January 6 Matside

Wiwreslting.com state rankings

Division 1: 1, Kaukauna; 2, Stoughton; 3, Milton; 4, Wisconsin Rapids; 5, Hudson; 6, Pulaski; 7, Elkhorn; 8, Burlington; 9, Bay Port; 10, Menomonie; 11, Oak Creek; 12, Cedarburg. Honorable mention: Whitnall/Greendale; Pewaukee; West Allis Central; Lake Geneva Badger; Menomonee Falls.

Division 2: 1, Freedom; 2, Ellsworth; 3, Luxemburg-Casco; 4, Amery; 5, Evansville/Albany; 6, Wisconsin Lutheran; 7, Two Rivers; 8, Wittenberg-Birnamwood; 9, Sparta; 10, East Troy. Honorable mention: Oconto Falls, Southern Door; River Valley; Lodi St. Croix Central; Wrightstown; Sheboygan Falls.

Division 3: 1, Coleman; 2, Stratford; 3, Spring Valley/Elmwood; 4, Clear Lake; 5, Bonduel; 6, Fennimore; 7, Boyceville; 8, Mineral Point; 9, Random Lake; 10, Mishicot. Honorable mention: Cashton; Oconto; Shiocton; Spencer.

Finally noticed: Wisconsin Lutheran coach Darrell Roecker just had to ask the question, but he didn’t really want to. “You know, I don’t care about state rankings, but what do you know about them?” Apparently, no one had been paying attention to the Vikings this year, despite returning a solid team that had been performing well at the top tournaments in the state. That changed this week, when Lutheran finally cracked the top 10 in the wiwrestling.com Division 2 rankings for the first time. The team was unranked in the polls prior to this week and in the Crossface state poll. The Vikings finished third at the Oshkosh on the Water and third at the Badger State Invitational – two large tournaments – this year. The Vikings also boast six wrestlers in their 14-man lineup that are ranked in the top 10 or an honorable mention selection in the wiwresting.com rankings.

Dieringer bulks up: Former Port Washington wrestler Alex Dieringer, who won the 157-pound NCAA Division 1 individual title a year ago, is currently ranked as the No. 2-ranked pound-for-pound wrestler in the country by Flowrestling.com after bumping up to 165 this year. Dieringer trails only Ohio State senior Logan Stieber (141) in the overall rankings. At 165, Dieringer is ranked No. 1 with a 15-0 record. Other former state wrestlers currently in the Flowreslting rankings are Northwestern senior Alex Polizzi (19-4 at 197, ranked No. 11, from Beloit) and North Dakota State junior Evan Knutson (15-7 at heavyweight, ranked No. 20, from Wausau West). Two UW wrestlers – junior heavyweight Connor Medbury (No. 5, 19-1) and senior 174-pounder Frank Cousins (No. 17, 13-7) – are also ranked.

Not alone: Breske isn’t the only state wrestler currently ranked in national polls. The Open Mat/Clinch Gear poll has Two Rivers junior Paul Bianchi ranked No. 13 at 113, West Salem/Bangor sophomore Devin Bahr ranked No. 8 at Breske at No. 5 at 170. The InterMat.com polls have Amery junior and Wisconsin pledge Hunter Marko ranked No. 18 at 126, Kaukauna senior Robert Lee is ranked No. 16b at 138. Kaukauna remains the state’s only ranked team in any polls, holding the No. 40 spot in the InterMat national team poll.

Coming up

Union Grove at Elkhorn, 7 p.m., Thursday: No. 1 Elkhorn tries to remain undefeated in the Southern Lakes Conference.

Cedarburg at Homestead, 7 p.m., Thursday: No. 3 Cedarburg looks to continue dominance in North Shore Conference, seeking 11th straight league dual victory.

Sussex Hamilton at West Allis Central, 7:30 p.m., Thursday: Central has already defeated Menomonee Falls for the first time in two years, and could basically lock up dual meet title in Greater Metro with the victory.

Menomonee Falls at Brookfield East, 7:30 p.m., Thursday: Falls continues to build for the tournament season against overmatched East.

Hartford at Wisconsin Lutheran, 7:15 p.m., Friday: This is the dual that Lutheran needs. Hartford brings back four wrestlers out for the early portion of the year due to athletic code violations. Lutheran is seeking respect around the state. Big Little Ten showdown is on.

Burlington Duals, 9 a.m., Saturday at Burlington: East Tory, Ft. Atkinson, Oak Creek and South Milwaukee among teams to attend. Twice a season ago, Oak Creek nearly knocked off the Burlington Demons in dual meets. Oak Creek has been waiting for a shot at an upper level team from the area and the Knights get it in the dual tourney. This is the area tournament to watch.

Verona Duals, 9a.m., Saturday: Cedarburg, Lake Geneva Badger and Slinger among five teams to attend.

Cutler Classic, 9 a.m., New London, Saturday: Wauwatosa among 12 teams scheduled to attend.

Bauer Brawl, 9:30 a.m., Saturday, West Allis Hale: Cudahy, Greenfield, Muskego, Nicolet, Racine Case, Whitefish Bay, Hale and Wilmot scheduled to attend.

Travis Wichlacz Tournament, 9 a.m., West Bend West: Brookfield East, Germantown, Kewaskum, Milwaukee Marquette, Milwaukee Hamilton, Waterford Union, West Bend East and West Bend West to attend.