Stratford heading back to WIAA State Team Wrestling tournament after sectional sweep
Tigers rout Coleman, Weyauwega-Fremont to advance to state for second year in a row
By Paul Lecker
AMHERST — For the second year in a row, the Stratford wrestling team is heading to state.
Stratford downed Coleman 45-22 and crushed Weyauwega-Fremont 80-0 to capture a Division 3 team wrestling sectional Tuesday night at Amherst High School.
The Tigers will face Random Lake in a Division 3 semifinal at 10 a.m. on March 4 at the 2017 WIAA State Team Wrestling Tournament at the University of Wisconsin Fieldhouse in Madison. Spring Valley/Elmwood will face Fennimore in the other Division 3 semifinal. The two winners will face off in the championship dual match at 3 p.m.
Fennimore beat Stratford in last year’s D-3 state title match on a tiebreaker after they battled to a tie.
Stratford showed its dominance right from the start, earning pins in the first four matches of the semifinal against Coleman.
Derek Marten (126 pounds), Jake Drexler (132), Dilan Dehlinger (138), and Jordan Becker (145) all won by pin; Jeremy Schoenherr followed with a major decision at 152; and Mason Kauffman had a pin at 160 to give the Tigers a commanding 34-0 lead.
After a narrow loss at 170, Stratford won the next three matches. A technical fall victory by Kamren Bornbach at 220 clinched the win.
Weyauwega-Fremont reached the finals with a 54-20 victory over Crandon in another semifinal.
Stratford won the eight matches against Weyauwega-Fremont, six by pin, and Weyauwega-Fremont forfeited the next five matches before Max Schwabe finished off the shutout with a pin at 126 pounds.
Drexler (132), Dehlinger (138), Schoenherr (145), David Marquardt (160), Trevor Dennee (170), and Noah Knetter (182) also won by pin for the Tigers.
(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
Division 3 Team Wrestling Sectional
Feb. 14, at Amherst High School
Stratford 45, Coleman 22
126: Derek Marten (ST) pinned Sam Kuchta in 2:33.
132: Jake Drexler (ST) pinned Jake Baldwin in 1:01.
138: Dilan Dehlinger (ST) pinned Billy Ganter in 2:34.
145: Jordan Becker (ST) pinned John Bieber in 2:57.
152: Jeremy Schoenherr (ST) won by major dec. over Bryce Karban 13-5.
160: Mason Kauffman (ST) pinned Brandon Engels in 0:55.
170: Jordan Blanchard (CO) def. David Marquardt 4-1.
182: Dylan Schoenherr (ST) def. Josh Pillath 2-1.
195; Aiden Hoffman (ST) def. Jacob Zeitler 5-3.
220: Kamren Bornbach (ST) won by technical fall over Cade Klimek 20-5.
285: Donovan Salewski (CO) def. Ethan Fabry 3-0.
106: Koltin Grzybowski (CO) won by major dec. over Manny Drexler 16-7.
113: Caleb Gross (CO) won by forfeit.
120: Kasey Casper (CO) won by forfeit.
Stratford 80, Weyauwega-Fremont 0
132: Jake Drexler (ST) pinned Adam Batten in 0:31.
138: Dilan Dehlinger (ST) pinned Ean Marker in 1:38.
145: Jeremy Schoenherr (ST) pinned Kaleb Schoenick in 0:35.
152: Mason Kauffman (ST) won by technical fall over Brayden Marker 18-3.
160: David Marquardt (ST) pinned Tyler Wetzel in 1:07.
170: Trevor Dennee (ST) pinned Kyle Loehrke in 0:43.
182: Noah Knetter (ST) pinned Patrick Kepler in 1:25.
195: Dakota Singer (ST) def. Austin Bartel 14-8.
220: Kamren Bornbach (ST) won by forfeit.
285: Jon Aguirre (ST) won by forfeit.
106: Manny Drexler (ST) won by forfeit.
113: Mavrick Licciardi (ST) won by forfeit.
120: A.J. Schoenfuss (ST) won by forfeit.
126: Max Schwabe (ST) pinned Logan Kicherer in 1:31.