From left: Vince Polhamus, Cole Clark, Sam Forbes, Mathias Krein and Cole Wisniewski.  All finished in the top five.

From left: Vince Polhamus, Cole Clark, Sam Forbes, Mathias Krein and Cole Wisniewski. All finished in the top five.

Wrestling in a varsity tournament, five Spartan varsity reserve wrestlers placed in the top five Saturday at the Ithaca-Weston Invitational.  Leading the way was Vince Polhamus with a 3-2 day and third place finish at 106 pounds.  Also finishing in the top five were Cole Clark, Sam Forbes, Mathias Krein and Cole Wisniewski.

Krein’s only loss on the day was a 10-8 decision to Ithaca/Weston’s Colton Clary who is currently ranked sixth in D3 at 152 pounds.

Summarized results are below…

106  –  Vince Polhamus, 3rd Place, 3-2 with three pins
126  –  Thomas True, 9th Place, 0-2
138  –  Cole Clark, 5th Place, 4-1 with two pins
145  –  Sam Forbes, 5th Place, 4-1 with two pins and a major decision
152  –  Mathias Krein, 5th Place, 4-1 with two pins and a technical fall
160  –  Cole Wisniewski, 4th Place, 3-2 with a pin
170  –  Sam Waite, 11th Place, 2-3 with two pins
182  –  Jack Ruedy, 8th Place, 1-3 with a pin
195  –  Bronson Stark, 9th Place, 1-2 with a pin
220  –  Gabe Dearman, 9th Place, 3-2 with a pin and a technical fall

Viroqua won the team title with 520.5 points followed by Iowa-Grant/Highland with 450.5 points.  Finishing nearly 100 points back in third place was Richland Center followed by Wisconsin Dells, Cashton and Logan.  Sparta was ninth with 246.5 points.

Full match-by-match results are below…

Ithaca-Weston Invitational Results for Sparta
106 – Vince Polhamus (4-5) placed 3rd and scored 15.00 team points.
Round 1 – Max Schmidt (Richland Center) 22-2 won by fall over Vince Polhamus (Sparta) 4-5 (Fall 3:19)
Round 2 – Vince Polhamus (Sparta) 4-5 won by fall over Gwen Golueke (Poynette) 13-10 (Fall 1:08)
Round 3 – Josh Frye (Viroqua) 19-6 won by decision over Vince Polhamus (Sparta) 4-5 (Dec 4-2)
Round 4 – Vince Polhamus (Sparta) 4-5 won by fall over Carter Bratina (Blair-Taylor) 4-15 (Fall 1:19)
Round 5 – Vince Polhamus (Sparta) 4-5 won by fall over Dawson Gross (Pecatonica/Argyle ) 4-18 (Fall 1:23)

126 – Thomas Treu (3-12) placed 9th and scored 20.00 team points.
Round 1 – Shamus Meyers (Wisconsin Dells) 4-6 won by major decision over Thomas Treu (Sparta) 3-12 (MD 13-3)
Round 2 – Thomas Treu (Sparta) 3-12 received a bye () (Bye)
Round 3 – Casey Leer (Viroqua) 15-11 won by fall over Thomas Treu (Sparta) 3-12 (Fall 2:44)
Consolation Bracket – Thomas Treu (Sparta) 3-12 received a bye () (Bye)
9th Place Match – Thomas Treu (Sparta) 3-12 received a bye () (Bye)

138 – Cole Clark (6-3) placed 5th and scored 31.50 team points.
Round 1 – Cole Clark (Sparta) 6-3 won by decision over Dallas Kapanke (La Crosse Logan) 9-3 (Dec 8-5)
Round 2 – Ryan Hannah (Viroqua) 26-2 won by fall over Cole Clark (Sparta) 6-3 (Fall 2:35)
Round 3 – Cole Clark (Sparta) 6-3 received a bye () (Bye)
Consolation Bracket – Cole Clark (Sparta) 6-3 won by fall over Colton Peterson (Parkview) 7-10 (Fall 0:41)
5th Place Match – Cole Clark (Sparta) 6-3 won by fall over Matthew Winders (Iowa-Grant/Highland) 7-14 (Fall 4:42)

145 – Sam Forbes (4-1) placed 5th and scored 32.50 team points.
Round 1 – Christian Kapanke (La Crosse Logan) 20-8 won by fall over Sam Forbes (Sparta) 4-1 (Fall 1:48)
Round 2 – Sam Forbes (Sparta) 4-1 won by fall over Kolten Achenbach (Boscobel ) 6-11 (Fall 2:49)
Round 3 – Sam Forbes (Sparta) 4-1 won by fall over Tyler Reuter (Cuba City/Benton/Southwestern) 7-18 (Fall 4:16)
Consolation Bracket – Sam Forbes (Sparta) 4-1 won by medical forfeit over Logan Morris (Richland Center) 3-13 (M. For.)
5th Place Match – Sam Forbes (Sparta) 4-1 won by major decision over Ray Firebaugh (Viroqua) 10-13 (MD 9-0)

152 – Mathias Krein (5-1) placed 5th and scored 33.00 team points.
Round 1 – Mathias Krein (Sparta) 5-1 won by fall over Devin Olson (Cashton) 8-14 (Fall 3:49)
Round 2 – Colton Clary (Ithaca/Weston) 19-4 won by decision over Mathias Krein (Sparta) 5-1 (Dec 10-8)
Round 3 – Mathias Krein (Sparta) 5-1 received a bye () (Bye)
Consolation Bracket – Mathias Krein (Sparta) 5-1 won by fall over Austin Elvaker (Blair-Taylor) 9-5 (Fall 3:17)
5th Place Match – Mathias Krein (Sparta) 5-1 won by tech fall over Jeff Andersen (Cambridge) 13-6 (TF-1.5 3:37 (15-0))

160 – Cole Wisniewski (3-2) placed 4th and scored 31.00 team points.
Round 1 – Cole Wisniewski (Sparta) 3-2 won in sudden victory – 1 over Fletcher Shafer (La Crosse Logan) 17-11 (SV-1 9-7)
Round 2 – Cole Wisniewski (Sparta) 3-2 won by fall over Max Ripp (Poynette) 13-7 (Fall 4:08)
Round 3 – Cole Wisniewski (Sparta) 3-2 received a bye () (Bye)
Championship Bracket – Chase Beinborn (Boscobel ) 22-5 won by decision over Cole Wisniewski (Sparta) 3-2 (Dec 8-2)
3rd Place Match – Gabe Anderson (Cashton) 17-11 won by decision over Cole Wisniewski (Sparta) 3-2 (Dec 5-1)

170 – Sam Waite (2-3) placed 11th and scored 16.00 team points.
Round 1 – Noah Flock (Cashton) 19-8 won by fall over Sam Waite (Sparta) 2-3 (Fall 0:23)
Round 2 – Nick Mihalovic (La Crosse Logan) 12-13 won by fall over Sam Waite (Sparta) 2-3 (Fall 1:08)
Round 3 – Sam Waite (Sparta) 2-3 won by fall over Matthew Betker (Blair-Taylor) 4-6 (Fall 0:46)
Consolation Bracket – Gavon Brown (Parkview) 7-9 won by fall over Sam Waite (Sparta) 2-3 (Fall 1:16)
11th Place Match – Sam Waite (Sparta) 2-3 won by fall over Morgan Lemke (De Soto) 3-13 (Fall 1:00)

182 – Jack Ruedy (3-3) placed 8th and scored 22.00 team points.
Round 1 – Jack Ruedy (Sparta) 3-3 won by fall over Dylan Vondahl (La Crosse Logan) 7-10 (Fall 1:46)
Round 2 – Drew Hennessey (Iowa-Grant/Highland) 17-8 won by fall over Jack Ruedy (Sparta) 3-3 (Fall 0:52)
Round 3 – Jack Ruedy (Sparta) 3-3 received a bye () (Bye)
Consolation Bracket – Cade Netteshiem (Ithaca/Weston) 14-6 won by major decision over Jack Ruedy (Sparta) 3-3 (MD 10-1)
7th Place Match – Preston Baker (Boscobel ) 14-10 won by fall over Jack Ruedy (Sparta) 3-3 (Fall 5:18)

195 – Bronson Stark (3-2) placed 9th and scored 23.00 team points.
Round 1 – Jake Baumgartner (Viroqua) 10-12 won by fall over Bronson Stark (Sparta) 3-2 (Fall 3:07)
Round 2 – Reed Guenther (Blair-Taylor) 17-7 won by fall over Bronson Stark (Sparta) 3-2 (Fall 1:13)
Round 3 – Bronson Stark (Sparta) 3-2 received a bye () (Bye)
Consolation Bracket – Bronson Stark (Sparta) 3-2 received a bye () (Bye)
9th Place Match – Bronson Stark (Sparta) 3-2 won by fall over Ethan Coleman (La Crosse Logan) 4-8 (Fall 2:33)

220 – Gabe Dearman (5-6) placed 9th and scored 22.50 team points.
Round 1 – Chester Isaacson (Wisconsin Dells) 12-8 won by fall over Gabe Dearman (Sparta) 5-6 (Fall 1:52)
Round 2 – Wesley Sandstrom (Poynette) 12-4 won by fall over Gabe Dearman (Sparta) 5-6 (Fall 1:00)
Round 3 – Gabe Dearman (Sparta) 5-6 received a bye () (Bye)
Consolation Bracket – Gabe Dearman (Sparta) 5-6 won by fall over Noah Jacobson (De Soto) 2-6 (Fall 4:50)
9th Place Match – Gabe Dearman (Sparta) 5-6 won by tech fall over Austin McMahon (La Crosse Logan) 3-5 (TF-1.5 4:38 (15-0)

hayes-lancer-inviteDavid Hayes, Jaden Winchel and Hayden Krein all brought home individual titles Saturday to lead Sparta to a second place finish at the 14-team Lancer Invitational in Brookfield, Wisc.

Winning the tournament was Oak Creek with 384 points.  Sparta finished second with 359 points despite wrestling without a 126-pounder or 220-pounder.  Still, the Spartans managed to advance almost half their wrestlers–six–to the finals with three taking home first place.

David Hayes won the 138-pound bracket going 5-0 with two pins and pinning a kid in the finals that had defeated him 9-1 earlier in the year at the Battle on the Bay.  It was Hayes’ first individual title of the season as he improved to 14-7 on the year.

At 145 pounds, Jaden Winchel breezed through his bracket with three first period pins and a technical fall in the championship match.  Winchel’s pins came in 1:56, 1:36, 34 seconds and his finals match was a 15-0 shutout of Muskego’s Evan Sinda.

