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The individual state wrestling tournament is under way at the Kohl Center, and while I'm near a computer, how about some periodic updates on locals competing?
I'm sitting ringside for the finals at a packed Kohl Center in Madison, with 103-pound matches already underway as of 5:52 p.m. Early start!
We did have a couple third-place finishers after the matches earlier today.
3rd place -- Mitch Teeters, 119 pounds, Pewaukee
3rd place -- Al Yde, 160 pounds, Arrowhead
5th place -- Mike Dusel, 145 pounds, Pewaukee
5th place -- Max Nonnamaker, 112 pounds, Pewaukee
5th place -- Shane Hughes, 171 pounds, Arrowhead
6th place -- Taylor Mommaerts, 135 pounds, Oconomowoc
6th place -- Jake Morrison, 140 pounds, Oconomowoc
6th place -- Kent Girmscheid, 215 pounds, Pewaukee
Follow Jake Sueflohn (Arrowhead 135 pounds) on my Twitter page in his finals match.
It's not really a surprise that Jake Sueflohn will wrestle for a state title, but there is a lot of heartbreak for area wrestlers falling by single-point outcomes in the state semifinals.
Arrowhead's Sueflohn continued his crusade through the Division 1 field at the state individual wrestling meet in Madison on Friday, earning a berth in the state finals at 135 pounds. Saturday night.
It will be the second straight year Sueflohn has appeared in the final. Last year, he lost to Jesse Thielke of Germantown in the final at 125 pounds.
Sueflohn (47-1) defeated Jake Raflik of Wisconsin Rapids in the semifinals, 6-0, and will battle Jackson Urso of Stoughton (35-4), with finals matches beginning at 6 p.m. Urso is ranked No. 2 by Wisconsin Wrestling Online in the weight class, but Sueflohn will nonetheless be a significant favorite to win his first state title. You can follow his match on Twitter at the Preps Alcove.
Teammate Al Yde endured heartbreak at 160 pounds, falling in the semifinal to Matthew Pennings of Green Bay Preble in double overtime, 2-1. He wasn't the only area wrestler falling via close call in the semis -- Pewaukee's Mitch Teeters fell to Joseph Her of Two Rivers in the Division 2, 119-pound bracket by a 4-3 score, and Pewaukee's Mike Dusel lost to Isaiah Erickson of Cumberland at 145, 3-2.
Oconomowoc's Jake Morrison also fell in Friday's semifinals at 140 pounds, 22-10, against Rylen Lubeck of Rapids. Shane Hughes of Arrowhead fell at 171 to Lubeck's teammate, Devin Peterson, 7-2.
So let's take a look at the matches on tap for area wrestlers tomorrow.
135 pounds, Division 1 -- Jake Sueflohn, Arrowhead (47-1) vs. Jackson Urso, Stoughton (35-4)
Back draw matches
112 pounds, Division 2-- Max Nonnamaker, Pewaukee (35-17) vs. Jack Pearce, Ashland (39-2)
119 pounds, D2 -- Mitch Teeters, Pewaukee (41-11) vs. Joey Nelson, New Holstein (27-8)
135 pounds, Division 1 -- Taylor Mommaerts, Oconomowoc (39-8) vs. Marshall Pennings, Green Bay Preble (44-6)
140 pounds, D1 -- Jake Morrison, Oconomowoc (31-6) vs. Kegan Gennrich, Hortonville (38-7)
145 pounds, D2 -- Mike Dusel, Pewaukee (44-11) vs. Jordan Roosa, Mosinee (31-9)
160 pounds, D1 -- Al Yde, Arrowhead (45-7) vs. Trenton Larson, Marshfield (37-7)
171 pounds, D1 -- Shane Hughes, Arrowhead (34-13) vs. Roland Dunlap, Muskego (25-2)
215 pounds, D2 -- Kent Girmscheid, Pewaukee (45-9) vs. Alex Schleis, Kewaunee (36-4)
Bear in mind that the worst these wrestlers can do is sixth place, which means every one of them is going to get a medal at state. A win tomorrow in these back draw matches guarantees no worse than fourth, and multiple wins means a third-place showing, which is extremely impressive. Congrats to all the area participants. Pewaukee will have four medalists, Arrowhead three and Oconomowoc two.
