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SEVEN AREA WRESTLERS WIN SEMIFINAL MATCHES AT WIAA STATE INDIVIDUAL WRESTLING TOURNAMENT


Stratford’s Gavin Drexler takes control of Javis Pinter of Cochrane-Fountain City on his way to a win in the Division 3 126-pound semifinals at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison on Friday. (Photo by Katie Marten/For Zaleski Sports)

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MADISON – Seven area wrestlers will grapple for state titles after winning semifinal matches Friday night at the 2020 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center.


Stratford will send three into the finals, including two defending champions and an undefeated wrestler.


Sophomore Gavin Drexler improved to 49-0 this season with an 11-3 major decision over Javis Pinter (44-4) of Cochrane-Fountain City at 126 pounds to advance to his first state final for the Tigers.


Stratford seniors Max Schwabe and Trevor Dennee will compete for their second-straight Division 3 state titles. Schwabe (47-2) beat Zach Foley of Cochrane-Fountain City 3-0 in sudden-victory overtime at 132 pounds, and Dennee (48-1) pinned Isaac Banker of Bonduel at the second-period buzzer to advance.


Also moving on to championship matches on Saturday is Auburndale senior Dylan Baird. Baird (34-11) beat Aiden Brosinski of De Soto, 11-6, in his Division 3 138-pound semifinal, and will take on Karson Casper (42-4) of Coleman in the finals. Casper beat Baird, 3-1, in last week’s sectional championship bout.


Stratford’s Trevor Dennee tries to turn over Isaac Banker of Bonduel during 1 Division 3 195-pound semifinal match at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison on Friday. Dennee eventually earned a pin to move into the finals. (Photo by Katie Marten/For Zaleski Sports)

Stevens Point’s Justin Groshek continued his undefeated senior campaign, beating Michael Smith of Appleton North 10-1 in the Division 1 113-pound semifinals. Groshek (45-0) will take on Alec Hunter (41-1) of Oshkosh West in the finals.


Medford senior Jake Rau will go for his second-straight Division 2 220-pound state title after he edged Marcus Orlandoni (39-3) of North Fond du Lac/Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs, 5-3. Rau (37-2) will face Nick Roler (45-5) of Antigo in the championship match.


Edgar’s Ethan Heil, who finished second at state a year ago, will get a chance to redeem himself as he won an 11-2 major decision over Cole Ebert (46-3) of Reedsville in the Division 3 220-pound semifinals. Heil (30-0) will face Aaron Ragels (34-3) of Fennimore in the finals.


Seven other area wrestlers lost their semifinal matches Friday night and will move into the consolation bracket on Saturday morning.


In Division 1, Preston Spray (44-4) of Wisconsin Rapids lost at 106 pounds to Greyson Clark (44-6) of Kaukauna, 6-4, and Marshfield sophomore Keagan Cliver (30-8) lost his 120-pound semifinal to Mason Campshure (37-7) of Kaukauna.


Luke Dux (35-5) of Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal dropped his Division 2 106-pound semifinal to Rhett Koening (50-6) of Prairie du Chien.


Stratford’s two other semifinal qualifiers lost on Friday. Jacob Heiden (41-9) lost to Aiden Vandenbush (48-0) of Random Lake, 19-4, and Devin Dennee (47-3) fell to Nolan Springer (39-2) of Mineral Point, 6-5.


Also in Division 3, Peter Esser (27-14) of Pittsville lost to Brayden Sonnentag (38-1) of Cadott, 8-0, at 106 pounds, and Connor Westfall (32-8) of Athens lost a 4-2 decision to Shamus Mclain (41-1) of Coleman at 195 pounds.


Saturday’s finals will be televised live starting with the “Walk of Champions” at 5:30 p.m. on Fox Sports Wisconsin.


Consolation semifinals, where the winners move on to the third-place match and losers fall into the fifth-place match, will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Kohl Center.


