February 26 Schulist Tops Upset Honor Roll

            Madison – It didn’t take long for the first big upsets to occur at the WIAA individual state wrestling tournament.

Mukwonago freshman Aaron Schulist made sure of that when he pinned No. 1-ranked and previously undefeated Germantown junior Zack Szohr in 3 minutes 46 seconds Thursday night in the Division 1 quarterfinals at 106 pounds.

Schulist improved his record to 41-5 and is to face Stevens Point sophomore Brady Koontz (49-4) in the semifinals, which begin at 7 p.m. Friday in all three divisions.

It was quite a performance for Schulist, defeated Sun Prairie freshman Drew Scharenbrock (41-9) by a 6-4 decision in the preliminaries.

Against Szohr (29-1), Schulist was impressive. He controlled the action in a scoreless first period then quickly scored two points off a reversal to start the second and put Szohr to his back to pull of the upset and advance to the semifinals. Szohr really hadn’t been challenged all year.

He received all he could handle against Schulist.

“I feel like I had more confidence and better mental toughness,” said Schulist of Szohr. “I didn’t care what he was ranked. I feel like I broke him early on. I had the advantage physically and mentally.”

Schulist wasn’t intimidated by Szohr in the early going. He was more physical and on Szhor’s one attempt at a takedown and attempt for nearfall points, Schulist scrambled out of danger.

Germantown coach Jeff Szohr could only watch in disbelief as his son faltered in his second state match.

“I don’t know,” said Jeff Szohr. “(Zack) didn’t fight to get into the position he should have. The nerves might have got him. But he gave it his all. (Schulist) wrestled a good match.”

Schulist wasn’t the only area wrestler to knock off a No. 1-ranked wrestler early in the tournament.

Whitnall/Greendale senior Anthony Senthavisouk (39-7) opened the tournament with the biggest shocker in the Division 1 preliminary round when he knocked off Wisconsin Rapids junior Patrick Spray (45-5) by a 3-2 decision at 120.

Spray was a state finalist a year ago and entered the tournament ranked No. 1 at 120. Senthavisouk was ranked No. 8.

Senthavisouk then defeated Cedarburg sophomore Colton Ryan (34-10) by a 6-5 decision in the quarterfinals to reach the semifinals for the first time. Senthavisouk is to face La Crosse Central sophomore Jaden Van Maanen (44-0) in the semis.

“I wasn’t worried about rankings,” said Senthavisouk of his victory over Spray. “I just wanted to go out there and shock the world.”

Against Ryan, Senthavisouk built a 6-3 lead before holding on late by avoiding a costly stalling call.

“This feels great,” he said. “I only had one goal in my mind this year. That was to win it all.”

White brothers move on: Tyus and Tere White kept alive their dream winning state titles this year.

Tyus (37-6), a junior who won the 106 title last year, defeated Racine Horlick senior Damein McCray (50-2) by a 16-7 major decision in the quarterfinals at 113.

Tere (42-0) defeated Menomonie junior Hayden Schlough (34-9) by a 4-3 decision at 126. White is to face Wauwatosa junior Justin Folley (44-1) in the semifinals in a highly anticipated area showdown at the state meet.

Raschka gets wish: Pewaukee sophomore Jacob Raschka (50-2) defeated South Milwaukee senior Tanner Dorangrichia (39-6) by a 12-5 decision in the quarterfinals at 170.

He now gets to face Hartford two-time state champion Beau Breske in the semifinals.

Breske (49-0) advanced with a major decision and a 21-second pin of Middleton senior Taggart Haase (48-5) in the quarterfinals.

“I’m glad he gets a chance to wrestle Beau,” said Pewaukee coach Ed Kurth. “I’m glad it’s finally going to take place. (Raschka) wants to see what he can do against him.”

Samson pins pair: Oconomowoc junior Brett Samson (46-1) wasted little time on the mat to advance to the semifinals at 220 a year after qualifying and placing at 285.

Samson pinned both of his opponents in the first period as he cruised to the semifinals for the first time.

He is to face Kenosha Bradford senior La’Ryan Johnson (31-1) in the semifinals. Johnson finished second at 220 a year ago. It will be a match up of two very physical wrestlers in the semi.

“If feels awesome,” said Samson. “I just have to defend his blast double and I should be OK. It will be a good match. I’m just happy I don’t have to get up early and wrestle. I don’t have to wrestle until 7 p.m.”

Johnson is expected a tough match. He pinned Stevens Point senior Noel Winch (37-11) in 2:33 in the semifinals.

“I think it will be a good physical match,” he said. “It’s going to come down to the guy who wants it more.