It was a mixed bag for Sparta on the opening day of the 2017 state individual tournament, but at the end of the day, all Spartans were still alive.  Jon Bailey, Jaden Winchel and Hayden Krein all won their opening round matches to advance to the quarterfinals while Brett Von Ruden dropped his opening round match.

At 113 pounds, Jon Bailey opened up with a dominating 35-second pin of Kenosha Bradford/Reuther’s Cole Ramos (44-5) before dropping a heartbreaking 7-5 overtime decision to Stevens Point’s Brady Koontz in the quarterfinals.  The Ohio State recruit is 35-0 on the year, the defending state champion at 106 pounds and hasn’t lost since 2015.  Bailey was strong on his feet and held a 5-2 lead at one point before Koontz started chipping away.  Bailey will wrestle Kaukauna’s John Diener (29-11) next.

At 145 pounds, Jaden Winchel’s day started with a dominant 15-6 major decision victory over Germantown’s Waymon McNeal. Next up was second-ranked Garrett Model of Stoughton.  Last year, Model defeated Von Ruden at the state tournament and this year he defeated Winchel.  It was Jaden’s first loss on the year to someone not named Jaden Van Maanen.  Winchel will now wrestle West De Pere’s Keenan Graef (33-8).

Brett Von Ruden drew Waukesha West’s Shane Gantz (40-1)–the top-ranked wrestler at 152 pounds in division one–and fell 8-3.  Gantz won his quarterfinal match so Von Ruden remains in the tournament and will wrestle Slinger’s Adam Beine (49-3) Friday morning.

Hayden Krein’s day at 160 was relatively smooth sailing.  He overcame Kenosha Bradford/Reuther’s Jake Deates (35-4) and his upper body ties to win by pin in 3:31.  Krein followed that up with a 12-0 major decision victory in the quarterfinals over Rhinelander’s Alec Bess (37-4).  He will now wrestle Friday evening in the semifinals in a rematch of last year’s 152-pound division one championship match.  His opponent will be Stoughton’s Tyler Dow (50-2) who picked up a first period pin in his first match and won by technical fall in his second match.  Look for Krein to avoid Dow’s throws and expect a good match.

Full match-by-match results are below…

D1-113 – Jon Bailey (36-6) place is unknown and scored 4.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Jon Bailey (Sparta) 36-6 won by fall over Cole Ramos (Kenosha Bradford/Reuther) 44-5 (Fall 0:35)
Quarterfinal – Brady Koontz (Stevens Point) 35-0 won in sudden victory – 1 over Jon Bailey (Sparta) 36-6 (SV-1 7-5)

D1-145 – Jaden Winchel (39-4) place is unknown and scored 3.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 39-4 won by major decision over Waymon McNeal (Germantown) 43-3 (MD 15-6)
Quarterfinal – Garrett Model (Stoughton) 45-5 won by fall over Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 39-4 (Fall 3:34)

D1-152 – Brett Von Ruden (29-13) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Shane Gantz (Waukesha West) 40-1 won by decision over Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 29-13 (Dec 8-3)

D1-160 – Hayden Krein (34-1) placed 6th and scored 10.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 34-1 won by fall over Jake Deates (Kenosha Bradford/Reuther) 35-4 (Fall 3:31)
Quarterfinal – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 34-1 won by major decision over Alec Bess (Rhinelander) 37-4 (MD 12-0)

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

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

Session 1 – Thursday, Feb. 23 – Six Mats
Division 1 Preliminaries – 3 p.m. (Doors open 2:00 p.m.)
Div 1 Quarterfinals – Approximately 5:15 p.m.
(Div. 2 on mats 1, 2 & 3; Div 3 on mats 4, 5 & 6)

Session 2 – Friday, Feb. 24 – Six Mats
Div. 1 Consolations – 10 a.m. (all mats) (Doors open 9:00 a.m.)
(Div. 2 on mats 1, 2 & 3; Div. 3 on mats 4, 5 & 6)
Div. 1 Consolation Semifinals – Approximately 1:45 p.m. (all mats)

Session 3 – Friday, Feb. 24 – Six Mats
Div. 1, 2 & 3 Semifinals – 7:00 p.m.  (Doors open 5:30 p.m.)
(Div. 1 on mats 1 & 2; Div. 2 on mats 3 & 4; Div. 3 on mats 5 & 6)

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

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

How do I get the latest results?

  • Trackwrestling  –   Trusty old Track.  You can see brackets and find scores via Trackwrestling.
  • Sparta Wrestling’s Facebook Page  –  Mike Montgomery will be updating the Facebook page with results and additional match details.  He often posts results after each period as well as additional details from a mind that has been to this tournament for decades.  Even if you get results on Track or somewhere else, you’ll want to visit the page to get updates and additional notes.  We’ll also be posting photos throughout the tournament and videos as well.

Are the matches televised?  How can I watch them?

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

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

http://www.expressoticketing.com/wiaa/pickevent.aspx?ECN=18

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

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

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

Sparta will be sending four wrestlers to state after Jon Bailey, Jaden Winchel, Brett Von Ruden and Hayden Krein all qualified Saturday in Tomah.  The four have combined for 12 state tournament appearances making this among the most experienced contingent of Spartan state qualifiers in the program’s history.  Jon Bailey and Hayden Krein led the way with individual championships while Jaden Winchel and Brett Von Ruden both finished as runner-ups.

Jon Bailey was dominant at 113 pounds with a first-match pin in 28 seconds, a 15-0 technical fall in the semis and a 7-0 victory over Sauk Prairie’s Dylan Herbrand (39-7) in the finals.  This will be Bailey’s second state tournament appearance.

At 145 pounds, Jaden Winchel advanced to the finals before falling to La Crosse Central’s Jaden Van Maanen 18-6.  It was the third meeting between Winchel (38-3) and Van Maanen this year and all of Winchel’s losses on the year have come at the hands of Van Maanen.  Winchel won his wrestleback 9-1 to secure his fourth state tournament appearance.

Junior Brett Von Ruden is off to state for the third time in three years.

At 152 pounds, Brett Von Ruden was prepared to send you over the edge if you have heart issues.  His day opened easily enough with a 9-0 victory in the opening match before he embarked on three matches that all came down to the final seconds.  In the semifinals, Von Ruden fell 6-4 in sudden victory to eventual sectional champion Nate Lorenz (42-2) of Waunakee.  Von Ruden won his wrestleback over Tomah’s Casey Curran 6-5 by scoring three points in the final 30 seconds to avenge a regional loss to the Tomah senior.  In the second place match, Von Ruden won 3-1 in overtime to advance to state.  This will be Von Ruden’s third state tournament appearance.

At 160 pounds, Hayden Krein advanced to state for the third time with three pins in three matches.  All three of his pins were in the first period.  He pinned Holmen’s Kalyn Jahn in 1:57 to win their third meeting of the year.  Krein had previously defeated Jahn by decision in the finals at Bi-State and in the finals at Regionals one week ago.

For Blake Brooks, Kyle Erickson and David Hayes, their shot at a trip to the state tournament will have to wait another year.  Brooks and Hayes both fell in their opening matches with Brooks losing a 7-6 nailbiter.  Hayes ran up against one of the top wrestlers in the state in his opening 138-pound match in Sauk Prairie’s Drew Fjoser.  Erickson won his opening round match before falling to MVC opponents Tanner Schultz from Holmen and Jacob Obert from Central.  Both Hayes and Erickson will be seniors next year while Brooks will be a junior.

At 170 pounds, Matt Fahning dropped his opening round match to conclude his senior season with a 29-12 record.  Thank you for all your hard work over the years and dedication to the Spartan wrestling program.

