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Overall Record: 13-4
MVC Record 6-0, MVC Champions
Last Match: WIAA Individual State Tournament, Six State Qualifiers, Four Medalists
Next Match: TBA
Updated February 7, 2014
4. La Crosse Logan
7. West Salem
8. La Crosse Aquinas
It was another great year at the state tournament to be a fan of Sparta wrestling. The Spartans had six qualifiers, four placewinners and one finalist. Christian Lamon, John Roddick, Jaden Winchel, Brock Polhamus, Dylan Winchel and Logan Degenhardt made the trip to the Kohl Center and were great representatives for Sparta.
Below are three galleries broken down by day. If you want to see images beyond just Sparta, be sure to check out this blog post that covered some of my favorite images from the 2014 tournament. And here are links to the individual galleries…
Let’s get to it. Be sure to click on the navigation arrows to transition through each of the three galleries–they are not autoplay. Here are images of the Spartans in action from the 2014 state tournament…
The Spartans are making it a habit of sending about half their team to the state tournament each year and the 2013-14 season was no different. On the heels of seasons where the Spartans sent six wrestlers in 2012 and seven in 2013, the Spartans sent six more this year. Like the previous years, there were plenty of Spartans still wrestling on Saturday and standing on podiums that evening. This year, Christian Lamon, John Roddick, Jaden Winchel, Brock Polhamus, Dylan Winchel and Logan Degenhardt made the trip to the Kohl Center. Dylan Winchel, John Roddick and Brock Polhamus made their third trip to state, which matches a team record set by Steve Kimpel, Kevin Dutton, Troy Lietzau, Jared Rickert and Kyle Burkhalter. Roddick and Polhamus have a chance to be the first four-time qualifiers next year.
Since 1995 when Josh Isensee qualified for state as a freshman, the Spartans only sent two other freshman wrestlers to state and that was John Roddick and Brock Polhamus in 2012. Instead of waiting another 17 years between freshman qualifying for state, Sparta only had to wait two years as Christian Lamon and Jaden Winchel qualified. Jaden made the most out of his appearance with a third place finish at 138. His only loss was to Wrightstown’s Josh Verbeten in the quarterfinals. After that loss, Winchel would pick up three straight wins to finish third. And how did the guy who beat Winchel finish? Verbeten finished 5th. That’s right. Winchel came back with three straight impressive wins, including one against the top-ranked wrestler in the state coming into the tournament in Stanley-Boyd/Owen-Withee/Thorp’s Robert Csukker (46-3), to finish ahead of the guy who beat him. The top three finishers in state at 132 pounds in division two came from the West Salem sectional. West Salem’s Devin Bahr finished first, Evansville/Albany’s Jordan Meyer was 2nd and Winchel was 3rd. That 3rd place finish is the first time a freshman has placed at state for Sparta. Winchel finishes the year at 39-14.
Christian Lamon qualified for the tournament with a 3rd place finish at sectionals, but won his first match at state with a dominant 13-9 decision over Campbellsport’s Bennett Marchant. After that, Lamon dropped a 9-2 decision to Wrightstown’s Dillon Micke (43-9) and a 6-2 decision to Lodi’s Jason Clapper (43-5). The 6-2 decision was a big improvement over his technical fall loss to the Lodi senior in sectionals just a few days earlier. Lamon finishes the year with a 33-12 record.
The good news didn’t end there. At 138 pounds, Brock Polhamus won his first two matches to advance to the state finals. He beat the coach’s son in Luxemburg-Casco’s Mason Berceau 7-2 in his first match to advance to the semifinals where he won a 4-3 decision against Ellsworth’s Tristan Mueller. That sent Polhamus to the finals where he would face Two Rivers’ Chris Yauch. The junior from Two Rivers was too much for Polhamus as he won 9-4. The second place finish was not bad for a guy who had yet to win a match at state during his previous two trips. Polhamus finishes the season with a 42-8 record.
Fellow junior John Roddick earned a place on the podium for the second year in a row with a 5th place finish at 126 pounds. Roddick opened up the tournament with a pin over New London’s Scott Cook in 4:16. That was followed by a 6-0 victory over a very tough Cody Chelminiak (40-6) of Delaven-Darien. After that, it was a familiar story for Roddick as he ran into Ellsworth’s Jens Lantz who was going for his fourth state title. Last year, Lantz pinned Roddick in just over three minutes and this year, the victory came by way of technical fall. In the wrestleback following his loss to Lantz, Roddick dropped a close decision to Freedom’s Cody Walrath. The official called Roddick for stalling in the third period and it appeared Roddick wasn’t aware Walrath had been awarded a point. My guess is that it is standard to get down to the level of the wrestlers, pound on the mat and warn them of stalling. That didn’t happen here and Roddick was unaware of the point that was awarded. The point made the difference in a 3-2 loss. In the 5th place match, Roddick won a 2-0 match he controlled from start to finish. John finishes the year with a 43-10 record and has finished all three years with 40 or more victories.
