Fresh off one of their best tournaments of the year, the Spartan wrestling team will look to continue that momentum Thursday evening in Holmen. The Vikings, winners of the past two MVC titles, will run out a squad currently ranked 5th in division one according to Wisconsin Wrestling Online. The Spartans, currently ranked 10th in division two, will look to avenge last year’s 34-28 home loss to the Vikings.
If you can’t make the dual in Holmen, we’ll be live streaming it here. Big thanks to Holmen school officials for allowing us to do this! So what’s in store for tomorrow? Let’s look at the Vikings from a team standpoint.
- Defeated Weston/Ithaca 54-21. Sparta defeated 51-23.
- Defeated West Salem/Bangor 42-29. Sparta defeated West Salem/Bangor 42-39.
- Defeated Onalaska 69-6. Sparta defeated Onalaska 60-9.
- Defeated Aquinas 56-3, Sparta defeated Aquinas 40-33, when Holmen wrestled Aquinas, the Blugolds forfeited three matches to Holmen and when Sparta wrestled Aquinas, they forfeited once
- Beat Tomah 45-24
Holmen’s strengths are in the upper weights while Sparta’s are in the lower weights. Minimizing opponent bonus points while maximizing your own bonus points will be key in this dual. On the individual side, Holmen boasts five ranked wrestlers according to WWO. At 138, Ryan Stalsberg is ranked 5th, Duncan McKinney is an honorable mention at 170, Noah Risch is 6th at 195, Charles Serauskas is 12th at 220 and Hunter Hauser is the top-ranked wrestler in the state at 285.
The Spartans lack of depth at the upper weights could be a problem Thursday evening. For the guys wrestling at the upper weights, it will be imperative to minimize bonus points in any losses as Sparta will have to overcome two forfeits if they bring out the same lineup they’ve wrestled all season. Toss up weight classes include 113, 120, 160, 170 and 182. At 138, Brock Polhamus and Ryan Stalsberg could meet in what might be the best individual match of the night and another important one for the Spartans. Stalsberg, ranked 5th in D1, could face Polhamus who is currently ranked 4th in D2, but is likely to move up after some impressive victories at Stevens Point this past weekend.
This is a veteran Holmen team with a lot of big match experience while the Spartans only have three seniors. Another way to underscore the relative inexperience of this Spartan team is that only three Spartans who wrestled in last year’s dual against the Vikings will wrestle this year–Corey Zimmerman, John Roddick and Dylan Winchel. Brock Polhamus missed last year’s dual due to injury. Finally, add in that Holmen will be wrestling at home and you see why this will be a tough dual.
Here is a little bit about each individual Holmen wrestler…
- 106 – Drake Kulmaczewski, 16-10 record, lost to West Salem/Bangor’s Noah Reedy 15-0, Reedy pinned Sparta’s Zimmerman in 59 seconds,
- 113 – Ryan Bennett, 21-10 record, has also wrestled at 120 this year, won by major decision over West Salem/Bangor’s Trevor Resheske 11-0, Sparta’s Lamon pinned Resheske in 1:54, Weston/Ithaca’s Hunter Dischler defeated Bennett 7-1, Dischler pinned Corey Zimmerman in 5:20, 10th at Bi-State Classic, Bennett defeated DC Everest’s Manning Denk by pin at Bi-State, Lamon defeated Denk 11-6 at Stevens Point,
- 120 – Kelsie Jarzemski, 8-10 record, has also wrestled at 113 this year, West Salem/Bangor’s Quintin Browne defeated Jarzemski 8-3, Sparta’s Collin Gartner pinned Browne in 5:01,
- 126 – Hunter Pierce/Corey Andrews/Taylor Goins/Noah Carpenter, it’s been a bit of a revolving door at this weight class, but it appears Carpenter might be the guy to go at this weight. He currently has an 11-8 record. Carpenter defeated Weston/Ithaca’s Jordan Rupp 3-2, John Roddick defeated Rupp 15-0,
- 132 – Corey Andrews/Jonah Rieber. Most likely Rieber at this weight. Comes in with a 12-16 record. West Salem/Bangor’s Devin Bahr won 18-2 over Rieber while Jaden Winchel lost to Bahr by fall in 2:53, Weston/Ithaca’s Stetson Clary pinned Rieber in 1:26, Clary pinned Jaden Winchel in 3:16,
- 138 – Ryan Stalsberg, 23-5 record, Stalsberg defeated Onalaska’s Andy Achenreiner by pin in 3:15, Brock Polhamus pinned Achenreiner in 3:51, Bi-State Classic champion,
- 145 – Jacob Limberg, 14-13 record, Limberg won 5-4 against Weston/Ithaca’s Nick Bennett, Brock Polhamus defeated Bennett 12-0, Limberg pinned Onalaska’s Andrew Levandoski in 3:15, Dylan Winchel pinned Levandoski in 32 seconds
- 152 – Logan Lasack, 11-11 record, Lasack defeated Onalaska’s Konrad Ernst 5-0, Ernst defeated Logan VanTassel 6-2, also at this weight we could see Zack Back (5-10) or Tyson Noffke (4-3), Hunter McHugh (2-1) is also a possibility,
- 160 – Zack Back, 5-10 record, also Logan Lasack has also wrestled here,
- 170 – Duncan McKinney, 13-13 record, Brett Davis (2-6) has also wrestled here, 6th at Bi-State Classic, pinned Logan’s Nate Bakalars in 1:27, Walker Polhamus defeated Bakalars 8-1 earlier this year,
- 182 – Jacob Wiemerslage, 6-4 record, Duncan McKinney and Brett Davis (2-6) have also wrestled here, defeated Logan’s Colin Mastin 3-1 at Bi-State, Lucas Peters defeated Mastin 3-1 in overtime,
- 195 – Noah Risch, 25-4 record, 6th at Bi-State Classic,
- 220 – Charles Serauska, 14-4 record, Serauskas defeated Weston/Ithaca’s Ossian Sharp by pin in 1:00, wrestling at 285 Logan Degenhardt pinned Sharp in 3:06, Serauskas pinned Onalaska’s Houston Dorn in 1:25, Degenhardt pinned Dorn in 2:19,
- 285 – Hunter Hauser, 22-3 record, Bi-State Classic champion,
To see Holmen’s season stats, click here.
As mentioned above, we will be live streaming this dual so make sure to come back to Spartanwrestling.com to follow the action if you can’t make it to Holmen. And as always, GO SPARTANS!!!