Boyceville’s Walker Retz, Brock Schlough, Justin Malean, Trett Joles, Garrett Joles and Noah Novotney all clinched regional titles and advanced to the individual sectional wrestling tournament during the WIAA Division 3 regional tournament held at Spring Valley on Saturday.
“The six champions are really special kids that work really hard,” head coach Jamie Olson said. “They have set lofty goals, and this is the first step in the process of attaining those goals.”
Retz defeated Glenwood City’s Aaron Holmquist by pinfall at 113 pounds, Brock Schlough, 152, won a 7-3 decision over Cadott’s Brady Spaeth, Malean, 170, won over Spring Valley/Elmwood’s Carter Merth, Trett Joles, 182, won by pinfall over Cadott’s Ethan Tegels and Novotney, 285, won by pinfall over Glenwood City’s Bryce Fayerweather.
Schlough is aiming for a third state championship in a row, currently undefeated at 41-0 on the season as a junior. Senior Garrett Joles also heads into the sectional tournament undefeated at 36-0.
“In the end ... it takes 14 individuals to win a tough regional, and the other eight boys played a huge part in giving us a chance to win in the end,” Olson said. “We wrestled at or above our seed in 13-14 weights and you can’t ask much more out of them than that.”
The six Bulldog regional champions prepare this week for Saturday’s sectional tournament at Osceola High School.
Menomonie advances seven to sectionals
Seven Menomonie grapplers punched their tickets to sectionals during the WIAA Division 1 regional tournament held Saturday at New Richmond High School.
Zach Evenson, Chris Haviland, Sam Skillings, Jake Boyette, Jacob Haviland, Jaylen Wright and Sam Thompson will compete at this upcoming Saturday’s sectional tournament at Wausau West High School.
“We performed pretty well this weekend in New Richmond,” head coach Miah Casey said. “Going into regionals I thought we had a chance to get five to eight kids through to sectionals, so having seven kids qualify is very good.”
Skillings, Wright and Thompson finished runner-up in their respective weight classes, while Jake Boyette took third and Zach Evenson, Chris Haviland and Jacob Haviland took fourth to advance.
Skillings defeated New Richmond’s Dylan Wachter by technical fall at 152 pounds in the second place match. He fell to River Falls’ Nathan Fuller in the title match by a 2-1 decision.
Wright advanced to the title match at 182 pounds with a victory over Eau Claire Memorial’s Evan Sirianni, but was defeated by Chippewa Falls’ Jared Woodhull by an 11-6 decision in the first place match.
Thompson, 220, finished second with a rule victory over River Falls’ Garnett Ripley, then fell to Superior’s Oscar Flaherty in the first place match.
Boyette, 160, took third after winning over River Falls’ Luke Killian in a 7-2 decision.
Evenson and Chris Haviland are both first time sectional qualifiers while Skillings, Boyette, Jacob Haviland and Wright are two-time sectional qualifiers.
“This weekend will be a big test for these kids, there will be some tough kids we will match up against in Wausau West at sectionals,” Casey remarked. “These kids are going to have to bring it if they are going to be able to advance to the state tournament.”
The top two finishers in each weight class will advance to the state tournament held at the Kohl Center in Madison Feb. 22 through March 2.
Mitchel Harmon wins regional championship for Bloomer/Colfax
At Baldwin, Bloomer/Colfax’s Mitchel Harmon won a regional title at 132 pounds to move on to sectionals.
Harmon (31-10) defeated Osseo-Fairchild/Augusta/Fall Creek’s Kevin Kitchen by pinfall in the semifinals, and won an 8-2 decision over Baldwin-Woodville’s Jordan Bonte in the regional championship match.
Harmon moves on to sectionals at Amery next Saturday.