The regular season is over.  No more tournaments with guarantees of a tomorrow.  Sparta is back in division one this year after an up and down year where they finished 7-5 overall and 4-2 in conference.  This coming Saturday, they will go back to Tomah for the WIAA regional tournament.

Awaiting the Spartans in Tomah will be Baraboo, Holmen, La Crosse Central, La Crosse Logan, Onalaska, Reedsburg and Tomah.  The top four finishers will advance to sectionals in Waunakee where qualifiers from the Middleton regional including Madison East, Madison La Follette, Madison Memorial, Madison West, Middleton, Portage, Sauk Prairie and Waunakee will await the Spartans.  At sectionals, the top two individuals will advance to the state tournament just a few days later at the Kohl Center.

Below are the top wrestlers from each team in the Tomah regional according to the Wisconsin Wrestling Online rankings…

  • Baraboo  –  Pablo Ramirez (10th, 113) and Zach Raymond (9th, 160)
  • Holmen  –  Tanner Schultz (8th, 120), Isaac Lahr (HM, 132) and Kalyn Jahn (7th, 138)
  • La Crosse Central  –  Jaden Van Maanen (1st, 132) and Connor Williams (3rd, 170)
  • Onalaska  –  Konrad Ernst (3rd, 220)
  • Reedsburg  –  Mason McMillen (9th, 120) and Dalton Hahn (3rd, 195)
  • Sparta  –  Jon Bailey (4th, 106), Brett Von Ruden (8th, 138), Jaden Winchel (4th, 145) and Hayden Krein (2nd, 152)
  • Tomah  –  Hunter Pierce (HM, 138), Casey Curran (HM, 152) and Jake Hessil (HM, 195)

From Sparta’s regional, 138 pounds appears to the toughest bracket with three ranked wrestlers.  The 120, 132 and 195-pound weight classes each have two ranked wrestlers.  There are seven wrestlers ranked in the top four in division one including one top-ranked wrestler in Jaden Van Maanen of La Crosse Central.

Now let’s take a look at the Middleton regional…

  • Madison East  –  Michael Dunlap (HM, 285)
  • Madison La Follette  –  Francesco Schiro (6th, 106)
  • Middleton  –  Kevin Meicher (8th, 126) and Chris Rogers (8th, 132)
  • Sauk Prairie  –  Zeke Smith (11th, 106), Dylan Herbrand (12th, 113), Drew Fjoser (3rd, 132), Aaron Hankins (12th, 132), Bryant Schaaf (HM, 145), Eddie Smith (1st, 152), Austin Powell (4th, 182) and Logan Moore (HM, 220)
  • Waunakee  –  Preston Ernst (12th, 145), Trevor Statz (4th, 195) and Mason Ripp (12th, 220)

Sauk Prairie is clearly the class of this regional with eight ranked wrestlers, which is five more than Waunakee with the second most.  Joining Van Maanen in the top-ranked department is Sauk Prairie’s Eddie Smith who comes in ranked first at 152 pounds.  This sectional could see second-ranked Hayden Krein meet top-ranked Eddie Smith in the finals.

Section-wide, it appears 132 pounds could be the toughest weight class with five ranked wrestlers.  In reality, it’s four because Wisconsin Wrestling Online has two Sauk Prairie wrestlers ranked at 132 so one of them is likely to move up or down.  If they move up to 138 then both 132 and 138 would have four ranked wrestlers.  As it stands now, 132 is tops with five ranked wrestlers while 106, 138, 145, 152, 195 and 220 each have three ranked wrestlers.  113 and 120 have two ranked wrestlers.

The Spartans may have a hard time matching last year’s eight state qualifiers, but the team should see multiple Spartans make the trip to the Kohl Center.  Returning state qualifiers include Christian Lamon, Jaden Winchel, Brett VonRuden and Hayden Krein.

Sparta should be in the mix to win their regional tournament.  They have been a better tournament team all year than dual team and finished just behind Holmen at Bi-State despite wrestling the tournament with four fewer wrestlers.  It will be close, but if the Spartans do win their regional, they will almost surely face Sauk Prairie three days later at team sectionals in Baraboo.

Sparta will look to win its ninth dual in a row against La Crosse Logan Thursday evening in what will also be the final regular season action for the Spartans.  Last season, the Spartans defeated the Rangers 65-6 while scoring 53 or more points in five of their last six duals against Logan.  Varsity should take the mat around 730pm.  Go Spartans!!

timberwolf-2016Sparta’s streak of six straight victories over Tomah was snapped Thursday night as the Timberwolves won nine of 14 matches–all of them by pin or major decision–to defeat Sparta 46-24 in Tomah.  It was a dominating victory by the Timberwolves as they won six of the first seven matches along with the final three to outpace the Spartans on their home mat.

Picking up wins for the Spartans were Jon Bailey, Collin Gartner, Brett Von Ruden, Jaden Winchel and Hayden Krein.  Christian Lamon wasn’t able to make weight while Ryan Wisniewski sat out with an injury, but even that might not have mattered as Tomah was clearly in control from the start.  Of Tomah’s five pins, four come in the first period.

The Spartans pulled to within 30-24 after Hayden Krein’s pin of Conner Von Haden at 160 pounds, but Tomah rattled off 16 points over the final three matches to put away the Spartans.

The victory by Tomah snaps a six-dual winning streak by the Spartans over Tomah dating back to the 2009-10 season when the Spartans snapped Tomah’s string of five straight MVC championships.  Full match results are below…

220  –  Edgar Rodriguez (Tomah) pinned Jack Ruedy in 1:30
285  –  Zach Herricks (Tomah) pinned Noah Benish in 0:21
106  –  Dawson Lambert (Tomah) won by major decision over Blake Brooks 14-4
113  –  Jon Bailey wins by technical fall over Cody Zimmerman (Tomah) 16-0, 5:12
120  –  Tommy Repka (Tomah) wins by major decision over Kyle Erickson 13-4
126  –  Bobby Bemis (Tomah) wins by major decision over Sam Forbes 12-4
132  –  Hunter Pierce (Tomah) pinned David Hayes in 3:12
138  –  Collin Gartner wins by major decision against Alec Devito (Tomah) 9-0
145  –  Brett Von Ruden defeats Travis Von Haden (Tomah) 11-4
152  –  Jaden Winchel pinned Aaron Springman (Tomah) in 1:13
160  –  Hayden Krein pinned Conner Von Haden (Tomah) in 1:11
170  –  Casey Curran (Tomah) wins by major decision over James Gann 13-3
182  –  Justice Blackhawk (Tomah) pinned Austin Zweifel in 1:24
195  –  Jack Hesseil (Tomah) pinned Brady Hansen in 0:58
TOMAH 46  –  SPARTA 24

The loss drops Sparta’s overall dual record to 9-7 and 3-2 in the MVC.  The two conference losses are the most the Spartans have endured since going 3-3 in conference during the 2005-06 season.  Sparta is off for the weekend and returns to action on Thursday as they host La Crosse Logan to close out the regular season portion of their schedule.  After Logan, it will be tournament season.

Krein was voted tournament MVP with dominating victories over three ranked wrestlers.

Krein was voted tournament MVP with dominating victories over three ranked wrestlers.

The Spartan wrestling team had a busy week with an MVC dual at home against La Crosse Central followed by their own invite two days later.  On Thursday, they won their 11th dual in a row against Central with a 45-29 victory that came without three state qualifiers in Christian Lamon, Brett VonRuden, Jaden Winchel and Hayden Krein.  Still, Spartan reserves stepped in and picked up victories at a variety of weights.  Seth Boland picked up a forfeit victory at 113, Sam Forbes had a close victory at 126 and Joe Lopez stepped in with a pin at 138.