At 145 it was one and done for senior Dylan Winchel as he drew defending state champion Dewey Krueger of Oconto Falls. Krueger was too much for Winchel as he won with a fall in 1:50 and would go on to place 2nd with a 2-1 loss in the finals. Winchel finished the season with a 26-17 record, a 130-44 record over four years, three trips to the state tournament and two tournaments that ended with a spot on the podium. The 130 wins is good for 7th all-time on the Spartan wins list. Congrats Dylan on a great four years.
The final Spartan state qualifier was Logan Degenhardt at 220. Like Tristan Zurfluh last year, Degenhardt lived and died by the closest of margins. His first match was an ultimate tie breaker loss to Wisconsin Lutheran’s Bryce Roberts. That was followed by a 1-0 victory over Sheboygan Falls’ Brady Koller. That victory secured a spot on the podium for Degenhardt and set up a match with Almond Bancroft/Pacelli’s Jack Lawlis. In a match that was close throughout, Lawlis emerged with a 6-3 victory, which sent Degenhardt to the 5th place match and rematch with Roberts. It looked like Degenhardt was going to avenge his loss earlier in the tournament to the Wisconsin Lutheran sophomore, but a takedown by Roberts in the final seconds led to a 2-1 victory and a 6th place finish for Degenhardt. Logan finishes the season with a 39-12 record.
The Spartans have sent at least two wrestlers to state every year since 2002 and have seen at least three wrestlers place every year since 2012. The 19 qualifiers over the past three years are an unprecedented run in the history of Sparta wrestling and with four qualifiers returning and a talented group of eighth graders coming next year, it looks like this run has a good chance of continuing.
For this to continue, we need to continue to support the Sparta Wrestling program at all levels. The tough tournaments Sparta competes in throughout the year prepare the Spartans for the tournament season. No offense to some of the smaller tournaments around Sparta, but the lesser-competition at those tournaments don’t benefit the Spartans as much as the top-caliber competition the Spartans will see at tournaments like the Ellsworth Invitational and the Cheesehead. The national tournaments the middle school wrestlers participate in prepare those wrestlers for what it will be like wrestling at the high school on a weekly basis. The open mats that allow wrestlers of all ages in Sparta and the surrounding area to wrestle year-round keep those wrestlers fresh, sharp and prepared for competition when the season begins in November. Champions in February and for this year, March, are not molded during the season. They are molded in the 11-months before and after the tournament when weaknesses are addressed and strengths solidified. This has never been more apparent than the last five years where Sparta has seen 26 state qualifiers. As the youth, middle school and high school levels have started to work together more than ever, the results have played out at the Kohl Center and beyond. So while the fruits of this hard work are played out at the high school level, we need to pause and give thanks to those at the youth and middle school who lay the foundation for this success. And also, big thanks and congrats to coach Jake Larsen for preparing these wrestlers and getting them to the tournament season healthy and ready to go.
Records and MVC Notes
After the completion of this year’s state tournament, a number of Spartan records are poised to fall. With a three year record of 124-37, John Roddick is within striking distance of Matt Tourdot’s 165 career wins. Roddick could also become the first Spartan wrestler to win 40 or more matches in every season while both him and Polhamus could become the first four-time state qualifiers in Sparta history. Roddick also has the opportunity to join Troy Lietzau and Kody Seekamp as Sparta’s only three-time MVC champions.
Here is some more data to ponder over. Sparta’s MVC championship this year is even more impressive when you examine enrollment numbers throughout the conference. La Crosse Aquinas is the smallest school in the conference with just 338 students, but Sparta’s 704 is 162 less than the next smallest school, which is Onalaska with 866. Tomah has 979 students, Logan 869, Tomah 979, Holmen 1083 and Central 1111. And this gap between Sparta and the other schools is nothing new. That makes Sparta’s MVC title and 9th straight season finishing first or second that much more impressive. Sparta coaches and wrestlers are making the most with an enrollment that is hundreds less than the other conference foes with the exception of Aquinas.
After 25 years of MVC wrestling, here are the conference dual records over that time…
With Coach Larsen’s 13-4 record this year, he is one victory away from tying Lyle Blum’s record for most wins by a Spartan coach. Blum had a 85-47 record over eight seasons as coach while Larsen has a 84-20 record in six seasons. His three MVC titles ties Mike Montgomery for the most of any coach. Congrats Coach Larsen on another great season!!
Best coaching job yet?
While the Spartans certainly did not lack top-end talent this year–the state tournament is evidence of that–one could certainly make the argument that Sparta was lean for depth in areas of the team. Specifically, Sparta was routinely without wrestlers at 195 and 285. The lack of depth at those weight classes may have cost the Spartans at regionals, at the Lancaster Invite, their dual against Baraboo at Stevens Point, at the Sparta Invite and Badger State. There were questions of whether or not the Spartans would be able to compete with the likes of Tomah and Holmen while lacking wrestlers at weights where the Timberwolves and Vikings were strong.
Former head coach Mike Montgomery had this to say just before the tournament season started about the job Larsen has done with this year’s team.