At 160 pounds, Hayden Krein was just as dominant with two pins, a technical fall and a major decision.  HIs pins came in 2:40 and 1:10 followed by a 16-0 technical fall in the semis.  His finals match was a 10-2 major decision victory over 8th ranked Frank Garcia of Kenosha Tremper.

Also advancing to the finals and finishing second were Blake Brooks, Brett Von Ruden and Matt Fahning.  Coming in third for the Spartans was Jakob Larson, Jon Bailey, James Gann and Austin Zwiefel.

Significant wins on the day included…

  • Blake Brooks 2-0 victory over HM Chip Hansen of Whitnall
  • David Hayes pin in 4:48 over HM Joey Colla of Oak Creek
  • Brett Von Ruden’s 9-6 victory over HM Jesse Kovnesky of Oak Creek
  • Hayden Krein’s 10-2 major decision victory over 8th-ranked Frank Garcia of Kenosha Tremper
  • Austin Zwiefel’s 5-2 victory over Kenosha Tremper’s Joey Carravetta (28-6)

Summarized results are below…

106  –  Blake Brooks, 2nd Place, 4-1 with a technical fall and major decision
113  –  Jakob Larson, 3rd Place, 3-2 with two pins
120  –  Jon Bailey, 3rd Place, 4-1 with a major decision
132  –  Kyle Erickson, 6th Place, 2-2
138  –  David Hayes, 1st Place, 5-0 with two pins
145  –  Jaden Winchel, 1st Place, 5-0 with three pins and a technical fall
152  –  Brett Von Ruden, 2nd Place, 4-1 with a pin
160  –  Hayden Krein, 1st Place, 5-0 with two pins, a technical fall and a major decision
170  –  Matt Fahning, 2nd Place, 4-1 with two pins
182  –  James Gann, 3rd Place, 2-1 with a pin
195  –  Austin Zwiefel, 3rd Place, 3-2 with two pins
285  –  Noah Benish, 7th Place, 1-4 with a pin

Team Results…

  1. Oak Creek 384
  2. Sparta 359
  3. Muskego 300.5
  4. Fort Atkinson 290.5
  5. Beaver Dam 289.5
  6. Whitnall 232
  7. Kenosha Tremper 214
  8. Catholic Memorial 212
  9. Brookfield Central 187
  10. Plymouth 163.5
  11. Homestead 118.5
  12. Whitefish Bay 102.5
  13. Pius XI Catholic 102
  14. Delavan-Darien 73.5

The Spartans have a busy week ahead and a very short break.  They are back in action at Onalaska on Monday, at home against La Crosse Central on Thursday and then host the Sparta Invitational on Saturday.  We’ll have coverage of all of those as they happen this week.  Great job Spartans in Brookfield!

Full match-by-match results are below…

Lancer Invitational Results for Sparta
106 – Blake Brooks (20-8) placed 2nd and scored 15.00 team points.
Round 1 – Blake Brooks (Sparta) 20-8 won in sudden victory – 1 over Dom Mudlaff (Catholic Memorial ) 17-8 (SV-1 2-0)
Round 2 – Blake Brooks (Sparta) 20-8 won by decision over Chip Hansen (Whitnall) 22-7 (Dec 2-0)
Round 3 – Blake Brooks (Sparta) 20-8 won by tech fall over Emilee Orosz (Oak Creek) 8-17 (TF-1.5 3:09 (16-0))
Championship Bracket – Blake Brooks (Sparta) 20-8 won by major decision over Dietrich Jaeckel (Beaver Dam) 16-8 (MD 9-1)
1st Place Match – Alex Wintheiser (Muskego) 20-6 won by fall over Blake Brooks (Sparta) 20-8 (Fall 3:11)

113 – Jakob Larson (14-11) placed 3rd and scored 13.50 team points.
Round 1 – Jakob Larson (Sparta) 14-11 won by fall over Kolbe DeLosAngeles (Beaver Dam) 11-8 (Fall 3:38)
Round 2 – Jakob Larson (Sparta) 14-11 won by fall over Andrew Steinhardt (Plymouth) 8-12 (Fall 0:41)
Round 3 – Messi Elgin (Homestead) 12-7 won by major decision over Jakob Larson (Sparta) 14-11 (MD 11-3)
Championship Bracket – Jakob Larson (Sparta) 14-11 won by decision over Randall Hunt (Oak Creek) 16-9 (Dec 10-4)
1st Place Match – Parker Bevilacqua (Muskego) 26-6 won by fall over Jakob Larson (Sparta) 14-11 (Fall 4:53)

120 – Jon Bailey (21-4) placed 3rd and scored 32.00 team points.
Round 1 – Jon Bailey (Sparta) 21-4 received a bye () (Bye)
Round 2 – Jon Bailey (Sparta) 21-4 won by major decision over Dale Kafura (Muskego) 10-11 (MD 15-3)
Round 3 – Jon Bailey (Sparta) 21-4 won by decision over Miguel Sanson (Delavan-Darien) 22-16 (Dec 7-2)
Championship Bracket – Nolan Kraus (Fort Atkinson) 24-7 won by decision over Jon Bailey (Sparta) 21-4 (Dec 4-3)
3rd Place Match – Jon Bailey (Sparta) 21-4 won by decision over Cooper Hunt (Homestead) 14-4 (Dec 7-6)

132 – Kyle Erickson (17-9) placed 6th and scored 24.50 team points.
Round 1 – Kyle Erickson (Sparta) 17-9 won by decision over Nate Kane (Pius XI Catholic) 10-12 (Dec 6-2)
Round 2 – Kyle Erickson (Sparta) 17-9 received a bye () (Bye)
Round 3 – Draven Sigmund (Fort Atkinson) 26-4 won by decision over Kyle Erickson (Sparta) 17-9 (Dec 7-3)
Consolation Bracket – Kyle Erickson (Sparta) 17-9 won by decision over Dylan Surprise (Beaver Dam) 12-9 (Dec 13-6)
5th Place Match – Jonah Nelson (Whitefish Bay) 13-10 won by decision over Kyle Erickson (Sparta) 17-9 (Dec 4-0)

138 – David Hayes (14-7) placed 1st and scored 47.00 team points.
Round 1 – David Hayes (Sparta) 14-7 won by decision over Josh Koll (Plymouth) 12-7 (Dec 3-1)
Round 2 – David Hayes (Sparta) 14-7 won by fall over Reese Dutton (Kenosha Tremper) 26-9 (Fall 2:54)
Round 3 – David Hayes (Sparta) 14-7 received a bye () (Bye)
Championship Bracket – David Hayes (Sparta) 14-7 won by decision over Gabe Lewis (Whitnall) 19-6 (Dec 2-1)
1st Place Match – David Hayes (Sparta) 14-7 won by fall over Joey Colla (Oak Creek) 20-4 (Fall 4:48)

145 – Jaden Winchel (24-1) placed 1st and scored 49.50 team points.
Round 1 – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 24-1 received a bye () (Bye)
Round 2 – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 24-1 won by fall over Alex Craig (Brookfield Central) 8-10 (Fall 1:56)
Round 3 – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 24-1 won by fall over Brian Flanagan (Catholic Memorial ) 12-11 (Fall 1:36)
Championship Bracket – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 24-1 won by fall over Nathan Berlin (Oak Creek) 14-9 (Fall 0:34)
1st Place Match – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 24-1 won by tech fall over Evan Sinda (Muskego) 13-4 (TF-1.5 5:25 (15-0))

152 – Brett Von Ruden (19-7) placed 2nd and scored 38.50 team points.
Round 1 – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 19-7 received a bye () (Bye)
Round 2 – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 19-7 won by fall over Matthew Aulgur (Brookfield Central) 7-20 (Fall 1:36)
Round 3 – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 19-7 won in the ultimate tie breaker over Dajun Johnson (Whitefish Bay) 15-5 (UTB 5-4)
Championship Bracket – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 19-7 won by decision over Jesse Kovnesky (Oak Creek) 19-5 (Dec 9-6)
1st Place Match – Noah Jackson (Kenosha Tremper) 34-1 won by decision over Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 19-7 (Dec 10-5)

160 – Hayden Krein (24-1) placed 1st and scored 48.50 team points.
Round 1 – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 24-1 received a bye () (Bye)
Round 2 – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 24-1 won by fall over Mateo Ramirez (Beaver Dam) 13-10 (Fall 2:40)
Round 3 – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 24-1 won by fall over Breck Duncan (Brookfield Central) 12-11 (Fall 1:10)
Championship Bracket – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 24-1 won by tech fall over Dominic Trimboli (Whitnall) 24-5 (TF-1.5 4:15 (16-0))
1st Place Match – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 24-1 won by major decision over Frank Garcia (Kenosha Tremper) 30-3 (MD 10-2)

170 – Matt Fahning (19-7) placed 2nd and scored 40.50 team points.
Round 1 – Matt Fahning (Sparta) 19-7 received a bye () (Bye)
Round 2 – Matt Fahning (Sparta) 19-7 won by fall over Sam Mayo (Brookfield Central) 0-3 (Fall 0:43)
Round 3 – Matt Fahning (Sparta) 19-7 won by fall over James Fletcher (Beaver Dam) 5-8 (Fall 2:50)
Championship Bracket – Matt Fahning (Sparta) 19-7 won by decision over Nico Marchan (Catholic Memorial ) 11-6 (Dec 10-4)
1st Place Match – Nolan Paar (Oak Creek) 22-2 won by fall over Matt Fahning (Sparta) 19-7 (Fall 4:19)

182 – James Gann (13-10) placed 3rd and scored 32.50 team points.
Round 1 – James Gann (Sparta) 13-10 received a bye () (Bye)
Round 2 – James Gann (Sparta) 13-10 received a bye () (Bye)
Round 3 – James Gann (Sparta) 13-10 won by decision over Wade Sykes (Fort Atkinson) 13-14 (Dec 10-5)
Championship Bracket – Connor Schwartz (Muskego) 20-6 won by fall over James Gann (Sparta) 13-10 (Fall 1:16)
3rd Place Match – James Gann (Sparta) 13-10 won by fall over Tony Sellhausen (Catholic Memorial ) 6-7 (Fall 2:30)

195 – Austin Zwiefel (19-8) placed 3rd and scored 13.50 team points.
Round 1 – Austin Zwiefel (Sparta) 19-8 won by fall over Ramiro Vazquez (Beaver Dam) 10-16 (Fall 2:15)
Round 2 – Austin Zwiefel (Sparta) 19-8 won by fall over Ryan Boemer (Catholic Memorial ) 7-12 (Fall 2:42)
Round 3 – Jacob Somlai (Brookfield Central) 24-5 won by decision over Austin Zwiefel (Sparta) 19-8 (Dec 11-7)
Championship Bracket – Austin Zwiefel (Sparta) 19-8 won by decision over Joey Carravetta (Kenosha Tremper) 28-6 (Dec 5-2)
3rd Place Match – John Wright (Oak Creek) 9-3 won by decision over Austin Zwiefel (Sparta) 19-8 (Dec 9-6)

285 – Noah Benish (1-6) placed 7th and scored 4.00 team points.
Round 1 – Jorin McGuire (Muskego) 21-4 won by fall over Noah Benish (Sparta) 1-6 (Fall 0:41)
Round 2 – Brycen Hakes (Oak Creek) 17-8 won by decision over Noah Benish (Sparta) 1-6 (Dec 7-2)
Round 3 – Gabe Haun (Plymouth) 13-7 won by decision over Noah Benish (Sparta) 1-6 (Dec 4-1)
Consolation Bracket – Luke Leranth (Whitnall) 5-8 won in sudden victory – 1 over Noah Benish (Sparta) 1-6 (SV-1 2-1)
7th Place Match – Noah Benish (Sparta) 1-6 won by fall over David Niggaman (Brookfield Central) 1-6 (Fall 2:59)

2017-lancaster-team-champs

David Hayes is a happy man and so are the Spartans after they dominated the Lancaster Invitational.