Full results below…

SPARTA 45 – LA CROSSE CENTRAL 29
152  –  Jaden Van Maanen (La Crosse Central) won by major decision over Mathias Krein 22-9
160  –  Ashley Dahl won by forfeit
170  –  James Gann won by forfeit
182  –  Connor Williams (La Crosse Central) pinned Brady Hansen in 1:09
195  –  Austin Zwiefel pinned Brandyn Nelson (La Crosse Central) in 2:06
220  –  Grant Sanger (La Crosse Central) pinned Jack Ruedy in 4:38
285  –  Nhia Xiong (La Crosse Central) won by major decision over Noah Benish 14-1
106  –  Blake Brooks pinned Caiden Roe (La Crosse Central) in 0:29
113  –  Seth Boland won by forfeit
120  –  Jon Bailey pinned Alton Kammel (La Crosse Central) in 1:57
126  –  Sam Forbes defeated Todd Werner (La Crosse Central) 7-6
132  –  Jacob Obert (La Crosse Central) defeated David Hayes 3-1
138  –  Joe Lopez pinned Nathanial Crow (La Crosse Central) in 2:20
145  –  Riki Cutler (La Crosse Central) won by forfeit

Spartans take 5th at Sparta Invitational

Two days later, the Spartans headed over to Meadowview Middle School for the 2016 edition of the Sparta Invite.  Wrestling with only 11 guys, the Spartans placed fifth behind champions Spring Valley/Elmwood (ranked 5th D3), Eau Claire North, Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal (ranked 12th D2) and Iowa-Grant/Highland (HM D3).  Had the Spartans seen Christian Lamon competing at the tournament, the state qualifier’s presence likely would have tipped the scales enough to boost Sparta into 2nd place, but it would not have been enough to reach Spring Valley/Elmwood who finished 61 points ahead of second place Eau Claire North.  The gap between 2nd place and 5th place Sparta was only 13 points.  MVC rivals Holmen finished 8th with 96 points.

Von Ruden was Sparta

Von Ruden was Sparta’s other champion.

Leading the way for Sparta was Brett VonRuden and Hayden Krein who both finished first.  Krein was named the tournament’s MVP after going 4-0 on the day with two pins and two major decisions.  His 9-0 victory over Spring Valley/Elmwood’s Cruze Hurlburt in the championship was against last year’s division three state runner-up.  In the semis, Krein won 10-2 against Will Gahnz of DeForest (23-6) and in the quarterfinals pinned a very tough Cole Clark of Adams-Friendship in 4:40.  Both Gahnz (D1) and Clark (D2) are ranked seventh in their divisions.  Krein had an impressive day in arguably the toughest bracket in the tournament.

At 138 pounds, Brett Von Ruden went 4-0 en route to the championship.  In the finals, he defeated Spring Valley/Elmwood’s Logan Newton (ranked 11th in D3) 3-1 to earn the title.

Advancing to the championship, but placing second was Jaden Winchel.  In the semifinal match, Winhcel dispatched what might be Holmen’s best wrestler in Kalyn Jahn 3-0.  Then it was time for a rematch with Mauston’s John Maki, but it was Maki who would get the upper hand for the second time this season with a 6-4 victory in the finals.  Of Winchel’s three losses this season, two are to Maki and the third is to Hunter Marko.

Jon Bailey placed third at 113 pounds in another stacked bracket.  The freshman breezed through his first two matches with pins in 31 seconds and 2:40 to advance to the semis where Eau Claire North’s Mason Phillips and his 27-0 record were waiting.  Bailey pushed last year’s 106-pound division one fifth place finished to the brink, but fell 4-3.  Bailey pinned Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal’s Skylar Barth (26-3) in 3:32 in the 3rd place match.  Bailey wrestled incredibly well in a very tough weight class considering he is probably going to drop down to 106 for the tournament season.  It’s not easy giving up that much weight in the smaller weight classes to guys who are cutting from much heavier weights.

Also placing for the Spartans was Sam Forbes in 6th place, Brady Hansen in 8th place and Jack Ruedy in 8th place.

Here are some of the Spartan’s big wins on Saturday…

  • Jon Bailey pins North Crawford/Seneca’s Tyler Finnell in 2:40 (ranked 10th, D3)
  • Jon Bailey pins Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal’s Skylar Barth in 3:32 (HM, D2)
  • Brett VonRuden wins 11-5 over Marshfield’s Nolan Hertel (HM, D1)
  • Brett VonRuden wins 3-1 over Spring Valley/Elmwood’s Logan Newton (ranked 11th, D3)
  • Jaden Winchel wins 3-0 over Holmen’s Kayln Jahn (ranked 8th, D1)
  • Hayden Krein pins Adams-Friendship’s Cole Clark in 4:40 (ranked 7th, D2)
  • Hayden Krein defeats Deforest’s Will Gahnz 10-2 (ranked 7th, D1)
  • Hayden Krein defeats Spring Valley/Elmwood’s Cruze Hurlburt 9-0 (ranked 2nd, D3)
  • Brady Hansen defeats Blair-Taylor’s Reed Guenther 9-7 (HM, D3)

Summarized results are below…

106  –  Blake Brooks, Did Not Place, 1-2 with a pin
113  –  Jon Bailey, 3rd Place, 3-1 with three pins
126  –  Sam Forbes, 6th Place, 3-2 with a pin
132  –  David Hayes, Did Not Place, 1-2
138  –  Brett Von Ruden, 1st Place, 4-0 with a pin
145  –  Jaden Winchel, 2nd Place, 3-1 with two pins
152  –  Hayden Krein, 1st Place, 4-0 with two pins and two major decision
170  –  James Gann, Did Not Place, 0-2
182  –  Austin Zwiefel, Did Not Place, 0-2
195  –  Brady Hansen, 8th Place, 2-3
220  –  Jack Ruedy, 8th Place, 2-3 with a pin

Team scores:

  1. Spring Valley/Elmwood 190
  2. Eau Claire North 129
  3. Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal 118
  4. Iowa-Grant/Highland 116.5
  5. Sparta 116
  6. DeForest 115
  7. Greenfield 106
  8. Holmen 96.5
  9. Mauston 96
  10. Ithaca/Weston 83
  11. Marshfield 82.5
  12. Adams-Friendship 74.5
  13. Reedsburg 58.5
  14. Blair-Taylor 53
  15. Black River Falls 39.5
  16. Princeton 33.5
  17. Lancaster 32
  18. North Crawford/Seneca 31
  19. De Soto 22
  20. Westfield 21
  21. Franklin 10

Full results below…

106 – Blake Brooks (6-5) place is unknown and scored 3.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Ron Allen (Iowa-Grant/Highland) 17-11 won by major decision over Blake Brooks (Sparta) 6-5 (MD 12-3)
Cons. Round 1 – Blake Brooks (Sparta) 6-5 won by fall over Luke Beyer (DeForest) 6-23 (Fall 2:14)
Cons. Round 2 – Rylee Rensberry (Holmen) 17-6 won by major decision over Blake Brooks (Sparta) 6-5 (MD 9-1)

113 – Jon Bailey (32-4) placed 3rd and scored 19.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Jon Bailey (Sparta) 32-4 won by fall over Hunter Simonson (Black River Falls) 5-19 (Fall 0:31)
Quarterfinal – Jon Bailey (Sparta) 32-4 won by fall over Tyler Finnell (North Crawford/Seneca) 21-7 (Fall 2:40)
Semifinal – Mason Phillips (Eau Claire North) 29-0 won by decision over Jon Bailey (Sparta) 32-4 (Dec 4-3)
3rd Place Match – Jon Bailey (Sparta) 32-4 won by fall over Skylar Barth (Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal) 26-3 (Fall 3:32)

126 – Sam Forbes (14-12) placed 6th and scored 8.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Brandon Holbrook (Eau Claire North) 15-14 won by fall over Sam Forbes (Sparta) 14-12 (Fall 4:49)
Cons. Round 1 – Sam Forbes (Sparta) 14-12 won by fall over Angelo Willey (Reedsburg) 3-6 (Fall 3:59)
Cons. Round 2 – Sam Forbes (Sparta) 14-12 won by decision over Kanyon Rachu (Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal) 14-13 (Dec 10-4)
Cons. Semi – Sam Forbes (Sparta) 14-12 won by decision over Ben King (De Soto) 13-13 (Dec 5-0)
5th Place Match – Nathaniel Schroeter (Greenfield) 17-11 won by decision over Sam Forbes (Sparta) 14-12 (Dec 7-1)

