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ST. CROIX FALLS – The Stratford wrestling team’s run of five-straight trip to the state team tournament came to an end, but the Tigers will send five athletes to the individual state meet after competition at the WIAA Division 3 individual wrestling sectional at St. Croix Falls High School.

Cadott won the team title with 170 points and will advance to the WIAA Division 3 State Team Wrestling Tournament at Wausau West High School on Feb. 20. Stratford finished third in the team standings with 152 points.

Stratford had three individual sectional champions and two runner-ups. The five qualify for the WIAA Division 3 State Individual Wrestling Tournament at Wausau West on Feb. 13.

Stratford junior Gavin Drexler, who went 50-0 in winning the Division 3 126-pound state title last year, will be back to go for a second after beating Tyler Sunday of Clear Lake with a 14-1 major decision in the 138-pound sectional final. Drexler is now 18-0, running his match winning streak to 68 in a row.

Also earning sectional titles for the Tigers were Elijah Lucio and Logan Rueth.

Lucio (15-2) won the 145-pound championship with a 3-2 victory over Tristan Drier of Cadott, and Rueth (15-2) took the 170-pound title with a pin in 5:21 over Brayden Wolf of Spring Valley/Elmwood.

The two other Stratford state qualifiers needed second-place wrestlebacks to earn their spots.

Jacob Heiden (18-2) won his third-place match and then earned a 12-0 win in a second-place wrestleback over Tommy Quinn of Cameron, 12-0.

After suffering his first loss of the season in the semifinals to undefeated Trett Joles of Boyceville, Raife Smart won his third-place match and second-place wrestleback with pins to earn a state tournament spot.

Marathon’s Jared Sweno will also move on to the Division 3 state meet after placing second at 132 pounds. Sweno (14-3) lost by technical fall to Mason Will (15-0) of St. Croix Falls, 19-2, in the championship match.

2021 WIAA Division 3 Individual Wrestling Sectional

Feb. 6, at St. Croix Falls High School

*Top team moves on to WIAA Division 3 State Team Wrestling Tournament, Feb. 20 at Wausau West High School

Team scores: *1. Cadott 170; 2. St. Croix Falls 161; 3. Stratford 152; 4. Boyceville 138.5; 5. Ladysmith 87; 6. Spring Valley/Elmwood 78.5; 7. Cameron 72.5; 8. Cumberland 70; 9. Marathon 54; 10. Glenwood City 37; 11. Clear Lake 33; 12. Chequamegon 29.5; 13. Shell Lake 29; 14. Phillips 20; 15. Cornell/Gilman/Lake Holcombe 17; 16. Turtle Lake/Clayton 16; 17. Unity 15; 18. Duran 14; 19. Athens 12.5; 20. Mondovi and Chetek-Weyerhauser/Prairie Farm 4; 22. Bruce 0.

*Top two finishers in each weight class qualify for WIAA Division 3 State Individual Wrestling Tournament, Feb. 13 at Wausau West High School

106 pounds

Championship: Ian Radintz (GC) def. Kellen Kelley (SCF), 11-4.

Third place: Dawson Johnson (CUMB) pinned Noah Evenson (BOY), 0:24.

Fifth place: Dylan Dodson (MAR) pinned Lukas Simenson (CAD), 1:04.

Second-place wrestleback: Johnson (CUMB) won by technical fall over Kelley (SCF), 18-1.

113 pounds

Championship: Kaleb Casey (SVE) def. Kaden Clark (SCF), 4-2.

Third place: Kayne Johnson (CAM) pinned Brooks Kraus (ATH), 0:29.

Fifth place: Logan Harel (CAD) def. Brady Mast (BOY).

Second-place wrestleback: Johnson (CAM) def. Clark (SCF), 9-6.

120 pounds

Championship: Brayden Sonnentag (CAD) pinned Clayton Roscoe (LADY), 2:57.

Third place: Bryce Baldwin (CUMB) def. Brice Everson (BOY).

Fifth place: Josh Davidsaver (SCF) def. Sebastian Barnabus (CHQ), 5-3.

126 pounds

Championship: Tanner Gerber (CAM) def. Derick Vollendorf (LADY), injury default

Third place: Mason Quade (TLC) def. Tristan Neisinger (SVE), 6-4 OT.

Fifth place: John Miller (CHQ) pinned Emma Gruenhagen (BOY), 3:15.

132 pounds

Championship: Mason Will (SCF) won by technical fall over Jared Sweno (MAR), 19-2.

Third place: Tyler Schunck (SL), def. Nick Fasbender (CAD), 9-3.

Fifth place: Troy Duellman (CGLH) def. Justin Fowler (CWPF), 3-1.

138 pounds

Championship: Gavin Drexler (STR) won major dec. over Tyler Sunday (CL), 14-1.

Third place: Kaleb Sonnentag (CAD) pinned Zack Clark (SCF), 3:23.

Fifth place: Nate Stuart (BOY) def. Cayden Gifford (CAM).

145 pounds

Championship: Elijah Lucio (STR) def. Tristan Drier (CAD), 3-2.

Third place: Ira Bialzik (BOY) pinned Matthew Anderson (CL), 3:33.

Fifth place: Owen Miesbauer (CHQ) def. Cole Romsos (CAM), 17-13.

Second-place wrestleback: Drier (CAD) def. Bialzik (BOY), 4-3.

152 pounds

Championship: Kole Marko (SCF) pinned Tommy Quinn (CAM), 0:20.

Third place: Jacob Heiden (STR) won major dec. over Cole Pfeiffer (CAD), 4-0.

Fifth place: Max Schmitt (SVE) def. Thomas Moede (GC), 7-1.

Second-place wrestleback: Heiden (ST) won major dec. over Quinn (CAM), 12-0.

160 pounds

Championship: Tyler Dormanen (BOY) def. Grady Guggisberg (SCF), 6-0.

Third place: Nelson Wahl (CAD) pinned Ryan Becker (STR), 5:47.

Fifth place: Edward Chafer (CUMB) pinned Alan George (MON), 0:31.

Second-place wrestleback: Wahl (CAD) pinned Guggisberg (SCF), 2:00.

170 pounds

Championship: Logan Rueth (STR) pinned Brayden Wolf (SVE), 5:21.

Third place: Hector Pintor (MAR) pinned Matthew Roach (LADY), 2:41.

Fifth place: Julian Krizan (CGLH) def. Kyle Lipke (BOY).

182 pounds

Championship: Bennett Bergmann (SCF) won major dec. over Blake Flach (SL), 10-2.

Third place: Dawson Webster (CAD) won major dec. over Grant Rydlund (LADY), 13-2.