Hertel, Kanable win titles for Marshfield at 2015 Wisconsin Valley Conference Tournament
By Paul Lecker
MARSHFIELD – Marshfield senior Mitch Hertel wrapped up his stellar conference career with his third conference title, winning the championship at 160 pounds on Saturday at the 2015 Wisconsin Valley Conference Tournament at Marshfield High School.
Hertel pinned Joey Roth of Stevens Point in 1:15 to capture his third WVC individual title and improve to 19-0 this season. Hertel won the 132-pound title as a freshman and the 152-pound championship last season.
Hertel’s title was the one of two for Marshfield, which finished third in the team standings with 139.5 points after finishing in a tie for fifth during the dual-meet season.
Sophomore Anthony Kanable won the championship at 126 for the Tigers, defeating Max Benitz of Wisconsin Rapids 5-1 in the title match. Kanable was second at 120 pounds at last year’s WVC Tournament.
Wisconsin Rapids won five individual championships to take the team title with 239 points. Stevens Point was second with 193.5 points. The title is Wisconsin Rapids 18th in the last 21 seasons, and first since 2012.
Josh Lang was runner-up at 195 for Marshfield, losing a tight 7-6 decision to Cody Abel of Wisconsin Rapids in the championship match.
Devon Klement took third at 145 pounds and Jeremy Brost was fourth at 152 for the Tigers.
All of the teams in the Wisconsin Valley Conference, except Wisconsin Rapids, as well as Antigo and Rhinelander will compete in the WIAA Division 1 regional at Marshfield next Saturday, Feb. 14. The tournament will begin at 10:30 a.m. The top four finishers in each weight class move on to the WIAA Division 1 individual sectional at Eau Claire North on Feb. 21. The winning team will advance to the WIAA Division 1 team sectional at Menomonie on Feb. 17.
(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
2015 Wisconsin Valley Conference Wrestling Meet
Team scores: 1. Wisconsin Rapids 239; 2. Stevens Point 193.5; 3. Marshfield 139.5; 4. D.C. Everest 139; 5. Merrill 133.5; 6. Wausau West 129; 7. Wausau East 70.
Championship: Brady Koontz (SP) def. Bryson Einerson (WR) 4-0.
Third place: Ben Diny (WE) pinned Kevin Yang (WW) in 3:21.
Fifth place: Dalton Baird (MAR).
Championship: Dylan Koontz (SP) def. Matrix Jisko (WR) 7-5.
Third place: Frank Lor (WW) def. Manning Denk (DC) 5-1.
Fifth place: Aidan Ball (MER) pinned Noah Gerdes (MAR) in 5:07.
Championship: Patrick Spray (WR) def. Don Veverka (DC) 3-0.
Third place: Chance Bailey (SP) def. Devon Schultz (MER) 6-3.
Fifth place: Travis Altman (MAR) pinned Sam Myers (WE) in 1:48.
Championship: Anthony Kanable (MAR) def. Max Benitz (WR) 5-1.
Third place: Tom Severson (DC) def. Nate Duffert (SP) 8-1.
Fifth place: Ryan Waldron (WW).
Championship: Scott Arneson (MER) won by technical fall over Nolan White (DC) 19-4.
Third place: Bergh Diebel (WR) pinned Garrett Kvatek (SP) in 3:27.
Fifth place: Dylan Rivera (WE) def. Alex Brost (MAR) 9-4.
Championship: Cody Sawyer (WR) def. Payton Duberstein (WW) 8-4.
Third place: Mitch Veverka (DC) def. Noah Schulz (MAR) 5-0.
Fifth place: Brady Schmelling (MER).
Championship: Joe Ziolkowski (DC) def. Dakota Kelz (SP) 6-2.
Third place: Devon Klement (MAR) def. Dylan Hall (WR) 6-2.
Fifth place: Tanner Pettit (MER) pinned Aleks Hein (WW) in 1:27.
Seventh place: Brendon Kramer (WE).
Championship: Fritz Schierl (SP) def. Brock Benitz (WR) by forfeit.
Third place: Michael Phillips (WW) def. Jeremy Brost (MAR) 6-0.
Fifth place: Brandon McCarthy (MER) def. Vince Coenen (DC) 3-1.
Seventh place: Brett Breitenfeldt (WE).
Championship: Mitch Hertel (MAR) pinned Joey Roth (SP) in 1:15.
Third place: Tanner Baine (WW) def. Peyton Einerson (WR) 8-4.
Fifth place: Nate White (DC) won major dec. over Lucas Lee (MER) 9-1.
Seventh place: Demond Cooper (WE).
Championship: Mason Reinhardt (MER) pinned Jake Timm (WR) in 0:48.
Third place: Jake Harlow (SP) pinned Sam Stroik (DC) in 3:09.
Fifth place: Conner Peterson (MAR) def. Jordan LaRue (WW) by forfeit.
Championship: Nathan Fuller (WR) won major dec. over Paul Zalewski (SP) 9-1.
Third place: Cory Courneya (WE) pinned Riley Kurtz (MER) in 4:35.
Fifth place: Kyle Krizan (MAR) pinned Avery Estes (WW) in 1:35.
Championship: Cody Abel (WR) def. Josh Lang (MAR) 7-6.
Third place: Alex Stine (WE) def. Nathan Engle (SP) by injury default.
Fifth place: Brady Lenz (WW).
Championship: Beau Thompson (WR) won major dec. over Noel Winch (SP) 12-4.
Third place: Berkley Corvino (DC) pinned Collin Zoellner (MER) in 5:27.
Fifth place: Timothy Mineau (WW) pinned Brandon Cramer (MAR) in 3:06.
Seventh place: Anthony Galvan (WE).
Championship: Nathan Tessmer (WW) pinned Mike Weinfurter (WR) in 2:28.
Third place: Eric Tomajcik (MER) pinned Chris Geurink (DC) in 1:46.
Fifth place: Austin Klopstein (WE).