132 – David Hayes (21-14) place is unknown and scored 3.00 team points.
Prelim – David Hayes (Sparta) 21-14 won by fall over Hunter Clark (Westfield) 12-13 (Fall 2:24)
Champ. Round 1 – Ryan Berg (Spring Valley/Elmwood) 21-4 won by decision over David Hayes (Sparta) 21-14 (Dec 6-0)
Cons. Round 1 – Logan Lewerenz (Reedsburg) 21-12 won in sudden victory – 1 over David Hayes (Sparta) 21-14 (SV-1 4-2)

138 – Brett Von Ruden (16-3) placed 1st and scored 24.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 16-3 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 16-3 won by fall over Clayton Kite (Iowa-Grant/Highland) 18-12 (Fall 3:20)
Semifinal – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 16-3 won by decision over Nolan Hertel (Marshfield) 23-10 (Dec 11-5)
1st Place Match – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 16-3 won by decision over Logan Newton (Spring Valley/Elmwood) 17-7 (Dec 3-1)

145 – Jaden Winchel (29-3) placed 2nd and scored 22.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 29-3 won by fall over Owen Wolf (Lancaster) 12-16 (Fall 2:57)
Quarterfinal – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 29-3 won by fall over Carter Merth (Spring Valley/Elmwood) 8-8 (Fall 4:56)
Semifinal – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 29-3 won by decision over Kalyn Jahn (Holmen) 24-7 (Dec 3-0)
1st Place Match – John Maki (Mauston) 31-3 won by decision over Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 29-3 (Dec 6-4)

152 – Hayden Krein (31-4) placed 1st and scored 28.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 31-4 won by fall over TJ Sprosty (North Crawford/Seneca) 10-13 (Fall 1:02)
Quarterfinal – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 31-4 won by fall over Cole Clark (Adams-Friendship) 21-6 (Fall 4:40)
Semifinal – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 31-4 won by major decision over Will Gahnz (DeForest) 23-6 (MD 10-2)
1st Place Match – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 31-4 won by major decision over Cruze Hurlburt (Spring Valley/Elmwood) 14-1 (MD 9-0)

170 – James Gann (13-14) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Drew Hennessey (Iowa-Grant/Highland) 20-6 won by fall over James Gann (Sparta) 13-14 (Fall 1:03)
Cons. Round 1 – James Gann (Sparta) 13-14 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 2 – Chris Deja (Adams-Friendship) 18-6 won by decision over James Gann (Sparta) 13-14 (Dec 10-5)

182 – Austin Zwiefel (17-15) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Jack Westcott (Holmen) 19-14 won by fall over Austin Zwiefel (Sparta) 17-15 (Fall 4:00)
Cons. Round 1 – Austin Zwiefel (Sparta) 17-15 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 2 – Sam Rogstad (Black River Falls) 23-5 won by fall over Austin Zwiefel (Sparta) 17-15 (Fall 3:51)

195 – Brady Hansen (15-20) placed 8th and scored 4.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Brady Hansen (Sparta) 15-20 won by decision over reed guenther (Blair-Taylor) 21-9 (Dec 9-7)
Quarterfinal – Lucas Ingold (Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal) 19-7 won by fall over Brady Hansen (Sparta) 15-20 (Fall 1:13)
Cons. Round 2 – Brady Hansen (Sparta) 15-20 won by decision over Jakob Hensley (De Soto) 19-11 (Dec 8-7)
Cons. Semi – Ryan Asher (Spring Valley/Elmwood) 12-10 won by fall over Brady Hansen (Sparta) 15-20 (Fall 1:26)
7th Place Match – reed guenther (Blair-Taylor) 21-9 won by fall over Brady Hansen (Sparta) 15-20 (Fall 1:23)

220 – Jack Ruedy (3-13) placed 8th and scored 5.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Ethan Hofacker (Spring Valley/Elmwood) 22-1 won by fall over Jack Ruedy (Sparta) 3-13 (Fall 0:47)
Cons. Round 1 – Jack Ruedy (Sparta) 3-13 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 2 – Jack Ruedy (Sparta) 3-13 won by fall over Joel Pennekamp (Black River Falls) 9-17 (Fall 0:51)
Cons. Semi – Brent Rider (Iowa-Grant/Highland) 18-14 won by fall over Jack Ruedy (Sparta) 3-13 (Fall 1:57)
7th Place Match – Dom Muerett (Mauston) 6-15 won by fall over Jack Ruedy (Sparta) 3-13 (Fall 1:42)

Members of the Spartan JV and varsity reserve battled to a 14th place finish out of 18 teams at the Ithaca-Weston Invitational this past weekend.  Leading the way for the Spartans was Ashley Dahl who finished in sixth place.  Dahl went 3-2 on the day.  At 113 pounds, Seth Boland went 2-3 to finish 7th with pins in both his victories.

Viroqua won the tournament with 422.5 points followed by Cashton with 417 points.  In third was La Crosse Logan with 321 points.  Sparta finished with 166.5 points, which put them ahead of varsity teams from River Ridge/Cassville, Pecatonica/Argyle, De Soto and Cambridge.

Full match results are below…

113 – Seth Boland (3-3) placed 7th and scored 26.00 team points.
Championship Bracket – Seth Boland (Sparta) 3-3 won by fall over Dakota Thompson (Cambridge) 7-16 (Fall 1:40)
Championship Bracket – Sawyer Sarbacker (Iowa-Grant/Highland) 28-3 won by fall over Seth Boland (Sparta) 3-3 (Fall 0:38)
Consolation Bracket – Caleb Lenzendorf (River Ridge/Cassville) 12-7 won by fall over Seth Boland (Sparta) 3-3 (Fall 1:35)
Consolation Bracket – Nate Vance (La Crosse Logan) 9-9 won by fall over Seth Boland (Sparta) 3-3 (Fall 0:24)
Consolation Bracket – Seth Boland (Sparta) 3-3 won by fall over Brandon Springer (Waterloo) 10-15 (Fall 1:33)

132 – Joe Lopez (1-5) placed 12th and scored 13.00 team points.
Championship Bracket – Chad Waldera (Blair-Taylor) 18-5 won by tech fall over Joe Lopez (Sparta) 1-5 (TF-1.5 3:49 (17-0))
Consolation Bracket – Joe Lopez (Sparta) 1-5 won by fall over Roger Schulz (Boscobel ) 4-10 (Fall 1:25)
Consolation Bracket – Ted Rowbotham (Waterloo) 13-14 won by decision over Joe Lopez (Sparta) 1-5 (Dec 9-7)
Consolation Bracket – Alex Wright (Cuba City/Benton/Southwestern) 12-15 won by fall over Joe Lopez (Sparta) 1-5 (Fall 5:01)
Consolation Bracket – Carson Frost (Poynette) 5-14 won by fall over Joe Lopez (Sparta) 1-5 (Fall 1:55)

145 – Mathias Krein (7-4) placed 9th and scored 24.50 team points.
Championship Bracket – Mason Webber (Wisconsin Dells) 13-11 won by fall over Mathias Krein (Sparta) 7-4 (Fall 0:35)
Consolation Bracket – Mathias Krein (Sparta) 7-4 won by fall over Zane Trautsch (River Ridge/Cassville) 3-15 (Fall 0:35)
Consolation Bracket – Mathias Krein (Sparta) 7-4 won by fall over Bennie Renforth (Waterloo) 10-16 (Fall 0:55)
Consolation Bracket – Mathias Krein (Sparta) 7-4 won by tech fall over Cade Rosenow (Ithaca/Weston) 4-12 (TF-1.5 4:04 (16-0))
Consolation Bracket – Mathias Krein (Sparta) 7-4 won by fall over Deven Lien (Blair-Taylor) 11-8 (Fall 2:27)

