Rapids Wrestling Schedule and Results
|Thurs. Dec. 4 Home Stevens Point
7:30 p.m. You would have to go a long way back to find a dual meet where Rapids beat
Stevens Point as bad as they did tonight. For the past several years the scores have
somewhere in the mid 40's for the Raiders to somewhere in the mid teens for SPASH. This
time the final score was 61-6. At 103 Josh Chappa (WR) wrestled his heart out but came up
short against Kyle Roth 15-9. At 112 Josh Hansen (WR) scored a second period TF over Aaron
Nelson. At 119 Jared Jaminski (WR) pinned Brandon Raikowski in 5:42. At 125 Andy Casper
(WR) beat Derek Onstad 13-6. At 130 Matt Redepenning (WR) pinned Nick Kubowski in 3:03. At
135 Nikk Leggett (WR) received a forfeit. At 140 Clint Weiler (WR) pinned Corey Feltz in
3:01. What most people thought would be the feature match of the night took place at 145
when Kevin Tritz (WR) and state qualifier, Jon Slezak stepped on the mat. The match
started off as somewhat of a defensive struggle. Tritz would get in on Slezak's legs and
but Slezak was able to get out of bounds. finally in the third period Tritz got the take
down that secured a 4-1 win. At 152 Jake Akkerman (WR) beat Tim Peterson 9-4. At 160 Luke
Fara (WR) received a forfeit. At 171 Ben Casper (WR) needed only 3:10 to get the TF over
Tate Roselius. At 189 Elliot Fischer (WR) pinned Josh Pascavis in 3:48. At 215 Dane
Thompson (WR) dominated his match with Carey Mullenburg before pinning him in 2:51. At 275
the outsized Steve Virgil (WR) put up a good fight but lost to Matt Wanta 9-5.
Sat. Dec. 6 Away Oconomowoc Invite 9:00 a.m. The Red Raiders went down to Oconomowoc today and completely dominated every team they faced. In the first round Rapids beat Nicolet 78-0. In the senond round they beat the home team, Oconomowoc, 67-9. In the third round Rapids beat Janesville Craig 53-12. In the fourth round the Red Raiders took on and defeated Wilmot 55-17 and in the finals Rapids beat Hartland Arrowhead 51-10. On the day 7 Raider wrestlers went undefeated. Jared Jaminski went 3-0 and Cody Tesch went 2-0. Nikk Leggett, Kevin Tritz, Luke Fara, Elliot Fischer and Dane Thompson all went 5-0.
Thurs. Dec. 11 Away Wausau East 7:30p.m. A couple Rapids wrestlers had tough matches tonight, but for the most part the Wausau East Lumberjacks were completely overwhelmed by the the Red Raiders during a 73-0 shut out. At 103 Josh Chappa pinned Nick Stetzer in 1:56. At 112 Jordan Quinell received a forfeit. At 119 Josh Hansen pinned Zer Thao in 3:08. At 125 Andy Casper built up a nice lead and then for the most part hung on for a 13-12 win over Elijah Thao. At 130 Matt Redepenning received a forfeit. At 135 Nikk Leggett received a forfeit. At 140 Clint Weiler score an impressive TF over Bob Kuhnert. At 145 Kevin Tritz picked up the second Raider TF by beating Dan Weber 25-9. At 152 Jake Akkerman beat Ryan Ullenbrauck 12-7. At 160 Luke Fara extended his pinning streak to 6 with a fall over Jesse Steuhr in :39. At 171 Ben Casper pinned Jordan Gutowski in 1:45. At 189 Elliot Fischer picked up a hard fought 3-2 win over Travis Weitz. At 215 Steve Virgil received a forfeit. At 275 Dane Thompson Pinned Joe Gallion in 4:31.
In JV action the Red Raiders also scored a shut out. Jeremy Clark pinned Ser Yang. James Verdan beat Yan Xiong 13-3. Jared Jaminski pinned Tou Lor. Clayton Eggebrecht beat Adam Bordagaray 8-7. Ben Bruegeen beat Koua Thao 6-0. Adam Klonowski pinned Suour Vue. Jay Rahn pinned Suour Vue. Mike Casey pinned Eric Schwede. Justin Hansen pinned Chris Nienow. Mike Foshey beat Nick Turinetti 11-6. Kerry Kopelk beat Nick Turinetti 11-1. Thanks to the Thompsons and Shane Benitz for providing the results tonight and at Saturday's meet in Oconomowoc.