With 201.5 points, the Spartan wrestling team won the Lancaster Invitational Saturday topping second place and D3 7th-ranked Iowa-Grant/Highland by 49 points.  Leading the way for the Spartans were champions Jaden Winchel, Hayden Krein and Austin Zwiefel.  Also advancing to the championship matches, but finishing second were Jakob Larson, Jon Bailey, Cole Clark and Brett Von Ruden.  All in all, half the weight classes featured Spartans in the finals.

Jaden Winchel wrestled a total of two minutes and 50 seconds in his three matches. His longest match was his first of the day that ended via pin in 1:48.  That was followed by a 34-second pin of Cashton’s Ty Costello.  In the finals, Winchel pinned Brodhead’s Kaleb Erb in 28 seconds.

At 160 pounds, Hayden Krein won his first match via 32-second pin and his second-match via 18-3 technical fall over Cashton’s Gabe Anderson.  His finals match ended in a 5-2 decision over Iowa’s D2 9th-ranked Kolton Bartow of Dubuque Wahlert.

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Austin Zwiefel won the 195-pound bracket.

At 195 pounds, Austin Zwiefel started off his championship day by picking up a pin in 1:33 to open the tournament followed by an 8-4 decision over Lancaster’s Caden Straka.  In the finals, Zwiefel was physically beating his kid when during a crossface, Dubuque Wahlert’s Declan Duffy bit Zwiefel leading to his disqualification.

Sparta’s five runner-ups ran headfirst into some very tough competition.  At 113, Jakob Larson fell by pin in 3:19 to D2 top-ranked Isaac Wiegel of Belmont/Platteville.  At 120 pounds, Jon Bailey fell 5-3 to D3 top-ranked Sawyer Sarbacker of Iowa-Grant/Highland.  Making his varsity tournament debut at 138 pounds, Cole Clark pinned the top seed in his first match before falling in the finals to Dubuque Senior’s Matt Connolly.  At 152 pounds, Brett Von Ruden lost a wild 14-12 decision to D3 second-ranked Max Maylor of Iowa-Grant/Highland.

A little bit of information about Bailey’s loss.  Between this year and last year, Bailey has a combined eight losses.  In those eight losses, none have been by more than three.  He’s lost by one point three times, two points three times and three points twice.  And how good are the guys he has lost to?

  • Riley Blair (Fennimore)  –  2016 D3 state runner-up at 120, 2015 D3 3rd place finisher at 106
  • Brandon Klein (Stoughton)  –  2016 D1 113-pound state qualifier, ranked 2nd at 132 this year
  • Dylan Koontz (Stevens Point)  –  2016 D1 113-pound state champion, ranked 1st at 120 pounds in D1 this year
  • Mason Phillips (Eau Claire North)  –  2016 D1 4th-place finisher at 113, 2015 D1 113-pound 5th place finisher, ranked 2nd at 126-pounds in D1 this year
  • Dominic Dentino (Arrowhead)  –  2016 D1 106-pound state runner-up, ranked 2nd at 113 pounds in D1 this year
  • Eric Barnett (Hortonville)  –  2016 D1 106-pound 3rd-place finisher, ranked 1st at 106 pounds in D1 this year
  • Sawyer Hamilton (Ellsworth)  –  ranked 6th at 120 pounds in D2 this year
  • Bryce Bosman (Luxemburg-Casco)  –  2016 D2 106-pound state champion, ranked 1st at 120 pounds in D2 this year
  • Sawyer Sarbacker (Iowa-Grant/Highland)  –  two-time D3 state qualifier and 2016 Bi-State 120-pound champion, ranked 1st at 120 pounds in D3 this year

There are no moral victories in losses, but it was something that kept popping up in the back of my head that all of his losses were extremely close and all the guys he lost to were extremely good.

Back to Lancaster.  Other top finishers for the Spartans included Blake Brooks finishing 3rd at 106, Kyle Erickson 3rd at 132, Matt Fahning 4th at 170 and Garet Pfaff 6th at 220.  Summarized results are below…

106  –  Blake Brooks, 3rd Place, 3-1 with two pins and a technical fall
113  –  Jakob Larson, 2nd Place, 2-1 with two pins
120  –  Jon Bailey, 2nd Place, 2-1 with a pin and a technical fall
132  –  Kyle Erickson, 3rd Place, 3-1 with a pin
138  –  Cole Clark, 2nd Place, 2-1 with a pin
145  –  Jaden Winchel, 1st Place, 3-0 with three pins
152  –  Brett Von Ruden, 2nd Place, 2-1 with two technical falls
160  –  Hayden Krein, 1st Place, 3-0 with a pin and a technical fall
170  –  Matt Fahning, 4th Place, 2-2 with two pins
182  –  James Gann, Did Not Place, 0-3
195  –  Austin Zwiefel, 1st Place, 3-0 with a pin
220  –  Garet Pfaff, 6th Place, 1-3

Team Scores:

  1. Sparta 201.5
  2. Iowa-Grant/Highland 152.5
  3. Darlington 118.5
  4. Cashton 101
  5. Dubuque Wahlert 101
  6. Brodhead 92.5
  7. Lancaster 92
  8. Dubuque Senior 87.5
  9. Belmont/Platteville 51
  10. Boscobel 46.5
  11. Madison West 45
  12. Cuba City 36
  13. Parkview 22
  14. River Ridge/Cassville 22

The Spartans are off until Tuesday when they head to Onalaska to face the Hilltoppers.  Congrats Sparta on bringing home your first tournament team title of the season.  Full match-by-match results from Lancster are below…

106 – Blake Brooks (16-7) placed 3rd and scored 17.50 team points.
Quarterfinal – Blake Brooks (Sparta) 16-7 won by fall over Dylan Digman (Dubuque Wahlert) 9-8 (Fall 2:26)
Semifinal – Isaac Cretsinger (Dubuque Senior) 16-6 won by decision over Blake Brooks (Sparta) 16-7 (Dec 5-4)
Cons. Semi – Blake Brooks (Sparta) 16-7 won by fall over Tristen Gilbertson (Belmont/Platteville) 7-6 (Fall 3:34)
3rd Place Match – Blake Brooks (Sparta) 16-7 won by tech fall over Dylan Digman (Dubuque Wahlert) 9-8 (TF-1.5 0:00 (15-0))

113 – Jakob Larson (11-9) placed 2nd and scored 20.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Jakob Larson (Sparta) 11-9 won by fall over Russell Waeffler (Brodhead) 15-5 (Fall 0:42)
Semifinal – Jakob Larson (Sparta) 11-9 won by fall over Alec Zimmer (Iowa-Grant/Highland) 10-9 (Fall 2:47)
1st Place Match – Isaac Wiegel (Belmont/Platteville) 22-2 won by fall over Jakob Larson (Sparta) 11-9 (Fall 3:19)

120 – Jon Bailey (18-3) placed 2nd and scored 19.50 team points.
Quarterfinal – Jon Bailey (Sparta) 18-3 won by fall over Andrew McCarville (Lancaster) 3-10 (Fall 1:18)
Semifinal – Jon Bailey (Sparta) 18-3 won by tech fall over Cayden Milz (Darlington) 8-2 (TF-1.5 0:00 (17-1))
1st Place Match – Sawyer Sarbacker (Iowa-Grant/Highland) 20-1 won by decision over Jon Bailey (Sparta) 18-3 (Dec 5-3)

132 – Kyle Erickson (15-7) placed 3rd and scored 14.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Kyle Erickson (Sparta) 15-7 won by fall over Ben Ryan (Madison West) 7-7 (Fall 1:20)
Semifinal – Kolbe Ubersox (Darlington) 8-1 won by tech fall over Kyle Erickson (Sparta) 15-7 (TF-1.5 0:00 (15-0))
Cons. Semi – Kyle Erickson (Sparta) 15-7 won by decision over C.J. Lange (Dubuque Wahlert) 10-7 (Dec 9-3)
3rd Place Match – Kyle Erickson (Sparta) 15-7 won by decision over Dakota Frazier (Boscobel) 11-9 (Dec 7-0)

138 – Cole Clark (2-2) placed 2nd and scored 18.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Cole Clark (Sparta) 2-2 won by fall over Hunter Bredeson (Darlington) 8-3 (Fall 3:15)
Semifinal – Cole Clark (Sparta) 2-2 won by decision over Collin Lull (Lancaster) 13-9 (Dec 13-6)
1st Place Match – Matt Connolly (Dubuque Senior) 18-3 won by fall over Cole Clark (Sparta) 2-2 (Fall 3:00)

145 – Jaden Winchel (20-1) placed 1st and scored 26.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 20-1 won by fall over Adam Runde (Dubuque Senior) 1-9 (Fall 1:48)
Semifinal – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 20-1 won by fall over Ty Costello (Cashton) 9-7 (Fall 0:34)
1st Place Match – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 20-1 won by fall over Kaleb Erb (Brodhead) 18-3 (Fall 0:28)

152 – Brett Von Ruden (16-6) placed 2nd and scored 19.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 16-6 won by tech fall over Nathan Siegwarth (Dubuque Senior) 8-13 (TF-1.5 0:00 (25-10))
Semifinal – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 16-6 won by tech fall over Byron Brown (Parkview) 10-6 (TF-1.5 0:00 (17-2))
1st Place Match – Max Maylor (Iowa-Grant/Highland) 20-1 won by decision over Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 16-6 (Dec 14-12)

