Kolt Bode and Trevor Hanson will represent the Baraboo Thunderbirds at next weekend’s WIAA State Wrestling Tournament in Madison after qualifying from Saturday’s D-1 Sectional in Middleton. Bode, a Senior 145-pounder, followed up his Regional title with a Sectional championship as well with three wins on the day including a 4-1 victory over Grant Parker of Onalaska in the final with Bode now 34-10 for the season. It will be the first trip to State for Bode as it will for Sophomore Trevor Hanson who qualifies at 106 with a second place finish Saturday. Hanson lost in OT to Preston Ernst of Waunakee in the final but goes to State as the second place finisher and the Badger Conference champion is 35-7 overall. David Gale just missed a State berth at 195, losing in the semi-final round but coming back to win the third place match 16-3 but did not get a chance for a wrestleback for second place.
Reedsburg’s Nate Erbs advances to State from Middleton for the second year in a row at 126 and teammate Nick Noye will join him at the Kohl Center at 220 pounds. Erbs finishes second at 126 after losing to Darius Wright of Holmen in the final and then coming back to edge Logan Pollock of Tomah 3-2 to claim second place as the Junior goes to Madison at 36-9. Noye, a Senior, was pinned in the semi-finals but came back to win the third place match and the wrestleback for second place in extra time to punch his first ticket to State at 33-13 overall.
A large group of six wrestlers advance to Madison for Sauk-Prairie with Brandon Sprecher, Jared Schaaf and Caleb Sisbach winning titles Saturday. Sprecher is 37-8 and pinned his man in the final at 152 while Schaaf returns to State with a record of 30-10 after placing first at 170 and Sisbach takes a record of 39-5 to the Kohl Center with a title at 195 to go along with his Regional title from the week before. 40-8 Eddie Smith at 113, 40-4 Austin Fjoser at 132 and 38-9 Austin Powell at 138 also advance with second’s on Saturday.
Hunter Hayes at 120 and Spencer Shier at 285 both qualify for State as well from the Portage program with Hayes a Sectional champion. The D-1 prelims begin Thursday afternoon at 3 PM at the Kohl Center.
Max Obois of the Wisconsin Dells wrestling program qualifies for the WIAA State Tourney for the first time Saturday out of the D-2 Richland Center Sectional. The 126-pounder lost in the first round but won the next two matches to secure a State berth with a third place finish and he is 31-14 on the season and will wrestle Thursday night at the Kohl Center. Obois was the only Dells wrestler to win a match on Saturday. The top three in each weight class in D-2 and D-3 from each Sectional advance to State.
River Valley sends four of their five wrestlers at Richland Center onto Madison and three of them are Sectional champions. Seth Liegel, the future UW Badger, is three wins away from back-to-back unbeaten seasons with a record of 43-0 this year after winning the 152-pound title Saturday. Joe Crook wins a Sectional title at 145 and he is now 37-8 and another Sectional champ is 195-pounder Zach Koch who enters State at 36-10. These three will wrestle Friday afternoon after getting byes from Thursday’s round as Sectional champs and River Valley’s Garrett Riek returns to State with a second place finish Saturday at 170 and he is 33-12 and will wrestle at State Thursday night.
40-2 Spencer Davies and 40-5 Colin Dolota won Sectional titles for Mauston on Saturday at Richland Center and they’ll be joined by teammate Daryl Waukau who placed third in his weight class. Trenton and Trevor Mc Manus both qualify for State for Adams-Friendship on Saturday with Trevor Mc Manus a Sectional champ.
Weston-Ithaca qualifies six wrestlers for the State field from the D-3 Sectional at Mineral Point on Saturday including champion Wyatt Seep at170 who enters State at 40-4 overall. 40-5 Hunter Dischler, 39-8 Stetson Clary and 29-12 Mason Mc Cauley qualify as second place finishers with 38-5 Cody Willis and 39-6 Atticus Sharp advancing with third’s on Saturday. Clayton Jennings would have been a returning State champ for Weston-Ithaca but was out all season with a knee injury.
Hillsboro’s Spencer Treu and Max Sebranek both are first-time State qualifiers coming out of the Mineral Point Sectional with Treu 36-10 at 160 pounds while Sebranek is a 21-8 wrestler at 182. Royall’s Christian Moore is now a four-time State qualifier and a three-time Sectional champ and the returning State champion Senior is now 42-0 at 220 pounds while teammate Dalton Lunde also qualifies for State with a 36-9 record at 170 pounds.