County wrestlers gear up for sectionals
Seventeen wrestlers from Pierce County schools will compete for berths in the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament this weekend.
Ellsworth will have 12 wrestlers and Amery two at the Division 2 meet in Amery. Spring Valley-Elmwood will have three grapplers competing in the Division 3 Independence-Gilmanton Sectional which is held in Osseo.
SVE's Brady Webb is a defending sectional champion and will be competing at 112 pounds. Teammates Robert Trealoff will compete at 135 and Briamn Fesenmaier is at 152.
Redbird head coach Carter Turner said there's a good chance SVE can get more wrestlers to state besides Brady.
"Robert has a tough draw and Brian has one which is a little more favorable to him," Turner said. "But if they can get past the first round they'll be in good shape."
Prescott is sending Trevor Leyde at 103 pounds and Troy Urman at 119. Although Urman has just a 14-14 record, his draw to state is not super daunting. His first round opponent, Andrew Methney of Barron is only 19-11 and all of the wrestlers in this weight class except for Ashland's Jack Pearce, the No.1, have more than 10 losses. And Urman himself came from a No. 4 seed all the way to regional champion last weekend.
Ellsworth advanced a school record 10 wrestlers to state last year and hope to exceed that mark with the 12 they have entered at Amery. The Panthers have just two defending sectional champs in D.J. Yarwood at 140 and Noah McLay at 171. Potential champs include Jens Lantz at 103, Roarke Langer at 125 if he can get past his tough first round match-up against Medford's 42-2 Aaric Spencer; Levi Kuesel at 152, Tanner Eggenberger at 160 and Parker Hines at 189. Kuesel and Hines may well face the same opponents in the finals they did in Tuesday's team sectional finals, Neillsville-Greenwood's Damien Luchterhand at 152 and Dan Schoen at 189 respectively.
Also competing for the Panthers are Brent Stockwell at 112 pounds, Brad Cain at 119, Logan Kemmerer at 145, and Lucas Albarado at 285.
Fans can see the full brackets and other tournament information by taking the link to Trackwrestling.com. They can also catch-up on the latest state ranking by taking the link to Wisconsin Wrestling Online.