Kreins and Von Ruden lead Spartans to 2nd at Sparta Invite

Brett Von Ruden was one of three Spartans to finish 2nd on Saturday.

Brett Von Ruden, Hayden Krein and Mathias Krein all finished second Saturday to lead Sparta to a second place finish in their own invitational.  Conference rival and top-ranked Holmen ran away with the team title scoring 269 points to Sparta’s 176.5.  The Spartans did finish 17.5 points ahead of 6th-ranked Marshfield despite wrestling without Jon Bailey at 120.

Wrestling at 145 pounds for the first time this season, Brett Von Ruden won his first match by pin in 4:33 and his semfinal match by 11-3 major decision before meeting Mauston’s Teagen Miller in the finals.  The match between the top-ranked division two wrestler at 145 pounds and the fourth-ranked wrestler at 152 pounds in division one went in favor of Miller as he won the championship match 3-1.

At 160 pounds, Hayden Krein won his quarterfinal match in 28 seconds before meeting Holmen’s Reed Williams in the semifinals.  In a matchup of ranked wrestlers it was Krein who emerged victorious with a 4-2 victory.  Hayden is currently ranked 4th in D1 at 160 while Williams is an honorable mention at the same weight.  That brought Krein and Iowa-Grant/Highland’s Max Maylor together for the second time this season.  Once again, it was Maylor who ended up on the winning side of a match against a Spartan–this time with a 6-1 victory.  During the 2016-17 season, Maylor defeated Brett Von Ruden three times and this year, Maylor has defeated Krein twice.

One weight up at 170 pounds, Mathias Krein breezed through his first two matches with a technical fall victory in just 2:35 over DeForest’s Alex Peart before winning 6-1 against Boscobel’s Chase Beinborn in the semifinals.  That brought together two ranked wrestlers for the 170-pound championship match in Mathias Krein (HM at 170 in D1) and Holmen’s Kalyn Jahn (2nd at 170 in D1).  Last year’s 5th-place state placewinner Kalyn Jahn downed Mathias in the finals via 11-0 major decision.

Vince Polhamus, Garet Pfaff and Noah Benish all placed third for the Spartans.  In the process, Benish defeated the first ranked wrestler of his career by pinning Princeton’s Ryan Bollinger in 4:48.  Bollinger is an honorable mention in D3.  Kyle Erickson and David Hayes placed ffith, Sam Matias-Escalante and Kelten Pfaff placed sixth and Luis Cruz-Cane, Esteban Rodriguez, Corbin Hauser and Madden Connelly all placed seventh to round out the placewinners for Sparta.  At 132 pounds, Thomas Treu did not place, but he wrestled two tough wrestlers well.  He lost 5-3 to Princeton’s Connor Richter (27-8 and ranked 8th in D3) and lost 3-0 to Holmen’s Trevor Plomedahl (previously ranked as high as 11th in D1 at 132 pounds).

Holmen preview

Saturday’s tournament was the second time this season the Spartans entered a tournament where Holmen was also wrestling.  Wrestlers from division one’s top-ranked team matched up with the Spartans seven times with the Vikings winning six of those seven matches.  Holmen victories at 132 and 152 were by three and two-point margins.  It will be an extremely tough dual against Holmen and might represent the first time since Sparta’s South Central Conference days that the Spartans will wrestle a top-ranked team in a dual.

Check out all the results below.

Summarized results…

106  –  Luis Cruz-Cane, 7th Place, 0-2
113  –  Vince Polhamus, 3rd Place, 2-1 with a pin and major decision
120  –  Sam Matias-Escalante, 6th Place, 0-2
126  –  Esteban Rodriguez, 7th Place, 1-2
132  –  Thomas Treu, Did Not Place, 0-2
138  –  Kyle Erickson, 5th Place, 4-1 with two pins and a major decision
145  –  Brett Von Ruden, 2nd Place, 2-1 with a pin and major decision
152  –  David Hayes, 5th Place, 4-1 with three pins
152  –  Corbin Hauser, 7th Place, 2-2 with a pin
160  –  Hayden Krein, 2nd Place, 3-1 with a pin
170  –  Mathias Krein, 2nd Place, 2-1 with a technical fall
182  –  Kelten Pfaff, 6th Place, 1-2 with a pin
195  –  Madden Conelly, 7th Place, 2-2 with two pins
220  –  Garet Pfaff, 3rd Place, 2-1 with two pins
285  –  Noah Benish, 3rd Place, 2-1 with a pin

Significant wins on the day included…

  • Brett Von Ruden’s 11-3 major decision victory over Princeton’s Guenther Hebbe (ranked 4th in D3 at 145)
  • Hayden Krein’s 4-2 victory over Holmen’s Reed Williams (HM at 160 in D1)
  • Mathias Krein’s 6-1 victory over Boscobel’s Chase Beinborn (HM at 170 in D3)
  • Noah Benish’s pin in 4:48 against Princeton’s Ryan Bollinger (HM at 285 in D3)

