High School wrestlers all around the state are gearing up for Conference tournaments today with the Badger Conference event being held at Fort Atkinson, likely starting a bit later than the scheduled 9 AM time. The seven Badger North squads and five from Badger South will gather and points earned today based on the order of finish combined with points earned for each win in the dual season help determine the final overall team standings within each division. No champions from our immediate area but Baraboo will look to Trevor Hanson, Willy Pierce, Kolt Bode, Riley Fichter and David Gale as 20-win wrestlers along with Andre Mayllen among others as top hopefuls today. Sauk-Prairie was second behind Mount Horeb-Barneveld in the Badger North dual season and are one of the top team hopefuls today along with Mount Horeb-Barneveld and Badger South dual champion Fort Atkinson. Sauk wrestlers with 20 wins or more include Eddie Smith, Austin Fjoser, Austin Powell, Brandon Sprecher, Chris Chrisler, Jared Schaaf, Caleb Sisbach and Gavin Halverson with Fjoser and Powell already at the 30-win mark. Reedsburg was 3rd in the Badger North dual season just ahead of Baraboo but behind Mount Horeb and Sauk and the Beavers ended the season with ten straight dual wins and they feature several 20-win wrestlers as well including Wyatt Rabuck, Nate Erbs, Austin Bretsch, Ty Brandt, Mack Bautch, Aaron Lopp and Nick Noye. The seeding meeting will take place this morning after it was postponed earlier in the week so that will likely delay the start of wrestling. Mike Mc Gann and Eric Hanson will have reports and live matches throughout the day on 99.7 FM and AM 740-WRPQ Radio!
Mauston is the host site for the South-Central Conference Tournament at 8 AM today. Mauston won the conference dual meet title at 5-0 with Nekoosa 4-1 followed by Wisconsin Dells at 3-2, Westfield 2-3 and then Adams and Wautoma. Points earned today baesd on the order of finsh combined with points earned in the dual season help determine the overall conference champion. The Dells Chiefs enter the day with Bryan Ugalde, Max Obois, Willie Vandenlangenberg, John Mor and Andrew Mc Clyman as 20-win wrestlers. Mauston has two individuals that have been ranked number one during the season in Spencer Davies and Colin Dolata and they lead the charge for the Golden Eagles.
North Crawford High School hosts the annual Scenic Ridge and SIx Rivers tournament with six Scenic Bluffs Conference schools including Hillsboro and Royall, four teams from the Ridge and Valley including the Weston-Ithaca coop and schools from the Six Rivers Conference with wrestling beginning at 10 AM for the 13-team field. Wyatt Seep for Weston-Ithaca is among the defending champions in this event competing today and the Weston-Ithaca squad is hopeful of contending for team honors, having been among the state’s ranked teams in D-3 mosf of the year. Christian Moore of Royall High School is in action as well and looking for a second straight State title down the road.
Richland Center hosts the SWC-SWAL Clash starting this morning at 10 AM and one of the storylines will be the talents of River Valley’s Seth Liegel who was won over 70 matches in a row dating back to last season. Garrett Riek, Zach Koch and Joe Crook are among the other best bets today for the River Valley Blackhawks.