January 20 Rankings and Matside


Crossface State Team

Division 1: 1, Kaukauna; 2, Stoughton; 3, Wisconsin Rapids; 4, Milton; 5, Hudson; 6, Pulaski; 7, Elkhorn; 8, Bay Port; 9, Menomonie; 10, Burlington. Honorable mention: Cedarburg, Eau Claire North, Sauk Prairie, Lake Geneva Badger, Menomonee Falls.

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

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


Getting along: Whitnall/Greendale is on the verge of winning the Woodland Conference title with two dual meets to go in the Woodland Conference. W/G (5-0 conference) was to face Milwaukee Pius Wednesday night and then New Berlin next Wednesday in the Woodland. Those are the two worst teams in the league, meaning W/G is almost guaranteed the league dual meet title. W/G coach John Quinlan, who last coached Whitnall to a conference dual meet champion in 2003, has been surprised by one thing this year on his team during the first year of the co-op between the schools. “I would say that the kids have been getting along phenomenally well. That was the big thing. How would the kids get along? It’s gone well. That’s been the big positive for me. Out motto is: We rise as one.” So far, it’s working for the cooperative. W/G defeated Wauwatosa, 37-24, last week in a key Woodland Conference dual. Tosa led, 24-12, but W/G won the final six weight classes to pull out the victory and move within striking distance of the league dual title.


Nursing injuries: Several coaches have confirmed that Hartford junior Beau Breske (170) is nursing a torn meniscus in his knee at this time. The injury popped up during the summer season and has becomd a concern late in the season. Breske, the two-time Division 1 state champion, has been competing with the injury for several weeks. Waterford senior Max Fisher (145) is still out with an injured elbow while his teammate Jared Krattiger (160) has been battling a bad knee.

Then there were three: The number of Wisconsin wrestlers ranked in The Open Mat’s high school national rankings shrank to three in the Jan. 7 edition. Two Rivers sophomore Paul Bianchi, fresh off his Cheesehead title, moved up to No. 17 at 113. West Salem/Bangor sophomore Devin Bahr moved to No. 8 at 138. Hartford junior Beau Breske is ranked No. 5 at 170.

Elkhorn wins Norski: Elkhorn, the top-ranked team in the area, sent eight wrestlers to the finals, came away with three champions and won the eight-team Norski Invite at Deforest. Freshman Benji Peak (25-2 at 106), senior John Olsen (23-2 at 145) and senior Dylan Linhart (25-2 at 220) won individual titles for Elkhorn, which won the tournament with 227 points. Evansville finished second with 215 points. No. 11-ranked Peak defeated No. 12-ranked West Bend West junior Justin Lor (25-5) by a pin in 5:25 in the third round of round-robin wrestling at 106 to win the title. Hartford senior Beau Breske ran his record to 27-0 this year by winning the 182 title. In the final Breske pinned Elkhorn senior Keaton Verhoeven (22-6) in 3:40 to win the title.

Oak Creek takes Lancer title: The Oak Creek Knights sent eight wrestlers to the finals, won four individual titles and scored 194 points to win the 10-team Lancer Invitational at Brookfield Central. Sophomore Matt Berlin (20-4 at 113), junior Isaiah Robinson (18-1 at 120), junior Andrew McIntosh (21-3 at 126) and senior Elijah Paez (24-2 at 182) won titles for Oak Creek. Kenosha Tremper finished second with 171.5 points.


Coming up

Highlander Invitational, 4 p.m., Friday, at Homestead: Burlington, Burlington Catholic Memorial, Cudahy/St. Francis, Grafton, Kettle Moraine, Kimberly, Menomonee Falls, Milwaukee Bay View, Milwaukee Bradley Tech, Milwaukee King, New Berlin, Oak Creek, Port Washington, Racine Case, Racine Horlick, Union Grove and Whitefish Bay to take place in strongest area invitational this weekend.

Tom Janssen Invitational, 9 a.m., Saturday, at Wauwatosa West: Lake Geneva Badger, Wisconsin Lutheran, Manitowoc, West Allis Hale, Beloit Memorial and Wauwatosa to compete in dual meet tournament.

Raider Invite, 9 a.m., Saturday, at Sheboygan North: Brookfield East, Germantown, Milwaukee Lutheran, Milwaukee Riverside and Nicolet among 22 teams competing.

Terry Kramer Open, 9 a.m., Saturday at Ft. Atkinson: Cedarburg, East Troy, Kenosha Tremper, Pewaukee, Slinger, Waterford and Watertown among 16 teams scheduled to attend.

Zelinski Memorial Duals, 9:15, Saturday at Whitnall: Beaver Dam, Brookfield Central, Fond Du Lac, Green Bay Preble, Hartford, Kenosha Bradford, Milwaukee Marquette, Merrill, Mukwonago, Muskego, Sauk Prairie, South Milwaukee, Stoughton, Waukesha South, West Allis Central and Whitnall to attend area’s toughest dual tournament.