State meet berths at stake for county wrestlers at regionals (Pierce County Wrestling Honor Roll included)
Saturday's WIAA individual wrestling sectionals at hand and there will be 26 wrestlers from Pierce County trying to make it to Madison.
Ellsworth and Prescott will be at the WIAA Division 2 Somerset Sectional which begins at 11 a.m. and Spring Valley/Elmwood is at the WIAA Division 3 Independence/Gilmanton Sectional which will be held at Osseo-Fairchild High School in Osseo. The meet starts at 10 a.m.
Two local regional champions from last weekend have good chances of making to state. What both have in common is that they bounced back from recent disappointment to come away champions in a short turnaround.
Prescott's Nick Opdahl finished fifth in the Middle Border Conference meet at 138 pounds. A week later he won the regional title at St. Croix Central with wins over Ellsowrth's Dan Langer in the semifinals and Baldwin-Woodville's Tom Langer.
"We worked a lot leading up to regional on leg defense and he did a much better job with it," PHS head coach Paul Johnson said. "He was also more aggressive and intense and did better job attacking which he has to do to be successful."
A mistake cost Spring Valley/Elmwood Ethan Hofacker in the Redbird's dual meet against Boyceville, part of tough 33-30 loss to the Bulldogs back on Jan. 31. Since then Hofacker wrestled his way to finals of the BRC/D-SC Wrestling Jamboree, where he was a runner-up at 195 and then at last week's regional in Cadott he won first place with a 4-2 win over Glenwood City's Blayze Wood.
"He's been wrestling really well since then," SVE head coach Carter Turner said. "He was ahead at the time when was pinned against Boyceville. He's a freshman but he handled it like a upperclassman and it didn't affect his confidence. He took on a very good wrestler in (Blayze) Wood in the regional finals and won and that's a positive indicator for the sectional."
Hofacker is one of the favorites to move on in 182-pound field in the D-3 sectional, along with Flambeau's Mike Scharenbrock and Turtle Lake/Clayton's Damon Blechinger and Cumberland's Jaylin Lansin. Other SVE wrestlers who have good shots of making it to Madison include Jaron Turner, who was a regional champ at 160 and fellow regional champ Tyler Berg at 126. Along with Turner, other wrestlers at 160 are Ladysmith's Ross Peterson and Lee Pronchinske of Arcadia. Berg's main competition will come from Bruce's Ben Adams, Jordan Corcoran of La Crosse Aquinas and Alex Colbeth of Clear Lake.
Another favorite for state is SVE's Jed Schlegel. The Redbird freshman moved down to 132 and has one of the better records in the field along with Arcadia's Alex Gladowski and Boyceville's Dominic Olson.
If Spring Valley/Elmwood's Derek Huebel makes it to state at 113 pounds he'll have earned it as this weight class is loaded with some of the best wrestlers in the state in Kal Geber of Cameron; Sean Sonnentag of Cadott and Cody Shafer of Clear Lake. SVE's Logan Newton is in a tough weight class as well at 120 led by defending state champion Riley Knops of Glenwood City and Tim Anderson of Clear Lake. The same situation exists at 145 where SVE's Zach Newton is in the same wieght class as state champ Austin Moe. Trent Miller will try to get through a 152-pound weight class which includes Boyceville Josh Cormican and Unity's Colton Sorenson and SVE's Mike Roesler will have to deal with the favorites at 220 which are Ben Stone of Cumberland and Justin Peper of Unity.
For Division 2, check out this preview by Dave Newman of the New Richmond News (http://westwisport.areavoices.com/2013/02/15/wrestling-sectionals-should...)
Final Crossface Magazine Rankings (bases on dual meet strength)
1. Wausau West
4. Bay Port
5. Sauk Prairie
8. Lake Geneva Badger
10. Menomonee Falls
Special mention:Hudson, Elkhorn, Pulaski,Mt. Horeb/Barneveld Wauwatosa, Fort Atkinson
2. Two Rivers
3. Oconto Falls
Special mention:Brodhead/Juda Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal, Lomira, Sheboygan Falls, Nekoosa/Port Edwards
4. Clear Lake
5. Random Lake
6. Spring Valley/Elmwood
7. Mineral Point
Special mention:Cashton, Crandon, Boyceville, Stratford Cumberland, Iowa-Grant/Highland, Shiocton, Laconia
Pierce County Prep Wrestling Honor Roll
106 - John Albarado, Ellsworth, 15-10; Sam Hoopingarner, Prescott, 24-16; Andrew Webb, SVE 20-16
113 - Derek Huebel, SVE, 30-12
120 - Jens Lantz, Ellsworth, 34-5; Logan Newton, SVE, 30-12
126 - Tyler Berg, SVE, 31-10; Alex Stuhl, Prescott, 27-12; Riley Melstrom, Ellsworth, 15-14
132 - Brad Cain, Ellsworth, 30-16; Paul Hansen, Prescott, 21-13; Ryan Berg, SVE, 18-18
138 - Dan Langer, Ellsworth; 14-4; Jed Schlegel, SVE, 32-10, Nick Opdahl, Prescott 25-10
145 - Zach Newton, SVE 32-9; Troy Urman, Prescott, 25-10; Max Peterson, Ellsworth; 24-8; Tristan Mueller, Ellsworth, 28-20
152 - Logan Kemmerer, Ellsworth, 19-1; Jaron Turner, SVE, 31-12; Austin Tulip, Prescott, 18-14
160 - Gabe Frandson, Ellsworth, 39-6; Trent Miller, SVE, 28-17
170 - Hank Holdorf, Ellsworth, 36-11; Kevin Fesenmaier, SVE, 21-17; Lee Boles, Prescott, 12-10
182 - Ethan Hofacker, SVE, 27-13; Devrin Myers, Ellsworth, 11-7
195 - Jake Murphy, Ellsworth, 25-11
220 - Brady Zimmer, Ellsworth, 16-13; Mike Roesler, SVE, 19-18
285 - Brodey Kemmerer, Ellsworth, 21-17