2014 Wrestlers To Watch


Beau Breske, junior, Hartford: Joe Kaster, editor of the Crossface, said it best when it comes to Breske, the state’s top wrestler and two-time returning state champion: “He makes everything look so easy.” Breske does. He won the 152-pound D1 title as a freshman and the 170 title a year ago. He is expected to win a third title and continue his run of never losing to a state wrestler. Career record of 102-2 with both losses coming to out-of-state wrestlers at the Cheesehead as a freshman. Lock to win a state title and nationally ranked as high as No. 4 at 182 pounds this year.

Tyus White, jr., West Allis Central: Went 43-2 last year on his way to winning the D1 106 title, besting a crowded field in the area and the state in one of the strongest weight classes. He’s the anchor on a sold Central team this year.

Tepra Wright, sr., Wisconsin Lutheran: Shocked many by winning the D2 120 state title a year ago with a blend of athleticism, speed and strength. Only a third-year wrestler, he finished 44-2 a year ago.

Josh Bird, jr., Burlington: Two-time state qualifier and state finalist, Bird finished second a year ago at 132 in D1 with a 26-2 record. Slowed early by a broken wrist last year. Bird and Kaukauna senior Robert Lee have met in the finals the past two years and split those matches. Lee pinned Bird a year ago in 5:13 in the 132 D1 final. Bird beat Lee, 8-6, in sudden victory overtime two years ago in the state final at 120. That is the hottest rivalry in the state.

Aaron Daly, sr., Menomonee Falls: Had an up-and-down junior year but finished 5th at 106 last year after advancing to 106 final as a sophomore.

Nathan Smith, jr., Mukwonago: Finished third at 113 a year ago with a record of 46-3. Smith is one of the area’s most physical wrestlers in the light weights.

Aiden Yde, jr., Arrowhead: Junior finished fourth at 120 a year ago with a 32-13 record.

Justin Folley, jr., Wauwatosa: Moved to Tosa after first two years at Milwaukee Riverside. Finished fifth at 126 a year ago with a record of 49-3 after reaching semifinals. Must move to center of mat more quickly prior to restarts.

Max Fisher, sr., Waterford: Went 51-3 a year ago and finished fifth at 138. Advanced to state semifinals a year ago in D1.

Jordan Yatchak, sr., Waukesha South. Strong finish to season saw Yatchak finish in fourth in D1 at 145 with a 42-9 record.

Jordan Gundrum, sr., West Bend East: Two-time state place-winner, Gundrum finished third at 160 in D1 a year ago with 49-1 record. Only loss was to Merrill junior Mason Reinhardt (47-4) by a 10-5 decision in the semifinals.

La’Ryan Johnson, jr., Kenosha Bradford: Overlooked last year, all Johnson did was finish second in D1 at 220 with a record of 33-2. Only two losses were to eventual champion Tyler Schmidt (50-1) of Merrill.

Brett Samson, jr., Oconomowoc: Finished sixth at 285 in D1 with 37-8 record as an undersized heavyweight in first trip to state.

Kyle Polum, sr., Cedarburg: Finished fifth at 285 in D1 with record of 41-11 as the Bulldogs anchor in the lineup.

Jacob Raschka., so., Pewaukee:  The most talented freshman in the area a year ago, Raschka finished fifth at 152 at D2 with a record of 47-6.