Three Warriors advance to WIAA State Finals
Of the seven wrestlers from Wautoma/Wild Rose who competed in the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 2 Individual Sectional meet on Feb. 17 in Richland Center, three Warriors advanced to the state tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison this Thursday, Feb. 22, through Saturday, Feb. 24.
Senior Tanner Deist will make this third straight appearance at the WIAA State Tournament after securing a first-place finish in the 132 lb. weight division at the individual sectional meet. Fellow seniors Dillon Martin, 170 lbs., and Andrew Henschel, 182 lbs., also received a ticket to state each securing third place in their weight classes.
To make it to the state competition, Deist defeated Adam Staver from Evansville/Albany by a technical fall – 1.5 6:00 (15-0), and West Salem/Bangor’s Dalton Schams by a 7-0 decision in the first two rounds.
In the championship match, Deist defeated Edgerton’s Cole Bavery by a 6-4 decision to secure the sectional title, remaining undefeated in postseason matches heading into the state tournament.
At 170 lbs., Martin defeated Wesby’s Conor Vatland by a fall at 4:47 in the first round, but lost to River Valley’s Shane Liegel by a fall in 0:55 in the second round of the sectional.
Martin rallied in his third and fourth rounds of the sectional, defeating Edgerton’s Garrett Ison by a fall in 3:10 and Monroe’s Sam Kind by an 8-4 decision. Martin would secure third place when he lost to Viroqua’s Tyler Hannah by a fall in 3:55.
In his first match-up of the day in the 182 lb. weight division, Henschel fell to Monroe’s Depzy Foley by a 6-2 decision. Looking for a comeback, Henschel was able to secure wins in the second and third rounds, defeating Mount Horeb’s Ky Kalscheur by a 11-5 decision and Turner’s Emiliano Reyes by a 7-4 decision. Henschel took third place when he was matched up with Foley due to Rule.