March 1 State Day 3 Notes

What: WIAA individual state wrestling tournament

Where: Kohl Center, Madison

When: Championship Saturday

 

Star of the day: Robert Lee, senior, Kaukauna. Lee (43-1) overcame some anxious moments but managed to pull out 5-4 victory over Burlington senior Ben Hornickle (51-2) in the Division 1 138-pound final. It was Lee’s fourth championship appearance and third Division 1 title. Lee won the 113 title in 2012, finished second at 120 in 2013, won the 132 title a year ago and finished his career with a record of 179-15.

 

 

Final of the day: Waterford senior Max Fisher wasn’t even supposed to be wrestling this weekend, but he found a way to heal his injured elbow and then shocked defending champion Joe Ziolkowski, 3-1, in the 145-pound final in Division 1. Fisher (29-0) slipped his hips behind Ziolkowski, a senior from Schofield D.C. Everest, for a takedown with 5 seconds left to score the winning points and hand Ziolkowski (44-1) his first loss of the year. Fisher injured his elbow in December and came back at the conference tournament. He was healthy enough to post the upset win and claim his school’s first individual state title. “Many people doubted me,” Fisher said. “I have my coach and my parents to thank. They gave me all the support in the world. I think a lot of people counted me out.” Fisher was one of only two area wrestlers to finish the season undefeated.

 

Gundrum perfect in end: Of the 27 undefeated wrestlers who entered the tournament 13 ended the tournament with perfect seasons. West Bend East senior Jordan Gundrum (50-0), a four-time qualifier and three-time place-winner, was one of the lucky 13. Gundrum defeated Oak Creek senior Ben Hakes (28-2) by a 9-0 major decision to win the D1 160 title and close out a perfect season. Each time, Hakes went for a big move, Gundrum was there to counter and score either with a takedown or nearfall points. “I knew he was a scrambler,” Gundrum said. “I figured he would go for something, and I would get him on his back. It was perfect.”

 

Other top upset: Fennimore freshman Alston utter (50-1) defeated Weston/Ithaca junior Hunter Dischler (44-4) by a 10-6 decision to win the D3 120 title in a huge upset. Dischler entered as a two-time champion after winning the 106 title in 2013 and the 113 title in 2014.

 

Marko, Martin get third: Amery junior Hunter Marko (40-1) defeated Wisconsin Lutheran senior Tepra Wright (44-2) by a 4-2 decision in the D2 126 final in a battle between two returning state champions. It was Marko’s third title after winning the 106 title two years ago and the 113 title a year ago. Wright won the 120 D2 title last year…Lancaster senior Cole Martin (45-1) defeated Weston/Ithaca junior Stetson Clary (42-9) by a 15-3 major decision at 145 in D3. It was Martin’s third D3 crown after winning the 120 title in 2013 and the 120 title in 2014.

 

Other returning champions: Of the 21 returning champions, only nine were able to return to the top of the podium. The five who joined Lee, Marko and Martin are: Burlington junior Josh Bird (D1 132), Riverdale senior Jared Roen (D3 160), Edgar senior Devin Lemanski (D3 170), Lancaster senior David Chadd (D3 195), Two Rivers junior Paul Bianchi (D2 113) and Two Rivers senior Chris Yauch (D2 138).

 

Attendance: unannounced.