2014 WIAA State Wrestling

The last weekend in February is one of the weekends I look forward to most.  It’s state wrestling time in Wisconsin and that typically means a return to the tournament that I’ve spent years watching and now covering as a photographer.  For the last few years, I’ve shot the tournament for the Eau Claire Leader Telegram while covering as many Sparta guys as I could while still doing my job for the Eau Claire paper.  As a former Sparta wrestler and webmaster of Spartanwrestling.com, it has been great to be a Sparta fan lately.  The past three years have seen the Spartans send six wrestlers in 2012, seven in 2013 and six again this year.  Last year, they had two guys reach the state finals and three place while this year one guy reached the state final and four placed.

It’s a great tournament and I was happy to spend another three days at the Kohl Center covering some of the best wrestling Wisconsin has to offer.

Fans await the start of the 2014 WIAA State Wrestling Tournament.

Fans await the start of the 2014 WIAA State Wrestling Tournament.

The lights go down in the Kohl Center before the traditional march of the state finalists.

The lights go down in the Kohl Center before the traditional march of the state finalists.

Sparta's Logan Degenhardt fends off a hand to the face from Wisconsin Lutheran's Bryce Roberts.

Sparta’s Logan Degenhardt fends off a hand to the face from Wisconsin Lutheran’s Bryce Roberts.

Jaden Winchel battles East Troy's Ryan Engel.

Jaden Winchel battles East Troy’s Ryan Engel.

Left:  Cameron's Kal Gerber battles Riverdale's Bradon Roen.  Right:  John Roddick takes down New London's Scott Cook.

Left: Cameron’s Kal Gerber battles Riverdale’s Bradon Roen. Right: John Roddick takes down New London’s Scott Cook.

Menomonie's Jared Baldwin (left) and Germantown's Hunter Higginbotham battle for position during the D1 285-pound semifinals.  Baldwin served Higginbothm his first loss of the season with a 5-4 decision.

Menomonie’s Jared Baldwin (left) and Germantown’s Hunter Higginbotham battle for position during the D1 285-pound semifinals. Baldwin served Higginbothm his first loss of the season with a 5-4 decision.

Wrightstown's Michael Bannach celebrates his overtime victory over Waupaca's Logan Bernhardt during the D2 106-pound quarterfinals.

Wrightstown’s Michael Bannach celebrates his overtime victory over Waupaca’s Logan Bernhardt during the D2 106-pound quarterfinals.

Boyceville's Micah Johnson (top) puts a cradle on Westby's Ross Withington during the D3 138-pound semifinals.  Johnson would win 12-3.

Boyceville’s Micah Johnson (top) puts a cradle on Westby’s Ross Withington during the D3 138-pound semifinals. Johnson would win 12-3.

West Allis Central's Tyus White (right) takes down Kaukauna's Ty Lee during the division one 106-pound state finals.  White would win 5-3.

West Allis Central’s Tyus White (right) takes down Kaukauna’s Ty Lee during the division one 106-pound state finals. White would win 5-3.

Sparta's Jaden Winchel (right) gets low against Stanley-Boyd/Owen-Withee/Thorp's Robert Csukker.

Sparta’s Jaden Winchel (right) gets low against Stanley-Boyd/Owen-Withee/Thorp’s Robert Csukker.

Viroqua's JJ McClelland (right) lost 12-4 to Seymour junior Walker Christensen in the division two 120-pound quarterfinals.

Viroqua’s JJ McClelland (right) lost 12-4 to Seymour junior Walker Christensen in the division two 120-pound quarterfinals.

Viroqua's JJ McClelland (right) lost 12-4 to Seymour junior Walker Christensen in the division two 120-pound quarterfinals.

Viroqua’s JJ McClelland (right) lost 12-4 to Seymour junior Walker Christensen in the division two 120-pound quarterfinals.

Sparta's John Roddick looks for back points against Wittenberg-Birnamwood's Bobby Uttecht.

Sparta’s John Roddick looks for back points against Wittenberg-Birnamwood’s Bobby Uttecht.