Thurs. Dec. 18 Home Merrill 7:30 p.m. The Red Raiders lost a couple close matches tonight, but still were more than up to the task of grounding the bluejays 48-18. At 103 Mike McConnell (M) beat Josh Chappa 5-1. At 112 Josh Hansen (WR) beat Matt Schneider 10-1. At 119 Jared Jaminski (WR) pinned Sean dickman in 3:18. At 125 Andy Casper received a forfeit. At 130 Brandon Welter beat Matt Redepenning in OT 10-8. At 135 Nikk Leggett (WR) and Dustin Perry squared off in a wild one. Nikk took an early lead but Perry came back in the last few seconds for a 9-6 win. At 140 Clint Weiler (WR) pinned Aaron Erickson in 5:16. At 145 Kevin Tritz (WR) dominated and pinned Luke Rose in 5:04. At 152 Jake Akkerman (WR) needed only 2:24 to score a TF over Anthony Leary. At 160 Luke Fara (WR) received a forfeit. At 171 Ben Casper (WR) pinned Matt Hoeft in 1:28. At 189 David Akey (M) beat Elliot Fischer 3-0. At 215 Adam Lassa (M) pinned Jeff Netz in :42. At 275 Dane Thompson (WR) beat Zach Swanson 6-2.
119# Jordan Quinnell (WR) tech fall over Josh Schueltzer 3:28
140# Ben Brueggen (WR) dec. Mark Ineichen 7-0
152# Adam Klonowski (WR) pinned Bryant Natzke 2:24
152# Mike Casey (WR) dec. Joe Perry 14-4
189# Kerry Kopelke (WR) dec. Casey Grey 8-7
215# Paul Stiver (M) pinned Andy Paschall 1:30
275# Matt Zacher (M) dec. Andy Paschall 2-0
175# Joe Levicks (M) dec. Matt Peeters 3-2 o.t.
Sat. Dec 20 Home Rapids Duals 10:00 a.m. Whitewater, Adams-Friendship, River Falls & Brookfield East . After somewhat of a flat performance Thursday, The Red Raiders really put on a show today. In five dual meets they only only gave up 25 points while putting up 349 of their own. In the process they shut out Wild Rose 78-0, beat Brookfield East 69-9, Whitewater 73-3, Adams-Friendship 62-10 and then dropped River Falls 67-3. In the first round Whitewater beat Brookfield East 41-21 and River Falls beat Adams-Friendship 51-18. In round two Adams-Friendship beat Wild Rose 43-23 and River Falls beat Whitewater 50-24. In round three River Falls beat Wild Rose 67-8 and Adams Friendship beat Brookfield East 51-21. In round four Whitewater beat Wild Rose 62-17 and Fiver Falls beat Brookfield East 39-36. In round four Brookfield East beat Wild Rose 45-22 and Whitewater beat Adams-Friendship 48-28. On the day 9 Red Raider wrestlers went undefeated. Josh Hansen, Jared Jaminski, Matt Redepenning, Nikk Leggett, Clint Weiler, Kevin Tritz, Jake Akkerman, Luke Fara and Dane Thompson all finished the day 5-0. Josh Chappa, Andy Casper, Ben Casper and Steve Virgil went 4-1 while Elliot Fischer went 3-2 on the day. On an impressive note, Jake Akkerman recorded five first period pins. Next up will be the toughest tournament Rapids will be in this year. The Clash is a 32 team, team tournament. Some of the best teams in the country will be there and the Raiders will need our support. Let's show the rest of the country what Rapids pride is all about.
Fri & Sat. Jan. 2 & 3 Away The Clash - National High School Duals. Rochester, MN In order to compete in a tournment like the this, a team must be on top of it's game. All 32 teams were very good, but not all 32 teams were truly on top of their game. Unfortunately the Red Raiders were one of those team that really didn't wrestle all that well. The losses that Rapids took were very close with many matches that could have easily gone either way. Most of the meets resulted in 7 wins a piece which means that extra points meant everything and those extra points were tough to come by all weekend.
Day 1 Results
These results put the Red Raiders into Division 7 for Day 2. The following show the results of the 4 team round robin tournament.
