Sparta and Holmen met for the 37th time Thursday evening, but it was the first time these longtime rivals battled with one ranked atop the Wisconsin high school wrestling world. Holmen, the top-ranked team in division one since late 2017, defeated the Spartans 56-12 Thursday evening in Holmen to secure their their third MVC title in a row.
The Vikings won 11 of 14 matches including seven by pin to improve to 22-15 all-time against the Spartans. Holmen has now won three straight in the series dating back to the 2015-16 season.
Action started at 220 with 8th-ranked Jack Westcott battling Garet Pfaff. It was all Westcott as the Holmen senior won by pin in 1:33. Holden junior Jesse Fiers, ranked 11th at 285, followed Westcott’s pin with one his own in 1:18 against Noah Benish.
At 106, 9th-ranked Alex Pellowski took down Luiz Curz-Cane in 46 seconds to extend the Vikings lead to 18-0 after three matches. Vince Polhamus battled Kody Klonecki next and fell 11-4 before Carter Vetsch defeated Samuel Matias-Escalante via pin in 2:35 at 120 to make it 27-0 Holmen.
Junior Jon Bailey put the Spartans on the board with a 4-2 overtime victory at 126 against Logan West. Thomas True battled Trevor Plomedahl extremely hard at 132, but fell 5-4 before third-ranked Tanner Schultz pinned senior Kyle Erickson in 3:29.
The Spartans would get two matches back with victories at 145 and 152. Senior Brett Von Ruden won by technical fall in 3:29 over Mitchell Beinborn while David Hayes dominated the Vikings’ Wyatt McCutchen 10-2 at 152 to make it 36-12 Holmen.
At 160, in a matchup of ranked wrestlers, it was Holmen’s Reed Williams who came out with an upset victory. The Holmen senior, currently an honorable mention at 160, defeated Spartan senior and fifth-ranked Hayden Krein 9-8.
The Vikings then closed out the match with a technical fall at 170 and pins at 182 and 195 to complete the 56-12 victory over Sparta.
This was going to be an uphill battle all the way for the Spartans. Holmen has one of the best all-around teams the MVC has seen in years with nine ranked wrestlers including three in the top three of their weight class. It’s also a very experienced team with all, but one of those ranked wrestlers a junior or senior.
With the MVC season complete, Holmen once again finds themselves atop the standings followed by Tomah and then Sparta.
Complete results below…
220 – Jack Westcott (Holmen) pinned Garet Pfaff in 1:33
285 – Jesse Fiers (Holmen) pinned Noah Benish in 1:18
106 – Alex Pellowski (Holmen) pinned Luis Cruz-Cane in 0:46
113 – Kody Klonecki (Holmen) defeated Vince Polhamus 11-4
120 – Carter Vetsch (Holmen) pinned Samuel Matias-Escalante in 2:35
126 – Jon Bailey defeated Logan West (Holmen) 4-2, SV-1
132 – Trevor Plomedahl (Holmen) defeated Thomas Treu 5-4
138 – Tanner Schultz (Holmen) pinned Kyle Erickson in 3:29
145 – Brett Von Ruden won by technical fall over Mitchell Beinborn (Holmen) 15-0, 2:46
152 – David Hayes won by major decision against Wyatt McCutchen (Holmen) 10-2
160 – Reed Williams (Holmen) defeated Hayden Krein 9-8
170 – Kalyn Jahn (Holmen) won by technical fall over Mathias Krein 16-1, 5:37
182 – Isaac Lahr (Holmen) pinned Kelten Pfaff in 1:11
195 – Kyle Burkhardt (Holmen) pinned Madden Connelly in 2:22
FINAL: HOLMEN 56 – SPARTA 12
The Vikings had their way with the Spartan JV as well winning five of six matches. Full results below…
138 – Zach Wistod (Holmen) defeated Gavin Haldeman 7-6
152 – Copper Kulmazerch (Holmen) pinned Seth Boland in 1:13
160 – Lucas Lazavau (Holmen) pinned Corbin Hauser in 2:49
170 – Tom Sarazin (Holmen) pinned Nick Gann in 1:52
170 – Derek Olson (Holmen) defeated Marcus Cox 5-3
220 – Nick Decicco pinned Brennan Wate (Holmen) in 3:43
With the loss, the Spartans fell to 4-3 overall and 4-2 in the MVC. The varsity are off until Saturday, February 10th when they travel to Baraboo for regionals. The JV will compete on Monday in Sparta. It’s the start of tournament season so time to rest and get prepared for the stretch run.
It wasn’t the ending these Spartans wanted and they have certainly wrestled better in the past, but there are still very important matches coming up to look forward to. We will have a regional preview early next week.