Here’s your quick Sparta Invite preview. Another great tournament in store with 48 ranked wrestlers including three wrestlers who are tops at their weight classes. The top dogs include Sparta’s Jaden Winchel at 132 pounds, Lancaster’s Cole Martin at 145 and David Chadd at 195.
Based on rankings and number of ranked individuals, expect Sparta, Eau Claire North and Iowa-Grant/Highland to be in competition for the top team spot. Anything can happen though and Sparta will need to wrestle their best to come away with a title at their home meet–something they’ve done only twice since 1997.
Ranked wrestlers by team include…
- Adams-Friendship, D2 – Cole Clark (7th at 138), Rylan Burrows (HM at 182)
- Black River Falls, D2 – Nick Raifsnider (HM at 170)
- Blair-Taylor, D3 – No ranked wrestlers
- DeForest, D1 – Jackson Hemauer (12th at 152), Kevin Rauls (HM at 182), Nathan Kemp (13th at 195), Hunter Toppel (4th at 285)
- Desoto, D3 – Lance Buckles (4th at 170), Mike Finney (9th at 195)
- Eau Claire North, D1 – Mason Phillips (HM at 106), Tyler Deacon (12th at 120), Justin Peterson (9th at 138), Hunter Dahlby (6th at 182)
- Franklin, D1 – Gavin Devine (12th at 285)
- Hillsboro, D3 – No ranked wrestlers
- Holmen, D1 – Tanner Schultz (2nd at 106), Charles Serauskas (6th at 220)
- Iowa-Grant/Highland, D3 – Sawyer Sarbacker (7th at 106), Max Maylor (6th at 120), Brady Peat (HM at 152), Luke Nowak (2nd at 170), Kyle Soderstrom (9th at 220)
- Lancaster, D3 – Cole Martin (1st at 145), Dustin Reynolds (6th at 152), Tyson Wolf (HM at 160), David Chadd (1st at 195)
- Mauston, D2 – Chris Ruf (6th at 113), Teagen Miller (HM at 138), John Maki (4th at 145)
- Neillsville, D2 – Skylar Barth (10th at 106), Stetson Rueth (HM at 138), Jake Rueth (3rd at 170), Nick Rueth (HM at 220)
- North Crawford/Seneca, D3 – Zach Stluka (8th at 160)
- Princeton, D3 – Payton Hall (9th at 132), Taran Holland (HM at 152)
- Reedsburg, D1 – Thomas Holston (HM at 106), Mason McMillen (HM at 113), Dalton Hahn (2nd at 182)
- Sparta, D2 – Christian Lamon (6th at 120), John Roddick (3rd at 126), Jaden Winchel (1st at 132), Brett VonRuden (HM at 138), Brock Polhamus (2nd at 145), Hayden Krein (5th at 152)
- Weston/Ithaca, D3 – Gavin Burch (HM at 106), Hunter Dischler (1st at 120), Stetson Clary (2nd at 132), Ossian Sharp (HM at 220)
Some big matchups that could happen include…
- Sparta’s Brock Polhamus (ranked 2nd in D2) and Lancaster’s Cole Martin (ranked 1st in D3). Martin took it to Polhamus a couple weeks ago, but you can bet Brock will be looking to serve a plate of vengeance.
- Sparta’s Jaden Winchel (1st at 132) and Stetson Clary (2nd at 132) could meet. Brock Polhamus defeated Clary earlier this season in a dual in Sparta.
- At 152 pounds, Sparta’s Hayden Krein (ranked 5th at 152) could meet Lancaster’s Dustin Reynolds (6th at 152 in D3)
- Lots of good matchups at 170. Desoto’s Lance Buckles (ranked 4th), Iowa-Grant/Highland’s Luke Nowak (ranked 2nd) and Neillsville’s Jake Rueth (ranked 3rd)
- At 182 pounds, we have Eau Claire North’s Hunter Dahlby (ranked 6th) and Reedsburg’s Dalton Hahn (ranked 2nd)
These aren’t set in stone. Guys could move around, brackets could change. One thing is certain though. It will be another great day for wrestling in Sparta. Good luck Spartans!