Fri & Sat. Jan 9 & 10 Away Cheesehead Kaukauna 7:00 p.m./9:00 a.m. I think most of you would agree with me when I say that last weekend the Red Raiders really didn't wrestle all that well. I don't now what the coaching staff said to change things over the last week, but whatever it was it worked in a big way. This week, as opposed to last week, the Red Raiders were on top of their game as they crowned 4 Cheesehead champions and blew out the rest of the competition by well over 100 points. Rapids amassed 649 points to take first. Last week both Mineral Point and Luxemburg Casco finished well ahead of Rapids at The Clash. This week Mineral Point was a distant second with 516 points and Luxemburg Casco racked up 508.5 points to take fourth. Montini Catholic is the 18th ranked team in the country and managed a third place finish with 509.5 points. Wausau West did a good job by finishing fifth with with 498.5 points. Bi-State Champion Hartland Arrowhead finished sixth with 490 points. Wrightstown finished seventh with 487.5 points. Seymour was eighth with 477.5 points. Number two ranked Stoughton finished with 448 points while the host team, Kaukauna, finished tenth with 428.5 points. Former Rapids wrestler, Justin Tritz did an amazing job at creating software and a web site to track wrestling results from around the state. Hopefully all tournament organizers will start using his software to help reduce paper work and let the fans track wrestling results when they are unable to attend a particular tournament. The following is taken from Justin's site and will give you an idea of what he has done with this software. It helps too that it makes my job easier by not having to re-type the results of every match. If you haven't experienced Justin's site, be sure to check it out. If you are organizing a tournament please consider using Justin's software. From what I've seen it's well worth every penny and you will make fans from around the world very happy. Check out the site here---->http://www.trackwrestling.com
103 - Josh Chappa's place is 5th and he has
scored 43.00 team points.
112 - Josh Hansen's place is 1st and he has
scored 64.00 team points.
119 - Jared Jaminski's place is 7th and he
has scored 39.00 team points.
125 - Cody Tesch's place is 12th and he has
scored 20.00 team points.
135 - Clint Weiler's place is 6th and he
has scored 42.00 team points.
160 - Luke Fara's place is 3rd and he has
scored 55.00 team points.
275 - Steve Virgil's place is 5th and he
has scored 50.00 team points.
Thurs. Jan 15 Away Marshfield 7:30 The Red Raiders continued their domination of WVC foes tonight as the tamed the Tigers of Marshfield 49-15. At 103 Ben Albrecht defeated Josh Chappa 3-1. At 112 in a rematch from last years state tournamnet, Josh Hansen pinned Dustin Follen in 3:33. At 119 Jared Jaminski beat Mark Habermeyer 13-3. At 125 Cody Tesch beat Kyle Schultz 4-1. At 130 Nikk Leggett pinned Dylan Stichert in 1:57. At 135 Tim Habermeyer defeated Clint Weiler 8-4. At 140 Adam Klonowski pinned Steve Johnston in 1:40. At 145 Kevin Tritz beat Joel Krasselt 14-6. At 152 Matt Bell pinned Mike Casey in 3:43. At 160 Ross Wingert beat Luke Fara 3-0. At 171 Ben Casper scored an impressive TF over Slade Heersma. At 189 Elliot Fischer 4-2 in OT. At 215 Dane Thompson pinned Chris Montgomery in only :57. At 275 Steve Virgil pinned Ryan Rhoades in 2:52. This Saturday Rapids will be wrestling 3 good teams at the Duals. Glenbard Noth won their pool and finished fourth at the Clash a couple weeks ago. On paper it looks like it will be a very good dual meet. Both Ellsworth and Totino Grace have had some success this season and have some excellent individuals.
Sat. Jan. 17 Home Rapids Quad Noon. Glenbard North IL, Ellsworth, WI and Totino Grace, MN. Two weeks ago, Glenbard won their bracket and went on to a very impressive fourth place finish at The Clash. The Red Raiders knew it would be a tough dual meet and they would have to wrestle very well if they wanted to knock them off. The coaches made some brilliant moves throughout the line up and were able to beat Glenbard North 35-30. Both teams won 7 matches, but the Red Raiders were able to pick up extra points at several weight classes. At 103 Josh Chappa pinned a very tough girl by the name of Caitlin Chase. At 112 Josh hansen beat Mark Schultz 9-0. At 119 Brian O'Connor scored a TF over Jared Jaminski. At 125 Jon Isaacson pinned Cody Tesch. At 130 Joe Gomez pinned Dustin Eggebrecht. At 135 Nikk Leggett Eric Satello 11-2. At 140 John Malizzio beat Clint Weiler 6-4. At 