Winchel became the third Spartan wrestler to qualify for the state tournament all four years.

State Tournament Matchups

Sparta will have their work cut out for them in the opening rounds at the state tournament.  At 113 pounds, Jon Bailey will face off against Kenosha Bradford/Reuther’s Cole Ramos (44-4) before likely facing top-ranked and defending state champion Brady Koontz of Stevens Point.  At 145 pounds, Jaden Winchel kicks off against Germantown’s Waymon McNeal (43-2).  If he wins, he likely has 2nd-ranked Garrett Model of Stoughton (43-5).

At 152 pounds, Von Ruden opens up against Waukesha West’s Shane Gantz (38-1).  And at 160 pounds, Hayden Krein will wrestle Kenosha Bradford/Reuther’s Jake Deates (35-3).  On the same side of the bracket as Krein is his 2016 152-pound state final opponent Tyler Dow of Stoughton (48-2).  There is a lot that could happen, but that could be a Friday-night matchup as both Krein and Dow are ranked 1-2 by Wisconsin Wrestling Online.

Be sure to follow the Sparta Wrestling Facebook page for the latest results and details about how Spartan wrestlers are doing.  You can also follow along on Trackwrestling.  Just so everyone knows, it’s Mike Montgomery who is putting in the time and effort updating the Facebook page during the tournament.  Be sure to thank him when you have a chance.

Rare company

Don’t take for granted the success of Sparta’s individual wrestlers.  It is unprecedented in program history.  Winchel is Sparta’s third four-time qualifier joining John Roddick and Brock Polhamus in that exclusive club.  Von Ruden and Krein are the 9th and 10th three-time state qualifiers.  Bailey has qualified for two state tournaments in two years and looks to be on pace to join the three-time and four-time club if he keeps wrestling like he does.

There have been hundreds upon hundreds of wrestlers to pass through this program and it might be easy to take for granted all the recent team and individual success, but history shows this recent trend is special, which means we should not overlook how great these individuals and teams have been.  A lot of that is owed to their natural talent and hard work, but the support of coaches, parents, the school, fans and the city cannot be overlooked.  Everybody has a hand in helping this team and these individuals reach this level.

Congrats to Jon, Jaden, Brett and Hayden on qualifying for state and to Blake, Kyle, David and Matt for advancing to sectionals.  We will have a state tournament viewing guide, interview with the qualifiers and more to come this week in advance of the state tournament kicking off on Thursday.

Full sectional results are below…

106 – Blake Brooks (28-13) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.
Championship Bracket – Guillermo Tellez (Madison Memorial) 11-4 won by decision over Blake Brooks (Sparta) 28-13 (Dec 7-6)

113 – Jon Bailey (35-5) placed 1st and scored 21.50 team points.
Championship Bracket – Jon Bailey (Sparta) 35-5 won by fall over Jesus Quechol Ramirez (Middleton) 10-18 (Fall 0:28)
Championship Bracket – Jon Bailey (Sparta) 35-5 won by tech fall over Rylee Rensberry (Holmen) 25-10 (TF-1.5 4:13 (15-0))
1st Place Match – Jon Bailey (Sparta) 35-5 won by decision over Dylan Herbrand (Sauk Prairie) 39-7 (Dec 7-0)

132 – Kyle Erickson (25-17) placed 4th and scored 8.00 team points.
Championship Bracket – Kyle Erickson (Sparta) 25-17 won by fall over Kyle Johnson (Sauk Prairie) 23-16 (Fall 5:04)
Championship Bracket – Tanner Schultz (Holmen) 35-5 won by major decision over Kyle Erickson (Sparta) 25-17 (MD 12-1)
3rd Place Match – Jacob Obert (La Crosse Central) 25-10 won by decision over Kyle Erickson (Sparta) 25-17 (Dec 8-4)

138 – David Hayes (24-12) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.
Championship Bracket – Drew Fjoser (Sauk Prairie) 33-4 won by fall over David Hayes (Sparta) 24-12 (Fall 1:48)

145 – Jaden Winchel (38-3) placed 2nd and scored 19.00 team points.
Championship Bracket – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 38-3 won by fall over Damian Benitez (Middleton) 11-9 (Fall 5:04)
Championship Bracket – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 38-3 won by fall over Bryce Bierman (Reedsburg Area) 17-18 (Fall 4:36)
1st Place Match – Jaden Van Maanen (La Crosse Central) 45-0 won by major decision over Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 38-3 (MD 18-6)
2nd Place Match – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 38-3 won by major decision over Ben Statz (Waunakee) 35-14 (MD 9-1)

152 – Brett Von Ruden (29-12) placed 2nd and scored 14.00 team points.
Championship Bracket – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 29-12 won by major decision over Jacob Hendrix (Madison La Follette) 25-18 (MD 9-0)
Championship Bracket – Nate Lorenz (Waunakee) 42-2 won in sudden victory – 1 over Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 29-12 (SV-1 6-4)
3rd Place Match – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 29-12 won by decision over Casey Curran (Tomah) 30-11 (Dec 6-5)
2nd Place Match – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 29-12 won in sudden victory – 1 over Bryant Schaaf (Sauk Prairie) 25-13 (SV-1 3-1)

160 – Hayden Krein (32-1) placed 1st and scored 24.00 team points.
Championship Bracket – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 32-1 won by fall over Harrison Schreiber (Madison West) 16-25 (Fall 1:33)
Championship Bracket – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 32-1 won by fall over Brady Fry (Reedsburg Area) 30-17 (Fall 1:07)
1st Place Match – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 32-1 won by fall over Kalyn Jahn (Holmen) 40-8 (Fall 1:57)

170 – Matt Fahning (29-12) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.
Championship Bracket – Preston Webster (Waunakee) 31-11 won by fall over Matt Fahning (Sparta) 29-12 (Fall 3:10)

Led by champions Jon Bailey and Hayden Krein, eight Spartan wrestlers will be traveling to Tomah Saturday after Sparta finished second to Holmen at this past weekend’s regional tournament in Holmen.

Joining Bailey and Krein in Tomah will be Blake Brooks (3rd), Kyle Erickson (3rd), David Hayes (2nd), Jaden Winchel (2nd), Brett Von Ruden (2nd) and Matt Fahning (3rd).  Bailey, Winchel, Von Ruden and Krein will be looking to make return trips to the state tournament after qualifying last season.

Holmen won the regional tournament to advance to team sectionals where they narrowly defeated Sauk Prairie for a trip to the state team tournament.  It was the third tournament that Sparta and Holmen competed in together this year and the first time that Holmen’s full team competed and in a smaller tournament, that made all the difference for a Holmen team that was simply deeper than Sparta.  Holmen finished with 234.5 points to Sparta’s 180 points.

Summarized individual results are below…

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

Team scores…

  1. Holmen 234.5
  2. Sparta 180
  3. Tomah 174
  4. Reedsburg 145
  5. Baraboo 129
  6. La Crosse Central 104
  7. La Crosse Logan 86
  8. Onalaska/Luther 61

Winchel fell for just the second time this season with both losses coming at the hands of Central’s Jaden Van Maanen.  The two are likely heading for their third meeting this year Saturday in Tomah.

Sectional Preview

Sparta will travel just down the road to Tomah for sectionals.  The top two finishers at each weight class will advance to the state individual tournament in Madison.  Spartan wrestlers need to win their first match if they hope to advance.  A first-match loss is a season-ender.