I won't be around during the day tomorrow, but check back on Twitter for Sueflohn's finals showing in the evening.
Not sure what happened at 215 pounds in Division 2, but Frank Dobbs of Melrose-Mindoro has forfeited his backdraw match with Pewaukee's Kent Girmscheid, so the Pirates will have another wrestler competing Saturday morning. Mitch Teeters and Mike Dusel already have matches forthcoming in the semifinals, and Girmscheid will draw one of the semifinals losers in his flight in his next match.
The awesome postseason ends, however, for Kettle Moraine heavyweight Alex Cochrane, who was pinned by Curt Fuller of Wisconsin Rapids in 2:56. It was a great conclusion to the season for the junior.
I probably won't be around to post updates during the semifinals, but check back later this evening when I have a semifinals rundown. Wrestlers still alive from our area include: Max Nonnamaker of Pewaukee (112), Mitch Teeters of Pewaukee (119), Jake Sueflohn of Arrowhead (135), Taylor Mommaerts of Oconomowoc (135), Jake Morrison of Oconomowoc (140), Al Yde of Arrowhead (160), Shane Hughes of Arrowhead (171) and Kent Girmscheid of Pewaukee (215).
Travis Decker of Pewaukee is done after falling to Dakota Cable of Lodi, 11-3. Decker had a brutal draw as well in the 171-pound field of Division 2, and he closes his senior season with a record of 37-13.
Bryar Harper of DeForest handled Mukwonago's Ryan Aprahamian in the second round of the loser's bracket, 12-3, a major decision that ends the junior's hopes of seeing the podium. It was an unfavorable draw for the talented Mukwonago 152-pounder.
Adam Yde's tourney ends at 119 pounds after he falls to Josiah Bobier of Kaukauna at 119, but Pewaukee's Max Nonnamaker will be wrestling tomorrow morning in Division 2 at 112 for Pewaukee. The senior won his first wrestleback match over Bryce Krejcarek of Mishicot, 5-1, and is awaiting an opponent based on what happens in the semifinals tonight.
Equally good news for Taylor Mommaerts of Oconomowoc (135), who bested Connor Whitehead of Wausau East, 8-5. He'll get one of the semifinalists who gets defeated tonight.
It's the end of the road for Pewaukee's Josh Berg at 125 after he fell to Mark Dessart of Seymour, 5-2. It was a tough bracket, and Berg will surely be back the next two seasons.
I was so busy zoning in on the Pewaukee wrestlers that I forgot about the wrestlebacks in Division 1, which included some local names. Each of these wrestlers lost once yesterday.
- Mark Landsgaard (22-20) of Arrowhead was defeated by Jason Munoz of Wisconsin Rapids at 103, pinned in 38 seconds. The Arrowhead sophomore's first state-tourney experience thus came to an end.
- Adam Yde of Arrowhead won over Alex Parsons of D.C. Everest at 119 and will face Josiah Bobier of Kaukauna (41-6) next.
- Zach Mommaerts of Oconomowoc saw his tourney come to a surprisingly early conclusion with a loss to Tanner Owens of Hudson in the first wrestleback. Mommaerts finished his senior season with an outstanding 43-4 record.
- Still wrestling is younger brother Taylor Mommaerts, who defeated Gunnar Melstrand of West Bend West in the first wrestleback, 6-2. Next up for the sophomore is Connor Whitehead of Wausau East (35-7).
- Ryan Aprahamian of Mukwonago pinned Bill Langford of Westosha Central in the third period and advanced to face Bryar Harper of DeForest (34-10).
- Aprahamian's teammate Damon King (38-10) saw his senior season come to an end at 189 after he fell to Eric Nelson of Stoughton, 13-5.
