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STRATFORD WRESTLING WINS SEVENTH-STRAIGHT D-3 TITLE, MARSHFIELD THIRD IN D-1 AT BI-STATE CLASSIC

Zaleski Sports


LA CROSSE – For the seventh year in a row, the Stratford wrestling team is the Division 3 champion at the Bi-State Classic.


Stratford had one individual champion in Gavin Drexler and had two others finish as runner-ups to earn the D-3 team title at the two-day tournament at the La Crosse Center on Friday and Saturday.


Stratford finished with 282.5 points, which was well ahead of second-place Chatfield (Minn.) in the D-3 standings, and second overall only behind Division 1 champion Stillwater (Minn.).


Drexler won the 126-pound title for Stratford, moving to 23-0 on the season, with a 5-3 decision over Ryan Henningson of Winona/Winona Cotter (Minn.).


Marshfield finished third in the Division 1 standings with two third-place finishes and seven overall ending up in the top 12 in their respective weight classes.


Spencer/Columbus Catholic had a second- and fourth-place finisher to end up 12th out of 25 teams in Division 2, and Auburndale had Dylan Baird take 11th place at 138 pounds to finish 13th in Division 3.


Max Schwabe (22-1) suffered his first loss of the season for Stratford, losing in the 138-pound championship match to unbeaten Jessie Tijerina (21-0) of Portage, 5-2.


Trevor Dennee (22-1) also lost for the first time this season in the 182-pound final for Stratford, falling 3-1 in overtime to Reece Worachek (25-1) of Luxemburg-Casco.


Spencer/Columbus Catholic’s Ashton Ackman and Treyton Ackman were two more area wrestlers to fall from the ranks of the unbeatens at the tournament, but both earned solid finishes in the 69-team meet.


Ashton Ackman (18-1) lost 6-4 in sudden victory overtime to Sam Smith of Holmen in the 113-pound final, while Treyton Ackman (21-2) lost in both the semifinals and the third-place match at 120 to take fourth for the Rockets.


Marshfield had third-place finishes from Gabe Pugh at 138 and Ryan Dolezal at 145, Shane Westerhausen took fifth at 113, Keagen Cliver was sixth at 120, and Brett Franklin finished seventh at 132.


Hunter Ford added a fourth-place finish at 170, Devin Dennee (160) and Raife Smart (195) each took seventh, and Konner Stuttgen finished eighth at 145 for Stratford.