At 106 pounds, Blake Brooks has been wrestling well all year and has the ability to beat anyone in his bracket.  Brooks’ first match at sectionals is against Madison Memorial’s Guillermo Tellez (10-2).  If he wins , he’ll likely have Tomah’s Dawson Lambert.  On the other end of the bracket, the favorites should be Reedsburg’s Caden Fry and Sauk Prairie’s Zeke Smith.

Jon Bailey will enter sectionals coming off his second tournament championship of the season.  That is hard to believe when you have a 32-5 record, but for much of the year, Bailey was wrestling up one or even two weight classes and finding himself against a slew of state champions, state finalists and other very highly regarded wrestlers from all three divisions.  His other title was at Bi-State when he also wrestled at 113.  Right off the bat, Bailey will have Middleton’s Jesus Quechol Ramirez (10-17).  If he beats Ramirez, Bailey will face either Holmen’s Rylee Rensberry (23-8) or Waunakee’s Nick Schweitzer (27-12).  On the other side of the bracket, the favorites are Sauk Prairie’s Dylan Herbrand (36-6), Tomah’s Cody Zimmerman (19-4) and Baraboo’s Eli Davidson (26-9).

Kyle Erickson will have to defeat some guys who have given him fits throughout the year if he wants to make his first trip to the Kohl Center.  His first match is against Sauk Prairie’s Kyle Johnson (23-15).  If he wins that, he will likely face Holmen’s Tanner Schulz.  On the other end of the bracket, Middleton’s Christopher Rogers (33-6), Central’s Jacob Obert (23-9), Madison Memorial’s Kaden Reetz (28-6) and Tomah’s Bobby Bemis (17-7) await.  Schultz should be viewed as the favorite here, but it is wide open after that.

At 138 pounds, David Hayes will have one of the toughest opening matches despite finishing second at his regionals.  He will face off against Sauk Prairie’s Drew Fjoser (30-4) who racked up half his season’s losses at regionals the week before.  The weight class is arguably the toughest one at this sectional with the second-ranked wrestler in the state in Fjoser and the third-ranked wrestler and defending state champion Kevin Meicher from Middleton.  Hayes has a knack for coming up big in important matches.  He is not someone you want to underestimate at a tournament like this.

At 145 pounds, Jaden Winchel will attempt to make it back to state for the fourth time with an opening round match against Middleton’s Damian Benitez (11-8).  If he wins that, he will likely have Sauk Prairie’s Miguel Elizondo (10-4).  This weight class is expected to come down to a battle between Winchel and Central’s Jaden Van Maanen.  Van Maanen has won the first two meetings by scores of 5-3 and 7-3.  Van Maanen is the top-ranked wrestler in the state while Winchel is ranked third.  This could be a state finals preview depending on how the brackets shake out if both were to qualify.  Gotta qualify first.

Brett Von Ruden will have his hands full making his third state tournament, but BVR is a guy you never want to underestimate  There are 4-5 guys who could win this bracket.

He opens up against Madison La Follette’s Jacob Hendrix (25-17) and if he wins will likely face 12th-ranked Nate Lorenz of Waunakee (39-2) for a spot in the finals.  On the other end of the bracket is Tomah’s Casey Curran (29-9) and Holmen’s Reed Williams (30-12).  BVR fell to Curran in the regional finals and has defeated Williams multiple times this season.  Von Ruden can beat anyone in his bracket.

At 160 pounds, Hayden Krein takes his 29-1 record into Tomah looking for his third trip to the state tournament.  He will face off against Madison West’s Harrison Schreiber (16-24) in his opening match and will have either Portage’s Cohl Routson (24-15) or Reedsburg’s Brady Fry (28-15).  Krein pinned Fry in 28 seconds at regionals.  On the other end of the bracket, it’s likely to be Holmen’s Kaylyn Jahn advancing to the finals.  If Krein and Jahn both win their first two matches, it will be the third finals match between these two this season.  Krein defeated Jahn at Bi-State and Regionals.

Matt Fahning heads to sectionals in search of his 30th victory of the year.  He takes his 29-11 record against Waunakee’s Preston Webster (30-9) in the opening round match and will likely have Central’s Connor Williams (41-1) if he wins.  On the other side of the bracket is Holmen’s Isaac Lahr who is likely to advance to the finals.  Like Hayes and Erickson, Fahning will have to overcome MVC opponents that have been thorns on their sides this year.

We will have updates on our Facebook page throughout the day Saturday.  Good luck Spartan wrestlers!

Holmen regional individual results…

106 – Blake Brooks (28-12) placed 3rd and scored 10.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Blake Brooks (Sparta) 28-12 received a bye () (Bye)
Semifinal – Caden Fry (Reedsburg Area) 41-5 won by decision over Blake Brooks (Sparta) 28-12 (Dec 5-3)
3rd Place Match – Blake Brooks (Sparta) 28-12 won by decision over Alex Pellowski (Holmen) 27-14 (Dec 4-1)
2nd Place Match – Caden Fry (Reedsburg Area) 41-5 won by rule over Blake Brooks (Sparta) 28-12 (RULE)

113 – Jon Bailey (32-5) placed 1st and scored 24.50 team points.
Quarterfinal – Jon Bailey (Sparta) 32-5 received a bye () (Bye)
Semifinal – Jon Bailey (Sparta) 32-5 won by tech fall over Eli Davidson (Baraboo) 26-9 (TF-1.5 4:58 (15-0))
1st Place Match – Jon Bailey (Sparta) 32-5 won by major decision over Rylee Rensberry (Holmen) 23-7 (MD 13-1)

120 – Jakob Larson (20-14) placed 5th and scored 5.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Johnathan Schieber (Baraboo) 18-21 won by decision over Jakob Larson (Sparta) 20-14 (Dec 10-4)
Cons. Semi – Jakob Larson (Sparta) 20-14 received a bye () (Bye)
5th Place Match – Jakob Larson (Sparta) 20-14 received a bye () (Bye)
4th Place Match – Johnathan Schieber (Baraboo) 18-21 won by rule over Jakob Larson (Sparta) 20-14 (RULE)

126 – Thomas Treu (8-16) placed 6th and scored 3.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Aaron Raabe (Onalaska/Luther) 29-6 won by fall over Thomas Treu (Sparta) 8-16 (Fall 1:55)
Cons. Semi – Thomas Treu (Sparta) 8-16 won by decision over Paul Bartle (La Crosse Logan) 10-17 (Dec 3-1)
5th Place Match – Logan West (Holmen) 21-13 won by fall over Thomas Treu (Sparta) 8-16 (Fall 3:30)

132 – Kyle Erickson (24-15) placed 3rd and scored 13.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Kyle Erickson (Sparta) 24-15 won by major decision over Damond Butler (La Crosse Logan) 22-10 (MD 9-0)
Semifinal – Tanner Schultz (Holmen) 31-5 won by fall over Kyle Erickson (Sparta) 24-15 (Fall 1:05)
3rd Place Match – Kyle Erickson (Sparta) 24-15 won by decision over Bobby Bemis (Tomah) 17-7 (Dec 7-4)
2nd Place Match – Jacob Obert (La Crosse Central) 23-9 won by decision over Kyle Erickson (Sparta) 24-15 (Dec 3-1)

138 – David Hayes (24-11) placed 2nd and scored 20.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – David Hayes (Sparta) 24-11 won by fall over Nick Pfaff (Baraboo) 11-20 (Fall 1:12)
Semifinal – David Hayes (Sparta) 24-11 won by fall over Dallas Kapanke (La Crosse Logan) 15-6 (Fall 2:49)
1st Place Match – Hunter Pierce (Tomah) 33-8 won by decision over David Hayes (Sparta) 24-11 (Dec 9-3)
2nd Place Match – David Hayes (Sparta) 24-11 won by rule over Dallas Kapanke (La Crosse Logan) 15-6 (RULE)

