Warriors place in top three at WIAA Division 2 State Tournament
All three of the Wautoma/Wild Rose Warriors who traveled to the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 2 Individual State Wrestling Tournament placed in the top three of their weight divisions while competing at the at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Kohl Center Feb. 22-24.
Wild Rose senior Dillon Martin finished his high school wrestling career with a second place finish at the state tournament, while fellow Wild Rose seniors Tanner Deist and Andrew Henschel each secured third place in their weight classes.
Martin’s road to the championship round started Thursday evening, Feb. 22, when he defeated Little Chute’s Bryce Schumacher by a 14-5 major decision in the first round of the 170 lb. weight class.
Martin went on to win against Ellsworth’s Dalton George by a 5-4 decision on Friday morning, followed by a 4-3 victory over Viroqua’s Tyler Hannah that afternoon to advance to the championship match. Martin would take second place on Saturday after he was pinned by River Valley’s Shane Liegel in 2:51.
Martin finished his high school wrestling career recording 110 wins; earning second place at the Lourdes On the Water Classic in 2017; and winning the South Central Conference Championship at 170 lbs. in 2018. He is also a two-time WIAA Sectional Qualifier; two-time WIAA Regional Champion; and has served as the team captain for the past two seasons.
After receiving a bye in the first round of the 132 lb. weight division, Deist defeated Medford’s Zeke Sigmund by a 6-1 decision in the second round on Friday, Feb. 23, but would go on to lose to St. John’s Aidan Medora by a 14-8 decision that evening.
In an effort to take third place at state, Deist defeated Amery’s Mike Smith by a 7-0 decision and Luxemburg-Casco’s Nathan Ronsman by a 4-0 decision on Saturday.
During Deist’s high school career, he recorded a total of 153 wins; secured the South Central Conference Championship at 138 lbs. in 2018, and has served as team captain for the past two years. He also has been a three-time WIAA State Qualifier; two-time place winner at the WIAA State Tournament; two-time WIAA Sectional Champion; and four-time WIAA Regional Champion.
At 182 lbs., Henschel faced his first opponent at the state tournament, Catholic Memorial’s Brian Flanagan, on Feb. 22. After defeating Flanagan by a fall in 4:37, Henschel went on to defeat Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol’s Jeremy Jorns in the second round on Friday by an 8-1 decision.
In his third round, Henschel was defeated by Neillsville/Greenwood’s Stephen Buchanan by a 4-0 decision on Friday evening, but would come back to defeat Chetek-Weyerhaeuser’s Daniel Churchwar on Saturday, Feb. 24, by a 9-3 decision to advance to the third place match.
In his final match of his high school career, Henschel beat Whitewater’s Jimmy DuVal by a 9-1 major decision to secure third place at the state tournament.
Henschel has recorded 103 career wins over the course of his high school wrestling career. He is also a three-time South Central Conference Champion; 2017 WIAA Regional Champion; three-time WIAA Sectional Qualifier; and won second place at the Lourdes On the Water Classic in 2017.