) in 2:53
126  –  Mason Sather (Logan/Central) pinned Esteban Rodriguez in 2:53
132  –  Paul Bartle (Logan/Central) defeated Thomas Treu 4-2
138  –  Kyle Erickson pinned David Krause (Logan/Central) in 3:30
145  –  David Hayes defeated Dallas Kapanke (Logan/Central) 5-0
152  –  Christian Kapanke (Logan/Central) pinned Corbin Hauser in 2:41

Sparta vs Tomah

152  –  Brett Von Ruden defeated Travis Von Haden (Tomah) 6-3
160  –  Hayden Krein pinned Marques Fritsche (Tomah) in 3:55
170  –  Mathias Krein pinned Seth Carlson (Tomah) in 2:20
182  –  Conner Von Haden (Tomah) defeated Kelten Pfaff 6-2
195  –  Kaden Hericks (Tomah) pinned Madden Connelly in 1:36
220  –  Garet Pfaff defeated Angel Burkhalter (Tomah) 7-2
285  –  Noah Benish defeated Hayden Larson (Tomah) 2-0
106  –  Caden Griffen (Tomah) won by forfeit
113  –  Dawson Lambert (Tomah) defeated Vince Polhamus 6-2
120  –  Cody Zimmerman (Tomah) pinned Samuel Matias-Escalante in 1:43
126  –  Braden Bemis (Tomah) pinned Esteban Rodriguez in 4:31
132  –  Nate Boulton (Tomah) defeated Thomas Treu 5-3
138  –  Kyle Erickson defeated Owen Walters (Tomah) 7-3
145  –  David Hayes pinned Dakota Myers (Tomah) in 0:57

Sparta at Holmen

220    Jack Westcott (Holmen) pinned Garet Pfaff in 1:33
285    Jesse Fiers (Holmen) pinned Noah Benish in 1:18
106    Alex Pellowski (Holmen) pinned Luis Cruz-Cane in 0:46
113    Kody Klonecki (Holmen) defeated Vince Polhamus 11-4
120    Carter Vetsch (Holmen) pinned Samuel Matias-Escalante in 2:35
126    Jon Bailey defeated Logan West (Holmen) 4-2, SV-1
132    Trevor Plomedahl (Holmen) defeated Thomas Treu 5-4
138    Tanner Schultz (Holmen) pinned Kyle Erickson in 3:29
145    Brett Von Ruden won by technical fall over Mitchell Beinborn (Holmen) 15-0, 2:46
152    David Hayes won by major decision against Wyatt McCutchen (Holmen) 10-2
160    Reed Williams (Holmen) defeated Hayden Krein 9-8
170    Kalyn Jahn (Holmen) won by technical fall over Mathias Krein 16-1, 5:37
182    Isaac Lahr (Holmen) pinned Kelten Pfaff in 1:11
195    Kyle Burkhardt (Holmen) pinned Madden Connelly in 2:22

Senior Brett Von Ruden accounted for one of three Spartan victories Thursday evening.

Sparta and Holmen met for the 37th time Thursday evening, but it was the first time these longtime rivals battled with one ranked atop the Wisconsin high school wrestling world.  Holmen, the top-ranked team in division one since late 2017, defeated the Spartans 56-12 Thursday evening in Holmen to secure their their third MVC title in a row.

The Vikings won 11 of 14 matches including seven by pin to improve to 22-15 all-time against the Spartans.  Holmen has now won three straight in the series dating back to the 2015-16 season.

Action started at 220 with 8th-ranked Jack Westcott battling Garet Pfaff.  It was all Westcott as the Holmen senior won by pin in 1:33.  Holden junior Jesse Fiers, ranked 11th at 285, followed Westcott’s pin with one his own in 1:18 against Noah Benish.

At 106, 9th-ranked Alex Pellowski took down Luiz Curz-Cane in 46 seconds to extend the Vikings lead to 18-0 after three matches.  Vince Polhamus battled Kody Klonecki next and fell 11-4 before Carter Vetsch defeated Samuel Matias-Escalante via pin in 2:35 at 120 to make it 27-0 Holmen.

Junior Jon Bailey put the Spartans on the board with a 4-2 overtime victory at 126 against Logan West.  Thomas True battled Trevor Plomedahl extremely hard at 132, but fell 5-4 before third-ranked Tanner Schultz pinned senior Kyle Erickson in 3:29.

The Spartans would get two matches back with victories at 145 and 152.  Senior Brett Von Ruden won by technical fall in 3:29 over Mitchell Beinborn while David Hayes dominated the Vikings’ Wyatt McCutchen 10-2 at 152 to make it 36-12 Holmen.

At 160, in a matchup of ranked wrestlers, it was Holmen’s Reed Williams who came out with an upset victory.  The Holmen senior, currently an honorable mention at 160, defeated Spartan senior and fifth-ranked Hayden Krein 9-8. 

The Vikings then closed out the match with a technical fall at 170 and pins at 182 and 195 to complete the 56-12 victory over Sparta.

This was going to be an uphill battle all the way for the Spartans.  Holmen has one of the best all-around teams the MVC has seen in years with nine ranked wrestlers including three in the top three of their weight class.  It’s also a very experienced team with all, but one of those ranked wrestlers a junior or senior.

