Brock Schlough was ready for Brady Spaeth’s big move.
After a tight first period between Boyceville junior Schlough and Cadott sophomore Spaeth, Spaeth made an attempted takedown on Schlough — which Schlough reversed to close out his third state championship with a pinfall victory in their Division 3 title matchup at 152 pounds on Saturday evening at the WIAA Individual State Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center.
The undefeated Schlough improved his record to 47-0 with Saturday’s championship triumph and became the first ever three-time state champion at Boyceville High School.
“Brock is a coach’s dream, humble and tough as nails,” coach Jamie Olson said. “His work ethic is second to none.”
Saturday night’s matchup marked the third straight weekend Schlough and Spaeth (42-5) matched up on the mat. Schlough scored decision wins over Spaeth at regionals and sectionals before both grapplers worked their way through the bracket to meet again in the state finals. Schlough and Spaeth were ranked first and second, respectively, in the latest Wisconsin Wrestling Online Division 3 state rankings at 152 pounds.
Of Spaeth’s five defeats this season, three came to Schlough.
Schlough advanced to the finals with a technical fall victory over Iowa-Grant/Highland’s Clayton Kite in the quarterfinal match and a 5-3 decision win over Reedsville’s Brandon Stelzer in the semifinal match.
Also on podium
Schlough was not alone at the top of the podium Saturday night. Teammate Garrett Joles retained the title at 195 pounds, also remaining undefeated at 42-0. The Boyceville senior defeated Edgar’s Colton Heil in 6-4 decision in their championship matchup.
Joles wrapped up his high school career as a four-time state finalist and two-time state champion.
“Garrett had an amazing career amassing 161 wins and just 10 losses,” Olson remarked. “Passion, heart, leadership, adversity and work ethic describes this amazing young man. His leadership will be greatly missed, along with all the wins and pins.”
Joles advanced to the final match after defeating Stratford’s Aiden Hoffman in a 14-3 major decision in the quarterfinal and Bonduel’s Jacob Giese in a 12-3 major decision in the semifinal.
Boyceville freshmen Trett Joles took third at 182 pounds, defeating Lancaster’s Troy Klein by pinfall at 4:27 while Walker Retz finished fourth at 113 pounds after a third place matchup loss to Fennimore’s Mason Lull.
“These two had amazing years,” Olson said of the two freshmen wrestlers. “Both showed off their talents this weekend, and I look forward to the next three years and what they can accomplish in this sport.”
Seniors Noah Novotney and Justin Malean lost hard-fought matches over the weekend, but ended their high school careers as two-time state qualifiers.
Coach Olson noted that both seniors ended their final season in the top 25 for career wins in Boyceville history and will be greatly missed.
“It was an outstanding weekend of Bulldog wrestling,” Olson said. “As always, a lot of blood sweat and tears. These six wrestlers worked very hard to accomplish the dream of making the state tournament. I’m very proud of their character and humbleness in the process of being great wrestlers and great men.”
Brandon Berg, Chippewa Herald sporst editor contributed to this story.