Coach Larsen has done a great job of putting and keeping a varsity lineup together this season despite the challenges of not having the upper weights to round out his line-up. The ability to win close matches this season has been the result of winning the toss-up matches and having our wrestlers prepared to compete when the pressure was on. The Holmen match is probably a great example of winning when the odds were against us. Coach Larsen has stuck with a plan and not deviated from it as far as conditioning and training for the season. The goal is always to be at your best and freshest at the end of the season and hopefully that is where the Spartans are at. With only three seniors on the team it could be considered a rebuilding year but those seniors have provided good leadership and the rapid improvement of a talented freshman group has been a pleasant surprise.
With all the talent in the freshman and sophomore classes it becomes equally important to maintain their level of improvement and development throughout the season. Coach Larsen brought in Coach Zurfluh to help with this transition and it has paid great dividends. Coach Zurfluh has provided a nurturing, positive, and encouraging presence to the young wrestlers as they await their opportunity in the upcoming years. The sign of a strong and lasting program are high levels of participation and competition among the wrestlers for varsity positions. A state championship team needs to be 2 or 3 deep at every weight class. It is a very long and demanding season and anything can happen along the way. When you have quality wrestlers to fall back on, minor injuries, illnesses or other setbacks won’t impact the overall strength of the team as much.
So while Sparta regularly forfeited two matches in each tournament and dual, they still finished with a 13-4 record and was no worse than 5th at all tournaments not named Cheesehead. Sparta was successful because those who could step on the mat wrestled to their full potential. Take Stevens Point for example. Sparta won against Stevens Point 37-36 and against DC Everest in the championship 31-26. In each of those duals, Sparta forfeited three times yet still won. That’s because each of the guys who took the mat did their job, won the matches they should have won, closed out close matches and picked up bonus points. Little by little all those efforts made a big difference.
We could pat ourselves on the back all day for what we accomplished this year, but there is always room for improvement. Sparta will look to earn their first regional title and trip to team sectionals since the 2011-12 season next year. Sparta has fallen short at regionals the last two years by a combined 13 points. There are tournament titles to be had and improvements could definitely be made at the very-tough Cheesehead, but these things will come if we continue the hard work and sacrifices of the wrestlers, coaches, alumni and parents. On the most basic level, wrestling is an individual sport, but that individual can go so much farther with the support of their parents, fellow wrestlers, coaches, school and club.
So let’s take time to enjoy the success of the 2013-14 team. It was a great year to be a Spartan. At the same time, let’s not settle for what we’ve accomplished. As the last three years have shown, there is always room for improvement, for records to be broken and room for the program to reach new heights.
It’s hard to believe, but the 2013-14 wrestling season is over, but that means one more thing. THE END OF THE SEASON BANQUET IS HERE.
On Thursday, March 13th, Club 16 will be hosting the banquet with a social hour at 6pm and the dinner at 630pm. The cost per plate is $10 for an adult and $5 for a child under 12. All wrestlers will eat free.
Speaking of wrestlers eating free, we are offering our “Sponsor a Wrestler” program again this year. This is an opportunity for alumni and relative to help support the program and members of the team. Your sponsorship of a wrestler will go to covering a wrestler’s banquet costs so they can eat for free. Donations are tax-deductible and if desired, you can designate who you would like to sponsor. You will be recognized by name at the banquet. Also, it is hoped that parents won’t have to sponsor a wrestler as they do enough during the season to support the team and your son or daughter so that is why we hope alumni, fans and other relatives can help out. Of course, we can’t stop you if that is what you want to do, but we would like to recognize parent’s contributions and hope others will help out and sponsor a wrestler.
If you’d like to sponsor a wrestler, please contact Mike Montgomery at firstname.lastname@example.org or go ahead and donate here on the website by clicking on the donate button in the left margin.
State runner-up Brock Polhamus earned his first All-MVC first-team honor while Coach Jake Larsen won Coach of the Year honors.
Five Spartans were named 1st Team All-Confrence today. John Roddick, Jaden Winchel, Brock Polhamus, Dylan Winchel and Logan Degenhardt all received top honors in the conference. The five matches a team record set during the 1992-93, 1993-94, 2002-03, 2003-04 and 2006-07 seasons. Receiving Second Team honors was Walker Polhamus while honorable mention honors went to Christian Lamon and Logan VanTassel. Of the eight receiving honors, six return for next season.
Spartan head coach Jake Larsen received Coach of the Year honors while Central’s Ben Thornton was named Wrestler of the Year.
If you look at the weight classes among the first and second team and some of the weight classes of the honorable mentions, you’ll notice something. There are a lot of school names right next to each other. Central has 106 through 113 locked down on the first team, Sparta 126 through 145 and Tomah 182 and 195 while Holmen has three of the final four weight classes on the second team. This is a pretty clear indication of how important practice partners are. The harder you are pushed and the better caliber wrestler you face every day in practice goes a long way toward determining how you are going to perform when you face live competition.
For Dylan Winchel and John Roddick, this is their second All-MVC First Team honor. For everyone else, it is their first time receiving the honors. Freshman Jaden Winchel is the first Spartan to earn All-MVC first team honors as a freshman. With his fourth All-MVC honor, Thornton joins fellow Central alum Eric Jetton and Tomah’s Tyler Laudon as the only four-time MVC champions. Hunter Hauser became the 16th three-time MVC champion.