145 – Jaden Winchel (35-2) placed 2nd and scored 19.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 35-2 won by major decision over Bryce Bierman (Reedsburg Area) 16-16 (MD 11-0)
Semifinal – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 35-2 won by fall over Zach Gordon (Holmen) 13-5 (Fall 1:17)
1st Place Match – Jaden Van Maanen (La Crosse Central) 42-0 won by decision over Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 35-2 (Dec 7-3)
2nd Place Match – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 35-2 won by rule over Zach Gordon (Holmen) 13-5 (RULE)

152 – Brett Von Ruden (26-11) placed 2nd and scored 18.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 26-11 won by fall over Caleb Porter (Baraboo) 10-11 (Fall 1:02)
Semifinal – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 26-11 won by decision over Reed Williams (Holmen) 30-11 (Dec 9-7)
1st Place Match – Casey Curran (Tomah) 29-9 won by decision over Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 26-11 (Dec 2-1)
2nd Place Match – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 26-11 won by rule over Reed Williams (Holmen) 30-11 (RULE)

160 – Hayden Krein (29-1) placed 1st and scored 24.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 29-1 received a bye () (Bye)
Semifinal – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 29-1 won by fall over Brady Fry (Reedsburg Area) 28-15 (Fall 0:28)
1st Place Match – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 29-1 won by decision over Kalyn Jahn (Holmen) 36-7 (Dec 6-4)

170 – Matt Fahning (29-11) placed 3rd and scored 15.50 team points.
Quarterfinal – Matt Fahning (Sparta) 29-11 won by fall over Alex Statz (Baraboo) 4-5 (Fall 1:54)
Semifinal – Isaac Lahr (Holmen) 28-7 won by fall over Matt Fahning (Sparta) 29-11 (Fall 1:08)
3rd Place Match – Matt Fahning (Sparta) 29-11 won by tech fall over Nick Mihalovic (La Crosse Logan) 17-19 (TF-1.5 6:00 (15-0))
2nd Place Match – Isaac Lahr (Holmen) 28-7 won by rule over Matt Fahning (Sparta) 29-11 (RULE)

182 – Austin Zwiefel (28-13) placed 5th and scored 9.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Austin Zwiefel (Sparta) 28-13 won by fall over Brandyn Nelson (La Crosse Central) 9-23 (Fall 1:11)
Semifinal – Zach Udermann (Onalaska/Luther) 25-12 won by injury default over Austin Zwiefel (Sparta) 28-13 (Inj. 4:52)
3rd Place Match – Noah Steinhoff (Holmen) 6-2 won by medical forfeit over Austin Zwiefel (Sparta) 28-13 (M. For.)
4th Place Match – Justice Blackhawk (Tomah) 27-15 won by medical forfeit over Austin Zwiefel (Sparta) 28-13 (M. For.)

195 – James Gann (18-15) placed 6th and scored 5.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Ambrose Metz-Beard (La Crosse Logan) 10-11 won by fall over James Gann (Sparta) 18-15 (Fall 3:43)
Cons. Semi – James Gann (Sparta) 18-15 won by fall over Jonah Parral (La Crosse Central) 4-14 (Fall 0:41)
5th Place Match – Tyson Fry (Baraboo) 15-15 won by fall over James Gann (Sparta) 18-15 (Fall 5:35)

220 – Garet Pfaff (12-16) placed 5th and scored 9.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Avery Estes (Baraboo) 29-13 won by fall over Garet Pfaff (Sparta) 12-16 (Fall 5:01)
Cons. Semi – Garet Pfaff (Sparta) 12-16 received a bye () (Bye)
5th Place Match – Garet Pfaff (Sparta) 12-16 won by fall over Jake Tahtiten (Tomah) 19-20 (Fall 5:23)
4th Place Match – Avery Estes (Baraboo) 29-13 won by rule over Garet Pfaff (Sparta) 12-16 (RULE)

285 – Gabe Dearman (9-10) placed 6th and scored 5.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Colin Marquardt (Baraboo) 27-17 won by fall over Gabe Dearman (Sparta) 9-10 (Fall 0:52)
Cons. Semi – Gabe Dearman (Sparta) 9-10 won by fall over Christopher Trammel (La Crosse Central) 6-20 (Fall 1:43)
5th Place Match – Kaden Hericks (Tomah) 19-19 won by fall over Gabe Dearman (Sparta) 9-10 (Fall 2:52)

Sparta travels to Holmen this Saturday to kick off the road to the Kohl Center and will be joined by teams from Baraboo, Holmen, La Crosse Central, La Crosse Logan, Onalaska/Luther, Reedsburg and Tomah.  The top-scoring team will then wrestle three days later at team sectionals in Baraboo.

On the year, the Spartans have fared well as a team against the rest of their regional competition.

  • At Bi-State, Sparta finished first in division one with 246 points.  Holmen was 5th with 182.5, La Crosse Central 11th with 127.5, Tomah 15th with 100, Baraboo 18th with 74 and La Crosse Logan 20th with 33.
  • At the Sparta Invitational, Sparta finished first with 169.5 points.  Reedsburg was third with 149 and Holmen 8th with 118.

In each of these tournaments, Sparta defeated Holmen with varying degrees of intact rosters.  At Bi-State, it was all hands on deck.  At the Sparta Invitational, Sparta was missing Hayden Krein, but still handily beat Holmen thanks to a great effort by his brother Mathias Krein.  Sparta’s dual against Holmen might have been the first time in awhile that Holmen was fully healthy, but I would still give the edge to the Spartans at the tournament level due to them having stronger individual wrestlers.  It will be close either way.  Top three teams should be some combination of Sparta, Holmen, Reedsburg and Tomah.

Here’s a look at all the teams in regionals and their ranked wrestlers according to the latest Wisconsin Wrestling Online rankings…

  • Baraboo  –  Pablo Ramirez – HM at 126
  • Holmen  –  Tanner Schultz – 8th at 138, Reed Williams – 11th at 152, Kalyn Jahn – 8th at 160, Isaac Lahr – HM at 170
  • La Crosse Central  –  Jaden Van Maanen – 1st at 152, Connor Williams – 1st at 170
  • La Crosse Logan  –  No ranked wrestlers
  • Onalaska/Luther  –  Houston Dorn – 7th at 285
  • Reedsburg  –  Caden Fry – 7th at 106, Mason McMillen – 5th at 120, Trey Haugen – 12th at 182, Dalton Hahn – 2nd at 195, Brian Brooks – HM at 220
  • Sparta  –  Jon Bailey – 3rd at 113, Jaden Winchel 5th at 145, Brett Von Ruden – HM at 152, Hayden Krein – 1st at 160
  • Tomah  –  Dawson Lambert – HM at 113, Tommy Repka – HM at 132, Hunter Pierce – 7th at 138, Casey Curran – HM at 160

Check back Saturday night for a recap of the regionals and a preview of who the Spartans might face at team sectionals should they leave Holmen as team champions.

In front of a packed Spartan gym Thursday evening, the Holmen Vikings defeated Sparta 41-24 to capture the MVC title for the second season in a row.  For the 12th time in the 27-year history of the MVC, Sparta and Holmen will finish as either the first or second place team in conference and 2016-17 will make the 12th time the Spartans have finished as runner-ups.