With the MVC season complete, Holmen once again finds themselves atop the standings followed by Tomah and then Sparta.

Complete results below…

220    Jack Westcott (Holmen) pinned Garet Pfaff in 1:33
285    Jesse Fiers (Holmen) pinned Noah Benish in 1:18
106    Alex Pellowski (Holmen) pinned Luis Cruz-Cane in 0:46
113    Kody Klonecki (Holmen) defeated Vince Polhamus 11-4
120    Carter Vetsch (Holmen) pinned Samuel Matias-Escalante in 2:35
126    Jon Bailey defeated Logan West (Holmen) 4-2, SV-1
132    Trevor Plomedahl (Holmen) defeated Thomas Treu 5-4
138    Tanner Schultz (Holmen) pinned Kyle Erickson in 3:29
145    Brett Von Ruden won by technical fall over Mitchell Beinborn (Holmen) 15-0, 2:46
152    David Hayes won by major decision against Wyatt McCutchen (Holmen) 10-2
160    Reed Williams (Holmen) defeated Hayden Krein 9-8
170    Kalyn Jahn (Holmen) won by technical fall over Mathias Krein 16-1, 5:37
182    Isaac Lahr (Holmen) pinned Kelten Pfaff in 1:11
195    Kyle Burkhardt (Holmen) pinned Madden Connelly in 2:22
FINAL:  HOLMEN 56 – SPARTA 12

JV Results

The Vikings had their way with the Spartan JV as well winning five of six matches.  Full results below…

138    Zach Wistod (Holmen) defeated Gavin Haldeman 7-6
152  –  Copper Kulmazerch (Holmen) pinned Seth Boland in 1:13
160  –  Lucas Lazavau (Holmen) pinned Corbin Hauser in 2:49
170  –  Tom Sarazin (Holmen) pinned Nick Gann in 1:52
170  –  Derek Olson (Holmen) defeated Marcus Cox 5-3
220  –  Nick Decicco pinned Brennan Wate (Holmen) in 3:43

With the loss, the Spartans fell to 4-3 overall and 4-2 in the MVC.  The varsity are off until Saturday, February 10th when they travel to Baraboo for regionals.  The JV will compete on Monday in Sparta.  It’s the start of tournament season so time to rest and get prepared for the stretch run.

It wasn’t the ending these Spartans wanted and they have certainly wrestled better in the past, but there are still very important matches coming up to look forward to.  We will have a regional preview early next week.  

Brett Von Ruden was one of three Spartans to finish 2nd on Saturday.

Brett Von Ruden, Hayden Krein and Mathias Krein all finished second Saturday to lead Sparta to a second place finish in their own invitational.  Conference rival and top-ranked Holmen ran away with the team title scoring 269 points to Sparta’s 176.5.  The Spartans did finish 17.5 points ahead of 6th-ranked Marshfield despite wrestling without Jon Bailey at 120.

Wrestling at 145 pounds for the first time this season, Brett Von Ruden won his first match by pin in 4:33 and his semfinal match by 11-3 major decision before meeting Mauston’s Teagen Miller in the finals.  The match between the top-ranked division two wrestler at 145 pounds and the fourth-ranked wrestler at 152 pounds in division one went in favor of Miller as he won the championship match 3-1.

At 160 pounds, Hayden Krein won his quarterfinal match in 28 seconds before meeting Holmen’s Reed Williams in the semifinals.  In a matchup of ranked wrestlers it was Krein who emerged victorious with a 4-2 victory.  Hayden is currently ranked 4th in D1 at 160 while Williams is an honorable mention at the same weight.  That brought Krein and Iowa-Grant/Highland’s Max Maylor together for the second time this season.  Once again, it was Maylor who ended up on the winning side of a match against a Spartan–this time with a 6-1 victory.  During the 2016-17 season, Maylor defeated Brett Von Ruden three times and this year, Maylor has defeated Krein twice.

One weight up at 170 pounds, Mathias Krein breezed through his first two matches with a technical fall victory in just 2:35 over DeForest’s Alex Peart before winning 6-1 against Boscobel’s Chase Beinborn in the semifinals.  That brought together two ranked wrestlers for the 170-pound championship match in Mathias Krein (HM at 170 in D1) and Holmen’s Kalyn Jahn (2nd at 170 in D1).  Last year’s 5th-place state placewinner Kalyn Jahn downed Mathias in the finals via 11-0 major decision.

Vince Polhamus, Garet Pfaff and Noah Benish all placed third for the Spartans.  In the process, Benish defeated the first ranked wrestler of his career by pinning Princeton’s Ryan Bollinger in 4:48.  Bollinger is an honorable mention in D3.  Kyle Erickson and David Hayes placed ffith, Sam Matias-Escalante and Kelten Pfaff placed sixth and Luis Cruz-Cane, Esteban Rodriguez, Corbin Hauser and Madden Connelly all placed seventh to round out the placewinners for Sparta.  At 132 pounds, Thomas Treu did not place, but he wrestled two tough wrestlers well.  He lost 5-3 to Princeton’s Connor Richter (27-8 and ranked 8th in D3) and lost 3-0 to Holmen’s Trevor Plomedahl (previously ranked as high as 11th in D1 at 132 pounds).