I’ll have another post recapping the final day at state, the season and more coming this week. In the meantime, let’s look at the full roster of All-MVC award winners for the 2013-14 season.
John Roddick earned 1st Team All MVC honors for the second time this season.
1st Team All-Conference
106 - Jaden VanMaanen, Central
113 - Josh Kuhse, Central
120 - Ben Thornton, Central
126 - John Roddick, Sparta
132 - Jaden Winchel, Sparta
138 - Brock Polhamus, Sparta
145 - Dylan Winchel, Sparta
152 - Scott Ring, Aquinas
160 - Ben Linzmeier, Tomah
170 - Duncan McKinney, Holmen
182 - Seth Fryett, Tomah
195 - Jordan Reisinger, Tomah
220 - Logan Degenhardt, Sparta
285 - Hunter Hauser, Holmen
2nd Team All-Conference
106 - Drake Kulmaczewski, Holmen
113 - Nick Burns, Aquinas
120 - Nick Houlihan, Logan
126 - Hunter Pierce, Tomah
132 - Jordan Corcoran, Aquinas
138 - Ryan Stalsberg, Holmen
Jaden Winchel is the first freshman Spartan to medal at state and is the first freshman to earn 1st Team All MVC for the Spartans.
145 - Conner Williams, Central
152 - Collen Samson, Tomah
160 - Konrad Ernst, Onalaska
170 - Walker Polhamus, Sparta
182 - Jacon Wiemerslage, Holmen
195 - Noah Risch, Holmen
220 - Calvin Wright, Logan
285 - Charles Serauskas, Holmen
Honorable Mention All-Conference
Aquinas - Emil Walleser, Charlie Fuchsel
Holmen - Ryan Bennett, Logan Lasack
Tomah - Logan Pollack, Casey Curran
Sparta - Christian Lamon, Logan Vantassel
Central - Jake Obert
Onalaska - Morgan Mueller, Cameron Robbert, Tyler Wood
Calm, smooth, collected. That’s what Brock Polhamus looked like throughout his 138-pound division two semifinal victory against Ellsworth’s Tristan Mueller. Now, the junior is one win away from a state championship.
Polhamus will get his shot at a state championship after his 4-3 victory over Ellsworth’s Mueller (33-11). Awaiting Polhamus (42-7) in the finals is Two Rivers’ Chris Yauch (46-9). Since 2010, Sparta has seen four wrestlers qualify for the state finals (Matt Tourdot in 2010, Dylan Winchel and Kyle Burkhalter in 2013 and Polhamus in 2014) with only Tourdot coming away with a state championship. Brock has the opportunity to become Sparta’s fifth individual champion.
Luck wasn’t on the side of Sparta’s other semifinalist, John Roddick, as he ran into Ellsworth’s Jens Lantz for the second straight year in the semis. This time Lantz won 18-3 as he is on a mission to win his fourth state title. Roddick will wrestle tomorrow for a place in the third place bout against Freedom’s Cody Walrath (40-5).
At 113, Christian Lamon’s season came to an end with two losses. In the quarterfinals, Lamon dropped a 9-2 decision to Wrightstown’s Dillan Micke (42-8) before falling to Lodi’s Jason Clapper (42-4) in the wrestleback round. Christian finishes a very successful freshman campaign with a 33-12 record. Congrats, Christian!
Joining Roddick and Polhamus on the podium tomorrow will be Jaden Winchel after he came up with a big win in the wrestleback round. Before that happened, Winchel wrestled Wrightstown’s Josh Verbeten (36-16) and got the first takedown before Verbeten turned Jaden and pinned him in 2:55. That didn’t keep Winchel down for long as he rebounded with a huge 2-0 victory over last year’s 3rd place finisher at 132 pounds in Stanley-Boyd/Owen-Withee/Thorp’s Robert Csukker (46-3). Winchel will now face Chilton/Hilbert’s Patrick Breckheimer (40-8) for a chance to wrestle in the third place match. Winchel is guaranteed a top six finish since a loss would send him to the 5th place match.
At 220, Logan Degenhardt lived and died by the edge smallest of margins. His quarterfinal match went to an ultimate tie breaker that he ended up dropping to Wisconsin Lutheran’s Bryce Roberts (36-8). Degenhardt would rebound in the wrestlebacks with a 1-0 victory over Sheyboygan Falls’ Brady Koller (31-14) to secure a place on the podium. If Degenhardt defeats Almond Bancroft/Pacelli’s Jack Lawlis (29-14) tomorrow, he will advance to the third place match, but if he loses, he will wrestle for fifth.