160 – Hayden Krein (20-1) placed 1st and scored 23.50 team points.
Quarterfinal – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 20-1 won by fall over Harrison Schreiber (Madison West) 2-10 (Fall 0:32)
Semifinal – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 20-1 won by tech fall over Gabe Anderson (Cashton) 12-10 (TF-1.5 0:00 (18-3))
1st Place Match – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 20-1 won by decision over Kolton Bartow (Dubuque Wahlert) 10-5 (Dec 5-2)

170 – Matt Fahning (16-6) placed 4th and scored 14.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Matt Fahning (Sparta) 16-6 won by fall over Jayden Alderson (Boscobel) 5-8 (Fall 1:26)
Semifinal – Zach Kemp (Dubuque Wahlert) 13-4 won by decision over Matt Fahning (Sparta) 16-6 (Dec 5-3)
Cons. Semi – Matt Fahning (Sparta) 16-6 won by fall over Sam Johnson (Madison West) 8-7 (Fall 4:48)
3rd Place Match – Noah Flock (Cashton) 15-6 won by decision over Matt Fahning (Sparta) 16-6 (Dec 10-8)

182 – James Gann (11-9) place is unknown and scored 2.00 team points.
Prelim – James Gann (Sparta) 11-9 won by fall over Jackson Mozena (Madison West) 3-9 (Fall 1:38)
Quarterfinal – Drew Hennessey (Iowa-Grant/Highland) 13-7 won by fall over James Gann (Sparta) 11-9 (Fall 1:22)
Cons. Round 1 – Troy Klein (Lancaster) 11-8 won by fall over James Gann (Sparta) 11-9 (Fall 4:23)

195 – Austin Zwiefel (16-6) placed 1st and scored 24.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Austin Zwiefel (Sparta) 16-6 won by fall over Clint Havlik (Iowa-Grant/Highland) 8-11 (Fall 1:33)
Semifinal – Austin Zwiefel (Sparta) 16-6 won by decision over Caden Straka (Lancaster) 16-7 (Dec 8-4)
1st Place Match – Austin Zwiefel (Sparta) 16-6 won by disqualification over Declan Duffy (Dubuque Wahlert) 13-3 (DQ)

220 – Garet Pfaff (6-12) placed 6th and scored 4.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Trent Davis (Brodhead) 12-10 won by decision over Garet Pfaff (Sparta) 6-12 (Dec 3-2)
Cons. Round 1 – Garet Pfaff (Sparta) 6-12 won by decision over Cole Zenz (Lancaster) 3-11 (Dec 2-0)
Cons. Semi – Fransisco Garcia (Cuba City) 5-6 won by decision over Garet Pfaff (Sparta) 6-12 (Dec 3-0)
5th Place Match – Hunter Thoma (Dubuque Senior) 3-3 won by injury default over Garet Pfaff (Sparta) 6-12 (Inj. 0:00)

Wisconsin Wrestling Online and the La Crosse Tribune have recently released new rankings and area honor rolls that feature a slew of Spartan wrestlers.  While meaningless in the end, these rankings are always fun to look at.  Here is where Sparta stacks up…

Wisconsin Wrestling Online

  • Team  –  3rd in D1
  • Blake Brooks  –  HM at 106
  • Jon Bailey  –  3rd at 113
  • Jaden Winchel  –  4th at 145
  • Brett Von Ruden  –  HM at 152
  • Hayden Krein  –  1st at 160

La Crosse Tribune Area Honor Roll

  • Blake Brooks  –  3rd at 106
  • Jon Bailey  –  1st at 113
  • Jaden Winchel  –  2nd at 145
  • Brett Von Ruden  –  unranked despite his 6-2 victory over 2nd-ranked PDC/Wauzeka’s Nick Rogge at Bi-State
  • Hayden Krein  –  1st at 160
  • Matt Fahning  –  3rd at 170
  • Austin Zwiefel  –  4th at 195

Most Dominant Wrestler

The Most Dominant Wrestler standings are calculated by adding the total number of points awarded through match results

and dividing that number by the total number of matches wrestled. Points per match are awarded as follows.

* Fall, forfeit, tournament bye, injury default or DQ = 6 points (-6 points for a loss)

* Tech falls = 5 points (-5 points for a loss)

* Major decision = 4 points (-4 points for a loss)

* Decision = 3 points (-3 points for a loss)

  1. Jaden Winchel  –  91 points, (17-1) (5.01)  –  14 falls, forfeits and byes.  Zero technical falls, four major decisions, two decisions (pts. against: 1 decision)
  2. Hayden Krein  –  73 points, (17-1) (4.06)  –  Six falls, forfeits and byes.  Two technical falls, five major decisions, five decisions (pts. against: 1 decision)
  3. Jon Bailey  –  67 points, (16-2) (3.72)  –  Six falls, forfeits and byes.  Two technical falls, three major decisions, five decisions (pts. against: 2 decisions)

rickert-vs-holmen-2016Jared Rickert was kind enough to answer a few questions about last night’s victory against Tomah.

Tell us about the changes in the lineup you made vs Tomah and the reasoning behind them.

Brooks, Larson and Bailey are great assets to have in the lower weights.  The size and ability of all three give me flexibility to move them around.  I thought we had better match ups with putting Vince Polhamus in at 106 and moving those three up.  All accepted the challenge and rose to the occasion.  Very impressed with the way those guys wrestled.

What was the attitude of the team coming into the meet after last year’s upset?

I never mentioned last year’s match.  Although we all had a sour taste from last year’s result, it wasn’t a focal point of our preparation. We treated this event like any other.  As a coach I focused on match ups and let the kids focus on training and preparing.

How do you think the team is progressing as you head into the meat of the season?

I think we are right where we need to be.  The boys seem to have the right mindset.  Focusing on the present in order to reach your end goal.

What areas concern you the most and what things are you most happy about?

Success aside, this is a great group of young men.  They are willing to do whatever it takes to be better.  We have come a long way as a team, even from the beginning of the season.  It is exciting to think of what they have accomplished and what they are still set out to do.

As we go through January we need to stay focused on our health and nutrition.  These are key components to avoiding sickness and injury.

krein-100th-victory-against-tomah-2017The Spartans won nine of 14 matches Thursday evening to defeat Tomah 42-21 in Tomah.  The Spartans jumped out to a 19-0 lead after four matches and never looked back as they avenged last season’s 46-24 loss to the Timberwolves.  In the process, junior Hayden Krein picked up his 100th career victory and became the 23rd Spartan to reach that mark for their career.

Spartan wrestlers were solid in short-time situations, earned important bonus points and picked up victories in matches they needed to win.  The marquee matchup of the night featuring the top-ranked wrestler at 160 pounds in division one in Hayden Krein and honorable mention at 160 pounds in Tomah’s Casey Curran was dominated by Krein who won 10-1 and picked up bonus points with a near fall in the final seconds of the match to secure four points for the Spartans.  The 10-1 victory was in stark contrast to the 2-0 victory Krein earned over Curran last week at Bi-State.

Krein’s victory was followed by a huge 7-4 win at 170 pounds for Sparta’s Matthew Fahning in a match that could have gone either way.  With under 30 seconds to go, Fahning landed a four-point move to pick up the 7-4 victory and give Sparta a 7-0 lead.  That was followed by a big pin at 182 pounds by James Gann over Tomah’s Connor Von Haden to put Sparta up 13-0.

The victories for Sparta continued at 195 pounds with Austin Zwiefel picking up another Spartan pin in 1:20 to make it 19-0 in favor of the visitors.  Tomah would win the next two matches by pin and decision to pull within 19-9, but that would be as close as they would get the rest of the night.  At 220, Garet Pfaff was in a one-point match with Tomah’s Kaden Herricks before being pinned and Dearman avoided surrendering bonus points at 285 in his 7-1 loss.

gann-fahning-tomah-2017

Gann (left) and Fahning (right) earned a pin and decision in two critical matches the Spartans needed to win to beat Tomah.

Going into the 106-pound match, Sparta led 19-9 as freshman Vince Polhamus came up big with a pin over Tomah’s Adam Osmand in 2:31.  At 113 pounds, Blake Brooks picked up Sparta’s sixth victory of the night to give Sparta a 28-9 lead.  Brooks and Tomah’s Cody Zimmerman were tied 2-2 before Zimmerman let Brooks escape.  Brooks returned the favor with a big takedown to go up 5-2 and three more near fall points in the final seconds of the second period that enabled Brooks to come away with the 8-2 victory.

At 120 pounds, Jakob Larson wrestled one of Tomah’s toughest wrestlers, Nate Boulton, to overtime.  It was tied 4-4 going into the third period with Larson in the down position, but he could not escape Boulton.  That set up overtime and the first 30 seconds were a mad scramble with Larson extremely close to earning a takedown before Boulton emerged out of the scramble with a takedown and the victory to pull Tomah to within 16 at 28-12.

Wrestling two weights up, Jon Bailey would get those points back and more with a 13-0 major decision victory that he led 5-0 after one and 10-0 after two.  With the 13-0 victory, Bailey gave Sparta a 32-12 lead.  Tomah would take the next two matches, but not without some drama.  At 132 pounds, Kyle Erickson would push 132-pound D1 honorable mention Tommy Repka to overtime before falling via ultimate tiebreaker 4-3.  That was followed up by a first period pin by Tomah’s Hunter Pierce over Sparta’s Cole Clark to make it 32-21 Sparta.

Jaden Winchel would clinch the victory for the Spartans with a first period pin of Tomah’s Bobby Bemis to put the match out of reach for the Timberwolves with Sparta up 38-21 and only one match to go.  In the final match of the night, Brett Von Ruden was dominant from start to finish en route to the 12-2 major decision victory to put the final score at Sparta 42 and Tomah 21.

Match-by-match results are below…

160  –  Hayden Krein wins by major decision over Casey Curran (Tomah) 10-1
170  –  Matt Fahning defeats Justice Blackhawk (Tomah) 7-4
182  –  James Gann pinned Conner Von Haden (Tomah) in 3:41
195  –  Austin Zwiefel pinned Gunnar Boetcher (Tomah) in 1:20
220  –  Kaden Herricks (Tomah) pinned Garet Pfaff in 2:53
285  –  Jake Tahtinen (Tomah) defeats Gabe Dearman 7-1
106  –  Vince Polhamus pinned Adam Osmand (Tomah) in 2:31
113  –  Blake Brooks defeats Cody Zimmerman (Tomah) 8-3
120  –  Nate Boulton (Tomah) wins in sudden victory OT against Jakob Larson 6-4
126  –  Jon Bailey wins by major decision over Owen Walters (Tomah) 13-0
132  –  Tommy Repka (Tomah) wins via ultimate tie breaker over Kyle Erickson 4-3
138  –  Hunter Pierce (Tomah) pinned Cole Clark in 1:23
145  –  Jaden Winchel pinned Bobby Bemis (Tomah) in 1:16
152  –  Brett Von Ruden won by major decision over Travis Von Haden (Tomah) 12-2
FINAL:  Sparta 42  –  Tomah 21

With the victory, Sparta improves to 4-0 on the year and 2-0 in the MVC. There isn’t much of a break for Sparta as they travel to Lancaster on Saturday for the Lancaster Invitational.  JV will be at the Wisconsin Wrestling Challenge Series regional at Mineral Point.  Varsity action begins at 9:30am with JV action slated to kick off at 10am.