After Sparta jumped out to a 9-3 lead heading into the 160-pound match, Holmen rattled off six straight victories–three by pin and one by technical fall–to turn a 9-3 deficit into a 32-9 advantage before Vince Polhamus’ last second victory at 106 pounds made it 32-12 in favor of Holmen.  By that time, Sparta could not afford to lose another match and needed all pins and technical falls to catch Holmen.

Those hopes were dashed one match later as Rylee Rensberry slipped by Blake Brooks at 113 by a 2-1 score to secure the victory for the Vikings.  It was an incredibly close match between Rensberry and Brooks with both riding each other for the entire second and third periods.  The final seconds of their match were frenetic as Brooks was on the verge of a reversal, but couldn’t free his arm enough to satisfy the officials and get the reversal.

That match was preceded by another extremely one at 106 pounds.  Freshman Vince Polhamus and Holmen’s Alex Pellowski were locked in a 2-0 battle before Polhamus scored four points via reversal and two-point near fall in the final period.  Two of those points came in the final three seconds as Polhamus earned two near fall as time expired.

Full match results are below…

138  –  Tanner Schultz (Holmen) defeats David Hayes 8-1
145  –  Jaden Winchel pinned Zach Gordon (Holmen) in 0:33
152  –  Brett Von Ruden defeated Reed Williams (Holmen) 8-3
160  –  Kalyn Jahn (Holmen) pinned Mathias Krein in 1:24
170  –  Isaac Lahr (Holmen) won by technical fall over Matt Fahning 18-3
182  –  Noah Steinhoff (Holmen) defeated Cole Wisniewski 6-3
195  –  Jack Westcott (Holmen) defeated Austin Zwiefel 9-3
220  –  Brett Davis (Holmen) pinned Garet Pfaff in 1:45
285  –  Jesse Fiers (Holmen) pinned Gabe Dearman in 0:53
106  –  Vince Polhamus defeated Alex Pellowski (Holmen) 4-2
113  –  Rylee Rensberry (Holmen) defeated Blake Brooks 2-1
120  –  Trevor Plomedahl (Holmen) pinned Jakob Larson in 1:27
126  –  Jon Bailey pinned Logan West (Holmen) in 3:48
132  –  Kyle Erickson pinned Carson Eikenberry (Holmen) in 1:44
FINAL:  HOLMEN 41 – SPARTA 24

Going in, it was clear Holmen had some advantages in the upper weights.  Sparta needed to avoid bonus points as much as they could and hope to earn a victory at 170 or 182 depending on who Holmen sent out.  In the end, Holmen earned 20 points from 170 through 285, which put the imperative on Sparta’s lower weights to win and earn bonus points.  At 170, Isaac Lahr dominated on his feet with six takedowns in a match that should have been closer.  At 182 pounds, Cole Wisniewski battled to the end in a match that was closer than what the score indicated.  At 220 and 285, sophomore Pfaff and first-year wrestler Dearman ran into some very experienced and solid upper weights.

At 126 pounds, Jon Bailey moved up two weight classes to pick up a big pin for the Spartans while Kyle Erickson dispatched Carson Eikenberry at 126 pounds to close out the dual.

Sparta needed to be at full strength for this dual and they were not.  Even at full strength, Holmen presented some tough matchups up and down the lineup for the Spartans.  Not having Hayden Krein certainly hurt, but Holmen did their job and picked up bonus points and big victories when they needed them.

Sparta is now 8-1 on the season and finishes the year 5-1 in the MVC.  The JV will close out the season on Monday with the MVC JV tournament at Onalaska.  The varsity are off for eight days before returning for the WIAA Regionals at Holmen.  If they win the regional tournament, they would travel the following Tuesday for a team sectional dual against likely opponent Sauk Prairie.  The sectional tournament would follow four days later in Tomah.

I’ll be posting more photos of the varsity and JV this weekend.  Now is the time to heal up and prepare for tournament season.  While the Spartans did not capture the MVC title like they set out to do, there is a lot of important wrestling still head.  Thank- you to all the parents, fans and supporters of both Sparta and Holmen wrestling who packed the gym Thursday evening to support both these teams and high school wrestling.

The Spartans improved to 9-0 on the year and 5-0 in the MVC with a 62-15 victory over Onalaska/Luther Tuesday evening in a dual that had been rescheduled twice because of inclement weather.  The Spartans have never lost to the Hilltoppers and are 31-0 all-time since their first meeting dating back to the 1972-73 season.

Onalaska held the briefest of leads as Hilltopper heavyweight and D1 7th-ranked Houston Dorn pinned Gabe Dearman in 1:02 to open up action, but it was Sparta the rest of the way.

Sparta would win 11 of the next 13 matches–two by forfeit, seven by pin, one by technical fall–to remain undefeated in MVC action heading into Thursday’s showdown with Holmen that will decide the MVC championship.

Jon Bailey moved up two weight classes to defeat a tough Aaron Raabe 8-2 while Jaden Winchel earned a takedown two seconds into his match against Micah LeFebre.  Outside of that, it was a lot of fist and second period pins for the Spartans sandwiched around a Matt Fahning technical fall.

Full results are below…

285  –  Houston Dorn(Onalaska/Luther) pinned Gabe Dearman in 1:02
106  –  Vince Polhamus won by forfeit
113  –  Blake Brooks pinned Garrett Harper(Onalaska/Luther) in 2:51
120  –  Jakob Larson won by forfeit
126  –  Jon Bailey defeated Aaron Raabe (Onalaska/Luther) 8-2
132  –  Kyle Erickson pinned Nick Goldbeck(Onalaska/Luther) in 0:56
138  –  David Hayes pinned Brian Stewert (Onalaska/Luther) in 2:36
145  –  Jaden Winchel pinned Micah LeFebre (Onalaska/Luther) in 1:08
152  –  Kaden Cordry (Onalaska/Luther) pinned Joe Lopez in 2:08
160  –  Mathias Krein pinned Samuel Christenson (Onalaska/Luther) in 1:17
170  –  Matt Fahning won by technical fall over Nom Yang (Onalaska/Luther) 18-1, 4:20
182  –  Jacob Udermann (Onalaska/Luther) defeated Jack Ruedy 7-1
195  –  Austin Zwiefel pinned Quincy Parker (Onalaska/Luther) in 2:37
220  –  Garet Pfaff pinned Jake Blum (Onalaska/Luther) in 3:11
FINAL:  SPARTA 62  –  ONALASKA 15

Sparta has today off before hosting Holmen tomorrow evening in a dual that will decide the MVC championship.  Last year, Holmen prevailed 38-31 in Holmen.  It will be the 12th time in the 27-year history of the MVC that Sparta and Holmen will finish the conference season as the top two teams.  Expect a lot of people, a close dual and another exciting night of wrestling.  We will have a live stream of the dual and will post a recap along with pictures shortly after.  Go Spartans!!

 

Five Spartans competed in the finals of the Wisconsin Challenge Series and all left with .500 records or better with junior Jack Ruedy leading the way with a fourth place finish.

Ruedy’s first two matches were pins before he slipped by Elkhorn’s Jon Palmer with a 6-4 victory in the quarterfinals.  Ruedy fell in the semifinals via injury default and had to forfeit his 3rd place match to finish the day 3-1.

Vince Polhamus, Sam Forbes and Cole Wisniewski all nabbed consolation championships and each finished the day with one loss apiece.  Wisniewski’s three victories were all via first period pin while Forbes’ victories came by way of a pin and a major decision.  At 195 pounds, Bronson Stark finished 2-2 on the day and fell won victory short of a spot in the consolation championship.

