Taking the mats on a mission
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 6:00 PM
CRIVITZ - There's an urgency to work as hard as possible in the wrestling practice rooms across Wisconsin this week.
Peshtigo’s Andy Johnston wrestles Coleman’s Donovan Salewski on Feb. 5. The Bulldogs will head to Saturday’s Division 2 Oconto Falls Regional, while Coleman will go to the Division 3 Brillion Regional. EagleHerald/Jody Korch
The road to Madison begins with wrestling regionals on Saturday. The top two wrestlers in each weight class advance to sectionals. Regional team champions advance to next Tuesday's team sectionals.
It's all cut-and-dry for state dreams and hopes.
"They don't take the top two, their season is done," Crivitz coach Matt Bernier said.
Crivitz senior Dan Tomaszewski fully understands the urgency of the moment. He has 77 career wins and an impressive 22-5 record this season, but he has never advanced to state.
"That's been my goal since I was 3," Tomaszewski said. "That's about the only thing I could wish for now."
Crivitz will head to Saturday's Division 3 Three Lakes Regional, where the Wolverines will compete against five Northern Lakes Conference teams. Crandon is the overwhelming favorite to win the team title, but the Wolverines have several wrestlers with good shots to make sectionals.
None has a better chance than Tomaszewski at 182 pounds.
"Ideally I'd like to take first," Tomaszewski said. "That way I'm not wrestling one of the best guys right off the bat (at sectionals)."
At sectionals, to be held on Feb. 22, first-place wrestlers at regionals are paired against second-place finishers from another regional.
Tomaszewski has won four tourney titles in his prep career - three times at the Crivitz tourney and once at last month's Peshtigo Invitational.
He's driven by last year's sectional failure. Leading 7-0 in aconsolation bout, Tomaszewski reinjured his ribs and lost 9-7 to Andrew Kocourek of Reedsville. Had Tomaszewski held on to win and then won his next bout, he would've advanced to state.
"More than anything I've ever wanted in my life," Tomaszewski said of state. "This is what I have. This is what I'm good at."
Tomaszewski is good on his feet, and he's adept at executing throws. He's working to set up different moves to be less predictable to wrestlers who are familiar with his style.
He credits his teammates for pushing him hard in practice.
"I have to really apply myself," Tomaszewski said. "Next week is gonna be hell. I'm gonna have to work and work and work."
The Wolverines are focusing on conditioning and strength training this week.
"Now the pressure's on. We're just trying to finalize everything," Bernier said. "Remember that the basics is what is going to win it for you."Division 2 Oconto Falls Regional
Teams: Clintonville, Freedom, Marinette, Oconto Falls, Peshtigo, Seymour
106 - Mitch Garvey, fr., Freedom; Brian Krouth, fr., Peshtigo, 24-13
126 - Walker Christensen, jr., Seymour; Dustin Jensen, sr., Freedom; Bryan Shevy, jr., Peshtigo, 29-9
132 - Cody Walrath, jr., Freedom; Hunter Madden, sr., Peshtigo, 32-10; Brett Ash, jr., Oconto Falls, 26-3
138 - D.J. Messenger, sr., Peshtigo, 31-11
145 - Dewey Krueger, jr., Oconto Falls, 32-1; Seth Vosters, so., Freedom
160 - Shane Marquardt, sr., Peshtigo, 30-9
170 - Ramsey Bloy, jr., Freedom
195 - Kevin Vandenlangenberg, jr., Seymour, 21-6
285 - Andy Johnston, sr., Peshtigo, 35-3
Division 3 Three Lakes Regional
Teams: Crandon, Crivitz, Elcho, Florence. Three Lakes, Laona/Wabeno
120 -Tim Sotka, sr., Crivitz, 19-10; Danny Jones, jr., Florence, 20-7
132 - Shawn Paulson, sr., Florence, 20-7
138 - Morgan Krueger, sr., Crandon, 26-0; Donovan Houle, sr., Elcho
145 - Alec Smith, sr., Elcho, 23-7
152 - Chase Tupper, sr., Crandon, 22-4
170 - Nicholas Chapman, so., Crivitz, 24-7
182 - Dan Tomaszewski, sr., Crivitz, 22-5; Joey Johnston, sr., Elcho, 26-3
195 - Kyle Merschdorf, jr., Laona/Wabeno; Matt Tomaszewski, jr., Crivitz, 20-12
220 - Grant Murray, sr., Crandon, 22-4
285 - Charles Wilson, jr., Crandon, 19-3
Division 3 Brillion Regional
Teams: Bonduel, Brillion, Coleman, Gillett/Suring, Lena, Oconto, Reedsville
106 - Aiden Wusterbarth, fr., Oconto, 25-3; Derick Teteak, so., Coleman; Haley Cruz, sr., Lena
113 - Garrett Siolka, so., Bonduel, 29-6; Jordan Blanchard, fr., Coleman, 28-5
120 - Austin Siolka, jr., Bonduel, 30-5; Elton Kelsey, so., Oconto, 25-3; Mitchell Schwahn, sr., Reedsville; Garrett Kohls, so., Gillett/Suring
126 - Jensyn Schaal, jr., Coleman, 23-3; Kyle Wollenberg, jr., Bonduel, 26-6
132 - Marc Lansin, jr., Coleman, 28-4
138 - Jackson Margis, sr., Coleman, 33-2; Brian Ozak, jr., Oconto, 22-4
145 - Trevor Seewald, sr., Coleman, 33-1; Alex Zeitler, so., Gillett/Suring
152 - Brandon Tousey, sr., Oconto, 17-3; Dan Tauchen, jr., Bonduel, 30-5; Kevin Lansin, so., Coleman
160 - Elliott Ebert, jr., Reedsville; Dexter Karban, sr., Coleman, 30-4; Mitch Sokolski, jr., Bonduel, 26-8
170 - Jacob Wudtke, sr., Bonduel, 28-4; Grant Wedepohl, jr., Reedsville; Alex Stodola, jr., Coleman; Blaik Fischer, sr., Lena
182 - Tyler Schuh, sr., Reedsville;
195 - Austin Stebane, jr., Brillion
220 - C.J. Pillath, jr., Coleman, 29-8
285 - Rydick Braden, sr., Brillion; Jordan Brandt, jr., Reedsville