Sparta ranked 8th in new poll…

According to Wisconsin Wrestling Online, Sparta is ranked 8th in Division two.  Holmen, who the Spartans defeated 35-27 last week, is an honorable mention in Division One according to the same poll.  Below are the full rankings for Division two…

  1. Ellsworth
  2. Oconto Falls
  3. Luxemburg-Casco
  4. Pewaukee
  5. Lodi
  6. Tomahawk
  7. Campbellsport
  8. Sparta
  9. Marshall
  10. River Valley
  11. Kewaskum
  12. Winneconne

Honorable mention:  Neillsville, Amery, Delavan-Darien, Freedom, Sheboygan Falls and Seymour

Sparta may have to deal with a number of ranked teams if they wish to advance to the state team tournament.  Currently, no ranked or honorable mention teams are in the same regional as the Spartans.  However, things get sticky after that.

Lodi, Marshall and River Valley are in the other regionals.  Lodi and Marshall are in the same regional so one of those teams will be eliminated.  My guess is that Lodi will advance.  Out of the Belleville/Monticello/New Glarus regional, I’m not sure who the top team is there, but none of them are currently in the rankings.  Monroe does come out of that regional and they gave the Spartans a good run for the money.

My guess for who will advance to the four-team Mauston sectional, and this is extremely premature since we are just a couple weeks into the season, are Sparta, Lodi, River Valley and Monroe.  After that, who knows what happens.

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