Eagles qualify trio for JV state
By Dennis Semrau
Sauk Prairie hosted one of eight regional qualifying meets for the JV State Wisconsin Wrestling Challenge Series and produced two champions and a runner-up finish last Saturday.
One of eight statewide regionals, Sauk Prairie entered eight wrestlers in the competition and finished fifth out of 12 teams with 104 points in the team competition.
Sophomore Riley Minette recorded a decision and a pin to place first at 113 pounds. Freshman Nolan Vils was first at 195 after posting back-to-back pins in less than 5 minutes of mat time.
Freshman Peyton Palmer was second at 220 after winning two of three matches with two pins.
“We got three guys to the JV state meet, three out of eight is pretty solid,” Sauk Prairie head coach Matt Gaffney said.
The trio will advance to the JV state tournament at Wausau West High School on Jan. 25.
Gaffney said that Vils will also enter the varsity lineup this week at 195 pounds.
“I’m excited for Nolan Vils,” Gaffney said. “It will be fun watching him grow if he sticks with it. He’s a physical kid. I’m excited to see how he does at JV state. He’s been working hard all year.”
WI Challenge Series
Team scores: 1, Reedsburg Area, 204; 2, Oshkosh West, 197; 3, Westfield, 141; 4, Waunakee, 139.5; 5, Sauk Prairie, 104; 6, Lodi, 91; 7, Mauston, 74; 8, Winneconne, 50; 9, Baraboo, 49; 10, Ripon, 28; 11, Pardeeville co-op, 26; 12, DeForest, 3.
Sauk Prairie Results
113: Riley Minette placed first and scored 18 team points – Semifinal: Won by dec. over Carver Cran, Oshkosh West, 10-3; Championship: Pinned Hunter Abbott, Westfield, 0:17.
126 -- Grant Sorg placed fifth and scored 13 team points -- Round 1: Received a bye; Quarterfinal: Lost by dec. to Aydin Schroeder, Mauston, 9-2; Consolation Round 2: Pinned Lukas Schroeder, Oshkosh West, 1:23; Consolation semifinal: Pinned Joe Kaney, Waunakee, 0:11; Fifth-place match: Pinned Eric Kensick, Waunakee, 0:40.
145: Alex Katers placed fifth and scored 9 team points. Championship Round 1: Received a bye; Quarterfinal: Lost by pin to Jacob Schickert, Reedsburg Area, 2:28; Consolation Round 2: Received a bye. Consolation semifinal: Pinned Adam Ginos, Waunakee, 1:38; Fifth-place match: Earned dec. by sudden victory over Johnathan Marotz, Westfield, SV-1, 8-6.
182: Jack Tarnutzer placed fifth and scored 7 team points. Quarterfinal: Earned dec. by sudden victory over Cade Yates, Mauston, SV-1, 5-3; Semifinal: Lost by pin to Ty Monfries, Westfield, 1:35; Consolation semifinal: Lost by pin to Blake Bermudez, Sauk Prairie, 2:25; Fifth-place match: Won by dec. over Case Balke, Oshkosh West, 7-1.
182: Blake Bermudez placed fourth and scored 13 team points. Quarterfinal: Lost by pin to Chase Borchardt, Waunakee, 3:31; Consolation Round 1: Won by medical forfeit over Dylan Del Angel, Winneconne; Consolation semifinal: Pinned Jack Tarnutzer, Sauk Prairie, 2:25; Third-place match: Lost by pin to Ben Buehring, Oshkosh West, 5:33.
195: Nolan Vils placed first and scored 24 team points. Quarterfinal: Received a bye. Semifinal: Pinned Mason Rudolph, Westfield, 1:31; Championship match: Pinned Mason Peters, Westfield, 3:13.
220: Peyton Palmer placed second and scored 20 team points. Quarterfinal: Pinned Logan Johnson, Winneconne, 1:49; Semifinal: Pinned William Skinner, Reedsburg Area, 1:35; Championship match: Lost by pin to Riley Stobb, Oshkosh West, 4:54.
285: Barrett Warrell did not place. Championship Round 1: received a bye. Quarterfinal: Lost by pin to Luke Keifer, Oshkosh West, 0:17; Consolation Round 2: Received a bye. Consolation semifinal: Lost by pin to Ray Williams, Baraboo, 0:37.