Let’s see how the tournament has gone for Sparta so far…
D2-113 – Christian Lamon (33-12) place is unknown and scored 2.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Christian Lamon (Sparta) 33-12 won by decision over Bennett Marchant (Campbellsport) 28-14 (Dec 13-9)
Quarterfinal – Dillan Micke (Wrightstown) 42-8 won by decision over Christian Lamon (Sparta) 33-12 (Dec 9-2)
Cons. Round 1 – Jason Clapper (Lodi) 42-4 won by decision over Christian Lamon (Sparta) 33-12 (Dec 6-2)
D2-126 – John Roddick (42-9) placed 6th and scored 9.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – John Roddick (Sparta) 42-9 won by fall over Scott Cook (New London) 33-14 (Fall 4:16)
Quarterfinal – John Roddick (Sparta) 42-9 won by decision over Cody Chelminiak (Delavan-Darien) 40-6 (Dec 6-0)
Semifinal – Jens Lantz (Ellsworth) 40-1 won by tech fall over John Roddick (Sparta) 42-9 (TF-1.5 5:11 (18-3))
D2-132 – Jaden Winchel (37-14) placed 6th and scored 7.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 37-14 won by major decision over Ryan Engel (East Troy) 36-11 (MD 10-1)
Quarterfinal – Josh Verbeten (Wrightstown) 36-16 won by fall over Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 37-14 (Fall 2:55)
Cons. Round 1 – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 37-14 won by decision over Robert Csukker (Stanley-Boyd/Ow.-Wi./Tho.) 46-3 (Dec 2-0)
D2-138 – Brock Polhamus (42-7) placed 2nd and scored 16.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Brock Polhamus (Sparta) 42-7 won by decision over Mason Berceau (Luxemburg-Casco) 35-10 (Dec 5-2)
Semifinal – Brock Polhamus (Sparta) 42-7 won by decision over Tristen Mueller (Ellsworth) 33-11 (Dec 4-3)
D2-145 – Dylan Winchel (26-17) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Dewey Krueger (Oconto Falls) 41-2 won by fall over Dylan Winchel (Sparta) 26-17 (Fall 1:50)
D2-220 – Logan Degenhardt (39-10) placed 6th and scored 4.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Bryce Roberts (Wisconsin Lutheran) 36-8 won in the ultimate tie breaker over Logan Degenhardt (Sparta) 39-10 (UTB 6-5)
Cons. Round 1 – Logan Degenhardt (Sparta) 39-10 won by decision over Brady Koller (Sheboygan Falls) 31-14 (Dec 1-0)
Roddick, Winchel and Degenhardt will being wrestling in the round starting at 11am tomorrow and then will wrestle their placement matches later in the afternoon. Polhamus will wrestle during the finals round starting at 6pm. Great job Spartans on a great second day of wrestling. We will continue to keep you updated with posts on the Sparta Wrestling Facebook page throughout the day. Big thanks to Mike Montgomery for the quick page updates following each match.
Pardon any errors/typos, it’s late and I’m getting a little tired.
Christian Lamon, John Roddick and Jaden Winchel all dominated their opening round matches today to join Brock Polhamus and Logan Degenhardt in Friday’s quarterfinals. Senior Dylan Winchel ran into Oconto Falls’ Dewey Krueger and could not get past the defending state champion. Dylan finishes his season with a 27-16 record after qualifying for state for the third time and winning over 100 matches as a Spartan. Thank you for all your hard work and contributions to the Sparta Wrestling program, Dylan.
Anyone who wins tomorrow’s quarterfinal matches will advance to the semifinals Friday evening and will be assured a top four finish. Christian Lamon kicked things off today with a 13-9 victory over Campbellsport’s Bennett Marchant (28-14). With a quick takedown just seconds into the match, Lamon dominated for the entire six minutes in a match that was not as close as the score indicates.
Just a few minutes after Lamon advanced to the quarterfinals, junior John Roddick looked to advance to his third quarterfinal in three years and did so with a third period pin of New London’s Scott Cook (33-14). After finishing the first period up just 2-0, Roddick began to take control in the second period and sealed the deal early on in the third period. It was a quick succession of Spartans as just minutes later, Jaden Winchel took the mat to face East Troy’s Ryan Engel (36-11). Two years ago, John Roddick defeated Engel in his first ever match at the state tournament. Would Jaden Winchel have the same fate? Certainly. Winchel dominated the entire match picking up quick takedowns, earning back points and never letting Engel get into a rhythm en route to a 10-1 major decision victory.
At 145 pounds, Dylan Winchel was pinned in the first period by defending state champion Dewey Krueger of Oconto Falls. It was probably not the finish Dylan wanted to his career, but let’s take a second to look at some of Dylan’s accomplishments over the last four years: 100+ wins, three state tournament appearances, two state tournaments where he finished on the podium, a runner-up finish last season and a legacy for being one of the most exciting and talented wrestlers to come through the program. Congrats, Dylan!! Now let’s see what’s on tap for the Spartans tomorrow.
113, Christian Lamon - Lamon will wrestle Wrightstown’s Dillan Micke (41-7), was a state qualifier at 106 last year, but did not place, 6th at the Cheesehead, 1st in his conference and at regionals and sectionals as well as the competitive Marty Loy Classic, .
126, John Roddick - Roddick will face Cody Chelminiak who was a state qualifier last year at 126, but did not place. At state that year, he lost 5-0 to Cuba City/Southwestern’s JJ Donar who defeated Roddick in the closing seconds of the sectional final on Saturday. Mutual opponents between Roddick and Chelminiak include Spring Valley/Elmwood’s Tyler Berg. Roddick defeated Berg 2-1 early in the season and lost to him by pin in 3:19 at the Ellsworth Invitational while Berg pounded Chelminiak 8-3 in the middle of January. .
