2008 Indy State Notes

2008 Indy State Notes

By Joe Shinners

  Day 1

Stars of the day: Nick Hucke, Arrowhead; Billy Schlottke, Mukwonago. The area’s two returning state champions advanced easily with two blowout victories apiece to remain undefeated. Hucke (37-0) posted two pins and rolled into his third straight final, this time at 135. He is to face Verona senior Justin Garcia (39-3). Schlottke (43-0) picked up two major decisions to advance to his third consecutive semifinal and second straight at 152. Schlottke is to face Kaukauna junior Eric Vanevenoven (42-4) in the semis. 

Quote of the day: “I am worried about Brad Baus. He finished off the match and came over to me in tears. He’s the toughest kid I ever coached and to see him come over in tears, I knew something was wrong,” Mukwonago coach Andy Trudell on the possible injury to his star 189-pounders shoulder during the quarterfinals. Baus, who posted his 102nd career pin in the preliminaries, held on to beat Muskego senior Kyle Castellion by a 10-3 decision but may not be able to wrestle in the semifinals against top-ranked Kaukauna senior Joe Budi (47-0).

Upsets of the day: Muskego senior Scott Lau (41-5) wasn’t given much of a chance against Arrowhead freshman Jake Sueflohn (44-4) in their 119-pound quarterfinal, but turned the tables late in the match and pulled out a 6-4 overtime victory. Lau is to face Chippewa Falls Martino  Balsiger (38-4) in the semis. Franklin junior Chris Strike (35-9) was supposed to be one and out at this tournament at 112 pounds, instead he turned back heavily favored Janesville Parker senior Ryan Holden (36-1) in the preliminaries.

Anticipated showdown: Trevor Weinkauf (39-1) vs. Ashwaubenon senior Mike Taylor (40-1) in the Division 1 215-pound semifinals. This is the best matchup on paper in the semifinal round in Division 1 as Weinkauf, the area’s top 215-pounder, takes Taylor, the state’s No. 1-ranked 215-pounder. Weinkauf defeated Brookfield Central senior Jake Taylor, 6-2, in the quarterfinals an a showdown of the top two 215-pounders in the area.


Ugly injury: Kenosha St. Joseph senior Austin Lemens (40-3) advanced in the preliminaries at 119 in Division 3, but not the way he wanted. Lemens  built a 9-4 lead against Manitowoc Roncalli senior Jacob Harvey (24-18). Lemens went trip Harvey to bring him to the mat when Harvey’s knee gave way to open the third quarter. He was take to an area hospital for an examination. “It’s something I do every day in practice and in matches,” said Lemens. “I didn’t mean to hurt anyone.”

Oh, so close: Oconomowoc sophomore Zach Mommaerts (40-5) came within two seconds of scoring the top upset of the day in his quarterfinal match against defending D1 103 champ Alex Becka (44-2). Mommaerts was nearing a takedown when the third-period buzzer sounded as Becka held on for a 3-2 victory

Day 2

  Star of the day: Zac Cibula, sr., Luxemburg-Casco. Cibula (41-4), a three-time Division 2 state champion, neared his fourth title by defeating Bloomer Andy Marquardt (37-5) by a pin in 3 minutes 32 seconds. Cibula is to face Mosinee junior Jordan Schlute (40-2) in the final. Cubula won the 130 title in 2005, the 140 title in 2006 and the 145 title in 2007.

Upset of the day: Verona senior Andres Caceres (36-11) used a takedown with 2 seconds left to upset No. 1-ranked Wausau West senior Shawn Perry (39-3) by a 6-4 decision in the 140-pound semifinals. Caceres is to face Marshfield freshman Brad Dolezal (34-2) in the final. Dolezal defeated Port Washington senior Jack Flack by a 6-4 decision.

Quote of the day: “I’m lovin’ it. To come this far is just amazing,” Kenosha St. Joseph senior Austin Lemens after he advanced to the Division 3 final at 119 pounds with a 4-2 overtime victory over Mineral Point sophomore Dylan Schroeder. Lemens wasn’t expected to move past the semifinals.

Anticipated showdowns: Nothing is bigger in Division 1 than the 189-pound final between Ashwaubenon senior Jody VanLaanen and Kaukauna senior Joe Budi (48-0). Budi (48-0) won the title at 189 a year ago. VanLaanen (29-1) won the 171 title a year ago. In Division 2, two returnign champions will face off for the 125 title. Chetek/Prairie Farm senior Thane Antczak (43-1), a two-time champion, will face Dodgeville senior Bobby Wunnicke (45-1), a three-time champion, for the final at 125.  