- It's hard to imagine a better postseason for Kettle Moraine heavyweight Alex Cochrane, who won yet another match over a talented opponent in a 6-4 victory over Joe Cychner of Badger, who came to state with four losses. Cochrane (18-10) must now face Curt Fuller of Wisconsin Rapids in the next match.
- To summarize, wrestlers in tonight's semifinals include: Jake Sueflohn, Shane Hughes and Al Yde (Arrowhead), Jake Morrison (Oconomowoc) and Mitch Teeters and Mike Dusel (Pewaukee). Still alive in the back draw are Adam Yde (Arrowhead), Taylor Mommaerts (Oconomowoc), Ryan Aprahamian (Mukwonago), Alex Cochrane (Kettle Moraine) and Kent Girmscheid, Travis Decker, Max Nonnamaker and Josh Berg (Pewaukee).
Kent Girmscheid was the final PHS wrestler of the day at 215 pounds, and he fell to top-ranked Matt Tourdot of Sparta, 5-0. Tourdot entered the match with a 47-0 record.
Girmscheid, whose dual pins clinched victory in both team sectional wins, will battle Frank Dobbs of Melrose-Mindoro (6-2) in the backdraw. Those second round matches begin shortly.
Nearly every Pewaukee match today has come down to the wire. Travis Decker nearly pulled another upset at 171 pounds, falling to second-ranked Tom Schumacher of Freedom, 8-7.
Fourth-ranked Dakota Cable of Lodi awaits Decker in the backdraw, and Cable comes in ranked fourth (Decker is sixth). The two wrestlers could very well face each other again March 6 when the two programs meet in the Division 2 state semifinals at the team state competition.
With so many matchups for his wrestlers today against top-ranked kids, Pewaukee coach Ed Kurth was probably just holding out for one upset, maybe two. If that's the case, he got what he wanted.
Senior Mike Dusel, a truly great story for Pewaukee's wrestling program, upset top-ranked Max Loberger of Denmark (40-2) at 145 pounds to reach tonight's semifinals, 3-2. Dusel, who was ranked ninth among the 12 entrants at his flight in Division 2, will face third-ranked Isaiah Erickson of Cumberland (38-4) in the 7 p.m. semifinals. A win puts Dusel in tomorrow's state final.
The Pirates having two wrestlers in the semifinals is a surprise, especially when one of them isn't Max Nonnamaker, who was the only Pirates wrestler of the six still competing favored in the quarterfinal match today. Nonnamaker lost in double overtime, on top of it.
Dusel has been bothered by injuries during his years with Pewaukee, and he's frequently been called upon to wrestle up weight classes. He's light at 145 pounds, and yet he was wrestling up at 152 in both team sectional matchups, splitting those matches.
Josh Berg, who took fifth last year at 103 pounds, gave top-ranked and undefeated Jared Donar of Cuba City a little bit of a push in the quarterfinals but ultimately fell, 4-0.
Berg will face Mark Dessart of Seymour (37-6) in the consolation opener this afternoon.
What a nail-biting day for Pewaukee wrestlers so far!
As I just mentioned, Nonnamaker lost in double overtime, but now Mitch Teeters has a victory in double overtime, 9-8 over Sam Huppert of Ellsworth. Huge win against a higher-ranked wrestler. He was ranked No. 4 in Division 2 at 119, while Teeters was handed the No. 7 ranking by Wisconsin Wrestling Online.
It gets no easier in tonight's semifinals, which begin at 7 p.m. (there are now five area wrestlers in the semifinals -- the Division 1 foursome is Jake Sueflohn, Al Yde and Shane Hughes of Arrowhead, as well as Jake Morrison of Oconomowoc). Waiting there is Joseph Her of Two Rivers, ranked No. 2 in the draw. A win puts Teeters in the finals Saturday.
Day 2: 11:51 a.m.