132, Jaden Winchel - Winchel will see another Wrightstown product in Josh Verbeten (35-15). Verbeten caught Brock Polhamus and won by pin in 57 seconds earlier this year at the Cheesehead. .
138, Brock Polhamus - Brock will wrestle Luxemburg-Casco’s Mason Berceau (35-8). Berceau was a state qualifier last year at 126, but did not place. Berceau defeated River Valley’s Elijah Alt by pin in 1:35 at the Battle on the Bay and beat him 10-6 at Badger State. Jaden Winchel pinned Alt last weekend in 5:09 in the 3rd place sectional match. Berceau also won 9-6 over Wrightstown’s Josh Verbeten, who awaits Jaden Winchel if he wins his first match. Both Polhamus and Berceau lost to Mineral Point’s Ross Siegenthaler. Polhamus was pinned in 2:46 at Badger State while Berceau was pinned in 2:49 at the same tournament. At Bi-State, Berceau placed 9th and defeated Cuba City/Southwestern’s Josh Donar 4-2. Polhamus defeated Donar 2-1 in the sectional finals. .
220, Logan Degenhardt - Logan will wrestle Wisconsin Lutheran’s Bryce Roberts in the quarterfinals.
The five Spartan quarterfinalists will begin action at 11:15am Friday morning. Now that you’ve seen a few photos above from today’s action, let’s check out some images of other area wrestlers including La Crosse Central’s Ben Thornton, Tomah’s Jordan Reisinger, Holmen’s Ryan Stalsberg, Noah Risch, Charles Serauskas and Onalaska’s Tyler Wood.
This past weekend, Vince Polhamus, David Hayes, Brett Von Ruden, Jon Bailey, Hayden and Mathias Krein all traveled to St. Joseph, MO to compete in an individual tournament on Saturday and to join one of two Wisconsin teams in a national team dual on Sunday. Of the Six Spartan wrestlers, Mathias placed 5th, Brett placed 2nd and both Hayden and Jon were champions. Along with becoming champions, Jon earned an American Crown, which means he won three American Crown Series National tournaments–one in Ohio and two in Missouri–making him the fourth Wisconsin wrestler to ever earn this title. The other three Wisconsin wrestlers who have earned an American crown are Nick Osowoski, Paul Bianchi and Jesse Thielke.
On Sunday, all six boys joined Team Wisconsin LAW X-Gold Elite and earned second place where they lost to the Kansas Renegades, but defeated the Wisconsin All-Stars. Both Hayden and Jon went undefeated on the weekend. Congrats to all the Sparta wrestlers who made the trip to Missouri and thank you to Melissa Bailey for providing a recap of the weekend’s events!
12 & Under 80 – Vince Polhamus’s place is unknown and has scored 3.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Vince Polhamus (LAW) won by major decision over Ethan Hendrickson (Flat Earth) (Maj 13-5)
Champ. Round 2 – Nicholas Stoltenberg (Meneely School of Wrestling) won by decision over Vince Polhamus (LAW) (Dec 2-0)
Cons. Round 2 – joey orsi (Ironhawk) won by major decision over Vince Polhamus (LAW) (Maj 9-0)
12 & Under 100 – Jon Bailey’s place is 1st and has scored 29.50 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Jon Bailey (LAW) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Jon Bailey (LAW) won by tech fall over Wyatt Becker (Lawson Youth Wrestling) (TF 16-1)
Quarterfinal – Jon Bailey (LAW) won by decision over Nathan Wynsma (Allendale WC) (Dec 6-0)
Semifinal – Jon Bailey (LAW) won by fall over Cole Price (Meneely School of Wrestling) (Fall 3:46)
1st Place Match – Jon Bailey (LAW) won by decision over Rocky Elam (Team Central Wrestling Club) (Dec 3-1)
14 & Under 95 – David Hayes’s place is unknown and has scored 2.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Mason Turner (Unattached) won by fall over David Hayes (LAW) (Fall 0:12)
Cons. Round 1 – David Hayes (LAW) won by major decision over Austin Bowman (Richmond Youth Wrestling) (Maj 11-1)
Cons. Round 2 – Mason Phillips (Weigh-In-Club Eau Claire) won by decision over David Hayes (LAW) (Dec 4-0)
14 & Under 120 – Mathias Krein’s place is 5th and has scored 13.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Mathias Krein (LAW) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Mathias Krein (LAW) won by decision over Jackson Nichols (Springdale YWC) (Dec 7-0)
Quarterfinal – Mathias Krein (LAW) won by decision over Bryan Willson (Purler) (Dec 6-0)
Semifinal – Hunter Hohman (Michigan Gold Pitbulls) won by fall over Mathias Krein (LAW) (Fall 3:44)
Cons. Semi – Jacob Skattebo (Wisconsin All Stars) won by major decision over Mathias Krein (LAW) (Maj 11-0)
5th Place Match – Mathias Krein (LAW) won by decision over Bryce Wittman (Wave Club Wrestling) (Dec 4-1)
14 & Under 130 – brett von ruden’s place is 2nd and has 24.00 pts. Champ. Round 2 – brett von ruden (sparta wrestling) over Floyd Miller (Unattached) (Dec Dec 5-2) Quarterfinal – brett von ruden (sparta wrestling) over Tyler Craig (Team Central Wrestling Club) (Fall Fall 2:24) Semifinal – brett von ruden (sparta wrestling) over Brayden Kessler (Michigan Gold Pitbulls) (Dec Dec 5-0) 1st Place Match – Riley Tubbs (Wabaunsee Wrestling Club) over brett von ruden (sparta wrestling) (Dec Dec 7-2)
14 & Under 135 – Hayden Krein’s place is 1st and has scored 25.00 team points.Champ.