145 Kevin Tritz pinned Travis Moffett. At 152 Tony Dieppa beat Jake Akkerman 6-4. At 160 Joe Brinkley beat Luke Fara in a double OT match. At 171 Matt Smith (G) beat Mike Foshey 20-6. At 189 Ben Casper pinned Mike Geanto. At 215 Dane Thompson pinned Rob Aurelius and at 275 Steve Virgil beat Geno Horedia 10-4. In the first round the Red Raiders beat Totino Grace 34-14 At 103 Josh Chappa pinned John McCulloch. At 112 Josh Hansen pinnned Joe Sweet. At 119 Jared Jaminski beat Brandon Neeck 9-1. At 125 Clark Lensing beat Cody Tesch 10-4. At 130 Jake Beyer beat Nikk Leggett 5-0. At 135 Clint Weiler beat Tony Sadder 5-1. At 140 Adam Neeck beat Adam Klonowski 3-2. At 145 Kevin Tritz beat Jon Brandtjen 4-2. At 152 Jake Sweet beat Jake Akkerman 6-0. At 160 Luke Fara beat Plo Parker 9-3. At 171 Ben Casper beat Brian Hara 11-3. At 189 Dane Thompson beat Nick Engbloom 3-0. At 215 Bryan Savage beat Elliott Fischer 8-3 and at 275 Steve Virgil beat Nick Noor 8-6. Also in the first round Glenbard North beat Ellsworth 45-18. In the second round the Raiders ran up against a very good Ellsworth team and were able to narrowly defeat them 32-26 when Jake Akkerman came away with a wild 11-10 victory. Both teams won 7 matches but once again it was the Red Raiders that scored the big team points. At 103 Josh Chappa pinned Mike Brunner. At 112 Josh Hansen pinnned Frank Prichad. At 119 Jared Jaminski beat Jordan Foy 11-7. At 125 Jake Flett beat Cody Tesch 12-1. At 130 Nikk Leggett pinned Austin Langer. At 135 Clint Weiler beat Carson Huppert 5-0. At 140 Trevin Hines beat Adam Klonowski 8-0. At 145 Tim Matzek beat Kevin Tritz 5-3. At 152 Jake Akkerman beat Garrett Hines 11-10. At 160 Andy Borner pinned Luke Fara. At 171 Andy Casper scored a TF over RJ Langer. At 189 Jordan Eggenberger beat Elliott Fischer 1-0. At 215 Jonathon Hart beat Dane Thompson 7-5 in OT and at 275 Brandon Boe beat Steve Virgil 1-0. Also in the second round Glenbard North beat Totino Grace 42-24. On the day, Josh Chappa, Josh Hansen and Ben Casper all went 3-0. In JV action Rapids JV beat Totino Grace JV 73-3. They then went on to beat the Ellsworth JV 37-24 before losing to the Glenbard North JV 51-19.
Tues. Jan 20 Home DC Everest 7:30 p.m. DC Everest came into this meet ranked 8th in the state. That was when they had 2 forfeits. They managed to add 1 wrestler to their line up but it didn't really help much against the powerful Red Raiders. The Raiders sent Eric Lehrke and his Evergreen team back to Schofield with 47-9 defeat. At 103 Josh Chappa was the recipient of the lone Everest forfeit. At 112 Josh Hansen scored a TF over Josh Clearwater. At 119 Jared Jaminski Erick Gilling 15-4. At 125 the Evergreens got on the board when State Champion Scott Sigmund beat Cody Tesch 10-4. At 130 They picked up their second win as State Champion Nate Gilling beat Nikk Leggett 3-1. At 135 Clint Weiler looked impressive as he wore down and beat Tom Reamer 6-4 in OT. At 140 Mike Hart picked up Everest's last win of the night by beating Adam Klonowski 6-0. At 145 Kevin Tritz scored a TF over Seam Ryback. At 152 Jake Akkerman beat Ace Miller 7-2. At 160 Luke Fara pinned Austin Levendusky in 3:40. At 171 Ben Casper beat Kevin Chrapkowski 7-6. At 189 Dane Thompson beat Adam Merriam 12-7. At 215 Elliot Fischer beat John Gerber 7-0 and at 275 Steve Virgil pinned Ryan Weichert in 1:05.
Thurs. Jan. 22 Away Wausau West 6:00 p.m. Tonights dual meet with Wausau West is still on. One week ago there were 4 unbeaten teams in the tough Wisconsin Valley Conference. Now there's only 1. With big wins over Marshfield, DC Everest and now Wausau West, the Red Raiders proved once again that they are the team to beat. The Red Raiders dominated Wausau East tonight and came away with a 45-15 victory. At 103 Josh Chappa rode out Kelly Marsh in double OT for the win. At 112 Josh Hansen pinned Matt Hager in 4:56. At 119 Meng Yang beat Jared Jaminski 7-2. At 125 Jeremy Luckey won by injury default over Cody Tesch. Please keep Cody in your prayers tonight. His injury looked like it may have the potential to be serious. At 130 Nikk Leggett beat Josh Kyle 6-5. At 135 Clint Weiler beat Brandon Marcis 8-5. At 140 Adam Klonowski pinned Nick Alft in 3:31. At 145 Kevin Tritz scored a TF over Tommy Leslie. At 152 Jake Akkerman beat Andy Beilke 9-7. At 160 Luke Fara beat Mike Rupe 11-3. At 171 Ben Casper beat Brandon Black 11-6. At 189 Elliott Fischer got away in double OT to beat Brent Lenard. At 215 Dane Thompson pinned Logan Borchardt in 3:16 and at 275 Jordan Hein (WW) received a forfeit.
