February 15 Matside& Team Sectional Notes


Quit complaining: Many people complained about the quality of refereeing at the individual regional level. What’s to complain about? There are 48 regionals around the state on individual regional Saturday, which really spreads the best refs around the whole state. If anyone would like to take the place of a referee, please visit the WIAA website, click on the officials tab and begin taking training to be an official. There is a lack of officials in every sport, and the WIAA is always looking for more.


Bad parents: So many times over the years, parents behaving badly have taken the spotlight away from what happens on the wrestling mat. The latest was at the Little Ten Conference tournament at Oconomowoc. It was disgraceful. Parents are supposed to remain in the stands and not engage in fist fights while teenagers battle it out on the mat.


Undefeated after regionals: Among the notable undefeated wrestlers to emerge from the regional competition: Germantown senior Zach Szohr (25-0 at 106), West Allis Central senior Tere White (37-0 at 126), Waterford senior Max Fisher (22-0 at 145), Cedarburg senior Jason Ipsarides (43-0 at 152), Kenosha Bradford junior Oscar Ramos (33-0 at 160), Brookfield East senior Josh Dempsey (34-0 at 160), Waterford freshman Jared Krattiger (36-0), West Bend East senior Jordan Gundrum (42-0 at 160), Hartford junior Beau Breske (42-0 at 170), Homestead senior Gage Zupke (23-0 at 195), Kenosha Bradford senior La’Ryan Johnson (26-0- at 220) and Wisconsin Lutheran junior Quinten Reid (43-0 at 285).

Team Sectional Notes

            Pewaukee vs. Whitnall/Greendale III: This one has been brewing all season long. The two teams will meet in the area’s biggest rivalry/grudge match. Something this heated hasn’t been felt in the area for a long time. W/G beat Pewaukee in a Woodland Conference dual; Pewaukee beat W/G at the Woodland Conference tournament. This one is for a state team tournament berth and Pewaukee has the edge at the D1 team sectional final at Mukwonago..

            Oak Creek vs. Burlington III: Burlington should win this dual, but in the third meeting between the two teams this year anything could happen at D1 team sectional final at Kenosha Bradford. Burlington won the dual between the two teams. Oak Creek beat Burlington at the Homestead Highlander Invitational. Burlington won this dual a year ago to advance to state and should again this year. 

            Cedarburg inches closer: Cedarburg needs to knock off Wauwatosa in the team sectional final at Arrowhead to finally advance to its first team tournament berth. Tosa also has never qualified for the state team tournament. Expect Cedarburg to win easily.

            Vikings rebound: Talk about a turnaround. The Wisconsin Lutheran Vikings lost to Hartford, 36-33, in the Little Ten Conference dual meet finale, then rebounded to win the league title. The Vikings then won the East Troy regional to advance to the Division 2 team sectional at North Fond du Lac. Lutheran is seeking its first team state berth. 

            Hartford shocker: Though the Hartford Orioles will go no further in the race for the Division 1 state team title, its title at the Beaver Dam D1 regional should be noted. The Hartford Orioles winning the Beaver Dam Regional to advance to the team sectional final in Division 1 was a surprise.

            Hartford shocked many with that showing, sending 10 wrestlers to the sectional and wining the team title by the narrowest of margins. Hartford finished with 195 points, two more than Oshkosh North (193).

            In the wrestlebacks, Hartford received two key performances by sophomore Alex Lawonn (132) and senior Alex Peters (182).  Each had a pair of pins in the wrestlebacks and worked for second-place finishes in their respective weight class.

            Hartford’s late-season push will end against Kaukauna, however, in the D1 team sectional final at Oshkosh North

            Favorites cruise: The No. 1-ranked teams in all three divisions had no problems moving on to the team sectional final level. In Division 1, Kaukauna won the Manitowoc regional with 301 points. West Bend West finished second with 129.5 points. In Division 2, Freedom won the Clintonville regional with 298.5 points. Oconto Falls finished second with 268. In Division 3, Stratford won the Auburndale regional with 237 points. Edgar finished second with 189 points.