Round 1 – Hayden Krein (LAW) won by fall over Tanner Lain (Missouri) (Fall 0:29) Quarterfinal – Hayden Krein (LAW) won by decision over Joseph Glass (Unattached) (Dec 7-1)
Semifinal – Hayden Krein (LAW) won by decision over Jimmy McFall (Unattached) (Dec 9-2) 1st Place Match – Hayden Krein (LAW) won by major decision over Ryan Adams (Louisburg) (Maj 9-0)
Mike Montgomery–the Ryan Seacrest of Sparta Wrestling–is back once again to interview this year’s state-bound Spartans. Hear from John Roddick, Jaden Winchel, Brock Polhamus, Dylan Winchel and Logan Degenhardt about their thoughts on the state tournament and find out if John Roddick listens to Rascal Flatts before matches or something else. Christian Lamon was unable to make it to the interview. Big thanks to Mike Montgomery for putting this together.
This is a special time in the history of Sparta wrestling. Over the last three years, the Spartans have seen 12 wrestlers accumulate 19 state tournament berths. Of the 13 berths over the last two years, seven ended with Spartans on the podium. This year’s team will look to keep up the pace, but they will face some stiff competition along the way. Let’s look at what each Spartan will be facing.
113 - Christian Lamon, 32-10, Wisconsin Wrestling Online Honorable Mention Ranked 9th
Freshman Christian Lamon will be making his first trip to the Kohl Center and is just among five Spartan freshman in the last 20 years to qualify for state, but among four in the past three years to qualify. He will join fellow freshman Jaden Winchel in making his state tournament debut. Up first for Lamon is Campbellsport freshman Bennett Marchant (28-13). Marchant was unranked in the last Wisconsin Wrestling Online rankings while Lamon has been an honorable mention for awhile. Marchant was a regional champion and sectional runner-up. The regional championship was the first individual title of the season for the Campbellsport freshman who also placed second at the Eastern Wisconsin Conference tournament, 4th at the Rocket Scramble, 7th at the Badger State Invite, 2nd at the Viking Invitational and 5th at the Campbellsport Cougar Invite.
Lamon has already wrestled Marchant once this year at the Badger State Invite. Christian won that match 4-2 in the consolation semifinals. If Lamon repeats what he did at Badger State, he will face Wrightstown senior Dillan Micke (41-7). Micke is currently ranked third in division two at 113 pounds and was a state qualifier at 106 last year, but didn’t place. At state last year, he lost to Lodi’s Jason Clapper 6-4 while Lamon fell to Clapper by technical fall in the 2nd place match at sectionals.
126 - John Roddick, 40-8, Ranked 4th by Wisconsin Wrestling Online
Junior John Roddick will face off with New London freshman Scott Cook in his first match at the state tournament. Cook was a regional champion then placed third at sectionals and is currently ranked as an honorable mention by WWO. Earlier in the year, John Roddick defeated Mineral Point’s Frank Baker 3-1. Cook met Baker at the Northern Exposure and lost 8-3. If Roddick gets past Cook, he will face 5th-ranked Delaven-Darien senior Cody Chelminiak (40-4). Chelminiak was a state qualifier last year at 126, but did not place. At state that year, he lost 5-0 to Cuba City/Southwestern’s JJ Donar who defeated Roddick in the closing seconds of the sectional final on Saturday. Mutual opponents between Roddick and Chelminiak include Spring Valley/Elmwood’s Tyler Berg. Roddick defeated Berg 2-1 early in the season and lost to him by pin in 3:19 at the Ellsworth Invitational while Berg pounded Chelminiak 8-3 in the middle of January.
132 - Jaden Winchel, 35-13, Ranked 12th by Wisconsin Wrestling Online
The other freshman state qualifier for Sparta, Jaden Winchel, will see East Troy junior Ryan Engel (36-10) in his first match at state. Currently an honorable mention according to WWO, Engel was a state qualifier last year, but did not place. John Roddick has also wrestled Engel in the past. In John’s first state tournament match as a freshman, he defeated Engel 4-0. Mutual opponents include Evansville/Albany’s Jordan Meyer who neither fared too well against. Engel lost 8-0 in the finals of his conference meet while Winchel fell 14-4 in his opening match at sectionals. If Winchel defeats Engel, he will face Wrightstown junior Josh Verbeten (35-15). Verbeten caught Brock Polhamus and won by pin in 57 seconds earlier this year at the Cheesehead.