It was a solid victory by the Spartans and could have been much more lopsided with two of Sparta’s losses coming in overtime.  Sparta picked up bonus points when they needed them and won the critical matches that could have swung this match and made it much closer.  With the win over the Tomah, Sparta has won seven of the last eight duals against the Timberwolves.  Great job, Spartans!!

team-bi-state-2016The Spartan wrestling team finished 2016 by finishing third overall and first in division one at this year’s Bi-State Classic.  The Spartans finished 21.5 points ahead of Luxemburg-Casco, which topped the Spartans by more than 100 points just a few weeks ago at the Battle on the Bay.  Leading the way for the Spartans were Jon Bailey taking home his second Bi-State title in two years and Hayden Krein who captured his first.

bailey-bi-state-2016Division three top-ranked Stratford won the team title with 367.5 points while division two top-ranked Ellsworth came in second with 343 points.  Sparta was third with 246 points followed by Luxemburg-Casco with 224.5, River Valley fourth with 219 and Hudson fifth with 217.

The first place finish in division one was a first for the Spartans having previously finished third in the early 1990s when Troy Lietzau and Brian Brooks both took home titles in the same year.  It had been over 20 years since Sparta left the Bi-State Classic with multiple champions, but Jon Bailey and Hayden Krein changed that Friday evening.

krein-bi-state-2016At 113 pounds, sophomore Jon Bailey went 6-0 with a pin, major decision and two technical falls en route to his second straight Bi-State Classic after winning it at 106 pounds as a freshman  But it wasn’t without some close calls.  In the semifinals, Bailey worked to a 5-4 victory over D2 fourth-ranked Matthew Peterson of Ellsworth.  In the finals, he took down D3 10th-ranked (120 pounds) Max Schwabe of Stratford.  Bailey, currently ranked 2nd at 120 pounds in division one, improved to 14-2 on the year heading into 2017.

At 160 pounds, Hayden Krein exacted some revenge on his way to the 160-pound championship.  His 6-0 tournament started off with a major decision and pin followed by three close victories including two over MVC opponents and a 3-2 decision over Ellsworth’s Anders Lantz in the semifinals.  Lantz gave Krein his only loss on the season earlier this year at the Ellsworth Invitational.  In the finals, it was Krein and Holmen’s Kaylyn Jahn, but Krein controlled the entire match to capture his first Bi-State championship with a 5-0 victory in the finals.

At 145 pounds, Jaden Winchel also advanced to the finals where defending division one 132-pound state champion Jaden Van Maanen of La Crosse Central was waiting for him.  It was a matchup of two wrestlers who had won state championships and qualified for state multiple times, but in the end it was Van Maanen coming out on top with a close 5-3 victory in the finals.

Other top finishers for the Spartans included Blake Brooks finished 8th at 106 pounds, Brett Von Ruden 6th at 152 pounds and Austin Zwiefel 11th at 195 pounds.  Below are some of the significant victories captured by Spartans throughout the two days at the La Crosse Center…

  • Jon Bailey wins 5-4 over D2 fourth-ranked Matthew Peterson of Ellsworth
  • Jon Bailey wins 4-3 over D3 10th-ranked (120 pounds) Max Schwabe of Statford
  • Kyle Erickson wins 8-2 over D3 12th-ranked Gavin Burch of Weston/Ithaca
  • Jaden Winchel wins 7-1 over D1 6th-ranked Brandon Daniels of Verona Area
  • Jaden Winchel wins 9-2 over D2 4th-ranked  Cole Skelton of Ellsworth
  • Brett Von Ruden wins 3-1 over D3 4th-ranked Austin Engel of Athens
  • Brett Von Ruden wins 6-2 over D3 honorable mention Nick Rogge of PDC/Wauzeka-Steuben (previously unbeaten)
  • Hayden Krein wins 2-0 over D1 honorable mention Casey Curran of Tomah
  • Hayden Krein wins 3-2 over D2 4th-ranked Anders Lantz of Ellsworth
  • Hayden Krein wins 5-0 over D1 8th-ranked Kalyn Jahn of Holmen

Here are summarized results for each Spartan below…

106  –  Blake Brooks, 8th Place, 4-3 with a pin
113  –  Jon Bailey, 1st Place, 6-0 with a pin, major decision and two technical falls
120  –  Jakob Larson, Did Not Place, 3-2 with two pins and a technical fall
126  –  Thomas Treu, Did Not Place, 0-2
132  –  Kyle Erickson, Did Not Place, 3-2 with a pin
138  –  David Hayes, Did Not Place, 3-2 with a pin and major decision
145  –  Jaden Winchel, 2nd Place, 5-1 with three pins
152  –  Brett Von Ruden, 6th Place, 4-3 with a pin
160  –  Hayden Krein, 1st Place, 6-0 with a pin and major decision
170  –  Matt Fahning, Did Not Place, 4-2 with three pins
182  –  James Gann, Did Not Place, 4-2 with a pin
195  –  Austin Zwiefel, 11th Place, 5-3 with a pin and a technical fall
220  –  Garet Pfaff, Did Not Place, 0-2
285  –  Gabe Dearman, Did Not Place, 2-2 with a pin

Team Scores:

The Spartans are back in action Thursday against rivals Tomah and will look to avenge last year’s loss at the hand of the Timberwolves.  Below are full match-by-match results for the Spartans!

106 – Blake Brooks (11-6) placed 8th and scored 19.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Blake Brooks (Sparta) 11-6 won by decision over Jaedon Heintz (Lodi) 8-2 (Dec 9-6)
Champ. Round 2 – Blake Brooks (Sparta) 11-6 won in overtime over Blaze Thurber (Nekoosa/Assumption/Port Edwards) 13-5 (OT 4-2)
Champ. Round 3 – Blake Brooks (Sparta) 11-6 won by fall over Camron Wigand (South Saint Paul) 5-3 (Fall 0:44)
Quarterfinal – Charlie Stuhl (Ellsworth) 18-3 won by major decision over Blake Brooks (Sparta) 11-6 (MD 16-3)
Cons. Round 6 – Blake Brooks (Sparta) 11-6 won by decision over Leo Draveling (Hudson) 8-7 (Dec 10-4)
Cons. Round 7 – Jansen Mc Clelland (Viroqua) 17-8 won by decision over Blake Brooks (Sparta) 11-6 (Dec 10-6)
7th Place Match – Cameron Schmeiser (Wausau West) 12-3 won by major decision over Blake Brooks (Sparta) 11-6 (MD 11-2)

113 – Jon Bailey (14-2) placed 1st and scored 46.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Jon Bailey (Sparta) 14-2 won by fall over Jonathan Herbst (Verona Area) 5-6 (Fall 1:01)
Champ. Round 2 – Jon Bailey (Sparta) 14-2 won by major decision over Rylee Rensberry (Holmen) 11-3 (MD 11-3)
Champ. Round 3 – Jon Bailey (Sparta) 14-2 won by tech fall over Braiden Pickett (Boscobel) 11-7 (TF-1.5 5:25 (17-1))
Quarterfinal – Jon Bailey (Sparta) 14-2 won by tech fall over Caden Dennee (Marshfield) 11-8 (TF-1.5 4:45 (17-0))
Semifinal – Jon Bailey (Sparta) 14-2 won by decision over Matthew Peterson (Ellsworth) 17-4 (Dec 5-4)
1st Place Match – Jon Bailey (Sparta) 14-2 won by decision over Max Schwabe (Stratford) 18-1 (Dec 4-3)

120 – Jakob Larson (8-7) place is unknown and scored 9.50 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Jakob Larson (Sparta) 8-7 won by fall over Nate Thayer (Mauston) 5-9 (Fall 0:49)
Champ. Round 2 – Reid Koenig (Prairie du Chien/Wauzeka-Steuben) 16-4 won by fall over Jakob Larson (Sparta) 8-7 (Fall 1:24)
Cons. Round 2 – Jakob Larson (Sparta) 8-7 won by tech fall over Ben Lee (Eau Claire North) 0-2 (TF-1.5 4:12 (15-0))
Cons. Round 3 – Jakob Larson (Sparta) 8-7 won by fall over Caeden Olson (Caledonia/Houston) 5-6 (Fall 1:42)
Cons. Round 4 – Sawyer Hamilton (Ellsworth) 17-5 won by fall over Jakob Larson (Sparta) 8-7 (Fall 0:36)

126 – Thomas Treu (1-9) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Casey Leer (Viroqua) 10-10 won by fall over Thomas Treu (Sparta) 1-9 (Fall 3:34)
Cons. Round 1 – Thomas Treu (Sparta) 1-9 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 2 – Isaiah Hasenohrl (Auburndale) 7-7 won by tech fall over Thomas Treu (Sparta) 1-9 (TF-1.5 3:19 (16-0))

132 – Kyle Erickson (11-5) place is unknown and scored 9.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Kyle Erickson (Sparta) 11-5 received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Kyle Erickson (Sparta) 11-5 won by fall over Reece Riebel (Lewiston-Altura/Rushford-Peterson) 7-8 (Fall 5:22)
Champ. Round 3 – Zach Licht (River Valley) 17-2 won by fall over Kyle Erickson (Sparta) 11-5 (Fall 4:57)
Cons. Round 4 – Kyle Erickson (Sparta) 11-5 won by decision over Gavin Burch (Ithaca/Weston) 10-2 (Dec 8-2)
Cons. Round 5 – Jacob Obert (La Crosse Central) 7-6 won by fall over Kyle Erickson (Sparta) 11-5 (Fall 3:55)

138 – David Hayes (9-7) place is unknown and scored 8.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – David Hayes (Sparta) 9-7 won by fall over Keenan Holley (Prairie du Chien/Wauzeka-Steuben) 3-9 (Fall 0:57)
Champ. Round 2 – David Hayes (Sparta) 9-7 won by major decision over Brock Gracyalny (Pulaski) 8-7 (MD 12-3)
Champ. Round 3 – Colton Worachek (Luxemburg-Casco) 20-8 won by decision over David Hayes (Sparta) 9-7 (Dec 5-2)
Cons. Round 4 – David Hayes (Sparta) 9-7 won by decision over Dominic Jenkins (Lewiston-Altura/Rushford-Peterson) 13-4 (Dec 5-3)
Cons. Round 5 – Antonio Cortez (South Saint Paul) 8-8 won by decision over David Hayes (Sparta) 9-7 (Dec 5-1)

