krein-chamberlain-10The Spartan wrestling program has been on an incredible run of team and individual success over the last five years and that run is poised to continue.  However, to achieve more of the same, they will have to deal with a lot of the old.  Sparta is back in division one for the first time since the 2008-09 season.  That doesn’t change much at the conference level.  Sparta will again be among the favorites to win the MVC and will be going for their third MVC championship in a row, which is something that has never been done by any Spartan wrestling team.

The primary changes will come at the regional and sectional levels.  Instead of the top two advancing at regionals, the top four will advance.  However, at sectionals, only the top two will make it to state.  In division two and three, it was the top three.

The Schedule

A lot of the same with some new.  Gone is the Northern Badger Classic.  In its place is a familiar tournament–the Bi-State Classic.  The varsity swaps a dual with Weston/Ithaca with the sixth-ranked team in division three in Fennimore.  Weston/Ithaca isn’t gone completely from the schedule as the varsity reserve will go on the road for a dual at Weston.  Sparta is also swapping the Chula Vista Duals for the Northern Badger Classic, which will feature some tough teams including Freedom, Wisconsin Rapids, Luxemburg-Casco, Two Rivers, Bayport, Pewaukee and Oconto Falls.  A lot of consistently solid teams there.  Let’s look at what 2015-16 has in store for the varsity…

  • December 1st  –  The varsity kicks things off with what might be their toughest dual of the season–6th ranked Fennimore.  A division three school, Fennimore boasts five ranked wrestlers in Riley Blair (3rd D3 at 106), Riley Lull (3rd D3 at 113), Alston Nutter (1st D3 at 120), Justin Tollefson (6th D3 at 126) and Deven O’Brien (4th D3 at 285).  Fennimore was one of four division three teams to advance to team state last year and lost their first match to Coleman.
  • December 5th  –  Varsity at Ellsworth Invitational.  A stacked tournament, Sparta finished fifth here a year ago.  Spring Valley/Elmwood won the team title followed by Ellsworth in second, Boyceville in third, Lake City in fourth and Sparta in fifth.  Spring Valley/Elmwood won the division three state team title last year while Ellsworth was runner-up in division two.  While Sparta finished fifth, they were only 45 points back of first place  and 20 points back from second place.  And they did that with only nine guys competing.  A full team could make all the difference in this tournament.
  • December 12th  –  Varsity at Battle on the Bay tournament.  New tournament here.  Hosted by Bayport, this tournament was won in 2014 by Freedom followed by Wisconsin Rapids, Luxemburg-Casco, Two Rivers, Bayport, Pewaukee and Oconto Falls.  Some heavy hitters from divisions two and three at this tournament.
  • December 17th  –  At home against Onalaska.  Sparta will look to improve to 30-0 all-time against the Hilltoppers.
  • December 19th  –  Badger State.  Spartans will look to improve upon a 5th place team finish in 2014.  Matchups against Stoughton will be of particular importance as they could be a matchup for the Spartans down the road should they qualify for the state team tournament.  Last year, Stoughton won their tournament with 287 points with the Spartans 89.5 points back in 5th place with 197.5.
  • December 29th and 30th  –  Bi-State Classic.  The Spartans return to the Bi-State Classic for the first time in a long time.  The two-day tournament will feature many top teams from around the state including the following ranked teams:  Hudson (2nd D1), Burlington (6th D1), Pulaski (13th D1), Ellsworth (1st D2), Lodi (2nd D2), Luxemburg-Casco (5th D2), River Valley (13th D2), Cashton (2nd D3), Stratford (3rd D3), Riverdale (7th D3), Ithaca/Weston (14th D3) and New Lisbon (15th D3).  The tournament also includes a number of ranked Minnesota teams including Eastview (10th AAA/D1), South St. Paul (HM AA/D2) and Goodhue (HM/D3).
  • January 7th  –  at La Crosse Aquinas.  The Blugolds have not defeated Sparta since a 40-30 victory during the 2004-05 season.  Last year, they lost 60-18 at Sparta.
  • January 9th  –  Varsity at Lancaster Invitational.  Sparta will look to improve upon last year’s 3rd place finish.  Top teams awaiting the Spartans at this year’s invite include Fennimore, Riverdale and Iowa’s Dubuque Walhert (9th AA/D2).
  • January 14th  –  at Holmen.  Sparta will look to win their third straight against Holmen in what might be the dual to decide the MVC.  Not counting out Tomah, but Holmen should be the strongest of the other six MVC schools the Spartans will wrestle this year.
  • January 16th  –  Varsity at Stevens Point Tournament.  Scramble style tournament.  Wrestlers will compete against each other in a round-robin format and results will be compiled into dual scores.  Last year, the Spartans finished in 3rd place going 4-1 with their only loss coming against Stevens Point on a day when Sparta only sent nine wrestlers, but went 38-7 in matches wrestled.  This year should be different.
  • January 21st  –  at home against La Crosse Central. The Spartans have not lost to Central since the 2004-05 season.  This year should be 11 in a row.
  • January 23rd  –  Sparta Invitational.  The Spartans have won three of the past four Sparta Invite tournaments after going 14 straight tournaments without winning it once.  The Spartans should have a great shot at making it four out of five.  Top challengers to Sparta will be Holmen, DeForest, Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal and Spring Valley.
  • January 28th  –  at Tomah.  Need I say anything more?  Rivalry week.  The rivalry has been one-sided lately with the Spartans winning the last six matchups after the Timberwolves won five in a row.  If the Spartans make it seven in a row, they will match the most consecutive wins in a row against Tomah since Sparta won seven in a row from 1992-93 through 1997-98.  Last year, the Spartans won 53-15, which was the most points they have scored against Tomah since 53 back in 1995-96.
  • February 4th  –  At home against La Crosse Logan.  Sparta will look to continue its dominance of La Crosse schools as they seek their ninth straight win over the Rangers.  Last year, Sparta dominated with a 65-6 victory.
  • February 13th  –  WIAA Regional at Tomah.  The top four advance and the top team will compete three days later in Baraboo at team sectionals.
  • February 16th  –  WIAA Team Sectional at Baraboo.  If the Spartans win the regional team title, they will likely face Sauk Prairie who enters the season ranked 9th in division one.  Sparta is ranked 12th.  Last year, Sauk Prairie fell 36-30 to Stoughton in their opening dual at team state.
  • February 20th  –  WIAA Sectional at Waunakee.  Top two advance to the state individual tournament.
  • February 25, 26, 27  –  WIAA State Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison.  Can the Spartans get eight wrestlers back to the state tournament?  The road to state in division one will be tougher, but Sparta certainly has the talent to do so.  The most wrestlers Sparta has ever sent to the division one state tournament is five, which was accomplished multiple times.