Holmen preview

Saturday’s tournament was the second time this season the Spartans entered a tournament where Holmen was also wrestling.  Wrestlers from division one’s top-ranked team matched up with the Spartans seven times with the Vikings winning six of those seven matches.  Holmen victories at 132 and 152 were by three and two-point margins.  It will be an extremely tough dual against Holmen and might represent the first time since Sparta’s South Central Conference days that the Spartans will wrestle a top-ranked team in a dual.

Check out all the results below.

Summarized results…

106  –  Luis Cruz-Cane, 7th Place, 0-2
113  –  Vince Polhamus, 3rd Place, 2-1 with a pin and major decision
120  –  Sam Matias-Escalante, 6th Place, 0-2
126  –  Esteban Rodriguez, 7th Place, 1-2
132  –  Thomas Treu, Did Not Place, 0-2
138  –  Kyle Erickson, 5th Place, 4-1 with two pins and a major decision
145  –  Brett Von Ruden, 2nd Place, 2-1 with a pin and major decision
152  –  David Hayes, 5th Place, 4-1 with three pins
152  –  Corbin Hauser, 7th Place, 2-2 with a pin
160  –  Hayden Krein, 2nd Place, 3-1 with a pin
170  –  Mathias Krein, 2nd Place, 2-1 with a technical fall
182  –  Kelten Pfaff, 6th Place, 1-2 with a pin
195  –  Madden Conelly, 7th Place, 2-2 with two pins
220  –  Garet Pfaff, 3rd Place, 2-1 with two pins
285  –  Noah Benish, 3rd Place, 2-1 with a pin

Significant wins on the day included…

  • Brett Von Ruden’s 11-3 major decision victory over Princeton’s Guenther Hebbe (ranked 4th in D3 at 145)
  • Hayden Krein’s 4-2 victory over Holmen’s Reed Williams (HM at 160 in D1)
  • Mathias Krein’s 6-1 victory over Boscobel’s Chase Beinborn (HM at 170 in D3)
  • Noah Benish’s pin in 4:48 against Princeton’s Ryan Bollinger (HM at 285 in D3)

Team scores…

  1. Holmen 269
  2. Sparta 176.5
  3. Marshfield 159
  4. Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal 129
  5. Iowa-Grant/Highland 110
  6. Mauston 102
  7. Reedsburg 101
  8. West Salem 88
  9. DeForest 84.5
  10. Eau Claire North 71.5
  11. Princeton 65.5
  12. Blair-Taylor 62.5
  13. Adams-Friendship 52
  14. Boscobel 48.5
  15. Black River Falls 30.5
  16. Westfield 5

