It was a busy night with five Spartan wrestlers competing in division two preliminary action at the Kohl Center Thursday evening and it’s shaping up to be a busy Friday with another five Spartans wrestling in the quarterfinals.  Christian Lamon and Hayden Krein, winners Thursday evening, join John Roddick, Jaden Winchel and Brock Polhamus in quarterfinal action starting at 11:15am this morning.

Lamon and Krein weren’t the only Spartans wrestling last night.  At 106, Corey Zimmerman dropped a 10-2 decision to Ellsworth’s Owen Matzek, Bret VonRuden fell 9-7 to Mayville’s Dakota Danner and Logan VanTassel dropped a 3-2 decision to Ellsworth’s Tristen Mueller.  All three were competitive in their matches, but fell short.  Most years, I’d move onto saying something about them finishing the season or their career with XYZ record, but this year, the Spartans wrestle at team state so they have at least another week in front of them to better themselves and their teammates as they prepare for Freedom.

At 120, Christian Lamon won 9-8 in a match that wasn’t as close as the score seemed.  Lamon controlled Whitewater’s Irving Sedano (29-15) for much of the match and was dominant on his feet.  At 152 pounds, Hayden Krein pinned Luxemburg-Casco’s Seth Peters (35-13) in 3:58, but not without an early scare.  Just seconds into the match, Peters locked up Krein in a deep cradle that nearly ended it, but Krein was able to escape and went beast mode after that.  After falling down 5-0 in the first minute, Krein picked up a reversal and numerous back points racking up a 13-5 lead before putting Peters to his back and picking up the pin.  Krein will now face Sheyboygan Falls’ Sean Mattek while Lamon will wrestle Prescott’s Sam Stuhl.

Some notes on other area wrestlers…

  • Onalaska 195-pounder Konrad Ernst won two close decisions.  In the prelims, Ernst (36-3) eeked out an 8-6 victory over Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln’s Cody Abel (44-4) and in his quarterfinal bout, won in over time by pin in 6:34 over Union Grove’s previously unbeaten Adam Braley (22-1).  Ernst will not wrestle Menomonie’s Mason Stokke.
  • La Crosse Central’s Jaden Van Maanen (46-0) is still undefeated and will be wrestling for a spot in the state finals tonight.  Van Maanen wasn’t dominant, but he picked up some impressive victories over Badger’s Robby Mutimer (41-6) by a 4-0 score and Kaukauna’s Trent Leon (43-6) by a 7-4 score. Van Maanen will not wrestle Whitnall/Greendale’s Anthony Senthavisouk (39-7) in the semis tonight.
  • Holmen’s Charles Serauskas won his first match 13-1, but was pinned in 1:21 in his quarterfinal match against Oconomowoc’s Brett Samson (46-1).  Teammate Jonah Rieber ran into a very good wrestlers in Kaukauna’s Robert Lee (41-1) and was pinned in 2:55.
  • Tomah’s Hunter Pierce lost 9-0 to New London’s Scott Cook (35-6)
  • Central’s Connor Williams dropped a 12-4 decision to Hudson’s Sawyer Massie (42-4).

Division two quarterfinal action begins at 11:15 am.  Good luck Spartans!

Mike Montgomery is back with his annual interview with the individual state tournament qualifiers.  This year there’s eight of them!  See what Corey Zimmerman, Christian Lamon, John Roddick, Jaden Winchel, Brett VonRuden, Brock Polhamus, Hayden Krein and Logan VanTassel have to say.

It’s a lengthy interview so we’ve broken it up into two parts.  Make sure to check this out before the state tournament!  Big thanks to Mike Montgomery for doing this!

Part 1

Part 2

Colette Burkwalt - February 26, 2015 - 1:55 am

Awesome interview

2015-qualifiers

Sparta’s 2015 State Qualifiers, Top row from left: Brett VonRuden, Brock Polhamus, Christian Lamon, Corey Zimmerman. Bottom row from left: Hayden Krein, Jaden Winchel, John Roddick, Logan VanTassel

Sparta is sending a record eight wrestlers to the state individual tournament this week.  That tops the program record of seven during the 2013 tournament.  For the fourth year in a row, Sparta is sending at least six wrestlers to the Kohl Center.  Statewide, Sparta is tied with Kaukauna, Ellsworth and Stratford for most state qualifiers.  Before we go into detail about each wrestler’s bracket, let’s take a look at some of the nitty gritty details of the tournament.

How can I get tickets?

You can buy tickets for each session online here.  Cost is $10 per session and are available online until two hours before any session begins.  Tickets can also be purchased at the Kohl Center during the tournament.

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How can I follow the Spartans?

Good question!  The easiest way would be to buy tickets and come down to Madison.  We realize not everyone can do that so there are still options to follow from afar.  All matches will be streamed live.  The finals of each division will be streamed at foxsportswisconsin.com.  All of the matches before the finals will be streamed live, but will cost you.  You can purchase a subscription to follow the pre-finals action here.  You can buy a one-day pass for $9.95 or a monthly pass for $14.95.  If you want to watch all the pre-finals matches, the best value would be to purchase a monthly pass then you can watch whatever you want from the comfort of your computer, tablet or mobile device.

You can also follow the Spartans here…

Our Facebook and Twitter pages along with Trackwrestling.com offer the most immediate updates.  Go to our Facebook and Twitter pages for more detailed commentary about the matches along with photos.  Go to Trackwrestling if you just want the results.

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When will the Spartans wrestle?

That is a good question and we can only give you half the answers.  The pace of wrestling dictates the exact time that each Spartan will take the mat so we can’t give you exact times.  What we can tell you is when each session will start.  Here is that information…

  • Thursday, February 26th  –  Division two preliminaries begin at approximately 7:15pm.  This would be the initial matches for Corey Zimmerman, Christian Lamon, Brett VonRuden, Hayden Krein and Logan VanTassel.  The lighter weights would be earlier while the upper weights would come later.
  • Friday, February 27th  –  Division two quarterfinals begin at approximately 11:15am.  This would mean any of the Spartans from the previous night who won in addition to John Roddick, Jaden Winchel and Brock Polhamus.
  • Friday, February 27th  –  Division two semifinals begin at 7pm.  If a Spartan has lost, they won’t be wrestling here.  If they have yet to lose, they’ll be wrestling for a spot in the state finals.
  • Saturday, February 28th  –  Division two consolation wrestlebacks and placement matches will begin at 11am and the placement matches will proceed after consolation matches are completed.  Spartans wrestling in the consolation wrestlebacks will be going for 3rd or 5th place.
  • Saturday, February 28th  –  Division two finals begin at 6pm.