Menomonie's Logan Schlough (left) goes low on Green Bay West/Southwest's Kyle Nelson in the opening round of the 2014 state wrestling tournament.

Menomonie’s Logan Schlough (left) goes low on Green Bay West/Southwest’s Kyle Nelson in the opening round of the 2014 state wrestling tournament.

Bonduel's Garrett Siolka looks for points against Stratford's Anthony Gilnecki (bottom) during the D3 113-pound semifinal.

Bonduel’s Garrett Siolka looks for points against Stratford’s Anthony Gilnecki (bottom) during the D3 113-pound semifinal.

Cameron's Kal Gerber celebrates his victory in the division three 120-pound final over Riverdale's Bradon Roen.

Cameron’s Kal Gerber celebrates his victory in the division three 120-pound final over Riverdale’s Bradon Roen.

Sparta's Brock Polhamus celebrates with his coach Jake Larsen after winning his D2 138-pound semifinal.

Sparta’s Brock Polhamus celebrates with his coach Jake Larsen after winning his D2 138-pound semifinal.

Sparta's Brock Polhamus reacts after winning his D2 138-pound semifinal match against Ellsworth's Tristan Mueller.

Sparta’s Brock Polhamus reacts after winning his D2 138-pound semifinal match against Ellsworth’s Tristan Mueller.

Evansville/Albany's Jordan Meyer celebrates his victory over Wrightstown's Josh Verbeten during the D2 138-pound semifinals.

Evansville/Albany’s Jordan Meyer celebrates his victory over Wrightstown’s Josh Verbeten during the D2 138-pound semifinals.

Evansville/Albany's Jordan Meyer throws Wrightstown's Josh Verbeten during the D2 138-pound semifinals.

Evansville/Albany’s Jordan Meyer throws Wrightstown’s Josh Verbeten during the D2 138-pound semifinals.

Left:  Holmen's Hunter Hauser celebrates his state final victory over Menomonie's Jared Baldwin.  Right:  Cameron's Kal Gerber celebrates his victory in the division three 120-pound final over Riverdale's Bradon Roen.

Left: Holmen’s Hunter Hauser celebrates his state final victory over Menomonie’s Jared Baldwin. Right: Cameron’s Kal Gerber celebrates his victory in the division three 120-pound final over Riverdale’s Bradon Roen.

Holmen's Ryan Stalsberg (top) looks for back points against Racine Horlick's Gabe Paez.

Holmen’s Ryan Stalsberg (top) looks for back points against Racine Horlick’s Gabe Paez.

Sparta's Jaden Winchel earns two near fall against Stanley-Boyd/Owen-Withee/Thorp's Robert Csukker.

Sparta’s Jaden Winchel earns two near fall against Stanley-Boyd/Owen-Withee/Thorp’s Robert Csukker.

Despite a bloodied mouth, Mauston's Spencer Davies emerged with a 7-1 victory over Amery's Austin Connor.

Despite a bloodied mouth, Mauston’s Spencer Davies emerged with a 7-1 victory over Amery’s Austin Connor.

With a shiner, Rhinelander's Connor Johnson (top) looks for a tilt against Oregon's Andrew Nyenhuis.

With a shiner, Rhinelander’s Connor Johnson (top) looks for a tilt against Oregon’s Andrew Nyenhuis.

Sparta's Christian Lamon faces off with Lodi's Jason Clapper.

Sparta’s Christian Lamon faces off with Lodi’s Jason Clapper.

Two River's Ty Pelot (right) and Edgerton's Sonny Schiedt (left) battle for hand position.

Two River’s Ty Pelot (right) and Edgerton’s Sonny Schiedt (left) battle for hand position.

Two River's Ty Pelot (right) and Edgerton's Sonny Schiedt (left) battle for hand position.

Two River’s Ty Pelot (right) and Edgerton’s Sonny Schiedt (left) battle for hand position.

LEFT:  Sparta's Logan Degenhardt hangs onto Sheboygan Falls' Brady Koller during a 1-0 wrestleback victory.  LEFT:  Jaden Winchel celebrates his victory over Mosinee's Riley Ivaska in the division two 132-pound 3rd place match.