Figures, now that I'm at work I can't install the proper software to watch the matches online, so my reactions and thoughts will be super limited by extension. The early session features Division 2 and 3 wrestlers, and Pewaukee comes in as a darkhorse in pretty much all their matches.
Unfortunately, the one match where Pewaukee was favored went the other way in a heartbreaker. Max Nonnamaker was defeated at 112 pounds in his first match of the tournament, falling to Matt Ronsman of Luxemburg-Casco in double overtime, 6-4. Nonnamaker will wrestle in the backdraw against Bryce Krejcarek of Mishicot (41-11) later this afternoon.
Other Pirates due up are Mitch Teeters (119), Josh Berg (125), Mike Dusel (145), Travis Decker (171) and Kent Girmscheid (215). All of them, save for Teeters, face the No. 1 or No. 2 ranked kid in their respective draws.
Did you miss me? Let's summarize what I missed while I was away.
- Damon King of Mukwonago lost at 189 pounds to state-title favorite Noah Budi of Kaukauna, 16-0. King will meet Eric Nelson of Stoughton (43-6) in the wrestleback.
- Jacob Laux of Kettle Moraine didn't even get a wrestleback at 215. It's a disheartening day for him, who started the tourney with his eyes on the finals and finishes without a victory. Matt Blackwell of Sussex Hamilton also did not get a wrestleback at 215, and his tourney is over.
- Alex Cochrane of KM lost to unbeaten Bill Mitchell of South Milwaukee in the second round, getting pinned in 1:36. Next up in the backdraw, Joe Cychner of Badger (40-5).
- Ryan Aprahamian, who lost in the second round for Mukwonago at 152, will face Bill Langford of Westosha Central (31-8) in the backdraw.
- Taylor Mommaerts of Oconomowoc, who fell to Jake Sueflohn of Arrowhead in the second round at 135, will meet Gunnar Melstrand of West Bend West (27-10) in a battle of Little Ten foes tomorrow.
- Brother Zach Mommaerts will face Tanner Owens of Hudson (35-10) in the 125 backdraw.
- Adam Yde of Arrowhead will face Alex Parsons of D.C. Everest (28-20) in the 119 backdraw. Yde lost his first-round match. Teammate Mark Landsgaard also picked up a wrestleback after an early loss and he'll face Jesse Munoz of Wisconsin Rapids (37-13)
- Not getting a wrestleback after a first-round loss: Mitchell Berenz of Arrowhead (130) and Hank Mattson of Mukwonago (119)
Once again, the four local Division 1 wrestlers heading into tomorrow night's semifinals:
135 pounds -- Jake Sueflohn, Arrowhead (46-1) vs. Jake Raflick, Wisconsin Rapids (40-10)
140 pounds -- Jake Morrison, Oconomowoc (31-5) vs. Rylen Lubeck, Wisconsin Rapids (47-3)
160 pounds -- Al Yde, Arrowhead (45-6) vs. Matthew Pennings, Green Bay Preble (47-0)
171 pounds -- Shane Hughes, Arrowhead (34-12) vs. Devin Peterson, Wisconsin Rapids (48-2)
In case you were wondering, Wisconsin Rapids has five semifinalists overall.
Now for some Pewaukee results in the Division 2 field.
- Max Nonnamaker (112) and Mitch Teeters (119) both had first-round byes and learned their opponents for tomorrow's matches. Nonnamaker will face sophomore Matt Ronsman of Luxemburg Casco (41-13), and Teeters draws senior Sam Huppert of Ellsworth (32-8), a wrestler ranked ahead of Teeters in the pre-tourney rankings.
- Josh Berg won at 125 in a close call over Shaw Amundson of Saint Croix Falls, 4-3. Next up: top-ranked Jared Donar of Cuba City (45-0).
- Mike Dusel advanced at 145 with a 7-5 win over Hunter Colden of Brodhead-Juda. Next on the docket is another top-ranked wrestler in Max Loberger of Denmark (40-2).