Here is the full schedule for the tournament…

Thursday, February 26th
Session 1
D1 Prelims  –  3pm
D1 Quarterfinals  –  Approximately 5:15pm
D2 + D3 Prelims  –  Approximately 7:15pm

Friday, February 27th
Session 2
D1 Consolations  –  10am
D2 + D3 Quarterfinals  –  Approximately 11:15am
D1 Consolation Semis  –  Approximately 1:45pm
D2 + D3 Consolation Semis  –  Approximately 2:45pm

Session 3
D1 + D2 + D3 Semis  –  7pm

Saturday, February 28th
Session 4
D1 + D2 + D3 Consolation Wrestlebacks  –  11am
D1 + D2 + D3 Placement Matches  –  following conclusion of wrestlebacks

Session 5
D1 + D2 + D3 Championships  –  6pm

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Tell me more about the Spartans

As mentioned above, Sparta is tied with Kaukauna, Ellsworth and Stratford for most wrestlers at the tournament with eight.  That’s some good company to be in.  Here are some interesting facts heading into the tournament…

  • John Roddick and Brock Polhamus are making their fourth trip to the state tournament.  No Spartan has ever done that.
  • The Spartans return three placewinners from last year’s tournament.  Polhamus placed second last year, Winchel 3rd and Roddick 5th.  If Roddick places, he will become Sparta’s first three-time state placewinner.
  • Sophomore Jaden Winchel (45-0) is among 16 wrestlers at the tournament without a loss and is one of six in division two.  He joins Jaden Van Maanen (44-0) as the only undefeated area wrestlers in the tournament.
  • Sophomores Winchel and Christian Lamon are both making their second state tournament appearance.
  • Before Roddick and Polhamus qualified for the state tournament as freshman during the 2011-12 season, only one other freshman in program history had qualified and that was Josh Isensee during the 1994-95 season.  In a display of how times have changed, Sparta has seen four freshman qualify in the past two years alone–Winchel and Lamon last year and Hayden Krein and Brett VonRuden this year.
  • The Spartans have had at least three placewinners the last three state tournaments including a record four during the 2013 state tournament.

Let’s take a closer look at each wrestler’s bracket…

  • Corey Zimmerman  –  Big on experience, light on pounds, senior Corey Zimmerman will wrestle Ellsworth freshman Owen Matzek (37-9) in his first match at the Kohl Center.  If Zimmerman gets past Matzek, he’ll wrestle Grafton’s Arturo Duran (35-9).  Familiar faces in Zimmerman’s bracket include Belmont/Platteville’s Isaac Wiegel (33-9) who defeated Zimmerman 7-0 at sectionals.
  • Christian Lamon  –  Sparta’s 120-pounder will wrestle Whitewater’s Irving Sedano (29-14) Thursday evening.  The winner will wrestle Prescott freshman Sam Stuhl (34-6) Friday morning.  Back in early December, Lamon dropped a 4-0 decision to Stuhl at the Ellsworth Invitational.  Familiar opponents in Lamon’s bracket include Lodi’s Jacob Busser (37-7) and River Valley’s Nate Jennings (25-11).  Lamon defeated Jennings 4-2 at sectionals and lost to Busser in the sectional finals as well as the team dual a few days earlier.
  • John Roddick  -  The senior 126-pounder will face the winner of Luxemburg-Casco’s Josh VandeHei (34-12) and Sheyboygan Falls’ Ryan McGinnes (33-14).  If Roddick wins, he’ll likely have to face Amery’s Hunter Marko (37-1).  Marko will be looking for his third state championship after winning at 106 two years ago and 113 last season.  Besides Evansville/Albany’s Chase Katzenmeyer who Roddick defeated twice in the past week, Roddick has only faced Wisconsin Lutheran’s Tepra Wright, which resulted in a 10-2 loss at Badger State back in late December.
  • Jaden Winchel  –  The sophomore 132-pounder comes into the tournament with a 45-0 record and as the top-ranked wrestler in division two.  Winchel will face the winner of East Troy’s Gabe Braam (28-10) and Stanley-Boyd/Owen-Withee/Thorp’s Sam Burzynski (34-10).  If he wins that match, he will likely face Freedom’s Cody Walrath who is the second-ranked wrestler in D2 at 132. It could also be a preview of what’s to come at team state.  Other familiar faces for Winchel include Evansville/Albany freshman Nolan Kicmol who he defeated twice in the past week and Edgerton’s Sonny Schiedt who Winchel defeated 3-2 in the sectional semifinals.
  • Brett VonRuden  –  VonRuden is the fourth freshman to qualify for the state tournament in Spartan history and he’ll face a senior in his first match in Mayville’s Dakota Danner (34-8).  If VonRuden defeats Danner, he’ll face Luxemburg-Casco’s Mason Berceau (40-1) in the quarterfinals.  At least year’s state tournament, Polhamus defeated Berceau en route to the finals.  Other familiar faces in VonRuden’s bracket include Cuba City’s Josh Donar (33-6) and Evansville/Albany’s Jordan Meyer (31-5).  VonRuden dropped a 6-1 decision to Donar in the 2nd place match at sectionals while splitting with Meyer in the past week. VonRuden lost his opening match at sectionals to Meyer via a 3-2 decision and won his team sectional match after Meyer slammed him.
  • Brock Polhamus  –  Last year’s state runner-up at 138 pounds, Polhamus will look to return to the Kohl Center and take care of unfinished business in the finals.  His first match will be between the winner of Oconto Falls’ Nate Trepanier (36-5) and Cedar Grove-Belgiums’s Garrett Davies (26-16).  If he wins that match, he’ll likely face Medord Area’s Kolten Hanson (40-4).  Familiar faces in the bracket include Viroqua’s Taylor Gilardi (34-14) who Polhamus defeated at regionals and River Valley’s Elijah Alt (38-11) who Polhamus defeated in the sectional finals 4-3.  There is also Wrightstown’s Josh Verbeten who pinned Jaden Winchel in Winchel’s first match at state last year.
  • Hayden Krein    –  VonRuden is joined by fellow freshman Hayden Krein at this year’s state tournament.  Krein enters the match with a 35-6 record.  His first match will see him facing Luxemburg Casco junior Seth Peters (35-12).  If Krein gets past Peters, he’ll face Sheboygan Falls junior Seth Mattek (40-6).  The winner of that match will likely face Chetek-Weyerhausen-Prairie Farm’s Jonny Chamberlain (34-2).  Familiar faces in the bracket include Willie Vandenlangenberg (23-6) who Krein defeated at regionals then lost to at sectionals.  There is also Lodi’s Casey Persike who Krein defeated 7-1 at sectionals.  Wisconsin Lutheran’s Malik Smith (41-7) was a 9-3 winner over Ryan Wisniewski back at Badger State.
  • Logan VanTassel  –  Senior Logan VanTassel will wrestle Ellsworth’s Tristen Mueller (21-3) in his first match at the Kohl Center.  If VanTassel defeats Mueller, he’ll wrestle Wittenberg-Birnamwood’s Alex Peplinski (45-4).  Brock Polhamus was a 4-3 winner  in last year’s 138-pound state semifinals against Mueller.  VanTassel was a winner over Mueller earlier this year via injury default in the semis of the Ellsworth Invitational.  Familiar faces in VanTassel’s bracket include Lodi’s Logan Gordon (30-16) who Logan defeated at team and individual sectionals this past week.  There’s also Brodhead/Juda’s Brady Colden (45-2) who defeated VanTassel 9-2 in the sectional finals.

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Area Wrestlers in the Tournament

Here are some other area wrestlers in the tournament you can cheer for…

  • Black River Falls D2  –  Gary Garvin at 285
  • Cashton D3  –  Bradon Klimek at 285
  • Holmen D1  –  Jonah Rieber at 138 and Charles Serauskas at 220
  • La Crosse Central D1  –  Jaden Van Maanen at 120 and Connor Williams at 160
  • Onalaska D1  –  Konrad Ernst at 195
  • Reedsburg D1  –  Dalton Hahn at 182 and Mason McMillen at 113
  • Royall D3  –  Trenton Pasch at 145
  • Tomah D1  –  Hunter Pierce at 132
  • Viroqua D2  –  Taylor Gilardi at 145 and Ryan Hannah at 113
  • Westby D3  –  Riley Cade at 113, Brett Cade at 132, Brock Leum at 182 and Ross Withington at 152
  • West Salem/Bangor D2  –  Aaron Broer at 220

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A few important announcements about team state….