Bi-State Wrestling Classic Dec. 27-28, at La Crosse Division 1 team standings: 1. Stillwater (Minn.) 366.5; 2. Holmen 251.5; 3. Marshfield 226.5; 4. Hudson 168.5; 5. D.C. Everest 168.5; 6. Lakeville South (Minn.) 165; 7. Waunakee 156; 8. Eastview (Minn.) 129; 9. Baraboo 128.5; 10. Winona/Winona Cotter (Minn.) 117; 11. Hastings (Minn.) 115; 12. Bloomington Kennedy (Minn.) 114.5; 13. Tomah 101.5; 14. Pulaski 99; 15. Wausau West 80; 16. South St. Paul (Minn.) 73; 17. Muskego 67.5; 18. New Richmond 55; 19. Verona 51; 20. Orono (Minn.) 49; 21. Sparta 48; 22. Mount Horeb 42; 23. Middleton 24; 24. Eau Claire North 22.5; 25. La Crosse Logan/Central 18; 26. West Allis Central 10.5. Division 2 team standings: 1. Luxemburg-Casco 222.5; 2. Prairie du Chien 213.5; 3. Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau/Melrose-Mindoro 194.5; 4. Medford 162; 5. Portage 160.5; 6. Caledonia/Houston (Minn.) 131.5; 7. Zumbrota-Mazeppa (Minn.) 125; 8. Oconto Falls 113.5; 9. Lodi and Monroe 113; 11. Stanley-Boyd/Owen-Withee 95; 12. Spencer/Columbus Catholic 90.5; 13. West Salem/Bangor 90; 14. Richland Center 86; 15. Viroqua 85.5; 16. Cuba City/Benton/Southwestern 82; 17. Nekoosa/Assumption/Port Edwards 64.5; 18. Belmont/Platteville 58; 19. Dodgeville 55; 20. Sheboygan Falls 36.5; 21. Lewiston-Altura/Rushford-Peterson 33; 22. River Valley 30; 23. La Crescent-Hokah (Minn.) 24.5; 24. Adams-Friendhsip 24; 25. Mauston 18. Division 3 team standings: 1. Stratford 282.5; 2. Chatfield (Minn.) 153.5; 3. La Crosse Aquinas 132.5; 4. Riverdale 116.5; 5. Lancaster 107.5; 6. Westby 106; 7. Goodhue (Minn.) 95; 8. Athens 89.5; 9. Iowa-Grant/Highland 82; 10. Ithaca/Weston 68; 11. Royall 56; 12. De Soto 48; 13. Auburndale 41; 14. Hillsboro 31; 15. Boscobel 24; 16. New Lisbon 21; 17. Cashton and North Crawford/Seneca 11; 19. Kickapoo/La Farge/Youth Initiative 0. Championship matches, and Marshfield, Stratford, Spencer/Columbus and Auburndale finishers 106 pounds Championship: Parker Kratochvill (HOL) def. Chase Beckett (PORT) 8-2. 113 pounds Championship: Sam Smith (HOL) def. Ashton Ackman (SC), 6-4 (SV-1). Fifth place: Brendan Konitzer (OF) def. Shane Westerhausen (MAR), 4-2 (SV-1). 120 pounds Championship: Blaine Brenner (SBOW) def. Cael Bartels (CHAT), 8-2. Third place: Matt Hogue (STIL) pinned Treyton Ackman (SC), 4:04. Fifth place: Alex Pellowski (HOL) def. Keagen Cliver (MAR), 8-4. 126 pounds Championship: Gavin Drexler (STR) def. Ryan Henningson (WWC), 5-3. Third place: Javon Taschuk (STIL) def. Hoyt Blaskowski (MAR), 11-9. 132 pounds Championship: Lucas Joniaux (LUXC) pinned Joseph Penchi (LCA), 4:50. Seventh place: Brett Franklin (MAR) pinned Alex Wintheiser (MUSK), 1:56. 138 pounds Championship: Jessie Tijerina (PORT) def. Max Schwabe (STR), 5-2. Third place: Gabe Pugh (MAR) def. Dane Higgins (MED), 7-2. 11th place: Dylan Baird (AUB) pinned Tyler Jahn (HOL), 3:26. 145 pounds Championship: Trey Kruse (STIL) def. Lowell Arnold (PORT), 7-0. Third place: Ryan Dolezal (MAR) def. Berhett Statz (WAUN), 3-1. Seventh place: Zeke Sigmund (MED) def. Konner Stuttgen (STR) by injury default. 152 pounds Championship: Hunter Lyden (STIL) def. Willie Bastyr (LAKESO), 5-1. 11th place: Garrett Willuweit (MAR) def. Jacob Heiden (STR), 6-5. 160 pounds Championship: Clayton Whiting (OF) def. Traeton Saint (PDC), 9-2. Seventh place: Devin Dennee (STR) def. Jaden Anderson (GETMM), 5-1. 11th place: Spencer Kraus (ATH) won major dec. over Camren Dennee (MAR), 10-2. 170 pounds Championship: Conor Vatland (WESTBY) def. Isaac Grams (BK), 8-2. Third place: Gabe Carter (DCE) def. Hunter Ford (STR), 4-2 (SV-1). 182 pounds Championship: Reece Worachek (LUXC) def. Trevor Dennee (STR), 3-1 (TB-1). 195 pounds Championship: Tyler Hannah (PDC) def. Bryce Burns (GETMM), 3-2 (UTB). Seventh place: Raife Smart (STR) def. Will Stone (LAKESO) by medical forfeit. 220 pounds Championship: Jake Rau (MED) pinned Connor Westfall (ATH), 4:57. 285 pounds Championship: Troy Leibfried (CCBSW) def. Alec Francis (CALHOU), 3-1 (SV-1).