152 – Ashley Dahl (4-2) placed 6th and scored 26.00 team points.
Championship Bracket – Ashley Dahl (Sparta) 4-2 won by decision over Travis Arndt (Iowa-Grant/Highland) 6-10 (Dec 8-1)
Championship Bracket – Jeffry Janzen (Cashton) 21-7 won by major decision over Ashley Dahl (Sparta) 4-2 (MD 13-4)
Consolation Bracket – Logan Scoville (De Soto) 14-9 won by decision over Ashley Dahl (Sparta) 4-2 (Dec 4-3)
Consolation Bracket – Ashley Dahl (Sparta) 4-2 won by fall over Kody Sloane (Viroqua) 11-13 (Fall 3:59)
Consolation Bracket – Ashley Dahl (Sparta) 4-2 won by decision over Tanner Bassett (Boscobel ) 8-13 (Dec 9-8)

160 – Sam Waite (1-5) placed 12th and scored 13.00 team points.
Championship Bracket – Max Ripp (Poynette) 6-9 won by fall over Sam Waite (Sparta) 1-5 (Fall 0:35)
Consolation Bracket – Sam Waite (Sparta) 1-5 received a bye () (Bye)
Consolation Bracket – Damian Brazeee (Blair-Taylor) 4-1 won by fall over Sam Waite (Sparta) 1-5 (Fall 1:04)
Consolation Bracket – Chris Miller (Cambridge) 4-14 won by medical forfeit over Sam Waite (Sparta) 1-5 (M. For.)
Consolation Bracket – Aubrey Armendarez (Pecatonica/Argyle ) 2-3 won by medical forfeit over Sam Waite (Sparta) 1-5 (M. For.)

182 – Garet Pfaff (4-2) placed 9th and scored 25.00 team points.
Championship Bracket – Hakiem Belhaj (Cuba City/Benton/Southwestern) 10-12 won in sudden victory – 1 over Garet Pfaff (Sparta) 4-2 (SV-1 12-10)
Consolation Bracket – Garet Pfaff (Sparta) 4-2 received a bye () (Bye)
Consolation Bracket – Garet Pfaff (Sparta) 4-2 received a bye () (Bye)
Consolation Bracket – Garet Pfaff (Sparta) 4-2 received a bye () (Bye)
Consolation Bracket – Garet Pfaff (Sparta) 4-2 won by fall over Evan Thomas (Richland Center) 10-13 (Fall 3:10)

195 – Bronson Stark (1-5) placed 8th and scored 22.00 team points.
Championship Bracket – Bronson Stark (Sparta) 1-5 won by fall over Camron Mish (River Ridge/Cassville) 8-10 (Fall 1:41)
Championship Bracket – Jakob Hensley (De Soto) 18-9 won by fall over Bronson Stark (Sparta) 1-5 (Fall 2:25)
Consolation Bracket – Adam Rynes (Richland Center) 12-13 won by fall over Bronson Stark (Sparta) 1-5 (Fall 1:35)
Consolation Bracket – Jared Michelson (Poynette) 8-10 won by fall over Bronson Stark (Sparta) 1-5 (Fall 3:30)
Consolation Bracket – Derek Johnson (Viroqua) 10-16 won by fall over Bronson Stark (Sparta) 1-5 (Fall 1:10)

220 – Loia Asaeli (3-4) placed 11th and scored 17.00 team points.
Championship Bracket – Alex Peters (Richland Center) 7-4 won by fall over Loia Asaeli (Sparta) 3-4 (Fall 0:59)
Consolation Bracket – Loia Asaeli (Sparta) 3-4 received a bye () (Bye)
Consolation Bracket – Loia Asaeli (Sparta) 3-4 received a bye () (Bye)
Consolation Bracket – Kyler Koch (Ithaca/Weston) 4-4 won by fall over Loia Asaeli (Sparta) 3-4 (Fall 2:25)
Consolation Bracket – Ethan Esser (River Ridge/Cassville) 6-7 won by fall over Loia Asaeli (Sparta) 3-4 (Fall 2:30)

The two best teams in the MVC.  The dual coming down to the final match featuring two of each team’s best wrestlers.  In the end, it was Holmen that came out on top 38-28 in a dual that featured teams that have won the last five MVC championships.

Sparta jumped out to a 14-6 lead after four matches following a victory by Jaden Winchel, technical fall by Hayden Krein and pin by James Gann.  The Vikings would take the four of the next five matches to build a 24-18 lead heading into the 113-pound match.

Jon Bailey was dominant in a 12-2 decision over Holmen’s Carson Eikenberry who was attached from the bottom to Bailey’s forearm for a majority of the match.  Bailey’s victory brought Sparta to within 24-22 before Holmen rattled two major decision victories in a row–each by the bare minimum of eight points.  Those included a 16-8 victory by Reed Williams at 120 over Kyle Erickson and 9-1 victory by Tanner Schultz at 126 over Christian Lamon.

With two matches to go, Holmen lead Sparta 32-22.  A victory would click the match for Holmen.  Even a regular decision victory or major decision by Sparta would clinch the match for Holmen.  Sparta needed a pin and David Hayes delivered in the third period with a pin in 4:48 over Isaac Lahr in a match that was close before Hayes turned off the lights on Lahr.

That made it 32-28 going into the final match pitting Holmen’s Bi-State runner-up in Kaylyn Jahn and Sparta’s state qualifier and 40-match winner from a year ago Brett VonRuden.  It wasn’t likely that VonRuden would get a major decision or technical fall victory over Jahn and a tie would give the match to Holmen on criteria.  Sparta needed a pin so that is what VonRuden went out to do.

Near the end of the second period, VonRuden shot and his head collided with Jahn and he was knocked out and Jahn was given the match via injury default.  Dual Holmen.  38-28.

Full match results are below…

145  –  Jaden Winchel defeats Ryan Bennett (Holmen) 8-1
152  –  Hayden Krein won by technical fall over Wyatt McCutchen (Holmen) 16-0
160  –  Jacob Limberg (Holmen) pinned Mathias Krein in 2:11
170  –  James Gann pinned Noah Carpenter (Holmen) in 2:40
182  –  Jack Westcott (Holmen) defeated Ryan Wisniewski 6-3
195  –  Austin Zweifel won by major decision over Guenther Horman (Holmen) 11-2
220  –  Jesse Fiers (Holmen) pinned Jack Ruedy in 1:09
285  –  Gabe Hauser (Holmen) pinned Noah Benish in 1:21
106  –  Rylee Rensberry (Holmen) defeated Blake Brooks 8-3
113  –  Jon Bailey won by major decision over Carson Eikenberry (Holmen) 12-2
120  –  Reed Williams (Holmen) won by major decision over Kyle Erickson 16-8
126  –  Tanner Schultz (Holmen) won by major decision over Christian Lamon 9-1
132  –  David Hayes pinned Isaac Lahr (Holmen) in 4:48
138  –  Kayln Jahn (Holmen) won by injury default over Brett VonRuden in 3:59
HOLMEN 38 – SPARTA 28

Spartan kids wrestled their hearts out Thursday night.  Holmen picked up important bonus point at key matches and stalled to keep Spartans away from bonus points of their own in others.  If this dual was wrestled 50 times, there would probably be 50 different results and Sparta and Holmen would likely split the wins and losses down the middle.  Thursday night’s result was actually a lot closer than the score indicated.

 

UPDATED 1/14/17:  An update on the wall project with some input from Andy Polhamus…

When I first came to the wrestling club almost five years ago, the wall was on the agenda. I don’t know how long it had been on there, but all I know is that in my time with the club, we have never been able to remove it from the minutes. We were able to do that before 2015 ended. What’s important to me and makes me proud of our club is it signifies the efforts of good people trying to do good things.

It was not cheap and when we first started discussing it five years ago, it was a $6000 project. It ended up being almost $14,000 when it was done. All of it was done through the efforts of many good people.  By people no longer directly involved with the club, but had been in the past.  By people who are simply fans of the program who would send money to the club toward that effort.