TICKETS

With the state individual tournament just a few days away and the state team tournament a little more than a week after that, now is the time to get your state team tickets and shirts so you can support your Spartans in style.

The state team semifinal against Freedom will begin at 10am with doors opening at 9am.  You can get your tickets for the dual against Freedom at the high school office until Tuesday, March 3rd.  Cost of the tickets is $8.

Should Sparta defeat Freedom and advance to the championship match, fans will be able to purchase tickets for the finals at 3pm at the ticket stand at the UW Field House for an additional $8.

STATE TEAM SHIRTS

So let’s fast forward a bit.   You have your tickets, transportation is planned and now you need to figure out what to wear.  BOOM!  We have you covered.  Get a customized Sparta Wrestling Team State shirt, long-sleeve shirt, crewneck sweatshirt, dri-fit shirt or dri-fit long sleeve shirt today!

How do you find yourself with one of these shirts for team state?  Download the order form here.  Please return the order form to Mike Roddick in the high school wrestling room or to Jean Roddick at the middle school by Wednesday, February 25th at 3pm.

RECAP

  • State team tickets can be purchased at the high school office for $8 until Tuesday, March 3rd.
  • State team apparel can be purchased by downloading an order form and submitting the form and payment by this Wednesday to Mike Roddick in the high school wrestling room or Jean Roddick at the middle school.
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If anyone needs one individual ticket for all sessions, we have one you can purchase. Thursday in 107 section and Friday and Saturday in 309 section.

Sparta’s fine work at team sectional is not going unnoticed.  New individual rankings are out and Sparta now has two top-ranked wrestlers.  I believe two top-ranked wrestlers in a program first.  Let’s check it out…

  • Corey Zimmerman  –  honorable mention at 106, previously unranked
  • Christian Lamon  –  4th at 120, previously ranked 5th
  • John Roddick  –  3rd at 126, no change from previous ranking
  • Jaden Winchel, 1st at 132, no change from previous ranking
  • Brett VonRuden, honorable mention at 138, no change from previous ranking
  • Brock Polhamus, 1st at 145, up one from previous ranking after Two Rivers’ Chris Yauch dropped to 138
  • Hayden Krein, 5th at 152, no change from previous ranking

On the team side, Sparta is ranked 8th, which is up two spots from their previous ranking of 10th.  These rankings came out the day before team sectionals and the next rankings that Wisconsin Wrestling Online releases will just be of the four division two teams who qualified for team state.  Speaking of…

The four teams that qualified for team state in division two are Ellsworth (ranked 3rd), Freedom (ranked 1st), Wisconsin Lutheran (ranked 5th) and Sparta (ranked 8th).  Clearly the rankings meant little to the Spartans after they handily dispatched second-ranked Evansville/Albany last night.  Pairings are out for team state and the Spartans will waste no time seeing what they’re made of.  They are matched up with top-ranked Freedom who were 33-27 winners over both fourth-ranked Two Rivers and seventh-ranked Wittenberg-Birnamwood.  Ellsworth defeated sixth-ranked Amery 52-13 and honorable mention Melrose-Mindoro/GET 64-6.  Wisconsin Lutheran defeated honorable mention Chilton/Hilbert 57-18 and honorable mention Lomira 41-19.

Sparta’s match with Freedom will be in the morning on Saturday, March 7th at the Field House in Madison, Wisc.  Division two action starts at 10 a.m.

team-sectional-champs-201415Sparta put together some of their best wrestling of the year and found contributions across the board as they ended a two-year team state absence with convincing wins over second-ranked Evansville/Albany and honorable mention Lodi.  The win over the second-ranked Evansville/Albany team represents the highest ranked team the Spartans have ever beat.

In both duals, the Spartans battled back from early forfeits.  Against Evansville/Albany, the Spartans did not take the lead until the seventh match, but once they had the lead, they never looked back.  Sparta’s surge started one match earlier when senior John Roddick won by major decision over the 7th ranked wrestler in D2 at 126 in Chase Katzenmeyer.  The dominant 9-1 victory was the start of six straight wins the put the match out of reach.  Sparta earned 31 points in those six matches that turned a 16-9 deficit into a 42-16 advantage. There were some big wins during those six matches.  Roddick defeated the seventh-ranked wrestler, Winchel defeated the 9th-ranked wrestler and Brett VonRuden won by injury default over the 5th-ranked wrestler.  VonRuden’s match seemed like a turning point for the Spartans, but it wasn’t the difference.  After Meyer’s slam of VonRuden, the Spartan freshman couldn’t continue and the Spartans saw them on the positive side of a match that Evansville/Albany probably thought they were going to win.  Even if they had won it, they still would have needed at least one other match to go their way.

The loss of Brett VonRuden made the dual with Lodi closer than some may have expected.  Again, the Spartans had to battle back from an early deficit.  After four matches, Sparta was down 15-6 and it wasn’t until seven  matches in at 138 pounds that the Spartans finally took the lead on the back of a 41-second pin by Jaden Winchel.  After that, the Spartans won four of the final seven matches to close out the Blue Devils.  It wasn’t easy though.  Lodi pulled to within 30-22 with matches that could go either way on paper, but Logan VanTassel and Walker Polhamus both came up with big wins to put the dual away.  Spartan fans should be familiar with very emotional matches against Lodi. In 2009-10, the Spartans lost 31-25 for a chance to go to team state.  One year later, they lost 34-28 in another agonizingly close dual.  The Spartans broke through on their third try during the 2011-12 season with a 41-14 victory.  This dual was closer to the first two times Sparta wrestled Lodi, but this time the Spartans were just too deep against a younger Lodi team.

After tonight’s two duals, three Spartan wrestlers now have 40 or more wins.  Jaden Winchel leads the team at 42-0 followed by Brock Polhamus at 41-3 and John Roddick at 40-4.  Roddick becomes the only Spartan wrestler to ever win 40 or more matches all four years.

The two wins push Sparta’s dual meet record to 13-6 on the year.  Sparta will now have a few days off before heading to Richland Center for sectionals.  That’s followed five days later by the individual state tournament at the Kohl Center.  After that, the Spartans will compete at team state on Saturday, March 7th.  This team has been nothing but resilient all year.  Many teams would crumble after an 0-5 performance like the Spartans put on at the Chula Vista Duals back in December, but this team has only gotten stronger and a lot of that is owed to the job that the coaching staff has done.  Big congrats to Mike Roddick and all the assistants on preparing this team to wrestle at their best tonight.

Congrats Spartans on a great team sectional performance!!

