WISCONSIN RAPIDS – Marshfield will be sending five to the state wrestling tournament after each won titles at the WIAA Division 1 Individual Wrestling Sectional on Saturday at Lincoln High School.
All five of the Tigers who are going to the state meet next week are underclassmen.
Freshmen Hoyt Blaskowski and Brett Franklin, sophomores Keagan Cliver and Ryan Dolezal, and junior Gabe Pugh will be representing the Tigers at the 2020 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison on Feb. 27-29.
Cliver (28-7) won the 120-pound championship to return to state for the second year in a row, edging Kale Roth (36-9) of Stevens Point, 5-4.
Blaskowski (43-4) followed with a 7-1 win over Blake Heal (24-12) of D.C. Everest at 126 pounds
Franklin (26-5) defeated Gabriel Ramos (32-10) of Wausau West, 9-2, in the 132-pound finals.
Pugh (40-3), who will be making his third-straight state meet appearance, defeated Demetrio Covarrubias (34-10) of D.C. Everest 6-5 to capture the 138-pound title.
Dolezal (41-4) slipped past Leo Draveling (37-7) of Hudson, 6-5, to win the 145-pound title and will head to state for the second year in a row.
In addition to Roth, Stevens Point had two other state qualifiers. Justin Groshek (42-0) continued his undefeated season by winning the 113-pound title, and Brett Johnston (30-15) won a second-place wrestleback at 192 pounds with a pin of Nick Klug of D.C. Everest in 15 seconds.
Wisconsin Rapids will be sending three to state. Preston Spray (42-3) won the 106-pound title, Wyler Lubeck (43-6) earned the 152-pound championship, and Andrew Schutz (34-10) finished second at 195.
D.C. Everest had five state qualifiers, including Heal and Covarrubias. Gabe Carter (39-1) won the 170-pound title and Orion Boe (43-1) earned a win in the 220-pound final for the Evergreens. Freddy Lehrke (21-6) also earned a spot at state by winning a second-place wrestleback over Garrett Willuweit of Marshfield, 7-1.
Ramos was Wausau West’s lone state qualifier.
2020 WIAA Division 1 Individual Wrestling Sectional Feb. 22, at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School Team scores: 1. Marshfield 126.5; 2. D.C. Everest 116; 3. Hudson 93.5; 4. Stevens Point 81; 5. Wisconsin Rapids 79.5; 6. Rhinelander 63; 7. Menomonie 47; 8. River Falls 38; 9. Chippewa Falls 31; 10. Wausau West 28; 11. Merrill and New Richmond 20; 13. Superior 17; 14. Wausau East 12; 15. Eau Claire Memorial 11; 16. Eau Claire North 0. Top two finishers in each weight class qualify for WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at Madison, Feb. 27-29 106 pounds Championship: Preston Spray (WR) pinned Connor Krueger (SUP), 1:17. 113 pounds Championship: Justin Groshek (SP) won major dec. over Tim Fox (RH), 14-3. 120 pounds Championship: Keagan Cliver (MAR) def. Kale Roth (SP), 5-4. 126 pounds Championship: Hoyt Blaskowski (MAR) def. Blake Heal (DC), 7-1. Second-place wrestleback: Heal def. Maddox Rye (WE), 3-0. 132 pounds Championship: Brett Franklin (MAR) def. Gabriel Ramos (WW), 9-2. 138 pounds Championship: Gabe Pugh (MAR) def. Demetrio Covarrubias (DC), 6-5. 145 pounds Championship: Ryan Dolezal (MAR) def. Leo Draveling (HUD), 6-5. 152 pounds Championship: Wyler Lubeck (WR) def. Garrett Willuweit (MAR), 11-4. Second-place wrestleback: Freddy Lehrke (DC) def. Willuweit, 7-1. 160 pounds Championship: Peter Hansen (HUD) won by technical fall over Ethan Schermitzler (ECM), 17-1. Second-place wrestleback: Ross Kaz (CF) def. Schermitzler, 11-5. 170 pounds Championship: Gabe Carter (DC) def. Jacob Hansen (HUD), 6-4. 182 pounds Championship: Sam Skillings (MEN) pinned Nick Klug (DC), 0:15. Second-place wrestleback: Brett Johnston (SP) def. Klug, 7-3. 195 pounds Championship: Hank Gierke (HUD) def. Andrew Schutz (WR), 6-4. Second-place wrestleback: Schutz def. Trevor Knapp (RH), 6-4. 220 pounds Championship: Orion Boe (DC) pinned Ben Sinclair (RH), 0:41. Second-place wrestleback: Sinclair pinned Ben Raczek (SP), 0:43. 285 pounds Championship: Zach Iribarren (MER) def. Girard Jones (MEN), 4-1 (TB-1). Second-place wrestleback: Jones def. Taylor Pahl (CF), 4-1.