Thurs. Jan 29 Home Antigo 7:30 p.m. The Red Raiders crushed another WVC opponent tonight as the outscored the Red Robins of Antigo 53-15. At 103 Josh Chappa pinned Nick King in :52. At 112 Jordan Quinnell beat Phillip Baraniak 10-2. At 119 Josh Hansen pinned Mike Waldner in 3:31. At 125 Jared Jaminski received a forfeit. At 130 Matt Redepenning came back from injury but lost a tough 6-5 decision to Rick Parilek. At 135 Nikk Leggett beat Cam Sanford 13-7. At 140 Clint Weiler received a forfeit. At 145 kevin Tritz beat Scott Fassbender 14-5. At 152 Jake Akkerman received a forfeit. At 160 Jess Stimic pinned Luke Fara in 1:16. At 171 Ben Casper pinned Corey Mattek in 3:14. At 189 Elliot Fischer needed double OT but was able to beat Kyle Lenzner 2-1. At 215 Dane Thompson beat Zach Ison 5-2 and at 275 Cory Gelhausen pinned Steve Virgil in 1:03.
Thurs. Feb. 5 Away Rhinelander 7:30 p.m.
Thanks to "Rapids Fan" we have these results from Rhinelander.
Sat. Feb. 7 Away Conference @ Wausau West 10:00 a.m. The Red Raiders are once again Wisconsin Valley Conference Champions. Four Raider wrestlers earned top honors today. Josh Hansen, Kevin Tritz, Ben Casper and Dane Thompson all won in convincing style. At 119 Jared Jaminski pushed Wausau West's Meng Yang hard but came up short 10-8 to take second. At 103 Josh Chappa avenged an earlier loss to Marshfield's Ben Albrecht by beating him in an exciting double OT match to take third. In earlier rounds Josh beat Kelly Marsh from Wausau West 2-0 before dropping a decision to eventual champion Kyle Roth 5-2. At 112 Josh Hansen dominated everybody he wrestled. In the first round he pinned Merrill's Josh Schmeltzer. In the second round Josh scored a TF over West's Matt Hagar and then beat the very familiar Dustin Follen from Marshfield 11-2 to place first. At 119 Jared Jaminski pinned Mike Waldner from Antigo. Jared then went on to beat Mark Habermeyer from Marshfield before losing his match with Yang in the finals. At 125 Matt Redepenning beat Point's Brandon Raikowski 6-3 before dropping a 8-2 decision to DC Everest's Scott Sigmund. Matt then went on to pin the tough Elijah Thao from Wausau East in 3:59 to place third. At 130 Jaun Medina did a good job by filling in for the injured Nikk Leggett. He lost his first match but came back stong by pinning Point's Brian Novotny in 5:59. Juan was then defeated by Antigo's Rick Parilek 7-5 to take sixth. At 135 Clint Weiler made it to the third place match where he was beaten by Merrill's top ranked Dustin Perry 12-4. At 140 Kevin Tritz was never really pushed today. He picked up pins over Chris Meurett from DC Everest and Antigo's Derek Muraski before beating Wausau West's Brandon Marcis 12-6 . In the process the Sophomore picked up his second Wisconsin Vally Conference title. At 145 Jake Akkerman had a rough day. He took a nice lead over Rhinelander's Job Morton but was caught in a flurry and pinned in his opening match. In the second round Jake won a preliminary match when he pinned East's Dan Weber in 2:46 but later lost to West's Andy Beilke 8-4. At 152 Adam Klonowski lost a tough double OT match to eventual runner-up Tim Peterson from Stevens Point. Adam then beat West's Mike Rupe 3-2 to earn a fifth place match. Unfortunately Adam was beaten by Anthony Leary from Merrill 9-0. At 160 Luke Fara pinned Brent Lenard from Wausau West in the first round. Luke was then defeated by Jess Stimic from Antigo 3-2. Luke then came back to beat Merrill's Matt Hoeft 3-1 to take third. At 171 Ben Casper dominated his weight class by beating Stevens Point's Chaz Self 18-6 and then pinning Antigo's Corey Mattek in 2:54. Ben then Beat Everest's Kevin Chrapkowski 11-5 to claim his title. At 189 Dane Thompson was equally convincing as he scored a TF over Marshfield's Slade Heersma. He then beat Kyle Lenzner from Antigo. Dane then beat Merrill's David Ackey 10-2 to take home the fourth Raider gold medal. At 215 Elliot fischer beat Trevor Cordes 2-1. He was then defeated by Antigo's Zach Ison 1-0. In his match for third Elliot was beaten by Jacob Lundmark 7-3 and placed fourth. At 275 Steve Virgil lost his opening match to Stevens Point's Matt Wanta 7-2. Steve then went on to pin Marshfield's Nick Liesecki in :26. Steve then pinned Joe Gallion from Wausau to place fifth. The Red Raiders amassed 189.5 points to easily outdistance Wausau West and their 164.5 points. Merrill took third with 156.5 points. DC Everest came in fourth with 147.5 points followed by Marshfield with 140 points, Antigo with 117 points, Stevens Point with 85.5 points, Rhinelander 55 and Wausau East with 44 points.
