2014-15 Regionals Preview

Sparta will wrestle this Saturday in Mauston to kick off the tournament season.  Joining the Spartans in Mauston will be Adams-Friendship, Mauston, Viroqua, West Salem/Bangor, Westfield Area and Wisconsin Dells.  Let’s take a look at how Spartan wrestlers have fared against wrestlers from these teams…

  • 106  –  Corey Zimmerman pinned Dylan Sleean (Adams-Friendship) in 0:14 at Sparta Invite
  • 113  –  Ryan Hannah (Viroqua) pinned Kyle Erickson in 2:26 at Ithaca Weston Invite
  • 113  –  Ryan Hannah (Viroqua) pinned David Hayes at Lancaster Tournament
  • 120  –  Christian Lamon pinned Ryan Vesbach (Viroqua) at Lancaster Invite
  • 120  –  Sam Forbes defeated Mitchell Oldham (Viroqua) 6-0 at Ithaca Weston Invite
  • 132  –  Jaden Winchel pinned Nate Thayer (Mauston) in 0:21 at Sparta Invite
  • 138  –  Cole Clark (Adams-Friendship) defeated Brett VonRuden 9-5 at Sparta Invite
  • 152  –  Dalton Bernett (Viroqua) won by technical fall over Ashley Dahl at Ithaca Weston Invite
  • 160  –  Ryan Wisniewski defeated Jared Lenze (Mauston) 10-8 at Sparta Invite
  • 160  –  Harley Springborn (Viroqua) pinned Brady Hansen in 3:36 at Ithaca Weston Invite
  • 170  –  Austin Zweifel pinned Ryan Onshus (Viroqua) in 1:53 at Ithaca Weston Invite
  • 182  –  Walker Polhamus pinned Jake Baumgartner (Viroqua) at Lancaster Invite
  • 285  –  Chase Hudson (Viroqua) pinned Devon Smith in 5:32 at Ithaca Weston Invite

Not a ton of action compared to past years against regional opponents.  Let’s look a little bit more and see what wrestlers come into the tournament ranked by Wisconsin Wrestling Online…

  • Adams-Friendship  –  Trenton McManus (120-HM), Cole Clark (138-7th), Rylan Burrows (182-HM)
  • Mauston  –  Chris Ruf (113-5th), Jarret Dolata (120-HM), Teagen Miller (138-HM), John Maki (145-4th)
  • Sparta  –  Christian Lamon (120-5th), John Roddick (126-3rd), Jaden Winchel (132-1st), Brett VonRuden (138-HM), Brock Polhamus (145-2nd), Hayden Krein (152-5th)
  • Viroqua  –  Ryan Hannah (113-HM)
  • West Salem/Bangor  –  Nathan Schomberg (145-HM), Aaron Broer (220-HM)
  • Westfield Area  –  Brandon Peters (220-5th)
  • Wisconsin Dells  –  Willie Vandenlangenberg (152-8th)

Sparta leads all teams with six ranked wrestlers followed by Mauston with four, Adams-Friendship with three, West Salem/Bangor with two and Viroqua, Westfield Area and Wisconsin Dells with one.  Sparta has three wrestlers ranked higher than any other team’s highest ranked wrestler.  Jaden Winchel (1st), Brock Polhamus (2nd) and John Roddick (3rd) all come in before the next highest ranked wrestler in Mauston’s John Maki (4th).

The toughest weight class appears to be 145 pounds with three ranked wrestlers while the 152 and 220 pound weight classes each have a pair of ranked individuals.

The Spartans will look to return to the state team tournament for the first time since the 2011-12 season.  The last two years, Sparta has fallen 6.5 points short in each regional for a chance to compete at team sectionals.  Good luck Spartans!

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