2008 Team State Arrowhead Opens Strong

2008 Team State

Arrowhead Opens Strong

By Joe Shinners

Madison – Arrowhead wrestling coach John Mesenbrink has made no secret that this was the one team, the school’s best in his tenure, that he wanted to qualify for the state team wrestling tournament.

The Warhawks did nothing to disappoint Mesenbrink on a day when blowouts were the order in the Division 1 quarterfinals Friday night at the Fieldhouse.

Arrowhead (13-1), on the strength of its run of wrestlers from 119 to 140 pounds, jumped out to a big lead and cruised to a 36-16 victory over the Tomah Timberwolves in a dual that began at 119 pounds to advance to the semfinals for the fourth time.

“They are the best team in our school’s history and they are out to prove it,” said Mesenbrink. “They have been accomplishing things for us that no other team has accomplished for us.” 

Arrohwead, ranked No. 4 in the state, advanced to face No. 2 Kaukauna in the semifinals. Kaukauna defeated Milton, 49-6.

Division 1 semifinals begin at 9 a.m. Divisions 2 and 3 are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. The finals in all three Divisions begin at 6 p.m.

“It was awesome,” said Mesenbrink. “We won at 119, their state runner up, and I thought we beat them at 145, their other state runner up, with a late takedown.”

After the damage that Arrowhead did from 119 to 140, no other upsets were needed against Tomah (16-6).

At 119, freshman Jake Sueflohn defeated Tomah junior Ian Duncan by a 5-0 decision to get Arrowhead started. Duncan finished second at the state individual meet a week ago.

James Clark (125), Arik Yde (130), Nick Hucke (135) and Chris Senner (140) all followed with victories as Arrowhead pulled out to a 21-0 lead and went on to won nine of the 14 matches.

At 145, Arrowhead sophomore Al Yde nearly knocked off Tomah senior Jacob McGinnis. Yde’s late takedown attempt failed, and McGinnis held on for a 2-1 victory.

“We knew about their run between 119 and 140,” said Tomah coach Jeff Von Haden. “We needed to get one in there, maybe two wins. Arrowhead is a solid team. They don’t have any holes in their lineup.”

Ashwaubenon 43, Muskego 18: Muskego, ranked No. 1 in the area and No. 8 in the state, fell behind, 20-0, by losing the first five matches and never recovered as the Warriors lost for the first time this year.

“We lost some early matches that we didn’t think we would and it kind of snowballed on us,” Muskego coach Ted Price said. “What are you going to do. It was a fun season why it lasted.”

Ashwaubenon won 10 of the 14 matches, and the early sweep between 119 and 140 was not something that Muskego (15-1) could afford against the Jaguars (14-1).

Wausau West 61, Franklin 6: West (20-0), ranked No. 1 in the state, steam rolled the Sabers (18-5) by winning 13 of 14 matches, posted six pins, two technical falls and two major decisios cruise into a semifinal against Ashwaubenon.

“This was the best team we have ever had up here and look what they did to us,” said Franklin coach Louis Brown. “I knew it was going to be a tough one. They are very solid, top to bottom.”

Franklin’s lone victory came from junior Alex Worzella, who pinned West senior Tyler Utecht in 4 minutes 49 seconds.  

Kaukauna 49, Milton 6: The No. 2-ranked Ghosts (20-2) won 12 of the 14 matches and were never threatened in the dual. Kaukauna opened the dual by winning the first eight matches to take a 31-0 lead and never looked back. Milton finished the year at 13-2. Picking up victories for Milton were seniors Nate Rogers (171) and Nick Gibson (285).