Coaching Changes


Rickert (left) and Roddick (right)

Mike Roddick is still the head coach, but Jared Rickert will take on the title of co-head coach for the 2015-16 season.  Roddick has been involved with the Spartan wrestling program since flat top haircuts were a thing or the early 1990s if you want to get specific.  He was a long-time assistant under Mike Montgomery before heading over to the middle school as the head coach.  Rickert is a 2007 graduate of Sparta, finished his career as the all-time wins leader with 153 wins (since surpassed by John Roddick, Matt Tourdot and Brock Polhamus) and was a three-time state qualifier finishing third his senior year at 140 pounds.

Coming back

Sparta loses state qualifiers Corey Zimmerman, John Roddick and Brock Polhamus.  Roddick is the program’s all-time wins leader, Polhamus finished 3rd all-time on the wins list and Zimmerman finished 19-6 after moving up to varsity in the second half of last season.  Most teams would take a serious hit after losing quality wrestlers like that, but the Spartans might be even stronger this year.

They return five state qualifiers in Christian Lamon, Jaden Winchel, Brett VonRuden, Hayden Krein and Logan Van Tassel and pick up freshman Jon Bailey who Wisconsin Wrestling Online pegged as the 2nd best pound-for-pound freshman in the state.  Soon after those rankings came out, Bailey defeated the top ranked freshman.  Winchel comes in as the 6th-best junior while Krein is ranked the 9th best sophomore.  In other words, there is talent.  And those names don’t even include other freshman who will become immediate contributors along with a team full of guys capable of winning 20-30+ matches who did not qualify for state last year.  Case in point?  Ryan Wisniewski.  Didn’t qualify for state, but is ranked 14th in D1 at 160 pounds.


sparta-hat-2015Everyone loves a good hat and everyone loves Sparta Wrestling.  So is a Sparta Wrestling hat the perfect stocking stuffer?  Yes.  Yes it is.  It’s also just good to have because the red, gold and black are so stylish and it says “I support Sparta Wrestling.”  Hard to go wrong here.

Now you can get this hat.  For $15, you can have the latest in Sparta Wrestling head apparel.  Contact middle school coach John McDonald or Mike Montgomery to get yours!


Sparta’s enrollment increased just enough that the Spartans find themselves back in division one this year.  They will kick off the 2015-16 season as the 12th-ranked team in division one according to Wisconsin Wrestling Online.

