Tomah-Sparta Preview

A timberwolf in the wild.

On Thursday night, the Spartans will be try to do something they’ve never done: win back-to-back MVC titles outright.  In 1992-93, they shared the team title with Tomah and won it outright the following year in the only other instance where the Spartans have won consecutive titles.  Tomah will look to recapture a bit of the 1992-93 magic as they come to Sparta with sights set on sharing the MVC crown Sparta ripped from their grasp last season.  It looks to be a good one.  Here’s a little preview of what’s to come from Tomah…

Records are approximate with help from Pat Stevenson and  Names in bold are my predictions for who will wrestle at each weight class.  215 and 285 are interchangeable as are 125 and 130 as well as 103 and 112.  As is always the case, a wrestler not listed below may be moved up from JV at the last second during the usual shuffling of wrestlers during the dual.

103  —  Patrick Adler (20-12) or Josh Brown (9-15)

  • Patrick Adler was 2nd at the Nekoosa Invite, 8th at Bi-State and 3-1 at the Wausau East Lumberjack Duals, Adler has wrestled at this weight class for 95% of the season with Brown picking up a forfeit victory against Logan and a loss against Central’s Ben Thornton in the dual.
  • Adler has wrestled Darius Wright (Holmen) twice this year and lost 15-3 and by pin in 3:30.  Sparta’s Dylan Winchel wrestled Wright  in the semis at the Sparta Invite and lost by pin in 5:11.
  • Adler lost to Central’s Ben Thornton this year during the Eau Claire North Husky Invite by score of 11-2.  Winchel lost an 18-0 decision to Thornton in Sparta’s dual against Central.
  • Patrick Adler defeated Aquinas’ Jordan Corcoran 2-1 at Bi-State while Winchel dropped a 14-1 decision in the dual against the Blugolds.

112  —  Patrick Adler (20-12) or Josh Brown (9-15)

  • Brown was 1-4 at the Wausau East Lumberjack duals with his only victory coming via forfeit.
  • Avery Hackett pinned Josh Brown in 1:21 during a dual.  Sparta’s Tristan Zurfluh dropped a 5-1 decision to Hackett that was much closer than the score indicates.
  • Central’s Blade Spindler pinned Patrick Adler in 2:59 in their dual match.  Zurfluh dropped a very close 8-6 decision to Spindler in their dual match.

119  —  Clayton Jacobs (19-15)

  • Both Bryce Nowaczyk and Clayton Jacob defeated Neillsville’s Jared Boon this year.  Jacobs defeated Boon 4-3 at the Nekoosa Invite while Nowaczyk took down Boon by the same score at the Sparta Invite.
  • Both Jacobs and Nowaczyk were pinned by Holmen’s James Bennett in the second period.
  • In each team’s dual against Logan, Bryce Nowaczyk pinned Gabe Kapanke in 3:15 while Jacobs took down Kapanke by a score of 11-6

125  —  Skyler McCarthy (18-18) or Tanner Dworak (15-12)

  • Derek VonRuden (DVR) defeated Neillsville’s Michael Chadwick by 3-0 score while Tanner Dworak lost to Chadwich 6-2 at the Nekoosa Invite
  • Neither DVR, McCarthy or Dworak have had much luck against Holmen’s Ryan Stalsberg.  DVR dropped a 5-1 decision during their dual match while Dworak lost 11-2 in their dual and McCarthy was pinned in 1:20 at Bi-State by Stalsberg.  I wouldn’t look to much into the 5-1 loss by DVR against Holmen as he has really turned his season around after a rough first couple weeks.
  • In last year’s dual, Tanner Dworak defeated Bryce Nowaczyk 8-6 at 103 pounds.
  • In last year’s dual, Brandon Rickert tech falled Skylar McCarthy 19-1

130  — Skyler McCarthy (18-18), Tanner Dworak (15-12) or Damion Reekie (21-9)

  • Black Koch of Reedsburg tech falled Skylar McCarthy 16-1 at the Nekoosa Invite while Koch defeated DVR 7-6 at the Sparta Invite while spending the last five seconds of their match running away from DVR like Ave Ventura at the end of Ace Ventura 2: When Nature Calls.
  • Nick Winchel defeated Neillsville’s Kyle Wilson 5-0 at the Sparta Invite while Wilson pinned Skylar McCarthy in 31 seconds at the Nekoosa Invite.
  • Sam Schank (Holmen) pinned Skylar McCarthy in 1:01 in their dual while Winchel picked up a solid 3-2 victory over Schank back in December.
  • Nick Winchel defeated Central’s Dylan Weigel by 11-6 score a couple weeks ago.  Damion Reekie lost 12-2 to Weigel in their dual match.
  • Both Winchel and McCarthy dropped decisions to Logan’s Kyle McKenzie.  Winchel by a score of 9-3 and McCarthy by pin in 56 seconds.
  • In last year’s dual, Tanner Dworak defeated Bryce Nowaczyk 8-6 at 103 pounds.
  • In last year’s dual, Brandon Rickert tech falled Skylar McCarthy 19-1.
  • In last year’s dual, Derek VonRuden defeated Damion Reekie 2-0.