2020 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament Feb. 27-29, at Kohl Center, Madison Saturday, Feb. 29 10 a.m. – Consolation semifinals, fifth-place and third-place matches in Divisions 1, 2 and 3 5:30 p.m. – Championship matches in Divisions 1, 2 and 3 — Results of area wrestlers Friday, Feb. 28 Division 2 Quarterfinals 106: Luke Dux, Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal (35-4), def. Parker Heintz, Lodi (35-13), 6-4. 120: Kaleb Mannel, Waupaca (37-11), def. Treyton Ackman, Spencer/Columbus (41-6), 8-3. 220: Jake Rau, Medford (36-2) pinned Mac Strand, Appleton Xavier (28-4), 3:24; Nick Roller, Antigo (44-5) pinned Gunner Hoffmann, Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal, (38-3), 5:16. Division 3 Quarterfinals 106: Peter Esser, Pittsville (27-13) def. Mark Szombathelyi, Random Lake (34-9), 7-5. 113: Troy Dolpin, Kenosha Christian Life (50-1), pinned Karter Stuttgen, Stratford (24-6), 2:26. 126: Gavin Drexler, Stratford (48-0), pinned Julian Spriggle, Cochrane-Fountain City (32-13), 0:59. 132: Max Schwabe, Stratford (46-2), won major dec. over Joseph Penchi, La Crosse Aquinas (37-5), 9-1. 138: Dylan Baird, Auburndale (33-11), def. Elijah Lucio, Stratford (16-2), 6-3. 152: Jacob Heiden, Stratford (41-8), won major dec. over Logan Schneider, Lancaster (34-11), 11-0. 160: Devin Dennee, Stratford (47-2), pinned Sawyer De rutyer, Cedar Grove-Belgium (37-13), 1:31. 195: Trevor Dennee, Stratford (47-1) pinned Sam Galoff, Brillion (44-6), 3:26; Connor Westfall, Athens (32-7) pinned Jake Pronschinske, Palmyra-Eagle (34-10), 0:54. 220: Ethan Heil, Edgar (29-0) pinned Dylan Nottestad, Westby (40-12), 0:45. Division 1 Consolation First Round 120: Kale Roth (38-10), Stevens Point, pinned Aaron Johnson (28-7), Greendale Nicolet, 2:42. 126: Hoyt Blaskowski (45-5), Marshfield, won by major dec. over Jonah Luther (33-10), Hartland Arrowhead, 12-4; Joseph Mendoza (36-5), Racine Park, def. Blake Heal (24-14), D.C. Everest, 4-1 (Heal eliminated). 132: Brett Franklin (27-6), Marshfield, def. Logan Stumpf (41-9), Kaukauna, 5-4. 138: Demetrio Covarrubias (35-11), D.C. Everest, def. Cole Nelson (30-5), Kenosha Indian Trail, 7-3. 152: Wyler Lubeck (45-7), Wisconsin Rapids, def. Carter Vetsch (46-8), Holmen, 8-1; Zachary Gunderson (40-8), Monona Grove/McFarland def. Freddy Lehrke (22-8), D.C. Everest, 5-1. (Lehrke eliminated). 170: Gabe Carter (41-2), D.C. Everest, pinned Aaron Taylor (35-15), Elkhorn/Faith Christian, 3:47. 195: Amir Blevins (36-2), West Allis Central, won major dec. over Andrew Schutz (34-12), Wisconsin Rapids, 14-2. (Schutz eliminated). 220: Orion Boe (44-2), D.C. Everest, pinned Simon Patterson (33-9), Sun Prairie, 0:46. 285: Zach Irbarren (46-3), Merrill, pinned Cassius Rohadfox (30-7), Sheboygan North, 1:41. Division 1 Consolation Quarterfinals 120: Kale Roth (40-10), Stevens Point, def. Trent Francois (34-6), West De Pere, 8-2. 126: Bryce Jankowski (40-3), Cedarburg, pinned Hoyt Blaskowski (45-6), Marshfield, 2:21. (Blaskowski eliminated) 132: Brett Franklin (28-6), Marshfield, pinned Austin Elger (36-12), Muskego, 3:58. 138: Connor Thorpe (45-5), Brookfield East, def. Demetrio Covarrubias (35-12), D.C. Everest, 3-2. (Covarrubias eliminated) 152: Cody Welker (29-6), Burlington, def. Wyler Lubeck (45-8), Wisconsin Rapids, 2-1. (Lubeck eliminated) 170: Gabe Carter (42-2), D.C. Everest, def. Zach Kaminski (43-15), Waterford, 6-4. 220: Orion Boe (45-2), D.C. Everest, pinned Alec Perelshtein (32-9), Mequon Homestead, 3:53. 285: Zach Irbarren (47-3), Merrill, pinned Kyle Freund (37-3), Lake Geneva Badger, 1:49. Division 2 Consolation Quarterfinals 120: Treyton Ackman (42-6), Spencer/Columbus, pinned Taedon Nichols (39-6), Luke/Frederic/Grantsburg/Siren, 2:22. 