Division One
1. Kaukauna
2. Hudson
3. Rapids
4. Stoughton
5. Milton
6. Burlington
7. Oak Creek
8. Bay Port
9. Sauk Prairie
10. Pewaukee
11. Stevens Point
12. Sparta
13. Pulaski
14. New London
15. Wauwatosa West/East

The one team to look at in those rankings in Sauk Prairie who the Spartans would have to get through if they hope to return to team state this year.  Holmen also looks to be Sparta’s top competition in the conference and regional.

On the individual side, five Spartans are ranked.  Freshman Jon Bailey should be in the rankings as Wisconsin Wrestling Online has him as the 2nd-ranked freshman in the state.  Shortly after those rankings came out, Bailey defeated the top-ranked wrestler.  Our guess is that freshman have a harder time breaking into the rankings due to questions about what weight they will wrestle.  That said, here are the five ranked Spartans in the season’s first poll…

  • Christian Lamon  –  120 pounds, 11th
  • Jaden Winchel, 132 pounds, 2nd
  • Brett VonRuden, 138 pounds, 7th
  • Hayden Krein, 152 pounds, 3rd
  • Ryan Wisniewski, 160 pounds, 14th

Clearly the weight classes in the rankings above are probably less than accurate.  Additionally, they don’t have Holmen’s Tanner Schultz in the rankings who is probably a top three wrestler at his weight so who knows what’s going on.  The rankings are more fun to look at and will become more accurate as the season goes on.  Just look at these and know that Sparta will have another talented team on the mat this year.  The first rankings are more a sign of respect for the wrestlers and teams and what they have accomplished.

To see the entire rankings, please click here.

It is that time of year again as the Spartans get ready to kick off the wrestling season for 2015-16. Sparta Wrestling apparel is available at the link below and should be ordered between the following dates, Nov. 16-27.

Tickets for the State Wrestling Tournament should also be ordered at this time as well.

Individual Wrestling: Tickets will be available on-line, beginning on December 15. All information with dates, times, and access codes will be emailed on December 3rd.

Coach Roddick will place the order on December 15. The cost is $50 for all 5 sessions. I will get the best seats I can get, but I need full payment no later than Dec. Friday Dec. 12. Please put payment in an envelope, indicate how many tickets you want and have your wrestler turn it in to Coach Roddick.

Come out and have the best day ever by running a 10K in memory of Joel Konze–a Spartan alum and long-time supporter of Spartan wrestling.  Details about the race are below…

  • When:  Saturday, November 14th beginning at 8am
  • Where:  Start and finish will be at the Longbranch Bar and Restaurant at 7509 Carmel Avenue, Cataract, Wisc.
  • Entry fee?  The registration fee is $20 and includes a long-sleeve t-shirt.
  • How do I enter?  To guarantee a shirt, please register by October 29th by going here…  Same-day registration is fine, but does not guarantee a shirt.

You can also pick up your shirt at the Sparta Area School that you select when registering Thursday, November 12th, or Friday, November 13th from 7:30am-3:30pm or at the event on Saturday, November 14th from 7:00am-7:45am.

If you are unable to attend, but would still like to honor Joel with a donation please feel free to register and get your own t-shirt or donate your t-shirt to students in need within the Sparta School District. Choose a t-shirt size and then under “Choose a location to pick-up,”  select “Donate the youth or adult size shirt selected to a student in need.”

The race is a 10K route with a 5K turnaround and  2 mile walk turnaround.  ALL ARE WELCOME!  Run/walk the distance you are comfortable with to honor Joel.  Money will be used for the Joel Konze Scholarship Fund.

***Five people who have pre-registered and present at start of event will be randomly drawn to receive $10 gift certificates to The Longbranch.


TO ALL SPARTA WRESTLERS: We are planning to begin summer training on June 8 at 6 pm in the HS wrestling room. Please take advantage of these opportunities. The dates are on the calendar at If you have friends or family members who would like to attend, they are certainly welcome.

In the links below are the registration and health forms for the Luther Team Camp which we will attend July 8-11. Coach Zurfluh is coordinating this. His email address is

Please fill out the registration form and the health form and submit it with payment to Mike Roddick at the Intermediate School or to Amy Berz at the High School. Make checks payable to the Sparta Wrestling Club. This must be turned in by June 1, 2015. The amount is $300 as we will be full campers.



Photos by John Maniaci

The Spartan wrestling season came to a close Saturday morning at the UW Field House after a 40-27 loss to top-ranked Freedom.  The Irish jumped out to a 25-0 lead before Sparta started their comeback, but they never pulled within 10 points as Freedom avoided pins and picked up bonus points.  That was a formula Sparta was familiar with throughout the year and used at team sectionals to get to this weekend’s final four of division two teams.  Sparta finishes the season with a 13-7 record and top four finish at the state team tournament.  Freedom would go on to defeat Ellsworth 34-15 in the championship match later that afternoon.

