WAUSAU WEST EDGES WISCONSIN RAPIDS, MARSHFIELD TO WIN WISCONSIN VALLEY CONFERENCE WRESTLING TITLE

Updated: Mar 2


The Wausau West wrestling team celebrates its championship after winning the team title at the Wisconsin Valley Conference Wrestling Tournament on Saturday at Marshfield High School. (Zaleski Sports photo)

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Wausau West won a pair individual titles and had seven runner-up finishes as it took the team title at the Wisconsin Valley Conference Wrestling Tournament on Saturday at Marshfield High School.


West racked up 216.5 points to finish ahead of Wisconsin Rapids (208) and Marshfield (178.5) to capture the overall Wisconsin Valley Conference title. The three teams tied for the regular-season dual meet championship with 5-1 records.


Keagan Cliver took the 132-pound championship for Marshfield, holding off Lucas Bean of Wisconsin Rapids, 6-3.


Ryan Dolezal (160 pounds), Camren Dennee (170) and Cody Weix (182) also won individual titles for Marshfield, all by pin over Wausau West wrestlers.



Marshfield’s Ryan Dolezal handles Kayden Heisler of Wausau West on his way to a win in the 160-pound championship match at the Wisconsin Valley Conference Wrestling Tournament on Saturday at Marshfield High School. (Photo by Paul Lecker/Zaleski Sports)

Dolezal pinned Kayden Heisler in 3:02, Dennee finished off Reed Napiwocki with two seconds left in the match, and Weix pinned Nathan LaRue in 4:43.


West’s two titles came from Gabriel Ramos at 145 pounds and Joseph Berens at 195.


Ramos earned a thrilling 16-14 overtime win over Kale Roth of Stevens Point, and Berens won the 195-pound title by injury default over Merrill’s Wyatt Bathke.


Wisconsin Rapids had four individual champs as Landyn Freeman won at 106, Preston Spray was victorious with a pin over Sam Galang of Wausau West at 113, Aceyn Meyer pinned Grayden Rode of Marshfield to take the 126-pound title, and Brett Back earned an overtime win over Marshfield’s Garrett Willuweit at 152.


D.C. Everest’s Easton Cooper (120) and Blake Heal (138), Ryder Depies of Merrill (220) and Stevens Point’s Jaren Rohde (285) also earned titles.


Wisconsin Rapids will compete at the Baraboo regional and the other six Valley teams will be back in Marshfield for a regional competition next Saturday, Feb. 12.





2022 Wisconsin Valley Conference Wrestling Tournament

Feb. 5, at Marshfield High School

Team scores: 1. Wausau West 216.5; 2. Wisconsin Rapids 208; 3. Marshfield 178.5; 4. D.C. Everest 134; 5. Stevens Point 132.5; 6. Merrill 109.5; 7. Wausau East 68.5.

106 pounds

Championship: Landyn Freeman (WR) def. Thai Yang (WW), injury default.

Third place: Tyler Modjewski (DC) pinned Ryan Jaeger (WE), 4:18.

Fifth place: Joey Jensen (MER) pinned Cam Mayek (SP), 1:04.

113 pounds

Championship: Preston Spray (WR) pinned Sam Galang (WW), 2:22.

Third place: Taylor Dillon (DC) def. Jace Kelnhofer (MAR), 6-0.

Fifth place: Jack Bessette (WE).

120 pounds

Championship: Easton Cooper (DC) def. Warren Soik (SP), 4-2.

Third place: Caleb Dennee (MAR) pinned Carter Freeman (WR), 3:55.

Fifth place: Chi Meng Xiong (WW) won major dec. over Jon Hart (MER), 16-5.

126 pounds

Championship: Aceyn Meyer (WR) pinned Grayden Rode (MAR), 3:35.

Third place: Deakin Trotzer (DC) def. Gavin Lange (WW), 7-4.

Fifth place: Brady Norton (MER) def. Logan Seavers (SP), medical forfeit.

132 pounds

Championship: Keagan Cliver (MAR) def. Lucas Bean (WR), 6-3.

Third place: Maddox Rye (WE) won major dec. over Riley Seavers (SP), 9-1.

Fifth place: Derek Danielson (WW).

138 pounds

Championship: Blake Heal (DC) def. Gabriel Galang (WW), 6-4.

Third place: Josh Black (WR) pinned Charlie Heikkinen (SP), 3:23.

Fifth place: Joseph White (MAR).

145 pounds

Championship: Gabriel Ramos (WW) def. Kale Roth (SP), 16-14 (SV-1).

Third place: Cameron Saari (DC) def. Callum Wheeler (MER), 10-3.

Fifth place: Mark Jeske (WR) pinned Daemon Kitzrow (WE), 3:04.

152 pounds

Championship: Brett Back (WR) def. Garrett Willuweit (MAR), 5-3 (SV-1).

Third place: T.J. Schierl (SP) def. Connor Calmes (WW), 10-4.

Fifth place: Terrance Banks (DC) pinned Garrison Stockwell (WE), 2:45.

160 pounds

Championship: Ryan Dolezal (MAR) pinned Kayden Heisler (WW), 3:02.

Third place: Bennett Weidman (WR) pinned Austin Depies (MER), 1:54.

170 pounds

Championship: Camren Dennee (MAR) pinned Reed Napiwocki (WW), 5:58.

Third place: Conner Seavers (SP) def. Kailar Tritz (WR), 7-4.

Fifth place: Brian Ball (MER) won by technical fall over Caleb Mouw (WE), 15-0.

182 pounds

Championship: Cody Weix (MAR) pinned Nathan LaRue (WW), 4:43.

Third place: Damion Stirk (WR) def. Dominic Roper (MER), 2-0.

Fifth place: Andrew Olson (WE) def. Zack Bembenek (SP), 7-4.

195 pounds

Championship: Joseph Berens (WW) def. Wyatt Bathke (MER), injury default.

Third place: Elijah Parker-Coleman (WE) def. Andrew Samuels (DC), 17-11.

Fifth place: Tanner Barse (WR) pinned Mason Wierzba (SP), 0:56.

220 pounds

Championship: Ryder Depies (MER) def. Colton Geurink (WW), 8-4.

Third place: Mitchell Danielski (DC) pinned James Clements (MAR), 3:26.

Fifth place: Carter VanderLoop (SP) def. Tanner Gormanson (WR), 7-5 (SV-1).

285 pounds

Championship: Jaren Rohde (SP) pinned Josh Hansen (WR), 3:11.

Third place: Athan Somers (WW) def. Adrian Kruger (MAR), forfeit.

Fifth place: Myles Paulson (DC) pinned Kieran Hehling (MER), 2:25.

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