Jon Bailey rebounded from an overtime defeat at the hands of the finals-bound Brady Koontz by picking up a 5-2 decision against Kaukauna’s John Diener and a 6-1 victory over Hartford Union’s Jalen Spuhler (44-9). That victory over Spuhler guaranteed Bailey a place on the podium for the second straight year. If Bailey wins his first match Saturday, he will wrestle for third place. If he loses, he’ll wrestle for fifth place. His opponent to open Saturday’s wrestlebacks will be Pulaski’s Cole Gille (37-4).
At 145 pounds, Jaden Winchel opened the day with a 7-2 victory over West De Pere’s Keenan Graef. His next match was marked by numerous stoppages for blood for his opponent and a controversial ending that saw Winchel losing 2-1 to Waterford’s Austin Thomas (23-6). Winchel ends the year with a 40-5 record.
At 152 pounds, Brett Von Ruden opened up action against Slinger’s Adam Beine (51-3) and was dominant for much of the match. Beine was no match on his feet for Von Ruden as the Spartan junior went up 10-3 deep into the third period before Beine locked up Von Ruden in a tight cradle and pinned him with 17 seconds to go. Von Ruden was leading the entire match until getting caught. Von Ruden ends the year with a 29-14 record.
Hayden Krein was searching to reach his second straight state finals appearance after winning the 152-pound championship as a sophomore. That will have to wait another year as Stoughton’s Tyler Dow won 9-2 after catching Krein early in a scrambled that lead to a five-point move that altered the course of the match. Krein never recovered and will now wrestle for third place. His opponent Saturday morning will be a familiar one–Holmen’s Kalyn Jahn. It will be the fourth time these two have met this year–Bi-State finals, regional finals and sectional finals. Krein will enter his match against Jahn with a 34-2 record.
Full match-by-match results through two days at state are below…
D1-113 – Jon Bailey (38-6) placed 6th and scored 9.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Jon Bailey (Sparta) 38-6 won by fall over Cole Ramos (Kenosha Bradford/Reuther) 44-5 (Fall 0:35)
Quarterfinal – Brady Koontz (Stevens Point) 36-0 won in sudden victory – 1 over Jon Bailey (Sparta) 38-6 (SV-1 7-5)
Cons. Round 1 – Jon Bailey (Sparta) 38-6 won by decision over John Diener (Kaukauna) 29-12 (Dec 5-2)
Cons. Round 2 – Jon Bailey (Sparta) 38-6 won by decision over Jalen Spuhler (Hartford Union) 44-9 (Dec 6-1)
D1-145 – Jaden Winchel (40-5) place is unknown and scored 4.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 40-5 won by major decision over Waymon McNeal (Germantown) 43-3 (MD 15-6)
Quarterfinal – Garrett Model (Stoughton) 46-5 won by fall over Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 40-5 (Fall 3:34)
Cons. Round 1 – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 40-5 won by decision over Keenan Graef (West De Pere) 33-9 (Dec 7-2)
Cons. Round 2 – Austin Thomas (Waterford) 23-6 won by decision over Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 40-5 (Dec 2-1)
D1-152 – Brett Von Ruden (29-14) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Shane Gantz (Waukesha West) 41-1 won by decision over Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 29-14 (Dec 8-3)
Cons. Round 1 – Adam Beine (Slinger) 51-3 won by fall over Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 29-14 (Fall 4:43)
D1-160 – Hayden Krein (34-2) placed 6th and scored 10.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 34-2 won by fall over Jake Deates (Kenosha Bradford/Reuther) 37-4 (Fall 3:31)
Quarterfinal – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 34-2 won by major decision over Alec Bess (Rhinelander) 37-5 (MD 12-0)
Semifinal – Tyler Dow (Stoughton) 51-2 won by decision over Hayden Krein (Sparta) 34-2 (Dec 9-2)