Sparta 43 – Evansville/Albany 26
220  –  Dustin Bjugstad (Evansville/Albany) wins by forfeit
285  –  Ryan Meehan (Evansville/Albany) pins Keyshawn Stewart in 0:45
106  –  Corey Zimmerman pins Taylor Milz (Evansville/Albany) in 2:35
113  –  David Hayes defeats Ben Barmore (Evansville/Albany) 6-0
120  –  Brandon Robinson (Evansville/Albany) defeats Christian Lamon 10-6
126  –  John Roddick wins by major decision over Chase Katzenmeyer (Evansville/Albany) 9-1
132  –  Jaden Winchel defeats Nolan Kicmol (Evansville/Albany) 5-0
138  –  Brett VonRuden wins by injury default against Jordan Meyer (Evansville/Albany)
145  –  Brock Polhamus pins Zac Wille (Evansville/Albany) in 1:21
152  –  Hayden Krein pins Miles Liesse (Evansville/Albany) in 0:58
160  –  Ryan Wisniewski pins Tyler Schmidt (Evansville/Albany) in 4:45
170  –  Tyler Grant (Evansville/Albany) wins by technical fall against Austin Zweifel 16-1
182  –  Logan VanTassel defeats Jake Carpenter (Evansville/Albany) 5-2
195  –  Lucius Rinehart (Evansville/Albany) pinned Walker Polhamus in 2:32

Sparta 37 – Lodi 28
285  –  Skler Kurt (Lodi) wins by forfeit
106  –  Corey Zimmerman pins Devin Robertson (Lodi) in 1:07
113  –  Bryant Ziegler (Lodi) defeats David Hayes 7-1
120  –  Jacob Busser (Lodi) pins Sam Forbes in 0:20
126  –  Christian Lamon wins by major decision against Branden Errthum (Lodi) 22-8
132  –  John Roddick wins by major decision against Max Barreau (Lodi) 12-4
138  –  Jaden Winchel pins Hunter Grams (Lodi) in 0:41
145  –  Brock Polhamus wins by major decision over Jacob Heyroth (Lodi) 15-5
152  –  Hayden Krein pins Cole Endres (Lodi) in 1:05
160  –  Casey Persike (Lodi) wins by major decision over Ryan Wisniewski 10-0
170  –  Tristan McDonald (Lodi) defeats Austin Zweifel 13-6
182  –  Logan VanTassel defeats Logan Gordon (Lodi) 9-3
195  –  Walker Polhamus wins by major decision over Wayne Karls (Lodi) 9-0
220  –  JP Walterscheit (Lodi) wins by forfeit

Thanks to Shellie VonRuden for the photos!

For two years in a row, Sparta finished 6.5 points short of a regional title. Last year, the Spartans finished 6.5 points back of West Salem/Bangor for a spot at team sectionals.  This year they finished 201 points ahead of them en route to a dominating performance in Mauston that will see 10 Spartans heading to sectionals.  The Spartans finished with 256 points, which was 68 points better than second place Viroqua and 109 points better than third place Westfield Area.

Heading to sectionals are champions Corey Zimmerman, Christian Lamon, John Roddick, Jaden Winchel, Brock Polhamus, Hayden Krein and 2nd place finishers Brett VonRuden, Logan VanTassel, Walker Polhamus and Austin Zweifel.  Finishing just outside a trip to sectionals was David Hayes and Ryan Wisniewski who finished third while Keyshawn Stewart finished fourth.

John Roddick had a taxing day wrestling two matches and picking up a 37 second semifinal pin and a 33 second pin in the finals. At 132 pounds, Jaden Winchel wrestled a total of 2:17 with his semifinal pin in 1:51 and a victory by injury default in the finals in 26 seconds.  With the win, Winchel now improves to 40-0 on the year.  The last Spartan wrestler to start 40-0 was Matt Tourdot during the 2009-10 season in a season where he finished 50-0 and a state champion.

At 106, Corey Zimmerman continued to impress picking up a first place finish with a semifinal pin in 1:31 followed by a third period pin of Viroqua’s Jansen McClelland (34-11).  Zimmerman is now 14-3 since stepping up to varsity last month.  At 120 pounds, the return of Christian Lamon was a smashing success.  Lamon had to work for it with a 7-3 victory in the semifinals over West Salem/Bangor’s Noah Reedy (30-14) and an 8-5 victory in the finals over Mauston’s Jarret Dolata (27-10).  Not bad for a guy who had not wrestled in over a month. At 138 pounds, Brett VonRuden pinned his way to the finals before falling to Cole Clark of Adams-Friendship (39-3) by a close 6-4 score.  Clark had defeated VonRuden 9-5 in the finals of the Sparta Invite about a month ago.  VonRuden won his 2nd place match by rule to advance.

Click on the thumbnail below to see video of the Spartans in action courtesy of WKBT.

At 145, Brock Polhamus breezed through his two matches notching a 10-2 major decision victory over Viroqua’s Taylor Gilardi (31-13) followed by a 5-0 victory over Mauston’s John Maki (31-10).  Maki came into the regional ranked third in division two and was technically second after Two River’s Chris Yauch dropped to 138 pounds for his regional.  That left Polhamus as the top ranked wrestler in division two at 145 and Maki the second ranked wrestler.  And Maki didn’t even make it out of regionals.  He finished third after losing in overtime to Viroqua’s Gilardi.

At 152 pounds, Hayden Krein passed the 30-win mark with a major decision victory in the semifinals and a dominating pin of Wisconsin Dells’ Willie Vandenlangenberg in the finals.  Vandenlangenberg came into the match ranked 8th in division two, but was no match for Sparta’s talented freshmen.

At 170 pounds, Logan VanTassel advanced by finishing second after getting caught by Westfield Area’s Quade Jones in the finals. He won his second place wrestleback by rule to advance. At 195, Austin Zwiefel gave up quite a bit of weight to advance to his first sectionals with a second place finish.  Zweifel was one point short of being a regional champion after falling 7-6 in the finals to Dylan Looman of Adams-Friendship.  At 182 pounds, Walker Polhamus advanced after winning a close semifinal match 3-2 over Viroqua’s Ryan Onshus (20-16).  Polhamus lost in the finals to Adams-Friendship’s Rylan Burrows (26-6), but won his second place match by rule to advance.

Since the Spartans dominated the team competition, the season is not over yet.  Sparta will wrestle Tuesday night against third-ranked Evansville/Albany in a match that Spartanwrestling.com senior researcher Mike Montgomery says it will be close on paper, Evansville is currently ranked #2 in the latest D2 rankings.  Currently there are plans to live stream the team sectionals, but that may change.  We’ll keep you updated on whether or not that happens.

Let’s check out those team scores from Saturday…

  1. Sparta 256
  2. Viroqua 188
  3. Westfield Area 147
  4. Adams-Friendship 143
  5. Mauston 119
  6. Wisconsin Dells 96
  7. West Salem/Bangor 55

Here are summarized results from regional action…

106  –  Corey Zimmerman, 1st Place, 3-0 with two pins
113  –  David Hayes, 3rd Place, 2-2 with a pin
120  –  Christian Lamon, 1st Place, 3-0
126  –  John Roddick, 1st Place, 3-0 with two pins
132  –  Jaden Winchel, 1st Place, 3-0 with two pins
138  –  Brett VonRuden, 2nd Place, 2-1 with a pin
145  –  Brock Polhamus, 1st Place, 3-0 with a major decision
152  –  Hayden Krein, 1st Place, 3-0 with a major decision and a pin
160  –  Ryan Wisniewski, 3rd Place, 1-2 with a major decision
170  –  Logan VanTassel, 2nd Place, 1-1 with a pin
182  –  Walker Polhamus, 2nd Place, 2-1
195  –  Austin Zweifel, 2nd Place, 2-1 with a pin
285  –  Keyshawn Stewart, 4th Place, 0-2