Full results…

106  –  Luis Cruz-Cane (3-4) placed 7th and scored 4.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Luis Cruz-Cane (Sparta) 3-4 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Alex Pellowski (Holmen) 26-4 won by fall over Luis Cruz-Cane (Sparta) 3-4 (Fall 0:32)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Luis Cruz-Cane (Sparta) 3-4 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Cons. Semi – Logan Seddon (Blair-Taylor) 9-13 won by tech fall over Luis Cruz-Cane (Sparta) 3-4 (TF-1.5 5:00 (20-4))
  • 7th Place Match – Luis Cruz-Cane (Sparta) 3-4 received a bye () (Bye)
113  –  Vince Polhamus (23-14) placed 3rd and scored 18.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Vince Polhamus (Sparta) 23-14 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Vince Polhamus (Sparta) 23-14 won by fall over Gage Updike (Boscobel) 8-12 (Fall 0:51)
  • Semifinal – Gabe Pugh (Marshfield) 30-3 won by decision over Vince Polhamus (Sparta) 23-14 (Dec 6-2)
  • 3rd Place Match – Vince Polhamus (Sparta) 23-14 won by major decision over Alec Zimmer (Iowa-Grant/Highland) 18-11 (MD 10-0)
120  –  Sam Matias-Escalante (1-3) placed 6th and scored 3.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Sam Matias-Escalante (Sparta) 1-3 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Zach Presely (Adams-Friendship) 17-9 won by fall over Sam Matias-Escalante (Sparta) 1-3 (Fall 2:42)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Sam Matias-Escalante (Sparta) 1-3 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Cons. Semi – Sam Matias-Escalante (Sparta) 1-3 received a bye () (Bye)
  • 5th Place Match – Brayden Judd (Reedsburg) 6-5 won by decision over Sam Matias-Escalante (Sparta) 1-3 (Dec 10-8)
126  –  Esteban Rodriguez (3-11) placed 7th and scored 2.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Esteban Rodriguez (Sparta) 3-11 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Luke Pulvermacher (Princeton) 27-7 won by tech fall over Esteban Rodriguez (Sparta) 3-11 (TF-1.5 2:15 (16-1))
  • Cons. Round 2 – Esteban Rodriguez (Sparta) 3-11 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Cons. Semi – Brayden Burleson (Blair-Taylor) 8-8 won by fall over Esteban Rodriguez (Sparta) 3-11 (Fall 3:28)
  • 7th Place Match – Esteban Rodriguez (Sparta) 3-11 won by decision over Anthony Thayer (Mauston) 6-13 (Dec 12-9)
132  –  Thomas Treu (12-19) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Connor Richter (Princeton) 27-8 won by decision over Thomas Treu (Sparta) 12-19 (Dec 5-3)
  • Cons. Round 1 – Thomas Treu (Sparta) 12-19 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Trevor Plomedahl (Holmen) 24-7 won by decision over Thomas Treu (Sparta) 12-19 (Dec 3-0)
138  –  Kyle Erickson (24-8) placed 5th and scored 14.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Kyle Erickson (Sparta) 24-8 won by fall over Jayce Graveline (Westfield) 9-10 (Fall 1:00)
  • Quarterfinal – Mason Phillips (Eau Claire North) 18-2 won by tech fall over Kyle Erickson (Sparta) 24-8 (TF-1.5 4:37 (19-2))
  • Cons. Round 2 – Kyle Erickson (Sparta) 24-8 won by decision over Dakota Frazier (Boscobel) 14-11 (Dec 10-4)
  • Cons. Semi – Kyle Erickson (Sparta) 24-8 won by major decision over Jason Sedbrook (Iowa-Grant/Highland) 15-17 (MD 17-6)
  • 5th Place Match – Kyle Erickson (Sparta) 24-8 won by fall over Casey Dykstra (Princeton) 24-8 (Fall 2:36)
145  –  Brett Von Ruden (32-3) placed 2nd and scored 23.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 32-3 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 32-3 won by fall over Joe Hess (West Salem) 17-13 (Fall 4:33)
  • Semifinal – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 32-3 won by major decision over Guenther Hebbe (Princeton) 30-3 (MD 11-3)
  • 1st Place Match – Teagen Miller (Mauston) 32-1 won by decision over Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 32-3 (Dec 3-1)
152  –  David Hayes (29-8) placed 5th and scored 17.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – David Hayes (Sparta) 29-8 won by fall over Alex Endres (DeForest) 9-22 (Fall 1:05)
  • Quarterfinal – Zach Gordon (Holmen) 24-8 won by decision over David Hayes (Sparta) 29-8 (Dec 4-2)
  • Cons. Round 2 – David Hayes (Sparta) 29-8 won by fall over Sam Blazich (Westfield) 0-2 (Fall 0:51)
  • Cons. Semi – David Hayes (Sparta) 29-8 won by fall over Corbin Hauser (Sparta) 3-3 (Fall 0:06)
  • 5th Place Match – David Hayes (Sparta) 29-8 won by injury default over Zach Smith (Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal) 20-8 (Inj. 1:48)
152  –  Corbin Hauser (3-3) placed 7th.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Payton Young (Marshfield) 21-11 won by decision over Corbin Hauser (Sparta) 3-3 (Dec 6-4)
  • Cons. Round 1 – Corbin Hauser (Sparta) 3-3 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Corbin Hauser (Sparta) 3-3 won by fall over Joe Wopat (West Salem) 14-11 (Fall 3:51)
  • Cons. Semi – David Hayes (Sparta) 29-8 won by fall over Corbin Hauser (Sparta) 3-3 (Fall 0:06)
  • 7th Place Match – Corbin Hauser (Sparta) 3-3 won by decision over Payton Young (Marshfield) 21-11 (Dec 11-7)
160  –  Hayden Krein (35-4) placed 2nd and scored 22.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 35-4 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 35-4 won by fall over Sayer Rachu (Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal) 14-12 (Fall 0:28)
  • Semifinal – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 35-4 won by decision over Reed Williams (Holmen) 27-8 (Dec 4-2)
  • 1st Place Match – Max Maylor (Iowa-Grant/Highland) 33-1 won by decision over Hayden Krein (Sparta) 35-4 (Dec 6-1)
170  –  Mathias Krein (30-9) placed 2nd and scored 21.50 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Mathias Krein (Sparta) 30-9 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Mathias Krein (Sparta) 30-9 won by tech fall over Alex Peart (DeForest) 15-13 (TF-1.5 2:35 (15-0))
  • Semifinal – Mathias Krein (Sparta) 30-9 won by decision over Chase Beinborn (Boscobel) 28-7 (Dec 6-1)
  • 1st Place Match – Kalyn Jahn (Holmen) 26-5 won by major decision over Mathias Krein (Sparta) 30-9 (MD 11-0)
182  –  Kelten Pfaff (16-19) placed 6th and scored 9.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Kelten Pfaff (Sparta) 16-19 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Brady Peat (Iowa-Grant/Highland) 31-3 won by fall over Kelten Pfaff (Sparta) 16-19 (Fall 1:02)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Kelten Pfaff (Sparta) 16-19 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Cons. Semi – Kelten Pfaff (Sparta) 16-19 won by fall over Kaleb Dobson (Black River Falls) 11-13 (Fall 2:03)
  • 5th Place Match – Cameron Caldwell (Adams-Friendship) 19-9 won by fall over Kelten Pfaff (Sparta) 16-19 (Fall 4:00)
195  –  Madden Connelly (7-7) placed 7th and scored 7.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Madden Connelly (Sparta) 7-7 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Lucas Ingold (Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal) 25-4 won by fall over Madden Connelly (Sparta) 7-7 (Fall 1:28)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Madden Connelly (Sparta) 7-7 won by fall over Colby Toufar (Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal) 5-6 (Fall 1:33)
  • Cons. Semi – Ethan Erickson (Mauston) 4-3 won by fall over Madden Connelly (Sparta) 7-7 (Fall 2:03)
  • 7th Place Match – Madden Connelly (Sparta) 7-7 won by fall over Mason Rudolph (Westfield) 0-10 (Fall 0:59)
220  –  Garet Pfaff (23-13) placed 3rd and scored 19.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Garet Pfaff (Sparta) 23-13 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Garet Pfaff (Sparta) 23-13 won by fall over Ethan Osley (Black River Falls) 17-7 (Fall 3:27)
  • Semifinal – Jack Westcott (Holmen) 31-5 won by fall over Garet Pfaff (Sparta) 23-13 (Fall 0:25)
  • 3rd Place Match – Garet Pfaff (Sparta) 23-13 won by fall over Tanner Zschernitz (Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal) 19-8 (Fall 2:24)
285  –  Noah Benish (16-11) placed 3rd and scored 17.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Noah Benish (Sparta) 16-11 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Noah Benish (Sparta) 16-11 won by fall over Ryan Bollinger (Princeton) 20-10 (Fall 4:48)
  • Semifinal – Jesse Fiers (Holmen) 24-8 won by fall over Noah Benish (Sparta) 16-11 (Fall 1:38)
  • 3rd Place Match – Noah Benish (Sparta) 16-11 won by decision over Connor Berry (Marshfield) 16-9 (Dec 5-2)

