February 25 State Preview

72nd WIAA Individual State Wrestling Tournament

Where: Kohl Center, Madison

When: Thursday through Saturday

Tickets: $8 per session. Available two hours prior to any session when printed by ticket purchaser. Tickets are also available at the Kohl Center.

Schedule

(All times approximate)

Thursday

Session 1

Division 1 preliminaries, 3 p.m.

Division 1 quarterfinals, 5:15 p.m.

Divisions 2 and 3 preliminaries, 7:15 p.m.

Friday

Session 2

Division 1 consolations, 10 a.m.

Divisions 2 and 3 quarterfinals, 11:15 a.m.

Division 1 consolation semifinals, 1:45 p.m.

Divisions 2 and 3 consolation semifinals, 2:45 p.m.

Session 3

Semifinals in all three divisions, 7 p.m.

Saturday

Session 4

Consolation wresltebacks in all three divisions, 11 a.m. Third- and fifth-pace matches to follow concurrently after completion of consolation matches.

Session 5

Finals in all three divisions, 6 p.m.

Tournament notes

Live streaming: All pre-finals matches to be streamed live at WIAA TV portal of the NFHS network via a subscription on the internet. To subscribe go to nfhsnetwork.com/subscribe/retail.

Tape-delayed broadcast: The finals will be broadcast on FS Wisconsin later in March. Division 1 is scheduled for March 16 at 7 p.m. Division 2 is scheduled for March 21 at 9 p.m. Division 3 is scheduled for March 29 at 3 p.m. Check local cable listings for channels in your area.

Schools qualified: A total of 88 schools qualified wrestlers in D1. In D2, 65 schools qualified a wrestler. In D3, 67 schools qualified a wrestler.

Team leaders: Oak Creek, Elkhorn and Cedarburg qualified seven wrestlers apiece for the state tournament to tie Hudson and Wisconsin Rapids in Division 1. Kaukauna topped the D1 field with 8 qualifiers…In D2, Wisconsin Lutheran qualified seven wrestlers to trail Ellsworth and Sparta with 8…In D3, Stratford has the most qualifiers with eight.

Returning champions (21; name, year, school, current record and weight class followed by titles won in parentheses): Division 1 (7) – Robert Lee, sr., Kaukauna, 39-1, 138  (113-2012, 132-2014), Tyus White, jr., West Allis Central, 35-6, 113 (2014-106), Collin Kraus, jr., Stoughton, 47-4, 138 ( 113-2014), Joe Ziolkowski, sr., Schofield D.C. Everest, sr., 41-0 (145-2014), Beau Breske, jr., Hartford, jr., 47-0, 170 (2013-152, 2014-170), Nolan Shea, sr., Milton, 37-0, 120 (106, 2013), Josh Bird, jr., Burlington, 42-1, 132 (120-2013).

 Division 2 (5): Paul Bianchi, jr., Two Rivers, 113, 48-0 (2014-16), Dewey Krueger, sr., Oconto Falls, 39-0, 152 (132-2013), Hunter Marko, jr., Amery, 37-1, 126 (2013-106, 2014-113), Tepra Wright, sr., Wisconsin Lutheran, 42-1, 126 (120-2014), Chris Yauch, sr., Two Rivers, 138, 46-3 (2014-138).

Division 3 (9): Riley Lull, jr., Riverdale, 44-2, 113 (106-2014), Hunter Dischler, jr., Weston/Ithaca, 41-3, 120 (106-2014, 113-2014), Kal Gerber, sr., Cameron, 42-0, 126 (113-2013, 120-2014), Cole Martin sr., 42-1, 145(120-2013, 132-2014), Micah Johnson, so., Boyceville, 15-2, 152 (138-2014), Jared Roen, sr., Riverdale, 39-3, 160 (145-2014), Luke Nowak, 43-4, 170 (160-2014), Devin Lemanski, sr., Edgar, 38-0, 170 (126-2013), David Chadd, sr., Lancaster, 39-0, 195 (182-2014). 