220: Gunner Hoffmann (37-3), Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal, pinned Colten Wall (17-6), Prairie du Chien, 2:07. Division 3 Consolation Quarterfinals 113: Karter Stuttgen (25-6), Stratford, def. Dominic Leintz (43-5), Clear Lake, 11-5. 138: Max Sokolski (43-7), Bonduel, def. Elijah Lucio (16-3), Stratford, 5-2. (Lucio eliminated) Division 1 Semifinals 106: Greyson Clark (44-6), Kaukauna, def. Preston Spray (44-4), Wisconsin Rapids, 6-4. 113: Justin Groshek (45-0), Stevens Point, won major dec. over Michael Smith (34-10), Appleton North, 10-1. 120: Mason Campshure (37-7), Kaukauna, pinned Keagan Cliver (30-8), Marshfield, 4:43. Division 2 Semifinals 106: Rhett Koenig (50-6), Prairie du Chien, def. Luke Dux (35-5), Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal, 8-7. 220: Jake Rau (37-2), Medford, def. Marcus Orlandoni (39-3), North Fond du Lac/Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs, 5-3. Division 3 Semifinals 106: Brayden Sonnentag (38-1), Cadott, won major dec. over Peter Esser (27-14), Pittsville, 8-0. 126: Gavin Drexler (49-0), Stratford, won major dec. over Javis Pinter (44-4), Cochrane-Fountain City, 11-3. 132: Max Schwabe (47-2), Stratford, def. Zach Foley (37-11), Cochrane-Fountain City, 3-0 (SV-1). 138: Dylan Baird (34-11), Auburndale, def. Aiden Brosinski (38-5), De Soto, 11-6. 152: Aiden Vandenbush (48-0), Random Lake, won by technical fall over Jacob Heiden (41-9), Stratford, 19-4. 160: Nolan Springer (39-2), Mineral Point, def. Devin Dennee (47-3), Stratford, 6-5. 195: Trevor Dennee (48-1), Stratford, pinned Isaac Banker (43-6), Bonduel, 4:00; Shamus Mclain (41-1), Coleman, def. Connor Westfall (32-8), Athens, 4-2. 220: Ethan Heil (30-0), Edgar, won major dec. over Cole Ebert (46-3), Reedsville, 11-2. Saturday, Feb. 29 Division 1 Consolation Semifinals 106: Preston Spray (44-4), Wisconsin Rapids, vs. Joey Showalter (41-7), Elkhorn/Faith Christian. 120: Keagan Cliver (30-8), Marshfield, vs. Kale Roth (40-10), Stevens Point. 132: Brett Franklin (28-6), Marshfield, vs. Jake Stritesky (38-5), Lake Geneva Badger. 170: Gabe Carter (42-2), D.C. Everest, vs. Lincoln Willett (34-8), Oconomowoc. 220: Orion Boe (45-2), D.C. Everest, vs. Ben Kawczynski (43-3), Oak Creek. 285: Zach Irbarren (47-3), Merrill, vs. John Champe (40-3), Brookfield East. Division 2 Consolation Semifinals 106: Luke Dux (35-5), Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal, vs. Easton Worachek (40-10), Luxemburg-Casco. 120: Treyton Ackman (42-6), Spencer/Columbus, vs. Chandler Curtis (36-9), Lodi. 220: Gunner Hoffman (37-3), Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal, vs. Marcus Orlandoni (39-3), North Fond du Lac/Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs. Division 3 Consolation Semifinals 106: Peter Esser (27-14), Pittsville, vs. Mitch Anderson (39-7), Clear Lake. 113: Karter Stuttgen (25-6), Stratford, vs. Cole Slark (39-6), Markesan. 152: Jacob Heiden (41-9), Stratford, vs. Korben Brown (38-3), Parkview. 160: Devin Dennee (47-3), Stratford, vs. Tyler Lovejoy (43-7), Laconia. 195: Conner Westfall (32-8), Athens, vs. Dustin Wolf (42-7), Lancaster. Division 1 Finals 113: Justin Groshek (45-0), Stevens Point, vs. Alec Hunter (41-1), Oshkosh West. Division 2 Finals 220: Jake Rau (37-2), Medford, vs. Nick Roller (45-5), Antigo. Division 3 Finals 126: Gavin Drexler (49-0), Stratford, vs. Bo Niewiadomski (41-4), Rosholt. 132: Max Schwabe (47-2), Stratford, vs. Alex Birchman (37-11), Fennimore. 138: Dylan Baird (34-11), Auburndale, vs. Karson Casper (42-4), Coleman. 195: Trevor Dennee (48-1), Stratford, vs. Shamus Mclain (41-1), Coleman. 220: Ethan Heil (30-0), Edgar, vs. Aaron Ragels (34-3), Fennimore.

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