David Hayes became the 26th wrestler in program history to record 100 or more victories.

Recording the 100th victory of his career, David Hayes joined Brett Von Ruden as champions at Saturday’s Lancaster Invite to lead the Spartans to a second place finish behind hosts Lancaster.

Hayes and Von Ruden were joined in the finals by Vince Polhamus, Hayden Krein and Mathias Krein who all placed second.  Thomas Treu and Kyle Erickson finished third while Kelten Pfaff and Garet Pfaff placed fourth.

The Spartans placed second despite wrestling without a 106-pounder and without Jon Bailey at 120.  At 160, Hayden Krein ran into Spartan nemesis and 2017 Bi-State champion Max Maylor of Iowa-Grant/Highland.  Maylor defeated Von Ruden multiple times in close matches last year and now can add a victory over Krein to his resume of Spartan distress.  A rematch of these two could happen in a couple weeks at the Sparta Invite.  Krein is ranked second in D1 at 160 while Maylor is ranked second in D3 at the same weight.

At 145, David Hayes won his first two matches by first period pin before handing Dubuque Senior’s Matt Connolly (21-2) his second loss of the season via a 4-3 victory in the championship match.  In the process, Hayes became the 26th Spartan in program history to record 100 or more victories.  Three other wrestlers on this year’s team belong to that club–junior Jon Bailey and seniors Brett Von Ruden and Hayden Krein.  At 152, it was easy sailing for Von Ruden as he picked up three pins in three matches including a pin in 1:17 in the championship match over Iowa-Grant/Highland’s Clayton Kite.

Sophomore Thomas Treu picked up the most wins on the day with four.  The 132-pounder won his first match before losing his second, but battled back with three straight victories to capture third.

Corbin Hauser leads JV at Wisconsin Challenge Series in Mineral Point

Corbin Hauser was dominant at 152 pounds picking up three pins on his way to a first place finish at the Wisconsin Challenge Series qualifier in Mineral Point.  The top three finishes at the Mineral Point regional will advance to the Wisconsin Challenge Series Final at Wausau West on January 20th.  That means Madden Connelly will join Hauser in Wausau on the 20th.

106  –  Luis Cruz-Cane, 4th Place, 1-2
120  –  Samuel Matias-Escalante, Did Not Place, 0-2
138  –  Gavin Haldeman, 4th Place, 1-2
138  –  Seth Boland, 6th Place, 2-2 with two pins
152  –  Corbin Hauser, 1st Place, 3-0 with three pins
182  –  Nick Gann, 5th Place, 1-2 with a pin
195  –  Madden Connolly, 3rd Place, 3-1 with a pin and major decision

Click here to see full results from the JV.

Click here to see full results from the varsity.

The Spartans are off this week before returning to action Saturday at the Brookfield Scramble.

Full and summarized results are below…

113  –  Vince Polhamus, 2nd Place, 2-1 with a pin and technical fall
126  –  Esteban Rodriguez, Did Not Place, 0-2
132  –  Thomas Treu, 3rd Place, 4-1 with two pins
138  –  Kyle Erickson, 3rd Place, 3-1 with a major decision
145  –  David Hayes, 1st Place, 3-0 with two pins
152  –  Brett Von Ruden, 1st Place, 3-0 with three pins
160  –  Hayden Krein, 2nd Place, 2-1 with two pins
170  –  Mathias Krein, 2nd Place, 2-1 with two major decisions
182  –  Kelten Pfaff, 4th Place, 2-2 with a pin
195  –  Marcus Cox, 6th Place, 1-3 with a pin
220  –  Garet Pfaff, 4th Place, 3-2 with two pins
285  –  Noah Benish, Did Not Place, 0-2

Team scores…

  1. Lancaster 193
  2. Sparta 167.5
  3. Iowa-Grant/Highland 153.5
  4. Dubuque Senior 137
  5. Darlington/Black Hawk 130
  6. Dubuque Wahlert 119.5
  7. Monticello 91
  8. Brodhead 54
  9. Boscobel 45
  10. Cuba City/Benton/Southwestern 34
  11. River Ridge/Cassville 6

Full results below…

113  –  Vince Polhamus (18-9) placed 2nd and scored 19.50 team points.