145 – Jaden Winchel (15-1) placed 2nd and scored 40.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 15-1 won by fall over William Waldron (Wausau West) 4-7 (Fall 3:08)
Champ. Round 2 – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 15-1 won by fall over Dylan Minke (New Richmond) 7-6 (Fall 0:46)
Champ. Round 3 – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 15-1 won by fall over Clayton Kite (Iowa-Grant/Highland) 12-4 (Fall 1:36)
Quarterfinal – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 15-1 won by decision over Brandon Daniels (Verona Area) 16-4 (Dec 7-1)
Semifinal – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 15-1 won by decision over Cole Skelton (Ellsworth) 16-6 (Dec 9-3)
1st Place Match – Jaden Van Maanen (La Crosse Central) 14-0 won by decision over Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 15-1 (Dec 5-3)

152 – Brett Von Ruden (12-5) placed 6th and scored 26.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 12-5 received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 12-5 won by fall over Logan Scoville (De Soto) 15-4 (Fall 4:47)
Champ. Round 3 – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 12-5 won by decision over Austin Engel (Athens) 12-4 (Dec 3-1)
Quarterfinal – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 12-5 won by decision over Nick Rogge (Prairie du Chien/Wauzeka-Steuben) 17-3 (Dec 6-2)
Semifinal – Max Maylor (Iowa-Grant/Highland) 17-1 won by decision over Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 12-5 (Dec 9-4)
Cons. Semi – McCoy Tekautz (Lewiston-Altura/Rushford-Peterson) 12-3 won by decision over Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 12-5 (Dec 11-9)
5th Place Match – Jacob Anderson (Hudson) 13-2 won by decision over Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 12-5 (Dec 7-2)

160 – Hayden Krein (15-1) placed 1st and scored 45.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 15-1 received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 15-1 won by major decision over Kade Ehrike (Stratford) 9-4 (MD 15-3)
Champ. Round 3 – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 15-1 won by fall over Matt Brockman (New Lisbon) 7-4 (Fall 2:39)
Quarterfinal – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 15-1 won by decision over Casey Curran (Tomah) 15-4 (Dec 2-0)
Semifinal – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 15-1 won by decision over Anders Lantz (Ellsworth) 18-4 (Dec 3-2)
1st Place Match – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 15-1 won by decision over Kalyn Jahn (Holmen) 18-4 (Dec 5-0)

170 – Matt Fahning (12-4) place is unknown and scored 11.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Matt Fahning (Sparta) 12-4 won by fall over Morgan Seippel (Lancaster) 3-10 (Fall 5:28)
Champ. Round 2 – Jacob Heyroth (Lodi) 11-3 won by major decision over Matt Fahning (Sparta) 12-4 (MD 15-2)
Cons. Round 2 – Matt Fahning (Sparta) 12-4 won by fall over Kayin Johnson (Lakeville South) 1-8 (Fall 2:34)
Cons. Round 3 – Matt Fahning (Sparta) 12-4 won by fall over Austin Newlun (New Lisbon) 5-6 (Fall 0:37)
Cons. Round 4 – Matt Fahning (Sparta) 12-4 won in sudden victory – 1 over Joey Recob (Dodgeville) 12-2 (SV-1 6-4)
Cons. Round 5 – Conor Vatland (Westby) 13-8 won by decision over Matt Fahning (Sparta) 12-4 (Dec 1-0)

182 – James Gann (9-7) place is unknown and scored 11.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – James Gann (Sparta) 9-7 won by fall over Charlie Bratsch (Lakeville South) 3-8 (Fall 3:45)
Champ. Round 2 – Jared Lenze (Mauston) 16-3 won by fall over James Gann (Sparta) 9-7 (Fall 0:42)
Cons. Round 2 – James Gann (Sparta) 9-7 won by forfeit over Forfeit Forfeit (New Lisbon) 2-5 (For.)
Cons. Round 3 – James Gann (Sparta) 9-7 won by decision over Kodee O`Reilly (Goodhue) 10-5 (Dec 10-8)
Cons. Round 4 – James Gann (Sparta) 9-7 won by medical forfeit over Chris Deja (Adams-Friendship) 12-3 (M. For.)
Cons. Round 5 – Harley Springborn (Viroqua) 14-10 won by fall over James Gann (Sparta) 9-7 (Fall 5:04)

195 – Austin Zwiefel (11-6) placed 11th and scored 13.50 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Austin Zwiefel (Sparta) 11-6 won by tech fall over Garrett Lutz (Mauston) 7-9 (TF-1.5 5:10 (22-7))
Champ. Round 2 – Austin Zwiefel (Sparta) 11-6 won by fall over Adam Rynes (Richland Center) 8-8 (Fall 2:35)
Champ. Round 3 – Eric Cruz Lopez (Bloomington Kennedy) 10-5 won by fall over Austin Zwiefel (Sparta) 11-6 (Fall 3:56)
Cons. Round 4 – Austin Zwiefel (Sparta) 11-6 won by decision over Cole Toenjes (Ellsworth) 3-2 (Dec 9-4)
Cons. Round 5 – Austin Zwiefel (Sparta) 11-6 won by decision over Gavin McNally (Muskego) 12-6 (Dec 7-0)
Cons. Round 6 – Hayden Arneson (Monroe) 17-3 won by major decision over Austin Zwiefel (Sparta) 11-6 (MD 10-0)
Cons. Round 7 – Conner Peterson (Marshfield) 15-5 won by decision over Austin Zwiefel (Sparta) 11-6 (Dec 3-1)
11th Place Match – Austin Zwiefel (Sparta) 11-6 won by decision over JP Walterscheit (Lodi) 11-6 (Dec 6-3)

220 – Garet Pfaff (5-8) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Alex Peters (Richland Center) 11-5 won by fall over Garet Pfaff (Sparta) 5-8 (Fall 1:41)
Cons. Round 1 – Garet Pfaff (Sparta) 5-8 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 2 – Avery Estes (Baraboo) 13-4 won by decision over Garet Pfaff (Sparta) 5-8 (Dec 11-7)

285 – Gabe Dearman (2-2) place is unknown and scored 8.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Gabe Dearman (Sparta) 2-2 won by fall over Jerrod Osterkamp (Prairie du Chien/Wauzeka-Steuben) 7-8 (Fall 3:40)
Champ. Round 2 – Gabe Dearman (Sparta) 2-2 won by forfeit over Forfeit Forfeit (Cuba City/Benton/Southwestern) 10-3 (For.)
Champ. Round 3 – Logan Zschernitz (Spencer/Columbus Catholic) 16-2 won by fall over Gabe Dearman (Sparta) 2-2 (Fall 0:27)
Cons. Round 4 – Ben Sammon (Eastview) 8-5 won by fall over Gabe Dearman (Sparta) 2-2 (Fall 2:20)

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Spartan 106-pounder Blake Brooks pinned his opponent in 16 seconds.

Sparta won 12 of 14 matches to defeat La Crosse Logan 63-9 at home Thursday evening.  Seven Spartans prevailed by pin, two more by forfeit and the rest by decision as the Spartans improved to 3-0 on the year and 2-0 in the MVC.

The Rangers held the briefest of leads after opening up with a 7-3 victory at 126 pounds as Logan’s Paul Bartel defeated Thomas Treu 7-3.  Down 3-0, the Spartans would win the next nine matches to open up a 45-3 lead before Gabe Dearman fell by pin at 285.

Picking up pins for the Spartans were Kyle Erickson, Jaden Winchel, Mathias Krein, Hayden Krein, Austin Zweifel, Blake Brooks and Jakob Larson.  Jon Bailey and Jack Ruedy won by forfeit while David Hayes, Brett Von Ruden and Matt Fahning all picked up decisions.

In the first two MVC duals of the year, the Spartans have outscored their opponents 130-15 while winning 24 of 28 matches–including 11 by pin.  It’s been a good start to the MVC season for the Spartans.  Full match-by-match results are below…

126  –  Paul Bartel (Logan) defeated Thomas Treu 7-3
132  –  Kyle Erickson pinned David Krause (Logan) in 0:55
138  –  David Hayes defeated Damand Butler (Logan) 7-1
145  –  Jaden Winchel pinned Christian Kapanke (Logan) in 1:34
152  –  Brett Von Ruden defeated Cody Larson (Logan) 5-1
160  –  Mathias Krein pinned Fletcher Shafer (Logan) in 5:03
170  –  Hayden Krein pinned Dylan Vondahl (Logan) in 1:16
182  –  Matt Fahning defeated Nick Mihalovic (Logan) 6-1
195  –  Jack Ruedy won by forfeit
220  –  Austin Zweifel pinned Ambrose Metz-Beard (Logan) in 2:14
285  –  Robert Snodgrass (Logan) pinned Gabe Dearman in 3:04
106  –  Blake Brooks pinned Jordan Hazelblower (Logan) in 0:16
113  –  Jakob Larson pinned Isaac Thompson (Logan) in 2:18
120  –  Jon Bailey won by forfeit
FINAL:  SPARTA 63  –  LA CROSSE LOGAN 9

The Spartans are off for a week before returning to action at the Bi-State Classic next Thursday and Friday at the La Crosse Center.  It will be Sparta’s first tournament action since the Battle on the Bay on December 10th.  Due to inclement weather, the Spartans were unable to travel to last weekend’s tournament at Badger State.  That date will be made up in the form of a tri-meet with La Crescent and Caledonia on Thursday, January 26th.  Sparta will wrestle each team that night so two duals with action beginning at 530pm.

Spartans Vince Polhamus, Cole Clark, Sam Forbes, Mathias Krein, Cole Wisniewski and Jack Ruedy all went 3-0 on the day to finish 1st at the 2016 Dells Duals JV Tournament.

In the 103-110 pound bracket, the next generation of Polhamus to don the Spartan singlet, Vince picked up first period pins in each of his matches including a 31 second pin against Ethan Mittelstadt of Lomira.

Equally dominant was Cole Clark wrestling in the 136-137 pound bracket.  Clark picked up pins in 2:49 and 1:45 as well as a 15-0 technical fall victory.  Sam Forbes gave up just one point all day en route to his championship, which included 12-0 and 5-0 victories topped off with a 6-1 win in sudden victory overtime.