- Travis Decker won at 171 with a 9-8 decision over Tyler Ryan of River Valley. Second-ranked Tom Schumacher of Freedom (42-2) awaits.
- Kent Girmscheid appeared to have the easiest go of the Pirates wrestling Thursday with a 12-5 win at 215 over Steve Chojnacki of Stanley-Boyd/Thorp. Girmscheid's next foe is top-ranked Matt Tourdot of Sparta (47-0). Some unpleasant second-round draws for the Pirates.
- Two Pirates were defeated in the first round -- Chris Czech lost a 12-1 major to Jordan Giachino of Luxemburg-Casco at 135, and Nathan Knutson was pinned in the first period against Seth Higgins of Medford at 160. There are no options for wrestlebacks for first-round losers in Division 2.
That's all for a while -- I'm off to catch some basketball between the Arrowhead and Mukwonago boys in the final game of the Classic 8 regular season. I'll be back later to give some details on the Pewaukee wrestlers and the remaining outcomes in Division 1.
Shane Hughes of Arrowhead is also in the semifinals -- three Warhawks will be competing for spots in the finals tomorrow. He defeated Justin Hergins of Racine Case at 171 pounds, 5-1.
One darkhorse to reach the state finals will fall short, but another's crusade continued with an exciting result.
Arrowhead's Al Yde just celebrated a 56-second pin over Nick Larson of Hudson, who came into the match with a 42-2 record and No. 2 ranking in 160 pounds. Yde, ranked No. 3, will participate in tomorrow night's semifinals against the No. 1-ranked Matthew Pennings of Green Bay Preble. Hey if you want to be the best, you've got to beat the best, right? If Yde makes it through to the finals, he'd be a favorite after being an underdog in each of his preceding two matches.
Pennings, by the way, needed an overtime win to get to the semifinals. A scramble that could have gone either way, but Pennings came out with control to survive.
Mukwonago's Ryan Aprahamian, however, could not defeat top-ranked Kyle Crain of Hudson at 152 pounds in a fairly lopsided decision.
Jake Morrison of Oconomowoc is headed to the semifinals!
The 140-pound senior destroyed Alex Amann of Racine Horlick, 10-3, to win his second match of the day and advance to tomorrow evening's big match against Rylen Lubeck of Wisconsin Rapids. Lubeck is 46-3, but Morrison has been such a great story already, so congratulations to him.
In the first battle between local entrants, it was Jake Sueflohn of Arrowhead defeating Oconomowoc's Taylor Mommaerts to reach the 135-pound semifinals, though the Cooney sophomore gave the nationally-ranked Sueflohn a nice battle until the distance between the two expanded in the third period. The 12-4 victory pits Sueflohn against Jake Raflik of Wisconsin Rapids in tomorrow night's semifinal -- a win puts Sueflohn in the Saturday state championship match.
There will be no shocking second-round upset for Oconomowoc senior Zach Mommaerts.
Germantown's Jesse Thielke, who has two state championships already and is looking to become the second Division 1 wrestler to ever win four state titles, defeated Mommaerts in the second round at 125 pounds with a 19-4 tech fall.
Mommaerts enters the wrestlebacks with a match tomorrow morning against Tanner Owens of Hudson, and the Cooney senior is absolutely good enough to wrestleback for a spot on the podium (top 6).
The dream late-season run continues for Kettle Moraine heavyweight Alex Cochrane!
While the Laux loss was surely a disappointment for the Lasers coaches, Cochrane once again notched a thrilling victory with a third-period pin over John Jude of Milwaukee Custer. Cochrane was losing at the time but got the late turn to advance in the 285-pound bracket.
Cochrane shocked Breyon Cosey of Waukesha West in the sectional wrestleback, scoring a pin in 16 seconds over a wrestler that had defeated Cochrane twice during the regular season. Check out video from that win.
Wow, big upset short circuits the title chances of Kettle Moraine's Jacob Laux, who was defeated by Chase Letson of Milton, 7-5.
