Senior John Roddick matched Matt Tourdot for the most wins in program history with his 159th.  Roddick can set the record with a win against Logan on Thursday.

Senior John Roddick matched Matt Tourdot for the most wins in program history with his 159th. Roddick can set the record with a win against Logan on Thursday.

Sparta took one step closer to securing their second straight MVC championship Thursday evening while senior John Roddick tied Matt Tourdot for career victories.  Sparta’s 53-15 victory over Tomah was the Spartan’s sixth straight victory in the rivalry.  The 38-point victory was Sparta’s largest over the Timberwolves since a 54-9 victory during the 1993-94 season.  That win came during a seven-match winning streak against Tomah that lasted from the 1992-93 season through the 1997-98 season.  Sparta’s current winning streak against Tomah dates back to the 2009-10 season.

While there were many big victories on the night, none may have mattered more than John Roddick’s 37-second pin of Alaughn St. Germaine.  The win brought Roddick’s career win total to 159, which ties Matt Tourdot for the program record.  He can reach 160 wins and become the all-time program wins leader next week at La Crosse Logan.  Congratulations to John on an incredible accomplishment.

Another big victory happened one weight up at 132 pounds by Sparta’s Jaden Winchel.  Tomah’s Hunter Pierce entered the match with an impressive 32-5 record while being ranked 10th in division one at 132 pounds.  Pierce was also recently named the 2nd best wrestler in the area by the La Crosse Tribune.  None of that mattered to the sophomore Winchel who jumped on Pierce from the start and never let up.  Winchel earned a takedown less than 10 seconds into the match while Pierce looked completely overmatched.  Winchel would back up his top ranking in division two with a resounding 16-2 victory.

Other big wins included Brock Polhamus’ 6-1 victory over Casey Curran (14-5), Corey Zimmerman’s 3-0 victory against Tommy Repka (24-11), David Hayes’ 13-3 major decision over Bobby Bemis (19-12) and Walker Polhamus making quick work of Justice Blackhawk (17-15) with a pin in 1:45.

Sparta was again adept at picking up bonus points.  They earned six pins and two major decisions while winning 11 of 14 weight classes.  Picking up pins for the Spartans were John Roddick, Hayden Krein, Ryan Wisniewski, Logan VanTassel, Walker Polhamus and Austin Zwiefel.  Full match results are below…

285  –  Zach Herricks (Tomah) pinned Devon Smith in 4:36
106  –  Corey Zimmerman defeated Tommy Repka (Tomah) 3-0
113  –  David Hayes won by major decision against Bobby Bemis (Tomah) 13-3
120  –  Katen Moser (Tomah) defeated Sam Forbes 9-2
126  –  John Roddick pinned Alaugh St. Germaine in 0:37
132  –  Jaden Winchel won by major decision against Hunter Pierce(Tomah) 16-2
138  –  Brett VonRuden defeated Isaac Linzmeier (Tomah) 12-6
145  –  Brock Polhamus defeated Casey Curran (Tomah) 6-1
152  –  Hayden Krein pinned Ryan Baldwin (Tomah) in 2:33
160  –  Ryan Wisniewski pinned Collin Sampson (Tomah) in 1:19
170  –  Logan VanTassel pinned Jarret Parr (Tomah) in 0:53
182  –  Walker Polhamus pinned Justice Blackhawk (Tomah) in 1:45
195  –  Austin Zwiefel pinned Gerald Pemberton (Tomah) in 2:44
220  –  Jack Hessil (Tomah) pinned Keyshawn Stewart in 0:52

The win pushed the Spartans’ dual record to 11-6 overall, 5-0 in the MVC and puts Coach Mike Roddick’s dual record at 1-0 against Coach Von Haden of Tomah.  Since going 0-5 at the Dells Duals Invitational, Sparta is 10-1 in duals.  It’s been an impressive stretch.  Congrats to the Spartans on another great victory over Tomah.  Sparta can wrap up its second straight MVC championship with a win over Logan on Thursday.  Twice in the history of the MVC Sparta has won back-to-back conference titles and that was during the 1992-93 and 1993-94, and 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons.

Follow tonight’s MVC dual between Sparta and Tomah via a live stream below.  Big thanks to Mike Montgomery for setting this up year after year.  JV action starts at 6:15pm while the varsity starts at 7:30pm.

Wisconsin Wrestling Online and the La Crosse Tribune have released their latest rankings and honor rolls and the Spartans continue to have a strong showing.  Let’s look at the Wisconsin Wrestling Online rankings first…

  • Christian Lamon  –  5th at 120 pounds, up one spot from the previous poll
  • John Roddick – 3rd at 126, same ranking as previous poll
  • Jaden Winchel  –  1st at 132 pounds, same ranking as previous poll
  • Brett VonRuden, HM at 138 pounds, moving up among the honorable mention rankings
  • Brock Polhamus, 2nd at 145 pounds, same ranking as previous poll
  • Hayden Krein, 5th at 152 pounds, same ranking as previous poll

In the 20+ years that I’ve followed the Crossface Magazine rankings and now the online rankings from Wisconsin Wrestling Online, I have not seen a group of wrestlers from Sparta this highly ranked and this close together in weight classes.  There is a belief that your practice partner goes a long way in determining how much you improve and what type of wrestler you develop into.  If you are lazy, that affects your partner.  If you are constantly working hard and pushing your partner, both of you will benefit.  I don’t think it’s a coincidence that these guys are all ranked and all grouped together.

To view the entire Wisconsin Wrestling Online individual rankings, click here.