Mathias Krein picked up pins in 1:24 and 0:56 to go along with a 15-0 technical fall victory to bring home the 149-151 pound championship while Cole Wisniewski won the 154-156 pound bracket with pins in 0:48 and 0:52 to go along with a 12-o victory.  Rounding out Spartan’s champions was Jack Ruedy winning the 184-189 bracket with two pins in 1:31 and 1:14.  His other victory came via 4-2 decision.

Full results are below…

2016 Dells Duals JV Ind.Tournament Results for Sparta
Junior Varsity 103-110 – Vince Polhamus’s place is 1st and has scored 20.00 team points.
Round 1 – Vince Polhamus (Sparta) won by fall over Ethan Mittelstadt (Lomira) (Fall 0:31)
Round 2 – Vince Polhamus (Sparta) won by fall over Eli Swanson (Boyceville) (Fall 1:14)
Round 3 – Vince Polhamus (Sparta) won by fall over Evin Ahrens (Kimberly) (Fall 1:08)

Junior Varsity 121-123 – Samuel Matias Escelante’s place is 3rd and has scored 9.00 team points.
Round 1 – Andrew Nehos (Fond du Lac) won by decision over Samuel Matias Escelante (Sparta) (Dec 10-8)
Round 2 – Jake Dorn (Wisconsin Dells ) won by fall over Samuel Matias Escelante (Sparta) (Fall 2:59)
Round 3 – Samuel Matias Escelante (Sparta) won by fall over Nolan Murphy (Sun Prairie) (Fall 1:38)

Junior Varsity 136-137 B – Cole Clark’s place is 1st and has scored 19.50 team points.
Round 1 – Cole Clark (Sparta) won by fall over Jerod Nelson (Boyceville) (Fall 2:49)
Round 2 – Cole Clark (Sparta) won by tech fall over Ethan Cody (Sun Prairie) (TF 15-0)
Round 3 – Cole Clark (Sparta) won by fall over Brandon Wastlick (River Valley) (Fall 1:45)

Junior Varsity 137-140 A – Sam Forbes’s place is 1st and has scored 15.00 team points.
Round 1 – Sam Forbes (Sparta) won in sudden victory – 1 over Jarod Rielly (Spring Valley) (SV-1 6-1)
Round 2 – Sam Forbes (Sparta) won by major decision over Dominic Johnson (River Valley) (Maj 12-0)
Round 3 – Sam Forbes (Sparta) won by decision over David Flynn (Lomira) (Dec 5-0)

Junior Varsity 149-151 B – Mathias Krein’s place is 1st and has scored 19.50 team points.
Round 1 – Mathias Krein (Sparta) won by fall over Justyn Kniprath (Adams-Friendship) (Fall 1:24)
Round 2 – Mathias Krein (Sparta) won by fall over Isaac Fintak (Plymouth) (Fall 0:56)
Round 3 – Mathias Krein (Sparta) won by tech fall over Gavin Bates (Kimberly) (TF 15-0)

Junior Varsity 154-156 – Cole Wisniewski’s place is 1st and has scored 19.00 team points.
Round 1 – Cole Wisniewski (Sparta) won by fall over Zach Aernt (Kimberly) (Fall 0:48)
Round 2 – Cole Wisniewski (Sparta) won by major decision over Julian Cagle (Whitnall) (Maj 12-0)
Round 3 – Cole Wisniewski (Sparta) won by fall over Thomas Dopp (Wautoma/Wild Rose) (Fall 0:52)

Junior Varsity 157-161 – Sam Waite’s place is 3rd and has scored 9.00 team points.
Round 1 – Sam Waite (Sparta) won by fall over Nick Grassman (Verona) (Fall 0:21)
Round 2 – Radell Staples (Whitnall) won by decision over Sam Waite (Sparta) (Dec 13-9)
Round 3 – Jack Coulter (Lomira) won by fall over Sam Waite (Sparta) (Fall 0:37)

Junior Varsity 158-161 – Kelten Pfaff’s place is 2nd and has scored 14.00 team points.
Round 1 – Kelten Pfaff (Sparta) won by fall over Alex Peterson (Kimberly) (Fall 1:46)
Round 2 – Ben Buytendorp (Fond du Lac) won by fall over Kelten Pfaff (Sparta) (Fall 2:25)
Round 3 – Kelten Pfaff (Sparta) won by fall over Jericho Fey (Verona) (Fall 1:29)

Junior Varsity 184-189 – Jack Ruedy’s place is 1st and has scored 18.00 team points.
Round 1 – Jack Ruedy (Sparta) won by fall over Tavon Howard (Verona) (Fall 1:31)
Round 2 – Jack Ruedy (Sparta) won by fall over Jayce Alexander (Kimberly) (Fall 1:14)
Round 3 – Jack Ruedy (Sparta) won by decision over Hunter Lipke (Boyceville) (Dec 4-2)

Junior Varsity 191-194 – Bronson Stark’s place is 4th and has scored 4.00 team points.
Round 1 – Nick Pappano (Kimberly) won by decision over Bronson Stark (Sparta) (Dec 2-1)
Round 2 – Tucker Hunter (Spring Valley) won by fall over Bronson Stark (Sparta) (Fall 2:30)
Round 3 – Nathan Welsh (Elkhorn) won by fall over Bronson Stark (Sparta) (Fall 2:33)

Junior Varsity 218-236 – Gabe Dearman’s place is 3rd and has scored 9.00 team points.
Round 1 – Luke Leranth (Whitnall) won by fall over Gabe Dearman (Sparta) (Fall 3:20)
Round 2 – Gabe Dearman (Sparta) won by decision over Mateo Ossirro (Richland Center) (Dec 4-3)
Round 3 – Gabe Dearman (Sparta) won by fall over Timothy Field (Wisconsin Dells ) (Fall 0:50)

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From left: Brett Von Ruden, Hayden Krein and Matt Fahning all picked up first period pins against Aquinas.

Not since the 2005-06 season have the Spartans lost to a La Crosse school and this year’s Spartans ensured that streak would at least continue into 2017 after a 67-6 dismantling of La Crosse Aquinas this past Thursday night at Aquinas.

The Spartans own a 23-4 all-time record against the Blugolds and have won 11 straight since a 40-30 loss during the 2005-06 season.  This year there was no doubt as the Spartans won 12 of 14 including six by forfeit and four by pin.

Winning by forfeit for the Spartans was Austin Zweifel, Blake Brooks, Jakob Larson, Jon Bailey, Jaden Winchel and James Gann.  Winning by pin for the Spartans were Kyle Erickson, Brett Von Ruden, Hayden Krein and Matt Fahning.  Full match results are below…

195  –  Austin Zweifel won by forfeit
220  –  Jack Horihan (Aquinas) defeated Garet Pfaff 5-4
285  –  Bryce Lee (Aquinas) defeated Noah Benish 3-2
106  –  Blake Brooks won by forfeit
113  –  Jakob Larson won by forfeit
120  –  Jon Bailey won by forfeit
126  –  Thomas Treu won by major decision over Carson Haag (Aquinas) 14-6
132  –  Kyle Erickson pinned Albert Flottmeyer (Aquinas) in 2:46
138  –  David Hayes defeated Max Michel (Aquinas) 6-2
145  –  Jaden Winchel won by forfeit
152  –  Brett Von Ruden pinned Nick Herlitzka (Aquinas) in 0:33
160  –  Hayden Krein pinned Nick Cambio (Aquinas) in 1:27
170  –  Matt Fahning pinned Peter Riley (Aquinas) in 1:43
182  –  James Gann won by forfeit
FINAL:  Sparta 67  –  Aquinas 6

The victory improves Sparta’s dual record to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the MVC.  Sparta is back in action Thursday at home against La Crosse Logan.  Good luck Spartans!

winchel-miller-57With champions Jaden Winchel and Hayden Krein leading the way, the Spartans finished 2nd Saturday at the 24-team Battle On The Bay tournament at Bay Port High School in Green Bay, Wisc.

“In a field full of tough competition, our boys wrestled a great tournament. A large focus for the season is to not overlook anyone, to take the season match by match. I believe this was shown Saturday. We had a couple champions, but we also had guys that bounced back after one or two losses to help contribute to our team score,” Spartan head coach Jared Rickert said.  “As I say to the boys, this is now a past event, we will learn from our mistakes, but our focus is now on Aquinas.”

Luxemburg-Casco won the team championship with 505.5 points.  Following Sparta in third place was division two third-ranked Oconto Falls with 388.5 points followed by division two fourth-ranked Freedom with 377.5 points.  In fifth place was division one sixth-ranked Pewaukee followed by division one honorable mention Mukwonago in 6th place.  Unranked Denmark came in 7th place followed by division one 11th-ranked Oak Creek.  In other words, the Spartans wrestled well enough to beat some great programs.

At 145 pounds, Jaden Winchel dominated his bracket from start to finish racking up five pins in five matches with no match reaching the third period.  His quickest pin came in 39 seconds while his longest pin was 3:25 in the finals over Brytton Goymerac of Appleton North.

Hayden Krein’s path to a championship was a little tougher.  Krein’s five matches featured a pin, technical fall, two major decisions and a close 4-3 victory in the semis.  The 160-pound bracket was loaded with multiple state champions and state placewinners, but it was the defending division one 152-pound state champion Hayden Krein that emerged as the champion.

krein-cliver-58The 160-pound semifinals featured Oconto Falls’ Nate Trepanier who was the defending division two 145-pound state champion, last year’s 4th place finisher at 152 pounds in division two in Southern Door’s Michael Bertrand and last year’s division two 145-pound state runner-up in Wrightstown’s Ben Klister.  These three guys had a combined record of 127-16 last year, but it was Krein who would emerge champion with an 11-2 victory in the finals over Klister.

Other top finishers for the Spartans included Jon Bailey coming in second at 120, Blake Brooks coming in 4th at 106, Brett Von Ruden coming in 5th at 152, Jakob Larson 7th at 113, Austin Zweifel 7th at 185 and David Hayes 8th at 138.  Summarized results are below…

106  –  Blake Brooks, 4th Place, 3-2
113  –  Jakob Larson, 7th Place, 3-2 with two pins
120  –  Jon Bailey, 2nd Place, 4-2 with two pins and a major decision victory
126  –  Thomas Treu, 17th Place, 0-3
132  –  Kyle Erickson, 10th Place, 3-2 with three pins
138  –  David Hayes, 8th Place, 2-3
145  –  Jaden Winchel, 1st Place, 5-0 with five pins
152  –  Brett Von Ruden, 5th Place, 4-1 with three pins
160  –  Hayden Krein, 1st Place, 5-0 with a pin, technical fall and two major decision
170  –  Matt Fahning, 9th Place, 3-1 with two pins
182  –  James Gann, 12th Place, 1-3 with a pin
195  –  Austin Zweifel, 7th Place, 3-2
220  –  Garet Pfaff, 17th Place, 1-2 with a pin

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Blake Brooks

At 106 pounds, Blake Brooks continued his impressive start to the season with a 4th place finish with close losses coming to 8th-ranked Tommy Larson of East Troy in the semifinals and 2nd-ranked Cody Minor of Ashwaubenon in the 3rd place match.  Brooks dropped a one-point decision to Larson and a two-point decision to minor.

