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Wrestlers heading to state

New London’s Preston Krueger faces Luxemburg-Casco’s Ezra Waege in a 215-pound match Feb. 17 at a WIAA Division 2 sectional in Oconto Falls. Krueger defeated Waege 6-5, but did not qualify for state after placing fourth. Greg Seubert Photo

Krueger, Magolski, Johnson moving on

By Greg Seubert

The season will continue for a pair of New London wrestlers and one from Waupaca.

New London’s Hailie Krueger and Wyatt Magolski placed first and second in their respective weight class Feb. 17 at a WIAA Division 2 sectional meet at Oconto Falls High School.

Meanwhile, Waupaca’s Caylin Johnson pinned Chilton/Hilbert’s Samantha Meyer in 2:26 in the girls’ 145-pound match. They were the only competitors in the weight class.

All three wrestlers have advanced to the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Championships, which will be held Thursday to Saturday, Feb. 22-24, at the Kohl Center in Madison.

Krueger, the two-time defending girls’ state champion at 145 pounds, moved up to 152 pounds this season and placed first in Oconto Falls with a pair of first-period pins.

She pinned Crivitz/Wausaukee’s Cupcake Rolls in 1:42 in the semifinal round and won the championship by pinning Oconto Falls’ Nicole Woosencraft in 1:29.

Waupaca’s Owen Hansen wrestles Luxemburg-Casco’s Sam Schutz Feb. 17 at a Division 2 wrestling meet at Oconto Falls High School. Hansen’s season ended with a 12-2 loss to Schutz in the 175-pound match. Greg Seubert Photo

Magolski, a senior who placed fourth at state at 113 last year and third at 106 in 2022, made it to the finals with a 17-0 technical fall over Elkhart Lake/Glenbeulah’s Lacota Lisowe and a 3-2 win over Brillion’s Logan Mueller. The win over Mueller set up a finals matchup with Luxemburg-Casco’s Carson Neubert, but Magolski dropped a 7-5 overtime decision to place second.

One other New London wrestler made it to the finals. Sophia Hull-Riggs faced Freedom’s Katherine Cook in the girls’ 100-pound final, but Cook got the pin in 2:46. Hull-Riggs advanced to the final by pinning Two Rivers’ Destiny Parker in 2:21.

Magolski was one of seven New London boys to compete in Oconto Falls. Preston Krueger placed fourth at 215, while William Christopher (113), Trevor Schultz (126), Jackson Pecher (175), Howie Roloff (190) and Braxton Bryant (285) did not place.

Clintonville’s Kaine Killlips (157) and Waupaca’s Owen Hansen (175) competed, but did not place.

Two wrestlers from Waupaca and New London joined Krueger and Johnson in the girls’ competition, but did not place. Thressa Voight and Bella Flease wrestled for New London at 120 and 132, respectively, while Savana Hansen (132) and Rylynn Eskildsen (165) wrestled for Waupaca.

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