  • Quarterfinal – Vince Polhamus (Sparta) 18-9 won by fall over Carter Lull (Lancaster) 6-3 (Fall 5:24)
  • Semifinal – Vince Polhamus (Sparta) 18-9 won by tech fall over Isaac Cretsinger (Dubuque Senior) 15-7 (TF-1.5 0:00 (16-0))
  • 1st Place Match – Kain Luensman (Monticello) 27-1 won by major decision over Vince Polhamus (Sparta) 18-9 (MD 10-1)
126  –  Esteban Rodriguez (0-5) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.

  • Quarterfinal – Andrew Wall (Monticello) 14-9 won by fall over Esteban Rodriguez (Sparta) 0-5 (Fall 3:28)
  • Cons. Round 1 – Cody Blosch (Darlington/Black Hawk) 8-8 won by decision over Esteban Rodriguez (Sparta) 0-5 (Dec 5-3)
132  –  Thomas Treu (9-14) placed 3rd and scored 15.00 team points.

  • Prelim – Thomas Treu (Sparta) 9-14 won by fall over Lane Waterman (Boscobel) 3-12 (Fall 5:30)
  • Quarterfinal – Chase Luensman (Monticello) 27-1 won by major decision over Thomas Treu (Sparta) 9-14 (MD 12-3)
  • Cons. Round 1 – Thomas Treu (Sparta) 9-14 won by fall over Wylie Niles (Cuba City/Benton/Southwestern) 7-11 (Fall 2:12)
  • Cons. Semi – Thomas Treu (Sparta) 9-14 won by decision over Isaac Oyen (Lancaster) 13-10 (Dec 6-2)
  • 3rd Place Match – Thomas Treu (Sparta) 9-14 won by decision over Carter Elliott (Dubuque Senior) 6-5 (Dec 7-6)
138  –  Kyle Erickson (15-6) placed 3rd and scored 12.00 team points.

  • Quarterfinal – Jason Sedbrook (Iowa-Grant/Highland) 12-13 won by decision over Kyle Erickson (Sparta) 15-6 (Dec 12-10)
  • Cons. Round 1 – Kyle Erickson (Sparta) 15-6 won by decision over C.J. Lange (Dubuque Wahlert) 7-13 (Dec 3-1)
  • Cons. Semi – Kyle Erickson (Sparta) 15-6 won by decision over Logan Schneider (Lancaster) 14-11 (Dec 7-1)
  • 3rd Place Match – Kyle Erickson (Sparta) 15-6 won by major decision over Jason Sedbrook (Iowa-Grant/Highland) 12-13 (MD 13-3)
145  –  David Hayes (24-7) placed 1st and scored 24.00 team points.

  • Quarterfinal – David Hayes (Sparta) 24-7 won by fall over Brian McCullough (Brodhead) 8-10 (Fall 1:49)
  • Semifinal – David Hayes (Sparta) 24-7 won by fall over Collin Lull (Lancaster) 11-7 (Fall 1:18)
  • 1st Place Match – David Hayes (Sparta) 24-7 won by decision over Matt Connolly (Dubuque Senior) 21-2 (Dec 4-3)
152  –  Brett Von Ruden (23-2) placed 1st and scored 26.00 team points.

  • Quarterfinal – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 23-2 won by fall over Tyler Reuter (Cuba City/Benton/Southwestern) 8-13 (Fall 4:58)
  • Semifinal – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 23-2 won by fall over Thomas Broderick (Monticello) 16-10 (Fall 3:59)
  • 1st Place Match – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 23-2 won by fall over Clayton Kite (Iowa-Grant/Highland) 3-1 (Fall 1:17)
160  –  Hayden Krein (26-3) placed 2nd and scored 20.00 team points.

  • Quarterfinal – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 26-3 won by fall over Hunter Bredeson (Darlington/Black Hawk) 6-7 (Fall 3:00)
  • Semifinal – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 26-3 won by fall over Kaleb Erb (Brodhead) 10-5 (Fall 1:02)
  • 1st Place Match – Max Maylor (Iowa-Grant/Highland) 27-1 won by decision over Hayden Krein (Sparta) 26-3 (Dec 7-3)
170  –  Mathias Krein (22-7) placed 2nd and scored 18.00 team points.

  • Quarterfinal – Mathias Krein (Sparta) 22-7 won by major decision over Clay McCartney (Lancaster) 8-11 (MD 16-3)
  • Semifinal – Mathias Krein (Sparta) 22-7 won by major decision over Chase Beinborn (Boscobel) 22-6 (MD 17-3)
  • 1st Place Match – Kolton Bartow (Dubuque Wahlert) 24-2 won by decision over Mathias Krein (Sparta) 22-7 (Dec 7-3)
182  –  Kelten Pfaff (11-14) placed 4th and scored 13.00 team points.