The dual against Freedom was the last match for seniors Corey Zimmerman, John Roddick, Brock Polhamus, Logan VanTassel and Walker Polhamus.  They left an incredible mark on the program.  We’ll have more on that in a later post, but congrats to this year’s seniors on their accomplishments.

Sparta’s dual against Freedom started at 220 with the Irish’s Evan Philibeck picking up a first period pin against Keyshawn Stewart.  That was followed by a Spartan forfeit at 285.  After that came 106 and 113, which were critical matches for the Spartans.  At 106, Garrison Murphy pinned Zimmerman in 5:25 and one match later, the Irish’s Mitch Garvey picked up an 8-0 major decision victory over David Hayes.

Then at 120, Sam Forbes put up a solid fight in a 12-7 loss against the Irish’s Mason Manteuffel who was a state runner-up this year at 120.  Then Sparta’s bread and butter took over.  John Roddick closed out his Spartan career with a 14-0 major decision victory over Freedom’s Nolan Gaffney.  That was followed by a technical fall victory by Jaden Winchel over Freedom’s Evan Vosters.  There was no rematch of the epic 132-pound semifinal ultimate tie breaker match between Winchel and Cody Walrath.  Freedom decided to bump Walrath up to 138 pounds.

I’m sure the Irish were expecting an easier match for Walrath against freshman Brett VonRuden, but that’s not what they got.  Von Ruden and Walrath ended the third period tied 2-2 and it appeared a number of times that Von Ruden had the takedown near the edge of the mat.  There have certainly been takedowns given for less.  One of those saw VonRuden completely parallel on Walrath’s back at the edge of the mat with both feet in for a few seconds yet no call was given.  Five seconds later, the officials gave one back as it appeared Walrath had the takedown.  In the end, Walrath picked up a takedown with one second left to edge Von Ruden 4-2.  It was an impressive performance by Von Ruden against Walrath who finished 3rd, 3rd, 2nd and 3rd at the state tournament the last four years.

At 145, Brock Polhamus closed out his Spartan wrestling career with a 6-3 victory over Blaz Daul.  That was followed by a pin from freshman Hayden Krein, which brought Krein’s record to 40-7 on the year.  Fellow freshman Brett VonRuden finished with a 38-13 record.  Sound familiar?  John Roddick finished his freshman season with 40 wins while Brock Polhamus finished with 36.

At 160, Ryan Wisniewski ran into state runner-up Seth Vosters and lost by pin in the second period.  At this point, Sparta needed three pins in three matches to defeat Freedom and that meant pinning the 195-pound state champion in Ramsey Bloy.  That’s not an impossible task, but it would be difficult.  At 170, Logan Van Tassel won 9-4 over Freedom’s Adam Vosters, which sealed the match for the Irish.  Van Tassel had an incredible senior season finishing with 39 wins.  Next up was state champion Ramsey Bloy who pinned Walker Polhamus in 1:08.  Polhamus also had a great senior season with some very big wins for the Spartans–especially at team sectionals.  The final match of the night was won by Austin Zweifel via injury default.

Full results below…

220  –  Evan Philibeck (Freedom) pins Keyshawn Stewart in 1:43
285  –  Alex Rohan (Freedom) wins by forfeit
106  –  Garrison Murphy (Freedom) pins Corey Zimmerman in 5:25
113  –  Mitch Garvey (Freedom) won by major decision against David Hayes 8-0
120  –  Mason Manteuffel (Freedom) defeated Sam Forbes 12-7
126  –  John Roddick won by major decision over Nolan Gaffney (Freedom) 14-0
132  –  Jaden Winchel won by technical fall over Evan Vosters (Freedom) 15-0
138  –  Cody Walrath (Freedom) won in sudden victory over Brett Von Ruden 4-2
145  –  Brock Polhamus defeated Blaz Daul (Freedom) 6-3
152  –  Hayden Krein pinned Sean Murphy (Freedom) in 5:26
160  –  Seth Vosters (Freedom) pinned Ryan Wisniewski in 2:42
170  –  Logan Van Tassel defeated Adam Vosters (Freedom) 9-4
182  –  Ramsey Bloy (Freedom) pinned Walker Polhamus in 1:09
195  –  Austin Zweifel won by injury default over Jacob Vosters (Freedom) in 3:26

In the other division two match, Ellsworth took care of Wisconsin Lutheran to advance to the championship against Freedom via a 37-27 victory.

The Spartans finish the season with a 13-7 dual record.  We will have a season recap later this week.  Congrats to the Spartans on a great season and thank you to all the seniors for everything you gave to the program!

