Freshman Jon Bailey (42-4) started the action for the Spartans with a 9-0 victory over Ashwaubenon’s Fernando Coronado (37-8). He then faced off with West Bend West’s Justin Lor (42-4) in the quarterfinals. Bailey fell behind 2-0, but battled back to a 3-3 tie as the third period ended and overtime began. The 106-pound Bailey became stronger as the match progressed. Lor had Bailey on his heels for much of the match and was giving him fits on his feet. As the third period progressed, Bailey began to attack more and more and it appeared Lor tired as the match went on. In overtime, Bailey had a few opportunities for takedowns before finally securing one for a 5-3 overtime victory.
The win was Bailey’s 42nd of the year. He will face Arrowhead’s Dominic Dentino (30-7) in the semifinals Friday evening.
At 126 pounds, junior Christian Lamon’s season came to an end with a 9-2 loss to Oak Creek’s Isaiah Robinson. Robinson controlled the match from start to finish while Lamon had difficulty getting anything going. Lamon finishes the season with a 23-11 record and moves into a select group of Spartan wrestlers who have qualified for state three times. He will have a chance next year to join an even smaller group of wrestlers who have qualified four times.
Brett Von Ruden’s first match didn’t go quite like he hoped. Von Ruden (22-6) lost to Stoughton’s Garrett Model 14-5. It was a tough draw and while the match was closer than the score indicated, Von Ruden can breathe a sigh of relief as Model went on to win his quarterfinal match ensuring Von Ruden a second match. That second match will be against Hudson’s Jacob Anderson (41-6) who lost in overtime to Model. Von Ruden (22-6) will need to win his next three matches to earn a place on the podium.
At 145 pounds, Jaden Winchel’s quest to defend his state championship from last year and become Sparta’s third multi-state champion ended with a fall in the quarterfinals to Kenosha Tremper’s Noah Jackson (48-6). Winchel (38-4) won his first match 7-0 over Wauwatosa West/East’s Zach Miller (31-8) and was up 3-0 early in the third period before getting caught and pinned in 5:29. Winchel will now wrestle Depere’s Trevor Turriff (44-3) Saturday morning. Winchel will need to win his next two matches to place.
Sophomore Hayden Krein (41-5) was Sparta’s most dominant wrestler on Thursday. His opening match was a 7-0 victory over a very tough Joe Cliver of Hortonville (41-3). Wisconsin Wrestling Online had Cliver ranked second in the state and Krein 3rd. After his dismantling of Cliver, it was onto the quarterfinals to face the Joel Dutton-coached Freddy Garcia of Kenosha Tremper (48-5). Krein controlled the entire match en route to a 9-2 victory over the sixth-ranked wrestler in division one at 152 pounds. That victory guaranteed Krein a spot on the podium and sent him to the semifinals where he will face Greenfield’s Tre ‘Vaughn Craig (45-2). The Greenfield senior is currently ranked 8th in division one at 152 pounds by Wisconsin Wrestling Online.
It was an up and down day for the Spartans, but there is still a lot of wrestling left. Brett Von Ruden and Jaden Winchel will wrestle during the round beginning Friday at 10am. Bailey and Krein will be off until Friday evening when the semifinals begin at 7pm.
Full match results are below…
D1-106 – Jon Bailey (42-4) placed 6th and scored 8.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Jon Bailey (Sparta) 42-4 won by major decision over Fernando Coronado (Ashwaubenon) 37-8 (MD 9-0)
Quarterfinal – Jon Bailey (Sparta) 42-4 won in sudden victory – 1 over Justin Lor (West Bend West) 42-4 (SV-1 5-3)
D1-126 – Christian Lamon (23-11) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Isaiah Robinson (Oak Creek) 31-12 won by decision over Christian Lamon (Sparta) 23-11 (Dec 9-2)
D1-138 – Brett Von Ruden (22-6) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Garrett Model (Stoughton) 46-6 won by major decision over Brett Von Ruden (Sparta) 22-6 (MD 14-5)
D1-145 – Jaden Winchel (38-4) place is unknown and scored 2.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 38-4 won by decision over Zach Miller (Wauwatosa West/E.) 31-8 (Dec 7-0)
Quarterfinal – Noah Jackson (Kenosha Tremper) 48-6 won by fall over Jaden Winchel (Sparta) 38-4 (Fall 5:29)
D1-152 – Hayden Krein (41-5) placed 6th and scored 7.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 41-5 won by decision over Joe Cliver (Hortonville) 41-3 (Dec 7-0)
Quarterfinal – Hayden Krein (Sparta) 41-5 won by decision over Frank Garcia (Kenosha Tremper) 48-5 (Dec 9-2)