Area undefeated wrestlers (9):  Zack Szohr, jr., Germantown, 28-0, 106; Tere White, sr., West Allis Central, 126, 40-0; Max Fisher, sr., Waterford, 25-0, 152; Jason Ipsarides, sr., Cedarburg, 47-0, 152; Beau Breske, jr., Hartford, 47-0, 170; Adam Braley, sr., Union Grove, 21-0, 195; Gage Zupke, sr., Homestead, 26-0, 195.

Results: Available through WIAA website or by accessing www.trackwrestling.com.

Wrestlers to watch

Zack Szohr, jr., Germantown, 28-0, 106: Enters tournament ranked No. 1at weight class in Division 1. Would be an upset if he fails to win state title. Clear road to final.

Peyton Mocco, fr., West Allis Hale, 37-2, 113: He’s the wild card in the upper half of the draw at 113 in D1. Should get Janesville Craig senior Arik Furseth (41-0) in the quarterfinals on day 1. Ranked No. 1 in D1.

Zach Smith, sr., Port Washington, 34-7, 120: Finalist in D2 as a freshman at 113 and finished second. In one of three very strong weight classes between 113 and 126 in D1. Should face Milton senior Nolan Shea (37-0) in the quarterfinals. Shea was a state champion at 106 as a freshman. Ranked No. 3.

Tepra Wright, sr., Wisconsin Lutheran, 42-1, 126: Won the D2 120 title a year ago. He will try to keep top-ranked Amery junior Hunter Marko (37-1) from winning his third consecutive title. Wright is ranked No. 2

Josh Bird, jr., Burlington, 42-1, 132: Ranked No. 1 in D1, he won the 120 title as a freshman and finished second a year ago at 132 as he split state championship matches against Kaukauna senior Robert Lee the past two years..

Ben Hornickle, Burlington, 48-1, 138: Four-time state qualifier should meet Wilmot junior Jake Morgan (30-1) in the semifinals. Winner should meet Lee in the final. 

Max Fisher, sr., Waterford. 25-0, 145: Recovered from injured elbow to finish undefeated and received a great draw opposite No. 1-ranked Schofield D.C. Everest senior Joe Ziolkowski, the defending state champion.

Jason Ipsarides, sr., 47-0, Cedarburg. 152: This is it for Ipsarides as he tries to place for the first time in four trips to state. Enters ranked 1 in D1. Wisconsin Rapids junior Brock Benitz (44-5) is his main threat to reaching the final.

Jordan Gundrum, sr., 46-0, West Bend East, 160: Enters the D1 field undefeated for second consecutive year. Holds the No. 1 ranking. Waterford freshman Jared Krattiger (39-0) should be his opponent in the semifinals.

Beau Breske, jr., Hartford, 47-0, 170: It would be a shock if Breske didn’t win his third consecutive title after winning the 152 title as a freshman and the 170 title a year ago. Merrill senior Mason Rienhardt (45-1) is Breske’s only threat and that won’t be until the final. Ranked No. 1. 

Brandon Driessen, sr., West Allis Central, 182: In a wide-open weight class, Driessen (30-3) has as good a shot as any wrestler coming out of the top half of the bracket and advancing to the final against No. 1-ranked Kimberly junior Blair Mulholland (31-1). 

Gage Zupke, sr., Homestead, 195: Will get his shot at the best right away in the quarterfinals against top-ranked Menomonie junior Mason Stokke (40-0) in a battle of undefeated wrestlers.

Brett Samson, jr., Oconomowoc, 44-1, 220: Enters tournament ranked No. 2 in D1 and is in opposite half of draw from No. 1-ranked Bay Port senior Alec Ingold (37-0). Semifinal showdown with Kenosha Bradford senior La’Ryan Johnson (29-1) is expected. Johnson finished second at 220 a year ago.

Kyle Polum, sr., Cedarburg, 44-3, 285: Ranked No. 4 in D1, Polum is a four-time state qualifier who placed fifth a year ago at 285. Opens against No. 2-ranked Pulaski senior Hunter Micolichek (38-2).