Team scores…

  1. Holmen 269
  2. Sparta 176.5
  3. Marshfield 159
  4. Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal 129
  5. Iowa-Grant/Highland 110
  6. Mauston 102
  7. Reedsburg 101
  8. West Salem 88
  9. DeForest 84.5
  10. Eau Claire North 71.5
  11. Princeton 65.5
  12. Blair-Taylor 62.5
  13. Adams-Friendship 52
  14. Boscobel 48.5
  15. Black River Falls 30.5
  16. Westfield 5

Full results…

106  –  Luis Cruz-Cane (3-4) placed 7th and scored 4.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Luis Cruz-Cane (Sparta) 3-4 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Alex Pellowski (Holmen) 26-4 won by fall over Luis Cruz-Cane (Sparta) 3-4 (Fall 0:32)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Luis Cruz-Cane (Sparta) 3-4 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Cons. Semi – Logan Seddon (Blair-Taylor) 9-13 won by tech fall over Luis Cruz-Cane (Sparta) 3-4 (TF-1.5 5:00 (20-4))
  • 7th Place Match – Luis Cruz-Cane (Sparta) 3-4 received a bye () (Bye)
113  –  Vince Polhamus (23-14) placed 3rd and scored 18.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Vince Polhamus (Sparta) 23-14 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Vince Polhamus (Sparta) 23-14 won by fall over Gage Updike (Boscobel) 8-12 (Fall 0:51)
  • Semifinal – Gabe Pugh (Marshfield) 30-3 won by decision over Vince Polhamus (Sparta) 23-14 (Dec 6-2)
  • 3rd Place Match – Vince Polhamus (Sparta) 23-14 won by major decision over Alec Zimmer (Iowa-Grant/Highland) 18-11 (MD 10-0)
120  –  Sam Matias-Escalante (1-3) placed 6th and scored 3.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Sam Matias-Escalante (Sparta) 1-3 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Zach Presely (Adams-Friendship) 17-9 won by fall over Sam Matias-Escalante (Sparta) 1-3 (Fall 2:42)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Sam Matias-Escalante (Sparta) 1-3 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Cons. Semi – Sam Matias-Escalante (Sparta) 1-3 received a bye () (Bye)
  • 5th Place Match – Brayden Judd (Reedsburg) 6-5 won by decision over Sam Matias-Escalante (Sparta) 1-3 (Dec 10-8)
126  –  Esteban Rodriguez (3-11) placed 7th and scored 2.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Esteban Rodriguez (Sparta) 3-11 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Luke Pulvermacher (Princeton) 27-7 won by tech fall over Esteban Rodriguez (Sparta) 3-11 (TF-1.5 2:15 (16-1))
  • Cons. Round 2 – Esteban Rodriguez (Sparta) 3-11 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Cons. Semi – Brayden Burleson (Blair-Taylor) 8-8 won by fall over Esteban Rodriguez (Sparta) 3-11 (Fall 3:28)
  • 7th Place Match – Esteban Rodriguez (Sparta) 3-11 won by decision over Anthony Thayer (Mauston) 6-13 (Dec 12-9)
132  –  Thomas Treu (12-19) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Connor Richter (Princeton) 27-8 won by decision over Thomas Treu (Sparta) 12-19 (Dec 5-3)
  • Cons. Round 1 – Thomas Treu (Sparta) 12-19 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Trevor Plomedahl (Holmen) 24-7 won by decision over Thomas Treu (Sparta) 12-19 (Dec 3-0)
138  –  Kyle Erickson (24-8) placed 5th and scored 14.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Kyle Erickson (Sparta) 24-8 won by fall over Jayce Graveline (Westfield) 9-10 (Fall 1:00)
  • Quarterfinal – Mason Phillips (Eau Claire North) 18-2 won by tech fall over Kyle Erickson (Sparta) 24-8 (TF-1.5 4:37 (19-2))
  • Cons. Round 2 – Kyle Erickson (Sparta) 24-8 won by decision over Dakota Frazier (Boscobel) 14-11 (Dec 10-4)
  • Cons. Semi – Kyle Erickson (Sparta) 24-8 won by major decision over Jason Sedbrook (Iowa-Grant/Highland) 15-17 (MD 17-6)
  • 5th Place Match – Kyle Erickson (Sparta) 24-8 won by fall over Casey Dykstra (Princeton) 24-8 (Fall 2:36)
145  –  Brett Von Ruden (32-3) placed 2nd and scored 23.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 32-3 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 32-3 won by fall over Joe Hess (West Salem) 17-13 (Fall 4:33)
  • Semifinal – Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 32-3 won by major decision over Guenther Hebbe (Princeton) 30-3 (MD 11-3)
  • 1st Place Match – Teagen Miller (Mauston) 32-1 won by decision over Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 32-3 (Dec 3-1)
152  –  David Hayes (29-8) placed 5th and scored 17.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – David Hayes (Sparta) 29-8 won by fall over Alex Endres (DeForest) 9-22 (Fall 1:05)
