In the zone: Stratford and Marshfield wrestling advance
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By Hub City Times staff
Two local high school wrestling teams have once again qualified for the state team tournament in March.
The Marshfield and Stratford high school teams qualified Feb. 13 by winning their respective sectional championships.
In Division I, Marshfield defeated Hudson 41-36 at the Marshfield High School Fieldhouse.
Payton Young and Caden Dennee won by pin, Gabe Pugh and Nolan Hertel won by technical fall, Tanner Kanable won by major decision, Isaac Slark won by decision, and Sam Mitchell and Alex Brost won by forfeit.
Marshfield advances to the state team tournament for the first time since 2003. The Division I quarterfinal round will take place March 2 at 5:30 p.m. at the UW Field House in Madison, followed by the semifinal round at 7:30 p.m. The championship match takes place Saturday, March 3 at 3 p.m. Pairings will be determined by seeding the top four teams and deciding opponents by a random draw.
At the Division III state sectionals at Coleman, Stratford defeated Coleman 54-13 in the championship match. The Tigers got pins by A.J. Schoenfuss, Derek Marten, and Jeremy Schoenherr. Aiden Hoffman, Dylan Schoenherr, Jake Drexler, and Jordan Becker won by decision, and Karter Stuttgen and Trevor Dennee won by forfeit.
In the semifinal round, Stratford beat Shiocton 84-0. Kade Ehrike, Manny Draxler, Max Schwabe, Dilan Dehlinger, Karter Stuttgen, and Jeremy Schoenherr won by pin, while Dylan Schoenherr, Hector Rojas, Kaelen Schmitt, Jake Drexler, Schoenfuss, Marten, and Dennee won by forfeit.
Stratford will try to defend the state championship the Tigers won a year ago.
In the Division III sectionals at Cadott, St. Croix Falls defeated Clear Lake in the finals 34-23. The Division III state semifinals are Saturday, March 3 at 10 a.m., with the championship match at 3 p.m.
The Spencer/Columbus wrestling team ended its season at the Division II sectional finals at Hayward, losing to Ellsworth in the sectional finals 47-21. Hunter Luepke and Logan Zschernitz won by pin, while Ashton Ackman, Dominic Wichlacz, and Caden Schillinger won by decision. Spencer/Columbus advanced to the sectional final round by defeating Maple/Northwestern in the semifinal round 45-27. Cody Derks, Luepke, Zschernitz, and Ackman won by pin, Jake Dick and Caden and Colten Schillinger won by decision, and Wichlacz and Bryce Shaw won by forfeit.