  • Quarterfinal – Carter Konrardy (Dubuque Senior) 13-7 won by fall over Kelten Pfaff (Sparta) 11-14 (Fall 1:26)
  • Cons. Round 1 – Kelten Pfaff (Sparta) 11-14 won by fall over Lance Ubersox (Darlington/Black Hawk) 4-8 (Fall 1:47)
  • Cons. Semi – Kelten Pfaff (Sparta) 11-14 won by injury default over Gavin Holub (Monticello) 6-4 (Inj. 0:00)
  • 3rd Place Match – Carter Konrardy (Dubuque Senior) 13-7 won by decision over Kelten Pfaff (Sparta) 11-14 (Dec 6-1)
195  –  Marcus Cox (12-15) placed 6th and scored 7.00 team points.

  • Quarterfinal – Marcus Cox (Sparta) 12-15 won by fall over Hunter Thoma (Dubuque Senior) 9-10 (Fall 3:04)
  • Semifinal – Caden Straka (Lancaster) 18-5 won by fall over Marcus Cox (Sparta) 12-15 (Fall 3:52)
  • Cons. Semi – Clint Havlik (Iowa-Grant/Highland) 7-3 won by decision over Marcus Cox (Sparta) 12-15 (Dec 2-1)
  • 5th Place Match – Hunter Thoma (Dubuque Senior) 9-10 won by fall over Marcus Cox (Sparta) 12-15 (Fall 0:52)
220  –  Garet Pfaff (17-9) placed 4th and scored 13.00 team points.

  • Prelim – Garet Pfaff (Sparta) 17-9 won by fall over Ethan Esser (River Ridge/Cassville) 0-2 (Fall 2:25)
  • Quarterfinal – Brody Milz (Darlington/Black Hawk) 16-4 won by fall over Garet Pfaff (Sparta) 17-9 (Fall 0:25)
  • Cons. Round 1 – Garet Pfaff (Sparta) 17-9 won by fall over Logan Murphy (Cuba City/Benton/Southwestern) 6-9 (Fall 2:02)
  • Cons. Semi – Garet Pfaff (Sparta) 17-9 won by decision over Trent Davis (Brodhead) 15-5 (Dec 3-1)
  • 3rd Place Match – Brody Milz (Darlington/Black Hawk) 16-4 won by injury default over Garet Pfaff (Sparta) 17-9 (Inj. 0:00)
285  –  Noah Benish (8-9) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.

  • Quarterfinal – Fancisco Garcia (Cuba City/Benton/Southwestern) 9-8 won by fall over Noah Benish (Sparta) 8-9 (Fall 3:39)
  • Cons. Round 1 – Tyler Kuper (Monticello) 12-4 won by decision over Noah Benish (Sparta) 8-9 (Dec 2-1)

JV at Wisconsin Challenge Series Qualifier

106  –  Luis Cruz-Cane’s place is 4th and has scored 11.00 team points.

  • Quarterfinal – Luis Cruz-Cane (Sparta) won by fall over Reese Schock (West Salem) (Fall 1:34)
  • Semifinal – Lucas Blackbourn (Cuba/Benton/Southwestern ) won by decision over Luis Cruz-Cane (Sparta) (Dec 9-7)
  • Cons. Semi – Luis Cruz-Cane (Sparta) received a bye () (Bye)
  • 3rd Place Match – Macoy Fitzgerald (Fennimore) won by fall over Luis Cruz-Cane (Sparta) (Fall 2:48)
120  –  Samuel Matias-Escalante’s place is unknown and has scored 0.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Samuel Matias-Escalante (Sparta) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Hayden Peters (Tomah ) won in sudden victory – 1 over Samuel Matias-Escalante (Sparta) (SV-1 10-8)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Samuel Matias-Escalante (Sparta) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Cons. Semi – Chandler Workman (Mineral Point) won by fall over Samuel Matias-Escalante (Sparta) (Fall 4:33)
138  –  Gavin Haldeman’s place is 4th and has scored 11.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Gavin Haldeman (Sparta) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Gavin Haldeman (Sparta) won by decision over Jordan Keegan (Riverdale) (Dec 10-5)
  • Semifinal – Zach Wisted (Holmen) won by fall over Gavin Haldeman (Sparta) (Fall 1:24)
  • 3rd Place Match – Dakota Myers (Tomah ) won by fall over Gavin Haldeman (Sparta) (Fall 4:42)
138  –  Seth Boland’s place is 6th and has scored 9.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Seth Boland (Sparta) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Dakota Myers (Tomah ) won by fall over Seth Boland (Sparta) (Fall 1:54)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Seth Boland (Sparta) won by fall over Tyler Gust (Belmont/Platteville) (Fall 3:30)
  • Cons. Semi – Seth Boland (Sparta) won by fall over Payton Nielson (Belmont/Platteville) (Fall 1:01)
  • 5th Place Match – Jordan Keegan (Riverdale) won by fall over Seth Boland (Sparta) (Fall 1:19)
152  –  Corbin Hauser’s place is 1st and has scored 28.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Corbin Hauser (Sparta) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Corbin Hauser (Sparta) won by fall over Kevin Marx (LaCrosse Logan) (Fall 0:46)
  • Semifinal – Corbin Hauser (Sparta) won by fall over Shane Roth (Holmen) (Fall 2:42)
  • 1st Place Match – Corbin Hauser (Sparta) won by fall over Dustin Wolf (Lancaster) (Fall 1:10)
182  –  Nick Gann’s place is 5th and has scored 7.00 team points.