Now onto the area rankings via the La Crosse Tribune.  This is their second such poll of the year.  Let’s see how Sparta did in that one…

  • John Roddick – 1st at 126, ranked 4th in the poll is Logan’s Jaren Poff who could be an interesting match up with Roddick next week when the Spartans travel to Logan to close out the MVC season
  • Jaden Winchel  –  1st at 132, ranked 2nd in the poll is Tomah’s Hunter Pierce who could face Winchel during tonight’s dual
  • Brock Polhamus – 1st at 145, Tomah’s Casey Curran is 4th
  • Hayden Krein – 2nd at 152, Connor Williams of Central is 1st while Logan’s Nick Houlihan is 3rd
  • Ryan Wisniewski – 4th at 160
  • Logan Van Tassel, 3rd at 170

To view the full La Crosse Tribune area rankings, click here.

Teamwise, the Spartans are ranked 9th in division two with sectional foe Evansville/Albany rabked 3rd, River Valley and Lodi at honorable mentions.

Full team rankings can be viewed here.

It

It’s on.

Sparta can go a long way toward earning back-to-back MVC championships by defeating rival Tomah on Thursday. Not only does this dual have big MVC implications, it is the first installment of Roddick vs. Von Haden, which will be an interesting subplot in its own right.

There will also be a chance for a significant piece of history to happen.  If senior John Roddick wins his match, he will tie Matt Tourdot for career victories at 159 with a chance to break the record a week later at Logan.

After losing five consecutive duals to Tomah from the 2004-05 season to the 2008-09 season, Sparta has earned five straight wins against their rivals including a 40-30 victory last year.  Tomah is a pretty young team with only four seniors on varsity.  There are eight freshman and sophomore wrestling varsity and two juniors.  There aren’t many weak weights with a lot of the guys from Tomah hanging around .500 for their record.  Sophomore Hunter Piece (32-5) leads the team with 32 wins.

Here is Tomah’s lineup and some notes on each wrestler…

  • 106  –  Tommy Repka (24-11), Lost 5-3 to Holen’s Trevor Plomedahl, Corey Zimmerman defeated Plomedahl 3-1, in last year’s dual against Tomah, Zimmerman defeated Repka 6-3.
  • 113  –  Bobby Bemis (19-12), was pinned by Holmen’s Tanner Schultz in 1:27. Schultz defeated Sparta’s David Hayes 10-6 in match that Hayes led for a good portion of.
  • 120  –  Katon Moser (26-8), Christian Lamon pinned Moser last year in 1:46,
  • 126  –  Alec Devito (6-15), was pinned by Holmen’s Isaac Lahr in 1:07, Lahr pinned Sam Forbes in 5:18.
  • 132  –  Hunter Pierce (32-5), Pierce defeated Holmen’s Ryan Bennett 6-2. Roddick defeated Bennett 7-0. Placed 5th at Bi-State, John Roddick defeated Pierce 15-7 in last year’s dual,
  • 138  –  Isaac Linzmeier (13-12), lost 21-9 to Holmen’s Jonah Rieber.  Rieber tech falled Trygve Zurfluh.
  • 145  –  Casey Curran (14-5), tech falled Holmen’s Taylor Goins 17-2 in 5:37. Goins was pinned by Brett VonRuden in 1:27, lost 5-3 to Dylan Winchel in last year’s dual,
  • 152  –  Ryan Baldwin (10-10)
  • 160  –  Collin Samson (16-14), Holmen’s Nathan Thesing pinned Sampson in 44 seconds. Hayden Krein pinned Thesing in 38 seconds. Defeated Haydn Bernett in 6:29 of overtime in last year’s dual,
  • 170  –  Ben Linzmeier (10-6), pinned Walker Polhamus in 1:30 last year,
  • 182  –  Justice Blackhawk (17-15)
  • 195  –  Mason Komary (8-11)
  • 220  –  Jack Hessil (16-15), lost 13-1 to Holmen’s Jack Westscott.  Logan VanTassel pinned Westscott in 1:52, both of these matches were at 195 so we could see Hessil drop down a weight.
  • 285  –  Zach Herricks (14-13)

 

Common dual opponents for each team are below.

  • Sparta tied Rhinelander 39-39 and won on criteria, but also gave up 30 points via forfeits.  Sparta has been wrestling tournaments with less than a full team all year, but they have guys to compete in duals.  Don’t expect the Spartans to give up 30 points to Tomah via forfeits.  Just last weekend, Rhinelander beat Tomah 42-27.
  • Holmen defeated Tomah by nine back in December by a 41-32 score.  Just a couple weeks ago, Sparta defeated the Vikings 48-26.

Tomah is a solid team from top to bottom with few weaknesses. They will only get better next year, but I think Sparta’s exceptional senior leadership plus a solid lineup will prove to be too much for the Timberwolves.  That said, it could be said that Holmen was favored to beat Sparta last year so anything can happen.  The only guarantees are that Coach Roddick and Coach Von Haden will be chomping at the bit and there will be no comments made by any Tomah officials regarding the 15th anniversary of the infamous Sparta-Tomah dual of 2000 that saw a dual victory by the Spartans ripped from the Spartans’ grasp by an official who didn’t know the rulebook.

Finally, on a more serious note, you’d be a fool to doubt the Spartans this year.  For much of the year, Sparta has been wrestling without wrestlers at all their weight classes and they have continued to pick up dual meet victories and tournament championships.  The core nine or 10 guys who have stepped onto the mat for each dual and tournament have done a tremendous job and a lot of that can be attributed to the coaching staff.

There will be a live stream of tomorrow’s dual.  Be sure to check back here tomorrow afternoon for a link to the live stream.  Good luck Spartans!

13 Spartan wrestlers competed at the Wisconsin Challenge Series State Tournament this past Saturday. The Challenge Series is set up to provide State type competition for future varsity wrestlers. Sparta finished 9th out of the 111 teams competing. Mathias Krein led the Spartans with a 3rd place finish at 132. Mathias was 4-1 on the day, suffering only a 4-2 loss to eventual champion Nick Arnold from Kaukauna. Also placing for the Spartans were Kyle Erickson (113) 2-2, Consolation Runner-Up; Collin Gartner (138) 3-1 5th Place; Ashley Dahl (145) 2-1, 8th Place (Ashley was forced to default his last two matches due to injury); Justin Marx (152) 4-1, Consolation Champion; Brady Hansen (160) 2-2, 7th Place; Austin Zwiefel (170) 2-2, 6th Place; Devon Smith (285) 2-2, Consolation runner-Up.  All results are listed below.

