Spencer/Columbus has three champs, qualifies seven at wrestling regional
By Paul Lecker
NEILLSVILLE – The Spencer/Columbus Catholic wrestling team had three champions and four others take second at the WIAA Division 2 regional tournament on Saturday at Neillsville High School.
The seven Rockets move on to the WIAA Division 2 individual sectional at Osceola on Feb. 20 with the top three finishers there qualifying for the 2016 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison on Feb. 25-27.
Austin Post (27-7 at 132 pounds), Tim Bauer (32-8 at 138), and Hunter Luepke (36-4 at 182) were individual champions for Spencer/Columbus.
The Rockets were second in the team standings finishing with 206 points. Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal won the team title with 276.5 points and move on to the Division 2 team sectional at Melrose-Mindoro on Tuesday.
Taking second for Spencer/Columbus were Dominick Wichlacz (21-7) at 113, Nathan Neumann (30-12) at 152, Austin Day (17-12) at 170, and Logan Zschernitz (33-7) at 285.
Day was the only one to have to survive a second-place wrestleback, which he did with a pin on Melrose-Mindoro/Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau’s Landon Lockington in 45 seconds.
(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
2016 WIAA Division 2 Wrestling Regional
Feb. 13, at Neillsville High School
Team scores: 1. Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal 276.5; 2. Spencer/Columbus Catholic 206; 3. Melrose-Mindoro/Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau 188.5; 4. Medford 149; 5. Black River Falls/Lincoln 99; 6. Abbotsford/Colby 80.
Top two qualify for individual sectional at Osceola on Feb. 20
Championship: Jack Marley (MMGET) won by technical fall over Chance Clement (AC) 19-2.
Second-place wrestleback: Sayer Rachu (NGL) def. Clement (AC) 2-0.
Championship: Skylar Barth (NGL) def. Dominick Wichlacz (SC) 4-1.
Championship: Josh Brooks (MED) pinned Kyle Gurney (NGL) in 5:47.
Championship: Les Lakey (MMGET) pinned Andy Poetzl (MED) in 5:13.
Second-place wrestleback: Poetzl (MED) pinned Kanyon Rachu (NGL) in 0:38.
Championship: Austin Post (SC) def. Dylan Nielsen (NGL) 8-1.
Championship: Tim Bauer (SC) def. Zach Smith (NGL) 10-3.
Second-place wrestleback: Smith (NGL) def. Preston Carlson (MED) 4-2.
Championship: Joseph Aguilera (AC) def. Stetson Rueth (NGL) 2-1, 2 OT.
Second-place wrestleback: Rueth (NGL) def. Jeff Maynard (MMGET) 9-4.
Championship: Derek Nielsen (NGL) pinned Nathan Neumann (SC) in 2:49.
Championship: Stephen Buchanan (NGL) def. Kolten Hanson (MED) 10-8.
Championship: Tucker Peterson (MED) pinned Austin Day (SC) in 1:56.
Second-place wrestleback: Day (SC) pinned Landon Lockington (MMGET) in 0:45.
Championship: Hunter Luepke (SC) won by major dec. over Andrew Buchanan (NGL) 9-1.
Championship: Lucas Ingold (NGL) pinned Dakota Daffinson (MMGET) in 1:14.
Championship: Sam Higley (MMGET) pinned Sam Baumgartner (NGL) in 1:12.
Championship: Nick Rueth (NGL) def. Logan Zschernitz (SC) 2-1.