  • Quarterfinal – Drake Schams (Holmen) won by fall over Nick Gann (Sparta) (Fall 0:53)
  • Cons. Round 1 – Nick Gann (Sparta) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Cons. Semi – Brent Wagner (Lancaster) won by fall over Nick Gann (Sparta) (Fall 2:41)
  • 5th Place Match – Nick Gann (Sparta) won by fall over Brandon Betthauser (Tomah ) (Fall 1:17)
195  –  Madden Connelly’s place is 3rd and has scored 15.00 team points.

  • Quarterfinal – Madden Connelly (Sparta) won by fall over Aaron Ragels (Fennimore) (Fall 3:37)
  • Semifinal – Caleb Butler (Holmen) won by major decision over Madden Connelly (Sparta) (Maj 9-1)
  • Cons. Semi – Madden Connelly (Sparta) won by major decision over Colby Von Haden (Tomah ) (Maj 9-1)
  • 3rd Place Match – Madden Connelly (Sparta) won by decision over Aaron Ragels (Fennimore) (Dec 4-1)

Kelten Pfaff (left), Marcus Cox (center) and Garet Pfaff (right) helped lead the Spartans to a 22-0 lead after the first five matches Thursday evening at Central.

Sparta improved to 3-0 in the MVC and 4-1 overall with a 43-27 victory over La Crosse Logan/Central Thursday evening in La Crosse.  The Spartans won nine of 14 matches despite wrestling without Jon Bailey and Brett Von Ruden.

The Spartans won the first five matches with the upper weights picking up some big wins.  Brothers Hayden and Mathias Krein won by forfeit and major decision respectively before Kelten Pfaff picked up an 8-2 victory at 182 followed by Marcus Cox edging Logan/Central’s Ethan Coleman 7-5 at 195.  Garet Pfaff gave Sparta six more points to take a 22-0 lead with a first period pin in 1:10 at 220.

Logan/Central would pick up 12 points in the next two matches with pins at 285 and 106 before Vince Polhamus countered with a pin of his own at 113.  At 120, it looked like Logan/Central would be picking up more bonus points as Samuel Matias-Escalante fell behind by as much as nine points before pinning Isaac Thompson.  Logan/Central would pick up wins at 126 and 132 before Kyle Erickson and David Hayes rounded out the victories for the Spartans with wins at 138 and 145.  Corbin Hauser fell to Christian Kapanke at 152 to round out the action.

Full results are below…

160  –  Hayden Krein won by forfeit
170  –  Mathias Krein defeated Jeremiah Nagel (Logan/Central) 10-1
182  –  Kelten Pfaff defeated Alex Gavrilos (Logan/Central) 8-2
195  –  Marcus Cox defeaed Ethan Coleman (Logan/Central) 7-5
220  –  Garet Pfaff pinned Justin Lund (Logan/Central) in 1:10
285  –  Robert Snodgrass (Logan/Central) pinned Gabe Dearman in 2:29
106  –  Kailix Roe (Logan/Central) pinned Luis Cruz-Cane in 0:47
113  –  Vince Polhamus pinned Dakota Gruen (Logan/Central) in 1:32
120  –  Samuel Matias-Escalante pinned Isaac Thompson (Logan/Central) in 2:53
126  –  Mason Sather (Logan/Central) pinned Esteban Rodriguez in 2:53
132  –  Paul Bartle (Logan/Central) defeated Thomas Treu 4-2
138  –  Kyle Erickson pinned David Krause (Logan/Central) in 3:30
145  –  David Hayes defeated Dallas Kapanke (Logan/Central) 5-0
152  –  Christian Kapanke (Logan/Central) pinned Corbin Hauser in 2:41
FINAL:  SPARTA 43 – LA CROSSE LOGAN/CENTRAL 27

There were four JV matches before Thursday’s dual and the Spartans won three of them.  Gavin Haldeman went 2-0 while Madden Connelly went 1-1.

138  –  Gavin Haldeman pinned Colby Olson (Logan/Central) in 1:59
138  –  Gavin Haldeman pinned Charlie Butler (Logan/Central) in 1:36
195  –  Chris Tramell (Logan/Central) pinned Madden Connelly in 1:59
195  –  Madden Connelly pinned Max Harcey (Logan/Central) in 1:17

With the win, the Spartans are now 4-1 overall and 3-0 in the MVC.  They have not lost to a La Crosse high school since losing to Logan during the 2005-06 season–a span of 36 duals.

There is little rest for the Spartans as they return to action tomorrow at the Lancaster Invitational.  There will be no duals next week, but the weekend of the 13th will see the varsity at the Brookfield Central Scramble while the JV will travel to the Weston Varsity Invitational.  After that, it’s the last home dual of the year and it’s a big one–Tomah on Thursday, January 18th.

The Spartans will face the combined program of La Crosse high schools Logan and Central Thursday evening in the first action of 2018.  The Spartans are coming off a 7th place finish in D1 and 15th overall in the 61-team Bi-State Classic.

Sparta is currently 3-1 on the year and 2-0 in the MVC.  Good luck, Spartans!