WI Challenge Series Finals Results for Sparta
Varsity Reserve 113 – Kyle Erickson’s place is unknown and has scored 6.00 team points.
Champ. Round 2 – Kaide Pope (Stevens Point) won by decision over Kyle Erickson (Sparta) (Dec 2-0)
Cons. Round 1 – Kyle Erickson (Sparta) won by fall over Kyle Zoller (Oconomowoc) (Fall 2:18)
Cons. Round 2 – Kyle Erickson (Sparta) won by fall over Zachary Gamache (West Allis Central) (Fall 1:40)
Consolation 1st – Issac Aarrestad (Menomonie) won by decision over Kyle Erickson (Sparta) (Dec 11-7)

Varsity Reserve 132 – Mathias Krein’s place is 3rd and has scored 16.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Mathias Krein (Sparta) won by major decision over Derrick Richardson (Beloit) (Maj 13-0)
Champ. Round 2 – Mathias Krein (Sparta) won by decision over Tristen Wright (Wisconsin Lutheran) (Dec 10-4)
Quarterfinal – Mathias Krein (Sparta) won by decision over Brett Watnemoe (Eau Claire North) (Dec 8-2)
Semifinal – Nick Armold (Kaukauna) won by decision over Mathias Krein (Sparta) (Dec 4-2)
3rd Place Match – Mathias Krein (Sparta) won by major decision over Frank Martin (Homestead) (Maj 14-2)

Varsity Reserve 132 – Russell Winchel’s place is unknown and has scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Russell Winchel (Sparta) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Nick Armold (Kaukauna) won by fall over Russell Winchel (Sparta) (Fall 2:58)
Cons. Round 1 – Kody Dudgeon (Amery) won by decision over Russell Winchel (Sparta) (Dec 5-2)

Varsity Reserve 138 – Matt Fahning’s place is unknown and has scored 2.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Matt Fahning (Sparta) won by fall over Jesus Heredia (Oshkosh West) (Fall 3:15)
Champ. Round 2 – Jordan Reiner (Whitnall) won by decision over Matt Fahning (Sparta) (Dec 11-4)
Cons. Round 1 – Mike Beck (Hudson) won by fall over Matt Fahning (Sparta) (Fall 3:32)

Varsity Reserve 138 – Andrew Rickey’s place is unknown and has scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Andrew Rickey (Sparta) won by decision over Jack Price (Appleton North) (Dec 10-6)
Champ. Round 2 – Kaleb Schuster (DC Everest) won by fall over Andrew Rickey (Sparta) (Fall 4:16)
Cons. Round 1 – Jeremiah Oldenburg (New Berlin) won by decision over Andrew Rickey (Sparta) (Dec 12-8)

Varsity Reserve 138 – Collin Gartner’s place is 5th and has scored 12.00 team points.
Champ. Round 2 – Collin Gartner (Sparta) won by fall over Tom Weinkauf (Merrill) (Fall 2:55)
Quarterfinal – Jacob Canner (Kaukauna) won by decision over Collin Gartner (Sparta) (Dec 4-1)
Cons. Round 2 – Collin Gartner (Sparta) won by major decision over Kirkland Hills (Hortonville) (Maj 10-2)
5th Place Match – Collin Gartner (Sparta) won by decision over Jordan Reiner (Whitnall) (Dec 2-0)

Varsity Reserve 145 – Ashley Dahl’s place is 8th and has scored 6.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Ashley Dahl (Sparta) won by decision over Eric Crum (Mount Horeb) (Dec 5-3)
Champ. Round 2 – Ashley Dahl (Sparta) won by fall over Turner Daly (Cedarburg) (Fall 5:42)
Quarterfinal – Everett Oldenburg (Mukwonago) won by injury default over Ashley Dahl (Sparta) (Inj. 3:37)
Cons. Round 2 – Aaron Simmons (Franklin) won by injury default over Ashley Dahl (Sparta) (Inj. 0:00)
7th Place Match – Lucas Sanchez (Mineral Point) won by injury default over Ashley Dahl (Sparta) (Inj. 0:00)

Varsity Reserve 152 – Justin Marx’s place is unknown and has scored 2.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Justin Marx (Sparta) won by decision over Brandon Koepp (Grafton) (Dec 5-3)
Champ. Round 2 – Austin Freeland (Menomonie) won by fall over Justin Marx (Sparta) (Fall 4:46)
Cons. Round 1 – Justin Marx (Sparta) received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 2 – Justin Marx (Sparta) won by decision over Robert Burkhalter (Tomah) (Dec 3-1)
Consolation 1st – Justin Marx (Sparta) won in sudden victory – 1 over Nick Fiorita (Oconomowoc) (SV-1 8-6)

Varsity Reserve 152 – James Gann’s place is unknown and has scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Nick Rapp (Grafton) won by decision over James Gann (Sparta) (Dec 5-2)
Cons. Round 1 – Matthew Chambers (Mauston) won by tech fall over James Gann (Sparta) (TF 15-0)

Varsity Reserve 160 – Brady Hansen’s place is 7th and has scored 8.00 team points.
Champ. Round 2 – Brady Hansen (Sparta) won by fall over Merlyn Metoxen (Seymour) (Fall 3:19)
Quarterfinal – Taylor Thomas (Stevens Point) won by fall over Brady Hansen (Sparta) (Fall 3:18)
Cons. Round 2 – Isaac Pape (Sauk Prairie) won by fall over Brady Hansen (Sparta) (Fall 2:08)
7th Place Match – Brady Hansen (Sparta) won by major decision over Andrew Koenig (Pewaukee) (Maj 12-1)