And here are full results from Saturday’s action…

106 – Corey Zimmerman (14-3) placed 1st and scored 26.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Corey Zimmerman (Sparta) 14-3 received a bye () (Bye)
Semifinal – Corey Zimmerman (Sparta) 14-3 won by fall over Tyler Braun (Wisconsin Dells.) 21-17 (Fall 1:31)
1st Place Match – Corey Zimmerman (Sparta) 14-3 won by fall over Jansen Mc Clelland (Viroqua) 34-11 (Fall 4:48)

113 – David Hayes (25-14) placed 3rd and scored 14.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – David Hayes (Sparta) 25-14 won by fall over Alex Morzy (Wisconsin Dells.) 25-10 (Fall 3:27)
Semifinal – Trenton McManus (Adams-Friendship) 10-2 won by decision over David Hayes (Sparta) 25-14 (Dec 12-6)
3rd Place Match – David Hayes (Sparta) 25-14 won by decision over Chris Ruf (Mauston) 31-7 (Dec 13-6)
2nd Place Match – Ryan Hannah (Viroqua) 41-6 won by decision over David Hayes (Sparta) 25-14 (Dec 7-0)

120 – Christian Lamon (17-6) placed 1st and scored 22.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Christian Lamon (Sparta) 17-6 received a bye () (Bye)
Semifinal – Christian Lamon (Sparta) 17-6 won by decision over Noah Reedy (West Salem/Bangor) 30-14 (Dec 7-3)
1st Place Match – Christian Lamon (Sparta) 17-6 won by decision over Jarret Dolata (Mauston) 27-10 (Dec 8-5)

126 – John Roddick (38-4) placed 1st and scored 26.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – John Roddick (Sparta) 38-4 received a bye () (Bye)
Semifinal – John Roddick (Sparta) 38-4 won by fall over Jon Arentz (West Salem/Bangor) 6-8 (Fall 0:37)
1st Place Match – John Roddick (Sparta) 38-4 won by fall over Max Dach (Viroqua) 25-19 (Fall 0:33)

132 – Jaden Winchel (40-0) placed 1st and scored 26.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 40-0 received a bye () (Bye)
Semifinal – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 40-0 won by fall over Hans Obois (Wisconsin Dells.) 11-21 (Fall 1:51)
1st Place Match – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 40-0 won by injury default over Casey Leer (Viroqua) 12-13 (Inj. 0:26)

138 – Brett Von Ruden (34-10) placed 2nd and scored 20.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 34-10 received a bye () (Bye)
Semifinal – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 34-10 won by fall over Titus Dickinson (Westfield Area) 34-10 (Fall 3:16)
1st Place Match – Cole Clark (Adams-Friendship) 39-3 won by decision over Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 34-10 (Dec 6-4)
2nd Place Match – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 34-10 won by rule over Titus Dickinson (Westfield Area) 34-10 (RULE)

145 – Brock Polhamus (39-3) placed 1st and scored 23.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Brock Polhamus (Sparta) 39-3 received a bye () (Bye)
Semifinal – Brock Polhamus (Sparta) 39-3 won by major decision over Taylor Gilardi (Viroqua) 31-13 (MD 10-2)
1st Place Match – Brock Polhamus (Sparta) 39-3 won by decision over John Maki (Mauston) 31-10 (Dec 5-0)

152 – Hayden Krein (31-5) placed 1st and scored 25.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 31-5 received a bye () (Bye)
Semifinal – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 31-5 won by major decision over Jacob Schiller (Mauston) 16-16 (MD 11-0)
1st Place Match – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 31-5 won by fall over Willie Vandenlangenberg (Wisconsin Dells.) 20-6 (Fall 4:27)

160 – Ryan Wisnieski (30-14) placed 3rd and scored 11.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Ryan Wisnieski (Sparta) 30-14 received a bye () (Bye)
Semifinal – Jared Lenze (Mauston) 23-10 won by decision over Ryan Wisnieski (Sparta) 30-14 (Dec 6-4)
3rd Place Match – Ryan Wisnieski (Sparta) 30-14 won by major decision over Harley Springborn (Viroqua) 17-14 (MD 15-4)
2nd Place Match – Travis Hudack (Wisconsin Dells.) 28-11 won by decision over Ryan Wisnieski (Sparta) 30-14 (Dec 11-5)

170 – Logan VanTassel (33-10) placed 2nd and scored 20.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Logan VanTassel (Sparta) 33-10 received a bye () (Bye)
Semifinal – Logan VanTassel (Sparta) 33-10 won by fall over Taylor Jarzynski (Wisconsin Dells.) 10-21 (Fall 3:42)
1st Place Match – Quade Jones (Westfield Area) 22-8 won by fall over Logan VanTassel (Sparta) 33-10 (Fall 1:07)
2nd Place Match – Logan VanTassel (Sparta) 33-10 won by rule over Taylor Jarzynski (Wisconsin Dells.) 10-21 (RULE)

182 – Walker Polhamus (24-13) placed 2nd and scored 18.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Walker Polhamus (Sparta) 24-13 received a bye () (Bye)
Semifinal – Walker Polhamus (Sparta) 24-13 won by decision over Ryan Onshus (Viroqua) 20-16 (Dec 3-2)
1st Place Match – Rylan Burrows (Adams-Friendship) 26-6 won by fall over Walker Polhamus (Sparta) 24-13 (Fall 3:05)
2nd Place Match – Walker Polhamus (Sparta) 24-13 won by rule over Ryan Onshus (Viroqua) 20-16 (RULE)

195 – Austin Zwiefel (10-7) placed 2nd and scored 18.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Austin Zwiefel (Sparta) 10-7 won by fall over Wyatt Molling (West Salem/Bangor) 3-19 (Fall 1:33)
Semifinal – Austin Zwiefel (Sparta) 10-7 won by decision over Eddie Hillman (Mauston) 17-12 (Dec 17-11)
1st Place Match – Dylan Looman (Adams-Friendship) 16-19 won by decision over Austin Zwiefel (Sparta) 10-7 (Dec 7-6)
2nd Place Match – Austin Zwiefel (Sparta) 10-7 won by rule over Eddie Hillman (Mauston) 17-12 (RULE)

285 – Keyshawn Stewart (4-7) placed 4th and scored 7.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Keyshawn Stewart (Sparta) 4-7 received a bye () (Bye)
Semifinal – Chase Hudson (Viroqua) 19-6 won by fall over Keyshawn Stewart (Sparta) 4-7 (Fall 1:29)
3rd Place Match – Josh McMeans (Wisconsin Dells.) 11-13 won by fall over Keyshawn Stewart (Sparta) 4-7 (Fall 3:29)

Sparta will wrestle this Saturday in Mauston to kick off the tournament season.  Joining the Spartans in Mauston will be Adams-Friendship, Mauston, Viroqua, West Salem/Bangor, Westfield Area and Wisconsin Dells.  Let’s take a look at how Spartan wrestlers have fared against wrestlers from these teams…