Alumni and fans looking for a way to acknowledge this year’s success and help support our program?  Please consider sponsoring a wrestler’s meal for our year end banquet. Your donation will help cover the cost of meals and give our parent’s a little break from all the demands placed on them throughout the season. For more information check a previous post in this website.

We are catching up to some tournaments earlier this season where we didn’t post the results for one reason or another on the website, which is a shame in the case of the varsity reserve’s performance at the Mel-Min/GET Friday Night Fights back in mid-December.

Out of 15 Spartan wrestlers, 11 placed 1st and four more placed second.  Out of a total of 45 matches, Sparta went 41-4.  Damn.

Winning championships for the Spartans was Corey Zimmerman, Dustin Matson, Mathias Krein, Kole Nelson, Andrew Rickey, Matt Fahning, Kobe Culpitt, James Gann, Ashley Dahl, Justin Marx and Austin Zweifel.  Coming in second for the Spartans were Trygve Zurfluh, Russell Winchel, Sam Forbes and Kyle Erickson.

Complete results are below…

Mel-Min/G-E-T Friday Night Fights Results for Sparta
High School 102-115 – Kyle Erickson’s place is 2nd and has scored 12.00 team points.
Round 1 – Kyle Erickson (Sparta) won by fall over Albert `All Smiles` Flottmeyer (La Crosse Aquinas) (Fall 1:14)
Round 2 – Trevor Plomedahl (Holmen) won by decision over Kyle Erickson (Sparta) (Dec 7-3)
Round 3 – Tim Stevens (Whitehall) won by injury default over Kyle Erickson (Sparta) (Inj. 0:00)

High School 111-117 – Corey Zimmerman’s place is 1st and has scored 20.00 team points.
Round 1 – Corey Zimmerman (Sparta) won by fall over Ethan Overgard (La Crosse Central) (Fall 0:41)
Round 2 – Corey Zimmerman (Sparta) won by fall over Jon Arentz (West Salem/Bangor) (Fall 0:50)
Round 3 – Corey Zimmerman (Sparta) won by fall over Grant `I wrestle` Restel (La Crosse Aquinas) (Fall 1:43)

High School 113-119 – Sam Forbes’s place is 2nd and has scored 12.00 team points.
Round 1 – Sam Forbes (Sparta) won by decision over Zach Gordon (Holmen) (Dec 4-2)
Round 2 – Sam Forbes (Sparta) won by fall over Hunter `Too Tall` Thicke (La Crosse Aquinas) (Fall 0:47)
Round 3 – Ken Her (Melrose-Mind/Gale-Ett.-Tremp.) won by major decision over Sam Forbes (Sparta) (Maj 11-3)

High School 130-135 – Dustin Matson’s place is 1st and has scored 18.00 team points.
Round 1 – Dustin Matson (Sparta) won by fall over Andrew Fenner (Osseo-Fair/Altoon/Aug/Fall.Crk) (Fall 1:16)
Round 2 – Dustin Matson (Sparta) won by fall over Tanner Barton (Holmen) (Fall 0:47)
Round 3 – Dustin Matson (Sparta) won by decision over Cole Fosbinder (Melrose-Mind/Gale-Ett.-Tremp.) (Dec 9-5)

High School 136-137 – Mathias Krein’s place is 1st and has scored 19.00 team points.
Round 1 – Mathias Krein (Sparta) won by fall over Zachary Meyer (Melrose-Mind/Gale-Ett.-Tremp.) (Fall 1:16)
Round 2 – Mathias Krein (Sparta) won by fall over Tucker Haag (Melrose-Mind/Gale-Ett.-Tremp.) (Fall 1:08)
Round 3 – Mathias Krein (Sparta) won by major decision over Jacob Peterson (Mondovi) (Maj 13-1)

High School 132-141 – Kole Nelson’s place is 1st and has scored 18.00 team points.
Round 1 – Kole Nelson (Sparta) won by decision over Seth Hauser (Holmen) (Dec 7-6)
Round 2 – Kole Nelson (Sparta) won by fall over Nicholas Peterson (Melrose-Mind/Gale-Ett.-Tremp.) (Fall 1:18)
Round 3 – Kole Nelson (Sparta) won by fall over Benett Bucek (Black River Falls) (Fall 1:50)

High School 136-138 – Andrew Rickey’s place is 1st and has scored 19.00 team points.
Round 1 – Andrew Rickey (Sparta) won by fall over Dawson Blaken (Melrose-Mind/Gale-Ett.-Tremp.) (Fall 4:57)
Round 2 – Andrew Rickey (Sparta) won by major decision over Russell Winchel (Sparta) (Maj 11-0)
Round 3 – Andrew Rickey (Sparta) won by fall over Tommy Fischer (Osseo-Fair/Altoon/Aug/Fall.Crk) (Fall 0:22)