Varsity Reserve 170 – Austin Zwiefl’s place is 6th and has scored 9.00 team points.
Champ. Round 2 – Austin Zwiefl (Sparta) won by fall over Bryce Imhoff (Edgar) (Fall 0:30)
Quarterfinal – Trevor Fabian (Wrightstown) won by decision over Austin Zwiefl (Sparta) (Dec 7-5)
Cons. Round 2 – Austin Zwiefl (Sparta) won by decision over Brent Groubert, (Mukwonago) (Dec 10-4)
5th Place Match – Tyler Sekuris (Kenosha Indian Trail) won by fall over Austin Zwiefl (Sparta) (Fall 1:00)

Varsity Reserve 220 – Keyshawn Stewart’s place is unknown and has scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 2 – Larry Martin (Homestead) won by tech fall over Keyshawn Stewart (Sparta) (TF 17-2)
Cons. Round 1 – Keyshawn Stewart (Sparta) received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 2 – Key Cook (Stoughton) won by fall over Keyshawn Stewart (Sparta) (Fall 0:35)

Varsity Reserve 285 – Devon Smith’s place is unknown and has scored 6.00 team points.
Champ. Round 2 – Channer Schutts (Menomonie) won by fall over Devon Smith (Sparta) (Fall 1:18)
Cons. Round 1 – Devon Smith (Sparta) won by fall over Nick Dretzka (Stoughton) (Fall 0:31)
Cons. Round 2 – Devon Smith (Sparta) won by fall over Keyanta Wyatt (Milwaukee Marshall) (Fall 0:26)
Consolation 1st – Quinn Meinerz (Hartford) won by fall over Devon Smith (Sparta) (Fall 2:07)

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Jaden Winchel (top) and John Roddick (bottom) were individual champs at the 2015 Sparta Invite.

Jaden Winchel (top) and John Roddick (bottom) were individual champs at the 2015 Sparta Invite.

The writing was on the wall from the very beginning.  Nobody was going to stop the Spartans from claiming the 2015 Sparta Invite championship.  After a round of action, the Spartans had a nearly 50 point lead as the team went 18-3 through the quarterfinal round. They would send five more wrestlers ahead with victories in the semis and two would end the day as champions.

As has been the story all year long, nobody was going to tell the Spartans that they needed a full team to dominate the competition.  Without wrestlers at 195, 220 and 285, Sparta ran away with the team championship scoring 208 points followed by DeForest with 171.5 and Holmen with 161 points.

Leading the way for the Spartans were individual champions John Roddick and Jaden Winchel.  Roddick had an impressive overtime victory over the defending division three state champion at 113 pounds in Weston/Ithaca’s Hunter Dischler.  Dischler went 42-5 last year and won his state title match 17-5.  It was an impressive victory for the senior 126-pounder who has been wrestling particularly well over the last few weeks.

Not to be outdone, sophomore Jaden Winchel improved to 35-0 on the year by making quick work of Princeton’s Payton Hall to win the 132 pound bracket.  Winchel’s four matches all ended in pins with times of 0:21, 1:04, 3:41 and 2:18.

Also advancing to the finals were Brett VonRuden, Brock Polhamus and Hayden Krein.  All three ran into tough competition and finished second. VonRuden lost to Adams-Friendship’s Cole Clark (32-3), Polhamus to Cole Martin (31-1) for the second time this month and Krein to DeForest’s Jackson Hemauer (29-4).  Hemauer defeated Polhamus in the finals of last year’s Sparta Invite.

Every Spartan finished in the top six with David Hayes and Ryan Wisniewski finishing 3rd, Logan VanTassel 4th, Corey Zimmerman and Sam Forbes 5th and Walker Polhamus 6th.  The Spartans now have four wrestlers with over 30 wins on the year and another three that will likely reach that mark very soon.

The Spartans are off until Thursday when they battle arch-rivals Tomah at home.  Lots to come regarding that dual.

A summary of each Spartan wrestler’s day is below.

106  –  Corey Zimmerman, 5th Place, 4-1 with four pins
113  –  David Hayes, 3rd Place, 3-1 with two pins
120  –  Sam Forbes, 5th Place, 3-1
126  –  John Roddick, 1st Place, 4-0 with two pins
132  –  Jaden Winchel, 1st Place, 4-0 with four pins
138  –  Brett VonRuden, 2nd Place, 3-1 with a pin
145  –  Brock Polhamus, 2nd Place, 3-1 with a major decision
152  –  Hayden Krein, 2nd Place, 3-1 with a pin
160  –  Ryan Wisniewski, 3rd Place, 3-1 with two pins
170  –  Logan VanTassel, 4th Place, 3-1 with a major decision
182  –  Walker Polhamus, 6th Place, 3-2 with a pin

Team Scores

  1. Sparta 208
  2. DeForest 171.5
  3. Holmen 161
  4. Eau Claire North 157.5
  5. Mauston 142.5
  6. Iowa-Grant 126.5
  7. Reedsburg 114
  8. Neillsvile 86
  9. Franklin 82
  10. Weston/Ithaca 75
  11. Adams-Frienship 72
  12. Lancaster 68.5
  13. Desoto 58.5
  14. North Crawford/Seneca 37
  15. Black River Falls 35
  16. Princeton 32
  17. Blaire-Taylor 18
  18. Hillsboro 13

Full individual results are below…

106 – Corey Zimmerman (9-3) placed 5th and scored 17.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Corey Zimmerman (Sparta) 9-3 won by fall over jason griffiths (Hillsboro) 12-9 (Fall 4:20)
Quarterfinal – Skylar Barth (Neillsville) 26-5 won by major decision over Corey Zimmerman (Sparta) 9-3 (MD 10-2)
Cons. Round 2 – Corey Zimmerman (Sparta) 9-3 won by fall over Dylan Sleean (Adams-Friendship) 5-7 (Fall 0:14)
Cons. Semi – Corey Zimmerman (Sparta) 9-3 won by fall over Ardit Bello (DeForest) 3-3 (Fall 4:34)
5th Place Match – Corey Zimmerman (Sparta) 9-3 won by fall over Gavin Burch (Weston/Ithaca) 20-12 (Fall 4:43)