Summarized results are below…

106  –  Vince Polhamus, Consolation Champion, 4-1
138  –  Sam Forbes, Consolation Champion, 3-1 with a pin and major decision
160  –  Cole Wisniewski, Consolation Champion, 3-1 with three pins
182  –  Jack Ruedy, 4th Place, 3-1 with two pins
195  –  Bronson Stark, Did Not Place, 2-2 with a pin

It was a very good day of wrestling for the Spartans as these brackets featured 375 wrestlers from 106 teams from around Wisconsin.  Placing, finishing as consolation champion or simply walking away with a .500 or winning record is quite the accomplishment.

There are a few more opportunities to catch the JV in action this year.  They will wrestle before duals against Onalaska and Holmen this week as well as the JV MVC tournament at Onalaska a week from today.

Full results are below…

WI Challenge Series Finals Results for Sparta
Varsity Reserve 106 – Vince Polhamus’s place is unknown and has scored 2.00 team points.
Champ. Round 2 – Sean Rietz (Wrightstown) won by decision over Vince Polhamus (Sparta) (Dec 6-2)
Cons. Round 1 – Vince Polhamus (Sparta) received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 2 – Vince Polhamus (Sparta) won by decision over Bailey Poellinger (Ellsworth) (Dec 3-1)
Consolation 1st – Vince Polhamus (Sparta) won by decision over Luke Blair (Fennimore) (Dec 2-0)

Varsity Reserve 138 – Sam Forbes’s place is unknown and has scored 5.00 team points.
Champ. Round 2 – Andre Childs (Milwaukee Bay View) won by decision over Sam Forbes (Sparta) (Dec 14-10)
Cons. Round 1 – Sam Forbes (Sparta) received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 2 – Sam Forbes (Sparta) won by fall over Tyler Pasek (Two Rivers ) (Fall 3:00)
Consolation 1st – Sam Forbes (Sparta) won by major decision over Riley Hinz (Baraboo) (Maj 10-0)

Varsity Reserve 152 – Joe Lopez’s place is unknown and has scored 0.00 team points.

Varsity Reserve 160 – Cole Wisniewski’s place is unknown and has scored 8.00 team points.
Champ. Round 2 – Conner Lamers (Kaukauna) won by decision over Cole Wisniewski (Sparta) (Dec 7-5)
Cons. Round 1 – Cole Wisniewski (Sparta) won by fall over Jeremiah Cooper (Hartford) (Fall 0:33)
Cons. Round 2 – Cole Wisniewski (Sparta) won by fall over Blake Framke (Oshkosh West) (Fall 1:42)
Consolation 1st – Cole Wisniewski (Sparta) won by fall over Kyle Vondra (Mineral Point) (Fall 1:47)

Varsity Reserve 182 – Jack Ruedy’s place is 4th and has scored 16.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Jack Ruedy (Sparta) won by fall over Josh Tipp (Hudson) (Fall 2:48)
Champ. Round 2 – Jack Ruedy (Sparta) won by fall over Karl Geurink (D.C. Everest) (Fall 1:46)
Quarterfinal – Jack Ruedy (Sparta) won by decision over Jon Palmer (Elkhorn) (Dec 6-4)
Semifinal – Brady Polomis (Denmark) won by injury default over Jack Ruedy (Sparta) (Inj. 3:59)
3rd Place Match – Logan Peterson (Ellsworth) won by medical forfeit over Jack Ruedy (Sparta) (MFF)

Varsity Reserve 195 – Bronson Stark’s place is unknown and has scored 3.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Bronson Stark (Sparta) won by fall over Will Balis (Antigo) (Fall 1:02)
Champ. Round 2 – Merhawi Ciha (Wauwatosa West/East) won by fall over Bronson Stark (Sparta) (Fall 4:27)
Cons. Round 1 – Bronson Stark (Sparta) won by decision over Dominc Houghton (West Allis Central) (Dec 9-4)
Cons. Round 2 – Liam Glewen (Waupun) won by fall over Bronson Stark (Sparta) (Fall 3:20)

Spartan senior 195-pounder Austin Zwiefel has appeared in the Wisconsin Wrestling Online rankings for the first time ever.

There have been a few changes in the recent Wisconsin Wrestling Online rankings.  Sparta is now ranked 4th in division one, which is one spot up from the last rankings when they were 5th.  Stoughton is the top-ranked team in D1 followed by Kaukauna in second.  One spot ahead of Sparta is Oak Creek who finished 11th at Battle on the Bay–a tournament in which Sparta finished third.

Possible section foe Sauk Prairie is ranked 7th.  Other area teams in the rankings include Melrose-Mindoro/GET (11th D2), Viroqua (12th D2), West Salem/Bangor (HM D2) and Prairie du Chien/Wauzeka-Steuben (HM D2).

Individual Spartans in the rankings include…

  • Jon Bailey  –  3rd at 113
  • Jaden Winchel  –  3rd at 145
  • Brett Von Ruden  –  HM at 152
  • Hayden Krein  –  1st at 160
  • Austin Zwiefel  –  HM at 195 (first time appearing in the rankings)

MVC wrestlers in the rankings include…

  • Tanner Schultz (Holmen)  –  6th at 138 D1
  • Kalyn Jahn (Holmen)  –  8th at 160 D1
  • Connor Williams (La Crosse Central)  –  4th at 182 D1
  • Jaden Van Maanen (La Crosse Central)  –  1st at 160 D1
  • Houston Dorn (Onalaska)  –  7th at 285 D1
  • Casey Curran (Tomah)  –  HM at 160 D1
  • Dawson Lambert (Tomah)  –  HM at 113 D1
  • Hunter Pierce (Tomah)  –  12th at 138 D1
  • Tommy Repka (Tomah)  –  HM at 132 D1

Wisconsin Wrestling Online team rankings and individual rankings are updated about every week.

Mathias Krein is 6-1 at 160 since stepping in for his brother Hayden who is recovering from an injury.

Sparta improved to 7-0 on the year with a victory over La Crescent and another win over a quality Caledonia team.  The Spartans had never met Caledonia in a dual and were 0-3 all-time against La Crescent.  That all changed with Sparta’s 39-31 victory over Minnesota Class A honorable mention Caledonia and a 59-13 victory over La Crescent.

The match with Caledonia was probably not as close as the score indicated.  Brett Von Ruden was disqualified for a questionable slam in a match he was likely to win, which would have been at least a nine-point swing.  Mathias Krein stepped in for his brother Hayden as he continued to recover from an injury and picked up six points for the Spartans with a first period pin.

All in all, the Spartans won seven matches against Caledonia–all via pin, technical fall, major decision or forfeit to ensure the victory.  Caledonia brought some tough wrestlers to the competition.  At 132 pounds, Minnesota Class A 3rd-ranked Kyle Cavanaugh picked up a 9-1 major decision victory over Kyle Erickson and at 138 pounds 3rd-ranked (145) Zach Schneider defeated David Hayes 7-2.

It was a solid victory for the Spartans even though they had an incomplete team and some questionable calls go against them.

The other dual of the night against La Crescent was a little smoother sailing.  Sparta improved to 1-3 all-time against La Crescent by winning 11 of 14 matches including four by pin and four by forfeit.

Vince Polhamus moved up a weight class to 113 to earn a first period pin for the Spartans while Joe Lopez stepped in at 152 pounds to register a first period pin.  Also earning pins for the Spartans were Jaden Winchel and Matt Fahning.