Sat. Feb 14 Away Regionals TBA. It's on to New London for the Red Raiders. Rapids will face Pulaski this coming Tuesday night at 7:00 pm. The Red Raiders racked up 277 points today as they once again dominated the regional. All 14 Raider wrestlers earned a trip to sectionals next weekend at Appleton East. No Raider wrestler finished lower than 3rd today. Appleton North took the regional runner-up position as they tallied 159.5 points. Hortonville came third with 142.5, Stevens Point fourth with 117.5, New London fifth with 109, Appleton West sixth 106.5, Waupaca seventh with 74 and Appleton East brought up the rear with 57.5 points. Individually Nikk Leggett, Clint Weiler, Kevin Tritz, Ben Casper and Dane Thompson were all crowned regional champions. Josh Chappa Andy Casper, Matt Redepenning, Mike Casey and Elliot fischer took home second place finishes while Josh Hansen, Jake Akkerman, Luke Fara and Steve Virgil all place third. At 103 Josh Chappa go to the finals but was defeated by Kyle Roth 7-2. There was no wrestle back at 103. At 112 Josh Hansen made it to the finals where he was beaten by Waupaca's Justin Teppo 10-4. Josh then went on the lose his wrestle back with Andy Miller 6-5 and placed third. At 119 Andy Casper also go to the finals where he was beaten by New London's Mike Murphy 3-1 in OT. There was no wrestle back at 119. At 125 Matt Redepenning lost to Waupaca's Seth Parascand 9-3 in the semi finals. Matt then went on to beat New London's Nez Cate 7-2 before pinning Hortonvilles Ryan Wilke in his wrestle back to place second. At 130 Nikk Legget stormed through his bracket. In the finals Nikk beat BJ Reiland from Appleton North 15-6. At 135 Clint Weiler had it a little tougher but was just as successful. In the finals Clint beat Waupaca's Jake Wanty 7-4 to place first. At 140 Kevin Tritz also stormed through his bracket. kevin picked up to pins before Stevens Point's Jon Slezak forfeited to Kevin giving him the win. At 145 Jake Akkerman pinned Waupaca's Garid Estrada in the first round before losing to New London's Travis Fonder 5-1. Akkerman then went on to win his thrid place match with Appleton East's Mike Sherman on a :47 pin. There was no wrestle back at 145 so Jake finished third. At 152 Mike Casey made it to the finals but was pinned by New London's Shannen Conant and placed second. There was no wrestle back at 152. At 160 Luke Fara won his first match before losing to Hortonville's Dave Schabo 4-0. Luke then pinned Travis Pennings from Appleton West but was beaten by Appleton East's Eli Felts in double OT and placed third. At 171 Ben Casper was never really tested as he dominated his bracket. In the finals Ben pinned Appleton West's Ted Sikowski. At 189 Dane Thompson also dominated his bracket. In the finals Dane beat Tyler Kelly from Appleton West 15-5. At 215 Elliot Fischer picked up a first round pin but lost to Jarod Hart 3-0 in the semi finals. Elliot then beat Stevens Point's Nate Groshek 5-2 in the third place match. Elliot then got a wrestle back match where he beat Joe Baehman from Appleton East 5-3 to place second. At 275 Steve Virgil made it to the semi finals where he lost to Stevens Point's Matt Wanty 7-3. Steve then beat Appleton East's Drew Waters when Waters was called for an allegal slam. Steve then injury defaulted to Todd Bronold to place third.
