Spartans qualify nine for sectionals, finish 2nd at Regionals

Nine Spartans will be making the trip to compete at sectionals Saturday in Waunakee after Jon Bailey, Christian Lamon, Jaden Winchel and Hayden Krein all won individual regional titles to lead Sparta to a second place finish.  Winning the regional tournament and wrestling against Sauk Prairie tonight in Baraboo is Holmen who finished with 226 points to Sparta’s 186.  Sparta avenged a convincing defeat to Tomah just a couple weeks ago by finishing 36.5 points ahead of the Timberwolves on their home mats.

Sparta’s four champions had a pretty easy day.  Jon Bailey had a pin then won 13-1 in the finals.  Christian Lamon was the only champion for Sparta who wrestled three matches.  All the others wrestled two.  Lamon had two first period pins and a 10-5 victory in the finals.  Jaden Winchel had two second period pins in his two matches.  And Hayden Krein had a first period pin followed by a 15-0 technical fall victory in the finals.

Also qualifying for the Spartans was David Hayes (4th), Brett Von Ruden (3rd), Mathias Krein (4th), James Gann (4th) and Austin Zwiefel (3rd).

Summarized results are below!

106  –  Jon Bailey, 1st Place, 3-0 with a pin and major decision
113  –  Blake Brooks, 5th Place, 1-2 with a pin
120  –  Kyle Erickson, 5th Place, 1-2 with a pin
126  –  Christian Lamon, 1st Place, 3-0 with two pins
132  –  David Hayes, 4th Place, 3-1 with three pins
138  –  Brett Von Ruden, 3rd Place, 2-1
145  –  Jaden Winchel, 1st Place, 3-0 with two pins
152  –  Hayden Krein, 1st Place, 3-0 with a pin and technical fall
160  –  Mathias Krein, 4th Place, 3-1 with a technical fall and major decision
170  –  James Gann, 4th Place, 3-1 with two pins and a major decision
182  –  Jack Ruedy, 6th Place, 1-2 with a pin
195  –  Austin Zwiefel, 3rd Place, 2-2 with a pin
220  –  Bronson Stark, Did Not Place, 0-2

Here are some of the more impressive victories by Spartans on the day…

  • Jon Bailey defeats Tomah’s Dawson Lambert (38-7) 13-1 in the 106-pound finals
  • Christian Lamon defeats La Crosse Central’s Jacob Obert (31-8) 10-5 in the 126-pound finals
  • David Hayes pins La Crosse Logan’s Cody Larson (23-13) in 2:23 in the 4th Place match to qualify for sectionals
  • Jaden Winchel pins Holmen’s Ryan Bennett (27-15) in 3:09 in the 145-pound finals.
  • James Gann defeats Tomah’s Justice Blackhawk (28-16) 16-7 in the 4th Place match to qualify for sectionals

And here are the team scores…

  1. Holmen 226
  2. Sparta 186
  3. Tomah 149.5
  4. Reedsburg 145
  5. Baraboo 126.5
  6. La Crosse Central 105.5
  7. La Crosse Logan 104
  8. Onalaska 60

The Spartans will now rest and prepare for sectionals Saturday in Waunakee.  The top two finishers will advance to the state individual tournament next week beginning on Thursday.  Last year, the Spartans qualified eight for the state tournament.  It will be tough to match those numbers, but it’s a good sign that Sparta nearly reached double digits in sectional qualifiers this year and not a single wrestler was a senior.  All these guys are coming back next year.

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