LEFT: Sparta’s Logan Degenhardt hangs onto Sheboygan Falls’ Brady Koller during a 1-0 wrestleback victory. LEFT: Jaden Winchel celebrates his victory over Mosinee’s Riley Ivaska in the division two 132-pound 3rd place match.

Sparta's Jaden Winchel drives Chilton/Hilbert's Patrick Breckheimer to the mat.

Sparta’s Jaden Winchel drives Chilton/Hilbert’s Patrick Breckheimer to the mat.

Westby's Chase Nottestad holds onto the leg of Mineral Point's Brenyn Schmit in the division three 220 pound final.

Westby’s Chase Nottestad holds onto the leg of Mineral Point’s Brenyn Schmit in the division three 220 pound final.

Merrill's Tyler Schmidt lands a head throw on Holmen's Charles Serauskas, which led to a pin in 1:00.

Merrill’s Tyler Schmidt lands a head throw on Holmen’s Charles Serauskas, which led to a pin in 1:00.

Random Lake's Reed Anklam celebrates his pin over Mishicot's Jon Brendenmuehl in the division three 285-pound final.

Random Lake’s Reed Anklam celebrates his pin over Mishicot’s Jon Brendenmuehl in the division three 285-pound final.

Holmen's Hunter Hauser (left) fends off Menomonie's Jared Baldwin (right) during their 285-pound division one final.

Holmen’s Hunter Hauser (left) fends off Menomonie’s Jared Baldwin (right) during their 285-pound division one final.

Holmen's Hunter Hauser spins teammate and 195-pound state runner-up Noah Risch around after winning the 285-pound title.

Holmen’s Hunter Hauser spins teammate and 195-pound state runner-up Noah Risch around after winning the 285-pound title.

Sparta's Logan Degenhardt (left) and Wisconsin Luthernan's Bryce Roberts (right) battle during the division two 220-pound quarterfinals.

Sparta’s Logan Degenhardt (left) and Wisconsin Luthernan’s Bryce Roberts (right) battle during the division two 220-pound quarterfinals.

Evansville/Albany's Jordan Meyer (top) earns a takedown against Stanley-Boyd/Owen-Withee/Thorp's Robert Csukker.

Evansville/Albany’s Jordan Meyer (top) earns a takedown against Stanley-Boyd/Owen-Withee/Thorp’s Robert Csukker.

Milton's Dalton Shea earns back points against Menomonie's Joey Ford during their opening round match of the 2014 WIAA State Wrestling Tournament.

Milton’s Dalton Shea earns back points against Menomonie’s Joey Ford during their opening round match of the 2014 WIAA State Wrestling Tournament.

Sparta's Jaden Winchel (left) prevents Mosinee's Riley Ivaska from escaping during their Division Two 132-pound 3rd place match.  Winchel would win 2-0.

Sparta’s Jaden Winchel (left) prevents Mosinee’s Riley Ivaska from escaping during their Division Two 132-pound 3rd place match. Winchel would win 2-0.

Sparta's John Roddick (top) looks for back points against Delaven-Darien's Cody Chelminiak during the D2 126-pound quarterfinals.

Sparta’s John Roddick (top) looks for back points against Delaven-Darien’s Cody Chelminiak during the D2 126-pound quarterfinals.

River Falls' Darius Wright throws Menomonie's Mason Stokke to his back, but was unable to convert the throw into a takedown.

River Falls’ Darius Wright throws Menomonie’s Mason Stokke to his back, but was unable to convert the throw into a takedown.

Chetek-Weyerhauser/Prairie Farm's Cole LaLiberty looks for back points against Kiel's Matt Halverson during the D2 285-pound final.  Halverson would win 7-4.

Chetek-Weyerhauser/Prairie Farm’s Cole LaLiberty looks for back points against Kiel’s Matt Halverson during the D2 285-pound final. Halverson would win 7-4.