Match-by-match results from each dual are below…

Sparta vs. La Crescent
106  –  Blake Brooks defeated Bryce Duffy (La Crescent) 3-2
113  –  Vince Polhamus pinned Jordan Jonsgaard (La Crescent) in 1:08
120  –  Jon Bailey won by forfeit
126  –  Andy Lopez (La Crescent) pinned Thomas Treu in 0:56
132  –  Pedro Lopez (La Crescent) defeated Kyle Erickson 14-4
138  –  David Hayes won by major decision over Dylan Worrel (La Crescent) 14-4
145  –  Jaden Winchel pinned Ty Mallicoat (La Crescent) in 1:00
152  –  Joe Lopez pinned Dylan Schultz (La Crescent) in 1:25
160  –  Mathias Krein won by major decision over Colton Jorgenson (La Crescent) 13-0
170  –  Matt Fahning pinned Clayton Jorgenson (La Crescent) in 1:11
182  –  Zach Bolyard (La Crescent) defeated James Gann 5-1
195  –  Austin Zwiefel won by forfeit
220  –  Garet Pfaff won by forfeit
285  –  Noah Benish won by forfeit
FINAL:  Sparta 59 – La Crescent 13

Sparta vs Caledonia-Houston
106  –  Vince Polhamus pinned Jacob Cripps (Caledonia-Houston) in 5:52
113  –  Trever Vick (Caledonia-Houston) defeated Blake Brooks 8-5
120  –  Jon Bailey won by technical fall over Caiden Olson (Caledonia-Houston) 16-0
126  –  Aaron Francis (Caledonia-Houston) defeated Thomas Treu 10-5
132  –  Kyle Cavanaugh (Caledonia-Houston) defeated Kyle Erickson 9-1
138  –  Zach Schneider (Caledonia-Houston) defeated David Hayes 7-2
145  –  Jaden Winchel won by forfeit
152  –  Jack Strub (Caledonia-Houston) won by DQ over Brett Von Ruden
160  –  Mathias Krein pinned Payton Schott (Caledonia-Houston) in 1:28
170  –  Matt Fahning won by major decision over Spencer Stemper (Caledonia-Houston) 13-3
182  –  Austin Werner (Caledonia-Houston) pinned James Gann in 0:38
195  –  Austin Zwiefel pinned Zach Brueggen (Caledonia-Houston) in 3:59
220  –  Garet Pfaff pinned Tanner Krage (Caledonia-Houston) in 1:00
285  –  Alec Francis (Caledonia-Houston) won by forfeit
FINAL:  Sparta 39 – Caledonia-Houston 31

With the win, the Spartans are now 7-0 on the year, which matches last year’s win total.  Sparta still has to wrestle Onalaska on January 31st and Holmen on February 2nd.  It’s a busy week ahead for the Spartans as they approach tournament season.

The team championship was hanging in the balance with two weights to go Saturday, but Jaden Winchel’s 8-3 victory in the finals over Mauston’s Teagen Miller put the Spartans on top for good.  Sparta and Marshfield were tied at 162.5 apiece with only 145 and 152 left, but Winchel’s championship at 145 and Brett Von Ruden’s 12-4 major decision victory over Holmen’s Reed Williams in the 152-pound 3rd place match secured the team title for Spartans.  Sparta ended the tournament with 169.5 points followed by Marshfield with 162.5 and Reedsburg with 149 points.  Holmen, wrestling without some key wrestlers, finished 8th with 118 points.  It was Sparta’s first title at their own invite since 2015 and only the 12th in 44 years.

It wasn’t the streak of first period pins en route to the finals we were used to seeing from Winchel, but he still rampaged through his bracket.  His first two matches ended by pin in 3:27 and 3:29 before an 8-2 semifinal victory and his 8-3 victory in the finals over the 3rd-ranked wrestler at 145 pounds in division two.

Joining Winchel in the finals, but finishing second were Blake Brooks and Jon Bailey.  The Spartans were without Hayden Krein as he recovered from an injury, but they traded one Krein for another as Mathias Krein stepped in and went 4-1 on the day en route to a 6th place finish.  Krein would have had a chance for 5th place, but rules dictate that athletes can only wrestle five times in one day and the 5th place match would have been Krein’s 6th match.

At 106 pounds, Blake Brooks was dominant in his first two matches with a first period pin in the quarterfinals followed by a 10-0 major decision victory in the semis.  In the finals, Brooks fell 6-2 to D1 106-pound 7th-ranked Caden Fry of Reedsburg.  Two weight classes up at 120 pounds, Jon Bailey fell to Iowa-Grant/Highland’s Sawyer Sarbacker for the second time this season–this time by a 5-2 score.  The top-ranked wrestler in D3 at 120 pounds also defeated Bailey 5-3 earlier this season in the finals of the Lancaster Invite.

Other top finishers for the Spartans included Jakob Larson in 5th, Kyle Erickson in 3rd, David Hayes in 5th, Brett Von Ruden in 3rd, Mathias Krein in 6th, Matt Fahning in 7th and Austin Zwiefel in 3rd.

Significant victories on the day for the Spartans included…

  • Jon Bailey’s 10-4 victory over D2 second-ranked Dalton Schrams of West Salem/Bangor
  • Jaden Winchel’s 8-3 victory over D2 third-ranked Teagen Miller of Mauston
  • Jaden Winchel’s 8-2 victory over D1 HM Austin Rauls of DeForest
  • Austin Zwiefel’s 11-0 major decision victory over Black River Falls’ Sam Rogstad (21-4)

Summarized results are below…

106  –  Blake Brooks, 2nd Place, 3-1 with a pin and major decision
113  –  Jakob Larson, 5th Place, 3-1 with a pin, technical fall and major decision
120  –  Jon Bailey, 2nd Place, 3-1 with a pin
132  –  Kyle Erickson, 3rd Place, 3-1 with a pin
138  –  David Hayes, 5th Place, 4-1 with three pins and a technical fall
145  –  Jaden Winchel, 1st Place, 4-0 with two pins
152  –  Brett Von Ruden, 3rd Place, 3-1 with a pin and major decision
160  –  Mathias Krein, 6th Place, 4-1 with a technical fall and two major decisions
170  –  Matt Fahning, 7th Place, 3-2 with a pin and major decision
182  –  James Gann, Did Not Place, 1-2 with a pin
195  –  Austin Zwiefel, 3rd Place, 3-1 with two pins and a major decision
220  –  Garet Pfaff, Did Not Place, 1-2
285  –  Noah Benish, Did Not Place, 0-2

Team Scores…

  1. Sparta 169.5
  2. Marshfield 162.5
  3. Reedsburg 149
  4. West Salem 132
  5. Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal 126
  6. Eau Claire North 124
  7. Iowa-Grant/Highland 120
  8. Holmen 118
  9. Spring Valley/Elmwood 110.5
  10. Mauston 107
  11. DeForest 86.5
  12. Princeton 43
  13. Blair-Taylor 36
  14. Adams-Friendship 35
  15. Boscobel 35
  16. Westfield 30
  17. Black River Falls 26
  18. River Ridge/Cassville 11
  19. De Soto 3

Congrats Sparta on another solid tournament!

