Spartans edge Marshfield to win Sparta Invitational

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

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

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

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

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

Significant victories on the day for the Spartans included…

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

Summarized results are below…

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

Team Scores…

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

Congrats Sparta on another solid tournament!

Full results are below…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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