    No slip ups: Of the remaining 11 returning state champions, all advanced to the championship round. None of them had any problems. In Division 1, Manitowoc senior Alex Becka (45-2 at 103), Arrowhead senior Nick Hucke (38-0 at 135), Mukwonago senior Billy Schlottke (44-0 at 152) all advanced. In Division 2, Dodgeville senior Grant Sutter (42-3 at 112); Tomahawk junior Nick Hagar (48-0 at 140), Belleville/Monticello/New Glarus senior Cole Schmitt (44-1 at 145) and Luxemburg-Casco senior Nick Lloyd (40-4 at 189) all advanced (189). In Division 3, North Crawford/Seneca junior Dylan Kansier (40-1 at 103), Manitowoc Roncalli senior Matt Gille (35-1 at 152) and Cashton senior Andrew Dahl (48-2 at 119) all advanced.

East Troy gets finalist: East Troy junior David Edwards defeated Lodi senior Doug Schutz by a 15-2 major decision to reach the Division 2 final at 135 pounds. Edwards is to face Ellsworth junior Hayden Hauschildt (39-5) in the finals.

Champs stop Pewaukee: Pewaukee sent a pair to the semifinals, but both came away with loses in Division 2. At 145, Pewaukee junior David Phillips (46-5) lost by a 12-2 major decision to Schmitt, a two-time state champ. At 189, Pewaukee junior Josh Mohr (39-11) lost by a 7-2 decision to Lloyd, the defending 189 champion.

Lewis, Kuester, Roum fall short: Greenfield junior J.R. Lewis (35-7) was unable to secure a takedown in the final seconds and lost to Hortonville senior Jake Abhold by a 2-1 decision at 152 in D1. At 145, Waukesha North senior Jerick Kuester (29-1) saw his perfect season end in a 14-1 loss to Tomah senior Jacob McGinnis (46-2). At 189, West Allis Central senior Tony Roum (38-5) was pinned by VanLaanen in 3:53. 

Day 3

Stars of the day: Two wrestlers won titles by defeating returning state champions. Dodgeville senior Bobby Wunnicke (46-1) defeated Chetek/Prairie Farm senior Thane Antczak (43-2) by an 8-4 decision to win the Division 2 title at 125 pounds. Antczak finished with two career titles. Wunnicke finished his career with a record of 175-3 and four titles, pushing to nine the number of four-time champions. Kaukauna senior Joe Budi (49-0) capped a perfect season by defeating Ashwaubenon senior Jody VanLannen (29-2) by an 8-1 decision in the Division 1 189-pound final. Budi won the 189 title a year ago and finished with a 164-17 record. VanLaanen won the 171 title a year ago and finished with a record of 145-9.

Quote of the day: "I love the Kohl Center. I've got a lot of good memories here," Arrowhead senior Nick Hucke after winning his third Division 1 title at the state individual tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison.

Upset of the day: Hortonville senior Anthony VandeHei (36-2) used a takedown with 15 seconds remaining to stun No. 1-ranked Green Bay Preble/East senior Malachi Root (47-1) and steal the Division 1 125-pound title. Root was a heavy favorite after advancing to the final a year ago and was a four-time state qualifier.

Another fourth: Luxemburg-Casco senior Zak Cibula (42-4) won his fourth Division 2 title by defeating Mosinee junior Jordan Schulte (40-3) by a 7-3 decision at 152 pounds. Cibula finished his career with a mark of 183-11.

Three get third: Tomahawk junior Nick Hagar, Belleville Monticello/New Glarus senior Cole Schmitt and Cashton senior Andrew Dahl all won their third title. Hagar (49-0) defeated Belleville junior Kalvin York (45-1) by a 5-4 decision in overtime to win the 140 D2 title. Schmitt (45-1) defeated Waupaca junior Cody Stichman (19-2) by a 7-3 decision in D2 at 145. Dahl (49-2) defeated Kenosha St. Joseph senior Austin Lemens (42-4) by a 13-1 major decision to win the D3 119 title. Hagar pushed his career record to 148-5 and became his school's first three-time winner. Cibula finished his career at 183-11. Dahl finished his career at 174-13.

Maranatha gets title: Maranatha Baptist Academy sophomore Donny Simson (33-0) used a late flurry to win his first title, and his school's along the way. Simson's takedown and three-point nearfall in the final 7 seconds allowed him to pull out a 12-7 victory over Marshall senior Hans Hansen in the D3 final at 135 pounds.

Edwards loses: East Troy junior David Edwards (43-4) lost to Ellsworth junior Hayden Hauschildt (40-5) by a 9-2 decision in the Division 2 135 final. Edwards was trying to become East Troy's first champion since Tom Larson won the 112 title in 1988.

Total attendance: 63,506.