  • 106  –  Corey Zimmerman pinned Dylan Sleean (Adams-Friendship) in 0:14 at Sparta Invite
  • 113  –  Ryan Hannah (Viroqua) pinned Kyle Erickson in 2:26 at Ithaca Weston Invite
  • 113  –  Ryan Hannah (Viroqua) pinned David Hayes at Lancaster Tournament
  • 120  –  Christian Lamon pinned Ryan Vesbach (Viroqua) at Lancaster Invite
  • 120  –  Sam Forbes defeated Mitchell Oldham (Viroqua) 6-0 at Ithaca Weston Invite
  • 132  –  Jaden Winchel pinned Nate Thayer (Mauston) in 0:21 at Sparta Invite
  • 138  –  Cole Clark (Adams-Friendship) defeated Brett VonRuden 9-5 at Sparta Invite
  • 152  –  Dalton Bernett (Viroqua) won by technical fall over Ashley Dahl at Ithaca Weston Invite
  • 160  –  Ryan Wisniewski defeated Jared Lenze (Mauston) 10-8 at Sparta Invite
  • 160  –  Harley Springborn (Viroqua) pinned Brady Hansen in 3:36 at Ithaca Weston Invite
  • 170  –  Austin Zweifel pinned Ryan Onshus (Viroqua) in 1:53 at Ithaca Weston Invite
  • 182  –  Walker Polhamus pinned Jake Baumgartner (Viroqua) at Lancaster Invite
  • 285  –  Chase Hudson (Viroqua) pinned Devon Smith in 5:32 at Ithaca Weston Invite

Not a ton of action compared to past years against regional opponents.  Let’s look a little bit more and see what wrestlers come into the tournament ranked by Wisconsin Wrestling Online…

  • Adams-Friendship  –  Trenton McManus (120-HM), Cole Clark (138-7th), Rylan Burrows (182-HM)
  • Mauston  –  Chris Ruf (113-5th), Jarret Dolata (120-HM), Teagen Miller (138-HM), John Maki (145-4th)
  • Sparta  –  Christian Lamon (120-5th), John Roddick (126-3rd), Jaden Winchel (132-1st), Brett VonRuden (138-HM), Brock Polhamus (145-2nd), Hayden Krein (152-5th)
  • Viroqua  –  Ryan Hannah (113-HM)
  • West Salem/Bangor  –  Nathan Schomberg (145-HM), Aaron Broer (220-HM)
  • Westfield Area  –  Brandon Peters (220-5th)
  • Wisconsin Dells  –  Willie Vandenlangenberg (152-8th)

Sparta leads all teams with six ranked wrestlers followed by Mauston with four, Adams-Friendship with three, West Salem/Bangor with two and Viroqua, Westfield Area and Wisconsin Dells with one.  Sparta has three wrestlers ranked higher than any other team’s highest ranked wrestler.  Jaden Winchel (1st), Brock Polhamus (2nd) and John Roddick (3rd) all come in before the next highest ranked wrestler in Mauston’s John Maki (4th).

The toughest weight class appears to be 145 pounds with three ranked wrestlers while the 152 and 220 pound weight classes each have a pair of ranked individuals.

The Spartans will look to return to the state team tournament for the first time since the 2011-12 season.  The last two years, Sparta has fallen 6.5 points short in each regional for a chance to compete at team sectionals.  Good luck Spartans!

Jon Bailey (left)

Jon Bailey (left)

Spartan eighth grader Jon Bailey continues to accumulate wins all over the country weeks after Sparta’s middle school season ended.  Bailey went 9-1 over the weekend at the AWCA National Middle School Duals in Wildwood, New Jersey.  The Atlantic Coast Wrestling website says of the tournament:  “Almost 1200 of the best grade school wrestlers in the country will once again be coming to the Wildwoods Convention Center with their teams to battle for a team championship in two separate age groups: Elementary School and Middle School.”

Bailey competed with Team Ohio.  I know you might be confused because Jon goes to school in Wisconsin, but was wrestling for Team Ohio.  Jon and his family have some connections in Ohio that got him onto an all-star team there back in 2013.  He joined them again this year for this tournament and had a very solid weekend.  Let’s look at how he did on the weekend.

  • Jon Bailey (Team Ohio) wins by forfeit
  • Jon Bailey (Team Ohio) defeats Joe Murray (Bandits) 14-2
  • Jon Bailey (Team Ohio) defeated Matthew Galasso (X-Calibur) 3-2
  • Jon Bailey (Team Ohio) pinned Christian Minto (Charlotte Gold Florida) in 1:04
  • Luke Nichter (SEPA Blue MS) defeated Jon Bailey (Team Ohio) 5-3
  • Jon Bailey (Team Ohio) defeated Cole Potts (Minion Black) 7-0
  • Jon Bailey (Team Ohio)defeated Paul Watkins (Minion Green) 7-2
  • Jon Bailey (Team Ohio) defeated Nick Bennett (NJ South) 8-2
  • Jon Bailey (Team Ohio) won by major decision against JT Davis (NJ Scorpions Desire MS) 9-1
  • Jon Bailey (Team Ohio) defeated Paul Calo (Beast Training) 2-0

Bailey’s team finished third overall.  They defeated a team from New England 70-3, Charlotte Gold Florida 73-15, SEPA Blue MS 73-9, Minion Green 60-0, NJ South 53-6, NJ Scorpions Desire MS 41-7 and Beast Training 66-6.  In other words, they dominated their pool competition.  They then defeated the Bandits 65-13 to advance to the championship bracket.  In the third place match, they defeated Minion Black 52-21.

A lot of these teams probably don’t mean anything to people from Sparta, but look at the scores they defeated their competition by.  That should mean something.  Bailey is competing with a really good group of wrestlers, which can only benefit himself and later, the Spartan wrestling program.  Later this summer, Jon will join Team Ohio again for eight weeks of wrestling and competition before coming back to Sparta.

Congrats to Jon on a great tournament and continued success!!

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With a 65-6 victory over Logan on Thursday evening, the Sparta wrestling team wrapped up consecutive MVC titles for their third time in the 26 year history of the conference.  Overall, the title was Sparta’s eighth, which is two short of Holmen’s 10 and two ahead of Tomah’s six.

Sparta had seven undefeated wrestlers in conference action, which does not include Corey Zimmerman at 4-0.  Two others finished 5-1.  Those going undefeated included John Roddick, Jaden Winchel, Brett VonRuden, Brock Polhamus, Ryan Wisniewski (5-0), Logan VanTassel and Walker Polhamus.  Hayden Krein and David Hayes both finished 5-1.  Corey Zimmerman stepped up to competing at the varsity level later in the season and went 4-0 in conference matches and is a big reason why the team has been on a roll this past month.

Also contributing to Sparta’s MVC success was Christian Lamon (2-0), Sam Forbes (1-3), Trygve Zurflh (1-1), Austin Zwiefel (3-0), Keyshawn Stewart (3-2) and Devon Smith (0-4).  Overall, the Spartans were 65-12 in conference matches this year.

The tremendous amount of individual success in conference will likely result in a lot of individual conference accolades.  The Spartan record for MVC first team wrestlers in a single season is five, which has been done six times (1992-93, 1993-94, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2006-07 and 2013-14).  The conference record for most first team members on a single team is seven by Holmen during the 1995-96 season.  There is a good chance that Sparta could equal that and it’s not out of the question to see up to eight Spartans earn first team honors.  It’s been a banner year for the Spartan wrestling program.