Sparta's John Roddick looks for a takedown and near fall against New London's Scott Cook.

Sparta’s John Roddick looks for a takedown and near fall against New London’s Scott Cook.

Sparta's Jaden Winchel celebrates his 2-0 victory over Mosinee's Riley Ivaska in the D2 132-pound 3rd place match.

Sparta’s Jaden Winchel celebrates his 2-0 victory over Mosinee’s Riley Ivaska in the D2 132-pound 3rd place match.

Holmen's Noah Risch celebrates his ultimate tie breaker victory over South Milwaukee's Tom Mitchell in the D1 195-pound quarterfinals.

Holmen’s Noah Risch celebrates his ultimate tie breaker victory over South Milwaukee’s Tom Mitchell in the D1 195-pound quarterfinals.

LEFT:  Sparta's Christian Lamon picks up a takedown against Lodi's Jason Clapper.  RIGHT:  Tomah coach Jeff Von Haden (right) celebrates a state final victory in overtime by his 195-pounder Jordan Reisinger.

LEFT: Sparta’s Christian Lamon picks up a takedown against Lodi’s Jason Clapper. RIGHT: Tomah coach Jeff Von Haden (right) celebrates a state final victory in overtime by his 195-pounder Jordan Reisinger.

Sparta's Christian Lamon (right) brings Campbellsport's Bennett Marchant to the mat during their opening round match.

Sparta’s Christian Lamon (right) brings Campbellsport’s Bennett Marchant to the mat during their opening round match.

Sparta's Brock Polhamus goes airborne while dragging the arm of Luxemburg-Casco's Mason Berceau in the D2 138 pound quarterfinals.

Sparta’s Brock Polhamus goes airborne while dragging the arm of Luxemburg-Casco’s Mason Berceau in the D2 138 pound quarterfinals.

Two Rivers' Ty Pelot looks for back points against Viroqua's JJ McClelland.

Two Rivers’ Ty Pelot looks for back points against Viroqua’s JJ McClelland.

Edgerton's Sonny Schiedt (right) looks for an escape against Two River's Ty Pelot in the D2 120-pound quarterfinals.

Edgerton’s Sonny Schiedt (right) looks for an escape against Two River’s Ty Pelot in the D2 120-pound quarterfinals.

Edgerton's Sonny Schiedt (right) looks for an escape against Two River's Ty Pelot in the D2 120-pound quarterfinals.

Edgerton’s Sonny Schiedt (right) looks for an escape against Two River’s Ty Pelot in the D2 120-pound quarterfinals.

Sparta's Brock Polhamus (right) battles Luxemburg-Casco's Mason Berceau in the D2 138-pound quarterfinals.

Sparta’s Brock Polhamus (right) battles Luxemburg-Casco’s Mason Berceau in the D2 138-pound quarterfinals.

Menomonie's Logan Schlough (right) couldn't hang onto Holmen's Ryan Stalsberg in the D1 132-pound quarterfinals.

Menomonie’s Logan Schlough (right) couldn’t hang onto Holmen’s Ryan Stalsberg in the D1 132-pound quarterfinals.

Green Bay West/Southwest's Kyle Nelson goes for back points against Holmen's Ryan Stalsberg.

Green Bay West/Southwest’s Kyle Nelson goes for back points against Holmen’s Ryan Stalsberg.

Onalaska's Tyler Wood looks for a takedown against Wisconsin Rapids' Patrick Spray.

Onalaska’s Tyler Wood looks for a takedown against Wisconsin Rapids’ Patrick Spray.

Tomah's Jordan Reisinger (left) and Holmen's Noah Risch battle for position during the D1 195-pound final.

Tomah’s Jordan Reisinger (left) and Holmen’s Noah Risch battle for position during the D1 195-pound final.

Tomah's Jordan Reisinger celebrates his 4-3 ultimate tie breaker victory over Holmen's Noah Risch in the D1 195-pound final.

Tomah’s Jordan Reisinger celebrates his 4-3 ultimate tie breaker victory over Holmen’s Noah Risch in the D1 195-pound final.