113 – David Hayes (21-12) placed 3rd and scored 19.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – David Hayes (Sparta) 21-12 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – David Hayes (Sparta) 21-12 won by fall over Kyle Gurney (Neillsville) 19-11 (Fall 1:12)
Semifinal – Mason McMillen (Reedsburg) 28-7 won by decision over David Hayes (Sparta) 21-12 (Dec 8-1)
3rd Place Match – David Hayes (Sparta) 21-12 won by fall over Jonah Sievert (Franklin) 17-11 (Fall 5:23)

120 – Sam Forbes (7-5) placed 5th and scored 9.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Sam Forbes (Sparta) 7-5 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Max Maylor (Iowa-Grant) 31-6 won by major decision over Sam Forbes (Sparta) 7-5 (MD 16-2)
Cons. Round 2 – Sam Forbes (Sparta) 7-5 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Semi – Sam Forbes (Sparta) 7-5 won by decision over Bryce Bierman (Reedsburg) 18-12 (Dec 6-1)
5th Place Match – Sam Forbes (Sparta) 7-5 won by decision over Dylan Nielsen (Neillsville) 20-9 (Dec 1-0)

126 – John Roddick (33-4) placed 1st and scored 28.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – John Roddick (Sparta) 33-4 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – John Roddick (Sparta) 33-4 won by fall over Tyler Mallett (Eau Claire North) 17-15 (Fall 0:57)
Semifinal – John Roddick (Sparta) 33-4 won by fall over Nick Cahalan (Desoto) 22-4 (Fall 1:27)
1st Place Match – John Roddick (Sparta) 33-4 won in sudden victory – 1 over Hunter Dischler (Weston/Ithaca) 30-2 (SV-1 3-1)

132 – Jaden Winchel (35-0) placed 1st and scored 30.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 35-0 won by fall over Nate Thayer (Mauston) 3-9 (Fall 0:21)
Quarterfinal – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 35-0 won by fall over TJ Sprosty (North Crawford/Seneca) 7-15 (Fall 1:04)
Semifinal – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 35-0 won by fall over Greg Fischer (DeForest) 14-13 (Fall 3:41)
1st Place Match – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 35-0 won by fall over Payton Hall (Princeton) 27-6 (Fall 2:18)

138 – Brett VonRuden (30-9) placed 2nd and scored 20.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Brett VonRuden (Sparta) 30-9 won by fall over Taylor Goins (Holmen) 7-20 (Fall 0:57)
Quarterfinal – Brett VonRuden (Sparta) 30-9 won by decision over Justin Peterson (Eau Claire North) 25-6 (Dec 9-6)
Semifinal – Brett VonRuden (Sparta) 30-9 won by decision over Noah Larson (Franklin) 22-8 (Dec 11-9)
1st Place Match – Cole Clark (Adams-Friendship) 32-3 won by decision over Brett VonRuden (Sparta) 30-9 (Dec 9-5)

145 – Brock Polhamus (34-3) placed 2nd and scored 21.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Brock Polhamus (Sparta) 34-3 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Brock Polhamus (Sparta) 34-3 won by major decision over Matt McLinn (Black River Falls) 16-10 (MD 13-4)
Semifinal – Brock Polhamus (Sparta) 34-3 won by decision over Stetson Clary (Weston/Ithaca) 26-6 (Dec 3-2)
1st Place Match – Cole Martin (Lancaster) 31-1 won by decision over Brock Polhamus (Sparta) 34-3 (Dec 7-2)

152 – Hayden Krein (26-5) placed 2nd and scored 22.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 26-5 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 26-5 won by fall over Kyle Peterson (Black River Falls) 15-9 (Fall 0:47)
Semifinal – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 26-5 won by decision over Brady Peat (Iowa-Grant) 23-11 (Dec 6-0)
1st Place Match – Jackson Hemauer (DeForest) 29-4 won by decision over Hayden Krein (Sparta) 26-5 (Dec 9-2)

160 – Ryan Wisnieski (28-12) placed 3rd and scored 17.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Ryan Wisnieski (Sparta) 28-12 won by fall over Morgan Lemke (Desoto) 3-19 (Fall 0:52)
Quarterfinal – Ryan Wisnieski (Sparta) 28-12 won by fall over Jake Anderson (Princeton) 13-12 (Fall 3:35)
Semifinal – Zach Stluka (North Crawford/Seneca) 28-3 won by fall over Ryan Wisnieski (Sparta) 28-12 (Fall 3:47)
3rd Place Match – Ryan Wisnieski (Sparta) 28-12 won by decision over Jared Lenze (Mauston) 18-9 (Dec 10-8)

170 – Logan VanTassel (29-9) placed 4th and scored 14.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Logan VanTassel (Sparta) 29-9 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Logan VanTassel (Sparta) 29-9 won by major decision over Sam Rogstad (Black River Falls) 17-9 (MD 10-1)
Semifinal – Luke Nowak (Iowa-Grant) 32-3 won by decision over Logan VanTassel (Sparta) 29-9 (Dec 8-6)
3rd Place Match – Lance Buckles (Desoto) 26-3 won by decision over Logan VanTassel (Sparta) 29-9 (Dec 4-2)

182 – Walker Polhamus (20-12) placed 6th and scored 11.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Walker Polhamus (Sparta) 20-12 won by fall over Braden Smith (Blair-Taylor) 7-7 (Fall 0:13)
Quarterfinal – Kevin Rauls (DeForest) 22-12 won by decision over Walker Polhamus (Sparta) 20-12 (Dec 5-3)
Cons. Round 2 – Walker Polhamus (Sparta) 20-12 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Semi – Walker Polhamus (Sparta) 20-12 won by decision over Jack Westscott (Holmen) 19-17 (Dec 8-1)
5th Place Match – Steven Djurina (Franklin) 13-7 won by fall over Walker Polhamus (Sparta) 20-12 (Fall 2:27)

