Winchel advances to finals, three other Spartans still alive

It wasn’t the easiest victory of the year for Jaden Winchel, but at this time of the year, any victory is a good victory.  And that’s what Winchel got with his 2-1 ultimate tiebreaker victory over Freedom’s Cody Walrath to advance to the division two 132-pound finals.  He will face Edgerton’s Sonny Schieldt for the second time in less than a week.  Winchel defeated Schieldt in the sectional semifinals 3-2.

At 126 pounds, John Roddick ran into a brick wall in Amery’s Hunter Marko.  The junior is going for his third state title in as many tries and pummeled Roddick to the tune of a 20-5 victory.  Fellow senior Brock Polhamus dropped a highly contested 3-2 decision to Two Rivers’ Chandler Donati.  Polhamus was on the verge of a takedown numerous times in the final minute, but couldn’t close the deal.  He will join Roddick and freshman Hayden Krein in the consolation round starting Saturday morning for a chance at 3rd place.

Speaking of Hayden Krein, the freshman 152-pounder bounced back from a 5-2 loss in the quarterfinals to register a 15-0 technical fall victory over Wrightstown’s Ben Klister.  Like Winchel, Krein will face a familiar opponent–Wisconsin Dells’ Willie Vandenlangenberger.  Krein defeated Willie at regionals and lost to him at sectionals in overtime.  At 120 pounds, Christian Lamon dropped consecutive matches to fall out of the tournament.

When will the Spartans wrestle?

  • John Roddick, Brock Polhamus and Hayden Krein  –  All are guaranteed top six and a place on the podium.  They will wrestle for 3rd or 5th beginning in the round that starts at 11am
  • Jaden Winchel  –  Jaden will wrestle about one third of the way through the finals tonight.  Finals begin at 6pm.

How can I watch Sparta wrestle today?

Good luck Spartans!!

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