138 - Brock Polhamus, 40-7, Ranked 4th by Wisconsin Wrestling Online
Brock Polhamus was one of Sparta’s two sectional champions so his first opponent is yet to be determined. Polhamus will not wrestle on Thursday, but will await the winner of a match between Luxemburg-Casco’s Mason Berceau (34-8, ranked 5th) and Pewaukee’s Garret Shibilski (37-10, honorable mention). Berceau was a state qualifier last year at 126, but did not place. Berceau defeated River Valley’s Elijah Alt by pin in 1:35 at the Battle on the Bay and beat him
10-6 at Badger State. Jaden Winchel pinned Alt last weekend in 5:09 in the 3rd place sectional match. Berceau also won 9-6 over Wrightstown’s Josh Verbeten, who awaits Jaden Winchel if he wins his first match. Both Polhamus and Berceau lost to Mineral Point’s Ross Siegenthaler. Polhamus was pinned in 2:46 at Badger State while Berceau was pinned in 2:49 at the same tournament. At Bi-State, Berceau placed 9th and defeated Cuba City/Southwestern’s Josh Donar 4-2. Polhamus defeated Donar 2-1 in the sectional finals.
There is also Pewaukee’s Shibilski, but I can’t find too much on him. He won three tournaments this year, which include regionals, his conference tournament and home tournament and finished third at sectionals.
145 - Dylan Winchel, 26-16, Ranked 8th by Wisconsin Wrestling Online
Dylan Winchel opens up action against Oconto Falls’ Dewey Krueger (38-2, currently ranked #1 by WWO). Krueger fell 3-0 in the sectional finals to Southern Door’s Jacob Englebert. Winner of five tournaments this year, Krueger is a defending state champion at 132 pounds. Krueger pinned possible Polhamus opponent Mason Berceau in the finals of the Battle on the Bay last season in 1:54. Common opponents include Eau Claire North’s Cody Stolt. Winchel pinned Stolt in 4:43 in the opening match of the Sparta Invite while Krueger pinned Stolt in 2:39 at the Northern Exposure. If Winchel can take down the defending state champion, he will face Luck/Frederic/Grant junior Tristan Brewer (41-3) in the quarterfinals.
220 - Logan Degenhardt, 38-9, Ranked 6th 5th by Wisconsin Wrestling Online
As Sparta’s second sectional champion, Degenhardt will await the winner of Wisconsin Lutheran’s Bryce Roberts (34-7, unranked) and Osceola’s Victor Lowney (32-9, unranked). I couldn’t find much on either Roberts or Lowney so we will look ahead at the rest of Degenhardt’s bracket. If Degenhardt wins his quarterfinal match on Friday, he would likely face Luxemburg-Casco senior Luke Destiche who is the top ranked wrestler at 220 in division two and is currently ranked 19th nationally by InterMat Wrestling. A defending state champion at 220, mutual opponents between Degenhardt and Destiche include Mineral Point’s Brenyn Schmit. Degenhardt lost to Schmit 7-0 at Badger State and 5-1 in the Wisconsin Dells Duals Classic while Destiche defeated Schmit 5-1 in the finals of the same tournament. Each also faced Logan’s Calvin Wright. Degenhardt defeated Wright 3-1 in overtime in their dual back in December while Destiche pinned Wright in 2:12 at the Bi-State Classic.
Other area teams
Aquinas - two qualifiers. They include Nick Burns and Jordan Corcoran.
Brookwood - one qualifier. Calvin Marriott.
Cashton - one qualifier. Brandon Schmitz.
Holmen - five qualifiers. They include Ryan Stalsberg, Duncan McKinney, Noah Risch, Charles Serauskas and Hunter Hauser.
La Crosse Central - three qualifiers. They include Jaden VanMaanen, Ben Thornton and Connor Williams.
Mauston - three qualifiers. Chris Ruf, Spencer Davies and Justin Dolata.
Melrose-Mindoro/GET - one qualifier. Cole Rossow.
North Crawford/Seneca - one qualifier. Noah Brown.
Onalaksa - one qualifier. Yes, I said Onalaska. For the first time in a long time, the Hilltoppers are sending a wrestling to Madison. At 113 pounds, Tyler Woods qualified.
Royall - one qualifier. Dalton Lunde
Tomah - one qualifier. Jordan Reisinger.
Viroqua - one qualifier. JJ McClelland.
West Salem/Bangor - four qualifiers. They include Devin Bahr, Brandon Bahr, Nick Buisman and Aaron Broer.
Westby - three qualifiers. Brett Cade, Ross Withington and Chase Nottestad.
As you can see, Sparta stands above the rest of the area teams when it comes to state qualifiers. Only Holmen comes close and they have five. Around the rest of the state, the following teams will be sending six or more wrestlers to the Kohl Center: Amery (7), Bay Port (8), Boyceville (6), Cedarburg (8), Coleman (7), East Troy (6), Ellsworth (12), Kaukauna (7), Lancaster (6), Menomonee Falls (7), Merrill (7), Pewaukee (6), Pulaski (6), Random Lake (9), Stratford (6). Yes, you read that right. Ellsworth is sending 12 wrestlers to the state tournament. That means only two of their weight classes won’t be represented at the state tournament. If that’s not a state record, it’s pretty close.