MADISON, Wis. – Two-time Defending champion Stoughton (23-2) advances to the Division 1 championship match for the sixth consecutive season with a 42-19 victory over Kaukauna in the semifinals of the State Team Wrestling Tournament at the UW Field House in Madison Friday evening.
The third-seeded Vikings won 11 of the 14 weight classes in the match. Alex Wicks. and Braeden Whitehead each recorded pins to lead the Vikings, and both Brooke Empey and Nicolar Rivera won their matches by technical fall. The Galloping Ghosts were led by Jaden Verhagen and Clay Wendzicki, who won their matches by fall.
The Vikings advanced to the semifinals with a 45-24 win over Neenah in the quarterfinals. They will dual top-seeded Mukwonago in a rematch of the 2019 championship match Saturday afternoon.
Mukwonago (25-1) erased a nine-point deficit in the match with five straight victories, including three pins, to win its semifinal match-up against Arrowhead, 42-27. The Indians won eight of the 14 bouts in the match, six by pin. Caleb Willmann, Tyler Pitcel, Blake Roberts, Zach Eliszewski, Cole Hansen and Luke Stromberg each won with falls in their matches. Adam Polczynski, Mitchell Mesenbrink and four-time individual State champion Keegan O’Toole led the Warhawks with pins.
The Indians advanced to the semifinals with a 57-21 defeat of Brookfield East in the quarterfinal round. In other quarterfinal action, Arrowhead edged Holmen 38-37, and Kaukauna rolled past Hudson 46-21.
The State Team Wrestling Tournament resumes Saturday at 10 a.m. with the semifinals in Divisions 2 and 3. The finals for all three divisions are scheduled for 3 p.m.
DIVISION 1 RESULTS
Quarterfinals - Friday, March 6 - 5:30 p.m.
Match 1 - #1 Mukwonago (24-1) 57, #8 Brookfield East (9-10) 21 - Summary
Match 2 - #4 Arrowhead (7-2) 38, #5 Holmen (17-5) 37 - Summary
Match 3 - #3 Stoughton (22-2) 45, #6 Neenah (10-4) 24 - Summary
Match 4 - #2 Kaukauna (13-2) 46, #7 Hudson (13-7) 21 - Summary
Semifinals - Friday, March 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Match 5 - Mukwonago (25-1) 42, Arrowhead (7-3) 27 - Summary
Match 6 - Stoughton (23-2) 42, Kaukauna (13-3) 19 - Summary