Let’s look back at the duals throughout the MVC season…

  • Thursday, December 18th at Onalaska  –  Spartans win 66-12 against the Hilltoppers with Onalska’s only points coming via forfeits at 195 and 285. Only three matches were actually wrestled and all of those ended in first period pins by the Spartans.  The win improves Sparta’s all-time record against Onalaska to 29-0 with 17 of those victories seeing the Spartans score at least 60 points.
  • Thursday, January 8th against Aquinas  –  Sparta reaches the 60-point level again in a 60-18 victory over the Blugolds.  Aquinas scores 12 of their 18 points via forfeits at 195 and 106.  In matches wrestled, Sparta earns six pins in seven matches.  Three of those pins are first period pins.  Sparta wins their 10th straight against Aquinas and improves to 22-4 all-time against them.
  • Thursday, January 15th against Holmen  –  The Spartans hammer Holmen 48-26 in a matchup of what many predicted to be the top two teams in the MVC this year. The Spartans win 10 of 14 matches including seven by pin–six of the first period variety. Hayden Krein and Jaden Winchel pick up pins in under 40 seconds while Corey Zimmerman picks up a tough 3-1 victory against a tough Trevor Plomedahl at 106.  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.  Hayes ended up losing 10-6, but hung with one of the best freshman wrestlers in the state. The victory over Holmen was the Spartans’ seventh in their last nine duals against the Vikings.
  • Thursday, January 22nd at La Crosse Central  –  Again, Sparta cracks the 60-point barrier with a 60-15 victory over the Raiders.  Five pins and among 11 overall wins proved too much for Central who boasted a number of highly ranked wrestlers.  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. 220-pounder Keyshawn Stewart picked up his first non-forfeit conference victory of the year with a 10-5 overtime victory.
  • Thursday, January 29th against Tomah  –  Sparta earns their largest margin of victory over their rivals since the 1993-94 season with a 53-15 shellacking of the Timberwolves.  In the win, John Roddick tied Matt Tourdot for the program record for wins at 159.  Jaden Winchel absolutely destroyed Tomah’s Hunter Pierce (32-5, ranked 10th in D1) by a 16-2 score.  Brock Polhamus continued his solid season with a 6-1 victory over Casey Curran (14-5).  Overall, Sparta won 11 of 14 matches with six of those coming by pin.  The victory over Tomah was Sparta’s sixth straight in the rivalry.
  • Thursday, February 5th at La Crosse Logan  –  In what might be the most complete dual victory of the season, the Spartans won every match wrestled while seeing their wrestlers defeat a trio of tough Ranger grapplers.  John Roddick surpassed Matt Tourdot for most victories in program history at 160 with a 9-0 victory over a tough Jaren Poff. Brett VonRuden rode Dylan Smith for the entire third period en route to a 2-0 record against Logan’s Smith who entered with a 23-3 record.  Then there was Brock Polhamus defeating Nick Houlihan (HM D1) by score of 9-2 at 152 pounds.  There were 13 matches wrestled and 13 Spartan victories.  Logan’s only points came by way of forfeit at 285.  Included in the 13 wins were six pins, a technical fall and two major decisions.  Bonus points for days. The 65-6 win over Logan marked the second most points Sparta has ever scored against the Rangers.  Sparta won 67-12 and 67-9 during the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons, but those duals included multiple losses by the Spartans.  Sparta may have scored two less points tonight, but this match was a more thorough and dominating victory compared to the 2009-10 and 2010-11 wins.  Overall, the Spartans are now 26-6 all-time against Logan.

The Logan dual wraps up an incredible run for this year’s seniors.  John Roddick, Brock Polhamus, Logan VanTassel, Walker Polhamus, Corey Zimmerman, Justin Marx and Kobe Culpitt have been part of teams that have gone 22-2 in MVC action since they were freshman during the 2011-12 seasons.  Roddick is in line to become Sparta’s third three-time conference champion joining Troy Lietzau and Kody Seekamp as the only wrestlers to hold that honor in program history.  Brock Polhamus is poised to earn his second first team honor–something only 15 other Spartan wrestlers have ever done.

While this is Sparta’s eighth MVC championship, it might be their most dominating one.  The average margin of victory in conference duals this year was 43.3 points with the closest dual their 48-26 victory against Holmen.  The margin of victory average is the result of a couple of things.  There were a lot of forfeits against Onalaska and Central, but there was a bigger reason too.  Sparta picked up bonus points via pins at a rate that has to be among the highest in program history.  In the six MVC duals, Spartan wrestlers earned 34 pins in 61 conference matches.  That’s right.  In more than half the MVC matches Sparta wrestled, they walked away with six points from pins.  Here’s the breakdown…

  • Onalaska  –  three matches wrestled, three Spartan pins
  • Aquinas  –  seven matches wrestled, six Spartan pins
  • Holmen  –  14 matches wrestled, seven Spartan pins
  • Central  –  11 matches wrestled, six Spartan pins
  • Tomah  –  14 matches wrestled, six Spartan pins
  • Logan  –  12 matches wrestled, six Spartan pins

The only dual where Sparta failed to pin half the guys they wrestled was against Tomah and they still earned six pins.  This ability to generate bonus points was huge for a team that was often forfeiting two or three weights.  The pin frenzy didn’t stop in conference action as the team routinely pinned opponents in tournaments and is one of the reasons they have finished in the top five at every tournament they’ve wrestled in this year with the exception of the Chula Vista Duals.  Two of those top five finishes include championships–at the 43-team Northern Badger Classic and their own Sparta Invite.

Not only have the seniors impressed over their four years in the program, a few underclassmen are set to make their mark. Brett VonRuden became just the second freshman in Spartan history go undefeated in conference matches. He joins sophomore Jaden Winchel as the only members of that class. Speaking of Winchel, his second undefeated conference season in as many years has him on pace to join Eric Jetton, Ben Thornton and Tyler Laudon as the only wrestlers in MVC history to earn four conference championships.  That’s a long ways off, but Winchel has set himself up to join a select group.  Freshman Hayden Krein finished 5-1, but was extremely close to being 6-0 and looks like he could join the ranks of the multiple-MVC champions list for the Spartans.  At 160, Ryan Wisniewski has broken out with a great sophomore season and is set to earn his first All-MVC honor after his 6-0 season.  At 113, freshman David Hayes was impressive going 5-1 in conference action and looks to be a force for years to come.

So it’s been an impressive season thus far, but there is a lot of wrestling yet to be done and arguably the most important wrestling.  Sparta will rest up until they return to action on Saturday, February 14th in Mauston for regionals.

Congrats to the Spartans on an outstanding conference season and best of luck to them as they start on the path to the Kohl Center.

Back on Saturday, January 10th, the varsity traveled to the Lancaster Invitational and placed third behind second place Dubuque Walhert and champions Fennimore.  Leading the way for the Spartans were champions John Roddick, Jaden Winchel, Hayden Krein and Logan VanTassel.  Christian Lamon and Brock Polhamus both finished second while Brett VonRuden, Ryan Wisniewski and Walker Polhamus finished third.  In a tough 113-pound bracket, freshman David Hayes finished 4th.

