February 28 Day 2 Notes

What: WIAA Individual State Wrestling Tournament

Where: Kohl Center, Madison

Day 2 Notes


Star of the day: Mukwonago junior Nathan Smith. Smith (39-3) somehow avoided giving up a takedown in the final seconds to complete a 2-minute ride in the third period and preserve a 3-2 victory over previously undefeated Milton senior Nolan Shea (39-1) in the Division 1 semifinals at 120 pounds. Smith’s escape late in the second period gave him a 3-2 lead. It was his ride in the third, however, that preserved the victory. In the final frantic seconds, Smith was able to avoid giving control on Shea’s attempted reversal at the buzzer. The call was controversial, but Smith moved on and Shea was denied an attempt at a second state title after winning the 106 title as a freshman. Mukwonago will have two finalists as freshman Nathan Schulist (42-5) defeated Stevens Point sophomore Brady Koontz (49-5) by a 14-5 major decision in the semifinals at 106. Schulist is to face Stoughton sophomore Brandon Klein (49-5) in the final


Upset of the day: Boyceville freshman Garrett Joles (31-4) knocked off Iowa-Grant/Highland senior Luke Nowak (44-5) by a 5-4 decision in the Division 3 170 semifinals. Nowak won the 160 title a year ago. Joles is to face Edgar senior Devin Lemanski (40-0) in the D3 170 final. Lemanski won the 126 D3 title two years ago and is a four-time qualifier. Joles’ victory prevented a battle between returning state champions.


Breske watch: It was smooth sailing for No. 1-ranked Hartford junior Beau Breske (50-0) as he rolled into the 170 D1 final for the second consecutive year by defeating Pewaukee sophomore Jacob Raschka (50-3) by a 7-1 decision. Breske, the two-time state champion who won the 152 title as a freshman and the 170 title a year ago, will face No. 2-ranked Merrill senior Mason Reinhardt (48-1) in the final. Reinhardt defeated Waukesha South senior Brady McFarland (29-4) by a 16-2 major decision in the other 170 semifinal. 


Quote of the day: “I’m just thankful I’m back. I went through therapy for four weeks. I worked out two to three times a day and went and got laser therapy to get back. The elbow is feeling great,” Waterford senior Max Fisher (28-0) after his 10-3 decision over Bay Port senior Sam Rathburn (30-10) in the 145 D1 semifinals. Fisher is to face defending champion Joe Ziolkowski (44-0), a Schofield D.C. Everest senior,  in the final at 145.


Coming up: Tepra Wright, sr., Wisconsin Lutheran vs. Hunter Marko, jr., Amery in the D2 126 final. Wright (44-1), the 120 state champion a year ago, will try to stop Marko (39-1) from winning his third consecutive state title. Marko won the 106 D2 title as a freshman and the 113 D2 title a year ago.


By the numbers: 16 – number of returning state champions alive out of the original 21. 17 – number of remaining undefeated wrestlers in the field of the original 27 to start the tournament. 3 – the number of finals featuring a pair of undefeated wrestlers.


Attendance: unannounced


Saturday schedule

            11 a.m. – Consolation wrestlebacks in all three divisions followed by fifth- and third-place matches.

            6 p.m. – Finals in all three divisions.