High School 136-138 – Russell Winchel’s place is 2nd and has scored 10.00 team points.
Round 1 – Russell Winchel (Sparta) won by decision over Tommy Fischer (Osseo-Fair/Altoon/Aug/Fall.Crk) (Dec 7-2)
Round 2 – Andrew Rickey (Sparta) won by major decision over Russell Winchel (Sparta) (Maj 11-0)
Round 3 – Russell Winchel (Sparta) won by decision over Dawson Blaken (Melrose-Mind/Gale-Ett.-Tremp.) (Dec 4-0)

High School 142-145 – Matt Fahning’s place is 1st and has scored 18.00 team points.
Round 1 – Matt Fahning (Sparta) won by decision over Theodore Johnson (Melrose-Mind/Gale-Ett.-Tremp.) (Dec 4-0)
Round 2 – Matt Fahning (Sparta) won by fall over Dillon Larson (Mondovi) (Fall 3:56)
Round 3 – Matt Fahning (Sparta) won by forfeit over Dayne Myers (Osseo-Fair/Altoon/Aug/Fall.Crk) (FF)

High School 143-147 – Kobe Culpitt’s place is 1st and has scored 18.00 team points.
Round 1 – Kobe Culpitt (Sparta) won by fall over Chad Loper (Viroqua) (Fall 0:55)
Round 2 – Kobe Culpitt (Sparta) won by decision over Riki Cutler (La Crosse Central) (Dec 7-3)
Round 3 – Kobe Culpitt (Sparta) won by fall over Nolan Van Dunk (Holmen) (Fall 4:21)

High School 145-152 – James Gann’s place is 1st and has scored 20.00 team points.
Round 1 – James Gann (Sparta) won by fall over `Slick` Nick Herlitzka (La Crosse Aquinas) (Fall 2:39)
Round 2 – James Gann (Sparta) won by fall over Brandon Huynh (Viroqua) (Fall 0:17)
Round 3 – James Gann (Sparta) won by fall over Calvin Williams (Holmen) (Fall 1:22)

High School 145-149 – Ashley Dahl’s place is 1st and has scored 17.00 team points.
Round 1 – Ashley Dahl (Sparta) won by fall over Trevor Fischer (Osseo-Fair/Altoon/Aug/Fall.Crk) (Fall 1:46)
Round 2 – Ashley Dahl (Sparta) won by major decision over `Bad Man` Brandon Jensen (La Crosse Aquinas) (Maj 11-1)
Round 3 – Ashley Dahl (Sparta) won by decision over Noah Steinhoff (Holmen) (Dec 8-6)

High School 148-154 – Trygve Zurfluh’s place is 2nd and has scored 14.00 team points.
Round 1 – Trygve Zurfluh (Sparta) won by fall over Jake Stair (Melrose-Mind/Gale-Ett.-Tremp.) (Fall 0:24)
Round 2 – Trygve Zurfluh (Sparta) won by fall over Mia Morton (Viroqua) (Fall 3:25)
Round 3 – Dylan `I Speak` English (La Crosse Aquinas) won by decision over Trygve Zurfluh (Sparta) (Dec 4-3)

High School 152-165 – Justin Marx’s place is 1st and has scored 18.00 team points.
Round 1 – Justin Marx (Sparta) won by fall over Patrick OBrien (Black River Falls) (Fall 1:27)
Round 2 – Justin Marx (Sparta) won by decision over Rion Windsor (Melrose-Mind/Gale-Ett.-Tremp.) (Dec 5-4)
Round 3 – Justin Marx (Sparta) won by fall over Jake West (Mondovi) (Fall 1:55)

High School 165-177 – Austin Zwiefl’s place is 1st and has scored 19.00 team points.
Round 1 – Austin Zwiefl (Sparta) won by major decision over Julius Riisgaard (Melrose-Mind/Gale-Ett.-Tremp.) (Maj 12-3)
Round 2 – Austin Zwiefl (Sparta) won by fall over Lance Ubersox (La Crosse Central) (Fall 0:59)
Round 3 – Austin Zwiefl (Sparta) won by fall over Sam Jansen (Melrose-Mind/Gale-Ett.-Tremp.) (Fall 3:59)

The success of the Sparta wrestling program continued this year with an MVC title, eight state qualifiers, four state placewinners, one state champion and a a chance for a state team title this upcoming weekend.