 

Rick Brohmer - January 25, 2015 - 8:29 pm

Great wrestling Spartans. Kudos to John an Jaden for their individual championships. Best of luck against Tomah

We will be live streaming all Sparta semi-final matches and all the final matches. Semis should begin at 2:00 PM and the Finals are expected to start at 4:30 PM. Use the following link:

http://thecube.com/event/sparta-wrestling-invitational-semi-finals-and-fina-449796

Here’s your quick Sparta Invite preview.  Another great tournament in store with 48 ranked wrestlers including three wrestlers who are tops at their weight classes.  The top dogs include Sparta’s Jaden Winchel at 132 pounds, Lancaster’s Cole Martin at 145 and David Chadd at 195.

Based on rankings and number of ranked individuals, expect Sparta, Eau Claire North and Iowa-Grant/Highland to be in competition for the top team spot.  Anything can happen though and Sparta will need to wrestle their best to come away with a title at their home meet–something they’ve done only twice since 1997.

Ranked wrestlers by team include…

  • Adams-Friendship, D2  –  Cole Clark (7th at 138), Rylan Burrows (HM at 182)
  • Black River Falls, D2  –  Nick Raifsnider (HM at 170)
  • Blair-Taylor, D3  –  No ranked wrestlers
  • DeForest, D1  –  Jackson Hemauer (12th at 152), Kevin Rauls (HM at 182), Nathan Kemp (13th at 195), Hunter Toppel (4th at 285)
  • Desoto, D3  –  Lance Buckles (4th at 170), Mike Finney (9th at 195)
  • Eau Claire North, D1  –  Mason Phillips (HM at 106), Tyler Deacon (12th at 120), Justin Peterson (9th at 138), Hunter Dahlby (6th at 182)
  • Franklin, D1  –  Gavin Devine (12th at 285)
  • Hillsboro, D3  –  No ranked wrestlers
  • Holmen, D1  –  Tanner Schultz (2nd at 106), Charles Serauskas (6th at 220)
  • Iowa-Grant/Highland, D3  –  Sawyer Sarbacker (7th at 106), Max Maylor (6th at 120), Brady Peat (HM at 152), Luke Nowak (2nd at 170), Kyle Soderstrom (9th at 220)
  • Lancaster, D3  –  Cole Martin (1st at 145), Dustin Reynolds (6th at 152), Tyson Wolf (HM at 160),  David Chadd (1st at 195)
  • Mauston, D2  –  Chris Ruf (6th at 113), Teagen Miller (HM at 138), John Maki (4th at 145)
  • Neillsville, D2  –  Skylar Barth (10th at 106), Stetson Rueth (HM at 138), Jake Rueth (3rd at 170), Nick Rueth (HM at 220)
  • North Crawford/Seneca, D3  –  Zach Stluka (8th at 160)
  • Princeton, D3  –  Payton Hall (9th at 132), Taran Holland (HM at 152)
  • Reedsburg, D1  –  Thomas Holston (HM at 106), Mason McMillen (HM at 113), Dalton Hahn (2nd at 182)
  • Sparta, D2  –  Christian Lamon (6th at 120), John Roddick (3rd at 126), Jaden Winchel (1st at 132), Brett VonRuden (HM at 138), Brock Polhamus (2nd at 145), Hayden Krein (5th at 152)
  • Weston/Ithaca, D3  –  Gavin Burch (HM at 106), Hunter Dischler (1st at 120), Stetson Clary (2nd at 132), Ossian Sharp (HM at 220)

Some big matchups that could happen include…

  • Sparta’s Brock Polhamus (ranked 2nd in D2) and Lancaster’s Cole Martin (ranked 1st in D3).  Martin took it to Polhamus a couple weeks ago, but you can bet Brock will be looking to serve a plate of vengeance.
  • Sparta’s Jaden Winchel (1st at 132) and Stetson Clary (2nd at 132) could meet.  Brock Polhamus defeated Clary earlier this season in a dual in Sparta.
  • At 152 pounds, Sparta’s Hayden Krein (ranked 5th at 152) could meet Lancaster’s Dustin Reynolds (6th at 152 in D3)
  • Lots of good matchups at 170.  Desoto’s Lance Buckles (ranked 4th), Iowa-Grant/Highland’s Luke Nowak (ranked 2nd) and Neillsville’s Jake Rueth (ranked 3rd)
  • At 182 pounds, we have Eau Claire North’s Hunter Dahlby (ranked 6th) and Reedsburg’s Dalton Hahn (ranked 2nd)

These aren’t set in stone.  Guys could move around, brackets could change.  One thing is certain though.  It will be another great day for wrestling in Sparta.  Good luck Spartans!

Keyshawn Stewart picked up an overtime victory for the Spartans Thursday evening.

Keyshawn Stewart picked up an overtime victory for the Spartans Thursday evening.

The Spartans dominated another MVC opponent Thursday evening topping La Crosse Central 60-15.  The marquee matchup of the night pitted Central’s Connor Williams (ranked 7th at 152 in D1) and Hayden Krein (ranked 5th at 152 in D2).  Krein was leading the match before being reversed to his back in a five point match that was the difference in a 7-4 victory by Williams.

At 220, Keyshawn Stewart picked up his first non-forfeit MVC victory with a 10-5 victory in overtime.  As has been the theme this year in duals and tournaments, the Spartans were particularly adept at picking up bonus points.  Sparta earned five pins against the Raiders.