135  —  Damion Reekie (21-9) or Patrick Cullen

  • Reekie won the Nekoosa Invite earlier this season.
  • Paul VanTassel has defeated Holmen’s Dan Niccum twice this year by score of 6-3 at the Sparta Invite and by pin in 1:09 in their dual match.  In the Holmen-Tomah dual, Reekie decisioned Niccum by score of 13-7.
  • Patrick Cullen’s only appearance at this weight was against Central’s Ben Thornton in which he was pinned in 2:27.
  • Both Reekie and VanTassel defeated Logan’s Josh Johnson this year.  VanTassel won by 10-5 decision in the dual while Reekie pinned Johnson in 2:28 in their dual match.
  • In last year’s dual, Derek VonRuden defeated Damion Reekie 2-0.

140  — Joey Organ (19-5) or Nathan Jaco

  • Organ decisioned Brad Hanson of Holmen 2-0 in their dual match.  Michael Murnane pinned Hanson in 1:53 in their dual match and 5-1 at the Sparta Invite.
  • Michael Keilen (Central) defeated Mike Murnane 10-1 in their dual match while Keilen defeated Nathan Jaco by pin in 47 seconds in their dual showdown.
  • In last year’s dual, Joey Organ defeated Jesse Amundson 6-4.

145  —  Jacob Dubord (21-4)

  • Dubord won the Nekoosa Invite earlier this season.
  • Both Toby Mosley and Jacob Dubord make quick work of Logan’s Mark Knudtson.  Mosley pinned Knudtson in 2:59 in their dual match while Dubord tech falled him 22-5.
  • In last year’s dual, Jacob Dubord defeated Nick Anderson 11-3.

152  —  Conner Genrich (18-13)

  • Neillsville’s Damien Luchterland defeated Morgan Leis 5-1 in the finals of the Sparta Invite.  Luchterland tech falled Genrich 16-0 at the Nekoosa Invite.
  • Morgan Leis pinned Logan’s Tyler Wolfert in 51 seconds.  Genrich squeaked out a 5-4 victory over Wolfert in their dual match.
  • In last year’s dual, Tom Tourdot defeated Conner Genrich 4-0.

160  —  Tyler Von Haden (26-5)

  • Tyler Von Haden (TVH) won the Nekoosa Invite and placed 5th at Bi-State.
  • TVH defeated Central’s Addison Lucey 9-3 at the Eau Claire North Husky Invite and 8-1 in their dual match.  Lucey major decisioned Xavier Lopez 11-2 in Sparta’s dual against Central.

171  — Jordan Reisinger (15-13) or Mike Von Haden (25-14)

  • Jordan Reisinger defeated Monroe’s Troy Hawkinson 11-7 earlier this season.  Hawkinson pinned Xavier Lopez in 1:30 at the Reedsburg Dual Tournament.
  • Holmen’s Ben Fiers is undefeated against Reisinger and Lopez this year.  Fiers pinned Reisinger in 3:49 in their dual while Lopez was pinned in 3:45 by Fiers at the Sparta Invite.
  • Both Lopez and Mike Von Haden had first period pins of Logan’s Chris Schleifer.  MVH in 40 seconds while Lopez took 1:14 to pin Schleifer.

189  —  Mike Von Haden (25-14) or Jordan Reisinger (15-13)

  • MVH placed 11th at Bi-State.
  • Earlier this season, Monroe’s Dusty Burkhalter major decisioned Clinton LaBeause 9-0 at the Reedsburg Duals.  MVH pinned Burkhalter in 27 seconds this season.
  • MVH dropped a 3-0 decision to Ben Fiers earlier this year.  Against another Holmen wrestler in Joe Inglett, MVH won 7-2 in the dual.
  • In last year’s dual, Matt Tourdot pinned MVH in 1:40.

215  —  Lucas Stromberg-Windau (20-8) or Dakota Steves (11-23)

  • Steves pinned Central’s Peter Medinger in 51 seconds at the Eau Claire North Husky Invite.
  • LSW pinned Holmen’s Tyler Shockey in 5:26 in their dual.

285  —  Lucas Stromberg-Windau (20-8) or Dakota Steves (11-23)

  • Hunter Hauser (Holmen) pinned Steves in 1:17.  Hauser won in overtime against Chris Beeler by a score of 2-1 at the Sparta Invite.
  • In last year’s dual, Steven Stevenson pinned LSW in 1:58.

On the team side of things, Tomah has done the following in the MVC this year…

  • Holmen 44 – Tomah 19 ………. Sparta 35 – Holmen 27
  • Tomah 53 – Logan 21 ………. Sparta 67 – Logan 9
  • Tomah 51 – Central 28 ………. Sparta 51 – Central 22
  • Tomah 55 – Onalaska 15 ………. Sparta 76 – Onalaska 6
  • Tomah 49 – Aquinas 18 ………. Sparta 41 – Aquinas 20
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