Full results are below…

106 – Blake Brooks (24-9) placed 2nd and scored 21.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Blake Brooks (Sparta) 24-9 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Blake Brooks (Sparta) 24-9 won by fall over Jesse Graveline (Westfield) 11-13 (Fall 1:21)
Semifinal – Blake Brooks (Sparta) 24-9 won by major decision over Shane Westerhausen (Marshfield) 17-8 (MD 10-0)
1st Place Match – Caden Fry (Reedsburg) 35-2 won by decision over Blake Brooks (Sparta) 24-9 (Dec 6-2)

113 – Jakob Larson (19-12) placed 5th and scored 11.50 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Jakob Larson (Sparta) 19-12 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Caiden Buehler (West Salem) 16-12 won by decision over Jakob Larson (Sparta) 19-12 (Dec 10-7)
Cons. Round 2 – Jakob Larson (Sparta) 19-12 won by fall over Bryce Elvaker (Blair-Taylor) 7-16 (Fall 0:39)
Cons. Semi – Jakob Larson (Sparta) 19-12 won by tech fall over Luke Deppa (Spring Valley/Elmwood) 13-13 (TF-1.5 4:21 (17-2))
5th Place Match – Jakob Larson (Sparta) 19-12 won by major decision over Alec Zimmer (Iowa-Grant/Highland) 16-12 (MD 9-1)

120 – Jon Bailey (24-5) placed 2nd and scored 20.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Jon Bailey (Sparta) 24-5 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Jon Bailey (Sparta) 24-5 won by fall over Clayton Neisinger (Spring Valley/Elmwood) 6-14 (Fall 4:43)
Semifinal – Jon Bailey (Sparta) 24-5 won by decision over Dalton Schams (West Salem) 20-5 (Dec 10-4)
1st Place Match – Sawyer Sarbacker (Iowa-Grant/Highland) 28-1 won by decision over Jon Bailey (Sparta) 24-5 (Dec 5-2)

132 – Kyle Erickson (19-11) placed 3rd and scored 15.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Kyle Erickson (Sparta) 19-11 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Kyle Erickson (Sparta) 19-11 won by decision over Dakota Frazier (Boscobel) 18-13 (Dec 4-0)
Semifinal – Dylan Nielsen (Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal) 23-6 won by decision over Kyle Erickson (Sparta) 19-11 (Dec 8-2)
3rd Place Match – Kyle Erickson (Sparta) 19-11 won by fall over Ardit Beluli (DeForest) 15-11 (Fall 2:12)

138 – David Hayes (20-8) placed 5th and scored 16.50 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – David Hayes (Sparta) 20-8 won by fall over Deacan Geschke (DeForest) 4-12 (Fall 2:42)
Quarterfinal – Anthony Kanable (Marshfield) 20-4 won by major decision over David Hayes (Sparta) 20-8 (MD 12-1)
Cons. Round 2 – David Hayes (Sparta) 20-8 won by tech fall over Austin Chambers (Westfield) 2-10 (TF-1.5 2:17 (20-4))
Cons. Semi – David Hayes (Sparta) 20-8 won by fall over Joe Wopat (West Salem) 16-13 (Fall 3:38)
5th Place Match – David Hayes (Sparta) 20-8 won by fall over Cooper Richter (Princeton) 16-10 (Fall 1:37)

145 – Jaden Winchel (29-1) placed 1st and scored 26.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 29-1 won by fall over Bryce Bierman (Reedsburg) 10-13 (Fall 3:27)
Quarterfinal – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 29-1 won by fall over Cooper Stevens (Spring Valley/Elmwood) 10-11 (Fall 3:29)
Semifinal – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 29-1 won by decision over Austin Rauls (DeForest) 18-7 (Dec 8-2)
1st Place Match – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 29-1 won by decision over Teagen Miller (Mauston) 30-4 (Dec 8-3)

152 – Brett Von Ruden (21-9) placed 3rd and scored 16.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 21-9 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 21-9 won by fall over Austin Elvaker (Blair-Taylor) 12-8 (Fall 3:35)
Semifinal – Max Maylor (Iowa-Grant/Highland) 29-1 won by decision over Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 21-9 (Dec 5-3)
3rd Place Match – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 21-9 won by major decision over Reed Williams (Holmen) 24-9 (MD 12-4)

160 – Mathais Krein (5-2) placed 6th and scored 10.50 team points.
Prelim – Mathais Krein (Sparta) 5-2 won by tech fall over Travis Arndt (Iowa-Grant/Highland) 9-14 (TF-1.5 4:10 (16-0))
Champ. Round 1 – Devin Bahr (West Salem) 23-0 won by tech fall over Mathais Krein (Sparta) 5-2 (TF-1.5 2:00 (20-4))
Cons. Round 1 – Mathais Krein (Sparta) 5-2 won by major decision over Kenny Fesenmaier (Spring Valley/Elmwood) 11-10 (MD 9-0)
Cons. Round 2 – Mathais Krein (Sparta) 5-2 won by decision over Greg Fischer (DeForest) 13-9 (Dec 6-5)
Cons. Semi – Mathais Krein (Sparta) 5-2 won by major decision over Brady Fry (Reedsburg) 23-11 (MD 9-0)
5th Place Match – Chase Beinborn (Boscobel) 26-6 won by medical forfeit over Mathais Krein (Sparta) 5-2 (M. For.)

170 – Matt Fahning (24-9) placed 7th and scored 10.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Matt Fahning (Sparta) 24-9 won by fall over Matthew Betker (Blair-Taylor) 6-8 (Fall 1:55)
Quarterfinal – Brady Peat (Iowa-Grant/Highland) 26-5 won by major decision over Matt Fahning (Sparta) 24-9 (MD 10-2)
Cons. Round 2 – Matt Fahning (Sparta) 24-9 won by major decision over Cameron Caldwell (Adams-Friendship) 19-10 (MD 11-2)
Cons. Semi – Stephen Buchanan (Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal) 26-3 won by decision over Matt Fahning (Sparta) 24-9 (Dec 7-3)
7th Place Match – Matt Fahning (Sparta) 24-9 won by medical forfeit over Carter Merth (Spring Valley/Elmwood) 20-8 (M. For.)

182 – James Gann (15-13) place is unknown and scored 3.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Aaron Broer (West Salem) 22-5 won by fall over James Gann (Sparta) 15-13 (Fall 3:08)
Cons. Round 1 – James Gann (Sparta) 15-13 won by fall over Patrick O Brien (Black River Falls) 7-12 (Fall 1:48)
Cons. Round 2 – Chris Deja (Adams-Friendship) 19-4 won by decision over James Gann (Sparta) 15-13 (Dec 8-6)

195 – Austin Zwiefel (24-9) placed 3rd and scored 18.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Austin Zwiefel (Sparta) 24-9 won by fall over Devon Atter (Eau Claire North) 0-2 (Fall 1:12)
Quarterfinal – Austin Zwiefel (Sparta) 24-9 won by fall over Lucas Ingold (Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal) 15-8 (Fall 3:26)
Semifinal – Jack Westcott (Holmen) 27-8 won by fall over Austin Zwiefel (Sparta) 24-9 (Fall 4:27)
3rd Place Match – Austin Zwiefel (Sparta) 24-9 won by major decision over Sam Rogstad (Black River Falls) 21-4 (MD 11-0)

220 – Garet Pfaff (7-14) place is unknown and scored 2.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Garet Pfaff (Sparta) 7-14 won by decision over Cody Dobson (DeForest) 11-13 (Dec 9-2)
Quarterfinal – Brett Davis (Holmen) 21-5 won by fall over Garet Pfaff (Sparta) 7-14 (Fall 0:56)
Cons. Round 2 – Owen Lewis (Mauston) 18-14 won by fall over Garet Pfaff (Sparta) 7-14 (Fall 2:11)

285 – Noah Benish (1-8) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Jack Carruth (Eau Claire North) 12-3 won by fall over Noah Benish (Sparta) 1-8 (Fall 5:54)
Cons. Round 1 – Noah Benish (Sparta) 1-8 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 2 – Aaron Finkel (Reedsburg) 10-5 won by fall over Noah Benish (Sparta) 1-8 (Fall 1:42)