Full results are below…

182  –  Walker Polhamus pinned Austin Collins-Martin (Central) in 1:12
195  –  Austin Zwiefl pinned Grant Sanger (Central) in 1:11
220  –  Keyshawn Stewart defeated Nhia Xiong (Central) 10-5 OT SV-1
285  –  Jarod Martinez (Central) pinned Devon Smith in 1:29
106  –  Corey Zimmerman won by forfeit
113  –  David Hayes defeated Josh Kuhse (Central) 6-2
120  –  Jaden Van Maanen (Central) pinned Sam Forbes in 1:27
126  –  John Roddick won by forfeit
132  –  Jaden Winchel pinned James Werner (Central) in 3:32
138  –  Brett VonRuden pinned Spencer Bloss (Central) in 3:19
145  –  Brock Polhamus pinned Riki Culter (Central) in 1:11
152  –  Connor Williams (Central) defeated Hayden Krein 7-4
160  –  Ryan Wisniewski pinned Brandyn Nelson (Central) in 1:04
170  –  Logan VanTassel won by forfeit

With the victory, the Spartans improved to 10-6 overall and 4-0 in the MVC.  They have Friday off before they return to action Saturday as they host their own invitational.  Wrestling begins at Meadowview Middle School at 9:30am.

Ryan Wisniewski was among five Spartan wrestlers to go 5-0 on the day.  The others were John Roddick, Jaden Winchel, Brett Von Ruden and Brock Polhamus.

Ryan Wisniewski was among five Spartan wrestlers to go 5-0 on the day. The others were John Roddick, Jaden Winchel, Brett Von Ruden and Brock Polhamus.

Only nine Spartan wrestlers traveled to Stevens Point this past weekend, but they made the absolute most of their time on the mat.  Sparta went 4-1 on the day and finished third at a tournament that has often given them fits.  The day saw dominant victories over Shawano and Kimberly and in the third place match, the Spartans finally defeated Baraboo.  The Thunderbirds had claimed two straight against Sparta by scores of 37-34 last year and 40-33 during the 2012-13 season.  In over 50 years of wrestling, this was just the 10th victory against Baraboo for Sparta.

Against the host Stevens Point, a number of one-point losses were the difference in a 36-27 loss.  That should be nothing new for the Spartans against Stevens Point.  Sparta has wrestled the Panthers each of the last three seasons with close scores in each of those duals.  Sparta lost by one during the 2012-13 season and won by one last season.

On the day, the Spartans were dominant when they wrestled.  Overall, they were 38-7 with four of those losses coming by one point.  Sparta did not register a single major decision or technical fall victory on the day, but they did earn 24 pins.  With regular forfeits at 120, 152, 195, 220 and 285, the Spartans had to generate bonus points whenever they could and that’s just what they did.  Spartan wrestlers also won three matches by three points or less.  On a day when Sparta had just nine guys competing, each Spartan on the mat did their job to pick up bonus points and avoid surrendering them.

Individually, John Roddick, Jaden Winchel, Brett VonRuden, Brock Polhamus and Logan Van Tassel were 5-0.  David Hayes and Ryan Wisniewski were 4-1, Corey Zimmerman 3-2 and Walker Polhamus 2-3.  Brock Polhamus had a pair of big victories over ranked wrestlers.  In the dual against Baraboo, he defeated Zach Raymond 5-2.  Raymond is an honorable mention in D1 at 152.  Against Stevens Point, Polhamus won another 5-2 decision against Dakota Kelz who entered the match ranked 8th in D1 at 152 pounds.

Dual scores, wrestler summaries and individual dual results are below…

  • Stevens Point 36 – Sparta 27
  • Sparta 39 – Rhinelander 39, Sparta wins on criteria
  • Sparta 54 – Shawano 12
  • Sparta 51 – Kimberly 12
  • Sparta 39 – Baraboo 30

106  –  Corey Zimmerman, 3-2 with a pin
113, 120  –  David Hayes, 4-1 with three pins
126  –  John Roddick, 5-0 with three pins
132  –  Jaden Winchel, 5-0 with five pins
138  –  Brett Von Ruden, 5-0 with two pins
145, 152  –  Brock Polhamus, 5-0 with two pins
160  –  Ryan Wisniewski, 4-1 with three pins
170  –  Logan Van Tassel, 5-0 with four pins
182  –  Walker Polhamus, 2-3 with a pin

Sparta vs Baraboo
106  –  Corey Zimmerman pinned Malaki Ringelstetter (Baraboo) in 0:48
113  –  Trevor Hanson (Baraboo) won by forfeit
120  –  David Hayes defeated Anthony Perez (Baraboo) 11-9
126  –  John Roddick pinned Alex Satz (Baraboo) in 1:18
132  –  Jaden Winchel pinned Dillon Porter (Baraboo) in 1:57
138  –  Brett Von Ruden pinned Andre Mayllen (Baraboo) in 5:38
145  –  Double Forfeit
152  –  Brock Polhamus defeated Zach Raymond (Baraboo) 5-2
160  –  Ryan Wisniewski pinned Hunter Kluender (Baraboo) in 3:50
170  –  Logan Van Tassel defeated Hermes Duran (Baraboo) 7-1
182  –  Ben Goodreau (Baraboo) pinned Walker Polhamus in 5:45
195  –  David Gale (Baraboo) won y forfeit
220  –  Nick Pierce (Baraboo) won by forfeit
285  –  Collin Marquardt (Baraboo) won by forfeit

Sparta vs Kimberly
106  –  Corey Zimmerman won by fofeit
113  –  David Hayes pinned Hunter Bruecker (Kimberly) in 4:48
120  –  Shane Christman (Kimberly) won by forfeit
126  –  John Roddick pinned Drosianos Louvaris (Kimberly) in 2:42
132  –  Jaden Winchel pinned Jordan Weinzetl (Kimberly) in 2:40
138  –  Brett Von Ruden defeated Connor Zirpel (Kimberly) 10-4
145  –  Brock Polhamus pinned Trevor Santkuyl (Kimberly) in 3:40
152  –  Double Forfeit
160  –  Ryan Wisniewski pinned Alex Mischka (Kimberly) in 3:17
170  –  Logan Van Tassel pinned Ben Mohr (Kimberly) in 0:44
182  –  Walker Polhamus pinned Derek Moore (Kimberly) in 0:51
195  –  Jeremy Bowens (Kimberly) won by forfeit
220  –  Double Forfeit
285  –  Double Forfeit