At 120 pounds, Jon Bailey won in sudden victory overtime against the 10th-ranked wrestler at 120 pounds in division one in Oak Creek’s Mitch Landgraf.  In the finals, he dropped a close 3-1 decision to the defending division two state champion Bryce Bosman of Luxemburg-Casco.

Brett Von Ruden’s only loss on the day came to the sixth-ranked wrestler in division two at 152 pounds in Freedom’s Evan Vosters.

Full match-by-match results are below…

106 – Blake Brooks (13-9) placed 4th and scored 38.00 team points.
Round 1 – Blake Brooks (Sparta) 13-9 received a bye () (Bye)
Round 3 – Blake Brooks (Sparta) 13-9 won by decision over Ethan Pogorzelski (Menomonee Falls) 3-2 (Dec 6-2)
Quarterfinal – Blake Brooks (Sparta) 13-9 won by decision over Justin Matheison (Escanaba) 2-3 (Dec 6-0)
Semifinal – Tommy Larson (East Troy) 4-1 won by decision over Blake Brooks (Sparta) 13-9 (Dec 6-5)
3rd Place Match – Cody Minor (Ashwaubenon) 4-1 won by decision over Blake Brooks (Sparta) 13-9 (Dec 4-2)

113 – Jakob Larson (5-6) placed 7th and scored 32.00 team points.
Round 2 – Jakob Larson (Sparta) 5-6 received a bye () (Bye)
Round 3 – Jakob Larson (Sparta) 5-6 won by fall over Simon Chouinard (Escanaba) 18-21 (Fall 1:22)
Quarterfinal – Noah Leisgang (Ashwaubenon) 3-2 won by decision over Jakob Larson (Sparta) 5-6 (Dec 10-3)
Cons. Round 2 – Cole Tenor (Denmark) 4-1 won by fall over Jakob Larson (Sparta) 5-6 (Fall 2:55)
7th Place Match – Jakob Larson (Sparta) 5-6 won by fall over Randall Hunt (Oak Creek) 2-3 (Fall 2:45)

120 – Jon Bailey (47-7) placed 2nd and scored 48.00 team points.
Round 1 – Jon Bailey (Sparta) 47-7 won by fall over Dale Kafura (Muskego) 2-3 (Fall 1:12)
Round 3 – Jon Bailey (Sparta) 47-7 won by fall over Garrett Oyster (West De Pere) 12-16 (Fall 3:50)
Quarterfinal – Jon Bailey (Sparta) 47-7 won by major decision over Tyler Gill (Menomonee Falls) 31-6 (MD 9-0)
Semifinal – Jon Bailey (Sparta) 47-7 won in sudden victory – 1 over Mitch Landgraf (Oak Creek) 50-6 (SV-1 3-1)
1st Place Match – Bryce Bosman (Luxemburg-Casco) 48-6 won by decision over Jon Bailey (Sparta) 47-7 (Dec 3-1)

126 – Thomas Treu (0-3) placed 18th and scored 2.00 team points.
Round 1 – Aaron Schulist (Mukwonago) 44-5 won by fall over Thomas Treu (Sparta) 0-3 (Fall 1:46)
Round 2 – Logan Grota (Oshkosh West) 2-3 won by fall over Thomas Treu (Sparta) 0-3 (Fall 0:50)
Cons. Round 1 – Thomas Treu (Sparta) 0-3 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 2 – Thomas Treu (Sparta) 0-3 received a bye () (Bye)
17th Place Match – Mikey Mejia (Appleton North) 3-2 won by fall over Thomas Treu (Sparta) 0-3 (Fall 1:23)

132 – Kyle Erickson (11-10) placed 10th and scored 24.00 team points.
Round 2 – Kyle Erickson (Sparta) 11-10 won by fall over Courage Krueger (Escanaba) 2-3 (Fall 1:57)
Round 3 – Nathan Ronsman (Luxemburg-Casco) 40-10 won by major decision over Kyle Erickson (Sparta) 11-10 (MD 11-1)
Cons. Round 1 – Kyle Erickson (Sparta) 11-10 won by fall over Kaiden Conrad (Ashwaubenon) 21-21 (Fall 4:38)
Cons. Round 2 – Kyle Erickson (Sparta) 11-10 won by fall over Wyatt Borkovec (Oconto Falls) 3-2 (Fall 1:25)
9th Place Match – Ben Durocher (Wrightstown) 4-1 won by major decision over Kyle Erickson (Sparta) 11-10 (MD 10-2)

138 – David Hayes (28-22) placed 8th and scored 25.00 team points.
Round 2 – David Hayes (Sparta) 28-22 received a bye () (Bye)
Round 3 – David Hayes (Sparta) 28-22 won by decision over Kenton Peterson (Oconto Falls) 29-18 (Dec 6-3)
Quarterfinal – Eric Wunsch (Menomonee Falls) 40-8 won by decision over David Hayes (Sparta) 28-22 (Dec 7-1)
Cons. Round 2 – Sam Peters (Freedom) 24-16 won by tech fall over David Hayes (Sparta) 28-22 (TF-1.5 5:33 (19-4))
7th Place Match – Joey Colla (Oak Creek) 28-13 won by major decision over David Hayes (Sparta) 28-22 (MD 9-1)

145 – Jaden Winchel (44-5) placed 1st and scored 57.00 team points.
Round 1 – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 44-5 won by fall over Devan Alt (River Valley) 5-7 (Fall 2:14)
Round 3 – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 44-5 won by fall over Max Hrubecky (Mishicot) 10-25 (Fall 0:39)
Quarterfinal – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 44-5 won by fall over Kade Cummings (Green Bay Preble) 24-17 (Fall 2:37)
Semifinal – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 44-5 won by fall over Garrett Jeanquart (Luxemburg-Casco) 21-5 (Fall 3:13)
1st Place Match – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 44-5 won by fall over Brytton Goymerac (Appleton North) 29-19 (Fall 3:25)

152 – Brett Von Ruden (26-8) placed 5th and scored 41.00 team points.
Round 1 – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 26-8 won by fall over Brandon Wozny (Mukwonago) 2-3 (Fall 2:00)
Round 3 – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 26-8 won by medical forfeit over Brett Millan (Oak Creek) 0-4 (M. For.)
Quarterfinal – Evan Vosters (Freedom) 32-16 won by decision over Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 26-8 (Dec 10-6)
Cons. Round 2 – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 26-8 won by fall over Ean Bevins (Escanaba) 31-15 (Fall 2:24)
5th Place Match – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 26-8 won by fall over Montana Richardson (Ashwaubenon) 27-10 (Fall 0:38)

160 – Hayden Krein (48-5) placed 1st and scored 52.50 team points.
Round 1 – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 48-5 won by tech fall over Tyler Larsen (Muskego) 3-2 (TF-1.5 4:00 (15-0))
Round 3 – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 48-5 won by fall over Dakota Brockman (Freedom) 8-3 (Fall 3:19)
Quarterfinal – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 48-5 won by major decision over Edgar Heredia (Oshkosh West) 33-15 (MD 12-0)
Semifinal – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 48-5 won by decision over Ben Klister (Wrightstown) 43-10 (Dec 4-3)
1st Place Match – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 48-5 won by major decision over Michael Bertrand (Southern Door) 44-10 (MD 11-2)

170 – Matt Fahning (14-14) placed 9th and scored 27.00 team points.
Round 2 – Matt Fahning (Sparta) 14-14 received a bye () (Bye)
Round 3 – Jon Thomas (Menomonee Falls) 22-16 won by decision over Matt Fahning (Sparta) 14-14 (Dec 5-1)
Cons. Round 1 – Matt Fahning (Sparta) 14-14 won by decision over Conner Goodman (Pewaukee) 3-2 (Dec 8-6)
Cons. Round 2 – Matt Fahning (Sparta) 14-14 won by fall over Ihab Khatib (Appleton North) 6-6 (Fall 5:00)
9th Place Match – Matt Fahning (Sparta) 14-14 won by fall over Noah Rugaber (Franklin) 14-20 (Fall 4:26)

182 – James Gann (19-21) placed 12th and scored 17.00 team points.
Round 2 – James Gann (Sparta) 19-21 received a bye () (Bye)
Round 3 – Breyden Papineau (Escanaba) 30-15 won by fall over James Gann (Sparta) 19-21 (Fall 0:38)
Cons. Round 1 – James Gann (Sparta) 19-21 won by fall over Wyatt Klumb (Mukwonago) 4-5 (Fall 3:21)
Cons. Round 2 – Grady Sullivan (Oshkosh West) 11-10 won by fall over James Gann (Sparta) 19-21 (Fall 1:49)
11th Place Match – Connor Schwartz (Muskego) 3-2 won by fall over James Gann (Sparta) 19-21 (Fall 2:38)

195 – Austin Zwiefel (25-22) placed 7th and scored 28.00 team points.
Round 2 – Austin Zwiefel (Sparta) 25-22 received a bye () (Bye)
Round 3 – Austin Zwiefel (Sparta) 25-22 won by decision over Dayln Rudesill (Green Bay West/East/Southwest) 23-19 (Dec 7-3)
Quarterfinal – Jacob Raschka (Pewaukee) 59-0 won by fall over Austin Zwiefel (Sparta) 25-22 (Fall 1:44)
Cons. Round 2 – Tyler McVane (Ashwaubenon) 28-17 won by decision over Austin Zwiefel (Sparta) 25-22 (Dec 4-0)
7th Place Match – Austin Zwiefel (Sparta) 25-22 won by decision over Gavin McNally (Muskego) 24-20 (Dec 7-2)

220 – Garet Pfaff (3-2) placed 17th and scored 9.00 team points.
Round 1 – Brandon Berg (Pewaukee) 47-7 won by fall over Garet Pfaff (Sparta) 3-2 (Fall 0:30)
Round 2 – T.J. Weidman (Denmark) 4-1 won by fall over Garet Pfaff (Sparta) 3-2 (Fall 1:30)
Cons. Round 1 – Garet Pfaff (Sparta) 3-2 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 2 – Garet Pfaff (Sparta) 3-2 received a bye () (Bye)
17th Place Match – Garet Pfaff (Sparta) 3-2 won by fall over Mason Davis (Southern Door) 2-3 (Fall 2:29)