Laux was ranked No. 2 in the 215-pound field and had a pretty favorable matchup, with the top guys all on the other side of the bracket. Letson looked like the toughest matchup on Laux's path to the finals, and that turned out to be true. It's disappointing for the Lasers, which hadn't put a wrestler at the state meet since 2005.
Nick Gurrath of Fond du Lac knocks off Hamilton 215-pounder Matt Blackwell, pulling away in the third period after owning just a 1-0 lead
A third Arrowhead wrestler has made it through to the second round, Shane Hughes. The giant-killer at 171 pounds made himself a major force with some big victories late in the year, and a 2-0 win over Mat Rieckhoff of D.C. Everest puts Hughes against Justin Hergins of Racine Case. Hughes has a very real opportunity to advance ot the semifinals and faced top-ranked Devin Peterson of Wisconsin Rapids.
Damon King of Mukwonago made the most of his first state appearance at 189 pounds, topping Ben Fiers of Holmen in the opening round with a third-period pin. Kaukauna's Noah Budi, the top-ranked wrestler in that class and a defending state champion, got a push in his first-round match but still advanced to face King in the second round.
Al Yde of Arrowhead had no trouble with Eric Walsh of Oregon at 160 pounds, with a 12-0 final. Nick Larson of Hudson, one of the top wrestlers in the draw, will present a formidable second-round foe.
Interesting development at 152 for Mukwonago's Ryan Aprahamian, who was scheduled to face a pretty tough first-round foe in Sam McGinnis of Neenah. Something must have happened to the Rockets wrestler, because he was replaced in the draw by Ryan Wischer of Port Washington. Wischer took third place in the sectional and lost to McGinnis in the semifinal by a tough 2-1 decision.
It became even more interesting when Aprahamian and Wischer were locked in a scoreless dual through two periods, though the top wrestler for MHS took a 1-0 lead early in the third. He held on for the nail-biting vivctory. He wasn't the only one -- unbeaten Joey Immekus of West Allis Central (on the same side of the bracket) also won, 1-0. Kyle Crain of Hudson will be Aprahamian's second-round opponent.
Jake Morrison makes it 3-for-3 for Oconomowoc wrestlers in the first round. The senior had his way with Bobby Herrick of Nicolet at 140 pounds, taking a lopsided decision, and he'll face either Levi Horton of Kenosha Tremper or Alex Amann of Racine Horlick in the second round. What a great day so far for the Raccoons.
The great day for the Mommaerts family continues! Taylor Mommaerts just pulled an upset at 135 pounds, topping Kyle Welzen of Wilmot (33-2) in a decision victory. Mommaerts had control of almost the entire match -- very impressive showing. His reward will be to face Arrowhead's Jake Sueflohn, the No. 1-ranked wrestler in the 135 draw. He defeated Gunnar Melstrand of West Bend West, 11-2.
We have our first area winner! Zach Mommaerts of Oconomowoc got the pin just before the buzzer sounded in the first period to earn the pin on Greenfield's Steve Fisher. The 125 pounder, who has just two losses all season, will face Germantown's Jesse Thielke later tonight.
In 130 pounds, Arrowhead freshman Mitchell Berenz fell in his first appearance at the state meet to Pulaski's Jonathan Enderby, who entered with a 44-2 record, by an 8-0 score.
Mark Landsgaard of Arrowhead, making his first state appearance, fell to Marquette's Gabriel Grahek in the first round at 103 pounds, 4-0. Grahek lives in Milwaukee but actually came up through the Mukwonago wrestling club, so he's got some local connections. Landsgaard can still get a wrestleback if Grahek advances into the semifinals.
Adam Yde of Arrowhead fell in the first round to Dominic Garcia of Kenosha Tremper at 119, 5-0. I'm watching some of the video and it looks like Garcia scored all his points in the second period. He came in with a 49-1 record, so there's a good chance Yde will get a wrestleback.
Garcia's opponent will be Alex Parsons of D.C. Everest, who defeated Mukwonago freshman Hank Mattson, 7-2.