Tues. Feb. 17 Away Team Sectionals New London, 7:00 pm The Red Raiders qualified for the State Team Tournament tonight by crushing the Red Raiders of Pulaski. Rapids wrestlers won 10 of 14 matches on their way to a 51 to 21 victory. Wrestling started at 112 as Josh Hansen pinned Tyler Redrickson in 5:43. At 119 Andy Casper really took it to Paul Prentice and came out on top of a 12-9 decision. At 125 Matt Redepenning pinned Willie Anderson in 2:41. At 130 Nikk Leggett pinned John Buetner in 1:31. At 135 Pulaski finally got on the board when Kyle Lasecki pinned Dustin Eggebrecht in 1:31. At 140 Clint Weiler beat Jake Caldwell 3-1 in OT. At 145 Kevin Tritz came on strong in the third period to beat Paul Gretzinger 8-2. At 152 Andy Thomas pinned Adam Klonowski in 3:26. At 160 Eric Bath pinned Luke Fara in :44. At 171 Ben Casper pinned Pete Wallendall in 3:55. At 189 Brad Matuszak beat Elliot Fischer 5-3 in OT. At 215 Pulaski moved 36-5 Brad Vanderverven away from the tough Dane Thompson. the move proved to be very costly. Not only did Rapids pick up 6 points due to the forfeit, but Steve Virgil came through in a big way by jumping out to commanding lead and then pinning Vanderverven in 5:40. Josh Chappa finished off Pulaski by pinning TJ Swiccichowski in 1:04.
Sat. Feb. 21 Away Individual Sectionals Appleton North. The Red Raiders had an outstanding day today. Nine Rapids wrestlers are on their way to the State Invidual Tournament in Madison. Josh Chappa won his first match before beating John Buntrock of Ashwaubenon 2-1. Josh was then defeated by Kyle Roth 3-2 to place second and qualify for State as a Sectional Runner-up. Josh Hansen pinned his first opponent and then beat Justin Teppo 3-2. He then beat Andy Miller in the finals to qualify as a Sectional Champion. In case you're interested, Teppo was also defeated by Brandon Raikowski. Andy Casper won his first match before beating Paul Prentice 7-5. Andy then lost to Mike Murphy to place second and earn a trip to State as a Sectional Runner-up. Matt Redepenning won his first match before losing to Craig DeGreef 9-4. Matt got a wrestle back and beat Ales Lardinois 7-3 to qualify as a Sectional Runner-up. Nikk Leggett won his first match on a fall. Nikk then went on the pin Shawn Loch in 5:13 before dropping a tight 4-3 decision to Chase DeCleene to qualify as a Sectional Runner-up. Clint Weiler pinned his first opponent but then lost to Kyle Lasecki 2-0. Lasecki went on to win in the finals which gave Clint a wrestle back. Clint took full advantage when he beat Jake Wanty 3-1 in OT to place second and earn a trip to State as a Sectional Runner-up. Kevin Tritz breezed through the first couple rounds and then met Jon Slezak in the finals. Kevin kept going after him but Slezak was able to defend himself pretty well. The two WVC wrestlers were into double OT tied at 1 when Kevin was able to get the escape to win and qualify as a Sectional Champion. Jake Akkerman and Mike Casey din't fair quite so well as they both lost their first round matches. Luke Fara won his first round match against Channing Willie 9-0 but lost to Dave Schabo 10-4. Luke was then defeated by Eli Felts and had to settle for fourth. Ben Casper won his first round match, pinned Alex Binz and then received a forfeit from Jessie Stodall in the fianls and earned a trip to state as a Sectional Champion. Dane Thompson destroyed his first two opponents, one by pin and one by TF. On the other side of the bracket Landon Gonnering was equally Dane's effort. In the finals Dane controlled Gonnering and beat him 1-0 to earn a trip to State as a Sectional Champion. Elliot Fischer won his first match but lost to Brad Vanderveren 3-2 in the second round. Elliot then came back to beat Kyle Hoffman 3-1 but Elliot's previous opponent, Vanderveren, lost to Jarod Hart. This meant Elliot had to settle for third. Steve Virgil was pinned by Bret Oswald in the opening round and did not qualify for State.