The wall signifies the culture of our sport of wrestling. The ability to stick with something that is hard to accomplish, but eventually through hard work and positive efforts it finally got done. That may sound sappy, but that’s what the wall means to me. In my experience, this is nothing that is specific to our club. I’ve seen it with other wrestling programs that went from a group of people trying to do good things for wrestlers to eventually having complete centers for kids to get better at the sport. It is something that is inherent in a wrestling culture and wrestling families.

A big thanks to those donors who helped contribute toward a new wall and new amenities for the wrestling room.  Check out the gallery below to see what the updated room looks like.  One major change that you’ll see is that there is now a wall where there once was just metal railings overlooking the gym.

Seven Spartans have advanced to the Wisconsin Wrestling Challenge Series Finals in Wausau, Wisc. after placing in the top three at the Richland Center qualifier this past weekend.  The finals in Wausau will consist of the top three finishers from eight regions.  They will combine to form a 24-wrestler bracket to determine who is the WWCS champion.

Those Spartans moving onto compete in Wausau are Kyle Erickson, Collin Gartner, Mathias Krein, Jose Soto, Ashley Dahl, James Gann and Noah Benish.  Krein, Dahl and Gann advanced out of Richland Center as champions while Benish advanced to the championship match, but placed second.  All others placed third.

For more information on the WWCS, please click here.

 

Full results are below…

Varsity Reserve 113 – Seth Boland’s place is 5th and has scored 7.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Peter Adler (Tomah) won by major decision over Seth Boland (Sparta) (Maj 13-1)
Cons. Round 1 – Seth Boland (Sparta) received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Semi – Dylan Tydrich (Lancaster) won by fall over Seth Boland (Sparta) (Fall 0:56)
5th Place Match – Seth Boland (Sparta) won by fall over Colton Fox (Viroqua) (Fall 1:44)

Varsity Reserve 120 – Kyle Erickson’s place is 3rd and has scored 18.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Kyle Erickson (Sparta) won by fall over Brett Jansen (Melrose-Mindoro/GET) (Fall 0:52)
Semifinal – Gage Anderson (Holmen) won by decision over Kyle Erickson (Sparta) (Dec 5-0)
Cons. Semi – Kyle Erickson (Sparta) won by fall over Evan Sletteland (Holmen) (Fall 0:55)
3rd Place Match – Kyle Erickson (Sparta) won by fall over Jacob Erickson (Tomah) (Fall 1:19)

Varsity Reserve 132 – Joe Lopez’s place is unknown and has scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Zachary Wisted (Holmen) won by fall over Joe Lopez (Sparta) (Fall 1:43)
Cons. Round 1 – Cole Fosbinder (LaCrosse Logan) won by decision over Joe Lopez (Sparta) (Dec 5-2)

Varsity Reserve 138 – Collin Gartner’s place is 3rd and has scored 20.50 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Collin Gartner (Sparta) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Collin Gartner (Sparta) won by fall over Jacob Niehaus (Belmont/Platteville) (Fall 1:42)
Quarterfinal – Collin Gartner (Sparta) won by tech fall over Ty Costello (Cashton) (TF 15-0)
Semifinal – Wyatt McCutchen (Holmen) won in sudden victory – 1 over Collin Gartner (Sparta) (SV-1 6-4)
3rd Place Match – Collin Gartner (Sparta) won by fall over Morgan Seippel (Lancaster) (Fall 1:26)

Varsity Reserve 145 – Mathias Krein’s place is 1st and has scored 26.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Mathias Krein (Sparta) received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Mathias Krein (Sparta) won by decision over Taylor Goins (Holmen) (Dec 9-3)
Semifinal – Mathias Krein (Sparta) won by fall over Nolan Van Dunk (Holmen) (Fall 1:48)
1st Place Match – Mathias Krein (Sparta) won by fall over Shane Roth (Holmen) (Fall 2:15)

Varsity Reserve 145 – Jose Soto’s place is 3rd and has scored 17.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Jose Soto (Sparta) won by fall over Alex Keck (Cuba City/SW/Benton) (Fall 5:50)
Quarterfinal – Jose Soto (Sparta) won by fall over Cade Rosenow (Ithaca-Weston) (Fall 5:17)
Semifinal – Shane Roth (Holmen) won by decision over Jose Soto (Sparta) (Dec 8-3)
3rd Place Match – Jose Soto (Sparta) won by decision over Nolan Van Dunk (Holmen) (Dec 8-6)

Varsity Reserve 152 – Sam Waite’s place is 5th and has scored 12.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Dan Sullivan (Holmen) won by fall over Sam Waite (Sparta) (Fall 0:43)
Cons. Round 1 – Sam Waite (Sparta) received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 2 – Sam Waite (Sparta) won by fall over Elias Heinen (Ithaca-Weston) (Fall 1:44)
Cons. Semi – Sam Waite (Sparta) won in sudden victory – 1 over Isaac Klema (Tomah) (SV-1 7-2)
5th Place Match – Sam Waite (Sparta) won by fall over Austin Sather (LaCrosse Logan) (Fall 1:22)

Varsity Reserve 152 – Ashley Dahl’s place is 1st and has scored 28.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Ashley Dahl (Sparta) won by fall over Isaac Klema (Tomah) (Fall 4:15)
Quarterfinal – Ashley Dahl (Sparta) won by forfeit over forfeit forfeit (Unattached) (FF)
Semifinal – Ashley Dahl (Sparta) won by fall over Travis Arndt (Iowa-Grant/Highland) (Fall 2:34)
1st Place Match – Ashley Dahl (Sparta) won by decision over Seth Hauser (Holmen) (Dec 2-0)

Varsity Reserve 160 – Autumn Glover’s place is unknown and has scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Nicholas Peterson (Melrose-Mindoro/GET) won by major decision over Autumn Glover (Sparta) (Maj 14-1)
Cons. Round 1 – Autumn Glover (Sparta) received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 2 – James Kelley (Tomah) won by decision over Autumn Glover (Sparta) (Dec 8-2)

Varsity Reserve 170 – James Gann’s place is 1st and has scored 27.50 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – James Gann (Sparta) received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – James Gann (Sparta) won by tech fall over Sam Mayer (LaCrosse Logan) (TF 18-3)
Semifinal – James Gann (Sparta) won by fall over Cade Nettesheim (Ithaca-Weston) (Fall 1:22)
1st Place Match – James Gann (Sparta) won by fall over Kyle Burkhardt (Holmen) (Fall 2:48)

Varsity Reserve 170 – Eldiiar Kalybek’s place is unknown and has scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Kyle Burkhardt (Holmen) won by fall over Eldiiar Kalybek (Sparta) (Fall 3:33)
Cons. Round 1 – Eldiiar Kalybek (Sparta) received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 2 – Cole Zenz (Lancaster) won by tech fall over Eldiiar Kalybek (Sparta) (TF 15-0)

Varsity Reserve 182 – Zack Ruedy’s place is unknown and has scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Zack Ruedy (Sparta) received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Kaden Hericks (Tomah) won by fall over Zack Ruedy (Sparta) (Fall 2:31)
Cons. Round 2 – Garet Pfaff (Sparta) won in tie breaker – 1 over Zack Ruedy (Sparta) (TB-1 5-2)

Varsity Reserve 182 – Garet Pfaff’s place is 5th and has scored 10.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Landon Lockington (Melrose-Mindoro/GET) won by decision over Garet Pfaff (Sparta) (Dec 5-1)
Cons. Round 1 – Garet Pfaff (Sparta) received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 2 – Garet Pfaff (Sparta) won in tie breaker – 1 over Zack Ruedy (Sparta) (TB-1 5-2)
Cons. Semi – Garet Pfaff (Sparta) won by fall over Brandon Cerney (Cuba City/SW/Benton) (Fall 3:00)
5th Place Match – Garet Pfaff (Sparta) won by decision over Jacob Ihm (Lancaster) (Dec 5-2)