To keep the program churning along at a high level, we’re looking for alumni and anyone else to sponsor a wrestler at this year’s banquet.  As part of your sponsorship, you will be recognized with a name placard at the banquet tables and as an “Alumni Sponsor for 2015.”  The cost to sponsor a wrestler breaks down like this…

  • One wrestler’s dinner = $15.00
  • Two wrestlers’ dinner = $25.00
  • Five wrestlers’ dinner = $50.00
  • 12 wrestlers’ dinner = $100.00

Checks can be made payable to the Sparta Wrestling Club.  Please send checks to…

Mike Montgomery
415 West Main Street
Sparta, WI 54656

If you have any questions about the sponsorship, please email Mike Montgomery or give him a call at 608.487.3604.  The banquet will be held Monday, March 9th and sponsorship forms are due that day as well.

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Spartan sophomore Jaden Winchel joined select company in Spartan history by winning the division two 132-pound state championship Saturday evening and finishing the regular season with a record of 48-0.  Only four other Spartans–Justin Schroeder, Dave Garritson, Troy Lietzau and Matt Tourdot–had won state championships.  Winchel joins that select list becoming the fifth Spartan to win a state championship.  His chance to join Dave Garritson and Matt Tourdot as the only Spartans to finish a season undefeated with a state championship will be put to the test this coming weekend at team state.  It was a remarkable performance by the sophomore who finished 39-14 a year ago and 3rd place at the same weight at last year’s state tournament.

Joining Winchel on the podium last night was seniors John Roddick and Brock Polhamus and freshman Hayden Krein.  Roddick and Krein capped their tournaments with third place finishes while Polhamus finished fourth.


Sparta’s eight state qualifiers. Top row from left: Lamon, VonRuden, Krein, VanTassel. Bottom row from left: Polhamus, Roddick, Zimmerman, Winchel.

Roddick’s third place finish at 126 pounds was his third consecutive year at state that ended on the podium.  The four-time state qualifier finished third as a sophomore and fifth as a junior.  Brock Polhamus followed up last year’s second place finish with a fourth place finish.  Roddick and Polhamus are Sparta’s only four time state qualifiers.  At 152 pounds, freshman Hayden Krein defeated Chetek WeyerHaeuser/Prairie Farm’s Jonny Chamberlain to win third in dramatic fashion.  Krein was down 2-0 after the first period and 5-3 going into the third period.  He was down 9-4 when he escaped with about a minute to go and put Chamberlain on his back to cap the comeback and win 10-9.  Before Winchel’s third place finish as a freshman last year, no Sparta freshman had ever placed at state.  Krein becomes the second Spartan freshman to earn that achievement.

On Thursday, Spartans Corey Zimmerman, Brett VonRuden and Logan VanTassel saw their tournaments come to an end.  Zimmerman lost 10-2 to Ellsworth’s Owen Matzek, VonRuden dropped a 10-7 decision in a back-and-forth match with Mayville’s Dakota Danner and Logan VanTassel lost 3-2 to Ellsworth’s Tristen Mueller.  Zimmerman and VanTassel could get their revenge next weekend if Sparta defeats Freedom and Ellsworth defeats Wisconsin Lutheran at team state.  Sophomore Christian Lamon won his first match 9-8 over Whitewater’s Irving Sedano before dropping the next two matches to fall out of the tournament.

The state championship by Winchel combined with the three other placewinners and Sparta’s overall performance led to a third place team finish in division two.  Sparta finished with 66 points, which was behind Freedom’s 72.5 points and Two River’s 72 points.  The 66 points would have been good for third in division one and second in division three.  Overall, the Spartans finished fifth among teams at the state tournament.

Here are some interesting stats and notes from this year’s state tournament…

  • Three Spartans finished the tournament with 40+ wins.  Jaden Winchel (48-0), John Roddick (46-5) and Brock Polhamus (46-5).  Hayden Krein can reach the 40-win mark Saturday against Freedom.
  • Both Jaden and his brother Dylan Winchel finished their sophomore seasons with 48 wins.  Dylan finished with 48 wins during the 2011-12 season en route to a fifth place finish.
  • The 48 wins by Winchel was good for the second highest single season total in Spartan history.  Dylan Winchel won 48 during the 2011-12 season, Jared Rickert won 48 during the 2006-07 season and Matt Tourdot topped everyone with 50 wins back during the 2009-10 season.  Winchel could tie Tourdot or move into second place by himself after next weekend’s team state tournament.
  • The four placewinners at this year’s tournament matches the four the Spartans had during the 2013 state tournament.
  • Jaden Winchel is Sparta’s youngest state champion.  All other state champions were seniors with the exception of Troy Lietzau and Justin Schroeder who won the first of their two titles as juniors.
  • John Roddick has topped 40 wins every year in high school.  He had 40 as a freshman, 42 as a sophomore, 43 as a junior and has 46 and counting this year.
  • In each of the last three years, Roddick fell to the eventual state champion in the semis and each of those guys either were or are on track to become four-time state champions.  During his sophomore and junior seasons, Roddick fell to Ellsworth’s Jens Lantz who won four titles and this year, Roddick fell to Amery’s Hunter Marko who has won three titles in three seasons with his senior season yet to come.