Thurs. Fri. & Sat. Feb. 26, 27, and 28 Individual State @ Kohl Center in Madison. TBA . Round 1 of the State Tournament is in the books. Four Red Raiders are moving on to the semi-finals. Josh Hansen, Nikk Leggett, Kevin Tritz and Ben Casper are all moving on. Josh Chappa was defeated by Brian Ciszewski from West Allis Central in OT. Ciszewski won his next match which means that Josh will get a wrestle back. Josh Hansen beat Matt Hager from Wausau West 8-0 and Ryan Strong from Whitnall 5-0 to get to the semis. Andy Casper lost to unbeaten Justin Wickersham from Beaver Dam 11-9. Wickersham then went on to lose his next match thus eliminating Andy from the tournament. Matt Redepenning met a similar fate as he lost to Matt Bourgeous from Hartford 3-1 and will not get a wrestle back. Nikk Leggett beat Andy Simmons from South Milwaukee 11-2 and then went on to beat Paul Steinbrecher from West Allis Central 4-2 to earn a spot in the semis. Clint Weiler beat Zach Iverson from Sparta 9-2 but then lost to Anthony Azarien 9-3 and will now go to the wrestle back round. kevin Tritz beat Tom Creutz from Wilmot 10-6 and then went on to beat once beaten Steven Sprecher from Baraboo 5-3 to earn a spot in the semis. Ben Casper powered his way into the semi finals by firsting pinning Rob Schoner from Sussex Hamilton in 4:54 and then pinning Mark Briggs from Oak Creek in 5:37. Dane Thompson was defeated by Ryan Lampe from Oak Creek 3-2. Lampe went on to lose his next match to eliminate Dane from this weekend's competition.
Day Two State Individual Wrestling Tournament
Josh Chappa won his match when Franklin's Matt Kortes decided not to wrestle. Josh needs one more win to get into the fifth place match. Clint Weiler dropped a 12-4 decision to Fon du lac's Jose Deleon and has been eliminated. For those that like keeping score, Rapids would be way out in front with 47 team points. Hartland Arrowhead would be second with 34 followed closely by several teams.
In the evening session the Red Raiders continued their winning ways. Three Raider wrestlers will be in the finals tomorrow night while one will be going for third. Josh Hansen beat Tim Costigan from West Allis Hale 3-0 and will face Casey Schmitz (33-2) from Sauk Prairie for first. Nikk Leggett was defeated by WVC foe Nate Gilling from DC Everest 9-3 and will now face Kaukana's Jeremiah Reffke (35-3) for third. Kevin Tritz beat Watertown's Aaron Abel 9-2 and will move on to wrestle Ben Chapman (39-0) from plymouth for first. Ben Casper beat Kent Kolpin from Plymouth 6-5 and will face Eddie Blumenthal (47-0) from Stoughton for first place.
Day three of the State Individual Wrestling Tournament started with Josh Chappa beating Tony Madigan from Waunakee 5-2 to move into the fifth place match with Wake Lorenz from La Crosse Logan. Josh took sixth by losing that match 16-4. Nikk Leggett faced Jeremiah Reffke from Kaukauna for third. Nikk had to settle for fourth as he lost his match with Reffke 14-9.
In the finals Josh Hansen became a two time State Champion when he beat Casey Schmitz from Sauk Prairie 9-5. Josh joined a very elite group of former Rapids wrestlers. Names like Rocky Biegel, Jim Hamel, Jere Hamel and Travis Tritz when he became only the fifth Raider wrestler to win two State Titles. Josh has another year to go too. Last year kevin Tritz faced Ben Chapman and beat him in OT to place fifth. This time things didn't go quite the way Kevin had hoped. Kevin had to settle for second when he was defeated by Plymouth's Ben Chapman 4-2 and will have to wait another year to claim a state title. Ben Casper had the tough task of facing top ranked and undefeated Eddie Blumenthal from Stoughton. If you remember back to the Cheesehead these two fierce competitors faced off with Blumenthal winning that one 8-4. This time around Blumenthal won on an injury default and Ben had to settle for second. At this point I'm not sure about point totals. I'm pretty sure Rapids would have scored the most. If any of you kept track please let me know. Not that it really matters, it's just fun to know.
Fri. & Sat. Mar. 5-6 Team State @ West Allis Central High School 7:00 p.m./9:00 a.m./6:00 p.m
In the first round the Red Raiders faced Muskego. Muskego came into the dual meet at 16-4. For those that are interested, Muskeogo is one of only two non-Wisconsin Valley Conference teams to ever win the State Team Tournament. This time they weren't so fortunate as the Red Raiders pounded them 44-11.
Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln (WR) 44, Muskego (M) 11
Also in the first round Arrowhead beat Holmen 41-21, Stoughton beat Neenah 38-29 and Merrill beat Oak Creek/Jubilee Christian 48-17.
In the second round Rapids faced a more familiar foe when they took on the Merrill Bluejays. The score was very similar to the WVC dual meet result. This time the Red Raiders beat them 48-17.
Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln (WR) 48, Merrill (M) 17
Also in the second round Stoughton beat Arrowhead 38-29 to set up the showdown between themselves and the Red Raiders.
In 2001 the final between Stoughton and Rapids ended up with Rapids beating them 36-18. This time around Rapids beat them 37-16.
Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln (WR) 37, Stoughton (S) 16
Congratulations to everybody involved with Rapids Wrestling. You definately earned it.
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