Some impressive victories on the day included…

  • John Roddick’s 6-0 victory over Fennimore’s Justin Tollefson (20-6, currently ranked 10th in D3)
  • Brock Polhamus’ 8-2 victory over Riverdale’s Bradon Roen (20-5, currently ranked 4th in D3)
  • Hayden Krein’s technical fall 15-0 victory over Dubuque Walhert’s Kolton Bartow (20-5)
  • Hayden Krein’s 6-1 victory over Lancaster’s Dustin Reynolds (18-5, currently ranked 6th in D3)
  • Logan VanTassel’s 6-1 victory over Dubuque Walhert’s Myles Wernimont (19-7)
  • Logan VanTassel’s 6-1 victory over Lancaster’s Tyson Wolf (14-6, currently an honorable mention in D3)

Sparta kept it close most of the day, but couldn’t keep up with Fennimore and Dubuque Walhert who each brought more wrestlers to the tournament.  Fennimore had 13 while Dubuque had all 14 weights filled.  On the other hand, the Spartans only wrestled 10 guys.

Final team scores were…

  1. Fennimore 235
  2. Dubuque Walhert 210.5
  3. Sparta 207
  4. Lancaster 132.5
  5. Viroqua 120.5
  6. Riverdale 93
  7. Dubuque Senior 77
  8. Cuba City 57
  9. River Ridge/Cassville 54
  10. Madison West 41
  11. Fillmore Central 39

Summarized individual results are below…

113  –  David Hayes, 4th Place, 2-2 with two pins
120  –  Christian Lamon, 2nd Place, 2-1 with a pin
126  –  John Roddick, 1st Place, 3-0 with two pins
132  –  Jaden Winchel, 1st Place, 3-0 with two pins
138  –  Brett VonRuden, 3rd Place, 3-1 with a technical fall and major decision
145  –  Brock Polhamus, 2nd Place, 3-1 with a pin
152  –  Hayden Krein, 1st Place, 4-0 with a pin and technical fall
160  –  Ryan Wisniewski, 3rd Place, 3-1 with two pins and a major decision
170  –  Logan VanTassel, 1st Place, 4-0 with a pin
182  –  Walker Polhamus, 3rd Place, 3-1 with three pins

Full individual results from the day are below…

Lancaster Invite Results for Sparta
113 – David Hayes (13-9) placed 4th and scored 14.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – David Hayes (Sparta) 13-9 won by fall over Robert Cooper (Madison West) 11-9 (Fall 4:31)
Semifinal – Riley Lull (Fennimore) 25-1 won by fall over David Hayes (Sparta) 13-9 (Fall 3:23)
Cons. Semi – David Hayes (Sparta) 13-9 won by fall over Nick Herber (Dubuque Senior) 2-4 (Fall 0:53)
3rd Place Match – Ryan Hannah (Viroqua) 17-5 won by fall over David Hayes (Sparta) 13-9 (Fall 2:58)

120 – Christian Lamon (14-7) placed 2nd and scored 20.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Christian Lamon (Sparta) 14-7 received a bye () (Bye)
Semifinal – Christian Lamon (Sparta) 14-7 won by fall over Ryan Vesbach (Viroqua) 13-8 (Fall 1:18)
1st Place Match – Alston Nutter (Fennimore) 25-1 won by injury default over Christian Lamon (Sparta) 14-7 (Inj. 0:00)

126 – John Roddick (22-4) placed 1st and scored 24.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – John Roddick (Sparta) 22-4 won by fall over Gabe Hudson (Lancaster) 3-9 (Fall 1:56)
Semifinal – John Roddick (Sparta) 22-4 won by fall over Marty Fischer (River Ridge/Cassville) 15-12 (Fall 0:15)
1st Place Match – John Roddick (Sparta) 22-4 won by decision over Justin Tollefson (Fennimore) 20-6 (Dec 6-0)

132 – Jaden Winchel (24-0) placed 1st and scored 24.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 24-0 won by fall over Jarin Crapp (Lancaster) 1-8 (Fall 1:07)
Semifinal – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 24-0 won by fall over Nolan Garoutte (Riverdale) 14-10 (Fall 0:31)
1st Place Match – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 24-0 won by decision over Boone McDermott (Dubuque Walhert) 13-6 (Dec 11-5)

138 – Brett Von Ruden (20-8) placed 3rd and scored 14.50 team points.
Quarterfinal – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 20-8 won by tech fall over Matt Connolly (Dubuque Senior) 7-11 (TF-1.5 0:00 (17-2))
Semifinal – Anthony Dudek (Dubuque Walhert) 17-2 won by decision over Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 20-8 (Dec 7-5)
Cons. Semi – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 20-8 won by decision over Owen Austin (Lancaster) 7-4 (Dec 4-1)
3rd Place Match – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 20-8 won by major decision over Alex Cleven (Fennimore) 15-14 (MD 15-4)

145 – Brock Polhamus (24-2) placed 2nd and scored 22.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Brock Polhamus (Sparta) 24-2 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Brock Polhamus (Sparta) 24-2 won by fall over Montserrat Gamble (Madison West) 8-10 (Fall 0:21)
Semifinal – Brock Polhamus (Sparta) 24-2 won by decision over Bradon Roen (Riverdale) 20-5 (Dec 8-2)
1st Place Match – Cole Martin (Lancaster) 21-1 won by major decision over Brock Polhamus (Sparta) 24-2 (MD 11-3)

152 – Hayden Krein (22-3) placed 1st and scored 27.50 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 22-3 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 22-3 won by fall over Cameron Steffen (Dubuque Senior) 3-10 (Fall 1:15)
Semifinal – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 22-3 won by tech fall over Kolton Bartow (Dubuque Walhert) 14-3 (TF-1.5 0:00 (15-0))
1st Place Match – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 22-3 won by decision over Dustin Reynolds (Lancaster) 18-5 (Dec 6-1)

160 – Ryan Wisnieski (19-10) placed 3rd and scored 17.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Ryan Wisnieski (Sparta) 19-10 won by fall over Jordan Aide (Fennimore) 15-12 (Fall 0:44)
Semifinal – Jared Roen (Riverdale) 22-1 won by fall over Ryan Wisnieski (Sparta) 19-10 (Fall 1:36)
Cons. Semi – Ryan Wisnieski (Sparta) 19-10 won by major decision over Dacoda Johnson (Fillmore Central) 10-7 (MD 10-0)
3rd Place Match – Ryan Wisnieski (Sparta) 19-10 won by fall over Jake Osterberger (Dubuque Senior) 7-9 (Fall 1:45)

170 – Logan Van Tassel (20-7) placed 1st and scored 26.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Logan Van Tassel (Sparta) 20-7 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Logan Van Tassel (Sparta) 20-7 won by fall over Payton Moeggenberg (Dubuque Senior) 2-13 (Fall 1:51)
Semifinal – Logan Van Tassel (Sparta) 20-7 won by decision over Myles Wernimont (Dubuque Walhert) 19-7 (Dec 6-1)
1st Place Match – Logan Van Tassel (Sparta) 20-7 won by decision over Tyson Wolf (Lancaster) 14-6 (Dec 6-1)

182 – Walker Polhamus (13-7) placed 3rd and scored 18.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Walker Polhamus (Sparta) 13-7 won by fall over Camron Mish (River Ridge/Cassville) 0-3 (Fall 0:17)
Semifinal – Brock Steldt (Fennimore) 22-4 won by decision over Walker Polhamus (Sparta) 13-7 (Dec 1-0)
Cons. Semi – Walker Polhamus (Sparta) 13-7 won by fall over Theron Schindler (Lancaster) 1-8 (Fall 0:15)
3rd Place Match – Walker Polhamus (Sparta) 13-7 won by fall over Jake Baumgartner (Viroqua) 5-12 (Fall 1:50)