Let’s see how the Spartans did on an individual match basis…

D2-106 – Corey Zimmerman (19-5) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Owen Matzek (Ellsworth) 39-12 won by major decision over Corey Zimmerman (Sparta) 19-5 (MD 10-2)

D2-120 – Christian Lamon (21-10) place is unknown and scored 2.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Christian Lamon (Sparta) 21-10 won by decision over Irving Sedano (Whitewater) 29-15 (Dec 9-8)
Quarterfinal – Sam Stuhl (Prescott) 37-6 won by major decision over Christian Lamon (Sparta) 21-10 (MD 10-2)
Cons. Round 1 – Jordan Sarver (Nekoosa/Assumpt./Port Edw.) 42-5 won by fall over Christian Lamon (Sparta) 21-10 (Fall 4:25)

D2-126 – John Roddick (46-5) placed 3rd and scored 13.50 team points.
Quarterfinal – John Roddick (Sparta) 46-5 won by tech fall over Ryan McGinnes (Sheboygan Falls) 35-17 (TF-1.5 4:33 (19-4))
Semifinal – Hunter Marko (Amery) 40-1 won by tech fall over John Roddick (Sparta) 46-5 (TF-1.5 6:00 (20-5))
Cons. Semi – John Roddick (Sparta) 46-5 won by decision over Sam Konitzer (Oconto Falls) 39-5 (Dec 5-1)
3rd Place Match – John Roddick (Sparta) 46-5 won by decision over Chase Katzenmeyer (Evansville/Albany) 37-8 (Dec 6-3)

D2-132 – Jaden Winchel (48-0) placed 1st and scored 22.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 48-0 won by fall over Gabe Braam (East Troy) 31-12 (Fall 3:57)
Semifinal – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 48-0 won in the ultimate tie breaker over Cody Walrath (Freedom) 41-9 (UTB 2-1)
1st Place Match – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 48-0 won by decision over Sonny Schieldt (Edgerton) 41-8 (Dec 4-2)

D2-138 – Brett Von Ruden (37-13) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Dakota Danner (Mayville) 39-6 won by decision over Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 37-13 (Dec 9-7)

D2-145 – Brock Polhamus (46-5) placed 4th and scored 10.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Brock Polhamus (Sparta) 46-5 won by decision over Nate Trepanier (Oconto Falls) 40-6 (Dec 2-1)
Semifinal – Chandler Donati (Two Rivers) 24-3 won by decision over Brock Polhamus (Sparta) 46-5 (Dec 3-2)
Cons. Semi – Brock Polhamus (Sparta) 46-5 won by decision over Taylor Gilardi (Viroqua) 36-17 (Dec 8-3)
3rd Place Match – Nate Trepanier (Oconto Falls) 40-6 won by decision over Brock Polhamus (Sparta) 46-5 (Dec 4-2)

D2-152 – Hayden Krein (39-7) placed 3rd and scored 18.50 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 39-7 won by fall over Seth Peters (Luxemburg-Casco) 35-13 (Fall 3:58)
Quarterfinal – Sean Mattek (Sheboygan Falls) 42-7 won by decision over Hayden Krein (Sparta) 39-7 (Dec 5-2)
Cons. Round 1 – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 39-7 won by tech fall over Ben Klister (Wrightstown) 33-16 (TF-1.5 4:20 (15-0))
Cons. Semi – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 39-7 won by fall over Willie Vandenlangenberg (Wisconsin Dells) 24-9 (Fall 2:35)
3rd Place Match – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 39-7 won by decision over Jonny Chamberlain (Chetek-Wey./Pr. F.) 36-4 (Dec 10-9)

D2-170 – Logan VanTassel (38-12) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Tristen Mueller (Ellsworth) 22-5 won by decision over Logan VanTassel (Sparta) 38-12 (Dec 3-2)

In case you missed it, Winchel was pretty excited after winning…


The Spartans get no break as they prepare for top-ranked Freedom at the team state tournament this Saturday, March 7th.  We will have updates from the dual against Freedom as well as photos and more after the match.

Congrats to Jaden on his state championship, Roddick, Polhamus and Krein on their podium finishes and the rest of the Spartan state qualifiers on a great season thus far.  Great things are still within reach.  Best of luck at team state!!