Varsity Reserve 195 – Bronson Stark’s place is 6th and has scored 3.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Jake Tahtitnen (Tomah) won by decision over Bronson Stark (Sparta) (Dec 7-5)
Cons. Round 1 – Bronson Stark (Sparta) received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Semi – Jake Neis (Cuba City/SW/Benton) won by fall over Bronson Stark (Sparta) (Fall 4:28)
5th Place Match – Theron Schindler (Lancaster) won by decision over Bronson Stark (Sparta) (Dec 4-3)

Varsity Reserve 220 – Loia Asaeli’s place is 6th and has scored 7.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Loia Asaeli (Sparta) received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Nick Listle (Melrose-Mindoro/GET) won by fall over Loia Asaeli (Sparta) (Fall 1:36)
Cons. Round 2 – Loia Asaeli (Sparta) received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Semi – Loia Asaeli (Sparta) won by fall over Devin McCoy (Melrose-Mindoro/GET) (Fall 2:21)
5th Place Match – Kyler Koch (Ithaca-Weston) won by fall over Loia Asaeli (Sparta) (Fall 3:36)

Varsity Reserve 285 – Noah Benish’s place is 2nd and has scored 22.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Noah Benish (Sparta) won by decision over Nick Leahy (Cuba City/SW/Benton) (Dec 8-1)
Quarterfinal – Noah Benish (Sparta) won by fall over Zach Kelley (Melrose-Mindoro/GET) (Fall 1:31)
Semifinal – Noah Benish (Sparta) won by fall over Sean Deglow (Riverdale) (Fall 1:07)
1st Place Match – Willy Stetter (Holmen) won by decision over Noah Benish (Sparta) (Dec 5-4)

 

126-pounder Christian Lamon led all Spartans with three pins en route to the championship at the Lancaster Invite.

126-pounder Christian Lamon led all Spartans with three pins en route to the championship at the Lancaster Invite.

It was a banner day for the Spartans at the Lancaster Invite.  Five were champions and everyone else placed in the top five as the Spartans comfortably won the Lancaster Invite by 15.5 points over Viroqua.  Iowa teams Dubuque Wahlert and Dubuque Senior came in third and fourth while host Lancaster finished fifth.

Of the 10 Spartan wrestling at Lancaster, nine had pins and seven had more than one pin.  Leading the way for the Spartans was Jon Bailey, Christian Lamon, Brett VonRuden, Jaden Winchel and Hayden Krein.  Bailey, Winchel and Krein topped the 20-win mark for the season.  Bailey leads all Spartans with 23 wins followed by Krein at 22, Winchel at 20 and Lamon at 17.

At 182 pounds, Austin Zwiefel continued his streak of tough wrestling with a second place finish losing 6-4 in the championship match to Viroqua’s Harley Springborn (17-4).  Also placing for the Spartans was David Hayes in 4th, Matt Fahning in 5th, Ryan Wisniewski in 5th and Brady Hansen in 3rd.

113  –  Jon Bailey, 1st Place, 3-0 with two pins
126  –  Christian Lamon, 1st Place, 3-0 with three pins
132  –  David Hayes, 4th Place, 2-2 with two pins
138  –  Brett VonRuden, 1st Place, 3-0 with a pin
145  –  Jaden Winchel, 1st Place, 3-0 with two pins
152  –  Hayden Krein, 1st Place, 3-0 with two pins
160  –  Matt Fahning, 5th Place, 2-2 with two pins
170  –  Ryan Wisniewski, 5th Place, 2-2 with two pins
182  –  Austin Zwiefel, 2nd Place, 2-1
195  –  Brady Hansen, 3rd Place, 2-1 with a pin

Full results are below…

113 – Jon Bailey (23-2) placed 1st and scored 26.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Jon Bailey (Sparta) 23-2 received a bye () (Bye)
Semifinal – Jon Bailey (Sparta) 23-2 won by fall over Shale Meyer (Riverdale) 10-13 (Fall 1:13)
1st Place Match – Jon Bailey (Sparta) 23-2 won by fall over Jansen Mc Clelland (Viroqua) 16-3 (Fall 1:30)

126 – Christian Lamon (17-8) placed 1st and scored 26.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Christian Lamon (Sparta) 17-8 won by fall over Connor Lange (Dubuque Wahlert) 4-16 (Fall 0:59)
Semifinal – Christian Lamon (Sparta) 17-8 won by fall over Noah Dregne (Madison West) 9-10 (Fall 0:53)
1st Place Match – Christian Lamon (Sparta) 17-8 won by fall over Brian Mathews (Riverdale) 18-7 (Fall 3:21)

132 – David Hayes (15-12) placed 4th and scored 14.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – David Hayes (Sparta) 15-12 won by fall over Ben Ryan (Madison West) 11-9 (Fall 0:28)
Semifinal – Ryan Hannah (Viroqua) 17-3 won by major decision over David Hayes (Sparta) 15-12 (MD 12-2)
Cons. Semi – David Hayes (Sparta) 15-12 won by fall over Alex Wright (Cuba City) 7-12 (Fall 4:32)
3rd Place Match – Alex Richard (Dubuque Senior) 13-8 won by fall over David Hayes (Sparta) 15-12 (Fall 0:00)

138 – Brett Von Ruden (13-2) placed 1st and scored 24.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 13-2 received a bye () (Bye)
Semifinal – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 13-2 won by fall over Shaedyn Lane (Cuba City) 10-9 (Fall 1:04)
1st Place Match – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 13-2 won by decision over Matt Connolly (Dubuque Senior) 12-9 (Dec 8-3)

145 – Jaden Winchel (20-2) placed 1st and scored 24.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 20-2 won by fall over Alex Busch (Cuba City) 4-8 (Fall 2:20)
Semifinal – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 20-2 won by fall over Owen Wolf (Lancaster) 11-10 (Fall 3:50)
1st Place Match – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 20-2 won by decision over Anthony Dudek (Dubuque Wahlert) 15-5 (Dec 7-4)

152 – Hayden Krein (22-3) placed 1st and scored 26.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 22-3 received a bye () (Bye)
Semifinal – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 22-3 won by fall over Sam Johnson (Madison West) 11-8 (Fall 0:00)
1st Place Match – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 22-3 won by fall over Grant Oberfoell (Dubuque Wahlert) 14-6 (Fall 3:40)

160 – Matt Fahning (10-13) placed 5th and scored 10.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Boone McDermott (Dubuque Wahlert) 14-7 won by fall over Matt Fahning (Sparta) 10-13 (Fall 0:57)
Cons. Round 1 – Matt Fahning (Sparta) 10-13 won by fall over Jayden Alderson (Boscobel) 0-8 (Fall 2:58)
Cons. Semi – Isaiah Snyder (Riverdale) 15-8 won by decision over Matt Fahning (Sparta) 10-13 (Dec 10-7)
5th Place Match – Matt Fahning (Sparta) 10-13 won by fall over Tyre Hall (Cuba City) 6-11 (Fall 4:59)

170 – Ryan Wisnieski (2-2) placed 5th and scored 11.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Ryan Wisnieski (Sparta) 2-2 won by fall over Will Wehrspann (Dubuque Senior) 4-15 (Fall 0:53)
Semifinal – Kolton Bartow (Dubuque Wahlert) 14-6 won by decision over Ryan Wisnieski (Sparta) 2-2 (Dec 8-6)
Cons. Semi – Kenny Elliott (Riverdale) 9-14 won by decision over Ryan Wisnieski (Sparta) 2-2 (Dec 2-1)
5th Place Match – Ryan Wisnieski (Sparta) 2-2 won by fall over Will Wehrspann (Dubuque Senior) 4-15 (Fall 0:32)

182 – Austin Zwiefel (14-11) placed 2nd and scored 16.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Austin Zwiefel (Sparta) 14-11 won by decision over Zach Kemp (Dubuque Wahlert) 9-11 (Dec 11-4)
Semifinal – Austin Zwiefel (Sparta) 14-11 won by decision over Declan Duffy(JV) (Dubuque Wahlert) 8-7 (Dec 7-5)
1st Place Match – Harley Springborn (Viroqua) 17-4 won by decision over Austin Zwiefel (Sparta) 14-11 (Dec 6-4)

195 – Brady Hansen (12-12) placed 3rd and scored 9.00 team points.
Round 1 – Brady Hansen (Sparta) 12-12 won by fall over Derek Johnson (Viroqua) 7-9 (Fall 2:23)
Round 2 – Trevor Troxel (Riverdale) 12-4 won by fall over Brady Hansen (Sparta) 12-12 (Fall 3:24)
Round 3 – Mason Flynn (Dubuque Wahlert) 7-4 won by fall over Brady Hansen (Sparta) 12-12 (Fall 0:15)

The Spartans are off until Thursday when they travel to Holmen for a critical MVC dual.  Action begins at 6pm with the JV.

