Team State Facts March 6 & 7

What: 24th WIAA state team wrestling tournament

Where: Field house, UW-Madison

When: Friday and Saturday

Tickets: $13 for the Friday session. $8 per session Saturday.

Schedule

Friday

Division 1

Quarterfinals, 5:30 p.m.

            Match 1: Kaukauna (17-1) vs. Burlington (12-1).

            Match 2: Hudson (12-2) vs. Cedarburg (17-1).

            Match 3: Wisconsin Rapids (18-0) vs. Pewaukee (16-3).

            Match 4: Sauk Prairie (15-3) vs. Stoughton (22-1).

Semifinals, 7:30 p.m.

            Match 1 winner vs. Match 2 winner. 

            Match 3 winner vs. Match 4 winner.

Saturday

Semifinals, 10 a.m.

Division 2

            Match 1: Ellsworth (17-4) vs. Wisconsin Lutheran (18-1).

            Match 2: Freedom (13-2) vs. Sparta (13-6).

Division 3

            Match 1: Spring Valley/Elmwood (14-3) vs. Random Lake (16-1).

             Match 2: Coleman (16-1) vs. Fennimore (18-2).

Finals, all three divisions, 3 p.m.

 

Broadcast: The finals in all three divisions will be broadcast on a date and at a time yet to be determined on FS Wisconsin. Dates will be announced on the WIAA website Media Center.

 

Internet Stream: The finals in all three divisions will be streamed live on foxsportswisconsin.com. D1 quarterfinals and the semifinals in all three divisions will be streamed live through the WIAA TV portal of the NFHS network.

 

Last year’s champions: Kaukauna, Division 1; Ellsworth, Division 2; Coleman, Division 3.

 

The Breakdown

(Rankings from wiwrestling.com, prior to state team tournament sectional finals.)

            Division 1: No. 1-ranked Kaukauna is the prohibitive favorite after winning the team title a year ago and losing only one wrestler to graduation. Kaukauna’s only loss is to Cedar Rapids Prairie (Iowa), 30-27. The Galloping Ghosts have allowed no more than 13 points to the 15 state teams they have faced, have three shutouts and have limited the opposition to one victory in eight dual meets. The Ghosts are making their sixth appearance in the last eight years and 13th overall…No. 7-ranked Burlington’s only loss was to Elkhorn, 34-22, in the second dual of the season. The Demons are making their fourth consecutive and overall appearance…No. 5-ranked Hudson won the Big Rivers/St. Croix Conference tournament. Defeated defending D2 champion Ellsworth, 50-15, and it’s only in-state loss is to Eau Claire North, 34-33, to open the season. Hudson is making its second appearance at team state…No. 10-ranked Cedarburg won the North Shore Conference with its only loss coming to Oak Forest (Ill.) late in the season. The Bulldogs qualified for the state tournament for the first time…No. 3-ranked Wisconsin Rapids won the Wisconsin Valley Conference and defeated Freedom, 38-26, in a key dual among highly ranked state teams this year. Rapids has won 16 dual state titles and is making its 18th overall appearance at the state team meet…No. 8-ranked Pewaukee was a runner-up a year ago in Division 2 and qualified for the D1 field for the first time…Unranked Sauk Prairie won the Badger North Conference title with a 6-0 record but finished third at the conference tournament and is making its third consecutive state team appearance…No. 2-ranked Stoughton’s season basically came down to splitting with Milton. In the Badger South Conference dual season, Milton topped Stoughton, 37-25. In the team sectional final, Stoughton defeated Milton, 29-24. Stoughton has never won a dual title but won seven state titles prior to the dual tournament. Stoughton is making its ninth appearance at state.

            Division 2: No. 1-ranked Freedom’s losses were to Wisconsin Rapids, 38-26, and Luxemburg-Casco, 34-30. Freedom has been ranked No. 1 since early January after starting the year ranked No. 8. The Irish won their only title in 1997 and are making their fourth appearance at the state tournament…No. 3-ranked Ellsworth is the defending champion and swept the Middle Border Conference dual and invitational titles. Ellsworth is making its 10th straight appearance and 14th overall. Ellsworth has won six D2 titles... No. 8-ranked Sparta won the Mississippi Valley Conference dual and recovered from a 1-5 start to go 12-1 down the stretch to reach the state tournament. Sparta is making its third appearance… No. 5-ranked Wisconsin Lutheran earned a share of the Wisconsin Little Ten Conference dual title for the first time then won the league tournament for the second time. Lutheran earned its first berth in the state team tournament.

            Division 3: No. 2-ranked Coleman’s only loss was by 43-23 to Division 1 Bay Port. The Cougars won the Marinette & Oconto Conference dual title with a 4-0 record. Coleman is making its 8th consecutive appearance and 13th overall. Coleman has won 10 team titles…No. 3-ranked Spring Valley/Elmwood, the state runner-up a year ago, won the Dunn-St. Croix Conference with a 4-0 record and other than a 50-21 loss to Stoughton the Cardinals other two losses were by a combined five points. SV/E is making its third appearance in four years...No.4-ranked Fennimore’s two losses were by a combined four points this year and is making its first appearance in the state team tournament. The Golden Eagles tied for the SWAL dual title with a record of 5-1 before winning the league tournament title…No.5-ranked Random Lake won the Central Lakeshore Conference dual title with a 4-0 record with its only loss being a 34-24 setback to Wrightstown to start the year. Random Lake enters the tournament on a 14-dual winning streak.