Wrestling: Fesenmaier earns regional title; Casey and Wolf also head to sectionals
Three Spring Valley/Elmwood Cardinal wrestlers advanced to the WIAA Division 3 Sectional A individual tournament by earning champion or runner-up titles in their weight classes at the the Cadott regional tournament on Saturday, Feb. 9.
Senior co-captain Kenny Fesenmaier claimed SVE's lone regional title in Cadott by pinning Glenwood City's Dakota Dean-Immerman in the semifinals before defeating Cadott's Gavin Tegels by a 4-2 decision in the 195-pound championship match that ended in sudden victory.
Freshman Kaleb Casey qualified for sectionals after pinning Brooks Kraus of Cornell/Gilman 1 minute, 13 seconds into the 106-pound wrestleback match. Casey was forced to wrestle a true-second bout after losing a 12-1 major decision to Boyceville's Josiah Berg in the championship match.
Sophomore Brayden Wolf earned a bid to sectionals by taking second place in his three-man, 138-pound bracket. Wolf pinned Cadott's Tyler Matherne in the semifinals before losing to Boyceville's Nick Goodell by a 6-4 overtime decision.
The Cardinals' Riley Merth, Santana Schlegel, Nolan Stans and Travis Marty all came up short in qualifying for sectionals by placing third in their regional brackets. Co-captain Schlegel ended his high school wrestling career with a 26-8 record and a second-period pin against Cadott's 152-pound Michael Pecha.
Despite being short-handed once again, the Cardinals finished in third place at the six-team regional with 133 team points. Boyceville won the regional meet with 234.5 total points.
Casey, Fesenmaier and Wolf will now wrestle on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the WIAA Division 3 Sectional A tournament hosted by Independence High School. They'll face off against wrestlers from Cumberland, Phillips and Durand's regional tournaments. Wrestling is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.
106: First-place match: Josiah Berg (Boyceville) 37-5, Fr. over Kaleb Casey (Spring Valley/Elmwood) 34-5, Fr. (MD 12-1); Second-place wrestleback match: Kaleb Casey (Spring Valley/Elmwood) 34-5, Fr. over Brooks Kraus (Cornell/Gilman) 17-17, Fr. (Fall 1:13)
113: Fifth-place match: Tristan Neisinger (Spring Valley/Elmwood) 21-17, Fr. over Brant Bowe (Cadott) 0-2, Jr. (Fall 2:56)
138: First-place match: Nick Goodell (Boyceville) 29-13, Sr. over Brayden Wolf (Spring Valley/Elmwood) 16-15, So. (SV-1 6-4)
145: Third-place match: Riley Merth (Spring Valley/Elmwood) 16-8, Jr. over Tanner Anderson (Boyceville) 5-3, So. (Fall 0:26)
152: Third-place match: Santana Schlegel (Spring Valley/Elmwood) 26-8, Sr. over Michael Pecha (Cadott) 1-2, So. (Fall 3:15)
170: Third-place match: Nolan Stans (Spring Valley/Elmwood) 13-17, So. over Dylan Mcnew (Boyceville) 0-2, Sr. (Fall 1:08)
182: Third-place match: Travis Marty (Spring Valley/Elmwood) 17-18, Jr. over () , . (Bye)
195: First-place match: Kenny Fesenmaier (Spring Valley/Elmwood) 28-10, Sr. over Gavin Tegels (Cadott) 31-10, Fr. (SV-1 4-2)
220: Third-place match: Mitchell Gunderson (Cadott) 15-10, Sr. over Paul Schwebach (Spring Valley/Elmwood) 12-16, So. (Fall 1:14)