Top from left: Brett VonRuden, Hayden Krein, James Gann, Christian Lamon, Jaden Winchel and Brady Hansen all picked up pins Thursday evening against Aquinas.

Top from left: Brett VonRuden, Hayden Krein, James Gann, Christian Lamon, Jaden Winchel and Brady Hansen all picked up pins Thursday evening against Aquinas.

Not much has changed since Sparta won 60-18 a year ago against Aquinas.  The Spartans continued their dominance of La Crosse schools with a 61-15 victory at Aquinas Thursday evening.  Spartan wrestlers picked up six wins by pin including five in the first 80 seconds of the match.  Jaden Winchel picked up the other pin in 3:01.  Brett VonRuden returned the lineup and took care of business with the fastest pin of the nigh in 1:03 against Aquinas’ Andrew Topolski.

Kyle Erickson and David Hayes picked up victories by decision while Noah Benish, Blake Brooks and Jon Bailey all won by forfeit.  At 195 pounds, Austin Zwiefel pushed Aquinas’ best wrestler on paper to overtime before falling 9-7.

It was a dominant effort by the Spartans and it took the Blugolds until the 10th match to put points on the scoreboard.  Sparta would rebound from that with consecutive pins to win their 11th dual in a row against Aquinas.

Full match results are below…

285  –  Noah Benish won by forfeit
106  –  Blake Brooks won by forfeit
113  –  Jon Bailey won by forfeit
120  –  Kyle Erickson defeated Alec Pham (Aquinas) 6-2
126  –  Christian Lamon pinned Albert Flottmeyer (Aquinas) in 1:08
132  –  David Hayes won by major decision over Max Michel (Aquinas) 9-1
138  –  Brett VonRuden pinned Andrew Topolski (Aquinas) in 1:03
145  –  Jaden Winchel pinned Nick Cambio (Aquinas) in 3:01
152  –  Hayden Krein pinned Michael Zernia (Aquinas) in 1:06
160  –  Ethan Reid (Aquinas) pinned Matt Fahning in 1:35
170  –  James Gann pinned Dylan English (Aquinas) in 1:20
182  –  Brady Hansen pinned Peter Riley (Aquinas) in 1:15
195  –  Isiah Brown (Aquinas) won in sudden victory overtime against Austin Zwiefel SV-1 9-7
220  –  Bryce Lee (Aquinas) pinned Loia Asaeli in 5:17
Sparta 61  –  Aquinas 15

The victory improves the Spartans’ dual record to 2-1 overall and 2-0 in the MVC.  The Spartans return to action tomorrow at the Lancaster Invitational.  Action there is scheduled to begin at 930am.  The JV will be traveling to Richland Center to kick off the Wisconsin Wrestling Challenge Series.

Good luck to both teams Saturday!

By all measures, Sparta’s return to Bi-State was a successful one.  Wrestling with only 11 wrestlers and missing three regular varsity wrestlers, Sparta finished third in division one and seventh overall at the 58 team Bi-State Classic.

Leading the way for the Spartans was freshman Jon Bailey who took home the 106-pound title with yet another victory over River Valley’s Zach Licht.  Licht of River Valley is 19-4 on the season with three losses to Bailey (Ellsworth Invite, Battle on the Bay and Bi-State).  Bailey won the championship match by injury default, but was up 7-1 before Licht bowed out due to injury.  The championship by Bailey is the first Bi-State title taken home by a Spartan freshman and is the first championship by a Spartan since Jared Rickert in 2006.  Sparta had not been to Bi-State since the 2007 season.

Bailey wasn’t the only Spartan wrestling for a championship Saturday evening.  At 152 pounds, sophomore Hayden Krein faced off with West Salem/Bangor’s Devin Bahr for the second time in two weeks.  Bahr remained undefeated on the season with a 13-5 victory.  Krein had an impressive run to the finals with victories in 59 seconds, 79 seconds, an 8-0 major decision and another pin in 62 seconds in the semis.  Krein is now 18-3 on the year with two of his losses coming at the hands of Bahr, who has won 94 of 95 matches during his high school career.  The one loss came at last year’s Bi-State when he injured his knee and could not continue.

At 145 pounds, Jaden Winchel advanced to the semis before dropping a decision to Mauston’s John Maki 5-3.  Winchel rebounded with a 7-3 decision over 4th-ranked Matt Koski of Hudson and a 3-0 victory over 3rd-ranked Anders Lantz of Ellsworth.

Rounding out the placewinners for Sparta was an 11th place finish by Collin Gartner who had a busy weekend wrestling eight times and going 5-3 in the process with two pins.

This was a solid finish for an incomplete Spartans team.  While Sparta did finish behind Holmen, I wouldn’t look too much into that as Sparta can expect Brett VonRuden, Ryan Wisniewski and Jakob Larsen to return after the new year.  Additionally, while David Hayes did not place, he was pounding La Crosse Central’s Jacob Obert (15-6) before getting pinned.

Summarized results for the Spartans are below…

106  –  Jon Bailey, 1st Place, 6-0, one pin
120  –  Sam Forbes, Did Not Place, 0-2
126  –  David Hayes, 1-2
132  –  Christian Lamon, Did Not Place, 3-2 with a pin and major decision
138  –  Collin Gartner, 11th Place, 5-3 with two pins
145  –  Jaden Winchel, 3rd Place, 6-1 with a pin and major decision
152  –  Hayden Krein, 2nd Place, 5-1 with three pins and major decision
160  –  Matt Fahning, Did Not Place, 1-2 with a major decision
170  –  James Gann, Did Not Place, 2-2 with a pin and major decision
182  –  Brady Hansen, Did Not Place, 3-2 with two pins
195  –  Austin Zwiefel, Did Not Place, 4-2 with a pin and major decision

Team Scores D1…

  1. Hudson 338.5
  2. Holmen 203
  3. Sparta 184
  4. Lakeville South, MN 166
  5. Pulaski 148.5
  6. Burlington 148
  7. Muskego 144
  8. Eastview, MN 142
  9. Stillwater 130
  10. Wausau West 127

Team Scores All Divisions

  1. Hudson (D1) 338.5
  2. Stratford (D3) 321.5
  3. Ellsworth (D2) 274
  4. Luxemburg-Casco (D2) 238
  5. River Valley (D2) 220.5
  6. Holmen (D1) 203
  7. Sparta (D1) 184
  8. Lakeville South, MN (AAA/D1) 166
  9. South Saint Paul, MN (AA/D2) 165.5
  10. Caledonia/Houston, MN (AA/D2) 163

The Spartans are off until Thursday, January 7th when they travel to La Crosse Aquinas for their second MVC dual of the season.  Full Bi-State Classic results are below…

106 – Jon Bailey (19-2) placed 1st and scored 46.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Jon Bailey (Sparta) 19-2 received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Jon Bailey (Sparta) 19-2 won by fall over John Altendorf (Goodhue) 13-7 (Fall 1:19)
Champ. Round 3 – Jon Bailey (Sparta) 19-2 won by decision over Isaac Wiegel (Belmont/Platteville) 17-5 (Dec 5-0)
Quarterfinal – Jon Bailey (Sparta) 19-2 won by decision over Matthew Peterson (Ellsworth) 12-4 (Dec 7-2)
Semifinal – Jon Bailey (Sparta) 19-2 won by decision over Mitchell Anderson (Hudson) 13-6 (Dec 7-0)
1st Place Match – Jon Bailey (Sparta) 19-2 won by injury default over Zach Licht (River Valley) 19-4 (Inj. 3:03)

