Cougars sending 7 to state
Blue Devils have five state qualifiers
Sunday, February 23, 2014 6:00 PM
SHAWANO, Wis. - Coleman has won nine team state championships, 29 individual wrestling championships, and countless regional, sectional and tourney titles over the years.
Marc Lansin of Coleman works a takedown on Morgan Krueger of Crandon during their 132-pound title match at Saturday’s Bonduel Sectional.
In a quarter-century of coaching, Kevin Casper didn't recall Coleman having five first-place finishers at sectionals.
Coleman qualified seven wrestlers for next weekend's individual state tourney, to be held at Madison's Kohl Center. Oconto has four state qualifiers but Crivitz was shut out.
Jordan Blanchard (113 pounds), Jensyn Schaal (126), Marc Lansin (132), Jackson Margis (138) and Dexter Karban (160) all placed first at Saturday's Division 3 Bonduel Sectional held at nearby Shawano High School.
"To get seven guys through is outstanding," Casper said, "and then to top if off, five out of seven are champs."
Blanchard (36-6), a freshman, advanced with 11-0 and 11-1 major decisions. In the finals, he beat Anthony Glinecki of Stratford (41-2) 7-6.
"He wrestled very aggressively," Casper said. "Just a confidence builder for him because when he opens up and wrestles, he can beat anybody."
Blanchard hit Glinecki with a Peterson roll for a five-point move in the first period.
"I got in his head and he wasn't mentally tough," Blanchard said.
Leading 7-6, he rode Glinecki for the entire third period.
"I knew I wasn't going to turn him because he's so strong," Blanchard said.
Schaal (29-3) won 7-3 and 11-3, then won his title bout 7-3 over Alex Heiden of Stratford (38-5). He blocked all of Heiden's shots early in the bout.
"He was trying to hit a Kelly on me," Schaal said. "I just wrestled smart. I hit a lot of inside singles."
Schaal says he's close to 100 percent recovered from a shoulder injury which delayed his season.
"I feel I still have a lot to work on this next week," Schaal said.
Lansin advanced with a pin and a 6-2 decision. He then beat previously unbeaten Morgan Krueger of Crandon 4-1. It shocked the Crandon crowd but not his teammates or fans. Lansin scored two first-period takedowns.
Margis reached the finals with a pin and a major decision, then beat Austin Riehl of Shiocton 4-3. Riehl (30-3) scored a first-period takedown but Maergis took the lead with an escape and takedown in the second period. He rode him out in the third period.
Margis, a four-time state qualifier, had never won a sectional title before Saturday.
"I think I'm wrestling pretty good," he said. "I guess just the last haul for senior year."
Two first-period pins advanced Karban (39-4) to the finals. He won an 8-0 major decision over Edgar's Connor Handrick (36-4).
In a title matchup of top 145-pounders, Coleman's Trevor Seewald (40-2) was pinned in 29 seconds by Edgar's Decin Lemanski (36-1). Seewald had advanced with a major decision and a first-period pin.
Cougar 220-pounder C.J. Pillath took the long road to state. Leading Casey Johnson of Manawa (43-1), Pillath was pinned at the 3:03 mark of their semifinal. Pillath pinned Crivitz's Matt Tomaszewski, then advanced to state with a smart 5-2 decision over Stratford's Hunter Kaufman (39-5). Leading 3-2 late, Pillath blocked a desperation shot and sprawled on top for a takedown. He won the second-place bout by forfeit.
For Oconto, Aiden Wusterbarth (106), Elton Kelsey (120), Bryan Ozak (138) and Brandon Tousey (152) qualified for state with third-place finishes.
With a half-nelson, Wusterbarth pinned Coleman's Derick Teteak at the 5:29 mark of their third-place bout.
"I was all tired and I just decided I've got to get it in gear," Wusterbarth said. "If I'm gonna go to state, this is what I've got to do."
Wusterbarth (35-5) lost his quarterfinal to Stratford's Sam Wenzel, but came back with a major decision.
Kelsey (36-4) advanced with a 22-second pin, then lost 6-1 to Stratford's Phil Sersch. He battled back with a major decision and a 10-5 win over Reedsville's Mitch Schwahn (35-8).
Ozak (29-6) lost 8-1 to Riehl but won two close decisions to make state.
Tousey (30-4) advanced with a major decision, then lost 8-6 to Auburndale's Wyatt Weiller (33-5). Tousey battled back with a major decision and a 3-1 decision over Garrett Gunderson of Shiocton (26-5).
Crivitz's Tim Sotka, Bill Retza, Nicholas Chapman, Dan Tomaszewski and Matt Tomaszewski all lost their first-round matches.
Gillett/Suring's Alex Zeitler was pinned by Lemanski and lost a wrestleback 7-4.