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Pierce County wrestling fans to get plenty of home cooking when it comes to regionals (PCH Wrestling Honor Roll)

Pierce County wrestling fans won't have to go far to watch high school grapplers this Saturday

That's because the county will host two regional meets a little over 20 miles apart from each other.

Ellsworth High School plays host to a WIAA Division 2 regional beginning at 10 a.m. and Spring Valley High School is the site for a Division 3 regional tournament beginning at 11 a.m. Both tournaments will run until the late afternoon.

Although hosting such meets involves a good deal of work for the school hosting the meet, there are many advantages to staying at home on Regional Saturday.

"For one thing, you can sleep in a little later," EHS head coach Chad Steldt joked. "You don't have to get up quite so early to get on a bus for an away meet. And we get to workout on the mats beforehand and haveall  the comforts and familiarity of being at home that have when we wrestle a dual meet or a tournament here."

Steldt said he certainly feels comfortable where the No. 1 Panthers are at heading into the regional meet, which also has Prescott, Baldwin-Woodville, St. Croix Central, Cornell/Gilman/Lake Holcombe and Bloomer/Colfax.

"Somtimes you look for weak spots in your line-up and how you plan around them but honestly I don't feel there are any 'weak spots' with this team,"  Steldt said. "The way we wrestled at conference, to see wrestlers like Gabe (Mancino) get to the finals and Jacob (Fuchs) and Josh (Hines) and Brock (Steldt) win conference titles tells me we're as solid and deep a team as we've been all season and healthy too."

Prescott is predicted to do well in the meet, perhaps finish as high as second. PHS head coach Paul Johnson hopes the illness bug which hurt the team last week at the MBC meet has passed to where the Cardinals can still reach their postseason goals.

"It's really going to come down to stamina, who can keep up and wants it more," Johnson said. "Technically our kids are very sound, especially our seniors. We just have to be in shape and be healthy enough to stay with our opponents."

No. 1 ranked Spring Valley/Elmwood will have to get back to winning team titles if it hopes to keep its season going for the whole team. Last week SV/Elmwood took a setback finishing second to No. 6 Menomonie in the Big Rivers/Dunn-St. Croix Wrestling Jamboree.  The Redbirds biggest challenge will come from No. 5 Boyceville along with Glenwood City, Durand, Mondovi, Cadott and Eau Claire Regis.

The top two individual wrestlers will advance to the individual sectional next weekend. The winning team heads to the team sectionals on Tuesday. Ellsworth, again, won't be going far if they get there for EHS will be the site for the local D-2 team sectional while Boyceville will be the host in Division 3. Team sectionals begin at 6 p.m. 

Here are the final individual and team rankings heading into the postseason by Wisconsin Wrestling Online:  b

Pierce County Herald Wrestling Honor Roll (records .500 or above as of Feb. 27)

106 - Andrew Webb, SVE, 32-9; Sam Hoopingarner, Prescott, 30-13, Sawyer Strom, Ellsworth, 23-10; Andrew Swanson, Ellsworth, 14-7

113 -  Derek Huebel, SVE, 30-7; Gabe Mancino, Ellsworth, 26-21

120 - Cruze Hurlburt, SVE, 41-1; Anders Lantz, Ellsworth, 36-13 

126 - Jens Lantz, Ellsworth, 38-1; Tyler Berg, SVE, 41-4; Paul Hansen, Prescott, 28-9

132 - Alex Stuhl, Prescott, 32-9; Brad Cain, Ellsworth, 32-11; Logan Newton, SVE, 32-12; Riley Melstrom, Ellsworth, 15-11

138 -  Tristen Mueller, Ellsworth, 32-10; Isaiah Eitrem, SVE, 12-5; Ryan Berg, SVE, 16-15;

145 - Zach Newton, SVE, 38-7;  Nick Opdahl, Prescott, 18-10; Jacob Fuchs, Ellsworth, 17-11

152 - Troy Urman, Prescott, 33-3; Jed Schlegel, SVE, 37-5; Josh Hines, Ellsworth, 31-13

160 - Gabe Frandsen, Ellsworth, 50-1; Trent Miller, SVE, 34-11; Matthew McNurlin, Prescott, 17-17

170 - Logan Kemmerer, Ellsworth, 41-3; Kevin Fesenmaier, SVE, 37-10

182 - Dennis Schutz, Ellsworth; 22-3; Brady Zimmer, Ellsworth, 11-8; Tyler Miller, Prescott, 31-13; Chris Craft, SVE, 23-18

195 - Ethan Hofacker, SVE,33-3; Brock Steldt, Ellsworth, 27-12

220 -  Mike Roesler, SVE, 23-17; Ken Stowe, Ellsworth, 26-17;

285 - D.J. Wheeler, SVE, 28-15; Brodey Kemmerer, Ellsworth, 21-13