120 – Sam Forbes (8-6) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Sam Forbes (Sparta) 8-6 received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Tom Wintheiser (Muskego) 15-6 won by fall over Sam Forbes (Sparta) 8-6 (Fall 1:19)
Cons. Round 2 – Sam Forbes (Sparta) 8-6 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 3 – Brady Sorenson (Pulaski) 9-7 won by decision over Sam Forbes (Sparta) 8-6 (Dec 10-3)

126 – David Hayes (11-8) place is unknown and scored 6.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – David Hayes (Sparta) 11-8 received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – David Hayes (Sparta) 11-8 won by decision over Lorenzo Diaz (South Saint Paul) 12-7 (Dec 11-9)
Champ. Round 3 – Kevin Meicher (Middleton) 20-3 won by fall over David Hayes (Sparta) 11-8 (Fall 1:34)
Cons. Round 4 – Jacob Obert (La Crosse Central) 15-6 won by fall over David Hayes (Sparta) 11-8 (Fall 4:42)

132 – Christian Lamon (13-6) place is unknown and scored 9.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Christian Lamon (Sparta) 13-6 won by major decision over Shawn Barth (Lakeville South) 7-6 (MD 9-0)
Champ. Round 2 – Christian Lamon (Sparta) 13-6 won by major decision over Anthony Kanable (Marshfield) 16-5 (MD 12-4)
Champ. Round 3 – Hunter Dischler (Ithaca/Weston) 22-1 won by decision over Christian Lamon (Sparta) 13-6 (Dec 10-3)
Cons. Round 4 – Christian Lamon (Sparta) 13-6 won by fall over Kevin Albrecht (Athens) 11-4 (Fall 4:53)
Cons. Round 5 – Cole Skelton (Ellsworth) 13-6 won by decision over Christian Lamon (Sparta) 13-6 (Dec 2-0)

138 – Collin Gartner (11-6) placed 11th and scored 16.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Collin Gartner (Sparta) 11-6 won by fall over Scott Cameron (Bloomington Kennedy) 5-6 (Fall 3:17)
Champ. Round 2 – Collin Gartner (Sparta) 11-6 won by forfeit over Forfeit Forfeit () 2-6 (For.)
Champ. Round 3 – Hunter Pierce (Tomah) 18-6 won by fall over Collin Gartner (Sparta) 11-6 (Fall 4:46)
Cons. Round 4 – Collin Gartner (Sparta) 11-6 won by decision over John Phelan (Dodgeville) 13-3 (Dec 6-2)
Cons. Round 5 – Collin Gartner (Sparta) 11-6 won by decision over Noah Reedy (West Salem/Bangor) 13-9 (Dec 6-3)
Cons. Round 6 – Jacob Anderson (Hudson) 15-4 won by major decision over Collin Gartner (Sparta) 11-6 (MD 14-5)
Cons. Round 7 – Nolan Hertel (Marshfield) 17-7 won by fall over Collin Gartner (Sparta) 11-6 (Fall 2:54)
11th Place Match – Collin Gartner (Sparta) 11-6 won by fall over Devin Drier (Ellsworth) 9-9 (Fall 1:59)

145 – Jaden Winchel (15-2) placed 3rd and scored 34.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 15-2 received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 15-2 won by fall over Noah Herber (Lewiston-Altura/Rushford-Peterson) 7-7 (Fall 1:12)
Champ. Round 3 – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 15-2 won by decision over Gavin Wipperfurth (River Valley) 17-5 (Dec 4-2)
Quarterfinal – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 15-2 won by major decision over Ryan Bennett (Holmen) 17-7 (MD 11-2)
Semifinal – John Maki (Mauston) 21-2 won by decision over Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 15-2 (Dec 5-3)
Cons. Semi – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 15-2 won by decision over Matt Koski (Hudson) 15-4 (Dec 7-3)
3rd Place Match – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 15-2 won by decision over Anders Lantz (Ellsworth) 14-6 (Dec 3-0)

152 – Hayden Krein (18-3) placed 2nd and scored 43.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 18-3 received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 18-3 won by fall over Thomas Petrick (Burlington) 5-9 (Fall 0:59)
Champ. Round 3 – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 18-3 won by fall over Jacob Limberg (Holmen) 16-5 (Fall 1:19)
Quarterfinal – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 18-3 won by major decision over Tristan McDonald (Lodi) 12-6 (MD 8-0)
Semifinal – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 18-3 won by fall over Shane Liegel (River Valley) 15-5 (Fall 1:02)
1st Place Match – Devin Bahr (West Salem/Bangor) 22-0 won by major decision over Hayden Krein (Sparta) 18-3 (MD 13-5)

160 – Matt Fahning (9-10) place is unknown and scored 6.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Matt Fahning (Sparta) 9-10 won by forfeit over Forfeit Forfeit (Wausau West) 3-5 (For.)
Champ. Round 2 – Stetson Clary (Ithaca/Weston) 9-2 won by fall over Matt Fahning (Sparta) 9-10 (Fall 2:30)
Cons. Round 2 – Matt Fahning (Sparta) 9-10 won by major decision over Roman Ficociello (New Richmond) 3-4 (MD 12-1)
Cons. Round 3 – Aquoya Faust (Mount Horeb) 14-7 won by decision over Matt Fahning (Sparta) 9-10 (Dec 6-4)

170 – James Gann (10-9) place is unknown and scored 6.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – James Gann (Sparta) 10-9 won by major decision over Grey Genzoli (Belmont/Platteville) 8-10 (MD 11-1)
Champ. Round 2 – Sawyer Massie (Hudson) 17-0 won by fall over James Gann (Sparta) 10-9 (Fall 0:32)
Cons. Round 2 – James Gann (Sparta) 10-9 won by fall over Cade Nettesheim (Ithaca/Weston) 4-5 (Fall 1:53)
Cons. Round 3 – Ethan Swiggum (Prairie du Chien/Wauzeka-Steuben) 13-4 won by fall over James Gann (Sparta) 10-9 (Fall 2:03)

182 – Brady Hansen (10-11) place is unknown and scored 9.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Blane Olson (Independence/Gilmanton) 2-2 won by decision over Brady Hansen (Sparta) 10-11 (Dec 6-4)
Cons. Round 1 – Brady Hansen (Sparta) 10-11 won by fall over Morgan Lemke (De Soto) 5-9 (Fall 0:46)
Cons. Round 2 – Brady Hansen (Sparta) 10-11 won by fall over Hakiem Belhaj (Cuba City/Benton/Southwestern) 5-6 (Fall 1:28)
Cons. Round 3 – Brady Hansen (Sparta) 10-11 won by forfeit over Forfeit Forfeit () 2-3 (For.)
Cons. Round 4 – Addison Price (Muskego) 13-5 won by fall over Brady Hansen (Sparta) 10-11 (Fall 1:35)

195 – Austin Zwiefel (12-9) place is unknown and scored 9.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Carson Johnson (Ellsworth) 8-8 won by fall over Austin Zwiefel (Sparta) 12-9 (Fall 1:41)
Cons. Round 1 – Austin Zwiefel (Sparta) 12-9 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 2 – Austin Zwiefel (Sparta) 12-9 won by decision over Kurt Jankowski (Auburndale) 6-2 (Dec 8-4)
Cons. Round 3 – Austin Zwiefel (Sparta) 12-9 won by major decision over Gabe Mabin (Lodi) 5-8 (MD 18-9)
Cons. Round 4 – Austin Zwiefel (Sparta) 12-9 won by fall over Joe Luna (South Saint Paul) 7-3 (Fall 4:50)
Cons. Round 5 – Brandon King (Pulaski) 16-4 won by fall over Austin Zwiefel (Sparta) 12-9 (Fall 1:39)