  • Quarterfinal – Zach Gordon (Holmen) 24-8 won by decision over David Hayes (Sparta) 29-8 (Dec 4-2)
  • Cons. Round 2 – David Hayes (Sparta) 29-8 won by fall over Sam Blazich (Westfield) 0-2 (Fall 0:51)
  • Cons. Semi – David Hayes (Sparta) 29-8 won by fall over Corbin Hauser (Sparta) 3-3 (Fall 0:06)
  • 5th Place Match – David Hayes (Sparta) 29-8 won by injury default over Zach Smith (Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal) 20-8 (Inj. 1:48)
152  –  Corbin Hauser (3-3) placed 7th.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Payton Young (Marshfield) 21-11 won by decision over Corbin Hauser (Sparta) 3-3 (Dec 6-4)
  • Cons. Round 1 – Corbin Hauser (Sparta) 3-3 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Corbin Hauser (Sparta) 3-3 won by fall over Joe Wopat (West Salem) 14-11 (Fall 3:51)
  • Cons. Semi – David Hayes (Sparta) 29-8 won by fall over Corbin Hauser (Sparta) 3-3 (Fall 0:06)
  • 7th Place Match – Corbin Hauser (Sparta) 3-3 won by decision over Payton Young (Marshfield) 21-11 (Dec 11-7)
160  –  Hayden Krein (35-4) placed 2nd and scored 22.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 35-4 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 35-4 won by fall over Sayer Rachu (Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal) 14-12 (Fall 0:28)
  • Semifinal – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 35-4 won by decision over Reed Williams (Holmen) 27-8 (Dec 4-2)
  • 1st Place Match – Max Maylor (Iowa-Grant/Highland) 33-1 won by decision over Hayden Krein (Sparta) 35-4 (Dec 6-1)
170  –  Mathias Krein (30-9) placed 2nd and scored 21.50 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Mathias Krein (Sparta) 30-9 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Mathias Krein (Sparta) 30-9 won by tech fall over Alex Peart (DeForest) 15-13 (TF-1.5 2:35 (15-0))
  • Semifinal – Mathias Krein (Sparta) 30-9 won by decision over Chase Beinborn (Boscobel) 28-7 (Dec 6-1)
  • 1st Place Match – Kalyn Jahn (Holmen) 26-5 won by major decision over Mathias Krein (Sparta) 30-9 (MD 11-0)
182  –  Kelten Pfaff (16-19) placed 6th and scored 9.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Kelten Pfaff (Sparta) 16-19 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Brady Peat (Iowa-Grant/Highland) 31-3 won by fall over Kelten Pfaff (Sparta) 16-19 (Fall 1:02)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Kelten Pfaff (Sparta) 16-19 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Cons. Semi – Kelten Pfaff (Sparta) 16-19 won by fall over Kaleb Dobson (Black River Falls) 11-13 (Fall 2:03)
  • 5th Place Match – Cameron Caldwell (Adams-Friendship) 19-9 won by fall over Kelten Pfaff (Sparta) 16-19 (Fall 4:00)
195  –  Madden Connelly (7-7) placed 7th and scored 7.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Madden Connelly (Sparta) 7-7 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Lucas Ingold (Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal) 25-4 won by fall over Madden Connelly (Sparta) 7-7 (Fall 1:28)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Madden Connelly (Sparta) 7-7 won by fall over Colby Toufar (Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal) 5-6 (Fall 1:33)
  • Cons. Semi – Ethan Erickson (Mauston) 4-3 won by fall over Madden Connelly (Sparta) 7-7 (Fall 2:03)
  • 7th Place Match – Madden Connelly (Sparta) 7-7 won by fall over Mason Rudolph (Westfield) 0-10 (Fall 0:59)
220  –  Garet Pfaff (23-13) placed 3rd and scored 19.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Garet Pfaff (Sparta) 23-13 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Garet Pfaff (Sparta) 23-13 won by fall over Ethan Osley (Black River Falls) 17-7 (Fall 3:27)
  • Semifinal – Jack Westcott (Holmen) 31-5 won by fall over Garet Pfaff (Sparta) 23-13 (Fall 0:25)
  • 3rd Place Match – Garet Pfaff (Sparta) 23-13 won by fall over Tanner Zschernitz (Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal) 19-8 (Fall 2:24)
285  –  Noah Benish (16-11) placed 3rd and scored 17.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Noah Benish (Sparta) 16-11 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Noah Benish (Sparta) 16-11 won by fall over Ryan Bollinger (Princeton) 20-10 (Fall 4:48)
  • Semifinal – Jesse Fiers (Holmen) 24-8 won by fall over Noah Benish (Sparta) 16-11 (Fall 1:38)
  • 3rd Place Match – Noah Benish (Sparta) 16-11 won by decision over Connor Berry (Marshfield) 16-9 (Dec 5-2)