Sparta vs Shawano
106  –  Corey Zimmerman won by fofeit
113  –  David Hayes pinned Danny Darling (Shawano) in 1:17
120  –  Jordan Rodriguiz (Shawano) won by forfeit
126  –  John Roddick pinned Austin Oreskovic (Shawano) in 1:36
132  –  Jaden Winchel pinned Shawn Bell (Shawano) in 0:54
138  –  Brett Von Ruden won by forfeit
145  –  Brock Polhamus pinned Jarrett Laatsch (Shawano) in 1:14
152  –  Double Forfeit
160  –  Ryan Wisniewski pinned Curtis Waupoose (Shawano) in 2:56
170  –  Logan Van Tassel pinned Jacob Sackett (Shawano) in 0:50
182  –  Walker Polhamus won by forfeit
195  –  Double Forfeit
220  –  Double Forfeit
285  –  Damon Braatz (Shawano) won by forfeit

Sparta vs Rhinelander
106  –  Tyler Olson (Rhinelander) defeated Corey Zimmerman 4-3
113  –  David Hayes pinned Kevin Albrant (Rhinelander) in 1:07
120  –  Alec Modrow (Rhinelander) won by forfeit
126  –  John Roddick defeated Jacob Demeyer (Rhinelander) 7-2
132  –  Jaden Winchel pinned Jon Fox (Rhinelander) in 1:54
138  –  Brett VonRuden pinned Brenden Mitchell (Rhinelander) in 0:38
145  –  Brock Polhamus wins by injury default over Derrick Dumprope (Rhinelander)
152  –  Alex Reas (Rhinelander) won by forfeit
160  –  Ryan Wisniewski won by forfeit
170  –  Logan Van Tassel pinned Alec Kurtz (Rhinelander)  in 1:53
182  –  Dominic Littleton (Rhinelander) pinned Walker Polhamus in 5:27
195  –  Brett Labrasca (Rhinelander) won by forfeit
220  –  Logan Enerson (Rhinelander) won by forfeit
285  –  Mike Wagner (Rhinelander) won by forfeit

Sparta vs. Stevens Point
106  –  Brady Koontz (Stevens Point) defeated Corey Zimmerman 5-0
113  –  Dylan Koontz (Stevens Point) defeated David Hayes 9-3
120  –  Double Forfeit
126  –  John Roddick won by forfeit
132  –  Jaden Winchel won by pin over Garret Kvatek (Stevens Point) in 1:13
138  –  Brett VonRuden won by forfeit
145  –  Brock Polhamus defeated Dakota Kelz (Stevens Point) 5-2
152  –  Fritz Schierl (Stevens Point) won by forfeit
160  –  Taylor Thomas (Stevens Point) defeated Ryan Wisniewski 3-2
170  –  Logan VanTassel pinned Jake Harlow (Stevens Point) in 1:17
182  –  Paul Zalewski (Stevens Point) defeated Walker Polhamus 3-2
195  –  Double forfeit
220  –  Noel Winch (Stevens Point) won by forfeit
285  –  Owen Klish (Stevens Point) won by forfeit

 

The Spartans dominated Holmen Thursday night in a matchup of teams that have won the last five MVC championships.  Sparta picked up six first period pins and seven overall to go along with two more victories by decisions en route to a domiating 48-26 victory in Sparta.

Hayden Krein, Ryan Wisniewski, Logan VanTassel and Walker Polhamus all moved up a weight class to create favorable matchups with Holmen.  The move paid off as the Spartans picked up four pins and 24 team points to jump out to a 36-5 lead.  The Vikings’ strong upper weights picked up 12 points with pins at 220 and 285 before Corey Zimmerman made his 106 debut for the Spartans and stopped the Viking scoring with a 3-1 victory.

Holmen would pick up nine more points with a decision at 113 and a pin at 120.  At 113, Sparta’s David Hayes gave Holmen’s Tanner Schultz (ranked 3rd at 106 in D1) all he could handle in a match that saw Hayes leading for almost half of the six minutes.

Jaden Winchel closed out the scoring for the Spartans with a lightning fast pin in 32 seconds to give Sparta the 48-26 victory.  Full results are below…

138  –  Brett VonRuden pinned Taylor Goins (Holmen) in 1:27
145  –  Brock Polhamus pinned Noah Steinhoff (Holmen) in 2:33
152  –  Jonah Rieber (Holmen) won by technical fall over Trygve Zurfluh
160  –  Hayden Krein pinned Nathan Thesing (Holmen) in 0:38
170  –  Ryan Wisniewski pinned Paul Boehm (Holmen) in 1:28
182  –  Logan VanTassel pinned Jack Westcott (Holmen) in 1:52
195  –  Walker Polhamus pinned Steven Anderson (Holmen) in 1:20
220  –  Alan Yusten (Holmen) pinned Keyshawn Stewart in 0:47
285  –  Charles Serauskas (Holmen) pinned Devon Smith in 0:27
106  –  Corey Zimmerman defeated Trevor Plomedahl (Holmen) 3-1
113  –  Tanner Schultz (Holmen) defeated David Hayes 10-6
120  –  Isaac Lahr (Holmen) pinned Sam Forbes in 5:18
126  –  John Roddick defeated Ryan Bennett (Holmen) 7-0
132  –  Jaden Winchel pinned Seth Hauser (Holmen) in 0:32

The victory over Holmen was the Spartans’ seventh in their last nine duals against the Vikings.  The win moves the Spartans record to 3-0 in the MVC and 4-5 overall.  The Spartans have Friday off before they travel to Stevens Point on Saturday.  Congrats to the Spartans on winning a dual against a perennially tough Holmen team.