Marshfield wins 2017 Wisconsin Valley Conference Wrestling Tournament, secures first overall title since 1958
Anthony Kanable, Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann win second career individual titles for Tigers
By Paul Lecker
STEVENS POINT — Twelve of Marshfield’s 14 wrestlers placed in the top three, and two won titles to lift the Tigers to the championship at the Wisconsin Valley Conference Wrestling Tournament on Saturday at Stevens Point Area Senior High.
Combined with its perfect 6-0 record during the dual meet season, Marshfield captured its first overall WVC championship since 1958.
Marshfield finished the tournament with 225.5 points, more than 50 ahead of second-place Wausau West (171). West also ended up second in the overall team standings, and D.C. Everest took third.
Senior Anthony Kanable and sophomore Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann each won their second career WVC individual titles for the Tigers.
Kanable beat Dylan Trigg of Stevens Point 7-1 to take the 138-pound title, and Schwanebeck-Ostermann won a major decision over Max Benitz of Wisconsin Rapids 14-2 at 160. Kanable won the 126-pound championship in 2014, and Ostermann was the 145-pound champ last year.
Seven other Tigers finished second, losing in the championship round of the seven-team tournament.
Tanner Kanable (120), Caden Pearce (132), Nolan Hertel (145), Sam Mitchell (170), Alex Brost (182), Conner Peterson (195), and Sam Bauman (220) were all runners-up for Marshfield.
Shane Westerhausen (106), Caden Dennee (113), and Brayden Richardson (126) each finished third for the Tigers.
“As a program, I am extremely proud of how far we have come this season,” third-year Marshfield coach Jackson Hein said. “Anthony Kanable and Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann both earned their second conference title in their respected weight classes. They both wrestled tough today, and it was good to see them get the title.
“Having nine wrestlers get to the finals and come out with two champs shows how close we are to really dominating the tournament. We had some heartbreak losses today as well, but I know that our wrestlers will respond in the right way next week at regionals. The best part about today was that every Marshfield wrestler won matches and battled for their teammates, family, high school, and the Marshfield community. Any time we can walk away from a tournament knowing that our hard work paid off and our team made history, that’s a special feeling.”
The WIAA Division 1 individual regional is Feb. 11 at Merrill High School.
(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
2017 Wisconsin Valley Conference Wrestling Tournament
Feb. 4, at Stevens Point Area Senior High
Team scores: 1. Marshfield 225.5; 2. Wausau West 171; 3. D.C. Everest 161.5; 4. Stevens Point 157; 5. Merrill 137.5; 6. Wisconsin Rapids 135.5; 7. Wausau East 51.
Championship: Justin Groshek (SP) def. Cameron Schmeister (WW) 9-6.
Third place: Shane Westerhausen (MAR) def. Cale Benitz (WR) by forfeit.
Fifth place: Josie Bartishofski (WE).
Championship: Brady Koontz (SP) won by technical fall over Ben Diny (WE) 20-5.
Third place: Caden Dennee (MAR) def. Carter Napiwocki (WW) 6-2.
Fifth place: Allister Greening (WR) pinned Alex Gehrke (MER) in 1:05.
Championship: Dylan Koontz (SP) pinned Tanner Kanable (MAR) in 3:14.
Third place: Ricky Watz (DC) won by technical fall over Tyler Ninneman (WW) 17-0.
Fifth place: Jacob Woller (MER) pinned Justin Abraham (WR) in 0:54.
Championship: Chance Bailey (SP) def. Thomas Severson (DC) 3-2.
Third place: Brayden Richardson (MAR) pinned Casey Hoffman (MER) in 2:37.
Fifth place: Kongpheng Lo (WW) def. Zac Hamel (WR) 11-9.
Championship: Devon Schultz (MER) def. Caden Pearce (MAR) 11-5.
Third place: Wyler Lubeck (WR) def. Kyle VanGalder (DC) 3-1.
Fifth place: Max Schierl (SP) def. Sam Meyers (WE) 6-3.
Championship: Anthony Kanable (MAR) def. Dylan Trigg (SP) 7-1.
Third place: Brody Gehrke (MER) pinned Gabe Carter (DC) in 5:18.
Fifth place: Kaden Body (WE) won by major dec. over Tucker Lamm (WR) 12-3.
Championship: Bergh Diebel (WR) def. Nolan Hertel (MAR) 1-0.
Third place: William Waldron (WW) def. Ryan Daniel (WE) by injury forfeit. 3:07.
Fifth place: Garrett Kvatek (SP) won by major dec. over Austin Swiderski (DC) 8-0.
Championship: Cody Sawyer (WR) def. Alex Hein (WW) 2-1.
Third place: Bradley Leiskau (MER) pinned Sam Molski (SP) in 1:38.
Fifth place: Payton Young (MAR) pinned Matthew Stanly (DC) in 0:59.
Championship: Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann (MAR) won major dec. over Max Benitz (WR) 14-2.
Third place: Michael Olson (WW) pinned Isaac Hagenbucher (DC) in 2:47.
Championship: Nate White (DC) pinned Sam Mitchell (MAR) in 1:25.
Third place: Calen Henkens (WW) won by technical fall over Jake Spoehr (MER) 18-3.
Fifth place; Maverick Ballard (WR).
Championship: Jordan LaRue (WW) def. Alex Brost (MAR) 8-1.
Third place: Nick Wachowiak (SP) def. Roger Fuller (WR) 3-2.
Fifth place: Brody Zocher (MER) pinned Kevin Geurink (DC) in 5:19.
Championship: Sam Stroik (DC) def. Conner Peterson (MAR) 6-4.
Third place: David Lummis (SP) def. Justin Bonke (WW) 3-2.
Fifth place: Ashton Dalton (MER) pinned Layne Kalata (WR) in 3:07.
Championship: Berkley Corvino (DC) won by major dec. over Sam Bauman (MAR) 12-0.
Third place: Travis Wraggs (WW) pinned Walker Bathke (MER) in 1:39.
Championship: Noah Bolling (MER) pinned Timothy Mineau (WW) in 1:58.
Third place: Trenton Olson (DC) def. A.J. Leonhardt (MAR) 2-1, 2 OT.
Fifth place: Ian Miller (WR).