Wolves have seven champions
Wega-Fremont also sending wrestlers to sectional
By Greg Seubert
Fourteen Manawa and Weyauwega-Fremont wrestlers are one step closer to a trip to state.
Both teams headed to Amherst Jan. 30 for a WIAA Division 3 regional and will send seven wrestlers to a sectional meet Saturday, Feb. 6, at Valders High School.
All seven of Manawa’s wrestlers at the meet ended up winning championships.
Kevin Klemm pinned Rosholt’s Blake Peski at 113 pounds, Colten Klemm was the only wrestler at 120, Peyton Schuelke pinned Amherst’s Drew Lewallen to win the 126-pound title, Bryan Griffin pinned Weyauwega-Fremont’s Devin Kuenzi in 1:48 at 138, Colin Moser placed first at 152 with a 6-2 win over Rosholt’s Rafael Lugo, Bryce Bartel edged Amherst’s Tristan Schelvan 3-2 at 170 and Andrew Elmhorst pinned Amherst’s Owen Nelson in 2:15 at 285.
Although the Wolves had seven championships they finished behind Rosholt in the team standings. Weyauwega-Fremont finished five points behind Manawa and ended up third out of six teams.
Ben Strehlow won Weyauwega-Fremont’s only championship with a 13-5 win over Auburndale’s Sloan Welch at 182.
Also moving on for Weyauwega-Fremont are second-place finisher Isiah Schuh (106), Kuenzi (138), Ethan Lamoureux (145), Max Meyerhofer (160), Skylor Maynard (195) and Cody Steinbach (285).
Weyauwega-Fremont’s other wrestlers included Ayden Kuenzi (third, 132); Vanden Hoffman (third, 220); Danny Wilson (fourth, 126); and Caden Meisenhelder (fourth, 170).
“Ethan Lamoureux and Cody Steinbach had really good performances at the regional to advance forward and Ben Strehlow, the No. 2-ranked wrestler in the state, continued to dominate everyone he wrestles, beating the No. 7-ranked wrestler in the state from Auburndale in the finals by a 13-5 major decision,” coach Tim Potratz said.
“Congratulations to all the W-F wrestlers, those moving on to the sectional and kids that put in the work and competed to the best of their ability all year long,” he said. “It has been a very strange season for everyone.”